Feel Good Fridays #5

I was on the phone with a dear friend the other day. We were talking about mean people and how many we’d noticed on the planet lately. I must admit I don’t always feel nice. I get moody and frustrated and upset just like everyone else. We have a rule in the house, a step beyond, “Think before you speak,” it’s this…”is what your about to say kind, loving, supportive or encouraging? Because if its not then maybe you shouldn’t say it.” Most days, I’m a rock star at this rule but other days….wow, look out!


I had one of those “look out” mornings the day I was on the phone with my friend. I was really aggravated about how my weekend had gone. Nothing had worked out like I had planned. It looked like something exploded in the laundry room. The dishwasher was empty yet there were dirty dishes in the sink. I felt pressured to get the projects that I had in the pipe completed even though my creative tank was low. Everything sort of piled up all at once and I forgot about the family rule. I honestly hadn’t been kind, loving, supportive or encouraging…all morning.


Something about being on the phone with my friend changed my attitude. The weekend hadn’t gone as planned because being a caregiver is more important than my to do list. The laundry will get done. The dishes were in the sink because it’s hard to load the dishwasher with a hurt back. I’m a blogger and bloggers always have projects in the pipe. Those will all get completed in a reasonable amount of time as well.


We all get stressed out and frustrated from time to time. We take it out on those closest to us when we don’t mean to. Yet even in these circumstances we have an opportunity to change our attitudes and remember to be kind, loving, supportive and encouraging. I’m not saying it’s easy. I’m saying it’s possible. You never know what someone else may be going through. Your uplifting words could make the difference in their entire day.


If you need further encouragement to be sweet, Taylor Swift will be happy to help you out…



Hearty Vegetable Soup

5 Cups Vegetable Stock

1 Cup Frozen Summer Blend Vegetables (Squash, Carrots, Zucchini)

½ Cup Frozen Corn

½ Cup Frozen Green Beans

½ Cup Baby Limas

1 Can Stewed Tomatoes with Juice

1 Can Cannellini Beans drained

1 tsp Dried Oregano

1 tsp Dried Parsley

1 tsp Garlic Powder

½ tsp Dried Basil

½ tsp Salt

½ tsp Black Pepper

¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 Bay Leaf

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours. You can grab a pumpkin spiced scone from Starbucks. Share with a friend.

Many blessings,


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  1. You’re such an encourager, CoCo. I’m going to call you Barnabas from now on 😉 I think this is one of my favorite posts. (Pics are great too!)


    1. Such a sweet compliment Angie, thank you so much!

  2. Liz Bonin says:

    Hugs to you CoCo! We all have those days, unfortunately 🙁 I was Ms Crankypants earlier this week. Hope this weekend will be a happy one. ❤️Liz

    1. You know I am sending you tons of hugs lady! I heart that you were Ms Crankpants, I didn’t think you had it in you 🙂

  3. Good morning CoCo…thanks you so much for your Friday series. I honestly do feel good when I finish reading your words of wisdom and encouragement!

    1. I’m really glad Vicki! Thanks for being such a great friend!

  4. Will your mini me sit on my shoulder and speak encouragingly when I am about to blow a fuse? Well maybe I will count to three and think WWCS (what would Coco say) instead 🙂 Love your Friday posts! Bwg ~~~

    1. Ha Ha I don’t know if that would be a good thing or not Bobbi! I always seem to find myself in a pickle!

  5. Donna - Faded Velvet says:

    A wise, timely reminder my friend. Thank you, I needed it. Just the other day I noted that I’m much more impatient now than I used to be. You know, the eye rollling (mine) in the check-out line, the finishing the sentence to cut someone’s story short. Yup, I’ve gotta stop that nonsense! You are right. We don’t know what others are going through.
    Thanks my friend!!!!
    Donna~Faded Velvet

    1. You are so welcome Donna! I totally know what you mean about the check out line and with the holidays coming soon it’s going to put us to the test for sure. Sending you hugs, sweet friend!

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