Neg-Free Zone

As I continue to get back into the groove of everyday life, I find myself again reevaluating the relationships that I have and the kind of energy that I want to be exposed to on a daily basis. I can imagine that it isn’t just me that feels this way every now and then…and after investing so much time into a relationship–whether it’s with a spouse, family member, or friend, it’s disheartening to think that it ultimately may not have been what you thought. It definitely isn’t something easy to do, but I truly believe that removing negative energy and relationships from your life is one of the crucial ways to promote healthy living. I’ve even stopped talking to family members because of this–people focusing on the negative aspects of every situation. It’ll be the first time they lay eyes on you in years and the first words that escape their lips spit fire and create pain–“You lost so much weight…you skinny eh!” or “Gal… you get fat!” or “Did you hear about (so and so)” or whatever other nonsense they try to share. I personally, refuse to engage any longer.

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Walk to End Lupus Now!

This weekend my family, friends, and colleagues supported me as we walked with the Lupus Foundation of America to find a cure for Lupus! I have been fundraising for a little over a month now and thanks to everyone who made a contribution, my team was able to raise over $1,500 towards Lupus research! It was amazing seeing so many people working and walking together for the same cause! I look forward to continuing this work and I am praying that with continued awareness, advocacy, and fundraising efforts, this world will someday soon be a world free of Lupus!

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5 Things That Made Me Smile This Week #7

Good morning everyone! Here’s another Motivation Monday! I hope you all had a great and I’m praying that this upcoming week is even better than the last! Please leave a comment below sharing some of the blessings you received this week–I love hearing about them!

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Purposefully Feminine! (The Resolution for Women Series)

This chapter of The Resolution for Women is a controversial one! The old idea of women being submissive to men, homemakers, and overall inferior, is the perception that has unfortunately been associated with biblical femininity. This idea has created such controversy amongst believers and non-believers alike. Having possessed an appreciation for the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice of women over the years, christian women especially struggle with balancing that appreciation with a will to exemplify the definition of womanhood as presented in the word of God. Imagine knowing that you were created for a specific purpose and to live your life a certain way, but having a constant internal conflict due to your environment, your ancestry, or even your own personal outlook. This is how I imagine many Christian women live their lives today. However, we must realize that we will fail to discover and experience ultimate fulfillment until we decide to walk in His purpose–fulfilling His vision for us as women. Continue reading Purposefully Feminine! (The Resolution for Women Series)

I Feel A Flare Coming On…(6 Signs That You Should Be Aware Of)

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!

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So Exciting!

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.

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5 Things That Made Me Smile This Week #6

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!!!

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Let Your World Be Shaken!

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.

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5 Things That Made Me Smile This Week #5

 

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!

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More Chicken Parm Please!

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!

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