Challenge

As you know, I’ve once again gone MIA for a while, 😬 BUT I’m back and ready to answer the questions from my previous post “Baby Steps…And A Challenge.”

As this list of questions has over 200+ to answer, I’m only going to answer a few at a time.

Ready? Let’s go!


What is the funniest name you have actually heard used in the real world? Cheri Pitt

What is the sexiest name you can imagine? 

What is the least sexy name you have ever heard? Bert

What sport would be the funniest to add a mandatory amount of alcohol to? Tennis

If you could replace all of the grass in the world with something else, what would it be? Squishmallows because of all the million stuffed animals I have, I instantly fell in love with the adorableness of them, as well as the material they are made from. (Don’t worry, I didn’t bring it up to not show you)

If you had to choose one animal to help you win a fight, which animal would you choose?Cape Buffalo “if an individual (or its calf) is threatened or wounded, they become the incarnation of their nickname: Black Death.”

If you could morph two animals to make one super animal, what two animals would you choose? Why? I have always loved the story of the tortoise and the hair, still one of my favorites even now in my mid 20s. Searching for a picture to hoping to explain it better, I found this and it was too good and cute not to add 😍

What movie would be greatly improved if it was made into a musical? I think The Ghost And Mr Chicken would be hilarious as a musical; although I’m not sure it would make much sense the more I think about it 😂

If you could choose one musical artist to marry but could never listen to their music again, who would it be? I honestly am coming up blank on this question. I am addicted to music, I even used to sleep with my radio on and tuned to country music and that’s how I would get to sleep every night. But at the same time, while I love music and lyrics, I don’t really know much about certain artists and their lives outside of the music world. The music matters to me, not necessarily what goes on in their lives outside of their music; and I know how that sounds, I do. But it’s the truth. 

If your five-year-old self suddenly found themselves inhabiting your current body, what would your five-year-old self do first? Probably end up screaming bloody murder, honestly! I know what you must be thinking “She’s really lost her marbles or is avoiding the real answer for whatever reason. Here’s the thing-I’m not crazy or avoiding the question. My every day life is someone else’s worst nightmare. My pain tolerance is low, chronic pain has reaked havoc on my body for years. As a kid, my tolerance was even lower than it is now at almost 26 years old. 

What is something that everyone looks stupid doing? Biting their top lip 🤣

Have you ever sent a text message to the wrong person? Way too many times 🤦

What are three items you could buy together at the grocery store to make the cashier laugh? Lube, Summer sausage and Enima kit 😬

Have you ever caught something on fire while you were cooking? Thankfully, no.

What is something that is really popular now, but in 5 years everyone will look back on and be embarrassed by? Fidget spinners. In my opinion, there are a million other things I would try for things like anxiety or boredom before I’d use something like that but I know they are very popular for a variety of reasons. 

 

 

Baby Steps…And A Challenge

Before I even begin writing this post, I’d just like to say thanks to all of you who have been reaching out to me and who continue reading my blog, (despite the spotty postings) lifting me up through this heartbreaking time in my life. It means the world ❤️ and I ask you to please be patient with me. I know this article may seem very jumbled and way longer compared to previous posts

Hey, internet family! I know I have been MIA for the last few months (that’s putting it lightly 😬) but I’m doing my best to get back into my writing in general, as well as on here. 

I recently got an email from a long time follower, who challenged me (as well as told me that they’ve been missing my blog posts and just wanted to check in with me to make sure I’m doing okay) to start writing again, and then sent me this link to a different bloggers article that had a huge list of questions to answer.

They told me that I need to go easier on myself as I’m dealing with a whole heck of a lot right now in my personal life. (Which, I admit, is the understatement of the year 🥺) and that if, and when, I decide to start writing again, to take baby steps and not force myself into rushing back to writing just because I worry about losing traffic on here because my postings have been spotty at best lately. 

I want to pause right here to say that when I originally started blogging, my goal wasn’t to become ‘popular’ or to earn money writing.

