Spring is here, but there is still some winter in the air!
Technically it is spring, although with the cold front that arrived in Texas yesterday, it doesn’t feel like it. (We even had a fire last night.) But as it has been lately, I am a day late and a dollar short…. I just chalk it up to my crazy life these days.
In the months since posting my Fall Round-Up, a lot has changed for me. My mother had a stroke and my father entered hospice care, so there’s new stressors and changes going on with my family. I have been making monthly trips to Portland to help care for them. In between trips, I celebrated my 26th wedding anniversary by getting seven epidural steroid injections in my back for three bulging discs. (Ouch!) All the while dealing with family, fibromyalgia, a full-time job, and trying to keep up this blog. I do the best I can and I don’t beat myself up for what I can’t do.
Grace, not perfection. ~ Emily Ley
The holidays are long over and I am looking ahead to warmer days, spring flowers, and sunshine. But there is definitely still some winter in the air! In case you missed something, here is a round-up of my posts for the past few months – some on Fibromyalgia and others to inspire you to live your best life!
The crisp fall air is here and we are facing our first frost here in Texas with possible snow flurries. It’s “pumpkin-everything” season still, yet I asked my boys to get the tree and Christmas decorations down from the attic this weekend. I have the house decorated for fall and Thanksgiving, but am thinking ahead and planning my schedule for when the boys are gone hunting Thanksgiving week.
For something different, I wanted to do a “round-up” of some of my posts these past few months, in case you missed something. Enjoy! Continue reading “Fall Round-Up”
Even if your chronic illness is a life sentence, it doesn’t have to be a death sentence of isolation and loneliness.
Life with fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions can be lonely at times. Pain, exhaustion, and other symptoms easily lead to cancelling engagements, giving up hobbies, and social isolation. Your social calendar and life have a new normal. But something is missing. People want interactions and connections, something to do to pass the time. Binge-watching Netflix or reading your Facebook feed only goes so far. And having something easy to do can help distract from pain and find the social interactions again.
People with chronic illnesses or pain often feel like they have transformed into someone else, perhaps even someone they no longer recognize. It takes strength and courage to deal with long-term pain and illness, while staying true to your authentic self.
Here’s to being able to bloom where you are planted, face challenges that come your way, transform into a stronger being, and find your authenticity and strength.💛
I often use the hashtag #lovewhatyoudo because I believe that if you enjoy your work, it doesn’t feel like work. Everyone should find something that makes them happy; something they are passionate about; something they are good at. And then do more of that.
I came across this quote and decided to look up the author, as I had never heard of him. Frank Tyger was an editorial cartoonist, a humor columnist, and an artist. He has many wonderful quotes attributed to him. On Mondays he would write a column that always ended with, “May today be the start of a wonderful week for you.” Such positivism that we don’t always see these days. It’s this kind of everyday inspiration that I look for in life.
I hope you find your freedom, like what you do, and do what you like. Or even better, do what you love and love what you do. ❤
Take a few minutes to watch or read these stories of everyday inspiration.
With the dog days of summer coming, it’s a time for fun in the sun, BBQs, and summer vacations. While you are busy making your Bucket list for things to do this summer, take a few minutes to watch or read these stories. Hopefully they will make you smile, tug at your heart, and inspire you to have fun, laugh, and share the joy in your life with others.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” ~Helen Keller