‘I Look To You’

This morning while trying to get somethings done for my social media accounts, I decided to put on some background music. And I decided on this song, ‘I look to you,’ by the late Whitney Houston. I don’t normally work while listening to music, it’s really distracting and I get nothing done. My work area needs to be quiet and in order. But the calling was there, for me to go back to this song, and it lifted me.

I’ve been connecting with others with Chiari and although I’m grateful, it also tends to try to pull me down. On one hand I’m happy there others experiencing what I’m going through, but on the other, it’s incredibly sad to know there are others trying to get through their day with chronic pain.

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I get asked a few questions when someone realizes my diagnosis, and one that always sticks out is, ‘how do you do it?’ I understand because it’s almost dumbfounding to see this mother of six living with chronic pain. And there is no one answer, there is no perfect answer, actually there is no answer other than Him. He gets me out of bed when my body isn’t able to, He reminds me I am loved when I feel I’m a failure, He helps me take the steps when I’m in too much pain to walk, He holds my head when I feel it’s going to explode in pain, He helps me care for my children when I feel too ill, He reminds me to take my medication because He knows how much I dislike them, it’s Him, that’s how I do it – daily.

If you’ve never heard this song – or haven’t heard it in a while, I invite you to listen. It’s an amazing song, full of hope, because what you’re going through today you will get through by looking up to Him.

My favorite verse in the song, ‘After all my strength is gone, In you I can be strong.’ 

I Look to You
As I lay me down
Heaven hear me now
I’m lost without a cause
After giving it my all
Winter storms have come
And darkened my sun
After all that I’ve been through
Who on earth can I turn to
I look to you
I look to you
After all my strength is gone
In you I can be strong
I look to you
I look to you
Yeah
And when melodies are gone
In you I hear a song
I look to you
After losing my breath
There’s no more fighting left
Sinking to rise no more
Searching for that open door
And every road that I’ve taken
Led to my regret
And I don’t know if I’m gonna make it
Nothing to do but lift my head
I look to you
I look to you
Yeah
And when all my strength is gone
In you I can be strong
I look to you
I look to you
Oh yeah
And when melodies are gone
In you

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When You Lack Motivation

I came across this picture and it gave me a great perspective on how big things have come from the modest of places – like a garage. How amazing is this picture?! What more motivation does one need?! I’ll be honest, I stared at it for quite some time.

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If there’s one thing you and I have in common is that there’s always something that is holding us back. We want to do something, great or small, but we create excuses that keep us from getting it done.

What do you want to do?

Where do you want to go?

How will you get there?

… What’s holding you back?

What’s holding me back? …. It’s either my illness, my family or some other excuse that I allow to convince me, that now is not the time.

I was once in a place where I felt stuck, frozen and hesitant about taking the next step.

I was ‘thinking’ about creating a YouTube channel, if you are too, I’d say, ‘just go for it.’

Or ‘thinking’ about creating a blog, if you are too, I’d say, ‘just go for it.’

Or ‘thinking’ about creating an online store, if you are too, I’d say, ‘just go for it.’

Or say an Instagram account, if that’s you, I’d say, ‘just go for it.’

Because the growth will probably be slow and the learning will take some time, but all that matters is that you’re doing what you’re passionate about – continue to grow, continue to learn, and let’s be honest eventually the money will come.

Lastly, if you’re living with chronic pain like I am, be patient. Our bodies are not what they were before our diagnosis, your body will guide you, get things done when you can – or pain levels allow, prioritize things, create a schedule for yourself – even if it’s one task a day. You’ll see that slowly but surely things will come together and things will get done.

Do you struggle with staying motivated? What keeps you moving?

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Nail File Friday’s: Mini Mic For Filming On YouTube Using Phone

With keeping up with the theme of how I’m making videos on YouTube on a small non-existing  budget here’s another video of an unboxing of a mini microphone. As I also mentioned here where I show you affordable lighting options, whether you’ve already got your very own YouTube channel or  not, been thinking about starting one, you will need the right equipment.

I’ll show you in the video an unboxing and a quick trial by doing my very first voice over using the Pop Voice mini mic. It’s not only great for nail tutorials but also for videos of makeup tutorials to crafting, drawing, cooking, etc.

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Pop Voice Recording Mini Microphone:

– Great for audio or video use on Apple iPhone, iPad, Macbook, Android/Windows Smartphone, PC and more. * For the iPhone 7, 7 plus, iPhone 8, 8 plus, iPhone X, you will NEED the LIGHTING to 3.5MM ADAPTER – This came with the purchase of your iPhone

– Affordable

– Extra long cable is 6.5 feet

– Hear a ‘click’ when the microphone and adapter are well connected

– Function is recording / not an amplifier

– How to listen: Unplug the microphone from phone or PC – PC adapter included

Happy filming!

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Nail File Friday’s: Affordable Lighting For Filming On YouTube

If you’re new to my blog, I want to share with you that I’m also on YouTube, making easy to do nail art tutorials. A quick disclaimer, I’m not a professional, I simply started to film my hobby. I’ve been filming for about a year, so I’m still learning the in’s and out’s. However, whether you’ve already got your very own YouTube channel or not, been thinking about starting one, one things for sure, you need the right  equipment. And if you were like me – are,you don’t know what to get, where to start and are short on change or on a budget, I want to share with you what I bought to start filming on my YouTube channel.

These are two affordable, inexpensive lighting options for making YouTube videos, from nail tutorials to makeup tutorials to crafting, drawing, etc. they’re great for placing on a table or desk and filming – use one lighting or both at a time.

First Option: B-Land 5.7″ Ring Light with Mini Tripod, iPad Holder, Universal Phone Holder, Wireless Remote Shutter – take pictures from a distance of up to 30 feet, USB Powered, LED Light, 3 Light Color Modes – White, Warm Yellow, and Warm Yellow and White, 11 Adjustable Brightness, Flexible Tripod, Great for Filming on YouTube, Vlogging, Steady Tripod Pictures, Great to Place on Top of a Table or Desk to Film

Second Option: QIAYA Selfie Light Ring Lights LED Circle Light, Clip on to Cell Phone – or Laptop and Camera, rechargeable USB Charging Cable, 3 Level Brightness Adjustable

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Tip: If I film during the day, I can get really good natural light and do not need the ‘QIAYA Selfie Light Ring’ as the ‘Ring Light with Mini Tripod’ gives me enough light. However, if I’m filming at night, I will use both lighting options at the same time, ‘the more light, the merrier!’

Equipment Seen On Video:

B-Land 5.7″ Ring Light with Mini Tripod

QIAYA Clip On LED Ring Light

Are you a ‘YouTubber,’ what content do you film and what equipment do you recommend that has worked for you?

Happy filming!

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