Why do we care about wearing masks? We all do it. I do it. My favorite mask to wear is a smile. I smile to hide my emotions. I use it while at home and out in public. I understand that if we all just walked around, going crazy, and not caring how others feel, then it would be quite chaotic. I know and trust me, I would rather see smiles versus all those emotions. However, at some point, that mask needs to come off.
Now, think about when someone constantly wear a mask or masks. No time to breathe or be honest about their feelings. We all have moments when we know life gets tough. Life gets tough for everyone. Guess what? It is ok to acknowledge when life gets tough. The mask clouds our judgement and perception. The mask is what society says is normal and it is the only way to cope with life. But I do not think so!
As a Christian, I do study the Holy Bible. Despite the various stories contained within the Bible, there are several consistent ideas throughout. Some of these include not being afraid, God is always present, God loves His children, God wants to take care of His children, let God fight your battles and/or struggles, etc. Now, to me, that would signify that life is going to be tough. Why else would these be repeated so many times in the Bible? It does not mean that life will not have great moments too, but it does mean life on earth is meant to include some tough times. And because of those tough times, we will cry. We will scream, break things, drive aimlessly to clear our heads, and more.
To conquer the demon of facades we must embrace the fact that life is going to include tough times. We must be comfortable with knowing this and be comfortable to uncover ourselves before God. If you want to know a safe place to not wear your mask: in the presence of God. If that means you take a moment to be by yourself, wherever you select, and share all your emotions with God, then do it! I encourage you to find one other person, e.g. best friend, spouse, parent, etc., and take off your mask before them too. Taking more time to not wear a mask will help you conquer not needing a mask. I do have my ‘smile mask’ but I do have a genuine smile of joy. And guess what? Most people can tell the difference!
It is not cool being fake and wearing tons of masks. It takes more energy to fake it. There is a way to conquer that mindset of facades. I'd like to hear from you! Comment below. How do you practice not having to wear masks so much? Tell others so they can be encouraged on how they stop wearing masks and dealing with facades.
For our 10 year wedding anniversary, Iradel and I took a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, FL! We had so much fun!! I don't think we have laughed that much in a long time. LOL!
My personal review of the entire trip is I'm glad we decided to stay at a resort hotel within the parks because everything was so quick and easily accessible. Our hotel was wonderful. Great customer service. Not a lot of kids (no offense to those with children -- it was just a nice perk for us since we were going for anniversary purposes -- LOL). Of course, we did go during the week and it was in September -- most kids are in school. We also used our AAA benefits which allotted us some great deals on food, park admissions, and more!
I'm not going to include all the pictures from the parks but basically Universal had like 3 major parks. We mainly visited 2. The 3rd was a water park that we just didn't have time to get to. We did the 3D rides, e.g. Spiderman, one of the Harry Potter rides, Transformers, etc. We visited some of the restaurants and just enjoyed our stay. We do plan to go again! This was definitely a place that you could take family or just make it a trip for two! :-)
For those that do not know, in 2016, I discovered I had multiple food allergies. This included wheat, egg, soy, dairy -- to just name a few. In the last 2 years, I have enjoyed the adventure of finding meals that are quick while yet still incorporating those meals that are created from fresh veggies, poultry, and fish.
Yes -- I still eat chicken, turkey, and certain fish. I recently had to stop beef and pork -- the pork break-up is still a little tender so I'm taking it one day at time.
About a couple of months ago, while grocery shopping I discovered these pasta kits. At first I only saw the mac and cheese version. I actually liked it. I will admit I had to add a little pinch (and I do mean little) of sweetener to it (Stevia). Just to ensure my taste buds were fooled into believing it was real cheddar. LOL! Then I saw the others for Alfredo and the veggie like mix. I've tried all three from Daiya and I have enjoyed them all! For the others, I didn't have to add no sweetener! Also, I do add a little almond milk to help with creaminess -- maybe cashew milk would work too.
For the Alfredo and veggie, I add chicken breast that I either boil or cook up in a pan with light oil. I've even added steamed broccoli to the Alfredo!
I'm probably late with this tip but hey, those that may not know these are out there: CHECK THEM OUT!! I get them from my local Meijer store and I'm pretty they're available in other major grocery stores too!
Happy eating!! :-)
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