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.

Pampering yourself on a budget.

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Hey superheros!  How long has it been since you have done something nice for yourself?  Living with a constant sickness is super duper hard and it is a must for our mental, physical and spiritual health to take extra special care ourselves every now and then.  Since most of us are on budgets, it is helpful to find things that can be done for little to no money and doesn’t require a lot of energy!

I have listed some activities below……….you will notice that watching movies or taking a nap are NOT included!

 

A cup of hot herbal tea or a tall glass of iced tea and a fun book (no books on medical stuff allowed!)

A facial at home……….it could be as simple as washing your face and putting cucumbers or tea bags on your eyes

A manicure and/or pedicure at home

An epsom salt bath w/a few drops of essential oil such as lavendar

A foot soak in dead sea salts

Deep condition your hair – if you don’t have deep conditioner just use regular conditioner and leave it your hair for a half hour.  Wrap your head in a towel to keep the moisture in.

Call, FaceTime, or SKYPE a supportive friend you haven’t spoken to in a long time

Create a vision board with uplifting and encouraging sayings and pictures and hang it where you will see it often

Take a walk outdoors

If you have the energy, drive to a local park and take a walk in the woods – research has shown the forest to have a healing affect on the body

Bake or cook a special healthy treat for yourself (it’s OK to share).

Grab your journal and write 25 positive things about you and your life.  I know you can do it!

Make a healthful smoothie.  My favorite combination is:  blueberries, apple, avocado, hemp seeds, celery, cucumber, greens and homemade almond milk.

Weather permitting go sit outside and meditate.

Sit outside in the sun for 15 minutes, soak up the rays to get an extra boost of vitamin D.

If you have a significant other, set-up a date night at home…….exchange massages, play a board game, enjoy a good meal at a table or in bed with candles.  If you don’t have the energy to cook, get take-out.  Don’t forget to use a coupon!

Go to the library and look for new media to bring home to enjoy.

Bring some nature inside……….buy a cheap boutique of flowers or better yet pick some wild flowers or cut some flowers from your yard.  A little beauty goes a long way for someone who spends a lot of time inside.

 

Until next time…………..YOU are a superhero and even superheros need to pamper themselves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In my kitchen with chronic illness.

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When you are ill, you still need to eat.  Nourishing our bodies with real food is one important way to stay as healthy as we can.  For me, meal prep, well actually all kitchen activities are exhausting.  From food gathering to kitchen clean-up, it all wears me out and makes me want/need to take a nap.

There have been times when I wanted quick fixes in the kitchen.  Overwhelmed with life,  dealing with chronic illnesses, being a wife, a mother, and all of the work that entails, I physically couldn’t do it all and something had to give.  Well, I gave in to the wrong things.  I should have let the laundry go, let the cleaning go……..it was going to get messy again in about 13 minutes anyway.  Nope, I picked the worse thing to let go…………food.  I tried hitting the easy button.  I did my best to still eat a healthy diet in comparison to the SAD (standard American diet) most people were consuming but I short changed my health by taking too many short cuts in the kitchen.  In my opinion, when you are chronically ill food MUST be a high priority, right after your spiritual life.

In the kitchen I am slow, it physically hurts to bend down, and at times it hurts to carry a pot or a frying pan.  So I have tried to work around my physical limitations and make things easier for me, even though it makes my kitchen look crowded and not aesthetically pleasing. I had to give up having things look pretty and organized so the kitchen could be more functional for me.

Here are a few things I did to make the kitchen more functional.

1  –  I got rid of things that I didn’t use.  It is physically exhausting for me to be searching for things that I need.  De-cluttering my kitchen made space for all of the items I use on a regular basis in easy to find uncrowded places.

2  –  I keep all of the pots and pans that I regularly use on top of the stove.  No bending down wasting more precious energy.

3  –  Kitchen appliances that I or my family uses on a regular basis are kept on the counter at all times, this includes a microwave, crock pot, and a blender.

4  –  Everything else that I use on a regular basis is within an easy reach.  Nothing is kept on a high shelf, or a in a low, out-of-the-way cabinet making it a circus performance to get to it.

I know these things sound so simple and you are probably doing all the same things too.  But I have found through my YEARS and years of dealing with chronic illness, you need to be kind to yourself and set up your home in a way that works best for you no matter how it looks to an outsider.  This is true whether or not you are married, have children, or are a single person.  It is harder to do when you have to think about the needs of others in your household, but it is vitally important that you do what needs to be done to help you.  So, if you need a twin bed in the family room because you need to lie down while hanging out with the family, who cares how it looks!  You need a big bulletin board in the dining room to remind you to do certain tasks, put it there!  Those that love you get it………it took me way too long to figure this out.

So……back to the kitchen.  Set up your kitchen in a way that makes food preparation as easy as possible.  Make it functional, whether it looks “pretty” or not.  A functional kitchen makes a healthier you.

How do you make your kitchen more functional?

Until next time, YOU are a superhero and healthy food is your fuel!

Simplicity and chronic illness

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I have wanted to start a blog for years, but thoughts of insecurity and lack of writing skills kept this dream from becoming a reality.  I have had ideas rolling around in my head for so long, yet a blog takes energy and confidence……….something that I lack.  But, I ‘put on my big girls pants,’ sucked up my pride, and with a prayer I hope that this blog will help at least one person in a similar situation as myself.

The purpose of this blog is to help those of us with these dreaded chronic illnesses to live a more simple life.  In the chaos of our diagnoses, we need to have calm and there are many ways we can help create some sense of calm and control.  These are going to be the topics of my blog posts…………ways to live a more simple life.  Simply.  Chronically.  Ill.  We can do it but it takes work, effort and a whole lot of unconditional support from others.

Here is to finding ways to experience calm within the chaos, and make the complex more simple …………so, let the journey begin.