Good Evening everyone! Wow, it’s been a while! Each time I take a moment to begin a post, I get distracted by one of the many responsibilities that exist in my life right now and fail to continue. This is one that I started approximately one year ago, and although an entire year has gone by, the message still holds such great value!
Well, Happy New Year all! I know it’s February, but it’s been quite some time since I’ve posted and I haven’t had the pleasure of sharing those words with many of you. I hope all has been well in your lives and for those struggling today (with Lupus or any other autoimmune condition) I hope today’s post brings you some life and encourages you to tackle your day in the best way possible–for you! Continue reading Balanced (The Resolution for Women Reflection Series)
Hi everyone! It feels tremendously weird writing right now as it’s been quite some time. The month of May was such a hectic time for me…it was the end of the school year, I was involved in numerous volunteering efforts, there was my birthday, Mother’s Day, infusion treatments at the hospital, and in the midst of it all, I could not bring myself to delve into the world of blogging. I’m sure other Lupus patients can relate in regard to the ups and downs of having this conditions. There are moments when things are going so well and all you can focus on is seizing the moment, and other times when things are so low when a solace escape is enough.
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.
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!
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!
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)
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!
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!!!
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.