Why It’s Important to Live Life in The Moment

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Why It’s Important to Live Life in The Moment

“Your own positive future begins in this moment. All you have is right now. Every goal is possible from here.” – Lao Tzu – Do you live life in the moment or are you dwelling in the past? I am very grateful to have received this beautiful picture frame from FramedArt. I love seeing this quote every day because it’s a reminder for me to live life in the moment! I am reminded that I have this exact moment to make things happen, become a bit better, and reach for my next goal. The past is in the past, so we shouldn’t dwell or think of it. It doesn’t do us any service to be thinking of past issues or pains. It’s so important to focus on living life in the exact moment! If we focus on the tasks at hand, it will get us closer to our goals for our future! I want to share a few tips and reasons why it’s important to live in the moment.

Remember that you are not your thoughts. I remember reading the line “you are not your thoughts” in a book and it struck a chord for me. Re-stating that line helped me to remember to focus on the now. So for instance, if I was having no welcoming thoughts, instead of focusing on them, I would pop in a funny movie or read an uplifting book and about 8 out of 10 times it would get me out of the negative mind frame and put me in the actual moment.

Being present helps you to not overthink things. Living in the present moment helps you to take your mind off of things and not worry. Have you ever been worried about something and then once you get back to the present moment, your worries go away and later on you don’t even remember what you were worried about earlier? That has happened to me quite a few times! J

Appreciate what you have right now. Of course we need goals for our futures and we need to plan ahead for our future. You can read my two posts on goals here and here. It’s crucial to appreciate what we have in the moment. If we are eating a piece of chocolate, really enjoy that bite instead of thinking about the chocolate cake you had yesterday that was ‘better.’ Savor and cherish each precious moment.

Being present helps you to be free. When I am in the present moment I feel more alive and free. For example, when I’m playing with my niece or dancing with her, I am in pure joy and freeness.

Living in the present helps release stress. When you are truly living in the present moment you are not thinking ahead or behind and just being. Your worries are gone and you are focusing on every breath, sound and smell. Short meditations can help relieve stress tremendously.

Reading helps you be in the present moment. When you read, you are thinking of only those words and living in the present. Reading has really helped me focus on the present moment. I especially love to read positive quotes. I encourage you to check out FramedArt for more inspiration on picture quote frames! They have a ginormous selection to choose from and you can’t beat the prices!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Comment below with your favorite quote or a link to your favorite art work from FramedArt.com.

With Love,

Alanna Wong

Importance of making time for our loved ones!

Importance of making time for our loved ones!

Importance of making time for our loved ones!

 

“Importance of making time for our loved ones!”

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It is so important to make time for our loved ones especially in today’s day and age where we are running a mile a minute and are very busy. We must learn to make time for our loved ones even if we have busy schedules! I am fortunate that I was able to receive the Family Time Planner by Dotmine Day Planners to review. I want to share with you a few tips you can do to make time out for your loved ones!

We all have a choice. We all have a choice on where we are spending our time. Spending time with your loved ones is a choice of yours. Even if your day is packed full, you have a choice to text, call, or skype your family member’s even if only for a minute to let them know you are thinking of them. What about on your lunch break? Maybe you could invite them to stop by! Find ways to make time even if your day is full! We all have 24 hours in a day. Take a look at where your time is being spent. It may be helpful to log your activities (work and play) so you can see where your time is going. [Read more…]

Take opportunities when they arise!

opportunitiesTake Opportunities When They Arise!

“Where there is an open window there exists limitless opportunity.” Do you take opportunities when they arise or do you give in to your fear and pass them by? I received the beautiful deep canvas picture to your left from Fulcrum Gallery! I am beyond grateful to have received this wall photo as every morning I wake up and go to sleep I am reminded to take the opportunities when they arise! Like many of us, I have taken opportunities but have also missed opportunities. I want to share with you a few reasons why it’s imperative to take opportunities! [Read more…]

“Imagine” by: Alanna Wong

Imagine

Imagine

“Imagine” by: Alanna Wong

Imagine if we never left a fallen family member behind.

Imagine if we see someone where they are in the exact moment and not where we expect them to be.

Imagine if we show others compassion by putting ourselves in their shoes.

Imagine if we love each other unconditionally and not just show our love when it’s convenient for us.

Imagine if we forgive ourselves for our wrongdoings and we forgive the people that have hurt us.

Imagine if we accepted all ailments in this world even if it’s an illness we can’t see.

Imagine if we just did one of these things how much better the world would be!=

You belong! Let’s start with acceptance!

Share this video with your friends and family members if you or someone you know needs acceptance! 

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you did enjoy it, please leave a comment below! I love hearing from you!

All the best,

Alanna Wong

p.s. If you haven’t read the introductory section of my book about my 13 year battle with Kleine-Levin Syndrome, you can read it here: http://alannawonglife.com/real-life-sleeping-beauty/ 

 

Value Your Loved Ones

Value Your Loved Ones

Value Your Loved Ones

Value Your Loved Ones: 

Have you ever asked yourself why you should value your loved ones? There are many reasons to be given, but I would like to share the most important, and especially, why you also need to be there for them when they need you the most.

