In my efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I am constantly trying to “be one” with my body and pay attention to any signs that it may be attempting to communicate with me. In the past, I’ve ignored signals and continued living my life however I felt I needed to. This has only caused increased pain, frustration, and anxiety. It would be entirely foolish for me to ignore the old saying, “learn from the mistakes of others”, and continue repeating the cycle of inconsistent consideration of my body’s needs. Lupus patients are constantly at risk of causing increased Lupus activity in their bodies. It’s important to be aware of the signals that your body sends, as well as what you can do when they suddenly arise!
Good Morning! I am extremely excited about some news that I received and couldn’t wait until the next Motivation Monday to share it! A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a wellness website who shares the writing of fellow bloggers in order to promote wellness and an overall healthy lifestyle. They shared how much they enjoyed one of my articles and would love to feature it on their website. Last night I received a notification stating that it is finally posted! It’s such a great feeling to simply be acknowledged and have my writing be appreciated.
Happy Monday Everyone! Hoping you all had a blessed week! Here is another Motivation Monday, giving you some encouragement and reminding you to count your blessings. Now that I am back at work, it is so difficult keeping up with my posts, but the Motivation Mondays MUST stay consistent! As always, please share some of the awesome things that happened to you this week. Remember, there’s a blessing even in the little things!!!
Back At It
You heard right! After 5 weeks at home, I am finally back at work and teaching my wonderful students. I have to admit that I was a bit anxious about returning and jumping back into the chaos of teaching, but everything has been fine! With the exception of a few hiccups, tantrums here and there (I absolutely HATE tantrums), and IEPs and Progress Reports due, the week went by smoothly. My students greeted me with a warm welcome and 2 of them even brought in gifts. As challenging and stressful as teaching is, I can’t ignore the fact that it is such a rewarding profession and my passion in life. I may not be this positive in a month or so when it’s the end of the school year and things get a little cray cray, but we’ll see!
So, I started Smile Direct Club a little over a week ago, and no one told me exactly how painful this experience was going to be! I went through the entire week, missing the privilege of being able to eat and drink whenever I wanted to, and trying to teach lessons and hold discussions with sores and cuts from hard plastic in my mouth…I was miserable. Anyway, after 7 days, I was finally able to change out my aligners on Saturday and THANK GOD these were cut a bit better and have been less painful. The cuts in my mouth are finally healing and I am no longer suffering from the additional pain. Now I can be excited about perfecting my smile again!
Not mine (although I am turning 30 in 3 weeks!)…one of my closest friends and line sister celebrated her birthday on Friday! It was awesome being able to see her and our other friends who we do not get the opportunity to hangout with often and just have a good time! Sean and I also went to a Sweet 16 on Saturday in celebration of his cousin’s daughter. I’d never attended a Sweet 16 before and clearly didn’t have my own, so it was just beautiful watching this young lady embrace each of her family members and thanking them for all that they’ve done to help her grow into the young woman that she is today. Great times!
Cas and I rarely get the opportunity to go to the park, so when I decided to go on Sunday, along with Sean and my nephew, I had a blast! It sounds so cliche, but being outdoors and running around with the little guy relieved so much tension! I used to run track and field (in my younger days) so I instinctively jetted across the field with him a number of times! Of course I was absolutely exhausted and ready for bed immediately after, but the quality time still made me feel happy!
On Saturday, May 6th, my family, friends, colleagues, and I will all be participating in the Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now event in New York City. About a month ago, I began fundraising for the event and set a personal goal of $500. I also created a team, Joezette’s Journey, and set a team goal for $1,000. Not only did I surpass my goal of raising $500 towards research efforts, but my team surpassed our $1,000 goal too! We will continue to fundraise up until the day of the walk, but it’s amazing to know that I at least accomplished a goal that I set and can work towards contributing even more!
