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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.


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

Here we go again… :)

Hello, all! It’s been a few days, but I wanted to see if this thing would actually go somewhere. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I have two followers, yes two! Haha, although it may not seem like a lot, that’s two more than I anticipated. Woo! 

Anyways, what shall I talk about today… hmm… 

Well, I’m feeling really good about myself today, why not talk about my recent weight loss? I want to not come off as bragging because I don’t ever feel that good about myself, but I want to motivate people who don’t think it’s possible for them to lose weight. I never did, so I never tried. Now, one can argue that I began my weight loss journey for all the wrong reasons. I started when I met my boyfriend. I was a lot bigger when I met him. In a sense, I guess it was good that he fell in love with me when I was heavier.  

I began dating my boyfriend in April of 2013, we fell in love in May (a bit soon, but it happened and we both knew it was the real deal). The semester ended on the 17th of May, so we had a long summer ahead of us, 3 and a half months, to be exact. It was tough for a new relationship, to be apart that long. Having a relationship over text messages and the occasional phone call sucks. Things get terribly misconstrued and it’s just hell. Well, things did, in fact, get misconstrued…

Everything was going very well until about the last week of June. We were texting about working out. He was going to start going to the gym. Now, at this point, I wasn’t close with his parents and my biggest fear was that his parents wouldn’t think I was good enough or pretty enough for him because I was heavier. I was scared. Then, I decided to ask a question I knew could have a terrible answer: “Would you like me better thinner?” His response: “Yes.” I remember the terrible, heart-dropping-into-your-stomach feeling and the insta-sob that happened immediately after reading that text. To make things worse, he texted back saying “That wasn’t supposed to sound that bad. I mean, wouldn’t anyone like their significant other to be?” My response, “No… I fell in love with you for you, not for who I thought you could become.” We talked until 9:00 am that morning. We mended things, but I still had unsettling feeling,  and so began my weight loss journey.

I started by downloading a weight loss app on my phone called Noom. It was probably the best thing I could have done. You log your current weight and your goal weight. Noom will ask you approximately how many pounds you’d like to lose a week (the maximum is 2/week) and then how long it will take you to achieve your goal.  It also tells you how many calories you should consume to get the pounds off in your preferred amount of time. You log in your meals and exercises and keep almost like a food and exercise journal. Trust me, it works wonders to keep a log!

Once I got in the swing of things and logged all my meals and learned to eat healthier and learn to exercise effectively, the pounds started melting off. I did about 30 minutes to an hour of cardio a day, plus the 30-day squat challenge (which is f-ing awesome!), and 200-400 crunches for toning. It was hard work, but totally worth it! Within 2 months, I lost 30 pounds.

Prior to this, I had an under active thyroid, which made me gain weight very easily and it gave me problems with my nervous system, such as producing too much cortisol in my blood stream, which made me basically to nervous and anxious to function. After those 30 pounds came off, I no longer had this problem! I went to the doctor to get blood work done and my doctor said all of my numbers were extremely good for my age and I was very healthy. I was so shocked!

Since the summer, I have managed to lose 20 more pounds, making my grand total 50 pounds lost and down 2 dress sizes. I’d still like to lose about 15 more, which would put me at my goal weight and the weight that fits the BMI for my height.

I’ve come a long way and I’m never giving up hope! True, my motivation wasn’t the greatest, but my progress-motivation was great! I now know that I can do anything I put time and effort into.  I truly believe ANYONE can do what I did. I was not very healthy when I began this and now I really am. YOU can do it. Believe in yourself and don’t give up, even if it gets too hard… push yourself. The end result will make you smile. 



Until next time,

Ms Ari Marie