Wisdomist Wednesday : Family

I try my best to be as thankful as possible daily … but today, I’m a little bit more thankful.

Thankful for my family.

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Last week, we had a death in the family overseas … my mom flew out literally as soon as she could. But it was too late. Before boarding she knew she was walking into a disaster zone, she was prepared. She was aware.

Literally an hour before she landed, my uncle passed away. I wish I was there with my mom, I know I couldn’t have changed the situation, but just to hold her; and hold her hand for the entire week. I know this hasn’t been easy for her; to be honest, she was sad that her brother passed away, but before leaving home, she had began preparing herself.

It was the details to follow, the situation at hand, circumstances and pain. It truly is sad. Gathered together, was as much family that could make the trip; prayers have been flowing from all over the world; my uncle’s immediate family is well supported and the prayers will continue for a long time.

I’m terribly worried about my grandpa and how he’s coping with this. How do you come to terms with loosing your eldest child? I’m terribly worried about my other uncles, aunts & cousins. There are truly only a couple things we can do, speak of the good times and pray.

I’m SO HAPPY my mom be home tonight. While we live just about an hour apart, knowing she’s back gives me a sense of peace, she’s back in an arena that I can help support her. I can hold her, comfort her, make her laugh.

Hug your loved ones a little tighter today, tell them you love them as much as you can, appreciate the time you have together.

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Wisdomist Wednesday : Existing

Remember how I told you guys a little while ago that one of my stress buster tactics is writing – that I’ve started keeping a journal. I’m doing pretty well to be honest. I don’t commit to writing every day … it’s not supposed to be a chore – it’s supposed to be my escape. And I think it’s worked .. although, sometimes I still find myself picking up the phone for advice – but seriously, what else are family and friends for?!?!

This morning, as I drank my coffee – I sat down to write. And there and then, I made a conscious decision that today – instead of complaining about the poop that floats around life … I’m instead going to make a list of everything that I’m thankful for. I felt better after seeing how long my list was!! Some of the things I included ;

  •  Waking up this morning to a warm happy home
  • Getting to kiss my husband goodbye every morning while he’s still semi-asleep
  • Hearing my mom laugh
  • Being healthy
  • Having a job
  • Living in a city that’s safe enough, where I can walk down the street without worry
  • Best friends that laugh me out of being stressed
  • Good hot chocolate

I read a hashtag on Instagram a little while ago that I completely fell in love with … it was #TooBlessedToBeStressed – LOVE IT!! Sometimes, we just need to acknowledge that just existing is something kind of fantastic !!

I’m glad you exist … I like you!!

And you should you glad that you exist … you’re pretty gnarly!!

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Good pep talk peeps … have a lovely Wednesday. I’m sprinkling love all over your world today ❤

Wisdomist Wednesday : Thankful

Remember when I used to do Wisdomist Wednesday?

I haven’t done one in a while, so I’m here … to get all wisdomy with you!!

Wisdomist Wednesday’s will also be kind of like my life update posts. That’s the thing about blogging, while I LOVE food, and experimenting with flavours – this blog is also my safe space. Which, I know … is pretty ironic since there are only about a bajillion people on the internet.

I just like the idea that I have a space to just be me, and make wicked-cool friends … like you.

Lately, life has slowed down a little (read : NOT COMPLAINING … at all).

In fact, I love it. Often, I find myself smiling more, I’m laughing a whole lot more – this sounds so sappy and you can call hallmark if you wish, but I feel like after marrying this kid – my outlook on life has changed SO MUCH!!  – for the better.

He makes me excited about the silliest of things, and appreciate every single day so much more. – go ahead, gag if you must!!

Of course, not every minute of every day is a walk in the park and filled with glitter – but life is freaking good right now … and all I can say, is

 

I AM SO THANKFUL!!  

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Thank You for being SO Fantastically-Amazing :)

Why Hellooo there Good Looking,

Guess what?

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… yepp, everything you see there, can be yours 🙂

Dear You,

I need you in my life. I’m over joyed when you comment on my blog. I fall head over heels for you, when you talk food to me on twitter – – and when you actually make the recipes I ramble on about – – for the love of cupcakes, I pretty much want to kiss you !! *I won’t just in case things get a little creepy …. *

To thank you for being such a fantastically-amazing-cool reader, following me on twitter and being SO INCREDIBLY supportive of The Living The Sweet Life Blog it’s about time that I do something for you!!

You have been able to make my dreams of being a foodie come true. How many other people do you know that has the chance to cook/bake , and then share all the happiness with you?!?!

I now have an avenue to share my silly antics, complain when life just isn’t so sweet – experiment with my baking and – – the best part of it all …. we’ve become pretty spanky friends!!

THANK YOU

THANK YOU

… THAAANNNKKK YOOOOOUUUU

seriously … thank you times a million-billion times over to the moon and back!!

It’s the little things you do that make me feel so special;

It’s when you comment on a blog post.

It’s when you retweet me 

When you follow me on twitter.

It’s the e-mails you asking questions about a recipe, and letting me know your family just fell in love with a new dish.

It’s the pictures you send me. I especially loved the ones of your kids scarfing down cookies ;).

….. do you realize how much this ALL means to me?!?!

– put it this way, if I could reach through the computer screen and give you a hug – I would.

If I could send you a hundred dozen cookies, it would happen in a second. 

I truly love you and appreciate the fact that you read my blabber – – I know sometimes (all the times) I may seem a little loopy,  and yes I suppose I maybe an obsessive peanut butter eater – – it’s possible that may I have a cookie problem – – but at least we can share all of these “special” quirks together ;).

And so, I thank you!! But it doesn’t end there …. I want to send you one dozen cookies.

Roasted Almond Dark Chocolate Chunk Coconut Cookies aka RAD Triple C

cookies to be exact … I also want you to have a copy of

The Treats Truck Baking Book

because this book is ohhh soooo sweeeeetttt!! If you’re in need of a sweet treat – – this is your go to book!!

and last but not least, how can I expect you to spread the sweetness without a little bit of baking equipment?

I’ve got

Fancy-Pants Measuring Spoons

for you 🙂

You know you want it 

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I want to give it to you!!

I promised when I got to 100 twitter followers, I would host this contest – – now there are 134 of you sugar-muffins that have joined in on all the fun. If I haven’t already said thank you ….

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You’ve got 4 chances to win this little package – – please leave me a comment and letting me know you’ve done each of the following:

1) Let me know, How do YOU live the sweet life?

2) Follow me on twitter @LivinLovinSweet

3) Retweet the following ;

“I’m so spanky & deserve to win @LivinLovinSweet ‘s very 1st giveaway ( https://livingthesweetlifeblog.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/giveawaytosaythankyou/ ) because I live a damn sweet life”

4) Subscribe to The Living The Sweet Life Blog

Contest open to all in North America and will run from today to the end of day Sunday April 29th 2012.

* Don’t forget to leave a comment once you’ve done each of the above* 

Good Luck Sweethearts – this is for all the love you’ve shown me.

I promise the continue sprinkling sugar across the land, sending sweetness far and wide 😉

xoxox