Reblog Wednesday: Chores — Real Life of an MSW

If there’s one thing I dread dislike doing, is washing the dishes. It’s one of those things that is never quite finished – like laundry. So, when I read this post from Real Life of an MSW I knew I just had to share.

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Also, because I’d like to think Earl and I aren’t the only one’s desperately searching for the last clean dish to use when in need.

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Reblog Wednesday: Awkward Silence — I refuse to give up

Today I want to share a lovely short story by Sakshi – a wonderful blogger over at I Refuse To Give Up. This is her first short story and by all means, she did not disappoint. I don’t want to give too much away, but have you been in love, and have thought, this is a forever. Have you been with someone that you thought, or didn’t ever imagined being separated, breaking up because it was that good. Or made promises to one another that included perhaps growing old?! However, no love nor promises were strong enough to withstand the test of time, and eventually the relationship was reduced to mere memories. Yes, this is that short story.

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Have you been there, where a love couldn’t be because of life’s circumstances, does it still sting, does it take you back to a place and time? Because it did for me. It was a young love, made so many promises to fill the heart only to have it broken as time doesn’t stand still for anyone and life took a turn for the both of us. And like the short story, college was the changing point, and all that happened after has been written in history and today we both have spouses and children.

Love, so easy and complex at times. Do you believe in true love, do you believe in falling in love more than once in a lifetime? I’d love to know.

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Sam and Sasha were college sweethearts, the kind of people who give others relationship goals, the perfect example of friends and lovers. Their story it seemed was straight out of a clichéd romantic novel. But as college got over, life happened. They moved to different parts of the world in quest of their individual dreams, […]

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Reblog Wednesday: I Asked God: A Facebook Post From A Friend — Something to Stu Over

This post for ‘Reblog Wednesday’ couldn’t have come at a better time. The thoughts of wanting to feel better physically are reoccurring thoughts, coming in too often throughout my day. And the fact that I can’t change my circumstance or diagnosis is evident in this post and is the perfect reminder of things I conveniently choose to forget. This ‘Reblog Wednesday’ is from a blogger I hold dear and near to my heart, Stuarthis honesty, love for Christ and life, is what I appreciate from reading his work. I couldn’t appreciate him more than I already do.

This post unraveled the truths of my reality. I can either learn to accept my reality or continue to live in the falsehood of reminiscing of what my life once was – life without the prescription medication and physical pain. It’s up to me. If I can only touch ground, ‘come back to Earth,’ as they say, and stop living in the clouds, I’d be able to open my eyes to see my life as it is. And perhaps only then will my sense of purpose fuel my desire to live a more happy and fulfilled life.

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The conversation with God in the post reminded me of my own conversations with God.

I  want to tell God what to fix in my life …

my diagnosis – fix it, reverse it,

my physical pain – take it away,

my old, ‘normal self’ – bring her back,

my finances – increase it,

my brain / head – make it stop spinning,

my son’s autism diagnosis – make it better,

my happiness – give me more of it.

And all the while, I’ve been praying for what I cannot change. He’s saying surrender, trust me, leave it to me as I do all things for a reason – beyond your humble comprehension. The reasons for it, all will be revealed in due time – patience. And love, love is what I need, it’s what I should be praying more for, so that I may accept my diagnosis with love, accept things that I will not be able to change.

The trials and tribulations are only there to get me away from worldly things and closer to Him.

Have a blessed day.

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I asked God to take away my habit. God said, No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up. I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. God said, No.. His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary. I asked God to grant me patience. God […]

via I Asked God: A Facebook Post From A Friend — Something to Stu Over

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Reblog Wednesday: Fail and keep failing — Cristian Mihai

If there’s anything that can be discouraging, is trying to achieve something and getting nowhere with it. That idea you had, maybe you have never gone anywhere with it because of fear, fear of failure, or even fear of success. Whatever it is, this post here by Cristian Mihai is very encouraging and highlights a few truths on our idea of failure. Maybe you grew up with very little – like me, and think this is what your life is suppose to be, you were born poor and you will remain poor. If this is the way you’re thinking, then yes, you will remain poor. However, this doesn’t have to be, this doesn’t have to be your life, your destiny. You can change it. And I’ll share this video with you from Dan Peña going a little more in depth on parents and what most people grew up seeing. You know, the parents working and living pay check to pay check, because that’s what most of us grew up looking at. We’re creatures of habit, and the difference between the rich and the poor is habit, as Dan Lok states.

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Cristian also highlights, with hard work and a change of mind frame. You can change the way you think and work hard. You also don’t need to be ultra smart, fancy, and good looking to make it. Anyone can make it. Anyone. However, it’s completely on you whether or not you believe you can, that makes all the difference.

A few of the motivational speakers I listen to and watch on YouTube on entrepreneurship, sales and money, etc. are Dan Lok, Grant Cardone and Dan Peña – feel free to look at other of their videos. If you have no idea who these men are, these videos will give you a glimpse and general idea of what their channel is all about. I will give you a heads up, these are very straight forward, no ‘bs’ speaking men – especially Dan Peña. They speak and tell it like it is, cursing and all, however they will tell you the truth on why you don’t have money and continue to live pay check to pay check. If you appreciate the truth or not, they are speaking on experience and how they got to where they’re at now. Enjoy!

