Celebrating the True Meaning of Christmas on a budget

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The Holidays, even if you budget for them, have a way of putting a strain on your wallet.  While my kids were younger,  I worked very hard to make sure they didn’t notice our limited budget by keeping Christmas a fun and active time while remaining focused on the true meaning of this holy season.

In my latest book, Frugal Seeds Christmas Edition: 101 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays on a Budget, I share many of the ways we celebrated the Christmas season while keeping our focus on the reason for the season.

I would be greatly humbled if you would take a moment to check it out.  It is now available on Amazon in paperback and e-book and can be read FREE on KindleUnlimited.  Thank you.

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living our best life – physical activity

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Welcome friends and thank you very much for stopping by today.  This week my question has to do with physical acitivity.  This is a tough area for many people with chronic illness since there are some that respond poorly to exercise.  No matter what  illness label you hold, fatigue is always a side effect making exercise something that takes a lot will power to overcome the desire to climb back into bed.

We read, watch, and are told that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle which can lead to guilt and disappointment when we cannot participate in the physical activities that we were once able to enjoy.

So, this week’s question is, What physical movement do you participate in? 

Over the years I have been able to do as little as, yay! I walked up and down the stairs today or to the mailbox.  Currently I am able to take my dog on a short walk, walk in the park, get on the treadmill or exercise bike but have discovered that 30 minutes is about my limit or I pay for it the next day.

Please take a moment to share what works for you.  I am sure many of us are looking for new ways to move our bodies.  Thank you!

 

  • We are not providing any medical advice, only ideas of what works for us.

living our best life possible – organization

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Chronic illnesses tend to have a dreaded side affect of memory issues which can be  extremely frustrating.

Through the years, I have experimented with different approaches towards keeping myself organized and on track.  The ways have changed as the kids have grown,  but I have found that now they are in their busy stage of life, I must keep a very detailed  schedule.

At this time,  I use my cell phone and a wall calendar to keep track of daily appointments, celebrations, work schedules, really anywhere I need to be and when.  Then, I write out my daily to-do list on an index card so I can carry it with me throughout the day (if I don’t forget it, that is 🙂 )

Which leads me to this week’s questions, How do you keep yourself organized?

Please take a moment to share!  I deeply appreciate all of you who take the time to leave information in the comment section.  I have learned a lot from all of you and I am sure others have too!  Thank you.

 

 

~ wendi is the author of three books and can be seen here.

living our best life possible – books

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We read to know we are not alone. —C.S. Lewis

 

I love to learn and therefore I read.  Reading is something I have struggled with since I was a young child, eventually discovering that I was dyslexic.  But, I kept at it, and now I  enjoy reading, although I am a slow and struggle with comprehension and retention.  So, if I think the book is important, I take notes.

Through this journey called life, I have read a lot of books, mostly nonfiction.  For a while, I mostly read books on natural healing, trying to discover ways to help myself where western medicine continued to fail me.

There are several books that have helped me on this health journey and I would like to share them with all of you.  I realize all of our journeys are unique, but I feel that these three books could be beneficial to some.

The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan by David Perlmutter, MD

The UltraMind Solution by Mark Hyman, MD

Tired of Being Tired by Jesse Lynn Hanley, MD and Nancy Deville

 

So the question today is:

What book(s), if any, have you found helpful in your journey to heal?

Please take a moment to leave a comment below.  I truly believe we are here to assist each other in life, and your recommendation may be the one that brings someone relief.

Thank you ~

 

 

*** No one on this site is providing medical advice.  We are just offering comments on what has worked in our own lives ***

living our best life possible – alternative medicine

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Welcome back my friends!  Thank you so very much for joining me again for our next question on living our best life possible.

The question this week is………what alternative medical treatment(s) or recommendations, if any, have given you positive results?

A traditional medical path has, up to this point, provided minimal relief from any of my chronic illnesses.  As a result, I have sought out more non-traditional and alternative medical professionals through this very long and winding path towards (hopefully) healing.  But, do to the high cost of alternative medicine, there are many paths that I have yet to explore – but hope to some day.

I have experienced benefits from various supplements, following a grain-free diet, meditation, walking when able, and seeing a medical massage therapist once on month to help with muscle and joint pain.

How about you?  Please share your experiences!

 

~ Please note – no one on here is providing medical advice, we are only sharing personal experiences that have helped us on our journey.

living our best live possible – bad days

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This post is going to be different then what I have been posting recently, which has been my attempt at writing poetry.  I have enjoyed putting the words on the screen and deeply appreciate all the kind comments, deserved or not 🙂  so thank YOU!

This week I have been really struggling to come up with something to write.  This struggle caused me to reflect on why I started this blog in the first place.  My main purpose was to help others, who like myself, live with dreaded chronic illnesses.  When I began writing almost 2 years ago, I was so gung-ho, but the more I blogged and the more blogs I read, I became extremely intimiated by the high quality of writing and the vast amount of knowledge that so many others had, that I shyed away from my original intent.

So I decided that, at least for the near future, I will be asking those who grace me with your presence, to answer a different question each week, with each one relating to living our best life while chronically ill.

First, let me give Kim over at  I Tripped Over a Stone a HUGE shout out as she has inspired me to start asking questions.  Every week this amazingly beautiful soul asks her readers questions and the enjoyment I have received from answering and reading others responses has been surprising.  I encourage those of you who have not visited her site to please do so, thank you.

I realize that all of us suffer from different illnesses, affecting us in different ways.  But over the last 21 months I have come to realize that we share a lot more in common than not and we have so much to learn from each other.

So, without further ado, here is the first question:  How do you handle your very bad days?

