Fifty-three years ago I made my appearance for the first time and boy, oh, boy was it a day that rocked their whole world. My entrance was a surprise, or so I’ve been told many times. It was just an ordinary day on a small family farm in Louisiana, chores had to be done, farm animals had to be tended to, and everyone was busy going about their responsibilities. Just another day, nothing spectacular or exciting until… Continue reading “The day I ROCKED the World”
What is Purpose?
“Having a sense of purpose is having a sense of self. A course to plot is a destination to hope for.” ―Bryant H. McGill
According to the Dictionary:
- the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.”the purpose of the meeting is to appoint a trustee”
- motive, motivation, grounds, cause, impetus, occasion, reason, point, basis, justification “the main purpose of his visit”
- have as one’s intention or objective.”God has allowed suffering, even purposed it”
- intend, mean, aim, plan, design, have the intention, have in mind, have a mind
Purpose can guide life decisions, influence behavior, shape goals, offer a sense of direction and create meaning. For some people, the purpose is connected to vocation—meaningful, satisfying work. For others, their purpose lies in their responsibilities to their family or friends.
What are seasonal allergies and why are they getting worse?
Seasonal allergies are at epidemic proportions in our modern world. Why is that? Why are they so much worse than they were even 25 years ago? What’s causing the epidemic proportions and what can we do naturally to heal the symptoms or cure the illness?
Well, allergies used to be considered an overreaction of the immune system to non harmful substances in your environment, including, dog and cat hair, dust, or crops being harvested. You could alway tell when they were harvesting wheat, for example, because you become sympathetic. You could take an Over The Counter medication, to control your symptoms, because they were temporary and would be over when you removed yourself or the allergen.
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Balancing Fitness and Self-Care
You’ve had a bad day at the office. You promised yourself you would hit the gym after work, but when you get home, you feel stressed, anxious, and tired. On one hand, you know your physical fitness is important to your health, but on the other, you know that you need to give yourself downtime. What do you do?
Many of us encounter some variation of that dilemma multiple times a week. We are torn between our desire to get fitter and our desire to be kinder to ourselves, and we don’t know which one to pick. Addressing this issue means re-evaluating how we think about our health and our attitude to fitness and self-care.
Living with Chronic Pain is something you will never understand until you are had it! I know this because 13 years ago I started the journey with Chronic Pain and it is something I will never escape. Prior to that I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, mild Fibromyalgia, Depression, and Sleep Apnea. Chronic pain is a totally different entity though, it’s something that’s with you all the time, you don’t sleep because the pain is to bad, you don’t go anywhere because there is no energy to go, and you isolate yourself from family and friends because you know, from experience, no one is going to understand!
My journey with Asthma, Chronic Fatigue, depression, and mild Fibromyalgia began in my mid thirties, when I came to a place in my life that I could no longer deny and hide from the abuse and traumas I had suffered in my childhood. I spent many days in my bedroom crying, rocking in a rocking chair, and sleeping. After months of living this way I decided I had a family that needed a wife and mother and I emerged, but I was not better. I was so angry about the things that had happened to me that I would unintentionally fly into a rage over the slightest thing. It was an awful time for me and my family, I finally got a wake up call one day when my children and I had a particularly bad morning and I was just yelling all morning. My husband came home for lunch this particular day and when he went to go back to work my pre-teen daughters grabbed him around the waist and ask, almost begging, to go to work with him because they didn’t want to stay with “her”! It brings tears to my eyes even now knowing I behaved that way and hurt them. My emotional pain was so great, I had no idea how to cope. That was my wake up call! I could not stand my children felt that way and the hopeless look in my husbands eyes told me, I had to do something.