Healing

Healing is never easy, but it’s always possible. I have been there and I have felt it and some days are good, sometimes better than others and some days are unimaginable, but always trust the process. Always believe in yourself no matter how bad the day might get.

HERE’s WHAT MY THERAPIST ONCE TOLD ME: It’s been few weeks since I met you.
I’m so glad that I did.
I know that feeling of waking up in the morning and trying to stay strong.
I know that feeling of trying to wear a big smile.
I know that feeling of stress whenever you wake up.
But through all these, you’ve remained strong.
You’ve been one of the strongest person I have met.
You’re also fearless.
Thanks so much for being who you are.

The journey hasn’t been easy and I don’t know how long I will be here but one thing for sure is that, I will always be by your side and will always be around whenever you need me.

Keep pushing. Keep doing your best.

You’re going to win

True.living cares, and I am rooting for you 🤍🤍🤍🤍

We all need a friend

As human beings, we become so busy with our jobs, family, household chores, daily activities that we often neglect one of the most important aspects of life; friendships, the relationships that develop over time that hold a very special place in our heart and that society continues to ignore. Friends are family members that we choose to allow and keep in our lives. From our first childhood friend to those lifelong friends we have known for decades; friends are treasures that can bring so much positivity into our lives but yet we often become too busy and neglect these important people. I am guilty of this as well!

Growing up, my mother always used to tell me “your friends are a reflection of you”. I did not quite understand this until I started meeting individuals who kept, not so healthy friends in their lives and suddenly, as a young teenager, I learned to understand that the friends I keep in my life reflect who I am and desire to be as a person and therefore I have learned to choose my friends wisely over the years. I do not care about the superficial attributes such as looks, money, success or status but rather I emulate those who bring laughter, joy, honesty and who can be there for me and also give me a firm kick in the butt when I need it. I always find it intriguing to meet friends of people I know because I can really get a sense of that person by the company they choose to keep in their life.

Friends are there to lift you up in joy and comfort you in sorrow. Good friends can be and will be your backbone. Whether you are celebrating a great life event they will show up with a bottle of wine, or two, and celebrate with you. If you are going through a rough patch in life, they are there to listen, give you advice and try to get you out of that slump. True friends show up, no matter what. True friends do not make excuses, do not flake on you and do not bring you down.

True friends will give you a reality check. We have all been there and we all have that friend; that instance where he or she is being completely inappropriate whether they are throwing a fit, copping an attitude or just being downright rude and nasty. We as friends need to give each other a reality check. It could be the ridiculous outfit we are wearing or the boyfriend/ girlfriend cheating on us. True friends bring the harsh truth in front of us. It is always important to be honest with our friends however it is just as important to approach these touchy issues with kindness and to address these matters in the appropriate setting and time, ideally behind closed doors. The beauty of true friends is they will tell you like it is, but from a good place in their heart.

Friends can make you miserable too. There is a dark side to friendship. The people who know you the best are also the ones who have the most power to betray you, should the relationship sour. Friends can also get you into trouble. If your friends are doing something bad or harmful, you tend to be more likely to do so as well, a fact to which many drinking buddies can certainly attest. Friends can also cause you stress when they get in the way of other important goals or relationships. Be ready to say no to friends who disappoint, betray, or stress you and you’ll be more likely to get the full friendfluence effect.

Friends are perfect companion: Loneliness is painful, especially when you are living with loneliness for a prolonged period of time. This is yet another reason to put time, energy, and attention into finding and cultivating a close circle of friends. As a rational creature you have to have need of companions. Who would be better than a friend as a companion. It is normal that you feel better when friends are around. Sometimes the most ordinary things can be made extraordinary, just by doing them with the right people. These right people are maybe those whom we call friend.

A friend can be a helping hand: The dictionary defines helping as, to make things easier or better for a person; to give one in need or trouble something necessary as relief. Whenever you need something to do for you first person you will find that is friends. Sometimes friends are helpful than any other family member. You can ask any kind of help from friends, that can be silly matter to (you can’t ask many things to anyone). You don’t need a friend for doing serious work for you. If a friend does help you in tiny tiny work of yours it will be matter of great happiness because you will realize someone is there for you. And a good friend, never let you down. Whenever you need them you will find them. They can make fun of you but they will definitely do anything for you.

