• Fibromyalgia

    Kicking Writing Doubt

    You may have noticed that I have taken somewhat of a hiatus from my blog. I was working on my screenplay but have started truly doubting myself as a writer. I’ve heard that a lot of writers go through this, but my most recent slump had me doubting whether I should write at all. There are several reasons why writing doubt can creep up. For me, it is usually in the form of questions. Why do you think you’re so special? Are you actually writing something unique? Do you just want recognition? Do you really think you’re talented? 1. Why do you think you’re so special? I don’t actually. I…

  • Fibromyalgia

    How Mindfulness Protects You as You Get Older

    Recent research shows us that the frequent practice of mindfulness can have many positive effects on the mental, physical and emotional health of older adults. What is Mindful Ageing? Mindful ageing boils down to accepting rather than fearing or denying the realities of getting older. Many people tend to view old age solely in negative terms, associating it with decrepitude and disease. In contrast, the mindful approach reframes old age in a more positive way and instead focuses on the exciting changes and new opportunities that come about as you age. A Useful Coping Tool As you age, you will experience a diverse range of challenges (e.g. loss, sickness, pain…

  • Fibromyalgia

    How to Thrive in Quarantine

    As someone who has been learning to live joyfully through chronic illness, I feel uniquely able to speak to making the most of this historical, nationwide event. My husband would like for me to remind my readers that this isn’t technically called a quarantine unless you do have COVID-19 or have been around someone with it. I am still going to use the term quarantine though because I don’t think there really has been a word invented to define what this is. My husband’s lab has been busy processing hundreds of tests from Georgia alone. They were even in a national news article. Check it out. They are working so…

  • Fibromyalgia

    Help LifeHope Labs Stop the Coronavirus

    I received a video from my husband this morning detailing what his lab needs in order to continue getting tests and results out in a timely fashion to save lives. It is heartbreaking to realize that some deaths could have been prevented if testing had happened sooner, if labs were given the supplies they needed without having to jump through so many hoops. A compelling speech that lets us know how we can actually help during this terrible time. Please share this with as many people as you can so that LifeHope can get the supplies they need to make a difference. Please share this as much as possible so…

  • Teaching

    Incredibly Fun Ways to Teach Poetry

    I am so excited to welcome another guest writer, Tess Patalano. As a teacher who has taught poetry to rather reluctant teenagers, I look forward to using these activities in my classroom. I am so thankful for this resource and hope it will help you. Poetry is a powerful outlet for student’s expression. As a poet myself, I take great joy in introducing the power of the craft to the classroom. Admittedly, this can be difficult. While some students cannot wait to start writing, others audibly groan at its mere mention. Others sit in silent indifference. So how exactly can a teacher start their students on their poetic journeys? Perhaps…

  • Health,  Reviews

    How to Find Joy in Cleaning

    Recently, I used the Libby App, a FREE US audiobook and ebook app, to listen to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I had always dreaded cleaning, but Marie Kondo said some things that made me think. She made me realize that my difficulty with tidying was not that it was hard but that I had never really learned how to do it. Making a bed is what Charles Duhigg calls a “keystone habit” in The Power of Habit, one that starts other good habits. Making a bed is just one aspect of tidying. “People cannot change their habits without first changing their way of thinking.” ―…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health,  Reviews

    Secrets to Keeping a Full-Time Job with Chronic Pain

    Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor do I claim that if you follow all of these techniques and tips you will be able to keep a full-time job with chronic pain because chronic pain is different for each person. I just hope to share some of the things that have helped me in order to hopefully help you. Also, I am getting no money from this. They are all suggestions from the bottom of the heart. So, if I sound like I am trying to sell something, it is just because I believe in it so much. A few years ago, my advisor for student teaching asked me whether…

  • Fibromyalgia

    How to Rest in the Hustle Culture

    Summer looms as the opportunity of time hits me with everything I could be doing and achieving for two months, but summer, at least for teachers, needs to be about what healthy rest looks like. So, how do I achieve and rest? How much of each should I do? What is real rest? Much of what rest comes from is what we believe about ourselves. Here are two wonderful books that gave great perspectives on how identity affects rest and work: Identity Theft and Girl, Stop Apologizing. Besidesbeing inspirational and uplifting books, they provide healthy ways to approach rest while still pursuing dreams. “God will tell us when to rest.…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health,  Reviews

    How to Work Through Anger

    Disclaimer: If you click and purchase from some of the links below I will get some change towards my dream of being a full-time writer. I still truly believe in these products as they have helped me tremendously. After discussing this post with some friends, I was convicted of something I feel I need to tell you before you read this: Anger is a heart issue. My Experience Guess what I have been working through for quite a while? You guessed it! Anger. Why does this pesky little bugger keep popping up when I want to rest? This morning it is especially evident as I listen to the Calm app.…

  • Devotions,  Fibromyalgia,  Health

    Break Free of Negativity

    Do we have a habit of complaining but want to break free of our negative thinking? Yes! Writing down our complaints was the first step to our awareness. This awareness of negativity can help us find the lies that we are believing that trap us in our complaining hamster wheel of thinking. By addressing these lies with the truth of positivity, we can start writing positive truths to combat our negative thought habits. To do this, we created an exercise that we hope you will find helpful too. We free wrote our complaints using the starter “Why can’t I…” Then we countered these statements with the truth, using “I can…”…

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