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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Letter Board No. 23

Look deep down inside you for new thoughts and new strengths.

Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Glass half-full or glass half-empty? I, myself, have always tried to look at the bright side of things. I will admit, I have had my share of dark days in pain or grieving or worried about something, but all in all I choose to be optimistic.

“With a new day comes new strengths and new thoughts.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

You know those crazy made up holidays? Well August is Admit You’re Happy or Happiness Happens month, so try to focus on the good. Celebrate you! Be grateful for all of the positive things you have in your life.

We all face challenges and pain and loss. Rather than dwelling on the negative, look deep down inside you for new thoughts and new strengths. Dig deep down and find a ray of hope!

After all, you’ve survived 100% of your worst days up to now.

This too shall pass.

Cheers!

Cynthia

Letter Board No. 22

Monday rolls around each week and we are all thinking that our weekend just wasn’t quite long enough to rest, recuperate, or have some recreation. But we can choose to start the day off dreading the week ahead, or resolving to have a great day. Monday, after all, is the perfect day to correct mistakes from last week and plan how to be successful this week.

โ€œOk, itโ€™s Monday, but who said Mondays have to suck? Be a rebel and have a great day anyway.โ€

~ Kimberly Jimenez

I choose to be a rebel today. I hope you do too!

Have a great day…week….until next time!

Cheers!

Cynthia

Letter Board No. 21

Mediocrity is the worst enemy of prosperity

Just a little (late) Monday motivation for you. Remember this week as you wake up each day, that you did not wake up to be mediocre. Try to maintain that positive attitude with you, and put forth your best effort to be awesome at whatever you do.

“Mediocrity is the worst enemy of prosperity.” – Henry Ford

Cheers!

Cynthia

Letter Board No. 20

Just a quick one for a Monday morning. Anyone else feel like the weekends just aren’t long enough? ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ My to-do list is overflowing lately and there just isn’t enough time to get it all done AND relax a bit on the weekends. Sigh….

Perhaps it’s the exhaustion and pain (fibro flare) that I am still suffering. But this describes my Monday mood…. More coffee, please. Extra shot.

Nonetheless, I hope you all have a wonderful week! Do something wonderful for yourself!! Self-care is selfless, not selfish. (More on that later.) I am taking Friday off to knock off some things from that list. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But first, coffee.

Cheers!

Cynthia

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!๐Ÿ˜‚)

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! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ

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Letter Board No. 19

Ob-la-di, ob-la-da! Life goes on.

After being a huge Beatles fan since I was quite young, I got to see Paul McCartney live for the first time a few nights ago. Before the concert even started, my Facebook status read: “Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on. Brah! La-la, how the life goes on.” This was in part a nod to the recent passing of my father, as well as my excitement for the show. Little did I know that Sir Paul would later be leading the crowd in a sing-along to that very song! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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