I started blogging for a few reasons; (but I won’t get into that right now as this is already a long post 😂; but let me know if that’s something you would like to find out about)

She went on to say that it probably wouldn’t be easy to just jump back into writing, so she said maybe the first step could be just answering questions on my blog and slowly work my way back up.

I think that is a great idea! Baby steps.

While I currently have the list she sent me in the email, I thought I’d ask if any of you have a question or two in mind.

Let me know down in the comments or you can reach me HERE. Facebook is the best way to reach me as I can respond a lot faster.

I will leave this post up for a week and please feel free to ask me anything you’d like to know 😊

I’m excited to see what the responses are from all of you 😊. In a week, if I haven’t received any responses, I’ll be filling out the questions from the article I linked above. There are over 300 questions though; so I will be answering them a handful at a time.

30 Day Chronic Illness Blogging Challenge: Day 16

Day 16: What is your favorite inspirational quote?

There are many quotes I love that have helped in many situations. I’ve even begun to make my own.

Two of my favorite quotes are ‘Its funny how day by day nothing changes; but when you look back, everything has changed.” And “A semicolon is used when the author could have ended the sentence; but chose not too. The author is you and the story is your life.”

You can check out more of my quotes HERE

Open When…Its The Little Things

Before I even begin writing this, I feel the need to give a little background to why I decided to do these and what they are.

You ready?

When I was a struggling teen dealing with some pretty heavy emotional issues, the main thing that lifted my spirits was checking the mail as I got home from school to find something for me! I have kept those letters through everything life has thrown at me and you know why? Because the few cards and letters I received were exactly what I needed to get passed all of the teen issues I struggled with.

They never solved my issues completely, but to me that wasn’t what mattered to me. I knew only I could get through it and begin to move on and keep making progress and no amount of good words or cards could automatically solve all my problems at the time.

What mattered was that they were filled with encouragement, love, acceptance. I never did figure out who sent them and looking back now, it doesn’t even matter if my grandparents stuck the letters and cards in the mail to cheer me up, or if someone else wrote them and just never signed them, it helped.

When I first got diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis, Endometriosis, and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, the first thing I did after bawling because I finally had answers was wish I would find a letter in my mailbox. And, yes, I realize it may seem silly to some, but it helped me through so much, I even had a shoe box I kept the letters and cards in so I could keep them but still be able to read them whenever I wanted or needed too,

It was this experience that made me want to brighten up someone’s day, to make a difference, no matter how small, in their lives.

So I began vigorously searching Pinterest and I found the perfect thing. Open When Letters!

Sheri’s Berries wrote a post in May of 2017 with 280 Open When Letter ideas as well as Open When templates. In the article, open when letters are described as Open When letters work by giving someone a series of letters with instructions for opening at a later date or time. They can be as general as “when you miss me”, “when you’re feeling blue”, or more specific like “for your birthday” or “when you graduate college”. Ideas and themes can be as creative as you like—the more specific to the individual (including favorite jokes, movies, TV shows and other shared memories) the better.

I have done 4 different sets of open when letters since last year. 20 for my best friend, 30 for another friend, 50 for my aunt and just recently I gave my friend over 30 for Christmas.

For my sisters graduation this May 2019, I made 100 letters for her. I put them inside another box I bought as a set. That way she can have something to keep the letters in, then use the other for anything else she wants.

3 sets of the letters so far have been for those who live in the same town as me. Yes, they can mean a lot for those out of the state or country, but they can also mean the same for those right here where I live.

I took an envelope apart, traced it onto a piece of cardboard, then used the cardboard to trace it on old scrapbook paper and then cut out and assembled those as well.

The only thing I did not do completely handwritten was DIY labels for the letters that I then printed off and taped to each envelope.

These were some of the ones I did for each set.

