We are LiveKen

Here at LiveKen we’re passionate about helping others live simple, sustainable and meaningful lives. As we embark on our own journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life, we share our insight and stories to help raise awareness, inspire and empower others to make similar changes with and without chronic illness. We work closely with local Councils, businesses and community groups to help support change in the wider community and encourage people to live a life that is meaningful to them by increasing understanding and empowering community action. We have over 10 years of experience working with businesses and local communities to create changes towards more sustainable actions, and have personal experience with living with invisible chronic illnesses which allows us to advocate for those with these conditions.

Our Services

We're here to help local government, businesses, community groups and individuals create a simple, sustainable and meaningful life.

Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang

Raising awareness of invisible illnesses. The Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang picture book is a useful tool for explaining invisible illness symptoms such as pain and fatigue.

Our Blog

We share stories about living simple, sustainable and meaningful lives, with and without chronic illness.

Our Values

We work and live by our values with a strong focus on community engagement, sustainability, and being open and honest.

Our Blog

Living a simple, sustainable and meaningful life.

CIB Holiday Giveaway

CIB Holiday Giveaway: It’s almost Christmas again!

The CIB Holiday Giveaway will run from Nov. 23 – Dec 3, 2016. This giveaway is sponsored by Chronic Illness Bloggers. Prizes have been donated by the following: Alisha Nurse – https://theinvisiblef.com/ Aromafloria – http://www.aromafloria.com BackPainBlogUK – https://backpainbloguk.wordpress.com/ Bridgwater Crafts – http://www.bridgwatercrafts.com/ BeingFibroMom – http://www.beingfibromom.com Broken Teepee – http://brokenteepee.com/ Chronically Content – http://www.chronicallycontent.com Chronic Mom […]

22 Nov 16 Megan
Top 3 worst symptoms

My Top 3 Worst Symptoms (and how I cope with them)

I’ve joined a fantastic group of Chronic Illness Bloggers and this month we’ve decided to do a post across several of our blogs using a common theme. The theme for October is our Top 3 worst symptoms and what we do to try and help manage them. If you blog about life with a chronic illness, […]

18 Oct 16 Megan
Foggy Frog Book Launch

Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang book launch in Pictures

On Saturday, 24 September 2016, we held a book launch party to celebrate the completion of the long awaited Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang picture book. I say “long awaited: because the book has been almost 3 years in the making and I first got support from the community through a Kickstarter campaign in March 2014. […]

26 Sep 16 Megan
2016-05-06 17.15.49

Remembering to say NO…

Hello, yes I’m still here and still alive. Today I want to talk to you about remembering to Say No. I’ve been wanting to write this post for a few weeks now but have struggled to find time when Foggy Frog isn’t being a pain! With so much going on, writing this post has been […]

30 Aug 16 Megan
stigma of chronic pain

The Stigma of Chronic Pain

“It’s all in your head!” “(S)He’s just faking it to get out of (work/school/insert activity here)” ” It can’t be that bad!” “It must be good to be able to do what you want, when you want”   “You just need to (exercise, eat this, do that) more/less”   1 in 5 people live with […]

12 Aug 16 Megan
High Res. Front Cover image

Media Release: Children’s Book Makes Invisible Illnesses Visible

Children’s Book Makes Invisible Illnesses Visible For Immediate Release Contact: Megan Schartner foggyfrog(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)liveken.com for further information or to schedule interviews. Adelaide, South Australia, 4 August 2016 Author, Megan Schartner, is pleased to announce the release of Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang, a picture book aimed explaining invisible illnesses causing chronic […]

04 Aug 16 Megan
I've joined a gym

I’ve joined a Gym! Exercising with Chronic Illness

A lot’s been happening around here lately! Preparations are underway for the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang Book Launch and the AAEE 2016 Conference. I’ve also added a bit more variety to my exercise routine by joining the new local gym (Council owned and operated). The main reason I’ve joined is so that I could […]

26 Jul 16 Megan
Set up for reading by the fire, with a nice cup of tea and Pepper (cat) for company.

Power, energy, and other random thoughts…

It’s been over a week since I last posted. Between my major projects (Foggy Frog book and AAEE 2016 Conference) and the weather here it’s been difficult to find time to write here. Yesterday, just as I was about to write my post, the power went out at home. It was out most the day […]

14 Jul 16 Megan
Separating me from M.E.

Separating me from M.E. (and other chronic illnesses)

Imagine waking every day and being unsure about what you’ll be able to achieve that day. You may wake up to pain levels so high that even rolling over in bed is too painful, or maybe your energy is so low that you can’t even get your eyes to open properly… Maybe, like me, you […]

05 Jul 16 Megan
Share Your World

Taking Stock and Share Your World Week 26

We’re halfway through the year, so I thought I’d do another Taking Stock as well as answering the Share Your World questions. In fact, given that the 4th question in Share Your World is a ‘Currently List’, they fit together well. Taking Stock – June 2016 The concept is really simple, a snapshot of where you […]

30 Jun 16 Megan
You're looking good

Are you feeling better? You’re looking good!

