Category: Relaxation

The Gift of Rest

My husband gave me the best gift today. He told me to sit down and do nothing. OK, maybe I should start from the beginning and outline my week for you. That way you’ll understand better why he would tell me not to get anything done. On Tuesday, I decided I’ve gotten my house unpacked…

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The Big Move

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines anxiety as “fear or nervousness about what might happen.” I am currently feeling a very large dose of this psychological entrapment. My three kids, my cat and dog, and my friend who offered to drive as I still cannot concentrate at a level that would make it safe for me to…

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Everything Will Work Out and I Cannot Stress Out

This is a very busy time in my life. No matter how much I try to simplify things, they always get out of control. Recovering from a Stem Cell Transplant is apparently not enough for me! My body is not back to normal. I’m still on steroids, and will continue to be for some time….

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The Gifts We Take for Granted

I’ve had this blog in my head for over a week now, and I’ve been putting it off because I’ve been doing exactly what I’m blogging about right now, enjoying the gift of time. I have quit the waiting game.  This is not to say I know when or where I’ll be treated, yet.  I’m…

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Adaptability

Adaptability ~ the ability to change and adapt to new circumstances. This is a trait that I find very unnatural as a human, yet very important as someone living with MS.  I find that in order to keep moving forward and staying positive, two very important factors to staying happy, I need to adapt as…

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A New Way to Choose

I have been feeling sorry for myself the last two or three days because I am experiencing something my doctor thinks is a Pseudo relapse brought on by stress.  This means that my body is presenting all of past symptoms: pain, lack of coordination, my fingers not doing what I’m telling them to, and many…

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Reactivity

One of the reason’s I love to run is because it frees my mind to wonder without getting bored; this is when I have the most clarity in my thoughts.  Often I think of great things to blog about, but if I’m too tired after, I don’t get around to blogging them! Last week I…

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Twirling in the Wind

Here’s my shout-out to you, Jackie, I know you’re reading this! I often try to figure out how to be the best me I can be.  Over analyzing myself can lead to negative thoughts where as noticing the traits in others I admire help me find out what I want to be better at. This…

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The Benefit of an Off Day. . .

With my latest goal of being “good enough,” I have found the freedom to pursue my goals without the pressure.  Without having timelines or defined obligations to meet, I find that I still try to get everything done; I just don’t feel as stressed out about it. Perfect example: yesterday at the gym, I had…

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Good Enough

I am a type A person that also suffers from OCD, depression, anxiety, and a weird need (as if it’s possible) to be perfect.  Some of this is genetics, and a lot of it is just symptomatic of having MS. I feel that having these traits helped me a lot in my 20’s, because I…

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Balls in the Air

Some days just feel out of control.  I feel as if so many things in life are unsettled, unplanned and unknown.  The combination of chaos + the unknown + the unplanned make me feel helpless and depressed.  I don’t know what to do when I don’t have the answers for everything going on in life…

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The Power of Choice

People say all the time how you can choose to be happy.  There are even books written about this, with that very title.  It’s a choice; you choose your mood.  The problem with this is that it is not as simple as that.  Moods happen and things happen to make you feel bad. I propose…

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Forward Movement

Newton’s law of inertia states that a body will keep its velocity and direction as long as no force in its direction acts upon it. One of the main factors in living a happy life is forward movement.  People have an innate need to feel that they are going somewhere, achieving something, making a difference. …

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Mind and Body

This weekend, we stayed at Lake Quinault Lodge in the rainforest of Washington for some of the peace and quiet that a family with three small kids needs often.   With no TV or other electronics allowed for the time we were there, I had great expectations of family hikes on trails, board games by the…

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Mind over Matter

My new plan is to cut out as many drugs as possible and saturate my body with vitamins and minerals.  The thing about being on a steady stream of pain killers is that you become more sensitive to pain.  You also develop a tolerance.  This means you have to keep taking it, and you have…

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Mark a New Start

Yesterday I had a really great day.  Although I have been getting better and having good mornings, I have still been ending all activities because of pain and exhaustion by about 3pm every day.  But not yesterday!  I was still feeling great and had the energy to do a project with my kids that I…

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Fall into comfort

The last of Summer has been brought in to the house so that we may enjoy it thoroughly before it disappears. Now I am looking forward to the many joys and comforts that fall brings. Warm baths and candles, and soft cozy blankets; hot tea and cocoa, and lazing in bed late.  Go ahead and sing it…

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The Moment

I work in inside sales, so most of my day is spent on the phone. I have worked for the same company for seven years now, so I know many of my customers very well and we talk about our personal lives as well as business.  Yesterday, I was talking with one of my customers…

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Feeling Complete

I am both relieved and excited to share with you that I am feeling much better!  I know I have not been blogging much, but I have been in a really poor physical and mental state lately.  I am doing so much better after just nine days off my latest MS drug, Gilenya, that I…

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