Letter Board No. 16

It takes determination and perseverance to reach your goals.

What does your “To Do” list look like? Is it miles long with nothing checked off? Or do you have the focus and dedication to get things done?Do you set goals for yourself, either at work or at home?

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Finding Joy with Fibromyalgia

Four simple steps to finding joy

Living with chronic condition like Fibromyalgia can be anything but joyful most days of the week. You are in pain, tired, and can be experiencing a myriad of other symptoms at any one time. And you often feel alone.

Then there’s the fact that you usually have to explain to people just what the heck Fibromyalgia Syndrome is and the fact that there is no good understanding of what causes it, thus there’s no cure as of yet. This alone can spin you into a life of social separation and loneliness.


It is widely believed that artist Frida Kahlo also would have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, if there had been that diagnosis during her time. Her art depicts chronic pain and her diaries reflect a life filled with physical and emotional pain. Yet, she continued to do what she loved, which was to paint, and toward the end of her life she turned her attention to capturing everyday existence.

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me, too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”
Frida Kahlo

The Two Fridas, by Frida Kahlo. Image captured at the Dallas Museum of Art, March 17, 2017.
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Letter Board No. 15

“Do something today your future self will thank you for!”

If we only knew then what we know now. Hindsight is 20/20. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift.

We can learn from our past mistakes, but we shouldn’t dwell on them. We are always moving forward. So let’s all do something today to make our future self proud and thankful.

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10 Things to Help You Combat Stress

April is Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month. Is it a coincidence that it coincides with one of the major stressors in American’s lives? (Tax Day) We all face every day stressors such as our commute, our jobs, paying bills, raising kids. But then there are those other things that compound and have longer lasting effects on you. Perhaps you have finals coming up or a work deadline or family troubles or maybe you’re battling a chronic condition or illness. Or perhaps you have a combination of many stressors in your life.

Stress can be positive – it’s what activates your fight or flight mechanism, or helps you to meet a deadline – or negative. It’s the negative stress that has a detrimental impact on your health and can show up in many ways – over/under eating, not sleeping, acne, physical ailments like stomach or heart issues, and flares of chronic conditions like fibromyalgia. Learning to cope with these burdens so that they don’t build up can make a huge difference in your health.

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It has been linked to a wide range of health issues, including mood, sleep, and appetite problems — and yes, even heart disease.

Wellness Magazine
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Letter Board No. 14

“It’s a good day to have a great day.”

It’s Earth Day and another Monday morning, so here’s a little motivation and optimism to start your week. The saying usually goes, “It’s a good day to have a good day,” but I say AIM HIGHER! Why not have a GREAT day?!!

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Letter Board No. 13

“Minds are like flowers – they only open when the time is right.”

Having an open mind to new ideas and experiences can be a wonderful thing. But there are some people that are just close-minded and set in their ways. (Like my husband, at times! 🤣) You can still maintain your own opinions and beliefs and have an open mind. And there are so many benefits to letting other beliefs and ideas come into your life.

“Minds are like flowers – they only open when the time is right.”

Stephen Richards
Disclaimer: My letter board should say “only open” but I was busy cooking pizza🍕 drinking wine🍷 and looking for letters🆎 It will be changed before hanging it in my office this week. 😚
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Letter Board No. 12

It’s All Fools Day, otherwise known as April Fool’s Day in the U.S. And while we all may be foolish or lapse in judgement at times, we shouldn’t let that close us off possibilities.

“The greatest lesson in life to know is that even fools are right sometimes.”

~ Winston Churchill

even fools

So don’t be afraid to try something new because of the fear of failure or looking foolish. Put yourself out there, and maybe you’ll be happy you did.

Cheers!

Cynthia