Silver Linings …

Hi all my beautiful wonderful happy SQUEE-Peeps!!!  It’s Friday once again, and time for some spreading of SQUEEness!!!  Many of you just got dumped on with snow again, and that sucks.  WTH happened to spring, right???  I truly hope the sun and warmth is fast on the heels of your snow showers, and that your days brighten right back up!!!  :0)

kiss my tulips Mary Kate Kopec

On my end, I just went through a lil bit of a health scare, and it has reminded me how important it is to keep smiling and focusing on the goodness in my life.  For me, I’ve always found that goodness to be in my love, friendships, and nature.  Oh, and chocolate!!!  lol.

This picture is especially for my honeybun, Paul.  When you look at the PINKness of my heart, you will definitely see him, and I am so very thankful and lucky to have him right by my side, holding my hand and giving me love and support in all that I do and all that I face.

I gotta say, I got really fortunate in my life when my path stumbled across his.  <3 :0)

And for my friends who reached out to hold my hand, cheek kisses and the SQUEEest and PINKest of hugs to you!!!  You helped me so much!!!  And I am so thankful <3  <3  <3

I am reminded to breathe, relax, love, see brightness, exercise, channel positive healing energy, sleep well, stay hydrated, eat nourishing foods, smile often, do good things, do fun things, share my life and my SQUEE, and to stay focused on the goodness in my life.

I got a gift out of this scare: a very clear picture of what is important to me.  And now that I know, I’m doubling down on making my life be exactly that, while loving the journey.  It’s funny, I’ve known for a really long time that health and love and friends and laughter are they essentials of life.  I’ve known it.  But I’ve never felt it like I do now.  I guess that’s the silver lining of getting the shit scared out of you by a doctor letting you know that all is not well.  So I’m facing that and moving forward, with my focus clearly on the good stuff.  <3  :0)

Happy Friday!!!  I’m thinking of you with SQUEE in my heart!!!  <3

Mary Kate

 

PS: I took this picture at the 2017 Philly Flower Show.

My heart is hugging you! <3

Hug a friend with your heart Mary Kate Kopec

Sometimes all it takes is Liking or Hearting (or acknowledging in whichever way is appropriate) our friend’s posts – letting them know we are there with them and for them.  That they are not alone.  That we care, and we care about them!

I was recently reading about how Facebook makes people (its users) sad or depressed.  There are apparently A LOT of studies that show this.  And to be honest, I have been one of these people.  But I’ve learned, and I have PINKness to share!!!

I think most of us fall prey at some point to the “Liking Game.”  We post, and we wait to see who likes it.  How many will like it.  … How many will like me and what I share?  And somehow this Liking Game gets translated into a form of self-worth.  And that’s where I think we go wrong.

It’s easy to forget that Facebook’s algorithms only permit around 15% of our peeps to see what we post.  And who knows how that 15% gets spilled out across the day?  My guess is whatever it takes to keep us logged in, or logging back in, so that they can keep feeding us advertisement.  But that’s only part of it.  Then there’s “fake news” (WTF???) and the politics and all celebrity deaths.  And other sad or un-fun posts.

When I came back in December (after …  you know … my abominable year), I decided to fully own my SQUEEness and PINKness.  While I was away, I got lots of messages telling me how all my happy posts were so very much missed.  So I’m full-on PINK now.  :0)  And I’m hoping my loving, happy, big, PINK, SQUEE heart will bring you smiles and brighten your day!!!

I’ve learned our community is what we make it.  We can’t control all the negativity, but we can be positive.  We can support one another.  We can be the PINK SQUEE Heart that loves and encourages and smiles and shares goodness.  I hope you will join me in being a Big PINK SQUEE Heart!  Sometimes all it takes is Liking or Hearting (or acknowledging in whichever way is appropriate) our friend’s posts – letting them know we are there with them and for them.  That they are not alone.  That we care, and we care about them!

You, my most beautiful wonderful lovely happy SQUEE-Peeps, are sunshine in my day!  Thank you with all the PINKness and SQUEEness in my Heart!!!

Love and Hugs,

Mary Kate  :0)