As many of us are wrapping up a long holiday weekend celebrating America’s independence, it’s a good time to reflect on what “independence” means for many. While the holiday is meant to celebrate my country’s independence from the colonization of the British, for many the word independence means so many other things.
For those with chronic illness, pain, or conditions, being independent and able to do things unassisted is hugely satisfying, but not always possible. Oftentimes those conditions are “invisible” meaning the individual tries to exert their independence, put on a happy face, and carry on, all the while hiding their pain or condition from the outside world. Try to consider these scenarios when you think of the word, because Independence Day can have different meanings for so many people. Continue reading “10 Things to Inspire You this Month”
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. ❤
Have a wonderful week!
I didn’t choose a life with fibromyalgia, it chose me. Many days I wish I was my old self, pain-free and full of energy. Yet, until a cure is found, this me has been the norm for close to 20 years now. I have learned to cope and live, and even thrive.
Scott Hamilton said, “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”
And so I want to share my top 10 lessons from life as a fibro warrior.
Continue reading “Top 10 Things I Learned from Living with Fibromyalgia”
Excellence is a habit – 5 tips to be a better you.
I have this quote from Aristotle on my desktop at work to remind me that it takes practice and consistency to get better and achieve excellence. Getting better to me is making incremental improvements, either in health, talents, or habits. Small acts done consistently over time become big habits.
Continue reading “Better than Unicorns”
Today, March 20th, is the International Day of Happiness and it’s not too late to join the movement. Visit the link, sign the pledge, and help spread happiness. I believe happiness is a choice. I choose to live my life deliberately and intentionally. I choose happiness and joy. You can too!
“I will try to create more happiness in the world around me.”
There are ten key aspects to living a happy and fulfilled life, according to research. All ten of these things are within our control:
It’s a powerful thing to recognize that your happiness is controlled by you, and your actions and choices. Continue reading “Choose Happiness”
For some people the phrase “failure is not an option” are words to live by. I tend to look at things a little differently. I had a boss a long time ago who used to tell me, “No guts, no glory” when I was a little hesitant to push a button on an upgrade. Those words helped me gain confidence and get over my fear of failing, because even if I failed, I learned something from the experience.
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
So don’t be afraid to make a mistake. Be afraid of never trying!
Expanding one’s mind keeps it healthy and active, and helps stave off the aging process.
I have said for years that I try to learn something new every day. I firmly believe that learning doesn’t stop just because you are not school. You should invest in yourself and your interests. Expanding one’s mind keeps it healthy and active, and helps stave off the aging process.
“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” ~ Brian Herbert
So when I wrapped up my nine-month Leadership Garland class, it was time to do something completely different. I have always loved photography and never taken enough time to really learn how to use my dSLR, so I enrolled in Basic Digital Photography at the local community college. Learning how to operate the camera out of “Automatic” mode where I can control the shutter speed, ISO, and aperture is a bit daunting to say the least.
First class we were told to read the camera manual and familiarize ourselves with our camera. Well with a full-time job and fibromyalgia, I was quite frankly exhausted and two days wasn’t enough time. So I winged it. Second class we got our first assignment – bring in 4 photographs that are properly exposed. We had a weekend to do it. Sounds pretty easy, right? Well I took probably close to 100 shots to get a few that I liked. We had wind and clouds and nothing cooperated. Here’s my first submission.
Apple of your Eye
Flower on a Post
I am excited about learning how to better control my camera and getting out to take some more pictures. I am trying to figuring out what I want to do when I retire in a few years, so photography will hopefully play into it some. The last few years I typically tweet inspirational quotes, and I have taken a few of my pictures and combined them with those, so perhaps I am on to something. But for now, it’s just a hobby and something new for me to learn.
So what do you think? Do you like any of these? Do you have a hobby or skill you are trying to learn?