• 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,  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,  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,  Health

    Retrain Your Brain: 30 Days of Gratitude

      I found that my mindset has become more negative than I would like. In order to bring my brain back to a positive place, I decided to start practicing more gratitude in my life. Gratitude has been proven scientifically and spiritually to change the mind and soul. There is an abundance of studies and articles on the benefits of gratitude. This Time article gives a wonderful summary of some of the physical and mental benefits of being thankful. “Gratitude can make you more patient…improve self-care…help you sleep…stop you from overeating…help ease depression…Gratitude gives you happiness that lasts.” – JAMIE DUCHARME, 7 Surprising Health Benefits of Gratitude Almost all religions agree that…

  • 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,  Health,  Reviews

    How to Fight Fear and Win

    This post may contain affiliate links. I recently finished a book that I now consider among my favorites, Fierce Hearted by Holley Gerth. Her humble and heart-warming style made me feel like I was sitting down to tea with a friend. The stories she tells make me laugh and cry. Holley Gerth is a bestselling author, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this new book of hers would become another best seller. She genuinely cares for other people and is heavily involved in many different forms of ministry. For example, one of the stories she tells in this book is of how she adopted a 21-year-old woman who had aged…

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