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As I write this post, I am attempting to keep up with the schedule that I was maintaining during my time away from work…but it’s hard! I’m back to waking up early and actually getting ready for work. My mornings are still a bit slow and I have to just jump right into my routine–ready or not! I’m back to feeling as if there aren’t enough hours in the day, but I need more hours because especially on a day like yesterday, there’s just so much to do! I’m forcefully reminded of the status of my health, yet again, and trying to maintain all positivity in order to make it through the day.
Now that I’m back at work, I have to get readjusted to my schedule. I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday, but hey, it’s never too late! I I hope you all are keeping up and continuing to reflect on your blessing daily! One thing that I noticed this week is that my 5 things have nothing to do with my Lupus…that’s because this week was one of the most normal weeks that I’ve had in a long time! Praise God! Now, I did have a doctor appointment and a pulmonary function exam on Tuesday, but they both went great! While I am so grateful for improved health, there were so many other awesome things happening this week too–I didn’t know where to fit health news! I guess it doesn’t matter since I found a lovely spot here:D Comment below and let me know of some amazing things that happened to you this week!
Meal prepping this weekend could be a challenge due to the holidays…but not with this extremely simple recipe that I found! This is such an easy way to ensure lunch and dinner for the week! Don’t forget to modify ingredients based on your specific health needs and taste preferences! For those of you who are gluten-free, you can substitute the panko breadcrumbs with a gluten-free option (Ian’s are pretty good)! Comment below letting me know if you try it as well as whether or not it worked out for you! I hope you enjoy!
Prior to purchasing Ruby (my car), I decided to pay for lessons to learn how to drive. Now, anyone who knows me knows how intensely terrified I was of driving–this is no exaggeration! Why was I so afraid of driving you ask? A seed had been planted in my head years ago, that drove me to believe that I’d be a terrible driver. While helping my father work on his car, I’d made a small error and rather than simply teaching me the correct way, he yelled at me and told me that I should never get behind the wheel of a car because I’d “kill everyone by stepping on the gas like that!” This may seem silly…clearly my father was irritated and said those words out of anger–why would I internalize them so much? Whether it was intentional or not, those words resonated with me for years! For years I was terrified of learning how to drive and allowed this fear to prevent me from even trying…
Yesterday was one of the most beautiful days New York City has seen in a while! The sun was shining, there was a light breeze in the air, it was between 75° and 80° for the majority of the day, everyone that I encountered was in such a positive mood–just beautiful! I woke up early and headed straight to the hospital for another follow-up appointment with my rheumatologist and a pulmonary functions exam. Thank God, things are beginning to come back normal (back to how they were prior to my hospitalization) and I’m able to do more and more each day! Following my doctor appointment, I had plans to visit an old co-teacher that I hadn’t spent time with in a while, but first, I had to run an errand with my mom. By the time I made it to the upper west side, I was bit tired! Ironically, when I got to my friend’s apartment, both pf her kids were taking their naps…the life right?! This got me thinking…why don’t adults get to take naps during the day?! Especially people like me with Lupus. I’m sure napping during the day has its benefits…
Being diagnosed with Lupus, or other autoimmune diseases, doesn’t only affect the patient, but the people in their lives as well. One of the most challenging yet necessary tasks that is given to friends and family members, is the task of giving support. When you love someone dearly, it is only natural for you to want to do all that you can to help them feel love and encouragement. To some, this may come naturally, and to others…not so much. Take my mom for instance, from my perspective, my mom handled my diagnosis so well! She never shed a tear (or so I thought), she was always there when I needed her (and still is), and was always prepared with a word from her heart to provide me with encouragement. This post is less for patients and more for friends and family members of them. What are some “Dos and Don’ts” for supporting someone with Lupus?
Hi Everyone! I’m checking in with another Motivation Monday–challenging you to reflect on your week and count your blessings! Here are some of the impactful things that happened to me this week and put a smile on my face! I’d love to hear of some of the amazing things that happened to you in the comments section as well! Have a blessed week:D