“Are you feeling better? You’re looking good!” The other day, E and I were out celebrating the birthday of one of our friends. It was a dinner and dessert event, which meant a late night for me. Because I knew we were having a late night I’d spent most the day doing quiet activities like […]

28 Jun 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World Week 25

Winter is definitely here in Adelaide now and I’ve been trying to stay warm inside by the fire the last few days. It’s been nice to spend time snuggled with the cats in front of the fire. Here’s this weeks, Share Your World post. Share Your World – Week 25 How many languages do you you […]

23 Jun 16 Megan
2016-02-28 14.11.28

Working with Chronic Illness – My experience Part 2

This morning I was reading a post from my friend Julie Ryan over at Counting My Spoons where she shared a bit about the rough times she’s going through at the moment and how she’s trying to cope with them. A lot of what she’s talked about in that post, slowing down and focusing on perspective […]

21 Jun 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World Week 24

Another week has gone by and we’re back for another round of Share You World.  I’ll apologise up front if my answers don’t make any sense but I’m writing this after a busy morning out and I feel like there’s a giant cloud around my head at the moment. Anyway, here we go… Share Your World […]

16 Jun 16 Megan
Pacing and Work

Working with chronic illness: My experience

Back in December of last year, I answered a reader’s question about pacing and working. In this post I talked about some of the issues we face when we’re attempting to work with a chronic illness. We talked about our inability to be consistent and some simple tips and tricks for trying to avoid crashes […]

14 Jun 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World Week 23

I’m finally starting to feel better so I’ll probably be back to two posts a week next week once I’ve caught up with everything else that has been on hold since I’ve been sick. For now, here’s my “Share Your World” again. 🙂 Share Your World – Week 23 What was one of your first moneymaking […]

09 Jun 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World Week 22

I’m still recovering from my cold. The cold symptoms have all but gone away (just a cough left) but I now need to rebuild my energy levels before I’m capable of doing much else so once again only one short post this week focusing on Share Your World. Because of Memorial Day in America, Cee […]

02 Jun 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World Week 21

Only the one post this week (Share Your World) as I’ve been unwell all week. Catching a cold on top of chronic illness makes everything so much more difficult and today is the first day I’ve felt well enough to do much at all. Yesterday there were protests around the world to raise awareness of Myalgic […]

26 May 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World Week 20

Another week over already! This week was busy so my posts are closer together. Yesterday I shared my week with you, today it’s time to Share Your World.. Share Your World – Week 20 When do you feel most connected with others? I feel most connected with others when I’m able to talk meaningfully with […]

19 May 16 Megan
Moving

A week in my life with Chronic Illness

I meant to do this post last week for May 12 International Awareness Day but brain fog made me forget the date and I didn’t have the energy last week to write it anyway so here it is today… A week in my life A little background for those of you who haven’t been following […]

18 May 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World Week 19

It’s that time of the week again – Share Your World! Share Your World – Week 19 You win a pet monkey but this isn’t just any old monkey. It can do one trick for you whenever you want from getting a pop out of the fridge to washing your hair. What would be the […]

12 May 16 Megan
Connecting with Nature

Connecting with Nature…

E and I had a wonderful weekend away connecting with nature! As well as catching up with friends on the first night, we spent a fair bit of time alone on the beach near our Ecopod accomodation. I was glad I had the energy for walks along the beach and really enjoyed just sitting there […]

10 May 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World Week 18

Because we’re going away for the weekend (we’ll have left by the time you’re reading this) I’m keeping this post short and snappy today… Let’s Share Your World Share Your World – Week 18 Who was your best friend in elementary school? We don’t have ‘elementary’ school here in Australia, but I believe it’s the […]

05 May 16 Megan
2015-10-12 12.56.48

50 Little Things

A few weeks ago I read a post by Mer over at Knocked over by a feather about 50 little things. It got me thinking about writing my own list… 50 random things about me I’m passionate about living a simple, sustainable and meaningful life with my illnesses. I do this by making as many […]

03 May 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World Week 17

The No Buy Challenge is over, but Share Your World continues each week. This week I have made one big purchase (new undies from Lunapads) but other than that I’ve stuck to my No Buy guidelines even though the challenge is ended. I knew before the end of the challenge that I needed to get […]

