Kindness — Notes From Afar

Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind. Henry James Image Source: Jenny Parry, Pinterest Cloudy eyes under folds of skin charred by a life of sun and wind by chance stopped me on the quay awaiting […]

Kindness — Notes From Afar

The Alchemist’s Dreams — Notes From Afar

I dream of Alchemy,a spell of sweet magic,cast in a sinister hell.Life a whisper of synergydrifting on failure,a mist of tearsmixed in darknessemotions of smell;Lilac and ginger,Frankincense,agarwood too.Fingertips drift on velvet feather;she in a fetal reston the back of a flying crane.We conjured an oceanwith sky colored seafoam,and undulating waves – cobalt blue.I wore my […]

The Alchemist’s Dreams — Notes From Afar

Why We Can’t “Just Let go”

Don't Lose Hope

How often do you hear someone say, “Just let it go”?

As if was easy that easy to “Just let it go”.

You don’t just snap your fingers, or make up your mind. The feelings that you have won’t just quietly lie down. The don’t just frizzle out and, no, they don’t just disappear.

And that’s why this trite phrase tends to annoy me so much.

If you try to block emotions and pretend they aren’t there, you will not solve the problem for the issue’s unaddressed. The feelings are still there – even if they’re underground.

For your feelings are designed to alert you to the fact that something isn’t right: that you’ve been wronged, or you’ve been hurt.

That matters – and it should.

And it is right to feel upset.

What to do About it?

If you can’t “Just let it go

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Til It Happens To You *Beautiful Song Brings Awareness To Sexual Assault* —

This month is Sexual Assualt Awareness Month and I think more now than ever, it’s important we talk about our trauma and help support survivors in every way we can. I’m a survivor and the pain still lingers today, although I’ve processed the trauma, the pain never goes away.  This video is for everyone to […]

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Ways Plants Can Relieve Stress and Improve Your Mental Health —

There’s no doubt about it, we’re on the verge of a mental health crisis. Although lockdown measures have been eased all over the country, critics claim that the measures put in place to get the economy back up and running are too much, too soon. However, while many debate the wisdom of reopening the economy […]

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Seeing Your Doctor? Make The Most Of Your 15 minutes —

If your only choice is seeing a General Practitioner for chronic illness, you will have to take on the additional responsibility to make sure you’re getting the best healthcare. What you can’t expect is a General Practitioner to be a one-stop-shop, they have 15 minutes per patient and treat the most common illnesses. Once your […]

Seeing Your Doctor? Make The Most Of Your 15 minutes —

Been Out Of Sorts


I have been trying for several days to write a post, but I have not been able to. I have a few reasons why things have been so challenging, and I will try to explain. One issue is I have not been sleeping well due to awful tooth pain. I know my fear of the dentist is very irrational, but I have never been able to shake this fear in all my years. After several mornings waking up at 3:00 AM in excruciating pain and it takes me a while to fall back to sleep, I finally scheduled an appointment with a dentist. My husband and I are still relatively new to where we are living and I did not know any dentists, heck, I hardly knew of any doctors besides my neurologist, but I reached out to an extremely sweet couple that has lived in the city for years…

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Motivational Monday


~Let’s Start This Week With A HUGE Smile~

Happy Monday y’all! I hope you had a nice and safe weekend. My weekend did not go exactly the way I had planned because I did want to complete a post I started about Multiple Sclerosis but honestly did not have the energy needed. I think I might have been a little overly exhausted from the week and did not want to halfway write a post, especially one so meaningful to me. What I will say is, I will finish this post early this week and will not rush through it because I want to provide you with the best information I possibly can. It is amazing how one week can take so much out of us.

I was pretty stressed about a power issue we have in our house. Last week, on Thursday, the power in our basement only stopped working…

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Fun Facts, Did You Know? —

McDonald’s once made bubblegum-flavored broccoli This interesting fact will have your taste buds crawling. Unsurprisingly, the attempt to get kids to eat healthier didn’t go over well with the child testers, who were “confused by the taste.” Find out which countries have banned McDonald’s. The first oranges weren’t orange The original oranges from Southeast Asia were […]

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Let It Go Friday


~Congratulations! It Is Finally Friday~

Happy Friday y’all! How was your week? I hope you had a great week and you are looking forward to the weekend! I am so happy the weekend is finally here and I have two days of not waking up early and then staring at a computer screen for eight LONG hours! I sometimes think that the computer ends up causing some nasty headaches or maybe it is “some” of the people I have to deal with. You will not be surprised that I do not have any plans for the weekend. I even already did my grocery store delivery, so I do not have to do that. I know I told you the other day that there were a few more posts I wanted to do about Multiple Sclerosis, which I hope to complete this weekend!

