Growing up I loved the Susan Coolidge novels, "What Katy Did" , "What Katy Did At School" and What Katy Did Next". Katy had way too many good ideas, which generally got her into trouble, but things always worked out well in the end. There was definitely always a morale to the story. I think … Continue reading What Sam Did Next…
Getting to the next level always requires ending something, leaving it behind, and moving on. Growth itself demands that we move on. Without the ability to end things, people stay stuck, never becoming who they are meant to be, never accomplishing all that their talents and abilities should afford them.”Henry Cloud, Necessary Endings I love … Continue reading Staying Stuck or Growing? (A Sneak Peek Chapter from my Book)
How many times have you said, “No worries, that’s as easy as…….”I know I’ve said it countless times during my life. In fact its how I used to live my life. Everything was seemingly easy and if it wasn’t, I could quickly convince myself it was.I had a positive can do, absolutely, yes to everything, … Continue reading It’s Never As Easy As…
Life isn’t always straight forward. A bit of a cliche I know, but it’s so true!6 years ago I sat in pain with 2 broken legs, recovering from 2 major surgeries 8 weeks apart. I was facing a future filled with so many “unknown” elements.At that moment, “Life isn’t straight forward”, is what came to … Continue reading Living In Limbo
For two years, before medically retiring, I was still holding out hope of being able to return to work eventually, despite being on Income Protection and battling one health hurdle after the other. The realist in me knew I was facing a very different life, as I began to lose my ability to walk any … Continue reading Driving “Miss Sam”
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.
You would be forgiven for thinking this is a Valentine’s Day post given the title I’ve chosen. Please rest assured it’s not. It’s a continuation of my musings about acceptance being the gateway to a new life. Acceptance is not a sad resignation, it’s the pathway to peace, happiness and freedom from prolonged grief. For me … Continue reading Loves and Losses
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?
We all make decisions every day. Big decisions, small decisions. Some we are aware of and some are just automatic. When I had reasonable health, I would spend my days making business and personal decisions without much effort. Some might have kept me awake at night but not many. I never had to think about … Continue reading The Most Important Decision When Living With Chronic Illness
We all know the saying; "When life gives you lemons, use them to make lemonade" It conjures up the notion of strength, determination, optimism, resourcefulness, resilience. All characteristics I've drawn on to deal with the "chronic illness lemons" continuously thrown at me. My lemons often feel like tennis balls in one of those practice machines. … Continue reading Let’s Make Some Lemonade!