Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~ Letter H

My theme ~ Lessons Learned.  I’ll be posting a word that begins with each letter of the alphabet that fits my theme.   This blog/website has become one way to share about myself to my children, my grandchildren and my extended family who are scattered all over the country and the world.  Hopefully, anyone who reads this will be in some way blessed by my throwing my words out onto the World Wide Web and into the Universe.  

 My About Page gives me the focus so that, as I age, I don’t forget what I worked so hard to learn.  It’s going to be fun and challenging!   I hope you’ll stick with me as I strive to meet my goal!!

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Does anyone remember the Happiness movement inspired by the Peanuts musical ~ “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” ?………………”Happiness is……….a warm puppy.”  It was such a great way to find things to be happy about.  Gratitude and Happiness are co-joined twins.  You can’t have one without the other.

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“Happiness” from “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!”

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~ Check out the highlighted links to Peanuts on Wiki ~

Charlie Brown: Happiness is, finding a pencil
Snoopy: Pizza with sausage
Linus: Telling the time
Schroeder: Happiness is, learning to whistle
Linus: Tying your shoe for the very first time!
Patty/Sally : Happiness is playing the drums in your own, school band
Charlie Brown: And happiness, is walking hand in hand.
Charlie Brown: Happiness is, two kinds of ice cream
Lucy: Knowing a secret

Schroeder: Climbing a tree
Charlie Brown: Happiness is, five different crayons
Schroeder: Catching a firefly
Linus: Setting him free
Charlie Brown: Happiness, is being alone every now, and then
Everybody: And happiness, is coming home again.
Charlie Brown: Happiness is, morning and evening, daytime and nightime too. For happiness, is anyone, and anything, at all, that’s loved, by you!
Linus: Happiness, is having a sister
Lucy: Sharing a sandwich
Lucy and Linus: Getting along!
Everybody: Happiness, is singing together when day, is through, and happiness is those who sing with you.
Everybody: Happiness is morning and evening, daytime and nightime too.
Charlie Brown: For happiness, is anyone, and anything, at all, that’s loved, by you!
Lucy: (spoken) You’re a good man, Charlie Brown.

(From Peanuts Wiki)

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Happiness #4

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* Note:  My letter sketches were made from ideas I found on Google Images. *

****  This Alphabet Series is a recycle of the posts I created while participating in the A to Z Challenge in 2016 ***

Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~ Letter F

My Life Is My Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned

My theme ~ Lessons Learned.  I’ll be posting a word that begins with each letter of the alphabet that fits my theme.   This blog/website has become one way to share about myself to my children, my grandchildren and my extended family who are scattered all over the country and the world.  Hopefully, anyone who reads this will be in some way blessed by my throwing my words out onto the World Wide Web and into the Universe.  

 My About Page gives me the focus so that, as I age, I don’t forget what I worked so hard to learn.  It’s going to be fun and challenging!   I hope you’ll stick with me as I strive to meet my goal!!

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~ This Too Shall Pass ~

When things are bad, remember:
It won’t always be this way.
Take One Day at a Time.

When things are good, remember:
It won’t always be this way.
Enjoy every great moment.

© thehiyL.com

When I speak of Faith in this post, I’m thinking more of a that inner conviction that life is good and, no matter what we face, we’ve got what it takes to make it through.  Each person’s individual belief in how to come to this inner conviction is unique to them.  I respect whatever religion or way of life that helps a person move along their path to  find this place of Faith, Hope and Love.  We’re all so much alike when it comes to these strivings.

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It Starts With A Dream

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Good Times and Bad Times

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“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
St. Francis of Assisi

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Kindness #9

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* Note:  My letter sketches were made from ideas I found on Google Images. *

***  This Alphabet Series is a recycle of the posts I created while participating in the A to Z Challenge in 2016 ***

Me in the Middle of A to Z Theme Reveal 2016 (#FlashBack)

        
It’s FlashBack Friday ~ A time of the month where you can republish an old post of yours that maybe didn’t get enough attention, or that you’re really proud of, or you think is still relevant etc.  This Blog-Go-Round is hosted by Jemima Pett and originally introduced by Michael D’Agostino from A LIFE EXAMINED.  That’s where you’ll find the rest of the participants or to join up yourself.

