There’s A Purpose Behind Your Struggle: Seeing Your Words Inspire Others

Recently, I was nominated for three WEGO Health Activist Awards. WEGO is an online network of community members who are influential in health knowledge. WEGO Health Activist Awards celebrate those community members who share their stories, knowledge and strength to help inspire and help others who are on their own health journey. It’s an incredibly humbling honor to have been nominated for these awards.

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Being nominated means that someone out there read my words, my story, and what I had to share, and was positively impacted by those words and my story. That feeling alone is such a powerful one. It gave me a surge of strength to continue to advocate and inspire in any way that I can.

For so long, I let the struggles of my health problems and my constant battle against my headaches continue to knock me down, and keep me down. I harbored so many negative thoughts on a daily basis.I saw no reason to continue to search for treatments that worked. I didn’t see the point in trying to find answers, because for so long I was lead down dead end roads.

It wasn’t until I was given the idea and the loving push to start this blog that I started to see all of the positive things that have resulted from my battle with chronic daily headaches. As I started to see that writing this blog was helping me cope, I thought that maybe I could help others cope as well–no matter what fight they’re fighting. I wanted to reach people who had reached the point that I had–the point of giving up. Chronic illness can take over our lives if we let it, but we have the power to live our lives the way that we deserve to, without letting chronic illness take us as victims. That’s what I set out to show people like me.

So when I saw that I was nominated for the WEGO Health Activist Awards, I cried. (*spoiler alert: this isn’t overly shocking since I cry at everything including cute puppy videos.*) I felt fulfillment. I felt inspired by the people who I had inspired. I felt strengthened by the people that I somehow strengthened. To know that I had reached at least one other person who is coping with a battle of their own, opened my eyes to the realization that my passion is for health advocacy.

It’s an heart-warming feeling to know that my journey has resided with other people. Your words can help someone else in so many ways you may not have even imagined. Keep sharing your story. Keep spreading your love. Keep inspiring and strengthening the people around you. We all need to be lifted up every once in a while.

 

Thursday’s Tips & Tricks: Podcasts & How to Create Our Own Positive Reality

While I’m a huge advocate of music being able to heal the soul and effectively pull at our heart strings, I’ve recently become a huge fan of podcasts (I know, I’m behind, but no one arrives to the party on time, right?)

So here’s my tip&trick for this week:
Listen to podcasts, and start with this one!

I’ve started listening to podcasts to and from work in the car and today I listened to this one on the way home “What Reality Are You Creating For Yourself?” by Isaac Lidsky. It’s about how we let our fears and anxieties create realities for ourselves, and how to avoid that. So often, we let our unexpected and unfortunate circumstances decide our fate. By doing that, we are creating a doomed reality for ourselves. But the fact is–that reality that we create does not have to be our reality. In this Ted Talk, Isaac “challenges us to let go of excuses, assumptions and fears, and accept the awesome responsibility of being the creators of our own reality.”

Isaac explains this way better than I do. Give it a listen!

After you give this one a listen, browse around and find a different podcast that helps lift your spirits, inspire you, and teach you new things!

 

 

Be Kind, For Everyone Is Fighting A Battle Of Their Own 

When you’re walking down the street and breeze by the people moving past you, how often do you glance up at the faces that are blurring by? How often do you take the chance to look a stranger in the eyes and really try to read their story? There’s a story behind every face you see, each one unique and different than the story walking beside them.

Stories are more often than not, unpredictable. We don’t know who the characters are until we get to know them. We don’t know when the plot twists will turn up. We can’t know in advance if or when an antagonist will make an appearance, short lived or prolonged. There’s no telling when the happy ending will wrap everything up and tuck us snugly into bed.

Every person you come across has something they’re not sharing, some battle they’re facing, some story they’re a part of that we as outsiders, have no insight on. You see, life isn’t fair. It throws us curveballs we swing and miss at, it throws us off our paths, it presents the unexpected and its hardships discriminate against no one. 

As someone with a story of your own, the human and compassionate thing to do, is to be kind to every person you meet because you have no idea what phase of their story that they’re in.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

I’m battling daily chronic headaches, narcolepsy and chronic pain that has yet to be diagnosed. There is a constant pounding within my skull that strangers I see would have zero reason to expect me to be feeling. With my chronic migraine headaches along with my other medical mysteries comes anxiety issues, emotional lows creating a hermit like version of myself, unnecessary guilt, frequent frustration and so much more that I choose to hide either behind a smile or under my covers.

