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Giveaway Winner! ~ Yes, It Is Me!

 

 

 

I am feeling grateful today!

A few days ago Jess at Defining Wonderland, posted how happy she was for being Freshly Pressed. In order to share the happiness, she decided to make a giveaway.

I decided to enter and what I did not expect happened!

I won!

Today I received the prize package in the mail. Here are some pictures to share with you how happy this made me. And actually this is the first time I win something in a giveaway, so this made it extra special!

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She made it super customized with little details that I almost did not wanted to open it so I wouldn’t ripe it.

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The gift was so pretty! It came with a super fun multi-color pencil which immediately got me writing and doodling around!

imageI totally loved every detail in that package!! —as you probably can tell by all the pictures.

imageThis made me feel super grateful not only for the prize bag—which I am totally happy for! But also for people with good hearts. People who take a step further and go beyond their reach and then the magic happens.

I feel grateful for the reminder of this simple fact that we often forget dancing around the every day life.

This has also inspired me to keep the ball of sharing the happiness rolling and put some more of myself to the world in those however small good deeds that we all encounter each day.

I am sure that everyone has something to share within themselves. So let’s the magic begin and keep sharing!

~Gabbi~

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What was the one experience that completely changed your life? What happened? How did it change your life?

Life changes, oh yes it does. I recently read a quote saying that nobody gets out of this life alive. It got me thinking of the time —not long ago, when I used to wonder why other people’s lives didn’t change as much as mine did in a matter of a second. I have come to a point where I understand it better.

Although at the time I looked around to the people I knew and even though they had been trough hardships, I felt like my reality was turning non-stop, in a moment in my life where I was truly happy.

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When I was prompted to write about a life changing experience I can think of a few, but I’m going to tell you about the one that has put me where I am siting today.

Almost two years ago, my mom separated my dad, moved to the other side of the country with her sisters; three days later she was diagnosed with an advanced breast cancer. A battle hard to fight.

My sister and I decided to move with my mom to be with her and support her. We flew back to get rid of what had been for me 22 years of life in a home full of memories.

My sisters and I called our friends to help us, however not many showed up. This was one of the lessons learned, I gotta say that it hurt, but now I now my real friends from then. To the ones that showed up I am forever thankful. I have a friend who I still talk to who was with me from the very beginning of this awfully rough roller coaster, this is the kind of friendship I wish I had now where I am, but as I learned from then, things don’t always go as planned.

We sold most of the stuff, some other things we gave away and some others people took away taking advantage of the situation; another painful lesson learned.

Anyway, we spent three days getting as much stuff in order as we could, saying goodbye to the unconditional friends. Tears were shed and hugs were given. We headed to the airport and off we went to a new cracked life.

We started living with my mos’s sister. Started her treatment. The count of days without speaking to my dad had unfortunately begun.

This is a bittersweet story; my mom thankfully has beaten cancer and is still recovering, Things with her sisters took a sour turn and this relationship was also broken, then fixed and then bent again.

From that coast of the country I collected unimaginable great memories, a few friends but most of all I gain my mom!

I had the chance to live in one of the most beautiful cities right in the beach, I used to love going to one of my favorite places ever, the Pier and the night fairs.

After a few months, I started talking to my dad again and eventually decided to move back with him because I couldn’t handle knowing him by himself and needing someone.  My mom and him also got together again.

We moved to the other side of the country and there we were on the road again, with my 16 year old dog and everything else behind. Again.

We are nowhere near perfect, everyone has their issues to work. Everyone still have covered wounds and buried feelings from that time, but I am making everyday count.

I don’t want to lose the true friends I got. I want to seize every moment and every person in my life NOW. That is all I have. Material things are just things and the spirit is what I want to nurture.

From this time, there are countless stories that come to my mind right now, but I think I’m going to let it up to here from now, maybe later on I can share more from this lessons learned.

Thanks for reading! And let’s live for today!

Send you love and light 🙂

Gabbi

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Take a line from a song that you love or connect with. Now forget the song, and turn that line into the title or inspiration for your post.

 

For this post I “asked” for inspiration to the WP inspiration box and look what I got! 🙂 When I think of a particular song, my mind actually goes blank. not because I don’t have a favorite song, but because I have plenty and this reminds me of the times when I used to search like crazy the internet for new music, artists, songs that spoke to me. I guess everyone gets to do that at some point. And eve though my likes in music are somewhat different from then, I still feel great when I remember those times.

From the music I started listen to back then and still gets me going are some of the  80’s bands. My favorites are the ones with a power female singer. My favorite compilation includes Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Vixen and Lita Ford. Later on I found myself listening 24/7 music from Lacuna Coil, Xandria and Leave’s Eye. Those great bands are still among my all time favorites!

Now I still listen to them, but I have expanded my playlist much more. I now enjoy listening to music all the way from arabic and bollywood, to my classics.

Anyway, that’s a little story when it comes to music.  Anyone feels like share yours?