Feel Good Fridays

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Happy Friday. How is another week gone already?

Where does the time go?

Today I’d like to do a little something different.

Rather than share a quote for today’s Feel Good Friday, I’d like to you (yes, YOU) to share with me and the whole internet something you truly value about your life. It could be tiny. It could be monumental. But one thing, whether it be material or emotional or a character trait…anything.

One thing that makes your life better. Or unique. Or just more valuable. Or lifts up your spirits very time you see/hear/think it.

Share away in the comments below!

Feel Good Fridays

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Good morning.

Today I’d like to share some news that has developed over the past week or so.

Do you remember the missing hiker I posted about a month ago, Derek Barge?

Well, a body was discovered in the desert by a group of hikers on August 29th. It took law enforcement a few days to retrieve it due to extreme weather conditions, and the medical office nearly a week to identify. But his family received confirmation that it was, indeed, Derek.

My heart goes out to his family and friends. People whom my husband and I have spoken with multiple times over the past month, people we have walked the desert with in search of any clues, and daresay people I have grown close to.

I am grateful for having met Derek. And I am thankful to all those who searched for him, for the Sheriff’s office’s investigation, and the hikers who discovered him. Do I have questions? Oh so many. And I will never have answers to them. And that is okay.

The greatest outcome of all of this is that there is closure of a sort. And hopefully his friends and family can find peace.

I share this with you today to remind you to, please, reach out to your friends and family. Take a moment to tell them how much they mean to you. You never, ever know when they may suddenly be gone.

The San Diego Union Tribune published a beautiful article about Derek’s life, his interests, hobbies, and brilliant career.

Rest in peace, sweet boy.

Feel Good Fridays

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Welcome to September.

I hope you’re doing well. And if you’re not doing well, I hope today can at least be better than yesterday. If you need someone to talk to, I’m always here.

Remember, it is 100%, absolutely, positively okay to rest:

“Taking breaks isn’t about cheating yourself, it’s about treating yourself.”

― Curtis Tyrone Jones

Feel Good Fridays

ducklings in a sink full of water and yellow daisies
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Never forget to focus on you. Inside and out, take a moment to analyze how you feel and what you need…for you.

You matter.

Life may not be exactly where you want it to be, but hold onto what you have. And keep going!

“I used to have all of my ducks in a row. Now I’m happy to just have them in my vicinity.”

― Mommy Moo Moo

Have a beautiful weekend.

Love, Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

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Good morning.

Today’s quote is for anyone who needs these little reminders

“6 Ways To Give Your Mind A Break:

1. Stop stressing
2. Stop worrying
3. Give rest to the problems weighing you down
4. Lighten up
5. Forgive yourself
6. Forgive others”
― Germany Kent

May you find peace this weekend.

Yours, Lisa.

Feel Good Fridays

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Good morning and happy Friday. August is half-way over. Where does the time go?

Today, this is for you. If you’re in pain, if you’re hating your body, or just wanting to give up, please read on.

“Listen to me, your body is not a temple. Temples can be destroyed and desecrated. Your body is a forest – thick canopies of maple trees and sweet scented wildflowers sprouting in the underwood. You will grow back, over and over, no matter how badly you are devastated.”

~Beau Taplin

The irony of the growing back over and over on an Endometriosis blog is not lost upon me. But, please…hang on. Don’t give up. You will come back from this. Over. And over. And over. We are Warriors. And we are resilient.

I am 100% always here if you need to talk.

Love, Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

I do not feel good today. Nor have I all week.

A young man (I say young, but he’s my age) that I met on Saturday went missing late that evening. And in a very hot desert terrain. The day after his disappearance hit 112 degrees. And the following day was 110. And the official SAR efforts were called off due to the terrain and heat. It has now been 6 days since he vanished into the evening air. My statement has been given to the authorities. My husband has aided in the search last Sunday.

This weekend we will be heading back out to the area to help with the search.

Hold onto to those you cherish. Never be afraid to say I love you. Be kind to anyone you can. My heart breaks for his family.

May we find Derek alive and well elsewhere, pursuing some grand life adventure without telling anyone or having brought his possessions. Or may we find answers and closure somewhere out in my beautiful desert.

Feel Good Fridays

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Today’s quote is for you. Just for you.

“No matter how much darkness life brings, fight, because darkness can’t exist without lights. As long as we’re alive and trying, we’ll get through this hell,”

― Jessica E. Larsen

Please, never ever ever stop fighting.

Much love, Lisa.

Feel Good Fridays

woman in a long yellow gown standing against a rock arch near Lone Pine, CA
Featuring: Lisa Howard “Measured by Numbers: Foundation” Photo by Brandy Sebastian

Today is a special day. A few years ago, a wonderful Warrior, friend, and photographer started a project to raise awareness of Endometriosis and follow the journeys of several fellow Warriors.

Brandy Sebastian has a gallery showing of several of these images opening tomorrow in Escondido at The Photographer’s Eye: A Creative Collective.

Each image features a different model and each image discusses different aspects of dealing with Endometriosis.

This is my image. My word, granted to me by Brandy, is “Foundation.”

Measured by Numbers” an Endometriosis Awareness Project by Brandy Sebastian Featuring: Lisa Howard: “Foundation”

”We are all strong enough to stand up and reach for the hand of a Warrior in need.Each of us possesses the power to build greatness. We each started alone, fought the emotions, and found our strength.And we all found each other, brought together in a group, united by our circumstance.

Forged and bonded by our bodies and hearts. We accompany one another to difficult doctor’s appointments. Encourage each other through surgeries and treatments. Reach out and embrace others who are struggling. Cry together. Laugh together. Grieve together. And push on together.

What started as a quest for answers has morphed into a group, a walk, a presence – an incredible show of force. Countless Warriors, together, always.

Never alone.

Ever again.

Written by: Lisa Howard

Dress Rental Designed by & Discounted by: Alice Andrews Designs

Portion of Dress Rental cost paid for by: Lisa Howard

Photoshoot assistants: Erin Curlee & Lora Aimswill

I am honored. Humbled. And uplifted. You always make me feel stronger than I think I am.

If you wish to see the gallery in person, please visit either the opening show Saturday, July 10th, or the gallery while the exhibit is available until August 7, 2021.

If you wish to see other images from Brandy’s project, you may check out her Instagram and Facebook pages. This project is ongoing and far from finished.

Thank you, Brandy, for all that you do while you continue to endure your own Endometriosis journey. We love you.

If you feel alone with this illness, know that you are not. And if you ever need to talk, I’m right here.