• 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.…

  • 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,  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,  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…

  • 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…

  • Health,  Reviews

    How to Restart Your Body

    This post may contain affiliate links. Do you ever want to restart your body? Want to flush your system of toxins? Do you want to kick those food cravings that keep creeping up on you? You can give your body a chance to restart its digestive system. I did a juice cleanse for 2 days! Should you do the same? Check out my review. Arden’s Garden 2-Day Detox Day 1 I regretted doing the juice cleanse almost immediately. It had a very strong taste that my body just didn’t like. Eventually, I got kind of used to it. As long as I was drinking while I was doing something else…

  • Blog,  Health,  Reviews

    The Ultimate Summer List

    This post may contain affiliate links. Summer vacation is here! Oh, why don’t we make this a challenge? Let’s see how many of these we can do. No worries if you can’t do them all. It will just be fun to try! Here’s a PDF version for you to print so that you can check off all the fun that you do! The Ultimate Summer List Go for a walk – I’m going to try some of these places. Pick something from Pinterest and make it Pick one of the books off of the New York Times bestseller list and read it – May I recommend: I recommend this book to anyone who…

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