Friends are supporters of us: A good friend will not tell you exactly what to do but they will encourage you to do what you already know in your heart is right. One sincere word of encouragement after failure is worth more than a day of praise after success and true friends will do it for you. Sometimes situations goes so wrong that there is no one to back you. A friend will be there for you if you are wrong or right. Best friends make your problems their problems too, just so you don’t have to go through them alone. Friends are not someone who will solve all your problems, friends are who will face them with you. When no one believes you, friends will believe you whether you are saying garbage or not.

Friends are our second family: We get a family when we are born. But friends can be called second family because it is where we belong all over our lifetime. In our childhood we turned to family when we are stressed but after getting mature we don’t go to family any more we turn to friends when we’re stressed. They have enough influence in our life like any other family members.

Friends are important. So important, in fact, that it’s been proven that friendship can extend life expectancy and lower chances of heart disease Friendship helps us survive.

Trueliving356 is always ready to welcome relevant and important friends. If you need to speak with us you can reach out to us via our email trueliving356@gmail.com. Keep the love going 🤍.

Happy New Year

Hi everyone, been a long time. For those reading this, I am glad we all made it into 2021. Year 2020 was the toughest for I and most of us but I am glad we scaled through and we are coming out of it stronger and better in this new year. I have a lot of interesting things I’d discuss with us later on. So stay tuned and please stay safe. Happy New Year Once again. I love you all 🤍

Words of encouragement

I am here again, i hope you all haven’t missed me much. Well once again I miss blogging, I am thankful to be back. Well to all those who see me as strong yes I am. Lol. There’s absolutely no one in this life, that doesn’t have something they battle with. But you know the good news, we will all overcome our issues. Well this year has been good, beautiful and bad too lol. Okay I am sure you guys weren’t expecting the bad part, that’s okay. Nothing in this life is complete without the good and bad part. There’s life and there’s death. I know there are a lot of people out there who have absolutely no one to talk to, but I really hope and want to be here for as many of you guys as possible. And I hope after sharing a little detail about how my week has been, it will encourage some of us not to feel alone.

These past few weeks, I honestly don’t know how I came out strong. It’s been the most challenging part of my life. Having to deal with issues of life that requires me to stay strong, forgive, keep loving, letting go off the past, hoping for the best, facing my fears, undisclosed feelings and emotions. The truth is when I think about how I was able to handle these past few weeks, I am surprised at how bold and strong I have been. Life isn’t complete without challenges. But what has kept me going is faith. Well at some point I felt empty, like I was praying and God wasn’t listening, other times I felt I was wasting my time. Trying to hold on to God even when you feel completely empty is hard. Some times I tell God I am sorry, but please I just need a sign to know you are listening . Well the truth is most times we are the reason why we feel completely disconnected from God. These past few weeks put me to test and trial to see how strong and prepared I am for what lies ahead of me, what’s coming my way. Have you ever been in a situation where you had to doubt yourself? Where you had to question yourself? Can I do this? Am I sure I can face this? Is this phase going to pass too? Why me? What did I ever do wrong? I thought I was perfect, I did everything right, where did I miss it? What did I do wrong? Well it’s not a good place for anyone. I had to repeatedly doubt myself and question myself. I felt I did everything right and I felt I shouldn’t be the one faced with the problem. Not me. But you know what, life has no respect for anyone.

In all of these, one thing that kept me going is faith. Times like this I would sit back and hate myself, I would tell myself if I had known, if I knew better, I would have done it differently. The truth is there will always be some regrets in our lives we will learn to live with. There’s absolutely nothing that can and will ever change that. But it’s not too late to do better. If I was in that scenario all over again without knowing what I know now, will I repeat the same mistakes again? Most likely. The truth is we are all humans. We don’t know what tomorrow holds for us. We act in the moment. And at every point in my life, everything I have ever done was the best decision I have ever made at the time. Everything I did felt absolutely right to me at the time, so if I was to be put on the same spot, the same scenario, will I do the same thing, that’s why I said most likely. But thinking back now, was that the best choice? absolutely not. Do I regret it sometimes? Yes but not all of it. This is me and everyone of us being human.