For me, this is a tough one.  I have 4 kiddos at home and our situation is unique and one that I do not talk about as to protect the identity of my children.  But, even on my really bad days, more than likely I have to get out of bed.  So, I will drink some extra water, maybe be get into a hot shower, put on some loose comfortable clothing, try to drink a smoothie and take my supplements, and then pray for the best.  If I don’t have to get out of bed, I don’t, and I put on a movie, listen to an audiobook, YouTube, anything that does not require reading.

So, how about you guys?  How do you handle your bad days?  The more suggestions the better, you just never know who you may help.

 

fear

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fear

seeps into your mind like an early morning fog,

slowly expanding into all the open trenches

unfilled spaces

finding places in the mind you didn’t know existed

enlarging to leave no room for productive thoughts

protecting its position like a vicious dog guarding it’s home

settling in like the dust in the carpet

seemingly unnoticed and determined to anchor down for the long haul

 

I am ready to clean house

sweeping it out, not under the rug

searching for all the hiding places

wanting to turn this into a childhood game i no longer want to play

i will find you

searching, one-by-one, the hidden rooms of my mind,

evicting the fear and pain

refilling the room with light and love and hope

 

slamming the door shut with a vengence

securing the deadbolt and allowing the love to expand to fill each and every room.

 

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don’t give up

 

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when the world seems stacked against you

and the wind is refusing to be at your back

 

lights appear to dim as you walk into a room

flowers wilt and die before your tired eyes

and those who are suppose to love you never seemed to care

 

these moments in life can overtake us

creating a sense of feeling unworthy, useless, spent

 

but you are so very beautiful and you are loved,

if not by those who fail to see your inherent worth,

 

remember you are cherished by the one who created you

and the beauty of life will reveal itself to you as

 

a new day will dawn

the fog will clear

and clouds will part

the rain will halt

the sun will shine

birds will sing

and flowers will bloom

 

 

 

WP Published Authors – my list

 

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I have finally compiled the list of all the wonderful authors who left a comment on my post, pubished?!.  I would like to thank everyone who listed their work,  and if you would like to be included, please leave your information in the comment section below, thank you.

I would also like to encourage you to take a moment to check out the authors’ offerings below and show some love and encouragement to your fellow WP bloggers.   Some of their books may be able to be checked out at a library if you cannot afford it, and many of the books can be read for free on Amazon through KindleUnlimited .  I am NOT an Amazon affliate, so I am not benefiting from this suggestion, but you can sign up for a free 30-day trial and read all the books you would like and then make sure to cancel your membership before the 30 days.

So without further ado, here are the authors:

 

A Voice From Iran by Laleh 

Climbing Over Grit and can be found here

 

 

Healthy Living Books by Linda
I’ve published a few books. The most popular print books (updated and re-printed last year) are ‘ Growing Winter Food’ and ‘Herbs & Spices’ They’re both on Amazon –

Growing Winter Food – https://www.amazon.com/Growing-Winter-Food-harvest-produce/dp/1620083264/

Herbs & Spices – https://www.amazon.com/Self-Sufficiency-Information-Flavor-Enhancing-Perennials-Harvesting/dp/1504800583/

Rest Replenish Restore published by Summersdale in June this year. I’ve had some fabulous feedback from this book, including a gentleman who suffers with Parkinson’s and has expressed his love for the book and how it has helped him. Heart-warming when our work hits the right spot! https://summersdale.com/sd-book/rest-replenish-restore/

 

 

I Tripped Over a Stone by Kim

My book is The Shadow Boxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia, Your Personal Journal and can be found Here

 

 

Larry Walker

My name is Larry Walker. I self-published a book titled, Faithful to Complete It – Missionary Memoir.  It can be found here

 

 

Photographic Impressionistic Illusionistic by Mark

I am self-published – A photographic essay- “Mission Trails, A Walk In The Park”
https://www.blurb.com/b/1113310-mission-trails-a-walk-in-the-park#

Also a selection of verses: “The Lord is My Shepherd”
https://www.blurb.com/b/1266264-the-lord-is-my-shepherd

 

 

Ryan Callahan’s Blog by Ryan

My book is called One Man’s Very Strange Supernatural Life.  It is my testimony before God and man of the supernatural way I came to know Jesus and the supernatural life I have lived following Him.

Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BTN3CHG

 

 

 

Stress Free Homeschooling by Laura

I have written a 31 day devotional expressly for homeschooling mothers, but it would benefit anyone that struggles with negative thinking or needs encouragement from the Lord! It is called Stress-free Homeschooling: 31 Days to a Healthier Way of Thinking, and is available as an ebook at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073X4WRSL/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499977486&sr=8-1&keywords=laura+hum . If readers prefer a printed copy, they can contact me directly on my wordpress site, and I will ship one to them.

 

 

 

The Hopeless Devotional

Powered by Hope, Positivity, and Optimism: Where Religion, Science, and Nature Converge.

IT SAYS OUT OF PRINT BUT IF YOU’D LIKE A COPY I CAN ASK EKRAM!

https://www.amazon.com/Powered-Hope-Positivity-Optimism-Religion/dp/1489719539/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=ekram+haque&qid=1565106367&s=digital-text&sr=1-1-catcorr

 

 

 

Wendi at SimplyChronicallyIll.com

I have written 2 books, Frugal Seeds Summer Edition and Frugal Seeds 501 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch A Dollar both include helpful ways to save money and can be found here.

 

 

 

Zoolon aka George

My book is called The Words & Thoughts of a Dyslexic Musician.  It can be found here

 

 

~ If you find that any of this information is incorrect, would like it to be presented differently, or links are not available, please let me know.  I have never complied a post with so much outside information and links before and there are bound to be mistakes.  Thank you.