6 Things That Have Made Me Happy Recently

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Although I have been having a rough time here lately, I cannot say that life has been miserable because it truly has not. I have had so many reasons to be happy and thankful for the life I have been blessed with. I am still struggling day-to-day with the loss of my mother and battling depression and anxiety along with it but I refuse to let those things control who I am and my future.

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  1. Being dog-tackled. Whenever I came home from Ireland, my pup was so excited to see me. Literally, cannot explain the amount of joy I felt whenever I saw how happy he was to see me. It was like we were meeting for the first time all over again and it made me realize why I chose that (not-so) little pupper.
  2. Irish breakfast tea. Ever since I returned from being abroad, I have truly have been addicted to hot tea in the mornings. I brought quite a bit of Irish tea back and I’m going to have to order more online once I run out because I’m not sure how my mornings would go anymore without a wee cuppa tea.
  3. Building my crystal collection. I have been working on building my collection more and more. I started my set while in Florida with my Aunt Laurra and have just continued to get all the beauties. I have such a diverse selection that I feel truly covers the chakras as well as my own personal needs.
  4. New coloring books. I loooove to color. I swear that’s part of why I chose elementary as my focus in school; I’m such a big kid on the inside. I love to release stress and just make beautiful things out of something blank. I got a beautiful Celtic designs coloring at Trinity College while I was in Ireland and I also received an awesome coloring book from a friend for my birthday right before I went away. I cannot wait until I have more free time and can dig into them properly.
  5. Quality time with Aunt Laurra. Ever since my Momma passed, my Aunt Laurra has been my rock. She has been there to talk anytime I needed it and truly has been like a surrogate mother to me. I couldn’t ask for a more loving and caring individual to share my life with. She and my mom were extremely close and I am so grateful to say that we are just as close.
  6. Fixed vacuum cleaner. This may seem so simple but my lovely dog decided to chew the cord my mom’s vacuum that I inherited so I had to get one from a friend. It wasn’t working too well and wasn’t really picking up anything so I was really confused as to what was going on. However, another friend of mine and my roommate’s graciously fixed it and now my floors have never been cleaner!

Life isn’t perfect but neither am I so why fake it? I am so happy to say that the little things in life are what make life worth living. I truly hope I can continue on this path of positivity and happiness as the days go by. They say each day gets easier but I was really doubting that… until now.

xo Kimberly Signature

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Blogmas Day 25 | MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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Well, we made it, guys! It’s officially the last day of Blogmas on Life of Kimberly! I have never done this long of a streak with having a new post every single day. I am so proud that I made it through to the very end. Not only is it the last day of Blogmas, but it is also Christmas – one of my favorite holidays of the year.

Being the first Christmas without my mom, I’m really struggling with my emotions on this day. It’s been such a surreal last few months and I miss her more and more each day. I am so grateful for all of my supporters whether you just read my blog, comment every day, or even my friends and family who don’t even recognize that I do blog. Everyone has been there for me in ways that I can never show enough gratitude for.

This Christmas, I wanted to extend the biggest thank you to all of my amazing supporters. I hope that I’ll be able to hold a big giveaway or just do something specific for those most loyal to my blog this time next year but, as I get no income from blogging, I am living on limited means.

To plan for the next year, what would you like to see in a future giveaway? I definitely want to try and include makeup and beauty products, as those are definitely my weakness, but there are so many awesome brands and products around that I want to know specifics. Give me the deets in the comments below!

If you missed any of my Blogmas posts throughout this month, you can catch up through the links below:
Blogmas Day 1 | Happy Birthday, Mom.
Blogmas Day 2 | How To ROCK Finals Week
Blogmas Day 3 | Recent Pins: Dec. 3rd
Blogmas Day 4 | Holiday Bucket List
Blogmas Day 5 | Christmas Gift Ideas for Her
Blogmas Day 6 | Christmas Gift Ideas for Him
Blogmas Day 7 | Fall 2016 Semester Review
Blogmas Day 8 | HUGE ColourPop Haul
Blogmas Day 9 | 20 Holiday-Themed Journal Prompts
Blogmas Day 10 | First Impressions & Review: OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks
Blogmas Day 11 | Body Positive Quotes for “Those” Moments
Blogmas Day 12 | Favorite YouTubers of All Time
Blogmas Day 13 | Top 10 Most Played Songs on My Playlist
Blogmas Day 14 | DIY Christmas Gifts
Blogmas Day 15 | My Christmas Tree Reveal
Blogmas Day 16 | Current Beauty Wishlist
Blogmas Day 17 | Gift Ideas for the Harry Potter Nerds in Your Life
Blogmas Day 18 | Mini ColourPop Haul + Swatches
Blogmas Day 19 | Recent Pins: Dec. 19th
Blogmas Day 20 | Top 5 Favorite Stores for Plus Size Clothing
Blogmas Day 21 | 7 Ways to Be Creative at Home
Blogmas Day 22 | 10 Things I Don’t Regret
Blogmas Day 23 | Two-Ingredient Holiday Punch Recipe
Blogmas Day 24 | Winter Wonder Wants

