• Daily Routine,  Mental Health,  Self Care

    Resilience- 2018 Word of the Year

    Back in January I posted this to my other blog thepinkwoobie.com as a rallying cry for 2018. As the year has progressed resilience has been my mantra. I wanted to post it here, as a reminder of why it’s important to be resilient. I admit that on this particular day I am not feeling that resilient, or positive, or any of the things I talk about in this post, but that’s all the more reason to post this, I will get there again. Resilience– (1) The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. I have to admit that I never feel particularly resilient, but when one looks at it’s antonyms…

  • Daily Routine,  Mental Health

    Time is Flying- Small Life Update

    I can’t believe how fast time is flying lately. I’m kind of shocked it’s July. And not just the beginning of July. Saturday was Ryan’s birthday and I’ve always equated that with a sort of mid summer celebration. Therapy I have been attending therapy regularly for over a year now. I’ve accomplished a lot, but for me it is work that will never be done. Some weeks I feel well, my depression is cooperative, my anxiety is light, and my health is stable. Other weeks I am down in the dumps, or anxious over an everyday task, and when the pain flares who knows where my head is going to…

  • Community,  Daily Routine,  Self Care

    Hope and Happiness with Chronic Illness

    Hopeful and Happy. Some people may not connect either of these with chronic illness and pain. It’s true illness and pain can bring dark times. It can take you to places you believe you are never going to get out of. To Sadness and despair. But there can be hope and there can be happiness. Hope and happiness can come in moments of rest, sharing with a loved one, or in discovering a new skill. In order for these moments to crack through the dark and despair one must be open to them. One must believe they can exist. These moments can break through spontaneously. We can also create them…

  • Daily Routine

    When the Going Gets Tough, Keep Going

    I don’t know if I would have considered myself tough before 2008. I received my Fibromyalgia diagnosis, a chronic condition, in May of 2008. Chronic, as in forever, or atlas a very long time. Now, I feel I really don’t have the choice. I have to be tough, I have to be persistent, I have to keep going. A favorite word for this would be resilient (to which I wrote about on my personal blog at the beginning of the year.) I haven’t written in a little while and that has been frustrating for me. There are so many things I want to be doing. There has been this level of…

  • Daily Routine

    Setting Boundaries

    There comes a time for everyone, regardless of health status, that it is necessary to set boundaries. We can set many kinds of boundaries, it can resemble setting up a fence that is never to be crossed, or it can be like putting up a temporary road block or construction barrel. When we do not set any boundaries in our life we become mentally and physically exhausted. I hear so many kind and intelligent friends say “I need to learn to say no”. Saying no is setting a boundary.