Without resilience there is no way I would be coping today, both with the horrors of my health and the wonders of my new writing career.
It’ll do”“It’s good enough”“You’re doing so well”” Good job”“Time to rest”“Not going to happen today”“Maybe tomorrow”In my previous life, by which I mean life before chronic illness, I always had a whole range of “self talk” language helping me achieve my goals.They were all positive, affirmative statements like;“you can do it, you’ve got this, keep … Continue reading Self Talk….”It’ll Do” And Other Chronic Illness Chat Lines
I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.Louisa May Alcott (Author of “Little Women”) I always think we have a choice when faced with “storms of life”.We can bunker down and wait for the storm to pass, or we can continue to live, albeit with impediments, and find a way … Continue reading Sailing Through Storms
What a week! Parts of Australia, in South East Queensland and New South Wales, are experiencing catastrophic flooding. It's due to an extreme, unpredictable weather system we are calling a "rain bomb". One reporter said the rain was of "biblical" proportion and I have to agree. I was lying in bed listening to it's intensity … Continue reading Just Because It’s Over, Doesn’t Mean It’s Over
Ok, the title of this blog post is probably more confusing than it is enlightening. Let's go for "intriguing" and hopefully together we will unpack it's hidden treasures. I was listening to a sermon on Sunday morning and the preacher made an interesting comment, causing me to listen a little more intently than I had … Continue reading Stones or Balloons?
Everyone wants to present the best version of themselves. We all have an image of how we’d like to look and often the image in our mind, falls short of the reality we see in the mirror.Of course some mirrors give a very distorted view. I have in my home what I call “naughty and … Continue reading Body Image….A Love Hate Relationship
You know the feeling of needing a holiday. Time away from your own life realities, if even for a few days. You are probably exhausted from work, life events, health issues, end of year fatigue and numerous other reasons. My list of reasons for needing a holiday is not short! A Year To Forget 2021 … Continue reading A Holiday At Home – My Very Own Bed and Breakfast
My beautiful Dad passed away 5 months ago. The initial weeks after his passing saw me encompassed in raw grief. The kind of grief constantly creeping up on you, and opening the flood gate of tears, when you least expect it. The kind of grief where you grapple to make sense of it all. When you … Continue reading “Good Grief!”
Every now and again it’s really good to stop and take stock. Stress is the last thing those of us with Chronic Illness need. It only enhances our pain and symptoms. Time To Step Aside For A While As my readers know my health continues to deteriorate and as a result I'm incredibly exhausted. I … Continue reading Stepping Aside For September
I love life's little challenges. I love problem solving and turning obstacles into opportunities. I love putting a positive spin on what would otherwise be a very negative situation. I've always done this, both in my personal and my working life. So, chronic disease really wasn't going to change my approach to finding a way … Continue reading The Non Negotiable Chronic Illness Rule