Feel Good Fridays

Message in a bottle
Message in a Bottle Sea” by Antonios Ntoumas

Happy Friday! The end of the week (another one?!)! I hope that you’re all able to have a wonderful and fulfilling weekend.

My husband and I have been attending twice-a-week yoga classes through a local community college, and it’s been great. This past Tuesday, we did our first guided meditation in the class: find yourself in your favorite natural setting. Of course, I was in the mountains, propped on a log sitting in front of a campfire at dusk. Then our instructor threw in a body of water nearby, so I walked toward a lake. Laying on the shores was a bottle with a message inside. I popped open the bottle, pulled out the message, and unfurled it.

It was a message to me, from me.

And it was four words, written in incredible, beautiful calligraphy (which I don’t do, by the way):

“Everything will be okay.”

I took a moment to soak that in, then opened my eyes in the darkened classroom and just let the words wash over me. Everything: finances, my Endo, the colon polyp biopsy, next year’s possible surgery. Everything. Everything will be okay.

It was weird: crying silently in a blackened room with six other people laying down nearby on their respective yoga mats, oblivious to what was going on in my head. I can’t even explain the relief that flooded over my being. I wiped my tears, took a few deep breaths, and closed my eyes.

And that mantra has been something I’ve now whispered to myself every day since.

May it work it’s way into your thoughts today, too.

Much love, Lisa.

Feel Good Fridays!

Welcome to November 1st. There’s only 61 days left in 2019. And I feel like this year has just flown by.

I struggled to find a quote today. Everything I read fell flat in my heart. So, I reached to my co-worker, Shaldon, and asked if he had a favorite inspiring quote. He had shared this one on his Facebook page today…and I loved it…and I borrowed it for our blog.

No, it’s not Shaldon’s sloppy seconds. It’s sharing! And sharing means caring!

Damned if I do, damned if I don't...so damnit I will!

This one goes out to those EndoWarriors who need a cheat day and crave that bite of chocolate ice cream, or that cup o’joe with whipped cream, or those nightshades, or how about some cheeeeeese.

It’s okay to allow yourself a moment of happiness. Some may call it weakness, but I call it happiness. Don’t let the “Endo Diet” dictate your every day. But, do understand, that it may cause you some pain or symptoms to worsen.

Many of us don’t feel any difference following strict meal plans. Follow your heart. Your gut. Your instincts. And listen to your body.

But don’t be afraid to cheat every once in a while.

But the same goes for self-care. DO find time for yourself, to breathe, to meditate, to reflect, to honor your body, to say “no”, to embrace the need to sit back and do nothing but hold your heating pad and cry.

Do whatever you need to do. At this moment. Right now.

I wish I could end our suffering.

Love, Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

Screenshot of Facebook memories from October 18, 2010: is grateful for the strength of friends

Good morning! And I hope it is a good morning for you. Well, it’s Friday! Another week has fled. Time flies far too fast. October is more than halfway over.

Today’s quote is brought to you by Facebook Memories and is pictured above.

Nine years ago, I was going through a very rough time. The exact details? Oh, I don’t recall, but it was likely heartache-related. The posts around that same time were filled with self-doubt and judgment. And even today, I am still oh so grateful for the strength of friends. Sometimes you just can’t go it alone.

But whatever you are going through, you aren’t alone. Friends, loved ones, family, and extended family: we are all here for you. Whatever your need may be.

Have a BEAUTIFUL weekend! And, remember, if you ever need me I’m right here for you.

Feel Good Fridays!

Text reads The Sun will come up, the seasons will change

So, here we are at another Friday.

I haven’t written a new blog piece in so long that I feel like a slacker. I’ve got many, many, many drafts going, research looming, events to plan, and life to live – but I promise a new one will be coming soon.

I didn’t realize how much it was bothering me until I read today’s quote, which hit me like a punch in the gut.

“You can do this, and if you can’t do it today, you’ll do it tomorrow. You are not a failure.”
― Alisha Rai, Wrong to Need You

Whatever…and I mean WHATEVER…it is that is dragging you down because you haven’t (or can’t) do it yet, embrace the thought that there will come a time that you will be able to. Whatever it is. Don’t let it be a personal reflection of who you are. hang in there. Stand strong. You aren’t a failure. Your body isn’t a failure. Your life isn’t a failure. Persevere.

