Tuesday, June 3, 2014


I love Pinterest.  I can pin and re-pin, and I love trying all the new recipes and do-it-yourself projects.

Everytime I make a new recipe, people ask "is this from Pinterest?" and often times it is!

One of the things I love the most about Pinterest are all the inspirational quotes.  I'm a huge fan of surrounding yourself with positive quotes.  Growing up, my mom had the words "Yes You Can" above my desk and she always did her best to inspire me to do my best.  Surrounding myself with words of affirmation and motivation not only remind me of my mom, but inspire me.  They have helped me through tough times, including my lupus diagnosis.  They help me put things in perspective when dealing with challenging people. The quotes even help me strengthen my faith.  Here are some of my favorites....

This quote is one of my favorites...and it's true! Do what's right for your life and your heart, and the only one that matter is God.
This is another favorite of mine.  And it's true.  Sometimes love isn't logical.  Sometimes it doesn't happen at the best timing.  Sometimes it's messy and scary and hard, but if you love each other none of that other stuff matters.  And at the end of the day, it's the love with each other that matters, not what other people think. 
I think this quote is SO important.  I remember when my mom was sick and died, and I felt like I didn't know how to live life without a mom.  I prayed a lot about it, and I knew that my mom would want me to live life looking forward not back.  I have faced adversity, challenges, and things in life haven't always been perfect, but I have someone who loves me and who supports me and who gives me strength, and I also have my faith which is so strong.   I think more people in life would be strong and happy if they just stopped focusing on the past and moved their lives forward.  Why stay so bitter and angry? Why not just put it in the past and move on.  Live YOUR life that you have today...don't live the life you had yesterday, that's gone and the best is ahead.  That's true for all of us!  
This is just SO true...
The older I get, the more I learn how true this is! I wish more people would realize it! 
This quote reminds me that even when the choices we make in life might be "wrong", the end result will always lead us to the right place! 
I like this quote because I feel like so many people live a life they think they should live, based on other people's expectations for them.  Are they really happy? I don't know.  But I try to live my life in the best way that's right for me and if people judge it or aren't happy with my choices, that's their issue!  

When I was diagnosed with lupus I was scared because my plan for my life just changed, and change can be hard.  I struggled with how life would be taking medicine every day, and how it would affect my future.  For a moment, I was so scared and frozen I didn't know how to react.  After some time, prayer and careful thought, I realized that I needed to let go of an idea I had for my life and live the life that was meant for me.  And since I've done that, I've been blessed with more than I could have ever asked for.  
I will wrap this post up with my all time favorite quote!  I always remind myself of this, and try each day to live life fully and in a way that's right for me and for the people I love.  Life might be messy sometimes, and things don't always happen as planned, but the best things in life come as unexpected surprises and if you just have some faith and live each day with intention, then good things happen.   There is so much positive in life right now, that it overshadows any challenges.  Life always has hard things, and negative people can make those things more challenging, but if we always remain strong and have our focus on doing good each day, then life will work out.  Because at the end of the day, it is life and it's meant to be lived!

If you're newly diagnosed with lupus and feeling scared or alone, please reach out! 
I know how hard it is, and I hope some inspirational quotes will help you through.   Lupus for me has made me a stronger person, and I am so blessed and thankful that my lupus is manageable and that I have a great team of doctors.  I am also so blessed and thankful for all the wonderful things happening in my life.  Sometimes the best things in life happen when you least expect it.  

Stay strong! xoxo Nikki

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