Even though I surround myself with people who are loving, kind, compassionate, generous, supportive and reliable, it’s just a fact of life that I will stumble upon people every once in a while who are less than kind to me. I’m only human and can’t help but make a sour face when sour words or thoughts are tossed my way. But I always turn back and tell myself that it’s the right thing to do to give that person the benefit of the doubt. They don’t know me. They don’t know my battles, my fights and my journey. They haven’t been given the book to start reading my story.Just like I don’t know their battle and their journey. Perhaps they are facing an uphill battle and are having a bad day filled with frustrations. So even if they may not have thrown the kindness my way, it’s all I can do to throw it back their way.

We’ll never understand what someone may be going through unless they open up to us about it. I promise you though, that any and everyone you meet is facing a battle that you know nothing about. All you can do, is be kind and show them the love you know that they need to keep fighting whatever battle that they’re up against.

Monday Mantra: Look For The Rainbows 🌈

It’s easy to get caught up in all of the setbacks we face in our life–I myself am guilty of doing this all the time. Instead, let’s look for rainbows when we see rain, and stars when it’s dark out. 
When we’re feeling crappy or reverting with our symptoms, it’s the natural response to get sad, frustrated and lose hope. Let’s, instead  try to put our energy toward searching for the positives that could possibly arise from another speed bump in our journeys. It will help keep you hopeful and strong when your body is telling you to be anything but that. 

Vote For The Headache Heroine in the 5th Annual Health Activist Awards!

I’ve been nominated for three award categories for the 5th Annual WEGO Health Activist Awards this year! The categories I’ve been nominated for are below:

  • Best in Show: Instagram
  • Best in Show: Pinterest
  • Rookie of the Year

Please take a quick minute or two to vote for me on my nominee profile!

I truly appreciate all of the support and am very humbled and excited to even be thought of for these awards! It’s extremely touching and motivating to know that I’ve at least reached and helped one other person over the past year through The Headache Heroine.

Thank you in advance ❤

Etsy Shop Listings! 

Hey all! Happy Tuesday! 

Taking my own advice and trying to tackle my Tuesday by getting out there and promoting my Etsy shop.


I take the visual posts I doodle that I post here and on my Instagram (@theheadacheheroine) and bring them to life in 3-D and then sell them on my etsy shop. 

They are pieces to inspire, motivate, remind you of daily love, and are made to encourage.

Check out my etsy shop here!! 😊

Tuesday Tunes: “Second Wind” by Maren Morris

 

Maren Morris has quickly become one of my new favorite country artists on the scene right now. Her songs are not only catchy but the lyrics I think are genius. She has some songs that have honestly made me laugh because she somehow manages to be funny and scarily relatable all while singing beautifully.

This song though, is more of an empowering song. It’s about how you learn to let people fuel your fire, rather than letting them get in your head and tear you down.

No matter what your goal is, never let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve it. Don’t let the negativity of others seep into your confidence, perseverance and determination. People will do what they want to do, and say what they want to say. Let them.It’ll just motivate you more to succeed and make them mad that they underestimated you in the first place.

 

The Lotus Flower

It wasn’t planted in a bed of full soil among other lucky seeds. It wasn’t given what others were blessed with. It was born an underdog.

I was not built to live in a fully healthy body like so many others around me. I was handed cards that others have been blessed not to have received. I was born an underdog.

It grows within muddied waters and it has to push its way out to get some light in its life.

I continue to grow despite each new obstacle that life throws my way. I push my body to whatever helps it feel healthier.

It reaches the light, blossoms and thrives despite its unfavorable beginnings. It is a Cinderella story.

I push myself further and harder each day so that I, too, can blossom. So that I may reach my sun and come out on top, despite the unfavorable circumstances I’ve been given. Despite the never ending headaches and the on-going speed bumps in my journey to find treatments that help. Despite the wear and tear that my heart, mind and body have undergrone throughout it all.

I will become the Cinderella story.


 

 

Tuesday Tunes: Music Heals


Some people listen to music while they jog, lift, study, clean or drive. I listen to music any chance that I can. I’m a greedy music lover. That’s because I find such solace in it. It makes me feel alive, comforted, motivated, fearless and unbreakable. 

If you give it a chance, music may bring new life into your world that you never thought possible.