So I’m headed into yet another surgery. I turned 40 this year and apparently it was the year for my body to throw a fit. The good news is that 41 is supposed to be awesome!
While I’m certainly not qualified to give professional advice and this may not work for everyone, I have found a couple of ways to keep my head up during my year of medical appointments and immobility.
Smile and give compliments
You’ll be amazed how good it feels to give a neighbor a compliment on their beautiful garden or cute dress. They will smile to you in response to your compliment and you’ll find yourself smiling back. So look for opportunities to say something nice to someone else. It will make the day better for both of you!
Put things in perspective
Everyone is carrying a burden of some sort. Some may be apparent, some are not. While it is perfectly okay to acknowledge whatever misery you’re in, sometimes it helps to put things in perspective. Instead of looking at others whose lives seemingly are without any problems, try to think of those people who are facing more difficult struggles than you and send them positive thoughts.
Buy yourself a pumpkin spice latte
Silly maybe. But sometimes it’s the little things that can make all the difference.
I recommend chocolate therapy too. In moderation of course….
Look forward to what’s ahead after your surgery or other difficulty you are facing
Are there any special activities you enjoy doing? Any upcoming events on the calendar? Focus on the positive things in your future and spend time imagining how much fun you’ll have.
What do you do when faced with a hardship or difficult time? How do you lift your spirits? Please share by leaving a comment!
If you've noticed the lack of blog posts this summer, thank you for noticing and stopping by here again. This summer has been kind of tough. I had all sorts of fun ideas of activities to do with the kids and camping trips with the family but instead…. I had spinal surgery. I’m glad to be on the "other side" of it. Recovery has been more difficult than I expected but I’m definitely making progress, just very slowly. And I admit I'm not a very patient person!
For someone who is pretty antsy, it has been frustrating not being able to do what I want to do. Also being a mom, I usually take care of others so it’s been humbling to need so much help with even the most basic tasks. Through this healing process I have learned a lot though and I’ve become more than aware of the many blessings in my life. Beyond having health insurance and living in a country with excellent health care, I’ve been touched by these ten blessings (not in order of importance as these were all much appreciated and important):
This probably doesn’t even cover it all but I wanted to write this post as a thank you to all of you who have helped me. Whether you brought a meal, took care of our kids, cheered me up, took time to chat with me or listened to my stories about my health which must have been boring after a while…. thank you very much!
I’m proud to say I completed all 30 days of the #tinkersketch sketchbook challenge in April! Wahoo! This challenge was just what I needed. See, as you may have read in my earlier posts, I experienced some health issues this past fall and winter that caused my busy life to come to a halt and made me reflect on what I truly need to focus on. Throughout these past few months, I have become better at saying “no" (which has been so hard for me) and committing to make two things a priority: physical therapy for my body and creating art for my mind.
I had already bought myself an attractive sketchbook when I stumbled across TinkerLab’s fabulous website and daily sketchbook challenge. This challenge provided me with daily prompts for each day of the month. I had expected that I would enjoy the process and that it would give me some ideas for creating in my new sketchbook. However, I can honestly tell you what I didn’t expect from daily art journal creating is:
I would definitely encourage you to take on a daily sketchbook challenge when the opportunity arises and be surprised with what you will learn!
Have you participated in a sketchbook challenge before? Do you practice daily art journaling? Please share about your experience, what you have learned from the process and what helps you stay committed.
So this is my first blog post on my brandnew website www.presentsoflove.com. I guess I just want to say hello and thanks for finding my site. I loved drawing as a child and have been creative off and on as an adult. With this new site, I'm hoping to highlight some of the cool products featuring my art and give you an inside peek into how the art is created.
Dealing with painful health issues these past few months, I have come to realize that while physical therapy is helping to heal my body, art is helping my mind. So, I guess you know what my New Year's resolutions are? Heal my body and create more art! Can you help me stick with it? :0)
Illustrations and nature inspired, handmade art that celebrates simple joys.