• Devotions

    Defeating Defeat

    The Recovering Perfectionist is excited to share with you yet another wonderful writer, Caroline Hultgren from Lily Mags & Co. We have enjoyed reading her work and think you will too! Job 38 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.” Job 38:4 Have you ever felt defeated, like really down in the dumps defeated? It feels like everything and everyone is against you, and you just jump from one struggle to the next. You just can’t see to get a win. Our family has been living that feeling the last few years. My husband’s plant closed down, but he had another…

  • Devotions,  Fibromyalgia,  Health

    Celebration! – Day 7

    Hooray! We made it through one week! An essential part of habit-forming is celebrating after you have finished the task. We use this for students in teaching too. It’s called “positive reinforcement”, and it works! What I Did Exercise: Yoga Poses, Side Planks, Crunches Colostrum: One Teaspoon Writing: Blog Meditation:  “…My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me…My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will…The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Matthew 26:38-41 “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health

    It’s Physical Therapy! – Day 6

    I’m sitting in the parking lot of my physical therapist. I go to physical therapy on the recommendation from my doctor for fibromyalgia. I never look forward to going to physical therapy, but I always feel better afterward. Let’s see what today brings shall we? I am already counting today as a win because I wasn’t sure if I could make it through the day at work. I did, and I was even able to drive myself to physical therapy after that! What I Did Exercise: Stationary Biking, Stretches, Side Planks, Bridges Colostrum: One Tablespoon Writing: Blog, Notes Meditation: Encouragement from others: You will be perfect someday. Today is not…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health

    Resting in Grace – Day 5 Health Challenge

    Want to start from the beginning? Click on the photo. Welcome to my fibro-flare. This will probably derail the health challenge for a week, but, during this time, I plan on focusing on some different aspects of health, particularly allowing myself to rest and giving myself grace. These elements of my life are actually more important than any striving toward health I can achieve. They are also the hardest to master. How Did I Rest Today? Called In Sick – I hate doing this, but I swallowed my pride. I was having severe myoclonic jerks, fainted, and had to crawl to the phone to call my boss to tell her I…

  • Health

    Searching for Joy

    Today I woke up with a pain in my chest. I tried to write it away, to pray it away, to read it away. I know that it is both spiritual and physical. I have fought for joy by trying to remember the times of joy. I have taken pictures of things and memories that make me happy on my Instagram and my blog. But… How does one fight for joy when your body and soul strive against you? There is so much to grieve over in the world. One of my students was a puddle of pouring tears today. After talked about what was troubling her, she reminded me of a perfect…

  • Health

    How to Silence the Inner Critic

    This post may contain affiliate links. have found that living with my chronic pain that comes from Fibromyalgia causes me to be unkind to myself. These are some coping techniques I have used to fight the inner critic. Take Time to Celebrate – Every little thing that I accomplish (From putting on clothes to setting a new record in running), I either mentally (Good job, Elizabeth!) or physically (Do a little dance!) celebrate. This is actually a proven technique to develop new habits. Quartz quoted B.J. Fogg, “a psychologist and researcher at Stanford University who has studied behavior change for more than 20 years”, as saying the act of celebration is…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Teaching

    Light Breaking Through Cracks

    This morning was full of twitching, pain, dizziness, and exhaustion. My candle was running low. It couldn’t be burned at any other end. My head became so heavy that I laid my head on my desk during planning. Just a little sleep…maybe? No? Okay. I walked into my 3rd-period class and my mood was immediately lifted. I hadn’t been able to come to this class because I had been testing a separate group of students for two days. The co-teacher and interpreter exclaimed how they missed me and the students had been asking for me. It was good to see my students and make sure that they knew they were…

  • Fibromyalgia,  Health

    Anger

    I believe the lie that anger will give me strength when it actually drains energy from me like a parasite. I believe the lie that anger will give me authority. I believe the lie that anger will help me deal with my pain. I believe the lie that anger about my situation will change it. I believe the lie that it is my right to be angry. I believe the lie that anger should always be expressed. I believe the lie that anger will make people listen to me more. I believe the lie that I should be angry when I can’t control my life. I believe the lie that…

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