Open When:

  1. You Get This,
  2. You Need Comfort,
  3. You Are Sick,
  4. You Want To Get High,
  5. You Need A Surprise,
  6. You Need A Laugh,
  7. You Need Some Inspirational Quotes,
  8. You Feel Like A Failure,
  9. You Are Angry,
  10. You Feel Blessed,
  11. You Feel Stuck In Life,
  12. You Are Doubting Yourself,
  13. You’re Nervous,
  14. You Need A Smile,
  15. You Feel Unappreciated,
  16. You Want To Give Up,
  17. You Need To Know You’re Loved,
  18. You Need To Believe In Yourself,
  19. You Feel Lost,
  20. You Need To Talk,
  21. You Need Something Extra,
  22. You Need A Pick Me Up,
  23. It’s Your Birthday,
  24. You Want To Hurt Yourself,
  25. You Need A Hug,
  26. You Want A Girls Pamper Date,
  27. You Are In Pain,
  28. You Are Stressed,
  29. You Want To Color,
  30. You Want To Rant.

One of the first sets I did for a family member was for my Aunt Kristy and you can see them in the photo below. The labels were harder to do for those which is why this last set was printed after I created the labels in Word.

Coming February 1st

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Christmas Eve Favorites

As a child, Christmas was my favorite time of year. Not just for the presents, but because our whole family was together for one whole day.

The next day, it was business as usual. But every Christmas eve before we’d all go to bed, we would crowd on our parents bed and listen as our mom read us a Christmas story out of a red, green and white fabric binder she made especially for Christmas Eve.

There may only be a few things I loved back then, but these memories I have are my favorite.

After opening all of our gifts on Christmas, we would sit around our fireplace and eat cookies and just enjoy being together for one whole day.

As a now 24 year old Adult, Christmas thankfully consists of sleeping in and then meeting for Breakfast and opening gifts with my in laws. No waking up at 3am to see what Santa brought.

But I remember well how we would all gather around the table for the holiday and each take candy, frosting, and graham crackers to make spectacular gingerbread houses. One of my favorite memories of my family.

This year, I’m determined to make new memories with my husband and a few close family members here. Here’s to a new year and new adventures.

Coming Soon!

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51 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Anyone Living with Chronic Illness

Quotes are powerful too. The right quote, seen at the right time, can change the direction of a person’s life. It can uplift us when we’re down and motivate us when we need a push. It can inspire us to be better, do better, and try harder.

Over the last few years, I’ve collected hundreds of inspirational quotes. But not all quotes are created equal.

Today, I give you the best of best: 51 inspirational quotes on life, chronic illness, adversity, pain, and hope.

The Quotes:

1) “She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings.” – Ariana Dancu

2) “Behind every chronic illness is just a person trying to find their way in the world. We want to find love and be loved and be happy just like you. We want to be successful and do something that matters. We’re just dealing with unwanted limitations in our hero’s journey.” – Glenn Schweitzer

3) “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip Toe if you must, but take a step.” – Naeem Callaway

4) “I fight for my health every day in ways that most people don’t understand. I’m not lazy. I’m a warrior!” – unknown

5) “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

6) “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.” – Thomas Edison

7) “You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before, and that, my love, is bravery.” – unknown

8) “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” – A. A. Milne

9) “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

10) “When the unthinkable happens, the lighthouse is hope. Once we choose hope, everything is possible.” – Christopher Reeve

11) “You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.” – Steve Case

12) “Regret for the things we have done will be tempered by time. It is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” – Sydney J. Harris

13) “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to just try one more time.” – Thomas Edison

14) “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson

15) “Normality is a paved road. It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

16) “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” – Vince Lombardi

17) “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work; you don’t give up.” – Anne Lamott

18) “You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.” – Timber Hawkeye

19) “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

20) “You are strong when you know your weaknesses. You are beautiful when you appreciate your flaws. You are wise when you learn from your mistakes.” – unknown

21) “You either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you.” – Josh Shipp

22) “The truth is we’re all a little bit broken. We must learn to love the broken pieces of ourselves – be gentle and empathetic with ourselves, and others.” – Karen Salmansohn

23) “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority.” – Mandy Hale

24) “Live to inspire, and one day people will say, because of you, I didn’t give up” – unknown

