Journal Day

Today I’m linking up with Danielle at Sometimes Sweet for Journal Day. This week’s prompt is heartfelt and fun:

Do you believe in the idea of a soulmate? Do you think there is one person for everyone- and do you think that no matter what, if you’re “supposed” to meet that person you will?

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before on the blog, but I really do believe that there is someone for everyone in the universe. I think that your soulmate doesn’t even have to be the person you fall in love with, that it can even be your best friend. (Cue Grey’s Anatomy reference: “She’s my person.”) Your soulmate is the person you can tell anything to and no matter what, they love and accept you regardless.

Your soulmate doesn’t have to always agree with you, or enjoy the same things that you do  — you don’t have to like the same bands, wear the same brands, or drive the same car. Souls are deeper than the material things in life, and I’ve learned this is true being with who I think is my own soulmate.

Kyle and I disagree on a lot of things: What kind of house we should live in (he likes older, character homes, I sway way towards new construction & modern looks), what kind of vehicles to buy (what I like, he thinks looks like a bathtub on wheels; what he likes, I think looks like an old geezer’s truck). But, despite all of our differences on random, almost trivial things, we still manage to love each other to the moon and back. Quite often, our thoughts are the same; one of us will say something that the other is thinking. We’re so comfortable being who we truly are with one another; there’s no faking, no pretending, no hiding.

With all this being said, I don’t think one should go through life just waiting for their soulmate to be the one they are supposed to fall in love with and marry, because like I said earlier, that person may not be who you marry but your other best friend. (Yes, they say that your spouse is your best friend, but I’ll throw another Grey’s reference in and just ask you, do you REALLY think McDreamy is Meredith’s best friend? Do you? Didn’t think so. Cristina FTW!) Should you go through life disregarding every other person who wants to become close with you just because you don’t “click” right away? Absolutely not. I don’t think your soulmate will come up to you, smack you in the face and shout, “HERE I AM!” (It certainly didn’t happen that way for me). Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper into something before you find what you’re looking for.

So there you have it – my thoughts on soulmates. Now you tell me – Do you believe that there’s one person for everyone in the universe?





Journal Day

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Today’s topic is an interesting one: Religion. Here’s the prompt:

Would you consider yourself a religious person? Quite simply- what do you believe happens when you die? Have you always believed this? Do your current beliefs align with what you were taught as a child? And if not, what was the turning point? This week, talk about your religion or spiritual beliefs (or perhaps your lack of), and try to sum up, if you can, what you believe happens “next.”

I don’t believe there’s a black & white answer to whether or not you’re a religious person. If someone were to come up to me on the street and ask if I was religious, my immediate response would be “No.” But, that’s not to say I don’t believe that death isn’t just the end.

Growing up, I wasn’t exposed to church, but I was aware of Christianity and the idea of God and Jesus. I took part in the annual Christmas play, which always had religious themes, and went to youth group, although that was mostly for hanging out with my friends and playing games. Still, although I partook in these activities, I still wasn’t sold on the idea of God, Jesus and the Pearly Gates after you die. My mom was apparently baptized, and my grandma believed in the idea of God, but none of this was preached to my brother or I.

That being said, I’m not sure what happens when you die – but is anyone? I have a hard time believing that there are angels looking out for us and keeping us safe, but I find the idea of spirits interesting in a creepy kind of way. (Maybe I’ve watched too much Long Island Medium).

I’ve heard that to really feel the full “effects” of spirits and such, you really have to believe in them, not just want to believe in them. There’s always some kind of article floating around the internet about “pennies from heaven,” where the spirit of a loved one who has passed leaves a penny for you in a specific spot to let you know that they’re watching down on you. Since my grandma passed away suddenly a couple years ago, I’ve thought a lot about that idea and whether or not her spirit is watching over her family. I’m always looking for some kind of sign that she is, but it feels like I’m grabbing at straws sometimes. I’ve never seen any signs, no notions, just the memory of her in my mind.

So, back to the question of what I think happens to you when you die. I like to think that reincarnation may happen: that we come back into the world as another living thing, be it a tree, an animal or another human, unaware of who we were in a past life. If you’re an overall good people in life, perhaps you come back as another good person, or something beneficial to humankind, like a tree. If you’re a dirty scumbag, maybe you come back as a wart on a toad.

But reincarnation, just like an afterlife in Heaven or Hell, or floating amongst the living as a haunting spirit (or maybe a friendly ghost à la Casper), is just an idea. I don’t believe we’ll ever truly know of what happens when it’s lights out forever, but I do respect other people’s beliefs in what they think happens.



Journal Day

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Although I mostly lurk on her blog, Danielle over at Sometimes Sweet is one of my favourite Mommy bloggers and her little family is just too cute for words. Every Sunday she posts a journaling prompt, and this week I’ve decided to take part. Today, we’re talking about social media. Here’s the prompt to help get our brains cranking:

Do you use social media in your daily life? Do you think it adds to your relationships with others, or takes away from them? And furthermore, do you think social media adds more positive or negative to your life? Write about your relationship with social media, and talk a bit about how you got started, and what role it plays in your world.

I’m pretty sure that at least 95% of the world today uses social media in some way, shape or form in today’s world. It’s hard not to go along throughout your day without hearing someone say, “Check us out on Facebook,” or “Tweet us your opinion!” I’m totally guilty of spending far too much time browsing profiles and groups on Facebook, reading tweets out loud to my husband, and sharing photos of what I had for breakfast/lunch/dinner/whenever on Instagram. I may not post something every day on every social media outlet, but I’m definitely on there.

As a result, far too often I find myself referring to people I’ve never met in real life – be it mentioning a tweet I read, a funny picture I seen on Instagram, or a comment on a Facebook page. I think that while social media has brought a lot more awareness to the world – we now find out about different events and news WAY faster than we ever have – it has taken away from our relationship with others. We’ve become so quick to “friend” people online and give them the inside scoop on what’s going on in our lives. I find that there’s now less to talk about when you actually meet in person – IF you meet in person. Why meet for coffee to catch up if you’ve already read every detail about so-and-so’s house renovation, new baby woes, or seen pictures of their big trip to Costa Rica?

All this being said, I think social media has definitely impacted my life in a more positive way. I think way more about what I write online and what kinds of information I put out there for the world to read. I’m more conscience of the individuals in my online circles and who I’d like to keep as acquaintances, and who I’d love to actually have that cup of coffee with despite creeping through their Facebook statuses. And of course, it definitely helps me to stay connected with family and friends who I don’t see on a regular basis.

Would I say I’m addicted to social media? Yeah, maybe just a little. But I’ve got to say that as an introvert, it has helped me come out of my shell just a little bit. It’s not that I see the internet as a place to be whoever I want to be; it’s just the place where the voice in my head is actually brave enough to shout its thoughts from the rooftops.