My life is Beautiful
It is Strange and Unpredictable
It is Colorful and Creative
There is Laughter and Love
I travel places Far and Near
I am Sensitive
I Experience New People
I have to Be Brave
Things are Fluid and Stuck
I live with Illness – Some Chronic, some just visiting
Music Demands that I Dance
I wear Costumes
I value Communication
My world is a Musical
Learning is SO Awesome
My family Cares Deeply for Each Other
I get Angry
Sadness Overwhelms me
I am Strong
My Heart could Explode
This Life Is Mine
Ok, Readers…I invite you to take some time to reflect on your own life and what is true for you.
This week, I am hoping for some feedback. I am starting a new workshop for Chronic Advocacy. Below is an outline of my plan. I would love to hear about potential interest, getting the word out to prospective participants, and any other ideas about how to reach people who will benefit from these services. You are welcome to comment, or send a feedback form on my website. Please share this post with others who might have interest
Giving Voice to Your Vision:
- Having a chronic illness or major life shift changes your life in significant ways. For some people, this creates some big questions like, “Who am I now?” “What do I want to do next?”,” How have I changed?”, and ” Where do I go from here?” These questions can create frustration, sadness, confusion, and stress. They also open up opportunities for change and celebrating your strengths!
- Giving Voice to Your Vision is a hands-on workshop dedicated to spending time conceptualizing answers to some of these questions. This experience provides the opportunity to reflect and start to develop your “new normal”.
- This workshop uses a combination of creative and practical ways to assess different aspects of your wellness and energy allocation, construct a vision board, set tangible goals, and use the SPEAK™ Model for self-advocacy to work toward completion of those vision-related goals.
- Going through these exercises provides clarity, motivation, and an opportunity to tap into your creativity.
- Participants will leave with tangible items to continue to reflect on their new ideas, pursuits, and goals.
- Information about 1-on-1 sessions to further explore these topics will be provided.
Thank you in advance for your help and ideas. I hope this workshop is something that will reach people who are excited to move forward and explore new aspects of themselves.
I have been spending a lot of time alone. I’m almost thinking I am going to lose my “extrovert card”. Since I was recovering from cancer, I have looked at being alone in a whole new way. I had a lot of time during the day. I have to admit, A TON of that time was spend on the computer researching, writing, reading, and learning to do new things, like build a website.
I enjoy spurts of creativity. I have tried new crafts, new activities, and learning how to cook. Today I tried another fun experiment! I made my own salt scrub. I have been researching how to make CBD infused products. I have a lot of chronic pain from cancer and celiac disease. While I have found some amazing salves and infused lotions at dispensaries, they are expensive! I cannot afford a $50 8oz bottle of lotion. I have never been one to follow recipes, so I usually just guess. This creates some major failures sometimes. I know nothing about chemistry. Luckily, this one was not among my failures. This was my process:
I melted pure CBD crystals and coconut oil on low heat. Then I added essential oils. Next, I added this:
I did not measure anything or have Pinterest give me directions. This is the amazing product that came out of it:
It’s not much too look at, but I tested it and my body is so relaxed.
One reason I am posting this is to share my fun project. I also want to remind you to pause, enjoy time alone, use your creativity, and create helpful, healing products that don’t cost a crazy amount of money.
This week the post is on the lighter side. Sometimes that is what I need to do for myself so I can continue to….