When life gives you lemons - a.k.a. all the wildness - you can either make some super delicious lemonade with it... or you can not. With six years of mothering a gorgeous child with sensory processing disorder and fifteen years mothering me - a woman living with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME) - under my belt, I have personally come to the conclusion that either we choose to thrive... to make the lemonade... or we choose to not thrive.
Today I'm trying my hand at poetry. We'll see if I can convey the joy I'm experiencing. I pray I can.
Blessings, sweet friends
Picture captured by one of my favorite people in the whole world. When I visited Washington, there was an abundance of this practice that keeps me whole. Whenever I adventure anywhere, I bring my mat. But sometimes, in special places and spaces (like overlooking the pacific ocean on water-smoothed rock), I don't need it.
There is an editorial from a Christian magazine that I have pinned to a bulletin board behind my computer station. The header says: Invade the Secular with the Sacred. It's what I do. It's what I have always done.
Over the last 33 years, I have had a plethora of life experiences that have led me closer and closer in my walk with the Lord. One of the greatest? Yoga. (Another is motherhood if you haven't clued in on that yet!)
It’s sunny and 50 degrees Fahrenheit in beautiful Arizona. Yet, I’m sitting here deeply craving greater warmth. Do you ever find yourself in a space of wanting more, even though what you have is absolutely what you asked for? Yeah, me too. (I forgot to ask for sunshine and warmer weather – though I guess I already got the warmer weather part since we no longer live in the Northeast!)
Sometimes, I just need to read a book... find a Bible study plan that really just meets me where I'm at. The one I've just started has done just that.
Specifically, it is meeting me as I struggle with doubts – unsure of what to do or who to turn to because obviously God isn’t listening. Well, at least it feels like that some days!
Your body is the vehicle to help you carry out your entire life's purpose. You need to fuel it well. Here are my top five tips for creating and maintaining a machine that can carry you through the entire year, without too much hassle.
Note: if you're on a chronic disease journey, like me, there might be some hassle. Still, check out the tips below and let me know what you would add, based on your wild path!
Happy 2019, precious friends!
I'm starting off the New Year with an inbox full of questions about how to be well, and I wanted to create a really simple resource for friends and family who aren't sure where to start with lifestyle changes. I am a strong believer that God wants great things for all of us! Which means we don't beat ourselves up for past choices or things that happen which are truly beyond our control. Instead, we take the reigns and serve our temple well.
Our surrender series continues after Oh What A Night!
After being sick the last few days, I was finding it hard to imagine what 2019 will look like. Will I continue doing life with chronic disease? Will Bliss need me less? Will she need me more? Are the whispers I've tucked in my heart even available to me anymore (here)? How am I supposed to do bring a foundation into the world from this space? How do I grow a business to support this foundation from HERE?
Can I tell you how excited I am for this series?
Surrender was my word for 2018. And as I prepare to dig into life-giving, purpose-driven goal setting for the coming year - it seems appropriate to share with you some takeaways from this adventure-packed year.
Oh precious friends. I had this grand idea that I would be talking to you from a place of having fully prevented stress - or at least having managed it well - this year. But here we are. Me a lump of chronic-disease-filled exhaustion. And you... maybe a little bit better off than myself?
I'm praying it's so
As the hot water poured down this morning, I pondered. I'm naturally inclined to write about everything. All of it. The good. The bad. (Is there such a thing as bad?) The happy. The wild. My Wild. And absolutely my Mild. Sweetest boy ever!
Because I'm naturally inclined to write about everything, I am thinking all the time. Except on the days where chronic fatigue syndrome takes over - and I wonder if I'll ever have a free-flowing thought again (she's a beast, but my coffee helps bunches). So this morning, during my peaceful, child-free shower, I pondered. My pondering led to prayer. And my prayer led to a new whisper that must have been from my Jesus, because the other thing I'm naturally inclined to do (other than write) is to spend lots of time in introvert-land. Quiet is like having the best glass of * insert your favorite mocktail or cocktail here * in my hand. I celebrate it. Yet, as happy as I am in solitude - where I can actually hear my own thoughts, and perhaps God's call - I know at my very core that I am made for people.
I'll let you in on a secret... there was a short period of time when I forgot that this is His call to all of us... to be together. I'm so thankful that our family business requires being hand-in-hand with other incredible souls, because it led me back to togetherness.
Back to that whisper. Here's what I heard:
I have nothing better to do with my time than to pour into God's people.
I could have laughed. I could have cried. And a part of me thought, "duh" as I stretched my aching neck beneath the hot waters sweet touch.
Every aspect of our lives has to do with being with His people. If we can manage to bring this into focus daily - we'll be better for it. What we focus on (our mindset) is what we move toward. Always.
Ponder this for a moment and let me know what you receive!
Psst - Speaking of being with His people, it's the time of year when community either heals or hurts or sometimes both! Our pastor spoke about this on Saturday evening, and it's worth a listen.
Also, I promised you a fabulous recipe for low carb cake.
Here's the link for it! We aren't typically big chocolate-lovers at our house, but really, who doesn't love a dark chocolate cake with very few carbs every once in a while?!
Sending you so much love, from our wildness into yours.
I love sharing helpful resources! I may also make a small cut that keeps me fully caffeinated and my brain research-packed (because we can't serve from an empty well, and I really love collecting all the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom I can for both of us.) Always, I'll do my best to keep you on the right path, but I'm no doctor even though I play one at home - often - and mostly for myself. Life with CFS sure keeps things interesting! Life with you + CFS keeps things full of JOY, too.