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Changes… changes everywhere!

Hello, all! I haven’t blogged in a long while… oops! BUT… I have some good excuses for that! So many new and wonderful changes have been happening to my life! FIRST AND FOREMOST: I am Cedarbrook Nursing Home’s newest full time Therapy Aide! How blessed am I to have found a full time job right out of college?!?! Oh, and that’s right… I GRADUATED COLLEGE. Whatttt? Yup from Kutztown University with a degree in Sociology (with a concentration in deviant behavior) and Women’s and Gender Studies. My boyfriend and I recently just moved into our first ‘official’ apartment. GOD IS GOOD.  He is helping me along so much. Seriously, what more could I ask for? Degree, FT job (in my field, no less), and I’m living on my own with the love of my life… PERFECTION.

Sorry this post is super annoyingly positive, but God does really provide. I mean, He could magically unpack and put together the rest of our furniture for us… but, who’s complaining? Haha, that was a joke, I swear. God has done so much for me over the course of 2 months, it’s unreal.

Oh, another (minor) change is that I chopped my hair off and I LOVE IT. AND, I’m getting glasses. So, just a few cosmetic changes here and there.

OH! OH! OH!…

WE’RE GETTING A KITTEN! And naming her Lily.

Okay, I’m done and life’s good.

Talk to y’all later when I actually write something with thought and not just ramble.

Stay sweet,

Ms Ari Marie

I Believe…

Just as Jesus Christ has died for me and my sins, I would do the same, well I would do similar: die in His name…

I was just thinking today, as I prayed to God, “Wow, you know I could never repay my debts to God. I sin every day and it hurts me to think that Jesus went through everything He did because I’m a sinner; I’m a mess up. What do I do to deserve His forgiveness and redemption?” Then another question hit me: “What if someone came after me and said ‘Renounce the name of God.'” And it was life or death? Well, my friends, I’d die in the name of Jesus Christ.  I have faith in my Lord that He will provide for me and take care of me, though. I have faith that I may never have to face that situation.

I fear God, but not man. Now, it’d be a fib to say that I wouldn’t shake in my boots if someone was coming at me, I’d surely be scared. But, I’d be even more scared if come Judgement Day, Jesus denied me in front of His Father, denied me the Kingdom of Heaven, just because I feared man and denied Him. I want nothing more than to be in Heaven.  I know there’s so much more to life than just my earthly and worldly body life. I love Him. I follow Him. I’m a sinner and I’ll be a sinner until the Last Days, but I know He will forgive me.

I pray for myself for guidance and strength and I pray for everyone else that they may open their eyes and hearts. Walk by faith, not by what you see. Trust in Him, that He will provide and take care of you. He loves you unconditionally.  You may go through trials and tribulations, but that’s exactly what they are: trials. God wants to make you and your faith in Him stronger. No one knows why He lets bad things happen to innocent people, but that’s my explanation. I will forever just have faith in Him that He knows what He’s doing and trust in the Lord.

*Thank you, God, for all that I have and all that I will have. I trust you will provide and get me through any obstacle that may come my way. Help make me a better person each and every day and make good decisions. If I may fall from You, help me get up. Give me strength and give me guidance to make tough decisions. Let others see Your light who may not know You. Thank you. In Your name, Amen.*

Folks, give your heart to God today. Or if you already know Him, take some time out of your day to thank Him for everything He’s done for you. Just thank Him for letting you wake up today, for tomorrow is never a guarantee.

I love you all,

Ms Ari Marie

I Strive To Be Beautiful Every Day…

I strive to be beautiful every day.  No, not through make-up and hair products, through my actions.

I work as a therapist in a nursing home and by far, it has been the most life-changing experience, ever.  Now, to understand just how life-changing this was/is, we’ll need to flash back to last summer, June of 2014 to be exact.

Throughout my entire life I’ve always wanted to be a counselor or therapist of some sort.  Being in college opened my eyes to the world of social work.  I began college as and Education major, but didn’t like it… so naturally, I went back to my passion, social work.  I figured my main target audience would be children (as I worked in a day care for two years and started in education). But alas, I could not find any internships that 2014 summer.  I was so nervous I’d never find myself an internship.

Now, my mother works in Cedarbrook nursing home and said she could find me something there… uhhh, what?  Me?  In a nursing home?!  I didn’t even know the first thing about working with the elderly!  But, I was heading into my senior year of college with no internship experience, I was desperate.  A bit reluctantly, I took an internship in Cedarbrook Nursing Home’s Therapeutic Recreation department.

Day one: I FELL COMPLETELY IN LOVE.

It was and still is the best experience I’ve ever gone through.  My residents teach me every single day that life is short and live and love every moment as much as I can; never take anything for granted.  I started appreciating every moment, every opportunity, and every day with every thing I had.  I never started yearning for more, but rather thanked God for what I had. They also taught me not to worry about the little things, but look at the whole picture: work towards what I want to do and don’t let people bother me.

Not to be morbid, but those residents are old and I don’t know how much time they’ll have left, so I always make my one-on-one conversations with them count.  I love them with everything I am; they have become my life.  I know it’s not appropriate in social work to get attached to your clients, but what can I say? I love them.  They’ve taught me so much about life and about love.

