Feel Good Fridays

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Good morning, Readers and Friends.

Today’s quote is just a quick reminder to yourselves. And I’m pretty sure I’ve used it in the past, but I feel I need to say it again today.

It’s one my cousin, Aaron, whispers to me every time we get to hug:

“You be good to you.” ~Aaron

Please, remember, be kind to yourself. Be patient. Be understanding. Allow yourself those dark moments if you need them. Have an ugly cry in the shower. Or a good laugh. Whatever it may be: treat yourself with the respect and love you deserve.

Much love to you,

Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

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I’m several hours late in doing this one today, eh? Ha!

It’s been a very busy week for me, indeed. I hope that your week has been well. And if it hasn’t, I hope you know that you have the strength and support to keep going!

I know I’ve shared this quote in the past, but it strikes strong today:

“A fine glass vase goes from treasure to trash, the moment it is broken. Fortunately, something else happens to you and me. Pick up your pieces. Then, help me gather mine.”

― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

May you find peace. Be well. Have a good, ugly cry. And reach out to loved ones for help. I’m always here if you need me.

Yours,

Lisa

Feel Good Fridays!

I realize I missed out on last week’s post! My apologies!

Today, though, today marks seven years of the Bloomin’ Uterus blog. Seven years of research, answering questions, asking questions, sharing stories, and my favorite: Feel Good Fridays.

I know I don’t blog as much as I used to, and I severely miss it. Time is a precious commodity, and I hope to have more over the next 365 days.

Today’s quote? It’s for you:

“Self-care has become a new priority – the revelation that it’s perfectly permissible to listen to your body and do what it needs.”
― Frances Ryan

Whatever you are going through today, please, remember to take a moment (or two, or the entire day) to listen to your body and soul and do what needs to be done to take care of YOU.

Rest.

Be at peace.

Cry.

Laugh.

Whatever it is you need. Find some time to do it today. And tomorrow. And the next.

Much love to you,

Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

This week marked the one-year anniversary since my last Endo excision surgery and bowel resection.

It brought up a lot of “Feels”.

Anger at my body.

Gratitude toward my surgeons.

A sense of pride for pulling through.

Sadness for all of the other Warriors dealing with the same damned disease.

Love for my friends, family, and readers who have offered their continual support along this Journey.

Speaking of family, today’s quote is for my Mum:

“Sometimes I really can’t express how much I feel, but I can tell for a fact that some past years have been a victorious rollercoaster ride with God in it. Some days colourful, some days black and white, some days faith bigger than a mustard seed, other days I’m filled with blind doubt about what tomorrow holds. But in all of this, I’m beautifully me and constantly running the race through the father’s grace”
― Temitayo Olami

Because I love her. And want to remind her she is not alone. Ever.

Keep runnin’ Mom. I’m right here next to ya. Just like you always are for me.

Feel Good Fridays

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Friday!

Already?

Is it just me or is time flying by?

Do you have any regrets this week? Something you weren’t able to do? Something you said? Or didn’t say?

“We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

I love this quote. It reminds me that it’s okay to have made mistakes in the past, to have struggled (or continue to struggle), and to always forge ahead.

I hope that you are all doing well.

Much love,

Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

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It’s raining outside. I love it. It smells fresh. And my plants are getting some water without me having to do it. Haha.

I’ve had a full week of medical appointments and I am utterly exhausted. So, I’m loving the weather right now. Just sort of want to sit back, sip on some tea, snuggle under a blanket, and relax.

But, I’m at work.

That’s okay, though. I can still imagine I’m under the covers with a steaming mug o’tea.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

― Vivian Greene

Whatever you may be going through, may you find a way beyond.

Big hugs to each of you.

Love, Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

Good morning! I had a sleep study last night, hence the *gigantic* cup of coffee this morning.

Let’s do this!

I’m running on fumes today, but ya can’t wipe this smile off my face!

“Be a positive energy trampoline – absorb what you need and rebound more back.” — Dave Carolan

Have a wonderful weekend. Anything fun planned?

Love, Lisa

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.