Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday's Awakenings


Today, I'm feeling accomplished. I woke thinking....the things we can accomplish when we stop thinking and DO! I tend to think, think, think and when things are hard, I curl up inside myself....all my thoughts swimming, things I want to create, to do, to finish. When I woke this morning, I took action! I need those times of thought but happy to be movin' and groovin' today.

How about you? Are you all action or do you tend to get introspective like me?

Have a beautiful week!

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Happiest 5k


I'm running the Color Run on Sunday to raise funds and awareness for Dystonia. This will be our third year doing this run, we love traditions and it is a ton of fun! You feel like a kid again getting all colored up. I so appreciate my guy being out there with me, laughing and being silly. In this picture, we saw the camera man ahead so we decided to act like we were running really hard. :-) #totaldorks

This year has been one of the hardest since being diagnosed. My injections just aren't working as well and trying to find the balance between resting and moving is a constant guess. It's quite the roller coaster BUT hey, better to be on a ride with ups and downs instead of flat and boring. I feel beat down with feeling as though so many people don't understand but that is why I write here and do what I do so that I can continue to open people's minds, eyes and hearts.

Dystonia is a challenge I face every day. I choose to fight it, to have a positive attitude, to live and enjoy life every moment I can....because of that though, I think people can forget that it's a struggle, that I'm uncomfortable, that I'm fighting my body all the time. That it can be exhausting, mentally & physically.

I'm not complaining and I don't ever want to be coddled. (well maybe sometimes. ha!) I think in the end I just want people to not judge, to try to understand each other better, to realize we (not just me), everyone has something to overcome or battle so just be a little bit more compassionate.

Don't ever take your health for granted, to wake up and feel well is truly a gift.

If you are interested in donating funds for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, please click HERE.

Thank you to everyone here, who reads, listens and always offers me words of inspiration.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

IWSG - Flooded


This post is part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. You can find out more or sign up HERE. There also is a new Facebook page, you can find it by clicking HERE. Thank you to our fearless leader, Alex Cavanaugh!

Minnesota has been dealing with a ton of flooding, the lakes and rivers are overflowing. I took this picture at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. This actually isn't the lake, it's overflow and there were even fish jumping around! I think the animals may be enjoying this abundance of water, the ducks in the picture below were probably thinking....yes, we finally got the picnic table! :-) 

Sometimes, I feel flooded....with work, with life, with writing. I know we all do. When that happens, we tend to focus on the negative and think we are going to drown or never get our heads back above water. One thing I have learned here and from this group of blogger friends is that it is all about doing a little paddling at a time, swim hard for an hour and then take a breather. When I do a little bit each day to reach my goals, to write my book....I always feel so much better. Instead of nothing at all so I sink or doing too much, too fast and belly flopping. The water always recedes and there we are on stable ground. 

Have an awesome day, everyone! 





Friday, June 27, 2014

President Obama


The President visited Minnesota and I was able to get a ticket to see him this morning. It was an amazing experience, with wonderful energy in the air. This picture was taken right before he came on stage at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. President Obama came to Minneapolis because a woman from here wrote him a letter talking about her families struggles, he wanted her to know that he was listening.

You can say what you want about our President, we all have our own beliefs & ideas but in the end, you have to think and realize we live in a great country that we are able to use our voices to create change.

I see so many negative comments and I always think to myself.....what are you doing to make a difference? Are you using your voice to take action in a positive way? I've had first hand experience going to the Hill to advocate for Dystonia patients. The things that we wanted ended up getting done.

Today was inspiring and a great reminder for myself, that each of us, one step at a time can create change. We have to get involved and not sit back and just complain.

Have you had an inspiring day? week?

Cheers to a great weekend!