Blogger Recognition Award 2018

I received this incredible recognition by James, he’s over at Myplace3187. I’m a relatively new blogger and James is one of the first bloggers that I began to follow, since then he’s been an amazing support for my page, as he has for me. Thank you James for it all and for this ‘Blogger Recognition Award.’

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The Rules:

  1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your Award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to New Bloggers
  5. Select 15 or more bloggers for this award.
  6. Let each Nominee know you’ve Nominated them and leave a link to your post.

How I Started Blogging ….

There are a few reasons behind having started this blog, however the main one was bringing awareness to my illness – Chiari 1 Malformation + Syringomyelia. It’s a congenital condition in which the brain tissue extends into the spinal canal. There are 1 in 1,000 people living with this rare condition. The great news – since I started this blog, I’ve connected with so many wonderful fellow ‘Chiarians.’ Although it isn’t a walk in the park, to feel their strength and support is what I’ve been wanting – to connect with those that are walking in my shoes. They are the reasons for this blog.

I’m also often called mom by six tiny humans and wife by a Marine veteran. So, here you will find a glimpse of my life, all that’s in between and my life with chronic pain.

Two Pieces of Advice For New Bloggers ….

  1. Definitely try not look at your stats – says the one that just looked at her stats! I know it’s hard, I know it’s there, I know numbers ‘don’t lie’ however those numbers will break you on a bad day. Keep focused, have patience and the rest will follow.
  2. Have a good thing ‘going’?! Don’t be afraid to monetize from your blog. Yes, I love to blog, I enjoy writing and if you have been a follower of mine, you’ve noticed that I have three days out of the week where I will absolutely try my best to blog because it helps me keep myself on track. My life is a bit busy so I appreciate a good schedule. However, with that said, blogging is a lot of work, hours, at times researching and overall time consuming! Shocker, I know! So, if you love what you’re doing, you’re spending countless – perhaps hours a week, preparing a post, I say, bring on the money! Look into getting paid for doing what you love. As a stay at home mom, this blog has been the first thing – besides my my online store, to get my focus away from the home. So, if we can incorporate our ‘work’ and passion or love, and find an opportunity to monetize off it, I say, try it – do it! I’m still trying to get there, it’s definitely a slow process but it’s a process none the less. As they say, ‘you never know until you try.’ Is profiting off your blog something you’re doing or thought of doing – I’d like to know your thoughts on that. Thanks in advance!

My Nominees Are:

The Eclectic Contrarian

Simply Chronically Ill

God’s Whispers Of Truth

OJs Pride

Loudest Minds

Invisibly Me

Fight MS Daily

Journie 2 Woman

Wonky Brain Blog

Something To Stu Over

To my nominees, know that I enjoy your blog and that I appreciate you!

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Three Day Lyrical Challenge – ‘When We Were Young’ Song 3 Day 3

This has been so exciting and new. I’ve had a good time doing this challenge, thank you again Happymess Happiness for the nomination.

If there’s something I’ve experienced is that music can move you to the core, a song will take you places – a specific place, a song will bring a tear to your eyes, tears of sadness or joy, but it’ll bring you a memory, a song will take you to a particular time, an hour, a minute in time, even make you feel a little melancholy. I also think unconsciously we also put on a song, sad or upbeat, all based on how we feel on the inside.

The Rules Are Simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

The Song/Lyrics I Want To Share With You Today Is:

I couldn’t leave the ‘Three Day Lyrical Challenge’ without including Adele. She carries a special place in my ‘musical’ heart. These are the rare artists that sing and your heart is moved, because the mind goes to a place it seldom goes. And to me, this song When We Were Young from Adele, does just that. Enjoy.

Adele – ‘When We Were Young’

[Verse 1]
Everybody loves the things you do
From the way you talk to the way you move
Everybody here is watching you
Cause you feel like home, you’re like a dream come true
But if by chance you’re here alone
Can I have a moment before I go?
Cause I’ve been by myself all night long
Hoping you’re someone I used to know

[Pre-Chorus]
You look like a movie
You sound like a song
My God, this reminds me
Of when we were young

[Chorus]
Let me photograph you in this light
In case it is the last time that we might
Be exactly like we were before we realised
We were sad of getting old, it made us restless
It was just like a movie
It was just like a song

[Verse 2]
I was so scared to face my fears
Nobody told me that you’d be here
And I swear you’d moved overseas
That’s what you said when you left me

[Pre-Chorus]
You still look like a movie
You still sound like a song
My God, this reminds me
Of when we were young

[Chorus]
Let me photograph you in this light
In case it is the last time that we might
Be exactly like we were before we realised
We were sad of getting old, it made us restless
It was just like a movie
It was just like a song

[Refrain]
(When we were young)
(When we were young)
(When we were young)
(When we were young)

[Bridge]
It’s hard to admit that everything just takes me back
To when you were there, to when you were there
And a part of me keeps holding on just in case it hasn’t gone
Cause I still care, do you still care?

The Nominees Are:

Simply Chronically Ill

My Li’l Place

OJs Pride

I look forward to listening to your selections!

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Chronic Pain + Time Management

Chronic Pain + Time Management

It’s no secret that I live with Chiari + Syringomyelia but did you know it’s also the reason for many of my negative thoughts. They are thoughts that trigger self-doubt and lack of confidence. The chronic pain, the aches, the body pain, back pain, the headaches, the stiffness in my neck are a daily reminder of the things that I can no longer do. It can really bring me down – if I allow it to. My days are planned out around the level of pain I’m in on that particular day. So, how do I manage my day to day while living with chronic pain – besides my pain medication of course! …. Time management.

Yes, that’s it, no magic to it! I manage my time wisely, I don’t over do it and I listen to my body – did I mention I have to plan my day around the level of pain I’m in?! Yes, after that, I do whats a priority first and go from there. I don’t have to get everything done, but I do try to do what’s most important. And this can be tough when your day – like mine, will usually include days where I need to visit the doctors or have to do a routine MRI or CT Scan – yeah, those are fun …. said no one! If that’s the case, I’ll tweak my day knowing that my body and brain will be extra tired because of that doctors visit and will consider my day extra short.

This next thing is really important when living with chronic pain and I know it can be difficult to do is, to rest. I need to find time to rest. If I can’t lay in bed, I simply sit down for a minute or two or three, but I need my rest – better yet, my body craves rest. If I don’t get enough sleep, my body will feel it the next day. So, if I plan something where it involves leaving my house, I also have to plan to rest when I return. I do this so that I don’t get the wrath from lack of sleep afterwards. I can get anything from vertigo, to nausea to having vision issues. It all goes south really quickly from lack of sleep.

So, how do I manage my time as a stay at home mom with my babies?! Well for one, they’re all not on diapers – phew, two, I know it’s summer time but they do school related papers for me – no I’m not that crazy mom, and three, schedule! The littlest ones are on a schedule, they take up to a three hour nap or nap twice a day. Meanwhile, the older ones will be eating, reading, arguing playing, etc. And as for myself, this is my time to plan on a post for my blog – like a ‘Meme Monday,’ ‘Reblog Wednesday or ‘Nail File Friday’s’, even something on my online shop, eat and shower! Yes! This ‘nap time’ is ‘mama’s time.’ I do this because that’s what I’ve put on my plate and I so need I to be efficient with my time.

All the hard work and determination you put into anything today will pay off tomorrow.

Lastly, the thing that I’ve experienced with chronic pain is that besides it being an invisible illness, you have to self motivate yourself. You must! No one knows better than what you’re going through than you. If you don’t, this thing – chronic pain, will bring you down with it!

I would love to know how you manage your time while living with chronic pain, share your thoughts.

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