But in all of these, I am thankful I came out with a lot of good lessons to learn. Never ever limit yourself. Never doubt yourself because of some bad and silly choices you make. Never underestimate how strong you are to handle and face any challenge that comes your way. Life is not bed of roses, it’s full of issues. But definitely you are strong enough to overcome it all. I am thankful I am gradually coming out stronger and stronger. Oh yes ! I have moment when I break down in between. When I think of somethings, I shed tears, but after that I wipe my face and tell myself this isn’t the end of the world. I thought I should share this to someone here who’s totally feeling lost, empty, confused, devastated, frustrated there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Please don’t ever feel you are alone. Don’t give up. Yes, we all have moments in our lives that seems the world is against us, but that’s when we need to hold onto our faith and stay strong. And if you ever need someone to talk to or reach out to, I am always available at trueliving356@gmail.com. I love you all 🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍

Note to self

If I could go back and visit my younger self the first thing I would do is grab her and hug her so tight that she feels love within every bone of that broken body of hers. I would tell her that she is loved, she is worthy and she deserves happiness. I would tell her that no matter what she’s feeling, things WILL get better. I would tell her that it’s okay to ask for help and there’s no shame in reaching out to let your loved ones know that you’re struggling. I would tell her to stop wasting so much time sleeping because life is too precious and she shouldn’t take the time she has on this planet for granted. I would tell her that no matter how invisible she feels she doesn’t deserve to starve and waste away. I would tell her that no matter how much she’s hurting or how badly she thinks of herself she doesn’t deserve to be cut open. I would tell her that everything she’s been through so far doesn’t define her and will never define her so just take a deep breath. I would tell her that the mistakes she’s made doesn’t make her a bad person and she still deserves to live. I would tell her that life is about learning and growing and it will never be perfect and that’s okay. I would tell her to stop trying to find happiness in everyone else and tell her she already has everything she needs within herself. I would tell her that it’s okay that she feels everything so deeply, it’s not a weakness. I would tell her that one day she will get to a place where she believes that she deserves happiness and cares for herself even though she doesn’t think it’s possible. I would tell her that the people who truly love her will always be there. Always. No matter what. And most importantly I would tell her thank you, thank you for holding on and being so strong because now I am so grateful to be alive.

I can’t go back in time to tell my younger self this, but I promise to tell myself this everyday as long as I am alive. I hope we all can be strong and courageous to remind ourselves of what we truly are. We should never forget to say these words to ourselves everyday and believe it. How loved and special we are, and we definitely don’t deserve less than this. 🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍

Things that make me happy

“Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.”  Jim Rohn

Growing up I thought that happiness was something that happened to me, cause and effect.  My mom gave me ice cream, I was happy.  Unfortunately, this meant my happiness was always dependent on someone else.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product of a life well lived.”

If Happiness is a choice and the by-product of a life well lived, then happiness is not dependent upon someone else, but rather, within my control.  Whether a life is well lived largely comes down to the choices one makes, particularly the things on which we choose to focus, how we elect to see the world.

I realized that while I had a readily available mental list of the things that annoy me or frustrate me, I didn’t have the same clarity for the things that make me happy.  If happiness is a choice, then I thought it worthwhile to be certain of the things on which I could focus that would make me happy.  

It was an enjoyable exercise pondering the particulars of what brings a smile to my face, a sense of contentedness to my soul. After much deliberation, I have come to the following list of things that always make me happy:

1. I love to motivate people, to inspire them, to provide a positive example in this world; and I get often asked how I keep being so confident, optimistic and motivated all the time.

The answer is helping others.

You get the biggest motivation from helping others

Sure, I have and I encourage Positive Habits that make your life better because we are what we do daily. But I strongly believe compassion is the noblest feeling you can put in your heart. Compassion is the purest because you give something expecting nothing in return. It’s a fuel for unconditional love, it’s a fuel for gratitude, it’s a fuel for the ability to see hope in future. Acts of kindness don’t have to be big to be meaningful. Small donations, listening to somebody with a lot of troubles on their heart, a nice meal for that kid you’ve seen on the streets; these acts of kindness might seem small, but that’s how we give shape for our love for God.

2. Being loved: while I can cut negativity away from my life, I love being surrounded by positive people who support me and love me for what I am, who I am. I love my family and friends passionately in return. I didn’t know what love was like until I experienced it. Having such strong feelings about another person shook me to my core. It made me re-evaluate my beliefs. I learned what it was like to really care about someone. Everything I had believed, everything I stood for, suddenly disappeared. I found a whole new world opened up for me. I was no longer closed-minded. I became a yes person. I learned the meaning of never say never. I had a new outlook on life. Being loved makes you feel inspired. It gives you a can-do attitude that you can approach anything, anywhere, anytime. Being in love gives you motivation. Your attitude is optimistic and always positive.