I love you all. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and I hope you all have the merriest of times!

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Blogmas Day 11 | Body Positive Quotes for “Those” Moments

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Being the holidays, I haven’t exactly been taking care of my body the way I should. Granted, I really haven’t done that most of my life. I’m not going to lie. I’ve always hated exercise. I have asthma and have always been bigger. This makes exercising either painful or a real struggle. That’s why I just don’t do it. I’ve had those random spurts where I’ll go to the gym every day for a couple months and count my calories to lose weight. I’ll lose 10-15 pounds then I’ll give in to my desire… food. Now, I know this isn’t healthy, and believe me when I say I’m working on it, but I constantly knock myself down because of this.

I love food. It’s human and it’s what we all need to survive. Is chocolate, ice cream, bread, and pasta good for me? Well, no… but it’s delicious and makes me all warm and fuzzy when I eat it (really, it happens). Why should I hate myself for enjoying food? Why should I down myself for being plus size? I know what you’re thinking… I shouldn’t! And you’re right… but everyone struggles with their body image. Not just plus size girls like me, but all humans. Even little kids who realize that their bodies are changing and that they are different from that of their friends at school.

During these times, there’s nothing more comforting than realizing that it’s okay. It’s okay to be big, it’s okay to be small, it’s okay to be athletic, it’s okay to be normal. It’s just okay to be whatever you want and have whatever body you want. When I struggle, I look to articles, quotes, and my loved ones to bring myself happiness and comfort in who I am. Since I’ve been struggling, I wanted to extend some positivity to my readers and let you all know… you are never alone.

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Blogmas Day 1 | Happy Birthday, Mom.

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Although I have not talked about it on my blog, I have mentioned it on my social media. My mom, who was my best friend and my biggest inspiration, passed away on September 21st of this year. She was in surgery in order to better her lifestyle. The surgery went great but something happened in the recovery period and she did not make it. I still do not think I have truly come to terms with this tragedy. The relationship I had with my mom was like no other. She made me feel whole. I could tell her anything and she would answer as a friend and a mom but never held back her feelings about whatever it was. She was truly the ideal mother and all I could have ever wanted in a parent.

Since my birth father was not around for my childhood, she was all I had. She was the mom, the dad, the best friend, the shoulder to cry on, and so much more. We were always really close but once I moved to what I now consider my “hometown”, we became so much closer. She became what I aspired to be as a human being. She was the ideal worker, mother, friend, grandmother, and just perfect. Perfect in my eyes and in so many others. The amount of sadness that has been bestowed upon my life and my loved one’s lives has been massive. She was a huge part of our everyday lives and we are missing a big part of ourselves without her.

Today is her birthday. She would have been 47 years old today. She was so young, so gentle, and so kind. She had so much left to live for. She was about to graduate with a Bachelors in Business Administration, she was going to begin her ultimate weight loss surgery and live a healthier lifestyle, and she was going to do things that she always dreamed of! I was and still am so proud of her progress before she passed.

Some people say that “dwelling” on someone passing away is not healthy. Although I do get very upset when I realize I can’t call my mom and tell her I love her or complain about how much homework I have, I don’t consider my talking of her in this way dwelling on her being gone. I consider it admiring her life. She was the epitome of perfect in my eyes and, although there were many things she wanted to change, I love her just the way she was. She made life worth living and a smile worth showing.

I cannot explain how lost I feel without her, but she deserves to know, all the way up there, that we all are still thinking about her. We’re going to celebrate her birthday as if she never left us and hope she’ll stop by for a visit during the party. ❤️

I love you, Momma. I miss you so much.

R.I.P. Christina Anne Muso
December 1st, 1968 – September 21st, 2016

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