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Keep trying… Disconnect…reconnect Sunday.

I find it hard to believe that it’s been three months since I published this post,

Disconnect…reconnect Sunday

In that post I tried to set myself a goal of taking time away from technology on Sundays.  I have to admit that it hasn’t been easy!  I’ve had some successful Sundays and some not so successful ones!  But that’s ok because in my world, it’s about the sustained effort, not the outcome.  I keep trying and that’s the main thing!

I’m popping my phone aside again today and I’m going to make rhubarb and apple tart for my extended family.

Then I’m off to The Clancy Festival, read a little about it here https://clancybrothersfestival.com/

I’m going to connect face to face, in real-time, with like-minded writers and artists in

Art with Voices, check it out here,
https://clancybrothersfestivalarttrail.wordpress.com/installations/art-with-voices/

Don’t worry, I’ll fill you in…

Ps…the tarts are made (vegan & non-vegan).

Much love,

Marie xx

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10 Lesser-Known Symptoms of Fibromyalgia I Experience

Welcome to the world of Fibro/Fatigue. If you’d like to understand Fibro a little better please read this excellent post by My Fitness Journey, I have to add heart palpatations, GORD, restless legs and spasticity to the list.

But just like My Fitness Journey, I have found that having a positive attitude is life changing. I would also add; connecting with others, knowing I have a voice to contribute, knowing my voice matters and having the courage to speak up for myself and others.

What makes a difference to the quality of your life?

My Fitness Journey

A new piece on The Mighty

https://themighty.com/2018/05/fibromyalgia-symptoms-less-known/

There are a lot of people who haven’t heard of fibromyalgia and those who have don’t always fully understand it; there are even those who think it isn’t real. A lot of people who are aware and do try to understand it make the mistake of thinking it’s all about pain. Although chronic pain is one of the main symptoms, there are many others that are less widely known, and symptoms can range greatly from person to person. Some of my symptoms include the following:

1. Fibro fog

Having fibro fog makes it hard to think clearly, it can make it hard to follow conversations and to formulate what you would like to say. It can be struggling to explain what you mean, finding it hard to comprehend what you would normally find easy to understand, and being unable to find the words among many other things.

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How to Spot an Emotional Bully — MakeItUltra™

Bullying is a topic close to my heart because both my children experienced bullying.

This informative post makes for excellent reading and maybe even for some self-reflection!

Learn to spot the behaviours emotional bullies employ.  Armed with knowledge and awareness of how others and… dare we admit it… even how we ourselves behave, then we are empowered to bring about positive change in our lives!

Much love,

Marie xx

 

By Dr. Perry, PhD “Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.” ~Anonymous I wish the above quote was true. Unless we are a machine or lack human emotions, words and actions have a profound effect on the way we feel about ourselves and the world around us. In our current society, […]

via How to Spot an Emotional Bully  — MakeItUltra™

Just One Minute Monday!

I’ve decided to take just one minute of quiet time. Just one minute to pause. It’s been a busy day and my energy reserve is low.

I’m going to look around me and be grateful for where I am and what I see. I’m going to be grateful for what I managed to achieve today even if it wasn’t what I had hoped to achieve.

I might focus my thoughts on somebody I love or somebody I haven’t been in contact with in a while. I might think of you, my blogging friends. I might think of a deceased loved one. Or maybe I’ll focus on a favourite quote or recite a mantra.

The 60 seconds will provide time for a little quiet space within a busy day.  I’d love you to take just one minute with me today.  Maybe we can make “Just One Minute Monday” a regular weekly habit.

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Paws (pause) because you can!

What do you do to take just one minute of quiet time?

Much love,

Marie xx

 

Remember to Forget…

Remembering to forget is probably one of the best gifts you can give yourself.