3. Writing: When I took to writing I had no idea I could write as much. I had no idea how creative I was or how it was going to one day become what I love doing. As I wrote, not only did I reach my readers who related to me and connected, it healed me also. When I write, I share a little piece of my soul. And nothing makes me happier than giving back to the world that has already given me so much. I write to take all the terror, tragedy, comedy and banality of life and wrestle it into something I can understand. Writing is a wonderful way to discover and experience life’s pains and joys. Writing is an amazing tool to deal with pain and find God’s comfort in the midst of it. Writing is a way to discover and express fun and creativity. … Writing makes me feel happy because it helps me to connect with my inner feelings and share those feelings with others to, hopefully, help them to understand life better and to not feel alone.

4. Traveling: Nothing opens your horizons more than traveling. The world is huge though I am still on my journey. Travel enhances your mental well-being. Whether you are travelling for business, or on a one-week family holiday, or have to pursue a life on the road, travelling can make you a happier person by building self-confidence, providing new experiences and memories. Here are the reasons why travelling makes me happier:

  • Being away makes you appreciate home and family: Being away from things we often take for granted — family, close friends, home — makes us appreciate them more.
  • You find self-confidence by dealing with unexpected situations: There comes a time when everyone must deal with an unexpected situation when they are on the road. Whatever happens, there is a way around the problem and knowing that you can deal with these situations is a big boost to self-confidence and therefore your happiness.
  • You make new friends: It’s much easier to make new friends on the road than it is at home, where people are less inclined to chat to strangers on a cab or strike up conversation in a coffee shop. When people are away from home, there seem to be less boundaries to cross and making friends becomes much easier.
  • Getting some ‘you’ time: Our breathing space is often lost in our usual day-to-day existence. Travel helps revive that space. Having a moment to take advantage of peace and quiet and to simply ‘be’ allows us to let go of stress and tension and just enjoy being in the moment.
  • Sunshine while travelling generally puts us in a better mood: You enjoy and feel sunshine more when you are travelling. And of course sunshine and warmth generally place us in a much better mood. Though, this is more of a short-term boost, but a healthy glow makes everyone feel better and that lasts for a few weeks even after the trip is over.

5. Shopping: Studies have shown that shopping actually causes your brain to release more Serotonin, which is a chemical that makes you feel good! So there you go. The next time you are having a bad day, maybe you can seek a mood boost with a little shopping.

  • It takes your mind off things: Shopping takes time and concentration whether it is being done online or in your favorite store. You have to think about what you want or need and then find the most appropriate item to meet your requirements. You are focused on what you desire and not on the stressors in your life
  • It boosts your confidence: A beautiful dress or the perfect shade of nail polish can make you feel amazing. No one would argue that. There is nothing wrong with letting a new item give you a little boost now and again, but do be careful to not let the things you own be the only way you can feel good about yourself. Yes you look good in that outfit, but you are amazing either way!
  • You are in control : You are the one calling the shots when you walk into a store. The clerks are there to help you out and you are the one making all of the decisions. Everyone likes to be in charge now and again. If you have been feeling like everything is out of your control lately, a day of shopping could help with the frustration.
  • You get to spend time with people you love: If you are like me, you probably like to invite your best friend, mom, sister or partner along with you. We all know that time with your favorite people can make you feel good and remind you what is important.
  • It’s is gratifying: Some of the studies about shopping and happiness suggest that simply wanting an item without ever purchasing it can make you feel good. But we all know from experience that finally purchasing that item is so satisfying.
  • It’s can contribute to your self image: The way you present yourself to the outside world is important. You are creating an outwardly projected image of yourself with every item you purchase. Effectively creating the image you want to feels good.
  • It is refreshing: Everyone likes having new things every now and again. Whether you want to bring a new look to a room or your wardrobe, shopping to incorporate something new into your life is always refreshing.

We can’t be happy all the time because life will always throw things our way that make us feel sad, hurt, angry, frustrated and scared. One thing I’ve learned, though, is that during these times, there’s always something you can do to get the happiness vibes going. The good thing is that most of them aren’t difficult or expensive.

If you need a pick-me-up, try doing something from my list. Better yet, take some time to come up with your own happiness list and refer to it whenever you need a boost. You’ll be surprised how little it can take sometimes to turn your mood around.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is one of the hardest things to do. Many of us have been hurt, felt offended, and we keep telling ourselves we forgive our offenders but the honest truth is most of us don’t really genuinely forgive our offenders. My question is

1.) how do you know you have genuinely forgiven someone who really hurt you?

2.) how do you forgive someone you love that constantly keep hurting you

3.) when you forgive , do you have difficulties being friends with the person who has hurt you?

Let’s have a conversation.

