• 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…

  • Fibromyalgia

    Why I Needed a Break From Blogging

    Dear Blogging Community, You are so supportive and kind. I must write to you to let you know how very tired I am of trying to write. I am marvelous at starting the writing process. I have some beautiful beginnings of many novels, short stories, and screenplays. My difficulty is usually in finding how to get to the ending I have envisioned. I feel that I have come to the point in my blog writing where I have lost the view of my end. I have lost the reason why I write. I took some time to read some books that I found inspiring. I just finished Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment…

  • Fibromyalgia

    30-Days of Thankfulness: Technology

    2) What technology are you grateful for?   I am so grateful for the technology of e-mails. Because I have chronic pain, it can be difficult to sit and talk with someone, but it is so much easier to write to them a little at a time. It also is so helpful when I have brain fog. If I can’t remember the name for something, I can just google it. It can be quite comical actually. Some of the searches I have done go something like “name for the thing that you put on bread that goes with peanut butter” or “name for when you feel like punching something”. I…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health,  Reviews

    Three Days Three Quotes Challenge: Day Three

    Thank you, Lourie, for this fun idea! The rules are: Thank the nominator. Post one quote each day for three consecutive days. Tag three bloggers. This quote is from Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World by Emily P. Freeman, my current non-fiction reading. In it, Freeman focuses on being fully present which sometimes takes the long road in life. She also wrote Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life which I am also enjoying because it explores living in grace rather than by anything I do. Let’s take back that time when someone’s words made us feel stupid, but instead of wallowing in the…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health

    Three Days Three Quotes Challenge: Day Two

    Thank you, Lourie, for this fun idea! The rules are: Thank the nominator. Post one quote each day for three consecutive days. Tag three bloggers. My next quote comes from an amazing devotional called Soul Rest: 7 Days to Renewal by Curtis Zackery that I had the privilege of going through with some of my extended family. (P.S. – It’s totally FREE!) Now I want to buy his book, Soul Rest: Reclaim Your Life. Return to Sabbath. (affiliate link). Guess I have another book to put on my Amazon wishlist! Zachery has several quotes he uses in the devotional that are quite inspiring. It is hard to choose just one. You will…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health,  Reviews

    Three Days Three Quotes Challenge: Day One

    This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you, Lourie, for this fun idea! The rules are: Thank the nominator. Post one quote each day for three consecutive days. Tag three bloggers. I just finished a beautiful book about letting go of stress called Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands (affiliate link) and written by Shona and David Murray. It is truly beautiful how God speaks through them directly to my heart. This is one of the many books that I am reading to work through my perfectionism which leads to anxiety and depression, worsening my fibromyalgia symptoms. My perfectionism especially threatens my joy as the new…

  • Devotions,  Fibromyalgia,  Health

    How to Keep Faith Through Suffering

    I recently came back from The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference 2018, an encouraging time with 8,000 other Christian women that challenged and grew me. “Listening In” Session: Wrestling with Chronic Illness was like a drink of cool water in the desert of my fibromyalgia. Their stories and words of wisdom not only apply to those with chronic illness but all those who are wrestling with suffering of any kind. The session was in the question and answer format with Elicia Horton (MS), Kori Porter (Endometriosis), and Vaneetha Rendall Risner (Polio). At the beginning, each woman shared a little of their story. Some of my favorite quotes from their testimonies are:…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health,  Reviews

    My Self-Care Toolkit

      Here is a peek into my self-care toolkit! These are the things that have helped me the most in the past year. I hope you find it helpful! Journals have always been an essential part of my self-care routine. Writing helps me to gather my thoughts and work through stress. I have a whole box full of journals written to the brim with wishes, dreams, and prayers. I guess my sister-in-law knew that pretty well because she gave me this journal for my birthday last year, and I absolutely love it. On the cover is written, “Chic Happens”, and it is my favorite color! The pages have a wonderful…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health

    Kate Spade: Thoughts on Suicide

    Kate Spade was iconic. I grew up admiring Audrey Hepburn and found someone who made it possible for me to modernize my idealism based on her. Kate Spade was the representation of joy and sophistication. When I received a beautiful Kate Spade bag I felt confident, sophisticated, and fun. The day I learned about Kate Spade’s suicide, my world collapsed a little. How can the creator of such a joyful brand become so terribly sad that she would take her own life? Suicide is a scary subject that is difficult to grasp. Suicide has been used by two manipulators in my life. One was someone I was in a relationship with…

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