The post I’ve chosen for this month first appeared on ME IN THE MIDDLE on March 21, 2016.  Last April was a month of non-stop blogging and commenting even though I had pre-scheduled most of my alphabet posts.  I was seeing  alphabet letters in my sleep and would wake up early in the morning to make sure my day’s post was delivered as scheduled.  The many blogger friends that I’d meet each morning became my little blogging community as we encouraged each other and praised each other for the amazing ideas picked for themes.  This year I really will miss this part of the Challenge.  I’ll still be visiting A to Z Bloggers and hoping that I’ll continue to make new friends.  

All 26 posts for the A to Z Blog Challenge, along with the comments, can be seen by clicking HERE ~ or by clicking on the Title below. 

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My Life Is My Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned

My theme for the A to Z Blog Challenge @AprilA2Z during the month of April is ~ My Life Is My Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned.  For each of the 26 Days (with Sundays off) I’ll be posting a word that begins with each letter of the alphabet that fits my theme.   This blog/website has become one way to share about myself to my children, my grandchildren and my extended family who are scattered all over the country and the world.  Hopefully, anyone who reads this will be in some way blessed by my throwing my words out onto the World Wide Web and into the Universe.  

 My About Page gives me the focus so that, as I age, I don’t forget what I worked so hard to learn.  It’s going to be fun and challenging!   I hope you’ll stick with me as I strive to meet my goal!!

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* Note:  My letter sketches were made from ideas I found on Google Images. *

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Blogger Users can also follow me at atozchallenge2016.blogspot.com

 

Me in the Middle Introducing Guest Blogger ~ Leanne

the story of how I lost my happiness and how I found it again

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~ MY LEMONY SNICKET MOMENT ~ 

Around the time I turned 50 a Series of Unfortunate Events (to quote Lemony Snicket) took place in my life and the consequence was that my happiness seemed to gradually drain away until it was almost non-existent. I never expected life to be perfect and I wouldn’t say it had ever been calm seas and smooth sailing for any length of time, but those couple of years around my 50th birthday seemed to be intent on sucking the joy right out of me.

 ~ FAMILY DRAMA ~ 

I think it started when my husband was made redundant from his job. Quite confronting at the best of times, but then he decided it was the opportunity he’d been waiting for to become a full-time student – studying externally from home. Not my idea of the bread winning 1950’s husband who was going to support me while I kicked back and finally quit the job I disliked intensely. No, he was immersed in the world of unpaid academia while I went out to earn a crust for us.

This was followed by both our children getting married and settling in the city, two hours from our country home. It was a joy for them and for us – wonderful partners, great jobs, mortgages and all the paraphernalia that goes with “children” in their 20’s……..but also the final severing of the last frayed remains of the apron strings tying us together. As a mother I was pretty much redundant – job finished, boxes ticked, but now what? Any hope of the “Brady Bunch family” was completely blown away.

 ~ WORK DRAMA ~ 

On top of all this, my job was becoming more and more soul sucking – I worked with a couple of narcissists who bounced their drama off each other all day long and there wasn’t an end in sight because I was the sole breadwinner for my ‘student’ husband and myself. So, I was trudging along to work every day (praying to be kind and pleasant) and coming home again, only to turn around and do it all over again day after day after day. On top of that, my boss lost the plot and had a meltdown at my expense one day that completely knocked the stuffing out of me.

 ~ MARRIAGE DRAMA ~ 

The Unfortunate Events crescendo-ed when my husband told me (completely out of the blue, and just after the Big Boss Meltdown episode) that he didn’t think we had anything in common and he didn’t want to be married any more. WHAT?! What do you do with that and where do you go to try and move forward? He thought it might be best if I moved out because I had an income and could afford to rent. WHAT?!! Needless to say, that didn’t happen and after a lot of soul searching, and talking, and crying (by me) we worked our way through and came out the other end and survived.

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All of these events and life situations created a perfect storm in my life and basically my wheels fell off. I was working in a job I hated, supporting a husband who wasn’t sure if he wanted to be married to me, tucked away in the back corner by my kids, hitting middle age with a vengeance and spiraling down faster than I gave it all credit for.

