• 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…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Teaching

    How My Fibromyalgia Makes Me a Better Special Education Teacher

    When my student asks me to repeat what I just said, I understand. Sometimes I don’t understand something the first time due to my extended processing time I need from my fibromyalgia. This is sometimes due to my brain fog, fatigue, or from being in so much pain. What happens is that people are speaking English, a language I am fluent in, and I it sounds like they are speaking a foreign language. I have to ask them to repeat themselves in order to even understand what they are saying. I can empathize with the terrible feeling of being laughed at because others have thought you were dumb for not…

  • Devotions,  Fibromyalgia,  Health

    How to Deal with Change

    How you react to change tells a lot about you. What do you do? Different ways to react to change: Try to ignore it – I don’t suggest this. Usually, this becomes more and more difficult until it bubbles over until it must be focused on. Fight it – I also don’t suggest this. Before you feel like I am judging, know that I have used all of these ways to handle the stress of change. I know these all too well. Try to understand it – This can be dangerous because you can’t always understand change or why it happens. Sometimes things happen, and we don’t know why. We…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health,  Marriage

    What to Do With Chronic Illness Guilt

    Thank you to The Mighty for publishing this post! My husband opens the door for me, and I slip into the front seat. Suddenly, I feel the familiar shooting pain. Immediately my mind goes through a checklist:   Did I have sugar? Well, I mean, not directly. Just a little, maybe 3 pieces of dark chocolate. It was dark chocolate though! That stuff is supposed to be good for you, right?   Did I have dairy? No, I didn’t! I said no to the pleasant smell and warmth of pizza, free pizza, today! I should get a medal!   Did I sleep well last night? No. No I did not.…

  • Devotions,  Fibromyalgia,  Health

    30 Day Health Challenge – Days 18-23

    This post may contain affiliate links. Welcome to my 30-day journey to a healthier and happier self. If you want to join me from the beginning, click the picture above. Day 18 Exercise: None – still in a lot of pain from running Colostrum: Nope Writing: Interacting with others’ blogs Meditation: Isaiah 66:10-14 As one whom his mother comforts; so I will comfort you. Eating: Nothing weird, some dairy, lots of tea (Lipton Herbal Supplement, Stress Less, 15 ct, 0.79 oz). Day 19 Exercise: Yoga stretches Colostrum: None Writing: In blog and in my journal which made me feel restful and focused. Meditation: I journaled in response to questions from Grace for the…

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