Feel Good Fridays

Another week is over. July is over! How was your month? How are you feeling?

I’ve had a long, busy, difficult week. It’s my first week back at the office since the Covid-19 lockdown. And it’s been long hours with client interviews. I know that so many of us have been so so very much.

Today’s quote may be a reflection of what you and I have been through in our own individual life experiences:

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” ― Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

Whatever pain it is that may be “encased” in a protective film of defense or protection, may we each strive to slowly peel it free and cope. If you ever need someone to talk to, I’m always here.

We are strong. We are capable. And whatever it is we may be going through, we will endure.

Much love to you today.

Feel Good Fridays

Good morning, Readers! Welcome to another Friday. ALREADY!

A good friend of mine mentioned yesterday that she bought that hardening chocolate ice cream syrup to treat herself. She realized she needed to be nicer to herself. And treating herself was okay.

Today’s quote is sort of my 2020 New Year’s Resolution. And brought home moreso by my friend’s story yesterday.

“Talk to yourself like a cherished friend. Treat yourself with love and care. You are perfect, just as you are.”― Amy Leigh Mercree, The Compassion Revolution: 30 Days of Living from the Heart

Love yourself. Know that you’re worth it. Try to avoid self-deprecating thoughts and talk. Treat yourself well.

I decided earlier this year that I was going to invest in my health. Try to stop buying little things and fancy baubles and clothes and toys and books. And start buying things that may help me and my health.

  • I’ve invested in a veggie spiralizer and have enjoyed sweet potato and zucchini noodles.
  • I hired a personal trainer after my surgery restrictions lifted and “see” her once a week. C-19 has put us into virtual mode. The rest of the week I use her hybrid program and smartphone app.
  • I’ve learned to propagate my succulents and am filling my life with beautiful, happy li’l plants.
  • I go to acupuncture twice a month.
  • I finally purchased and take supplements/vitamins better targeted for my body, including DIM SGS, n-acetylcysteine, a great probiotic, an organic women’s multivitamin, calcium, iodine, curcumin, additional Vitamin D3, and fiber. I even purchased the Chinese herb tincture at my last acupuncture appointment to try to level out some menstrual-phase issues I’m having.
  • I bought a Tushy poop stool.
  • I purchased and am reading Stamped From the Beginning to better understand the history and ideals of racism.
  • After years of paying day-use fees, I finally purchased a membership to my favorite clothing optional resort.
  • I signed up for Sacral Space’s 6-week pelvic floor reset program.
  • And I most recently acquired a personal at-home blood pressure monitor.

And it’s been wonderful. Now, the second any of these treats-to-myself become a financial difficulty or burden, I will stop. But for now? It’s been great. I really have enjoyed treating myself. Especially to something that may help me greater in the long-run.

Whether it be chocolate syrup, a good book, a piece of nostalgia, renting a movie, or WHATEVER – what’s your favorite thing to treat yourself? Share in the comments below! 🙂

And have a beautiful weekend. You’re worth it. All of it.

Love, Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

Good morning, Readers.

I’m so sorry I missed last Friday!

I’ve been under a lot of stress recently, as I’m sure so many of us have. Yesterday was my breaking point of tears and I was left physically exhausted.

The Great Flood of May 2020 may soon be repaired. The insurance adjuster approved the contractor’s estimate, the check is in th mail, and the contract has been signed. Long conversations, lots of questions, and uncertainty for months finally closed.

Our front patio needs to be redone or the park manager will fine us. So, my husband has taken over that endeavor.

Our cats were shaved yesterday due to matting. A long one-hour process of hissing and howling. Emotionally exhausting right there.

I broke down. Wiped out. And I’m still dealing with shifty-poo pain and glass-guts whenever I poo, which leads to that li’l bug at the back of my brain telling me that the bowel resection may still need to occur.

Stress. Uncertainty. So many of us harbor so much of it.

So, today’s quote is something I really need to take to heart, repeat over and over, and hold onto:

“If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good.” ~Shantideva

May we all remember to breathe and let go.