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“The secret of life…is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” – Paulo Coelho The bitter truth is that no one who’s good at something knows much about why they’re good. The secret got lost after thousands and thousands of failures. The thing is, they subconsciously know it’s simple: you fail and […]

via Fail and keep failing — Cristian Mihai

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Reblog Wednesday: Lies I Tell Myself: IV — chiariconversations

This weeks ‘Reblog Wednesday’ has come at the perfect time, and it’s by none other than Michelle over at Chiari Conversations. She’s a fellow Chiarian and her vulnerability and honesty is like breathing fresh air each time I read her posts. If you have neurological issues, or are a fellow Chiarian yourself, please follow her journey along!

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And I say it comes at the perfect time because I have not been quite myself, the body pains have increased, my left leg and foot have been getting increasingly numb and the vertigo, well, the vertigo is a pain in the rear end! I’m going on 6 years since my brain surgery for my Chiari Malformation and every day feels much like I’m going through a slow death – only I’m still here and my brain is being squished by the minute. The stabbing pain behind my neck doesn’t subside and what seems to be the never ending hospital / doctor visits can make me feel much like an elderly than a young mom.  As Michelle clearly states, a few years ago I really don’t know how I could have handled these constant headaches. It’s not your casual headache, ‘you missed a meal, you are a little stressed’ kind of head ache – no my dearest friend and reader, this is a, run and close the blinds, turn off the lights, turn off the volume to everything, including the neighbors barking dog and let’s hibernate for say, a few weeks – kind of headache! The one where you momentary just wish to be a vampire, because lets face it, I wish the world around me was pitch dark, complete darkness.

If you have Chiari Malformation or not, maybe you are dealing other health issues and can relate …

The feelings of wanting to feel like wanting to enjoy life / social gathering without having the next day or even weeks be filled with even more pain and misery. Yes!

The feeling of not wanting to be told ‘you’re strong’ but know that I’d rather lay in bed in a fetal position because I can’t take the pain. Yes! 

The wanting to go to the store and not have to worry about my left leg – body, being overstimulated and being at risk of falling in public. Yes! 

The wanting to go out to a public place, say, church, etc. and just setting it on mute because the chatter and noise level is too loud for my brain to handle. Yes!

The need to want to be ‘able’ and not ‘unable.’ Yes! 

The feeling of constantly needing help, because lets face it, I can’t do it all – literally. Yes!

The need to want to tell scream people to ‘get.to.the.point’ because conversations overstimulate my brain. Yes! 

The wanting to stop being told, ‘but you look good’ because I know that if I looked like how I felt, I’d scare even my own offspring. Yes! and Yes!

What are some of your new normal’s?

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It can be difficult to really KNOW whether the pain is normal or not when dealing with neurological issues. It doesn’t help that pain is personal even in the temporal sense. Five years ago, I WOULD NOT have been able to handle this level of constant headache. I would have thought I was dying. Today, […]

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Are You a Good Friend to Yourself? — MakeItUltra™ Psychology

This post I share with you today comes from Dr. Perry and it speaks on how loving yourself serves as a platform, sets the tone, as to how your friends will value your friendship in their lives. As I continue to grow older, I contemplate many times on the importance of self love and friendships. I also have come to understand that some friendships are not meant to remain in your life forever. This has even more truth when you live with Chiari Malformation + Syringomyelia, chronic pain is not for the faint of heart. And fortunately or not, you realize even more so when is the time to put an end on friendships that no longer serve well to your health and to your life in general. You know the friendships that bring on more stress than they do joy – those ‘friendships.’

I’ve realized that loving me, putting my feelings first, being compassionate for my own being, is far more important than any outside friendship. Because when you love yourself and know the value you bring as a friend when others don’t, I think that’s when it’s time to call it quits to a friendship that no longer brings positivity to your life and family. There will be a mourning period, but I simply wish them well and move on.

In this post here Dr. Perry, highlights the love and sympathy you should have for yourself, and asks, what kind of friend are you being to yourself? I think first and foremost be a friend to yourself to then know what to look for in friendships.

Written by Dr. Perry, PhD Image Credit: Pixabay “A friend is a gift you give yourself.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson What kind of friend are you? Are you attentive, kind and compassionate or, are you neglectful, uncaring and critical? Scrolling through quotes on the internet, I was reminded of the immense value we place on friendship. […]

via Are You a Good Friend to Yourself? — MakeItUltra™ Psychology

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Reblog Wednesday: Gratitude — Tales from the Mama Duck

So, this here doesn’t require too many words. It left me speechless when I first read it and it’s leaving me speechless now. It’s so incredibly true, a picture is indeed ‘worth a thousand words.’ The post I share with you today is by the incredible blogger over at Family 5 Power – go over to her site and continue to enjoy her other incredible content!

Thank you Mama Duck for another reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

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“Let us thank God for his priceless gift!” 2 Corinthians 15:9 GNT

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