• Smarter Kitchen: Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Potatoes

    I am always looking to find ways to do things that make life easier. “Work smarter, not harder” are definitely words I believe in and I try to implement this into life whenever possible. To mix things up a little, I want to introduce you to something that I have used to make my life easier long before I got sick. SLOW COOKER COOKING! These handy small appliances definitely makes getting to the table easy and fits into my “work smarter” attitude. I am known by my family and friends as the “Crock Pot Queen”. Why? Because I have 6 of them in varying sizes and there has been times when I…

  • There are positive things about looking back but living in the past is not good for your mental health. #mentalhealth #depression

    Reflection: The Dangers and Possibilities of Looking Back

    Taking time for reflection or looking back is usually perceived as negative or counterproductive. Even in the Bible, God told Lot and his family not to look back when He saved them from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. When Lot’s wife looked, she turned into a pillar of salt. Through that story, God is warning us about the dangers of living in the past. When Does Reflection Turn Negative? It is difficult not to sit back and go through the long list of regrets or “what-ifs” that we have. Most people have a list of things they wish they had done differently, so this isn’t uncommon. I know that…

  • It is important to push myself so I can gain back some strength and energy.

    The Art of Knowing How Hard to Push Yourself

    I have been tapering off of my last seizure medication and I have not been feeling well because of it. I have been requiring a lot more rest during the day, having headaches that are not migraine related and having some major stomach issues. To say that the process of weaning meds isn’t fun is an understatement! It is important to push myself so I can gain back some strength and energy but it is easy to cross the line and push too hard. How to push yourself without pushing too hard: Set small goals for each day. My goals are probably seen by others as not even worthy of…

  • Words can be used to build up or to tear down, to praise or to slaughter, to clarify or to confuse. #selftalk #selfcare #mentalhealth

    The Power of Words – 5 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Yourself

    The spoken word is the most powerful weapon in the world. A childhood rhyme says that “words will never hurt me” but nothing could be further from the truth. Words, once said, cannot be unsaid therefore the results of those words can linger far longer than a bruise. Words can be used to build up or to tear down, to praise or to slaughter, to clarify or to confuse. Since words are so powerful, why do we unleash the most harmful words on ourselves? Often, we say things to ourselves that we would never dream of saying to others. Through our words, we portray ourselves in such a negative way…

  • Sleep, insomnia, migraine

    The Elusive Sleep and Migraine

    It doesn’t seem to matter how much I take care of myself, the one thing I seem to be constantly hunting is a good nights sleep. My inability to sleep effects how well I function during the day and compounded with other triggers, such as weather, can lead to an increase of migraine episodes. Lack of sleep also gives me less “juice” to fight the pain once a migraine episode has begun. Here is how a typical night goes. Around 10:30, I am tired and ready for sleep. I get comfy and cozy, my husband and I pray and say our good nights, then my husband turns off the light.…

  • Pity party, mental health, chronic illness

    4 Ways to Crash a Pity Party

    What is a pity party?  By definition it is an instance of indulging in self pity. Pity parties are not necessarily unhealthy…unless the party lasts too long. Let’s face it…sometimes life is just hard! Here are 4 ways, that I have found, to crash the pity party: Focus on the good things in life. Another words focus on the fact that the situation is temporary. Even though you are fighting a chronic illness, the really bad days are most likely temporary. Treat yourself! Oh come on…you deserve it! As silly as it may sound sometimes this will help! Give yourself permission to have a long soak in the tub, do your…

  • Strobe light, light sensitivity, migraine

    Strobe Light Concerns for Incredibles 2

    Disney Issues Alert after Blogger Posts Concerns on Twitter According to Variety Magazine, Disney issued an alert to moviegoers regarding Incredibles 2 having several scenes that may be harmful to people with photosensitivity. On Friday, Blogger Veronica Lewis posted tweets about these scenes, stating that the strobe light effects went on in several places and they were any where from 30 – 90 seconds each. In her tweets, Veronica says that the movie is “filled with tons of strobe/flashing lights…”. She also points out that people with epilepsy, migraines and other chronic illnesses are effected by strobe lights. Before Disney released its official statement on Saturday, many theaters were posting…

  • Sunshine blogger award

    The Sunshine Blogger Award

    It was a pleasant surprise to be nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by beardedigor.wordpress.com. His blog is filled with a song of the day and great posts that will give you a chuckle and make you think. So, don’t forget to check out his blog! 1. How did you decide in what topic, you wanted you blog to be about? There was never really a question about that. I had a hard time deciding whether to start vlogging or to start a blog. It took me months to decide which format would present chronic illness and Hemiplegic Migraine in the most concise way. 2. What is your favourite song at…

  • Lesson, learn, life lessons

    2018 Mid-year Review-Lessons Learned

    I think June is a great time to take an inventory of lessons I have learned in the year so far. Although cannot take credit for this revelation because I saw a post like this at ashleighwrites.co.uk. So, go ahead and give her blog post some love, HERE and come back! I liked her idea so much that I decided to do my own mid-year review. Lessons Learned: Loosing people you love is hard and grief doesn’t have a timeline. In November of 2017, my best friend died after a 3 year battle with Stage 4 Breast Cancer. I gave her the morphine to help keep her comfortable as her…

  • Food, trigger, migraine

    Eliminating Migraine Trigger Food

    Having Chronic Hemiplegic Migraine has taken a lot of things from me but none has been more frustrating than some of the food I can no longer eat. Figuring out food triggers is especially difficult because it is not easy to track. A migraine triggered by food may not happen for up to 48 hours after the food is consumed. Because of this, I made a decision to stop eating some of the major food that is known to trigger migraine. Here are a few of the foods that I have stopped eating: Hard Cheese Each variety of cheese is classified by 4 categories; Hard Cheese, Semi-hard Cheese, Semi-soft cheese…