28 Apr 16 Megan
Moving

Moving…

Moving… Making choices, clearing room Time to think, to stretch, to value, to love Being present, living life Over the last few months I’ve focused on building up my exercise levels to a point that I can maintain a consistent exercise regime including stretches, a relatively consistent step count, and regular bike rides on my electric bike. […]

26 Apr 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World Week 16 and a sourdough update

I was going to share how my first attempt at making sourdough went on Tuesday, but that post ended up so long already I decided to save my update until today. It’s also time for Share Your World! Sourdough Update Last week I let you know about the starter that I had made for homemade […]

21 Apr 16 Megan
20 Week No Buy Challenge

Challenges and Lessons from our 20 Week No Buy Challenge

We’ve reached the end of our 20 Week No Buy Challenge and over the weekend Rach and I caught up to celebrate our successes. In keeping with the No Buy theme, we celebrated with a homemade lunch of soup and sourdough bread with a glass of sparkling wine followed by homegrown peppermint tea and homemade […]

19 Apr 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World Week 15 + a No Buy Update

I forgot to write about the No Buy Challenge in my last few posts and we’ve now got only one week left to go so before I do my Share Your World post, here’s a quick update… This past week I did ‘buy’ one thing that isn’t in my usual purchases, but I don’t see […]

14 Apr 16 Megan
Fermentation and Sourdough

Fermentation, Sourdough, and childhood favourites

Last week as part of Cee’s Share Your World post, I shared a list of my favourite childhood foods including Golden Dumplings. I was asked if I could share the recipe for this particular dish… The recipe comes from an old cookbook my mum had at home, it was so well used that when a […]

12 Apr 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World – Week 14

I’m having a fairly busy week with meetings and appointments so only the one post this week, let’s Share Your World. Only a week and a half to go with our No Buy Challenge and apart from a couple of small side steps early on, I seem to be going well and so does Rach. […]

07 Apr 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World – Week 13

The year is going by so fast and we’re now a quarter of the way through it! I’m still working on slowing down and finding a pace that allows me to feel balanced and unstressed. By doing this I’m hoping to find a way to continue my slow upwards progression with my health and avoid […]

31 Mar 16 Megan
wpid-Making_the_invisible_visible_Thunderclap.png

Treatment for Low Testosterone in Women…

I have low Testosterone levels… It’s not something you normally hear about in women. Before I get started on today’s post, I hope everyone has had a wonderful Easter weekend. We spent it in the bush camping helping friends set a rogaine for later this year. Most days I hung around the campsite, with a […]

29 Mar 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World – Week 12

Just a short post today, as we’re heading off for the holidays; a weekend of camping with friends. So let’s Share Your World! Wanting something to quench your thirst, what would you drink? Water, maybe carbonated water… Apart from these I mainly drink tea. It’s not often that I’d have a soft drink or anything […]

24 Mar 16 Megan
100 Goal Challenge

An Update to the 100 Goal Challenge

One of the most popular posts on the blog here seems to be the 100 Goal Challenge post, so I thought I’d do an update on where I’ve gotten in almost 2 years. As a reminder I broke my goals down into my Defining the Best ME categories (Mental, Physical, Wisdom) with some actions fitting into […]

22 Mar 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World – Week 11

No chatting today, instead straight into the Share Your World questions… Share Your World Week 11 How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order?  I have two siblings, a brother and a sister. I’m the oldest, my sister is four years younger than me and my brother is two years younger than her. […]

17 Mar 16 Megan
My bike set up for me to ride inside.

Pacing: How to add new activities

Over the weekend, in between the many social events we had on, we picked up a secondhand electric bike for me to use. This means I can now add riding into my exercise regime, but it also means I need to be aware of how I’m coping and adjust my activity levels to fit this […]

15 Mar 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World Week 10 and a Napping Day

Hi All, Before I get into Share Your World for this week I wanted to share an interesting day that’s coming up soon. Now, there seems to be some confusion about which day it actually is but sometime in the next week it’s National Napping Day. I’m unclear about whether this is an American day […]

10 Mar 16 Megan
Family Planning

Family Planning with Chronic Illness

A Quick No Buy Challenge Update then on to Family Planning: Although I was tempted by some of the clearance sales in town (hello fluffy warm down jacket) I did not make any purchases this week that weren’t experience related and shared with those that are important to me. I had lunch with my sister […]

08 Mar 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World – Week 9

I can’t believe we’re 9 weeks into the year and another month is here already! It’s not too late to join in if you want to participate in Cee’s Share Your World Challenge. It’s simple, each week she provides a list of questions for us to answer. Share Your World – Week 9 Have you done […]