25) Hope doesn’t require a massive chain where heavy links of logic hold it together. A thin wire will do…just strong enough to get us through the night until the winds die down. – Charles R. Swindoll

26) “Nothing is more beautiful than a real smile that has struggled through tears.” – unknown

27) “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

28) “So this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” – Stephen Chbosky

29) “I often say now I don’t have any choice whether or not I have Parkinson’s, but surrounding that non-choice is a million other choices that I can make.” – Michael J. Fox

30) “If opening your eyes, or getting out of bed, or holding a spoon, or combing your hair is the daunting Mount Everest you climb today, that is okay.” – Carmen Ambrosio

31) “Resting is not laziness, it’s medicine!” – Glenn Schweitzer

32) “Don’t forget you’re human. It’s okay to have a meltdown, just don’t unpack and live there. Cry it out and then refocus on where you are headed.” – unknown

33) Some days are better, some days are worse. Look for the blessing instead of the curse. Be positive, stay strong, and get enough rest. You can’t do it all, but you can do your best. – Doe Zantamata

34) “I can’t tell you when, but I can promise you it will get better, it will get easier, and it will all be worthwhile. Just promise me you won’t ever give up.” – unknown

35) “The strongest people I’ve met have not been given an easier life. They’ve learned to create strength and happiness from dark places.” – Kristen Butler

36) “Maybe life isn’t about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it’s about collecting the scars to prove that we showed up for it.” – Hannah Brencher

37) “Please be patient with me. Sometimes when I’m quiet, it’s because I need to figure myself out. It’s not because I don’t want to talk. Sometimes there are no words for my thoughts.” – Kamla Bolaños

38) “Those you love will go through hard times. Don’t give up on them. Patience + Caring + Empathy = Love.” – unknown

39) “We are stronger in the places we have been broken.” – Ernest Hemingway

40) “Sometimes you will be in control of your illness and other times you’ll sink into despair, and that’s OK! Freak out, forgive yourself, and try again tomorrow.” – Kelly Hemingway

41) “I don’t want my pain and struggle to make me a victim. I want my battle to make me someone else’s hero.” – unknown

42) “At any given moment, you have the power to say this is not how my story is going to end.” – unknown

43) “Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” – Iain S. Thomas

44) “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill

45) “What would the hero of your life’s movie do right now? Do that!” – Joe Rogan

46) “Maybe it’s not always about trying to fix something that is broken. Maybe it’s about starting over and creating something better.” – unknown

47) “Do not believe the things you tell yourself when you’re sad and alone.” – unknown

48) “The reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have gotten.” – unknown

49) “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

50) “Never let the things you cannot do prevent you from doing the things you can. ” – Coach John Wooden

51) “If you stumble, make it part of the dance.” – unknown

My Vision

5 years ago I got my diagnosis of Interstitial Cystitis, Endometriosis, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Anxiety and Depression, the first thing I did was look for some support groups online and locally.

There were a lot of support groups online but no local support groups for any of my illnesses.

When I first decided to start my Chronic Pain Support Group about a year ago, I created it with one thing in mind.

That everyone would be welcome.

As I got more and more confidence and started thinking that I could actually pull the Support Group off and maybe even be semi good at it, I realized something. Continue reading

Chronically Inspired

I have been gathering stories and articles that mean a lot to me or just spoke to me by making me reevaluate parts of my life and my way of thinking and I am now combining then into a book. Or maybe 2 depending on how many pages this turns out to be.

Who knows, maybe it’ll and up being 5 books with a few hundred pages in each.

What’s that? That’s crazy, you say? Why would I do that to myself? That that’s maybe thousands of hours of my life I will never get back?

Ill tell you why I’m doing this. Because, to me, it matters.

Got a story or article you’d like to submit for the book? It doesn’t have to be written by you. It can just be something that spoke to you and made you think.

Contact me on any of my Social Media Sites under Karley K or email me at thespooniesanctuary@gmail.com