Something that took me a long time to master was being able to show myself grace. And I still haven't mastered it, I've just gotten a little better with time. But, I would get really frustrated if everything wasn't perfect, I wasn't perfect, life wasn't perfect, etc. etc. But today I realize it is more about making progress in life than experiencing perfection. Perfection will be something none of us will ever be able to obtain, and it will drive us mad trying to reach it. We will miss every amazing thing in life if we are driven by perfection. But progress is something we can see and that can inspire us. Be kind to yourself today, and don't forget to show yourself grace in the difficult moments
I believe this with my whole heart. When I am having one of those bad moments, I let it out - I feel it. I might cry a little...or a lot. But then I pick up my hot-mess self, pray, and decide to move forward. Chronic illness may be able to mess up a few minutes or hours of my day here or there, but I won't let it take over my life. There is too much I want to do and accomplish, and I don't have time for this nonsense! lol. Who's with me!? . . .
To me, there aren't too many things better in life than spending time with your bestie, someone you adore and who accepts you for every single thing you are/and are not. Tag your bestie to show him/her some love
How has illness changed your faith life?Are you closer to your faith, further away from it, or has it not changed it at all? For me, it has greatly increased my faith. There are very bad day days (not too often, thankfully), that I have absolutely no energy or motivation to get up. I sometimes want to throw in the towel. I wouldn't get through these days with the love, grace and mercy God shows me all the time, especially in those wretched moments. I cling to His words that we will all have troubles in this life, but that He is with us, by our side always. . . . . Photo by Lukas Budimaier on Unsplash
What is the best present someone can give you at the holidays? For me, it is their time. Uninterrupted - no cell phones in hand, no television to distract. Just one on one face time to share stories, memories, our heart, and our hopes. To me that is a present that you could never put a price tag on... . . . . Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash
I received the sweetest message on IG yesterday. Someone had noticed I took a little hiatus. Doesn't it always warm the heart to know you were missed? I took a breather. Life has been overwhelming. The hope and happiness the holiday season always brings me is intertwined with sickness, fatigue, and the reality of a parent slipping through my fingers because of illness. In rest and quiet, I get to find peace and be present to remind myself of the things that matter and what can be removed from my life. Being encouraged from our LC family is always a plus during hard times, so thank you
I am so thankful for all of you who are part of our LupusChick community. You inspire and motivate me every single day to keep pressing on. For those who are celebrating, Happy Thanksgiving
I love this quote! Sometimes we can feel a little broken when we are constantly sick. Especially when we start comparing ourselves to our peers and people who are healthy! Let's start thinking of ourselves as warriors who are breaking through another stage in life rather than using negative self-talk that we are broken.
A little over a year ago I went on an epic three week road trip to Nova Scotia; we put it off for over ten years because my body wouldn't cooperate. Finally, one day I just said to my husband, Let's go tomorrow. And that is exactly what we did. It can be difficult at times, but I am so over letting chronic illness take away my free spirit, spontaneity and desire to travel. What has been your best adventure to date? - Photo by Koushik C on Unsplash