Living Our Best Lives – indulgences

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I don’t need to remind anyone who lives with a chronic illness that our lives have restrictions, and for many of us, this includes not just physical ones but also what we are able to consume.

So, my question for you this month is, what food or drink do you indulge in that brings you happiness.

As always, thank you so very much for taking the time to stop by and join in the discussion. Each of you is amazing and I so enjoy interacting and learning from you.

Living Our Best Lives – in the dark

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Maybe it is just me, but when I am experiencing a bad moment, I like to shut my eyes and visualize another place, doing my best to transport myself to another, more pleasant location.

If you do this too, do you have a favorite place you like to think about and if so, I would love to read about it, if you care to share. As always, thank you for taking time to be here, I always appreciate your visit.

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.

Elisabeth Kubler – Ross

Living Our Best Life – mantras

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It has been way too long since I have asked all of you amazing individuals a question…….so here it goes! Is there a statement, a prayer, a verse, a mantra, a phrase, a song or a poem that you repeat to yourself on a regular basis? If so, what is your purpose in repeating these words?

As always, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing!

ink spills of life

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One of our newest additions to the family is a rescued mixed boxer, German shepherd, hound mix. He is the absolute naughtiest dog we have ever brought into our family, yet we still adore him, I mean, we all have our faults.

Recently while I was away, someone let him out of his crate and he climbed onto the dining room table and brought down a fountain pen and went to town. After he drained it of all its glory, he proceeded to walk around the house and explore to see what else he could get into……..my room, the bathroom, kitchen, family room, entryway. You are probably wondering how I knew where he had explored, well, his footprints showed me his path. The mess he made of the ink not only pooled onto the carpet where he initially devoured it, but all over his paws and he went on a journey around the house leaving his adorable calling card with every step.

I have to be honest, I just wanted to cry. Living with chronic illnesses makes normal cleaning difficult, but the thought of having to get down on my hands and knees for days on end was overwhelming. But, I reminded my self that even though it was a huge mess, it didn’t have to be cleaned up in one day, some messes are just too big to be resolved quickly.

So you are probably wondering why in the world I am sharing a story about my dog leaving ink footprints all over my house, well, it is because it’s life. We all end up with a huge black ink spot in our lives at times, our health, finances, relationships and even if the mess was created in minutes, it can take a lot more time to clean it up, remove the mess that was made, and restore it back to it’s original state, if that is even possible. We need to encourage ourselves to see that no mess is too big, it just takes time. It takes hard work, dedication to see it through the process, and to be kind to ourselves while we are taking care of it. And, the messes that are of no fault of our own take a lot more fortitude to see through to the end.

Wishing you a day with few, if any, ink spots.

Living Our Best Life – fear

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Fear, just typing out this word makes me feel anxious. It is an emotion that I struggle with on a continuous basis.

I am sure there are many of you who live with a chronic illness 24/7 who are also in the same boat, and it is not a cruise or a party boat. Instead, it is one that you fear may sink, capsize, or may not make it to your preferred destination.

So my question for you today is, IF you experience fear, how do you handle this emotion?

As always, thank you so very much for stopping by today. I appreciate each and EVERY one of you who visit here, you are a blessing.

living your best life possible – choices

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Almost every single person who is diagnosed with a chronic illness is forced to give up something.  And if we are to be deeply honest, it is usually a bucket filled with somethings.  It sucks, there is no other way around it.  But, this doesn’t mean that our lives are not worth just as much as they were before,  things are just different.

Sometimes we are forced to give up something after our diagnosis and sometimes we choose to give up things that we believe will make a positive impact in our lives.

So, my question for the week is, What is one thing that YOU have chosen to give up that has had a positive impact on your life?

Thank you so very much for sharing!

Living Your Best Life – one thing….

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Hello all you wonderful people who chose to stop by today, it is always so good to see you again. It seems if the weeks are coming around a lot faster these days, or it is just me?!

Here in The United States we will be celebrating Thanksgiving next week. This time of year is my absolute favorite, the beautiful trees, the cooler (but not cold) weather which appeals to my being as I am able to spend more time out-of-doors.

So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I was wondering if you can think of one positive thing that has come as a result of your chronic illness?

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, it is such an honor for me to join in your discussions.

Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas – On a Budget

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Raising a family of 6 on a budget, I understand the stress that Christmas can create, a time when we feel the urge to overdo everything: gifts, parties, meals, and decorations. Of course, all of these activities and preparations cost money and can distract everyone from the real reason for the season.

Last year I wrote a book that lists many of the ways that I celebrated the holiday season as I raised my children on a tight budget –  Frugal Seeds 101 Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season on a Budget The book can be read FREE with KindleUnlimited and is available on Amazon in e-book and  paperback.

I would be humbled if you would take a moment to check it out, thank you.

Living Your Best Life – reading

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Blessings my friends and thank you so very much for taking time to stop by, I always appreciate your visits.

This week I have a very simple question, “What are you currently reading or listening to and would you recommend it to others?” If yes, please briefly tell us why…..

Thank you so very much! As always, I look forward to all the amazing responses and this time I will be making a list of all of your (hopefully) recommendations.

~ wendi is an author of 3 books that you can check out here.