03 Mar 16 Megan
Taking Stock

Taking Stock and a No Buy Challenge Update

The No Buy Challenge is going reasonably well, there was one purchase this week which I’m unsure if it was breaking my own guidelines or not… It fits into being social but is something we could probably have held off on… New additions to one of our games (card based two player Lord of the […]

01 Mar 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World – Week 8

This week is going to be a one post week so just Share Your World. Tuesday ended up being a full day with appointments and work, and the last few weeks have finally caught up with me and I’m going through a bit of a crash, so I didn’t manage to write my usual post […]

25 Feb 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World – Week 7

Jumping straight in today so here we go… Share Your World – Week 7 What are you a “natural” at doing?  I’m a natural at engaging with babies/younger children. When they’re really young, I can usually get them to settle in my arms. Older, they seem to be attracted to me and want me to […]

18 Feb 16 Megan
20 Week No Buy Challenge

Zero Waste Purchases: No Buy Challenge Update Week 11

I did some shopping this week… There, I got that off my chest. I didn’t break my rules for the 20 week no buy challenge, but I did buy things I wouldn’t normally buy (they were on my to-buy list a long time. If you’re a regular reader you’d be aware that I’ve yet again […]

16 Feb 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World – Week 6

Wow, a long list of questions this week from Cee for Share Your World… Let’s see how I go 🙂 Share Your World – Week 6 What is your favorite word? I struggled with this one, but finally settled with ‘Dream’. It’s important to have dreams and to work towards them. What is your least favorite […]

11 Feb 16 Megan
2016-01-19 10.28.47

10 great things and a half way update…

I had a wonderfully full weekend and got to catch up with several friends I hadn’t seen in a while and I’m doing well with the No Buy Challenge. It was fairly hot here over the weekend which (although impacting on energy levels) made for great weather for a trip to the beach and time […]

09 Feb 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World – Week 5

The questions this week have been very thought provoking and I’ve struggled with a few of them but here we go… Let’s Share Your World! If you had a shelf for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronic devices and things stored on them, people or animals), what would you put on it? […]

04 Feb 16 Megan
Minimalist wardrobe

A simple wardrobe with chronic illness

Another week down in the No Buy Challenge and another week of sticking to the goals. I’ve decided that instead of focusing my posts on the challenge each week (I will if there’s anything to update you on) I’d start doing some of the other posts I’ve been planning with just a short update at […]

02 Feb 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share Your World: Week 4

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of January already and we’re up to week 4 of Share Your World 2016 ! So far this year I’ve been struggling to maintain my balance. If I look at it from a week or month point of view I’m doing ok but on a daily basis I’m […]

28 Jan 16 Megan
20 Week No Buy Challenge

Week 8 No Buy Challenge: swaps and give aways

We’re quickly approaching the half way point in our 20 Week No Buy Challenge and so far there haven’t been too many difficult decisions I’ve needed to make. Over the last week in fact, I’ve given away a lot more items then we’ve had come into the house which feels great. On the weekend Rach […]

26 Jan 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share your World: Week 3

Today I’m seeing my doctor to follow up on the side effects and blood test results. I’m feeling very frustrated with myself lately. Thanks to the side effects I’ve been struggling to do any work, even writing these Share Your World posts is taking me many times longer than normal. Share Your World: Week 3 What […]

21 Jan 16 Megan
20 Week No Buy Challenge

Week 7 No Buy Challenge: Celebrations, side effects and PEM

Another successful week for the No Buy Challenge. I’ve been so busy dealing with health related activities and issues that I haven’t had a chance to do any shopping at all. 🙂 There were a few things I was tempted by, but I managed to either find alternatives or get past the temptation. On Sunday we […]

19 Jan 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share your World: Week 2

Balance… My word for 2016… is difficult to achieve. I’ve got many ideas for posts but, in an attempt to maintain my balance, you’ll find for the next few weeks at least you will only be getting 2 posts a week from me… My No Buy Challenge update and this, my Share Your World post (although […]

13 Jan 16 Megan
20 Week No Buy Challenge

Week 6 No Buy Challenge: A New Year

Over the last week I’ve done well with the No Buy Challenge and haven’t spent any money (on myself – my husband and I bought a few things together for the house but that is outside of my challenge as I’m doing this as an individual challenge). There were a few times when I felt […]

12 Jan 16 Megan
Share Your World

Share your world: Week 1 2016

Last year was not a successful year for me in terms of blogging. Not only did I not post much but the posts I was getting up weren’t that popular. So this year I’ve decided to get back to the sort of posting I was originally doing. Instead of just posting about things related to living […]

