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 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!

living our best life – money

photography of one us dollar banknotes

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Hey everyone, it is so good to see today!  I sure do appreciate you taking time to visit.  

As the old saying goes that there are only two guarantees in life, death and taxes.  Money is something that we must have in order to live in the world at this moment in time.  Life is expensive, especially for those of us who live with chronic illness so my question for all of you wonderful people is,  “What is one way that has helps you balance all of your financial demands?”

Thank you so very much for stopping by and taking time to comment.  I feel blessed to be able to share and learn from all of you.

~ wendi is an author of 3 books about saving money and can be found here.

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 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.

 

flicker

lighted candle

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pitch darkness is a space where you are forced to discover what you are truly made of and how you were created

veils fall off those who surround you, and their souls reveil as they truly are

terror strikes in isolating darkness,  not knowing what or who is around the next corner,  taking each step with a movement of faith, yet questioning where your faith lies

only in true darkness can you see flickers of light, from yourself, or from others in your life

allow that flickering of light, no matter how weak, illuminate your path

you were not meant for the dark, yet only by trudging through the darkness can you truly appreciate the light.

at sunset

 

 

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watching the sun fade into the landscape, it leaves my world dark and still,

it is in these moments that my mind starts to question all that I think to be true

it is a time when I begin to rewrite my own story….

as the dawn arrives, I face a brand new day………and I pray,

maybe today I can make it different

 

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rain

water dew photography

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a late summer storm

the rain pours down from the gray sky

drenching the soil surrounding me……

yet I stand in the middle of the storm, untouched

no refreshing rain reaches me,

will I ever feel its refreshing quench?

 

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forest

bright countryside dawn daylight

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searching a dense forest,

no sunlight can reach me,

its vastness surrounds me and I cannot find my way,

I whisper his name…..

and all I can hear is my own voice calling back to me…….saying

……..where are you?

 

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~ wendi is the author of two books, you can view them here.