Mwah!! ~Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

Savage Race participants help other racers make it to the top of the Colossus during the Georgia Spring 2015 Savage Race in Dallas, Ga., April 18, 2015. The Colossus was a giant 43-foot wall and one of the hardest obstacles in the course. Adding to the difficulty of it being one of the final obstacles, runners had to sprint up the barrier after they’d already sledged through more than four miles in the mud, before grabbing a rope. They would then pull themselves up to the top of the fortification. The Savage Race is an Air Force Reserve sponsored obstacle course that challenges participants in more than 20 different trials over the course of five miles. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Daniel Phelps)

Hello Readers and Friends!

How is it Friday again? So quickly? How has your week been? Your month? Your year? Do share in the comments below!

It’s been a whirlwind week for me. I started my period. It was intense for the first two days. Not uterine cramping; no that was nearly non-existent.

Instead, I had the intense, oh-so-familiar pain on the left side of my lower abdomen, the hot poker, the rebar shoved straight through my body. Intense (and I mean a 9 out of 10 intense) pain. The ol’ familiar pre-surgery pain. The kind of pain where I needed to pop half a Tramadol, and another the next day. *sigh*

For all I know, I’m still healing from surgery. But the darker side of me fears it’s the deep-infiltrating Endometriosis that remains on my sigmoid colon. And it’s put me into a funk. Lots of sadness, loathing, fear, hopelessness.

So I leaned on my support group. I’m the Admin. The founder. The creator of the group. And still it feels wonderful to be able to be so open and vulnerable to those whom I love and share these struggles with. I never feel judged or pitied or anything less than loved. And I’m grateful. Their words of support and encouragement pulled me a smidge out of my funk. Gave me something to hang onto while I was drowning in a sea of self-pity and mourning.

So, today’s quote is inspired by the endless struggle many of us share. And struggles that you have I may not be aware of. It’s not all about Endometriosis:

“Facing it, always facing it, that’s the way to get through. Face it.”

― Conrad Joseph

May we all have the courage to continue to push on. Forge ahead. FACE IT. Head on. And fueled with whatever drive we need. And we face it, together.

Much love to you,

Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

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Another week has flown by.

I now have four friends who have tested positive for Covid-19.

One has had a hell of a time with it. She’s been to the ER several times, but luckily escaped being ventilated. It’s been 72 days since her positive test, and she was just in the ER again a few days ago with severe respiratory problems. It’s not been an easy experience for her.

Another two had an easier go with it, hardly any discomfort during the 23 days they had it. And they’re now free and clear.

Another friend just received her positive test results this morning. I can’t imagine her fear and questions.

In the beginning of this whole Covid thing, I admit I thought it was just the flu. That mentality didn’t last long at all as I watched the numbers skyrocket beyond the flu, the deaths stack up, and the ages of the infected spread far from “only the elderly” range. I hoped that if my friends and loved ones were infected, that none would succumb to it. I know the fatality rate is extremely low versus the recovery rate, but it’s still there. In San Diego County as of this morning, there have been 10,092 positive cases; 7,162 recoveries; and 331 deaths. Death is still a possibility, regardless of how slim.

I’m glad for the lockdown. Pleased for the mandated mask order in California. I miss working. I miss my friends. I feel like a mooch on EDD and Federal Aid. I miss hugs and touch. And not wondering “when was this table or chair last disinfected” when we go to a restaurant (I still insist on sitting at an outdoor patio well distanced from others).

I understand not everyone shares my view. And that’s okay.

I have several people I hold dear who won’t wear a mask, and that’s their choice. I can do nothing more than ask that they do. Do I love them less? Not at all. It’s their choice.

But me? I have a chronic illness that may (or may not) be caused due to a lesser-than-optimal immune system. As do countless others in our Endometriosis support group. We may be more susceptible to the virus.

I wear my mask for them. For the elderly at the grocery store. For that child over there. For friends and family who have asthma. For anyone who may be more susceptible to the harder effects of Covid due to underlying medical conditions that I may not be aware of.