 ~ LIGHT BULB MOMENT ~ 

In the end I took myself off to the doctor because I thought it must be menopause (blame it on the hormones and it can all be fixed). Unfortunately (or fortunately as the case may be) he told me I wasn’t menopausal and asked if there was anything happening in my life to make me weepy and flat? Light bulb moment and a real wake up call as to where to go from there – HRT certainly wasn’t going to fix the situation – so it was up to me!

Suffice it to say, I did a lot of serious thinking and made some major (and minor) changes in my life that turned it around from a happiness score of about “3” I’d graded myself with to a score of around “9” now days. It wasn’t an overnight cure, it wasn’t just one change, it wasn’t me slapping myself over the back of the head and telling myself to pull up my socks. No, it was a Series of Fortunate Events – where I started to figure out who I was without all the old “tags” (mother, wife, faithful friend, work drudge etc), and I started liking the person who was emerging. I’m a work in progress, but I’m thriving now rather than wilting and weeping – what more can you ask for?

Over the next few weeks I’m going to cover some of those changes I’ve made, some of the discoveries I’ve made along the way, and how they turned me around and brought back my Mojo, my happiness, and my self-worth. I hope you’ll stop by and read them and share your thoughts because the journey is only just beginning – there’s so much more ahead!

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This post is a part of the series Me in the Middle Invites Guest Bloggers.  It’s an honor to feature Leanne’s writing.  I encourage you to visit her Blog at Cresting the Hill. (Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the month of July there will be a post in her series ~ 12 Steps to Happiness.)

Hi I’m Leanne, Welcome to my midlife blog ~ Cresting The Hill ~ this is where I share the discoveries I’m making about how great this stage of life is. It’s about building people up, investing in relationships, and trying new things. Lets live with gusto, embrace life, laugh every day, and appreciate the blessings that come our way. I’d love you to read, leave a comment and lets get to know each other – friendship is what it’s all about!

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~ For guidelines on submitting your inspiring story please go Here ~

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Me in the Middle of #atozchallenge ~ Letter H

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My theme for the A to Z Blog Challenge @AprilA2Z during the month of April is ~ My Life Is My Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned

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Does anyone remember the Happiness movement inspired by the Peanuts musical ~ “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” ?………………”Happiness is……….a warm puppy.”  It was such a great way to find things to be happy about.  Gratitude and Happiness are co-joined twins.  You can’t have one without the other.

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“Happiness” from “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!”

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Charlie Brown: Happiness is, finding a pencil
Snoopy: Pizza with sausage
Linus: Telling the time
Schroeder: Happiness is, learning to whistle
Linus: Tying your shoe for the very first time!
Patty/Sally : Happiness is playing the drums in your own, school band
Charlie Brown: And happiness, is walking hand in hand.
Charlie Brown: Happiness is, two kinds of ice cream
Lucy: Knowing a secret

Schroeder: Climbing a tree
Charlie Brown: Happiness is, five different crayons
Schroeder: Catching a firefly
Linus: Setting him free
Charlie Brown: Happiness, is being alone every now, and then
Everybody: And happiness, is coming home again.
Charlie Brown: Happiness is, morning and evening, daytime and nightime too. For happiness, is anyone, and anything, at all, that’s loved, by you!
Linus: Happiness, is having a sister
Lucy: Sharing a sandwich
Lucy and Linus: Getting along!
Everybody: Happiness, is singing together when day, is through, and happiness is those who sing with you.
Everybody: Happiness is morning and evening, daytime and nightime too.
Charlie Brown: For happiness, is anyone, and anything, at all, that’s loved, by you!
Lucy: (spoken) You’re a good man, Charlie Brown.

(From Peanuts Wiki)

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Happiness #4

 

The 2016 A to Z Challenge #atozchallenge@aprila2z  is 26 Days in April (No Sundays) of blogging using each letter of the alphabet as a prompt for each blog.  My theme for this Challenge is My Life is a Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned  
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* Note:  My letter sketches were made from ideas I found on Google Images. *