• Blog

    The Liebster Award

    I feel so honored to be nominated by Deeksha Tripathi from www.wonderfulwoman.in for the Liebster Award. “Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.” Basically, it’s a way for bloggers to recognize other great bloggers! Here is how The Liebster Award works. -Thank the person who nominated you in your post.-Answer the questions from your nominator.-Pick your nominees.-Display the Liebster Award on your blog. What’s your favorite memory of your childhood? My favorite memory of my childhood is when my dad was reading Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis. We had just come to when the trees had started moving toward the army when…

  • 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

    Creating Spaces to Encourage the Feeling ‘Hygge’ at Parties

    We are so excited to have Samantha Black write for us! She is an expert in creating spaces, so we asked her to help us understand how to create hygge space in our homes for parties. Denmark and Norway are at the top of the rankings (3rd and 2nd) in the world’s happiest countries. The happiness score by the Danes and Norwegians can be attributed to its welfare system, social capital and good life expectancy. But apart from these statistics, many people, including experts, believe that the cultural practice, especially for the Danish, called hygge contributes to the joy that they feel. And it has been regarded as part of…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Devotions

    Accepting My Portion

    12 Now the sons of Eli were worthless men. They did not know the Lord.13 The custom of the priests with the people was that when any man offered sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come, while the meat was boiling, with a three-pronged fork in his hand, 14 and he would thrust it into the pan or kettle or cauldron or pot. All that the fork brought up the priest would take for himself. This is what they did at Shiloh to all the Israelites who came there. 15 Moreover, before the fat was burned, the priest’s servant would come and say to the man who was sacrificing, “Give meat…

  • 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…

  • Marriage

    How Perfectionism Was Ruining My Marriage

    The Recovering Perfectionist is delighted to welcome Amanda Warfield in her first guest post for us! We connected through Instagram, so you should definitely take a look at her feed! It is beautiful, fun, and thought provoking.     Growing up, I always had a streak of perfectionism inside of me. Usually, it only came out occasionally and I could tamp it down pretty easily. I’ll never forget though after 3rd-grade state testing results came in, I received an average on the science portion and I cried about it. I was so disgusted with that “average”. I didn’t want to be average. I didn’t even want to be above average.…

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