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Ah Oh!

After reading my last post, I realized my punctuation and writing needed some work. I apologize. My writing has not always been up to snuff because of memory loss and mental fog due to breast cancer treatments. Though recovery has been an extreme challenge, I’m grateful I’m improving and still here. On occasion, I may still have my “not so great” writing days, but I will press on and trust that all of you have a great sense of humor and will keep coming back to see what I’m up to next.

I’m revamping my blog to be a more fun place to be as the old me was a bit of a “Debbie Downer” at times and we don’t want that now. “FUN” will be the main focus here and is part of the promise I made to myself while recovering. There’s so much to explore and do in the world that leading a life of quiet desperation, plans of “one day” and following the “normal and responsible” path leaves me cold. Who is to say what is “normal and responsible” anyway? No one has the right to define that for you, but YOU.

I have ALWAYS been a person who was filled with anxiety and fear. I ALWAYS took the safe route in life til I was stopped in my tracks by cancer. Talk about some anxiety and fear? NO amount of bungee jumping, parachuting, or traipsing through the Amazon with deadly snakes under my feet (none of which I would ever dream of doing) could compare. Now I’m more fearless and ready to launch out there into world, a less scary place than cancer, cause I’m a SURVIVOR.

I’m starting with my new project which I will tell you about later. What I can say is it’s going to be FUN, FUN, FUN. I will let you know when it’s posted on Indigogo.com so you can contribute to my new healthy quest in life. Indiegogo is a wonderful fundraising site that helps anyone raise support for their most important causes and ventures.Check it out. You might even have a dream you’d like to fund.

Ok til next time, remember: Milk may do a body good, but laughter will heal it.

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Sometimes I feel like I live on a farm. I’m up at 7 to feed all the animals and give some medication. When I say all I mean 3 squirrels – caged of course, 4 fish, and 3 of the 4 cats. I don’t mind really but there are those days I’d love to sleep in, but I’m responsible for hungry babies.

Responsibility is a crazy thing. Some people strive for it with the desire to be married or have children. Others do their best to escape, like my ex who after years of being married didn’t want to be responsible for anyone’s happiness, most of all his own I would guess.

I take responsibility very seriously, always have and sometimes to the point of being overwhelmed.  I’m working on that. I should be the one who wants to escape, but I don’t because I find comfort and joy in it. No I don’t always love responsibility, but without it I would be without many of the things I love about my life, especially my family.

I am right where I want to be, amongst rescue animals and pets who need feeding/played with and housing cleaned, a Grandbaby who fills my empty lap and arms with the greatest love I could have imagined and I his hungry tummy with Nana’s famous raisin and cheese sandwiches, and adult children who share space with me and love in my life.

What more could a girl want?

Realization

Ever come across something that says, “This is for me?”  Sometimes like love, it surprises you and makes life infinitely better. That is how minimalism is for me.

It was only of late that I heard and understood the term “minimalism.”  When I did, I had something I felt connected to. I was not a hoarder by any means, but I have spent a lifetime trying to be a more organized person. It just never really occurred to me that I could bypass organizing and go straight to getting rid of items that no longer served their purpose with me. Why did I think I had to keep them all?

Just like when I lost all my hair from chemo, I found getting rid of stuff liberating. Yes, being a baldie truly was liberating for me. I didn’t hide it, but wore my hairless head proudly wherever I went. That is how I am wearing my minimalism. Proud and uncluttered. I’m not there yet but I’m well on my way.

Welcome

Welcome to my new blog. Here you will find all things “minimal.”

If you don’t yet know what Minimalism is, let me give you my simple definition: “Minimalism is the clearing out and getting rid of clutter and excess that keeps one from enjoying and experiencing life in way that is satisfying and fulfilling.”

For everyone minimalism means something different. Maybe you just want to get rid of all that stuff in your garage because it is cluttering up your to do list. Or maybe you want to live with just enough so that at a moment’s notice you could throw everything in your backpack and head out on an adventure. Both are great!

For most people though, minimalism would be a happy medium between the two. I lean toward the latter. (I’m a bit of a Gypsie.) All choices in minimalism are the right choice as long as it frees up your life so you can do what makes you happy.

I look forward to exploring more on this subject with you. Til next time, think about what life would be like without all the extra stuff. What is the first thing you would do if you didn’t have to spend your valuable time taking care of stuff?

New

Being the new minimalist that I am, I am not starting a whole new blog with my new subject. I will just continue with this one to keep things simple and begin again with a new mindset and ideas. I hope you will enjoy all you find here and look forward to coming back often.

Thanksgiving Project

If anyone is reading my post, please friend me on Facebook and join my Thanksgiving Project. Happy Thanksgiving!

On Our Way

Good Morning All!. I trust you had a good weekend. I had a wonderful weekend with my little Grandbaby TJ, along with enjoying a beautiful Florida Sunday. Something to be so grateful for. Though I had planned on talking about what Fibromyalgia is, I realized that there is a ton online about the subject. I am going to refer you to fibromyalgia.com website for more information than I am able to provide for you. So far I have found it very helpful. The forums have kept me from feeling so alone and it’s always nice to get feedback on anything I have going on. If it’s happening with me, I find other people are experiencing it too. I don’t spend a lot of time on there since I have so much stuff going on such as planning and writing my new cookbook, “Table For One.” Though this is a cookbook for people who need meals for one and are time and budget challenged, I am planning on including recipes that have been helpful to me with my Fibro. Many people may not believe it, but your diet can have a major affect on your health. Yes, I know you think I’m going to harp on your bad eating habits. Probably, but I’m mostly going to leave the guilty conscious up to you. You are a grown up, right? I do however plan to educate you on healthy eating. I know from personal experience that anything I eat, especially since I’ve had cancer and now Fibromyalgia, affects me immediately. It goes far beyond any long term effects like heart disease and obesity. What I put in my mouth from first thing in the morning and throughout the rest of the day can make or break the quality of my life for that day. Ever heard that saying, “let food be thy medicine?” I totally believe it! I take food super seriously. I know you are probably saying “I don’t have the money or energy to eat right.” I totally get that. I’m unable to work and living on student loans. After paying bills there is barely enough left for food, but still I do the best I can. We must find a way to take care of ourselves even if it means we do without something else. I don’t have cable, my own car (my son shares with me) or my own place (I live with my kids) as well as alot of other things. If you don’t make the sacrifice now, you may never have any quality of life. If you can’t help yourself, you must find someone to help you. I am going to do my best to help you from here. Ok, you ready? First I want you to take inventory of what foods you eat regularly. Keep a food diary of everything you eat and drink. I’m not concerned with amounts. The whole idea is to start being aware of your food choices. I’m going to teach you about making smart, healthy food choices. You won’t have to eat or buy anything weird. Just good regular food. I’m not going to force you to eat things you don’t like either, but like I tell my little grandbaby, “just try it. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to eat it.” You might surprise yourself. I am a regular at my local farmer’s markets and I make a habit of trying new fruits and veggies nearly every week, even if it’s just one thing. If I don’t know how to fix it or eat it, I just ask someone working there. I find things I like and others not so much. Doing this makes me feel adventurous and excited. As a person with Fibro, I feel so restricted with regular activities that I can do now, trying new foods helps to make my life a little more fun and liberating. I know it’s a small thing, but that’s how great things start. That’s it. Just take any notebook or even your computer and make your list. If it’s more fun for you, head out to the Dollar Tree and splurge on a fun notebook to write in. Keep your diary for the next few days. I will check in with you to see how you are doing and then we will start on step 2. Even if you don’t write down everything, just write down what and when you can. No pressure. Until next time…