07 Jan 16 Megan
20 Week No Buy Challenge

Week 4 & 5 No Buy Update: Revising the rules…

It’s been 2 weeks since my last update for the No Buy Challenge. During that time we’ve had lots of time with family and friends celebrating Christmas and the New Year. This kept purchasing to a minimum but there were Boxing Day Sales (and Closing Down Sales) in a few places that we checked out. […]

05 Jan 16 Megan
Balance #oneword2016

Balance #OneWord2016

Last year I chose one word to guide me through the year… Enough. I’ve recently found out from The Bloggess that there is a #oneword2016 Challenge and seeing I was already planning to choose a single word, I’ve decided to participate. The one word you choose is meant to be something that will help you focus […]

04 Jan 16 Megan
Merry Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

It’s Christmas Eve and celebrations have begun for our family. During this time of celebration and busyness, don’t forget to look after yourself. I know that, for our family at least, it is definitely a very busy few days and so over the last few years I’ve had to learn a few ways to manage […]

24 Dec 15 Megan
20 Week No Buy Challenge

Week 3 No Buy Review: Christmas is coming

In regards to my health, I’ve struggled a lot again this last week thanks to the continued changes in weather. Pain and fatigue have been constant and the few days I’ve been a little better (and some of the bad days) have been busy thanks to appointments/social events. Given all of this it hasn’t been too […]

22 Dec 15 Megan
20 Week No Buy Challenge

A social weekend – Week 2 No Buy Review

Another week has past and the No Buy challenge is going well. You can check out Rach’s week in review here. Thanks to my energy being so low the majority of my week was spent at home either listening to audio books or reading. During the week, my only outings were dinner with my husband’s […]

15 Dec 15 Megan
You're looking good

“You’re looking good”…

I’ve lived with chronic illness to some extent my whole life but for the last 2 1/2 years illness has been a major contributing factor in my life. One thing I’m noticing more and more as I learn to accept, and live with, my chronic illnesses and the disabling symptoms they impose on my daily […]

10 Dec 15 Megan
20 Week No Buy Challenge

Week 1 No Buy Review… Hot and Foggy

It’s been a week since Rach and I started our 20 Week no buy challenge and I may have already gone against my lists…. Let’s have a quick overview of the last week. The weather here has been very hot and variable. Because of these weather changes my health has also been all over the place […]

08 Dec 15 Megan
Pacing and Work

The Difficulty of Pacing: Work

I’ve been so excited to hear from you all about your thoughts on the most recent A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. One of the questions I’ve been asked to share more about is how work fits in to pacing with a chronic illness. One reader in particular approached me with her […]

03 Dec 15 Megan
20 Week No Buy Challenge

A 20 Week No Buy Challenge

Wow, I can’t believe it’s December already! I’m so happy that I managed to make it through the last month of daily posts for National Blog Posting Month. It was a struggle but I made it thanks to being able to schedule a few posts in advance each week to cover days that I would […]

01 Dec 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Intro

A-Z Guide to a simple, sustainable, meaningful life

Thank you for joining us on this journey towards more simple, sustainable and meaningful lives. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and concepts discussed are relevant to everyone and anyone. For more information on each point of the A-Z Guide, please click […]

01 Dec 15 Megan
A-Z Guide zero

Z is for Zero

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we have been exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Thank you for joining us on this journey towards more simple, sustainable and meaningful lives. Over the last month we’ve talked about a lot that we need […]

30 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide yes

Y is for Yes

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at Y… Yes. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

29 Nov 15 Megan
Christmas wooden table covered with a tablecloth on it tablecloth, muffins, tea

The Ultimate Spoonie Giveaway

I’ve teamed up with Julie from Counting My Spoons, Donna from February Stars and Fed Up With Fatigue, AshleyJane from Living Incurably and Alisha from The Invisible F to run a Rafflecopter giveaway just in time for Christmas. It’s not just any giveaway, it’s the Ultimate Spoonie Giveaway! What can you win? There will be five lucky winners: 1 Ultimate Spoonie […]

28 Nov 15 Megan
Christmas wooden table covered with a tablecloth on it tablecloth, muffins, tea

The Ultimate Spoonie Giveaway!