“Speak Your Truth”

“Speak your truth.” That’s a phrase that has become common in popular culture over the past year. Speaking your truth is the most powerful weapon we have.

This may be you…. At some point in your life you made the decision that it was no longer safe to speak your truth. In your early years, speaking up led to a scolding from your parents, or worse. Their censure caused pain and engendered a belief in you that speaking up would create even more pain. This belief compelled you to withhold and question your voice from then on. Your parents, of course, did the best they could given their challenging upbringing; but whether they knew it or not, they were recreating their painful past—a past where they were to be seen but not heard, and forced to cope with their difficulties and feelings by keeping a tight lip. The cycle repeated itself in how they raised you, and in how they expected you to keep certain parts of yourself invisible. Even if your parents were generally kind and open to you, so long as they held onto their need to withdraw—their coping strategies—they would unintentionally invite you to withdraw as well; you would likely inherit their fears, beliefs and attitudes, like the innocent sponge and mimicker you were.

Barriers

  • Fear of offending. This is rooted in fear that you will break your connection with others. That means fear of loneliness and loss of power — the power to get people to stick around.
  • Not wanting to be judged. It’s fear that if you say what you truly believe, you’re not going to seem competent, credible or lovable. The result is a habit of self-censorship and a lack of confidence in owning your opinions.
  • A sense of futility. “If you’ve found in the past that asserting your opinion made no difference to the powerful people in your life, you may be inclined to think, ‘What’s the use?’ today.”
  • Fear of reprisal. Anxiety about being shunned, ridiculed or attacked can make speaking up feel downright dangerous.

Most of the time you will not speak your truth because you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. That’s natural and oftentimes a good practice depending on the time and circumstance. However, there are times in which you need to put forth your belief for clarification or conviction. If you hurt a person’s feelings, please be patient until they figure out how to respond. Family truths are sometimes the most difficult truths to speak. By speaking your truth, you will frequently piss some people off. Please don’t take their attacks at you personally. It’s really not about you. It’s about them. It is called transference in psychology. A person transfers their emotions to you, accusing you of possessing what they are feeling. It is not necessary to push your truth onto someone else. And it’s not your job to fix anyone.

Speaking your truth will surely piss some people off and that’s a good thing. It’s time now, in your boomer years, to live your life the way you want to – the way you feel – yet always, of course, with reason and kindness. You’ve spent the better part of your life being honest, patient, compassionate and loving. And you will always be that person. On the other hand, holding back your truth when it’s necessary to speak is not going to be healthy for your personal growth and transformation. To speak your truth is to assume that there is some truth that you yourself possess. It assumes that each person is his or her own source for truth and authority.

The Power of speaking your truth. At the moment you start speaking your truth, you become more powerful than you can possibly imagine because when you speak the truth, you start believing in yourself. Of course, everyone thinks they believe in themselves. Everyone should be taught from a young age to be authentic, be you, believe in yourself. Think deeper, clearer and more profoundly ask yourself , Are you really free enough to piss people off? Speaking your truth comes from knowing who you are, from self – knowledge. Once you start practicing how to own your truth, everything in your life will start arranging itself. A huge amount of stress will be lifted from your heart because you don’t have to pretend anymore. You don’t have to hide parts fo you. And there is power in that thinking. When the shields we use to protect ourselves are gone, being present, being open and being emotionally pure and raw start to come to the surface. Being honest demands respect. When you value and respect your own thoughts and feelings, others will too. Those who don’t respect your thoughts and feelings probably shouldn’t be in your life in the first place. You will become stronger. There is strength in being honest with yourself. It is letting those icky feelings that you pretend do not exist out into the light. It requires strength to admit who you are and who you want to be with. It sounds easy but it isn’t. That kind of honesty can be brutal and harsh when you have to look at pieces that are not polished.

Practice Safety First. That is, give yourself a chance to practice sharing your truth. Find a community of supporters who will let you speak what’s on your mind without judgement or shame. Learning to share your voice and speak your truth for the first time will rarely be as eloquent as Oprah. Because of that, be awkward in the privacy and comfort of your own circle or platform. You can say things in a wonky way until they come out right.

Never Give your power away. Your truth is your power, so never give your power away to anyone else for any reason. Sharing your truth takes a leap of faith. However, only then can you learn and know the doing of your purpose. It’s better to live a Hard truth than a Beautiful Lie.


Do you speak your truth? Or do you worry about what other will think? Do you feel that you know yourself better now? Let’s have a conversation.