Pain and Strength

Pain and Strength

Are You in Chronic Pain?I am, or used to be, but it's getting better every day.  Let me open up and invite you behind the scenes to share my story of hope. I have experienced strange, chronic inflammation for several years. I actually gained twenty pounds over the years that I felt "ill".  Doctors listened to my aches, pains, and concern about my sudden weight gain, and they recommended that I lose the weight.  I kept telling my husband, "I don't feel fat, I feel poofy."  The joint pain and muscle aches sometimes overwhelmed me when I tried to exercise regularly, and the scale never budged.  I’ve spent days alarmed, scared, annoyed, and in different levels of pain with these erratic symptoms that appear out of nowhere and come and go as they please. Though I’m in a situation I’d rather not be, I’m blessed.I recognize this blessing every time I look at my symptoms from this perspective: My immune system is...
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How to Weather Life’s Storms in Each Season

How to Weather Life’s Storms in Each Season

I’m in a sweet season of my life right now - Sunshine, joy, an embrace of warmth envelops me... But, it's not always been this sweet... Believe me, I’ve been through sticky seasons, many dark seasons, and sometimes even blah seasons, making me really appreciate this sweet aura. It’s the change in the air as seasons come and go that makes me feel alive. And that’s one thing in life that I can count on to stay the same: change. So here’s to welcoming the season changes in life, knowing they are just that - temporary. Cheers to weathering the storms and enjoying the journey!...
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I Can Do Anything for a Minute – Even Keep Emotional Balance

I Can Do Anything for a Minute – Even Keep Emotional Balance

Emotional Balance: One Minute at a Time I began running for exercise a while back and not only did I feel awkward, like a lumbering moose, but my lungs felt like they were going to explode. Very uncomfortable. So uncomfortable that I wanted to quit. But then I found a running app that speaks, encourages like a running partner. One sunny day it declared to me, “Speed up for a minute. You can do anything for a minute.” Yes. Yes I can. You see, I struggle to keep balanced - and no, physically balanced is not my issue, but emotional balance is challenging. I try my hardest not to get frustrated when things don’t happened as I had planned, or pissed off when someone’s driving is ridiculous (because my driving is perfect…😉) But, can I stay in the moment, balanced for a minute?                 Of course. I can do anything for a minute. Cheers to keeping your peace - one minute at a time!...
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Take Back the “Function” from “Dysfunction”

Take Back the “Function” from “Dysfunction”

I spent years reliving the dysfunction in my past. So much so, that I was unable to grow emotionally. And then I saw this sign in a local coffee shop: I just had to have it, because it exemplified everything that held me back in my relationships, my profession, my life. Let Go to Grow I have successfully survived post-traumatic stress, transitioning to post-traumatic growth.  My dysfunction of suppressing the truth for years kept me trapped in a dissociative state where I knew the truth, but no one else acknowledged it, making me feel silenced, powerless.  Angry.  Until I finally spoke up in trauma therapy, opening the door to my prison of silence.  And I let it go. Function from Dysfunction By reading the text of my past aloud in trauma therapy, it allowed my mind to close that chapter, freeing it of the re-reading I had been doing to try to make sense of the dysfunction that I had survived.  The new chapters of my life are written by...
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Try Without Fear of Failing

Try Without Fear of Failing

I wrote a book. A 50,000 word novel.  In a month.  I have achieved more in one year than I ever dreamed possible - all because I tried. Failing terrified me... But, WHO would I have failed?  Myself?  Why put limits on myself with the fear of failing?  Life was meant to be lived - with failure.  Because really, isn't failing how we learn?  How we grow?  How we master our craft? So, I also made a book trailer for my novel, because, why not???  I'm not scared of failing... ...
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Move Forward for a Better Life

Move Forward for a Better Life

I suffer from chronic inflammation and haven’t been able to identify the cause. Sometimes my joint pain is so bad that it hurts to bend my fingers or even walk. But, strangely enough, when I begin moving in the morning, though painful, I feel relief from my symptoms. At noon it is merely an annoyance, and by dinnertime my pain is gone completely. The days I remain stationary, resting my joints to allow healing, the pain doesn’t subside, but gets worse. It made me realize that when life’s challenges seem to be at their worst, moving forward, though uncomfortable, can lead you to a better place. Cheers to shifting your reality past our obstacles! ...
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How to Revolutionize Your Wrinkles

How to Revolutionize Your Wrinkles

Wrinkles of Time Today I look in the mirror, I see wrinkles where there used to be none. I see these fine lines of experience, of traveling down paths unknown and my lifetime of willingness to learn along the way. Turn Back the Hands of Time: Change the Wrinkle Lens I cut bangs, I bought creams, all in an effort to hide my years traveling around the sun collecting knowledge through trial and error. But, why??? Why hide where I've been and who I've grown to be??? I'm no longer the taut, wrinkle-free skin of my youth.  I'm the flexible, soft and supple skin of experience. I present my crows feet, laugh lines uncovered, proudly displayed as signs of wisdom and beauty found in the adventures of life. Cheers to wrinkles, distinguishing an acumen of life well lived!...
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Being Positive Doesn’t Make You Blind to Reality

Being Positive Doesn’t Make You Blind to Reality

Positive thinking is not blind positivity, nor is it magical. However, the positive perspective you bring to realistically face today's challenges or obstacles will make your journey less arduous. It might even bring some needed growth, strengthening you for tomorrow's unexpected trials as well. Cheers to keeping on your rose colored glasses!...
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