THE ULTIMATE SPOONIE GIVEAWAY HAS NOW ENDED I’m taking a break today from our A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life to share with you an exciting opportunity to win some amazing prizes in time for Christmas. I’ve teamed up with Julie from Counting My Spoons, Donna from February Stars and Fed Up With Fatigue, AshleyJane from […]

28 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide experiment

X is for eXperiment

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at X… eXperiment. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

27 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Wonder

W is for Wonder

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at W… Wonder. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

26 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Values

V is for Values

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at V… Values. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

25 Nov 15 Megan

U is for Unplug

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at U… Unplug. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

24 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Transform

T is for Transform

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at T… Transform. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

23 Nov 15 Megan
Weather changes

And the weather changes again…

The weather here has been up and down with some extreme heat over the last few weeks. Unfortunately, this weather isn’t conducive to me being at my best. I have been struggling a lot over the last week in particular with very high pain and fatigue levels. Keeping up with the daily blog posts and […]

22 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Space

S is for Space

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at S… Space. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

21 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Reflection

R is for Reflection

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at R… Reflection. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

20 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Quality

Q is for Quality

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at Q… Quality. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

19 Nov 15 Megan

And here we go again…

Yet again life got in the way and I didn’t get time to write my post today. I was meant to be writing about Quality but that will have to wait for tomorrow. Instead I’m going to do a very short post about an important event that’s happening in my life this week… Friday is […]

18 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Pacing

P is for Pacing

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at P… Pacing. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

17 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Outdoors

O is for Outdoors

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at O… Outdoors. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

16 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Needs

N is for Needs

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at N… Needs. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

15 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Mindful

M is for Mindful

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at M… Mindful. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

14 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Learn

L is for Learn

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at L… Learn. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and concepts […]

13 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Know

K is for Know

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at K… Know. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and concepts […]

12 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Joy

J is for Joy

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at J… Joy. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

11 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Inspire

I is for Inspire

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at I… Inspire. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

10 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Health

H is for Health

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at H… Health. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

09 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Give

G is for Give

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at G… Give. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

08 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Faith

F is for Faith

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at F… Faith. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

07 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Enough

E is for Enough

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at E… Enough. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

06 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Delegate

D is for Delegate

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at D… Delegate. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

05 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Community

C is for Community

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at C… Community. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

04 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide BUDGET

B is for Budget

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at B… Budget. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and […]

03 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide ACCEPTANCE

A is for Acceptance

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life starting today with A… Acceptance. This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics […]

02 Nov 15 Megan
NaBloPoMo_1115_465x287_THEME

NaBloPoMo 2015

It’s that time of year again… November is the month that many people spend writing. Some, like Rachel from when paper met pen, will spend it writing a first draft of a novel they have in mind. Others, like myself, will attempt to write a post every day for the month of November. This year […]

01 Nov 15 Megan
A-Z Guide Intro

Intro to a simple, sustainable, meaningful life

I apologise in advance for a long post… This is an intro to our A-Z Guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. So far this blog has focused a lot on my life since being diagnosed with ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia and Pelvic Congestion Syndrome but I want to broaden it now because I am not my […]

29 Oct 15 Megan

Life with chronic illness: Dealing with Emotions

Imagine waking up one day and finding that your whole life has changed. Just like that you couldn’t be who you thought you were. One day you are happily working full time in a job that makes you feel like you’re making a difference. You’re keeping healthy by visiting the gym most days of the […]

27 Oct 15 Megan
Pacing and Routine

On Routine and Pacing

I’ve mentioned many times about trying to maintain some form of routine and pacing as a way of managing my health. Now it’s something I need to refocus on. I’ve got goals and dreams that I want to achieve within the next few years, and in order to do them I need to be as […]

22 Oct 15 Megan
2015-10-02 17.08.07

I’m not “normal” but I’m grateful

What is ‘normal’? I don’t think I’ve ever been what someone would classify as ‘normal’ but for the most part I’m happy with who I am. Ever since I was young I haven’t been normal: I don’t cope with late nights and I never really did. Even before the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and Fibromyalgia reared their […]

20 Oct 15 Megan
2015-10-12 12.56.48

Crashes and Flares: Signs and triggers

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post, either here or over at LiveKen, and I’ve decided it’s time I get myself back on track. So I have to consider what causes my crashes and flares! Why haven’t I been posting? I just haven’t had the energy or the time to do it. Over […]

15 Oct 15 Megan
Living with Chronic Pain

Living with Chronic Pain – Top 3 Tips

As I mentioned last week, it’s National Pain Week in Australia this week. I will be sharing my story over at the National Pain Week website and at My Invisible Life later in the week. I’ll also be talking to local media, starting with ABC Riverland Today at 10:45 this morning. Living with chronic pain can be frustrating, overwhelming […]

21 Jul 15 Megan
National Pain Week 2015

National Pain Week Australia 2015 and a LiveKen Update

It’s been a while since we’ve done a post here at LiveKen and there’s a reason for that! We’ve been busy running our first online workshop, Back to Basics: A life with Meaning. We’re into week 4 of the 6-week workshop now and I have to say I’m very happy with how it’s going. I’m […]