Now that the weekend is almost here and…

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Have a Great Arpil Fools Day —

Photo by fotografierende on Do you know where April’s Fool’s day started? One Theory: On April 1, 1700, English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other. Although the day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins […]

Have a Great Arpil Fools Day —

Beat The Heat


As y’all already know March was Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. Even though March is almost over, MS for me and everyone else living with this illness will continue to battle with the challenges that come along with it. With that being said, I do want to share a few additional posts to further explain the struggles that Multiple Sclerosis creates.

One thing common with those with Multiple Sclerosis is heat intolerance. Simply taking a hot shower, spending too much time in the sun, or possibly making a hot meal because the stove and oven can make the kitchen extremely hot. The reason people with MS are sensitive to heat and temperature changes is that MS causes nerves to lose their conductive coating, which is referred to as a myelin-sheath.

Heat issues may cause a person with MS to have an escalation of symptoms such as dizziness and/or increased heart rate…

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Trust me on This

Don't Lose Hope

So much of life is a huge unknown.

Where should I live? What career should I follow?

What will life look like if I do this or that?

Should I have a child? Would I be a bad mom?

Should I live on my own?

Should I marry this man?

Should I stay in this marriage? Is it really worth the risk?

Can I trust him again? Can I trust anyone?  

These are all huge unknowns. Time and chance place a role.

And that’s why we are scared.

It’s beyond our control.

But there’s still cause for hope in the deep of the night

When the darkness descends, and you’re starting to sweat.

You’ve gone through things before.

Things that didn’t work out.

Yes, it’s awful. It’s hard.

Yet you made it. You’re still here.

You don’t hold all the cards.

You don’t know what might change.

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Curiosity Is Exciting


~Ways Curiosity Can Enhance Our Well-Being~

How many times have you heard the saying “Curiosity killed the Cat?” Of course, the levels of uncertainty can be high, but we should hold onto the thoughts of scrutinizing. This is something that could hold many benefits and gratifications. Our curiosity may include an opportunity to reveal great new information, but also taking a journey into the obscure territory. The unknown can create a momentarily feeling of apprehension and discomfort, but the risks may be outweighed by the benefits. Giving in to your curiosity could help you gain a chance to expand your horizons and the fulfillment that comes along with personal growth. Challenging yourself to search for new experiences and different outlooks provides deeper insights about yourself and the world.

What exactly does “curiosity” mean? Curiosity means having a strong desire to know or learn something new. Entering the area…

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9 things you can do to make working from home more joyful —

This one of my favorite Ted Talks from the archives. Enjoy. Photo by Guilherme Almeida on IDEAS.TED.COM Apr 15, 2020 / Ingrid Fetell Lee Some people love working from home, and they can’t imagine anything better than a day with their laptop clad in pajama pants. Others miss the structure and the casual chats with coworkers that […]

9 things you can do to make working from home more joyful —

Multiple Sclerosis Triggers and Ways To Avoid Them


Multiple Sclerosis can be a challenging illness to live with, but there are often ways to manage the difficulties. Many things can trigger symptoms, but there are also ways to avoid many of these triggers. It takes time to understand what exactly triggers your symptoms and then to discover the best way to avoid them. Just like each person experiences MS differently, each person will have different triggers and ways to combat those triggers. Of course, please remember that I am not a doctor or medical professional, I am just another person living with MS, and have researched the topic. Today, I am going to share 10 triggers and ways to avoid these triggers.

1. Stress: We all experience stress in our life but having a chronic condition like Multiple Sclerosis can create an entirely new source of stress. Other types of stress can be a result of work, personal…

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What Is Depression? — Guest Blogger Live Your True North

Depression is as prevalent as the common cold. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates that 264 million people around the world live with depression. Most people experience sadness, loneliness, or fear. These feelings are a normal part of life. However, depression involves clinical levels of low mood that impacts a persona’s ability to […]

What Is Depression? — Live Your True North

Time for a Change

Don't Lose Hope

When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment it’s growing in, not the flower.”

Think about that for a moment.

What do you need to really blossom in life?

To be the best “you” you were made to be?

Who, or what, is stopping you from being your true self?

What is causing you to shrivel, or is hampering your growth?

What has happened in the past – that has left you with deep scars?

What secrets have you buried? Are there wounds that are still bleeding?

Who wants you to stay stuck, or who needs you to stay stuck?

Who wants you to believe that you are average? Not enough?

What environment would help to you to be free to be yourself?

Would help to bring the best out? Help you live a fuller life?

A life where you are happy, where you’re free and…

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