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?

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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