15 Jul 15 Megan
Meaningful FAQ

Meaningful Life Workshop: Back to Basics FAQ

The atmosphere here at LiveKen is buzzing as we put the final touches on our Back to Basics Meaningful Life workshop, which will be starting on Monday. It’s not too late to join us. For just AUD$19.95, you can join us and begin your journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. If you haven’t yet […]

20 Jun 15 Megan

My simple, sustainable & (almost) minimal Wardrobe

Over the last year or two I’ve been decluttering our house to help create a simple living environment. A big part of that has been reducing the amount of clothing and accessories I own to only those that I actually love, feel comfortable in, and enjoy wearing all the time. Janelle has previously shared a […]

16 Jun 15 Megan
turning thirty

Turning Thirty: Reflections, Visions, Plans

I turned 30 last weekend. Those of you who follow us on Facebook or Twitter would be aware that my husband’s 30th was only a few weeks earlier. We decided to do a joint party on my birthday (it was Saturday) and invited friends and family to join us. We had an amazing day with close […]

11 Jun 15 Megan
#May12BlogBomb

#May12BlogBomb A Vision for the Future: Living with ME and Fibromyalgia

Today is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) Awareness Day. #May12BlogBomb Last year, to help raise awareness, I wrote a letter to my illness over on My Chronic Life Journey as part of a blogging campaign begun by Sally Burch over at Just ME (#May12BlogBomb). This year I’m participating again. The […]

12 May 15 Megan
Workshop

Workshop Opportunity – Back to Basics

Are you looking for a simple, sustainable & meaningful life? We’ve taken the plunge, and are planning to share our journey with you and help you start your own journey via a 6-week online workshop. The workshop will cover the following topics: What makes life meaningful for us? Identifying our values, passions, and life goals […]

29 Apr 15 Megan
Health

HEALTH – a simple, sustainable, meaningful lifestyle

HEALTH – an acronym and guide for living your own simple, sustainable and meaningful life Hopes and Dreams – Just because you’re not as healthy as you once were, doesn’t mean you need to roll over and forget about everything you ever wanted to do in you life. You are still you, and with a […]

27 Apr 15 Megan
stress managment

Stress Awareness Month and Travel with chronic illness

I missed yesterday’s #HAWMC post on Stress Awareness so I’m combining it with today’s topic… Travel. Managing stress is a vital part of learning to live with chronic illness. Especially with conditions like Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) which can be exacerbated by stress. Even for a healthy person stress can have a negative impact […]

20 Apr 15 Megan
I feel best

I feel best when… My Manifesto

When you live every day with chronic pain and fatigue it can sometimes be difficult to remember what it’s like to feel good, to feel ‘normal’. It’s important though to not focus just on your symptoms but to find at least something each and every day to be grateful for. Something that will make you […]

14 Apr 15 Megan
Rest

Rest – Could you take a whole day off?

Yesterday I took the day off. Not only did I not allow myself to do any work, I attempted to completely avoid technology as well. As you’ll see below I wasn’t quite successful in this second quest but the day was still worth it. Why take a whole day off? It seems counterproductive when you’re […]

13 Apr 15 Megan
nutrition

Nutrition and Diet – Keep it Simple

You are what you eat That’s the saying… It’s World Health Day today and the focus is on safe food. As a result, the WEGO health activist writer’s challenge is focused on nutrition and diet today. Last month we talked about eating locally and how you can support your local farmers, and today I’m going to talk about […]

07 Apr 15 Megan
Routines

Routines and Schedules – Creature of Habit

In March 2013, my life was full of structure and routines. I worked full time, studied (almost full time), visited the gym at least 3 x a week (usually 5-6 x a week), and spent time with family and friends. Then my life came crashing down around me. Suddenly I was in so much pain […]

04 Apr 15 Megan
Happiness

Happiness – Enough and random acts of kindness

As those of you who follow us on social media would be aware, I’m participating in WEGO Health‘s Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge. Here at LiveKen we are on a journey to discover what a simple, sustainable and meaningful life is for us.  On this journey we have discovered that recognising that we are enough […]

03 Apr 15 Megan
Eating Local and Earth Hour 2015

Eating Locally and Earth Hour

Earth Hour 2015 – Eating Locally Like Megan said in her last post, this month our focus is on supporting local food produce growers and providers. We have chosen this as our focus because that is the theme of Earth Hour 2015 in Australia. As many of you would know, Earth Hour will be held […]

