• 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…

  • 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…”…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Reviews

    How to Successfully Plan the New Year

    How do you plan when life brings surprises? This can be especially difficult when daily living with a chronic illness. At first, I was skeptical. That’s cute that you think that I can change much in my life, but Amanda Warfield started a book club reading Cultivate by Lara Casey. I groaned, “That’s great to make plans and execute them if you are always healthy, but I have had many times where I have made the perfect plan and had to abandon it because I was having a Fibromyalgia flare. This is a terribly depressing cycle, and I don’t want to go through it again.” I realized through reading Cultivate that something about…

  • Fibromyalgia

    Creating Spaces to Encourage the Feeling ‘Hygge’ at Parties

    We are so excited to have Samantha Black write for us! She is an expert in creating spaces, so we asked her to help us understand how to create hygge space in our homes for parties. Denmark and Norway are at the top of the rankings (3rd and 2nd) in the world’s happiest countries. The happiness score by the Danes and Norwegians can be attributed to its welfare system, social capital and good life expectancy. But apart from these statistics, many people, including experts, believe that the cultural practice, especially for the Danish, called hygge contributes to the joy that they feel. And it has been regarded as part of…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health

    How to Fight Depression

    You may be expecting to read easy platitudes like: be more thankful, focus on others, and something the equivalent of – you’re not really depressed, you just need more sleep. Although there is some truth to these things, as someone who has struggled with the depression entangled with chronic illness, part of me stops listening when I hear these solutions. I have trudged through depression and want to give you some real tips to work through it that don’t require you to be superhuman, because, I hate to break it to you, you’re not.   Treat Yourself I thought of naming this post “How Getting a Manicure Changed My Life: And…

  • Devotions,  Fibromyalgia

    Finding Rest: Thankfulness Day 3

    This post may contain affiliate links.   Sunday is my designated day of rest, and I must tell you that having rest has made all of the difference in my life. I am so very grateful that I have been shown just how important it is to have rest and have embraced it to become a much more fulfilled and joyful person. Emily Freeman in Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World, Rachel Hollis in Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be, and Jenn Wilkin in None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from…

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