FurBall Friday

One of my greatest passions in life is animals.  I have loved animals, of all kinds, for as long as I can remember.  They have always been a huge and important part of my life and I am a strong supporter of animal rights.

In my darkest hours, my pets have always been by my side.  When Billy and I are in severe pain, our dog and cats instinctively know and try their best to comfort us in whatever way they can.  They are not registered therapy pets, but they are our therapy and our family.

For these reasons and more, I have decided to implement a weekly feature called FurBall Friday.  Every Friday, I will publish an animal related post.  The posts might include a simple photo, a video, an article, or something that I have written about animals.

For our first FurBall Friday, I would like to introduce you all to our furry family.

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Happy FurBall Friday and Happy Halloween!  🙂

Chronic Illness, working and recovery days

This post describes living and working with chronic illness and chronic pain SO well. I felt like I was reading about my own life. The parallels are endless.

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When you have a chronic illness you lose the control over your body, your physical wellness, that you used to take for granted.  One particular problem I have is balancing work, rest and everything else.  It would be ideal if I could work four or five days a week and then have enough rest time to ease off my symptoms so I could continue working happily the next week. Of course, this presumes there are only two things to consider, work and rest.  There are many more things to consider obviously and that is one part of the problem.

Energy is very limited in my life.  It is very easy to “overdo it”. Sometimes five days of work is too much.  If I encounter extra stress, a night out, an after-work work commitment or a sixth day of work or effort on the sixth day (say, a child’s birthday party…

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I’m really struggling with a lack of something, anything to look forward to right now.  In the past, I almost always had something to motivate me; some sort of reward for my hard work and perseverance.  I miss planning vacations, travel (my favorite thing in the world), weekend get-a-ways, spur of the moment road trips, camping, and canoe trips. I miss living. When I think about the past and remember doing all of those things that I enjoyed so much, that pesky lump in my throat starts to creep back in, my depression is triggered, and I often find myself fighting back tears.

My thoughts can get pretty dark when I think about the future.  When I think about the past, I can’t help but wonder what happened.  I mean, I know what happened, but I don’t understand WHY.  Maybe I’m still going through a grieving process for the life that I lost (my former self).  At this point, the only thing I can think of to look forward to is an end to the pain.  Will there be anything left afterwards?  Are there other chronic pain sufferers out there who fight this internal battle? How do you handle it?  Have you discovered coping mechanisms to make it easier?

Blogging 201: Dig Deep Into A Social Network

Today’s Assignment: pick one social network you’ll use to help grow your blog and connect it to your site. Then, outline a a 30-day plan for how you’ll use it.

For today’s assignment, I will mostly utilize my existing personal Twitter account, which is configured to automatically post to my personal Facebook account as well.

I have set the following goals:

  1. Publicize all published posts.
  2. Share another blogger’s post at least once per week.
  3. “Like” another bloggers Facebook page or “follow” them on Twitter at least once per week.
  4. I added the Twitter feed widget to my blog sidebar.
  5. I added my blog’s URL to my Twitter profile.

An unrelated improvement that I made today was implementing my first weekly feature.  🙂

Happy Monday!

Invisible Pain Warriors

Music Monday: Clumsy Card House by Blue October

As a result of my participation in Blogging 201 through The Daily Post’s Blogging University, I have learned about weekly features and have decided to give one a try.  My first weekly feature is going to be one that is most likely fairly popular and used by other bloggers.  Even though it might not be the most original, I really like the idea so I’m going to use it.  I have another idea or two for additional features, but I want to try this one out first to see how everyone likes it.  Please feel free to let me know what you think.

The feature will be called Music Monday.  Every Monday, I will post a song and/or video that I (or my hubby) like for your listening pleasure. Continue reading

Liebster Award

I’m so honored to have been nominated for the Liebster award by Carter Vail.

I think this is a fantastic idea, and I hope you all will take the opportunity to check out her blog, along with the others I will nominate.

The Liebster Award has German origins. The word “liebster” has several definitions: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, sweetheart and boyfriend.

It aims to discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere. Continue reading

Blogging 201: Audit Your Brand

Day 2 of Blogging 201 was about auditing your brand.  This might sound simple enough, but it was actually A LOT more complicated than I expected.  The initial assignment was as follows:

Today’s assignment: audit your brand — look at all the ways you communicate information about your blog, and make sure they’re consistent, focused, and say what you want them to say. Bonus points: make a test blog to use as your personal playground for testing changes. via Blogging 201: Audit Your Brand | The Daily Post.

I believe my brand is pretty straight-forward.  The title and tag line of my blog pretty much says it all.  The content is usually related to invisible chronic pain and illness, along with anything and everything related to it.  Continue reading