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.

A-

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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Chiari Sister, I See You

Chiari Sister, I See You

As a stay at home mom, I frequently think about other moms that are in my position. It’s no secret that the stay at home parent doesn’t get enough credit. The day to day seems lost in translation to many, except the one living it. And often we need the reassurance, because as mothers – humans, we want to be seen and loved.

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Whether you have Chiari Malformation + Syringomyelia or any other illness that physically impairs you from feeling your best, know that you are doing your very best. I often compare myself to the wrong people, to those that don’t have physical pain and not needing to be medicated for pain relief.

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As for the stay at home parent living with chronic pain though, the day to day is different and is a tiny bit more challenging. And for me, the physical pain can cause me to have self-doubt, so today, to my chronic pain brothers and sisters, I want you to know, I hear you and see you.

I want to reassure you that you are enough.

Just in case you haven’t heard it today, you did good!

You did more cleaning than your body could handle. It’s OK, not to do more, your body will thank you later.

Yes, it’s OK, the rest can wait.

You folded the laundry that had been sitting in the basket for over a week – no judgment, you did it!

You cooked a meal with love, and that’s all your family could ask for.

You’re pushing through the pain with every step you take – you’re a warrior!

Don’t be hard on yourself, you’re 1 in 1,000 uniquely designed people and not everyone will understand – and that’s OK!

Push through, shower; push through, brush your hair; push through, push through, push through.

Take a break, a much needed break.

Know that your illness doesn’t define you – you are beautiful, believe it.

You are so loved, and you are just as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside.

You are not alone.

Chiari sister – I see you.

A-

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Versatile Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated for this award by the ever so strong and wonderful James over at My Place 3187. This is my first ‘Versatile Blogger Award’ and am beyond excited, so thank you again James for thinking of me.

Versatile Blogger Award

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who Nominated you for this Award.
  2. Include a link to their blog.
  3. Select 15 Bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  4. Nominate these 15 Bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  5. Let each of your Nominees know that you have Nominated them on one of their blog posts.
  6. Finally, tell the blogger who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Seven Things About Myself:

  1. This is a BIG one – ready?! My name is Ana not Chiari
  2. I don’t like chocolate – but do enjoy other desserts and treats
  3. I have six little’s – no twins, you read right, six (Enlgish), seis (Spanish), sei (Italian)
  4. I’m fluent in English and Español 
  5. I know my numbers in Italiano – only, I tried
  6. I was diagnosed in 2013 with Chiari Malformation + Syringomyelia a congenital condition and brain disorder, I’ve had brain surgery for Chiari Malformation (decompression craniectomy) and in 2017 spinal canal surgery for Syringomyelia (laminectomy) – was placed a syrinx-shunt
  7. I have a YouTube Channel – simple and easy nail polish tutorials

Bonus: I enjoy all types of music – including country … my current replay / favorite Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line ‘Meant To Be’ – so good!

My Nominees Are:

Bereaved Single Dad

All The Shoes I Wear

Cole Camp Fire Blog

Jason Frels

The Eclectic Contrarian

Something To Stu Over

Everyday Magic With Jubilee

Maggie Tiggles

Fight MS Daily

WCR 281

Simply Chronically Ill

Miraculous Smile

My Namaste 365 Online

A sweet thank you to all my nominees, I always enjoy your posts and look forward to reading ‘seven things’ about you all!

A-

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Thanksgiving Tag

I was tagged by My Namaste 365 Online with this ‘Thanksgiving Tag’ she created – congratulations again, and I’m so excited she did! It’s unbelievable to think Thanksgiving is around the corner, time does indeed go by faster as I age – or does it?! This is a beautiful season to see the beautiful blessing God has poured into my life, both big and small and with this tag I’ll write down things I am thankful for, enjoy!

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Rules:

1. List your thankful ABC.

2. Add one theme clip art to your post.

3. Tag 3 people who’d you hope would participate.

Thankful ABC:

A- Accepting things that are beyond my control

B- Beauty around me

C- Chiari Malformation + Syringomyelia, they’ve taught me to be more patient and accepting of my diagnosis

D- Daily bread

E- Endless support

F- Family

G- God’s love

H- Husband

I- Ice Cream, Vanilla

J- Joy I get from my little ones

K- Kindness from WordPress community

L- Love from God

M- My little ones

N- New beginnings

O- Opportunities to take on new challenges (my blog and my YouTube channel)

P- Patience God has for me

Q- Quest to become a better version on me

R- Remembering to think of others before myself

S- Simple things in life, stopping to enjoy them more often

T- Thankful for my ‘small‘ family

U- Undoubtedly blessed

V- Value the people in my life

W- Wait on God, learn to be more patient with God’s plan

X- ‘X’ out the negativity and be more positive!

Y- ‘You’ matter, don’t forget that

Z- Zzzz’s (sleep) I get, whenever possible!

My Nominees:

The Eclectic Contrarian

Gods Whispers Of Truth

Miraculous Smile

Chiari Conversations

Bereaved Single Dad

All The Shoes I Wear

I nominate you because I admire you and your amazing blogs. I look forward to reading your ‘Thankful ABC‘ lists!

Ana