Yes, it’s still winter, but spring is fast approaching so I figured I’d better get in another update. I long for spring and warmer weather; of course in Texas, you could possibly experience all of the seasons in just a matter of days. Our weather changes like a pendulum swings…
Just a quick check-in to let you know how I am and what’s been going on with me since I’ve been very absent from blogging lately.
“Winter sunlight is a warm old soul, spreading love in the bitter cold.” Angie Weiland-CrosbyTweet
I’ve managed to keep any major fibromyalgia flare-ups at bay. I’ve had few days filled with pain and exhaustion, but thankfully nothing prolonged. Grief and the holidays and work and the never-ending to-do list has been quite enough to keep me exhausted. I have been steadily working to settle my mother’s estate and planned her memorial service, so I was very thankful for no major flares.
Never underestimate the power of good nutrition and healthy habits as tools in your fibromyalgia toolkit.
January was a good start to the new year. Every year I follow Yoga with Adrienne’s 30 Day Yoga Series. This year’s series entitled Move was another good one. I try to exercise/move daily it at all possible, and I love yoga to improve my flexibility and muscle tone. Yoga, coupled with walking the dog and then a stationary bike or pilates is how I rotate my routine.
I also have set several goals for the year that I have been working on, such as keeping in touch with family more, traveling a bit, and reading more. (I am currently on book #13 so far this year, so I’m off to a good start.)
We travelled to California in January to have a small family memorial service for my mother, and an inurnment ceremony for both of my parents. It is comforting to know my parents are together again, where they met, surrounded by family and beautiful scenery. Deer often walk through the cemetery, as they just roam freely through the sleepy little beach town. On the flip side, it requires a 3 hour plane ride to visit them there.
And while the trip was too short, it gave me closure and peace of mind. It was wonderful to be back home again in California and see the ocean and the big trees and my grandmother’s old house, and to re-live some childhood memories. I got to see family I hadn’t seen in years and watch the sunrise by the beach twice. Very cathartic.
My brother had already planned to sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” when their urns were being placed in the wall, so how poignant was it that this rainbow came out on an otherwise foggy and overcast day. If was as if Mom knew she was home.
February brought two ice storms to Texas, which limited my ability to get out and walk the dog at times. I also had several projects at work that kept me insanely busy, and found out one of my employees has cancer. #cancersucks I also celebrated my 29th wedding anniversary and now have my 500th follower on my blog! Yay!
March is here and our Texas weather has been from the 70s to the 20s and will soon be back in the 70s again. I have made good progress through my personal to do list of settling my mom’s estate. And it’s National Nutrition Month so to celebrate, I am finally doing a…..
As a THANK YOU to all of you who have helped me reach this milestone, and stuck with me over the years and through the long periods of no new posts, along with February being Cancer Prevention Month and March being National Nutrition Month, I want to give away a free tub of my favorite brand of protein powder.
Orgain was founded by Dr. Andrew Abraham who survived cancer and recognized the role good nutrition plays in our health and welfare. He set out to make a clean, nutritious protein powder that also tastes great. I love it so much I became an ambassador. You can use my code PHOTOBAUGH on their site.**
The winner will receive a 1 lb. canister of Orgain Sport Chocolate Protein Powder.
To be entered, please:
- Follow my Blog.
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Bonus: You will receive one bonus entry for each additional blog post you like AND either comment on or share.
The contest will be open from the time this post goes live through March 18, 2022, at midnight CST. A winner will be randomly selected from all entries.
some of my PAST POSTS:
- We all need a little joy in our lives. Read about a new hotline that offers pep talks from kindergartners.
- Five Ways to Get Better Sleep with Chronic Pain by Barbara at Back Pain Blog
- Lee Good at FibroFiles and FibroBlogger Directory assembled a great collection of tips from various bloggers Thoughts on Self-Care and Self-Esteem when Living with Fibromyalgia
That’s it. Short and sweet. With everything else going on, keeping up with my blog has been very much on my mind, but I haven’t found much time for writing.
I would love to hear how everyone else is doing. Just drop me a little comment below to say hi. Remember to follow and like to be entered!
P.S. **This post is not sponsored and I purchase my own Orgain products. However, I am an Orgain ambassador and will receive a small commission if you buy from my link or use my code PHOTOBAUGH, plus you’ll get 30% off and free shipping for your first order.