And please, always remember, to set aside some time to focus on your own well-being, whether it be mental or physical. Even if it’s just 5-10 minutes of “Me” time. Do it.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. And remember just how wonderful and special you truly are.

Love, Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

A clock about to strike midnight

If we only had a bit more kindness in the world, could you imagine how we would be?

I stumbled across this quote today and immediately fell in love. Although not in line with my usual Feel Good Friday’s quotes, I wanted to share it with you guys:

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.” ~Og Mandino

I absolutely would LOVE to see what the world would become if we could all just do this.

I hope you have a great weekend. And I hope you’re doing well.

Love, Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

Sign that reads "Keep Going"

The last Friday of September. Already. Do you have any fun plans for October??

Today’s quote is inspired by one of my local EndoWarriors, Heidi. She’s had a rough past few months, but has taken charge and is advocating for answers, has pushed for multiple doctor’s appointments with numerous specialists, and is literally charging through the muck that’s trying to hold her down.

It’s not all been strength and positivity (how can it be??), but yet she continues to embrace those around her, ask for help, and push on.

She’s a god-damn inspiration.

“Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.” ~Unknown

I’m so proud of her, and grateful to have her in my life.

May we all be inspired to continue to smash forward, crush those doubts and fears, and realize we’re not alone in whatever we may be going through.

Have a wonderful weekend. Much love, Lisa.

Feel Good Fridays

Sprout plant growing through asphalt
Photo by Skeeze

Another week has flown by. And here we are: Friday.

My favorite t-shirt from several years ago read, “Be the reason someone smiles today.” I mourn the loss of that shirt – I wore it ’til it just couldn’t be worn anymore. But it’s been on my mind lately, which has inspired today’s quote:

“Believe me. Your hardship, tears and sorrows you are facing now are the training of your spirit. The strength you learn from there brings you more love and smiles in your future. Wherever you are, love all the people around you like your family. then you are not alone anymore.”
― Hiroko Sakai

Whatever you may be enduring, know that it is not everlasting. And know that you are not alone. Reach out to friends, family, strangers, loved ones, people you trust, or even a complete stranger. It will fade. And you will find the strength to smile.

And if you would like, email me. I’m always here for you.

Love, Lisa

Blogs I Updated This Week:

Endometriosis & the Heart: added a 2019 study of a 28-year-old woman who complained of chest pains and collapsed. Turns out she had Endometriosis along her pericardial lining.

Feel Good Fridays!

Bloomin' Uterus logo

Happy Friday. September is already half-way over. Already!

This week has been full of ups and downs:
I came down with a case of what I suspect is bronchitis, followed by laryngitis.
I had a follow-up appointment with my surgeon to discuss my ultrasound results.
I’m not sleeping well due to said bronchitis and accompanying coughing fits.
I’ve discovered the healing power of humidifiers!
And tomorrow a few of us Bloomin’ Uterus gals are getting together at a winery to honor our shared surgeon and his office staff.

A busy week indeed. I’m so looking forward to tomorrow. I don’t know if I’ll be able to speak, but I cannot wait to celebrate and honor San Diego Women’s Health and Dr. Kurtulus.

But for today? Today’s quote goes out to all you chronic-illness warriors (whatever it may be):

“Pain diminishes us, and it is so important to remember, in the midst of pain and everything that pain takes from you, that still … you are enough. You are enough just as you are. You are worthy of love and kindness. You are enough. And you have enough.”
― Steve Leder, More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us

Never forget that you will endure, you will flourish, and you are still beautiful.

Much love to you. Have a wonderful weekend and I hope to be able to blog very soon.

Love, Lisa

Feel Good Fridays

Help Wanted sign in window

Happy Friday!

Today’s quote is straight out of the Quotationary book my Mum gave me a few years ago 🙂

“We are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is.” ~Mark Vonnegut

Seriously…just help one another. In anything and everything. Expect no compensation or glory. If there’s a need you can fill, fill it. No matter how small.

It may even be as simple as passing on a smile or listening. Or as secretive as an anonymous gift during a time of need. Or even driving a friend to a doctor’s appointment.

Just be there. And if you need help, reach out.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Love, Lisa