Whether it is that you need to…

Forget that they weren’t there for you,

Forget that they didn’t understand,

Forget that the system failed you,

Forget that they told you that you needed to be more resilient,

Or

Forget that they didn’t think before they spoke unhelpful words…

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Emma’s little piece of handiwork, a new-found talent. Being lost in flow is a great way to forget about having to remember to forget!

 

Just know that you were good enough as you were and that likewise it was also the best they had to give at that time.

Accept the situation as it was and look deep inside to adapt and improve yourself.  Don’t live on your expectations of them…

Enhance your now…remember to forget.

Just forget!

Much love,

Marie xx

Daily Prompt: Assumption Consumption!

via Daily Prompt: Assumption

It’s very easy to suffer from Assumption Consumption; a deadly illness that consumes and eats away a logical mind.  It’s a lethal weapon in the wrong hands! We make thousands of judgements daily, not all of them are correct.

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What is it? Your guess is as good as mine!! But be careful not to jump to assumptions!

So how can we avoid jumping to conclusions, making judgements and developing Assumption Consumption?

We can start by pausing before we leap into judgement mode.

We can step back and count to ten.

We can ask ourselves could there be an alternative explanation?

Then, with daily practice we can avoid falling into an assumption trap!

Thankfully with time and a little rational thinking we can become aware of our Assumption Consumption and we often find the very opposite of our assumption was the case!

Can you recall an assumption that proved to be wrong?  What might have helped you avoid making that assumption?  How can you avoid making assumptions in the future? Please share what worked for you. I really enjoy your comments, thanks for calling in to visit!

Much love,

Marie xx

 

Looking Forward — MakeItUltra™

Thought provoking post from MakeItUltra…

I believe yesterday is the cornerstone of today; you must look back and draw from it to enhance today,

Make today Forward Facing…

…looking forward…together!

via Looking Forward — MakeItUltra™

Premature…(pre)..mature!

via Daily Prompt: Premature

27 weeks and 5 days was as long as he could contain himself…he was in a hurry and he wasn’t waiting around!  I hardly got to experience being pregnant, very different to my previous pregnancy which reached term plus one week.  Our tiny, unexpected early arrival weighed in at a see-through 2lb 9oz and spent two months in neonatal care.  He was let home to us at 4lbs weight, a few days before Christmas; the best Christmas present ever!  I slept on a mattress on our kitchen floor for months to ensure his little body was kept sufficiently warm, feeding him every two hours.

But he decided early on that premature was not going to be a word in his vocabulary.  He soon caught up with children of his age and cast off the ‘pre’ revealing a ‘mature’ character, deeply sensitive to the pain of others.  He went out of his way to include shy or excluded children into his circle of friends.  He owned up to things he didn’t do in school, taking the blame to save his class suffering the consequences because the guilty child hadn’t the guts to own up. This strength of character was something to envy and soon meant he was a target for bullies.

He has struggled through a deeply challenging teenage stage and a school system that all but failed him but we weathered the journey as a family unit and now know that the best learning comes from the greatest challenges! He has a mature outlook on life way beyond his years.  He is warm and kind, he cares for the environment and animal welfare.  He reads Echart Tolle and Thich Nhat Hanh.

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He faces exams shortly which have the power, in one fell swoop to decide his immediate future but I know beyond doubt that he is more than the outcome of any exam.

He has an innate character that many mature adults never achieve and which I know will help him fulfill his purpose in life!

Thank you for reading and if your son or daughter has struggled because of bullying, please share your experiences with me in the comments below.

Much love,

Marie xx

Daily Prompt: Snippets of Love & Laughter!!

via Daily Prompt: Laughter

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Laughter is an amazing thing…image-0-02-01-0b40d48e98d4439ddc336804fe9f7d38c5ddd33b449a4b1f2d62bcf9fe2d17dd-V amazing that it’s in short supply!

 

Older generations had a lot less… but a lot more laughter!

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Set yourself a new goal…not monetary, not commodity… but to fill your life with love & laughter!

Much love & laughter!

Marie xx

 

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