I sort of have an obsession with the commercial about the camel happy about it being Wednesday. Mostly because of the line, “Mike. Mike, Mike, Mike, guess what day it is? Hump Daaaay!” My husband’s name is Michael (Mike) so I say it to him almost every Wednesday without fail.
Today, he beat me to it by emailing me this:
This past Saturday, me and a good friend participated in THE COLOR RUN!!
It was one of the most fun things that I have ever done! We did a mix of jogging and fast walking and a couple twirls through the color stations We actually made decent time on this 5k even though it was mostly done to make being healthy fun!
I will definitely do it again next year! Hopefully we can get together a bigger team – maybe my husband and daughter will participate too.
I did manage to get most of the color off me in just one shower by washing with dish soap (even my hair). Though I still have a bit of purple in my right armpit that doesn’t want to go away!!
It was interesting going out the next day and seeing people with the “HAPPY” and “The Color Run” temporary tattoos still on their bodies. I sort of wished I’d had mine to wear around like a badge of camraderie, but the dish soap removed those too
If you haven’t participated in one of these events, you need to!! Go to www.thecolorrun.com and look at all the citied they’re coming to. But register quick, because they sell out fast!!
credit: Let’s Raise Awareness About Fibromyalgia Facebook Page
May 12th is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Just like breast cancer awareness turns social media pink during October, fibromyalgia awareness groups are encouraging us to turn Facebook purple for the month of May!
This is important to me because I have fibromyalgia and it is a daily struggle. For an explanation of the condition, see this post.
Why do we need to spread awareness? Because there are many people who do not understand this condition; worse there are people who think it is made up and all in our heads. We just want your support. We want your compassion and understanding. More than anything we need you to understand what is expressed in the graphic above; that we do not want to be this way. If we had any choice in it we would be all better and would no longer feel the pain, fatigue, cognitive disruption, and sleep problems that we deal with every single day.
If you would, please do your part to spread awareness.
- Pain Tolerance & Fibromyalgia (moniquesfibrocommunity.wordpress.com)
- Fibromyalgia and Sleep (plushbeds.com)
- #stronger (livingwithfibroblog.com)
I have a public speaking class this semester and the class recently presented informative speeches. I’ll admit that I procrastinated writing my outline but I couldn’t decide what topic to speak on! This is the third public speaking class that I have taken throughout high school and college and I’ve always done what felt like serious subjects and this time I really just wanted to do something light and fluffy. I was trying to decide which of two things I like to use as my topic: Cirque du Soleil and rollercoasters.
Before I knew it I looked at my calendar and realized my outline was due the next day! Crap! So I settled on talking about my favorite rollercoasters but it felt empty. I don’t know if that makes sense, but that’s the best way I can think to describe it. Last minute I switched it up and chose to speak on Mindfulness, specifically what I felt to be 3 of the top benefits: stress relief, compassion, and less interpersonal conflict.
I knew my subject well and felt that I presented the speech well. In fact I now know I did well since I received an ‘A’ (Yay!). But the immediate response stripped my confidence. First this guy let out a loud snore which he tried to make into a compliment by saying my voice was rhythmic and soothing and made him want to fall asleep (I think that was a compliment at least). But then this same guy followed that by telling the professor he had been in a mindfulness workshop at the Veteran’s Center once and thought the whole thing was “…a load of new age crap like that Scientology stuff”. No one else in the class had any comments to make and I think it stung the most because he kept going on with his opinion and I never seemed to get the opportunity to correct the misconceptions he was saying were fact.
Because here is the issue with his opinion on Mindfulness – It was based on limited knowledge of the subject. He had attended one workshop. I also know that the way Mindfulness is taught in these workshops and even the way it is taught in some therapies is not full Mindfulness. They teach you some Mindfulness meditations to use for a certain purpose like to lower anxiety or decrease anger – They teach it to you like it is a tool to just pull out of your back pocket when you need it. But Mindfulness isn’t supposed to be used like that, it is meant to be a way of life and a change in the way you think. Sure it’s nice to have that tool ready to calm you down but what if you were able to change your thinking so that you were less likely to even begin to feel anxiety or anger? That I feel is the difference.
I wasn’t really upset with this guy in my class. I felt him running off at the mouth the way he did a little rude, but I wasn’t mad at him. I was, and still am, a little irritated with myself that I didn’t choose a different focus for my topic. I had thought that presenting some awesome benefits would make people want to find out more about it. Instead I want to kick myself now for not just giving my speech on the true message and idea of Mindfulness.
The point was to get a good grade and I did that. But I am still disappointed that my message seems to not have been understood by my audience. I’m hoping that at least one person in that class understood me and maybe even looked into it more, even if they didn’t speak out. That’s all I can do – Put the message out there and hope open minds will receive it.
I almost started writing a post about what’s been going on with me since the start of this semester. The business and mostly all the changes that seem to have happened all at once this month.
But something more important came to mind. Something I’ve wanted to share with someone very important to me but I think is a message that others need to hear.
Sometimes life gets you down. I’m not talking about it in a cliché way either. I’m talking about when life tries to beat you up. Throws you down, runs you over, backs up, and crushes you all over again. Even the most optimistic optimist is going to struggle. One thing after another weighs on you, hurts you, makes you sad, leaves you feeling alone and pulled under the tide.
Nothing I can say is going to snap you out of that. There is no snapping, it’s gonna be a process.
Nevertheless, I kept seeing this “anonymous” quote and thinking “I need to share this with my friend, because it seems symbolic of her struggle”.
And here it is:
Thank you Google Search for this pretty image.
*insert a bazillion cheesy sayings about a light at the end of the tunnel* I think this one is the best at conveying this message – One day you will wake up and find yourself to be a butterfly and those caterpillar days far behind you!