10 Things to Inspire You This Month

10 Things to Inspire You in April #EverydayInspiration #Lovewhatyoudo

April showers bring May flowers…. And so I hope to shower you with feelings of joy and happiness. While I mostly write about life with fibromyalgia, I often say “I have fibromyalgia, it doesn’t have me.” I want to showcase the fact that my condition doesn’t define me. Life is multi-dimensional. And so with that, here is the April 2018 edition of…img_4423

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Still Figuring it All Out

Some of you might have noticed a few changes here lately. For the last two years, I haven’t had a title for my blog, so I just used my social media handle photobaugh. But I did have a tagline “Finding Inspiration in Everyday Life.” I recently got inspired and I have decided to call my blog My Inspired Fibro Life and change the tagline to “Finding Inspiration in Everyday Life While Living with Fibromyalgia.” pexels-photo-211122.jpeg

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Keep Choosing Happiness

Happiness is a choice…

“Keep choosing happiness daily and happiness will keep choosing you back.” ~ Fawn Weaver

Cheers!

Cynthia

Fibromyalgia: An Invisible Condition

The definition of invisible is “unable to be seen; not visible to the naked eye.” Fibromyalgia is often called an invisible condition because people suffering from it don’t look sick. But we feel it. Marked by widespread pain and fatigue, sleeping issues, and “fibrofog,” many people with this condition put on their happy face and go about their day, all the while suffering in silence. We call ourselves FibroWarriors.

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3 Tips for a Happy Day

Let’s face it, dealing with a chronic condition such as fibromyalgia or chronic pain can easily lead to depression and mood swings, as well as feelings of isolation and helplessness. These feelings can increase as the pain or flare lingers on and you are able to accomplish less. I know. I have been there. So for International Day of Happiness I wanted to take a moment to share some happiness, spread a little joy, and give you three quick tips to experience more happiness in your day.

“Let your smile change the world, don’t let the world change your smile.” ~ Connor Franta

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10 Things to Inspire You This Month

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Since the subtitle of my blog is “Finding Inspiration in Everyday Life” I decided it was fine time to start a regular series on the topic. So welcome to the first edition for March, 2018.

  1. I have to give a shout out to Dr. Andrea Dinardo for her blog post about her recent TEDTalk on Thriving Under Pressure. Watching that on Sunday night as I mentally prepared for the week ahead sparked some creative ideas, and I started my week inspired and focused on what’s right.
  2. Read this story in the Washington Post about 7 Marathons, 7 Days, 7 Continents and One Man with Parkinson’s: Can he make it? and you’ll think twice about complaining about a few aches and pains. Bret Parker should inspire us all. I participated in the Breast Cancer Three Day Walk about 8 years ago. 60 miles over 3 days. As someone with fibromyalgia, that was the most physically challenging thing I have ever done – close to two and a half marathons spread over three days. I. Can’t. Even. Imagine. 7 marathons. 7 days. 7 continents.
  3. There’s an app for that. This teenager worried about walking alone, so she created an app. And then she won the Congressional App Challenge in Virginia’s 10th District. I work in the tech industry and I love seeing young women use technology to solve every day problems.
  4. I enjoy watching Shark Tank and all of the interesting inventors and businessmen and women trying to jump their business to the next level. I remember the pitch back in 2013 for “Doorbot” that didn’t get the offer he was looking for. Well “Doorbot” became “Ring” and was just purchased by Amazon. Even though the deal could be close to $1 Billion, Mark Cuban says he’d pass on it again. It was good enough for Jeff Bezos though. Just proof that you should never stop believing in yourself and do not give up on your dreams!
  5. Normally churches collect tithes from their parishioners, but this local church turned the tables over the weekend, encouraging the congregation to pay it forward and giving them the means to do so.
  6. Sports fan or not, watch this story of selflessness because Life is Bigger than Basketball.
  7. Looking for more ways to incorporate exercise into your busy life? Or perhaps you need some gentle moves that you can do while in the midst of a “fibro flare” or some similar physical condition. Check out these YouTube videos from Robin of The Balanced Life, who believes in “grace over guilt.” I just finished her 10 day Mind Body Pilates challenge and love that I can get in a quick 10-15 minute workout when I am pressed for time!
  8. Some days I just cannot bear to listen to the news on my daily commute. But I do start every day reading The Skimm so I know what’s going on. It’s a fun, quick read format. Check it out here. Sign up here. Hey, it’s good enough for Oprah and SJP!
  9. Every once in awhile I like to rewatch this TEDTalk from Steve Jobs on How to Live Before You Die. Hear how a calligraphy class inspired some of the features we now depend on in our every day life, how rejection helped in Jobs’ success, and his take on life’s great change agent – death. Three quick stories from his life urging us all to pursue our dreams, follow our hearts, and love what we do.
  10. And finally here’s a link to a downloadable printable with some motivational cards to put in your planner, use as a bookmark, or just leave in front of your computer to remind you how awesome you are!

I hope you enjoyed these articles, stories, and videos and that I have inspired you just a little. Let me know what inspires you, and perhaps I will share it in an upcoming edition.

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs

Cheers!

Cynthia