Monday, August 4, 2014

happiness & depression

"there is no difference between happiness and depression.  they both have the same process.  it is just the content that is not the same.  both will come and go.  the major difference between them is what we do with them.
 
we are always seeking happiness.  when we see it coming we say, "ah, come here, I see you.  stay with me always."  happiness laughs and says, "oh, she's seen me, I can leave now."  and it does. 
 
with depression, we see it coming, and we say: "go away, I don't want you.  not me."  and depression sighs and says, "here we go again, I'm going to have to get bigger and bigger for her to hear me and learn what I have to teach."  so it taps us on the shoulder and says. "over here, over here!" until it gets our attention.  then it leaves.
 
both happiness and depression have something to teach us.  both will come and go.  both will return.  it is our response and openness to learn from both that makes the difference".
 
"my happiness is a gift.  my depression is a gift.  both are like butterflies in my life."
 
~Anne Wilson Schaef
 
i am reading a meditation book and this was what i read the other day.  it hit me like a ton of bricks.  most of you know that i have struggled with depression all my life.  when i read this i realized how true the words were while i read them.  i have been making huge strides in my life this year.  one being that i would no longer be on antidepressants.  i can happily say...i am medication free!!!  my world has brought me so many happy times along with some trials and struggles.  what i have learned {and continue to learn} is i get to decide if i choose happiness or depression. 
 
i {choose} happiness!!!
 
photo credit: Teresa Collins

 
wishing you all much love, kindness and happiness always. 
may you choose each day to be happy. 
may you choose each day to find the peace you are longing for. 
may you choose each day joy through the hard times.
may you choose love over hate.
may you choose life over death.
may you choose kindness.
 
love and hugs,
connie

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


photo credit: conniecapron2012

"we must be willing to let go of the life we planned
so as to have the life that is waiting for us".
~E. M. Forester

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The moment will arrive when you are comfortable with who you are,
and what you are – bald or old or fat or poor, successful or struggling –
when you don't feel the need to apologize for anything or to deny anything.
To be comfortable in your own skin is the beginning of strength.”
                                                                                                        ~Charles B. Handy

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

my aunt sherry shared this on her facebook page and i wanted to share it with all of you!!  truly amazing words and pictures.  as i am often reminded by family and friends, i must put my trust and faith in the lord. 
enjoy!

 
have a blessed day!
 
love and hugs

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

 
"don't make hasty decisions based on emotion.
  when dealing with fear and loss,
give yourself time before acting."
~author unkown

Monday, May 19, 2014

she is enough!

my heart aches as i just finished reading another blog on how mental illness has taken control over someone's life.  this sweet girl McKenna, only 18 has discovered that she has BPD {BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER}.
 
{photo credit}
 
i can not say enough about how BRAVE she is.  please read blog and share her{ story}.  the more people know, the more they understand.  if only i knew what she is learning now, how much better and easier my life could of been.  this young lady is wise beyond her years and i am truly proud to say i know her family.  i hope she knows she is NEVER alone and that she IS ENOUGH!!!
 
 this life is a true test and adventure, what we learn from it only makes us better and stronger.  remember, we don't wear signs and we don't know what others may be going through.  show love, be kind, give a smile, a hug or simple gesture to acknowledge them.  we are all struggling with some kind of trials in this large big world, please don't make it harder on someone else to make yourself feel better.  he never said it would be easy, he only said it would be worth it.
 
may is BPD awareness month and it's a great time to learn more, share more, help more and love more.
 
{here} you can read my post i wrote over 2 years ago.
 
love and hugs
connie

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

navyformoms!!!!

so excited to join this site!!!  you might want to check it out if you are a navy mom. i think i am about ready for this new adventure in my life. i get to see my boy, trevor in 17 days before he is off to boot camp. i am so thankful, blessed and honored to be his mom.


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Monday, January 13, 2014

has it really been that long????

i can't believe it has been over a year since i have blogged!!!  wow, a lot has happened and that i guess has kept me away. 

i am going to try and write a least once a month.  if i write more, YAY for me.  this has been a place of holding many stories, many memories, trials and happiness.  a place where i share a little about me and what i go through in hopes i may leave a story.  sometimes those stories even help others. 

here is to making a goal for myself on leaving small stories of my journey...keep checking in as the rest is still unwritten.

love and hugs,
connie

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Attitude of Gratitude

day 7:  i am grateful for home.

i am truly blessed to have a husband who provides what our family needs in a home.  we don't need a huge mansion.  we don't need to be in the fanciest neighborhood.  we just need to have a roof over our heads.  a place of shelter.  heat to keep us warm.  water to clean and cook with.  electric to allow us to see and work.  most of all we need each other, all of us {tom, me, austin, trevor, dallin, haleigh (and levi our dog)}.  this does not include all of the other things we are blessed with to call our house our HOME!  thank you tom for our home.  without you, it would only be a house.  without our children, we would not be home!  i am truly grateful for my HOME!!


don't forget to be grateful for your home.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Attitude of Gratitude

day 6:  i am grateful for the privilege to vote!

i know we all do not agree the same but it is truly a privilege to vote.  much of what i stand for and the freedoms i get to eNjoY are because of my right to vote.  i hope you made your voice heard today by voting your beliefs.  truly grateful!!  wishing our country a peaceful ending to this election. 


did you vote tOdaY?