I wear a mask to help keep others safe. And I wish everyone would do the same to keep me and others safe.

I miss my friends. My family. Human touch. But this is worth it to me.

Through all of this social isolation, we have had each other. Which leads me to today’s quote:

“Social distancing is staying away from people, not from your purpose.” ~Amit Kalantri

Hang in there guys. This, too, shall pass.

Love, Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

Happy Friday! I hope you’re doing well. Physically and mentally.

Today’s quote is about knowing your own body, your limits, your aches and pains, your abilities and disabilities. And honoring all of it.

Don’t do more than you’re capable. Take as many breaks as you need. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to say “no” to an invitation or task if it’s too much.

“Those who connect more frequently with their needs and are in constant conversation with their own beings, they can establish a parameter of what kind of workout and effort must be applied, of what amount of energy disposed and to be utilized, it will serve many times as a thermometer for those who listen to their bodies needs and feel what the internal thermostat is saying.” ~Ana Claudia Antunes

Always know and honor your body, inside and out.

And be well. Much love to you.

Feel Good Fridays

How have all of you been dealing and coping and managing with the state of our world?

I hope that you are all safe and well.  My heart breaks for it all: the brutality, the death, the riots, the years of abuse.

My heart warms when protests remain peaceful and spread awareness, education, and understanding.

Policies are beginning to change in various cities and states. It’s too little too late, but I am glad that change is happening.

May we all continue to live, learn, and grow together

So, today’s quote:

“I am not a skin color. I contain all of humanity in my heart and my mind, my flesh, my blood and my bones, and I am proud of that fact. You should be, too.” ~ Laurence Overmire

Love and support one another. Regardless of the tone of flesh.

Love, Lisa.

Feel Good Friends

Good morning!

Notice the “typo” in today’s title? Well, I absolutely meant to type Feel Good Fridays, but instead I typed Feel Good Friends. And I’ll let it stick based on today’s quote!

I’ve been in isolation and lockdown, like many of you, since the middle of March. And since then, I’ve been going through a lot of pain associated with my illness. And my surgery is coming up next week!

Along with the “woe is me” that comes with constant pain, I miss the personal connection: the hugs, the tears, the laughter, the touch of my loved ones.

I’ve never been a fan of digital over analog. I have a film camera (although I do miss my digital camera at times), I enjoy books over e-books, and I do write in a journal from time to time. But in this strange time, I’m reaching out to reach out.

I’ve tried Zoom (ugh, I despise it).

Facebook video chat is nice for walks with my best friend.

Marco Polo is a very fun way for me to stay connected; a sort of video walky-talky.

Videogaming remotely with my soon-to-be-six-year-old nephew.

Phone calls are occurring more and more.

Text and email and Facebook are also a great way to stay connected.

I don’t know how I’d cope during this time if it weren’t for the physical touch, hugs, and kisses of my husband when he comes home from work each day. And for the friends and family who I’ve been able to stay in “close” contact with via the aforementioned means. Thank you, you guys!

Which brings me to today’s quote (sing it with me):

“…Said I’m gonna get by with my friends, yeah (Ah, with a little help from my friends)

Oh, yes I’m gonna keep trying, now (Ah, with a little help from my friends)

Keep on trying with my friends (Ah, with a little help from my friends)

Oh, I’m never gonna stop there, oh (Ah, with a little help from my friends)

I’m gonna keep on trying, yeah yeah (Ah, with a little help from my friends)…”

Songwriters: John Lennon / Paul McCartney; With a little help from my friends

Hang in there, guys. We’ll get through this.

Together.

And if this loneliness is too much for you, please email me at lisa@bloominuterus.com. I’m here for you.

Feel Good Fridays

Hi Readers and friends!

I wanted to take a moment to tell you that although times are uncertain and stressful right now, please remember to take care of yourself in all ways possible. And please be kind and courteous to others.

This too shall pass.

Much love. Lisa