A few weeks ago someone said to me, “You’re so plucky, I love it!” And I had to google what the word meant since I didn’t know 🙈
That being said… ☝🏼it’s one of my new favorite words and after learning the meaning, I took what she said as such a compliment. It’s a word I’m sure many people who deal with chronic/invisible illnesses would be proud to be described as.
All of my Friends enthusiasts will appreciate this week’s Tips and Tricks advice:
It’s hard not to feel uncomfortable, nervous and afraid when you decide to put your story and journey out in the public for people to see. I know I was hesitant for a while when choosing to share very personal blog posts about my health journey on things like Facebook, where everyone can see and read about what I’m going through. 👀
Here’s the truth, y’all: Some people will encourage you. Some will judge you silently. Some will praise you for being brave enough to share. Some will question you and everything you’re facing.
But no matter what ☝🏼️ just keep the mindset that those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. 👌🏼 If you get questions or judgment from outsiders, just pull a Joey and don’t put any thought or care into what they’re saying 🙅🏼Because you’re awesome and brave, and sharing your story matters to so many! 💛💛 do you booboo 💁🏼
If you believe, you can achieve ✨
me and my brother entertain ourselves way too easily 😂
But on a more serious note, give yourselves a daily reminder: no goal is too big, no dreams are too far out of reach. Be strong in your efforts and courageous to take on slightly intimidating goals. You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish.
Song of the Week: “Slow It Down” by @thelumineers
This song stops me in my tracks every time it plays. I’ve used it as a pillow to lay my head down on during times when I’ve felt defeated, overwhelmed, and discouraged.
One of my favorite lines of any song is in this song:
And when she stood, she stood tall
It takes a lot to stand up every time you get knocked down–especially when you’re getting knocked down over and over again. And sometimes you just can’t stand up after every knockout. But I tell you this, when you do stand up to all the struggles life’s been throwing you, people will notice and stare in awe.
This song comforts me in a blanket of understanding when I don’t have the strength to stand, but encourages me to gather the courage to do so. Maybe it can do the same for you. 💙
Do any of you feel a similar connection to this song? Or have a song that makes you feel a similar way?
I want it all
Don’t want no rocking-chair regrets
I got that fire and it’s burning in my chest
Gonna keep on living ’til I hear the last call
And I, I, I want it all
While she isn’t super well-known yet, she’s got such a great voice and songs worthy of performing your own personal concert in your car driving home from work (…guilty).
This song came into my mind as a good song to post on New Years Day because the first day of the year is when most people feel at their peak levels of ambitious, inspired and brave. We adopt a “go getter” attitude and tell ourselves that this year we actually can have it all if we put forth enough effort.
There will always be the nay-sayers who tell you that you’re being overambitious or that you’re just lying to yourself. Well ya know what? Who needs those people?
This song emits the feeling of empowerment. She sings about promising to herself to have no regrets when she’s older and looking back on her life. She’s not going to listen to any people’s doubts or rumors. She’s moving on with her life full steam ahead, and no one will be able to slow her down.
I love the attitude portrayed in this song and it’s an attitude I’m going to adopt as my own this year. It’s an attitude I think everyone should adopt this upcoming new year. I challenge you to keep on living until you hear the last call.I urge you to drown out the doubts and negativity of your peers. You have to accept that sometimes you will lose, but I encourage you to never let your inner fire die down despite that fact.
If you’re gonna go for something, better make it everything.
I’m not sure if this is more courageous or more due to denial that I can’t do certain things due to my headaches, but I’ve always pushed through physical and mental endeavors despite my at times pounding head. Getting through classes, presentations, softball games, exercise routines, and social outings acting like I felt fine when really I felt like my head was going to defy reality and explode, were some instances where I considered myself courageous. 💪🏼🦁
Dreams of realities peace
Blow steam in the face of the beast
The sky can fall down, the wind can cry now
The strong in me, I still smile
This song can be interpreted many different ways, I think. However, I hear it as an anthem to loving oneself as well as standing up and smiling in the face of adversity and hard times.
The song is about someone who feels so small and defeated, yet has faith in God and stills smiles through it all. It kind of asks in a way, when it comes down to it, are you going to give into the fear, frustration and anxiety? Or are you going to stand up against all of that, lift up your head and keep on moving?
I’ve faced times when I wanted to give into my pain, allowing it to take over not only my body but my mind as well. After a while though, I know the right and healthy thing to do for myself is to pick up head and keep moving. To keep trying to find answers and to keep fighting.
This life is too beautiful and miraculous to let the bad stuff suck you in. Lift up your head and keep moving through whatever hard time you are facing right now. You all have so much to love about yourselves. Your beauty, creativity, kindness, intelligence, compassion, empathy and so much more. Love yourselves so entirely that it makes you want to stand up and scream just like Kendrick does in this song, yelling “I LOVE MYSELF!”
As it’s Invisible Illness Awareness Week, I wanted to give a shout out to everyone out there battling an invisible illness, disorder or pain. Other’s can’t see the fight we fight day in a day out, so it makes it harder for them to understand just how difficult it can be sometimes. When we say we don’t feel well, there are often looks of concern, confusion or even disbelief because it doesn’t show on the outside. Well, if we could give you a sense of how it felt on the inside, we would–and we try to. It’s hard to explain to others how even though we look ok (and about the effort it takes to just look presentable some days) when we really do not feel anything close to ok.
But today, I want to encourage you to just keep trying. Don’t let people who don’t understand discourage you. Don’t let your battle beat you. Don’t let your invisible illness make you, yourself, invisible in this world.
Show the world your strength and courage by continuing to fight your fight.
For us, showing courage may not happen through loud words and actions. Instead, our courage is shown when we tell ourselves to keep trying, keep fighting and keep going when some days that’s extremely hard to do. Courage is going to bed feeling discouraged and in pain, but telling yourself “I will try again tomorrow. I will continue to fight tomorrow. I will hope for a better tomorrow.”