My dear friend SimpliWendi over at Simply Chronically Ill, I am finally completing your reward tag! Thank you for the nomination. SimpliWendi lives with multiple chronic illness and faces them bravely. She encourages others with chronic illnesses to live simply for a better life. Please go check out her blog where you will find honesty, vulnerability, and encouragement.
° Thank & tag the person that has tagged you
° Attach the tag photo
° Answer the ‘This or That’ questions
° Tag 10-20 friends
Here we go: a little about me……………..
° How do you feel at the moment?
Very excited. I have a few hours that I can write without interruption.
° What do you need more in my life?
I need more self-confidence.
° What would make you happy right now?
To see my three grown sons. They live over 600 miles away from me. I miss them so much. They come every Christmas, but the time in between passes so slowly.
° What is going on in your life right now?
Very beginning of creating a chronic pain support group locally and online and doing chronic pain advocacy.
° What am I most grateful for? List 10 things.
- My hubby and sons
- The gift of writing and expression.
- My life situations because looking back, I am one strong woman because of them.
- Medicine that helps my physical pain.
- The opportunities that this blog has given me.
- People that believe in me.
- My fan beside my lazy boy because hot flashes are killer.
- Pepsi and coffee
° When did you experience joy this week?
Today, sharing laughter with my hubby.
° List a small victory/success?
When I started spiraling down into depression, I pulled myself back up in the same day. I think the tools I’ve learned are beginning to work for me. All I know is that it is challenging work to be consistent.
° What is bothering me & Why?
Family issues because I always believed that “blood was thicker than water,” but through my struggles, I have found that is not true. It’s a death of the dream of what family meant.
° What are my priorities at the moment?
I am learning to take self-care for my chronic pain seriously. When I am consistent with that, I feel so much better. It helps me to be able to participate more fully in my life and live in the moment.
° What do I love about myself?
I can make people laugh. I love my excitement. I love my new attitude.
° Who means the world to me & why?
There are 4 people that mean the world to me and if they read this, they will know I am talking about them. One reason: unconditional love.
° If I could share one message with the world, what would it be?
(SimpliWendi: I stole your answers!! They were perfect!)
Be nice………..you have NO IDEA what other people are going through.
Be generous……….there are SO many needs in this world.
° What advice would I give my younger self?
Be smarter with my love and respect myself.
° What lesson did I learn this week?
I have to relearn this every week. I have to learn to be emotionally flexible.
° If I had all the time in the world, what would I do first?
I would have to have qualifiers to answer this question. I would need to know if I would have my chronic pain or not.
With chronic pain, I would be helping people in some way like I am trying to do with the blog and through writing. I don’t want what I go through every day to be in vain, and I don’t want anyone to stay stuck thinking that their life is over because of chronic pain or chronic illness.
Without chronic pain, I would go back to college and get my psychology degree while working to pay for it. (I miss working and interacting with people in person.) Then, I would do the same thing but with even more knowledge to help others.
° What’s draining my energy?
Chronic pain constantly drains every ounce of energy. It really sucks some days when there is very little energy to do basic tasks.
° What does my ideal morning look like?
To wake up without an alarm clock. The noise is a shock to the body and brain.
What makes me come alive?
Spring time in the South makes me come alive. The suns starts warming the earth and everything comes alive.
° What/Who inspires me the most?
All of the people with pain in this world that get up one more day and do it all over again.
° Where does my pain originate?
This would have to be a series.
° What are my strengths?
I am an intuitive thinking and encourager.
° What is something I’ve always wanted but too scared to get?
One of the new Ford Mustangs. I would probably kill myself in it.
° What is something I would love to learn?
° Where would I want to live my ideal life?
Somewhere with many, many more sunny days than rainy days.
Where would you like to travel in the next 5 years?
I would love to have a motor home and travel everywhere it can go.
° What can I do to take better care of myself?
Say no without guilt or shame.
° What hobbies would I like to try?
° When have I done something that I thought I couldn’t do?
I didn’t think I would ever travel again but in the past year I have been to Denver and Chicago.
° At the end of my life, what do I want my legacy to be?
She was a Mary in a Martha world. Luke 10:38-42
My nominees not in any particular order:
Discovering Your Happiness
My Loud Bipolar Whispers
Can’t wait to hear everyone’s answers but if it is not your thing, that’s ok too.
Much Love and Many Prayers