Life is a journey of ups and downs. Therefore, it’s completely normal for your loved ones to have you as someone they can count on when the going gets tough. This is a good time for you to show what a good friend you are, as it would hurt them to see you turn your back when they need you. A good way to show that you value them is by staying close and helping them out. It can be challenging for you to stay committed and not walk out, but it also would break them apart to see you turn your back; therefore, you shouldn’t just walk away.

They need you to keep believing. I recently read a quote that says: “We live in a society where too many people make family a disposable commodity”, and I think the quote couldn’t be any truer in today’s society. Unfortunately many people with life struggles are being left behind and not supported in the way they need to and should be. You really must be there when it’s important because it shows you value them.  [Read more…]

Six Steps to Build your Self-Esteem and Confidence

Believe In You!

Believe In You!

Six Steps to Build your Self Esteem and Confidence

Many of us are struggling, and many of us are facing challenges. They may be physical, mental or emotional. Maybe you have suffered some kind of loss in your life, your health, a job or maybe friendships. This can have an impact on your self-esteem and confidence which you need in order to heal, improve and enjoy a better quality of life. Confidence and self-esteem make a tremendous difference in your life and the lives of those around you. I have provided some tips that I have found to be helpful to me on building self-esteem and confidence while you are struggling, and I would like to share them with you. [Read more…]

Surviving Chronic Illness Through Commitment

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Surviving Chronic Illness Through Commitment

In my latest post, I shared the importance of having hope when surviving chronic illness. You can read about that here. The seventh quality that is crucial when surviving chronic illness is commitment. Staying committed to your loved ones is a critical component when dealing and healing through chronic illnesses. You need to be committed to stick out the fight for recovery with your loved ones. Commitment helps families get through the toughest of times. [Read more…]

Surviving Chronic Illness Through Hope

Surviving Chronic Illness Through Hope

In a previous blog entry, I discussed the meaning of acceptance. If you’re interested you can learn more about surviving chronic illness through acceptance here. The sixth quality one must consider when surviving chronic illness is hope. If you are left with nothing else, you must then hold on to hope. While I still lingered in my darkest days, I held firmly to hope. It is what kept me moving forward. Maintaining your hopes and dreams during times of trials and tribulations is a vital part of conquering them.
What does hope mean to the person that is living with a chronic illness? [Read more…]

Surviving Chronic Illness Through Acceptance

Acceptance

Alanna Wong writes about surviving trauma through acceptance.

Surviving Chronic Illness Through Acceptance

Today I am continuing my series on the seven qualities needed to survive chronic illness and overcome struggle. The first quality I wrote about is resilience, the second is strength, courage is the third, the fourth is love which brings us to the fifth quality, acceptance.

The fifth quality that a person needs when surviving chronic illness is acceptance from the people around them. Acceptance is extremely important when surviving chronic illness and overcoming a struggle. I never really knew the importance of acceptance until I personally experienced going through a traumatic experience. When you go through a tough time you begin to learn who accepts you and who doesn’t. Learn to appreciate and acknowledge the people who do not judge you in a negative way. Ask yourself, “Am I acknowledging and respecting that person’s kind treatment?” Or am I trying to find acceptance in people who are not able to give me the acceptance that I need.  Keep the ones who accept you close to you. If someone doesn’t accept you during your hardship, it may be time to move on.

So what does acceptance mean?  Acceptance is welcoming. It is letting go of your disappointments. It is seeing the positive. Acceptance is loving the person in the state that they are in and not trying to change or fix them. Acceptance is not blaming. It is not demanding. Acceptance is understanding. Acceptance is inclusion. Acceptance is love. Acceptance is what every person needs especially when going through a traumatic experience. Acceptance is checking in with the person that is struggling. Acceptance is sharing a moment in life together. Acceptance is being kind. Acceptance is having time. Acceptance is approval. Acceptance is sticking around.

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you did enjoy it, please share it with your friends and leave a comment below! I love hearing from you!

All the best,

Alanna Wong

p.s. If you haven’t read the introductory section of my book about my 13 year battle with Kleine-Levin Syndrome, you can read it here: http://alannawonglife.com/real-life-sleeping-beauty/ 

SURVIVING CHRONIC ILLNESS THROUGH LOVE

Surviving trauma through love

Surviving trauma through love

Surviving chronic ilness through love: The fourth quality you need when living with a chronic illness  is love. Without love there would be no healing. This brings me to the question; what is love? Because of having lived with a rare neurological condition for the past 15 years, my definition of love has expanded. Love used to be a warm fuzzy feeling. It used to be happiness. It used to be acceptance. It used to be joy. It used to be laughter. But today it means that and a whole lot more. Love means time. It means giving of your time not for a few minutes or for a few hours but for days, weeks months and years. It means being there for your loved one when they are at their lowest point in life. It means wiping their tears and soothing their pain. It means knowing who your loved one truly is even when no one else does. It means quitting your job to take care of your loved one. It means going to work to take care of your loved one. It means being an advocate for your loved one when he/she isn’t able to advocate for themselves. Love means not giving up on your loved one. [Read more…]

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