It was then and there (and presently, every day) that I learned I had so much to give to these residents that I never knew I even had.  I’m not bragging when I say this (I say this with the utmost humility) but I have had several residents tell me that I have made a difference in their lives’ and hearing that just overwhelms me with chills and emotions and it’s then that I know God put me there for a reason.

Long story short, I was hired as a Therapy Aide just after 2 weeks of interning.  I thank God for that and the differences I am able to make, the smiles I am able to put on my residents faces, and for the second chance I have gotten.  My second chance to work with the elderly, as when I was younger I didn’t fully appreciate my grandparents’ presence and I regret that so much.  But, I thoroughly believe God has put me in an environment such as this county nursing home so that I can have this second chance. Now, no, they are not my grandparents, but some of my 500+ residents feel like family to me and I have created such deep and unbreakable bonds with them and for that, I am so thankful.  I know my grandparents would forgive me for the time I missed out on and be proud of me as they look down on me from Heaven.

My grandparents were like second parents to me (as I probably have spent an equal amount of time at their house when I was younger as my own house, they watched me when my parents were gone, they acted as supplemental parents so my mom didn’t have to have the burden of watching me and my sister by herself, they took us shopping as my mother didn’t drive, and I was closer to them than my own father- hell, even my grandfather took me to a daddy/daughter night at my preschool), so nothing will be quite the same as them, but these residents teach me everyday that time is not endless and appreciate the time you have.  I can’t change the decisions I have made when I was younger, but I can make a difference and pave my future for a better life and a better tomorrow for not just myself, but for others and to make God happy.

So in all this ramble- Live each day helping others, and your beauty will shine through.

Smile and enjoy every moment,

Ms Ari Marie

Weightloss Update

Hey, all. So some of you may know that I’ve lost quite a bit of weight last year into this year. I lost 70 lbs within the short period of 9 months, starting the summer of 2013 into 2014. I hit a plateau recently and I was stuck. This month, I started losing weight again. So far, I lost 4 pounds, making it a total of 74 lbs total lost. My goal is to lose 40 more, which some say is too ridiculous a goal, since my doctor tells me I’m in really good health. Whatever. My doctor said my goal isn’t unreasonable, but she wouldn’t be unhappy if I just maintained my weightloss.

Anyway, the point of this post is not to talk about that, but rather very ‘easy’ ways to lose weight and speed up metabolism. As promised, I told some of my Twitter and Instagram followers (follow me! msarimarie on both) I would give away some of my secrets to losing weight in a healthy, yet effective manor…

TEA. Yes folks, the key to losing weight is drinking organic hot tea! You may think this sounds ridiculous, but natural teas have the best healing power I’ve ever encountered! The two best teas to promote weight loss and speed up metabolism are Pu-Erh tea and Yerba Mate tea. Now, these are a little pricey, but they work wonders! They not only help with weight loss and fast metabolism, but they also give you a natural boost of energy that is just wonderful! Teas like this can be found at all health food stores or Wegman’s grocery store (haven’t encountered them in Giant or Weis). You MUST buy them organic, loose leaf is preferred, but not mandatory. Adding RAW honey (must be raw, other honeys have too much sugar), lemon juice, and cinnamon also speed up metabolism.

It is usually best to drink a cup in the morning to get everything going and then before bed when you’re sedentary. It works, people. Don’t believe me? Follow my instagram account (msarimarie) for all my progress pics!

Happy tea time!

Ms Ari Marie

Top 10 Dream Roles

As a singer, I’ve been asked several times what my dream roles in musicals are… Well, the list would go on and on, but I limited myself to 10 dream roles and here they are:

1. Fantine in Les Miserables

2. Elphaba in Wicked

3. Maureen Johnson in Rent

4. Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie

5. Kate Monster in Avenue Q

6. Wendla in Spring Awakening

7. Cast Member in Godspell

8. Christine in Phantom of the Opera

9. Belle in Beauty and the Beast

10. Eponine in Les Miserables

Product Reviews!

So, I made a post about reviewing volumizing shampoo and conditioners among the top four brands. I had a lot of fun testing them out and reviewing them so… I’ve decided to text more products out!

In a few weeks I’ll be testing two different candle brands out: Diamond Candles and Prize Candles. For those of you who aren’t familiar with these brands, these candles have a ring inside the candle when you burn it down to a certain point. These are the only two brands of candles like this on the market.

I will be looking for two specific things: how strong the scent is and the quality of the ring I get in each candle.

Right off the bat, I can say that Diamond Candles are more worth the money (vs. Prize Candles) due to the fact that they are 24 oz. and Prize Candles are only 9 oz. so we already know that the Diamond Candles will have a longer life.

Both range at around $25. Prize Candles however often promotes a buy one get one free sale, still only around 18 oz. that you’re getting though. However, a second is nice to have for a gift perhaps. After all, they are very unique!

Check back in a few weeks to hear about the scents and rings!

Ariel

Weight loss

So, I’ve lost 70 pounds in a little less than a year. I love posting pictures of my weight loss for self motivation as well as to inspire others. Now, I have a HUGE support system, however, a select few think I post pics for attention… Thoughts? Honestly, I’m damn proud of myself for being able to lose so much weight and feel healthier. BUT, I never boast about it. I was 70 pounds overweight, I know how it feels to wish you were that skinny girl. I’m very empathetic towards others. Again, I hope to just inspire others to be healthy. I need opinions…

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