We Interrupt this Blog…

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

It has come time for me to take a hiatus from my blog. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. I will be writing blogs and putting together letter boards to promote that at work. (Here’s one I posted three years ago about cybersecurity for bloggers.) I will be speaking later in the month at a conference on Cybersecurity. As such, I find I don’t have the time/energy for any additional creativity this month and need to give myself permission to breathe. Living with a chronic condition, I find it is sometimes difficult to give myself such permission.

Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.     

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Letter Board No. 28

“Even when it’s dark, the stars come out.”

It’s the last day of Pain Awareness Month and I wanted to share a quote to remind everyone not to lose hope. Chronic and acute pain can often lead to exhaustion, depression, or despair. Maintaining a positive outlook that better days are ahead can help overcome some of that. Hope for less pain, better treatments, or maybe even a cure.

“Don’t lose hope. Even when it’s dark, the stars come out.”

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Clean Eating: Creamy Chocolate Chili Smoothie

Good nutrition creates health in all areas of our existence.

It’s no secret that I believe eating right can make a huge difference in your health and overall well-being. Smoothies are my go-to breakfast. I love them because you can sneak all kinds of healthy fruits, vegetables, and superfoods in them.

Variety is the spice of life! 

A little sweet. 🍫 A little spicy.  🌶 I was looking to make a new recipe recently, and this is what I came up with. Chocolately goodness! I hope you enjoy! 🙂

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Grief and Fibromyalgia

Grief can be so overwhelming that the hardest thing to muster is hope and strength.

I have been trying to write this post for many months now, but have been consumed by grief, a lack of creativity, and no desire to write.

Grief takes on many forms when you have chronic pain or a chronic illness, like fibromyalgia. You might be grieving the person you used to be, the life you used to have, or all of the things you used to be able to do.

Any loss can be profound and all-consuming. Even life-changing.

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Clean Eating: Blueberry Lavender Smoothie

A healthy outside starts from the inside.

I haven’t done one of these posts for awhile, but since yesterday was the first day of summer, #TheLongestDay #NationalSmoothieDay and #InternationalDayofYoga I thought I would add this recipe. Many of my favorite things rolled into one day. (Note: I did not include National Selfie Day, as that is not one of my favorites!😂)

Smoothies are my go-to breakfast and sometimes lunch. I even make them when I am traveling, although not quite this colorful.

You can find my other favorite recipes here. But here’s the blue that makes you feel good…and tastes good too! 💙💜💙💜

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For Dad

My father was many things to many people, but to me he was just daddy. And he was my hero.

This Father’s Day is quite poignant for me, as I lost my father two weeks ago now. The last words he said to me just a few days before that were, “Happy Birthday,” and then he drifted off to sleep for a few days. While his passing was expected given the 7 months he spent in hospice care, the loss did not hurt any less. So today, Father’s Day, I will spend quietly mourning the loss of my dad, remembering all the great times we had, and celebrating my husband for the father he is to our two kids.

Dad didn’t want a funeral or a fuss. We had a small memorial to honor him, and so the family could come together and share stories. My oldest brother gave the service and led us in songs. My older brother put together a slide show of a lifetime of memories. And I gave the eulogy. Afterwards we had a wonderful meal and there I was, taking dad’s place, and giving a toast.

Dad’s eulogy was the hardest thing I have ever sat down to write. It was even harder to give. But today, I want to share it.

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Letter Board No. 17

“Never let the things you can’t do, stop you from doing what you can.”

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day was yesterday, but it’s also recognized for the entire month of May. Fibromyalgia Syndrome is marked by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and sleeping problems. The result of this is often that those of us with it are a shell of our former selves, too fatigued or in pain to carry on the life we once led.

While running marathons may no longer be in our wheelhouse, let’s not forget there are still plenty of things we can do and enjoy in life. We may have to adapt or take things in moderation, but that doesn’t mean we have to live a life of loneliness and isolation.

“Never let the things you can’t do stop you from doing what you can.”

Ronald Reagan

Just like Ferris Bueller says at the end of the movie, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” So my fellow fibrowarriors, my hope for you is that you find something you can do so you can enjoy the life you have.

Cheers!

Cynthia