26 Mar 15 Janelle
Local Food

Local Food, earth hour and pain management…

Today’s post is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. It’s been a while since I’ve done a post so I wanted to share a bit about what I’ve been through the last few months plus bring your attention to our focus for the month of March, Local Food. Pain Management […]

19 Mar 15 Megan
100 Goal Challenge

100 Goal Challenge: Life Enjoyment

Like Megan’s last post, I will be sharing with you my 100 Goal Challenge. This challenge came about for Megan last year when she was reading a self-help book that focused on getting the reader to conduct activities that would help to identify your passions in life. The book is titled It starts with Passion by […]

19 Feb 15 Janelle
100 Goal Challenge

100 Goal Challenge: My Life To-Do-List

[dropcap color=”orange” background=”green” style=”rounded” size=”small”]E[/dropcap]ditors Note: This post was first published on My Chronic Life Journey in March 2014. This is my response to the 100 Goal Challenge. I found it to be a great way to identify what is important in my life and to help me take the first steps towards a more simple, sustainable […]

05 Feb 15 Megan
getting-back-to-the-basics

Simplifying Your Life: Decluttering Your Wardrobe

[dropcap color=”orange” background=”green” style=”rounded” size=”small”]E[/dropcap]ditors Note: This post has been in our backlog for several months. We apologise for the delay in sharing this part of our journey. Last year (28 August 2014) Megan talked about taking the first steps towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life and we hope you have taken some of our ideas […]

22 Jan 15 Janelle
Australian Native purple flowers

Enough: 2015 year of gratitude and contentment

[dropcap color=”orange” background=”green” style=”rounded” size=”small”]E[/dropcap]ditor’s Note: This post was first published on My Chronic Life Journey. As part of making life more sustainable, I will be slowly encouraging followers over at My Chronic Life Journey to join us here at LiveKen and consolidating the two sites. Happy 2015 everyone! Let me begin this post of with an […]

13 Jan 15 Megan
2014-08-23 16.56.57

2015: The Year of ENOUGH

Happy 2015 everyone! It’s the Year of ENOUGH here at LiveKen!! Let me begin this post of with an apology for being missing in action for the past few months. For those of you who like our Facebook page you’d be aware that I’ve had to take some time off to focus on myself and trying to get […]

08 Jan 15 Megan

Just One of Many: Difficult decisions with Invisible Illness

This year’s theme for Invisible Illness Awareness Week is “Just One”. My whole life I have suffered from invisible illnesses. From a very early age I suffered from asthma and allergies. Because I grew up with them I know how to manage them reasonably well (although I’m still identifying and learning to manage new allergies […]

09 Sep 14 Megan

30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know

Next week (8 – 14 September 2014) is Invisible Illness Awareness Week. I will share my ‘Just One‘ story with you next week. Today I’m completing the 30 Things Meme. 30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know The illness I live with is: Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, plus several other conditions (asthma, […]

02 Sep 14 Megan
First step on the journey to a simple, sustainable, meaningful life

First step towards a simple, sustainable life

What’s the first step to move towards a simple, sustainable, meaningful life? Know where you are now and know where you want to be. How do you do that? By taking time out to reflect on your life and considering what is going well and what areas you’re struggling with. This allows you to actually consider whether what […]

28 Aug 14 Megan

Life with Chronic Illness – Pacing and Routine revisited

Last week I discussed how pacing was one of the key recommendations from the International ME/CFS Primer for Clinical Practitioners. As has happened in the past I left my doctors appointment frustrated at the lack of understanding that medical practitioners here in Australia have about ME/CFS and treatment techniques. When I brought up the topic of […]

25 Aug 14 Megan
Live Your Life

Where are we going? Your Life Journey Starts Now

Everyone talks about doing more of this and less of that and while we mean what we say when we talk about these ideas they turn more into ‘if I could I would’ than actual plans to move towards achieving these goals. The key in moving these ideas and plans forward is to identify what […]

21 Aug 14 Janelle

ME/CFS Primer for Clinical Practitioners (2014 revision)

As many of you would be aware, I’ve been struggling a lot lately. Between the process of coming of the Lyrica and an increase in social activities I’ve really overdone it the last few weeks. My doctor is starting to reach the end of his ideas for what we could try to help me manage my […]

19 Aug 14 Megan
Where are we now? - We're at the start

Where are we now? The start of the LiveKen Journey

If you’ve been following us over the last few weeks you’d know that we are working towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life and we are wanting to share this journey with you. About a month ago Janelle and I shared with you where we both came from and what our previous experiences had been, but where […]

14 Aug 14 Megan

Post #200 – a reflection on My Chronic Life Journey to date

Thank you all! I wanted to take the time today to say thank you to all of you; those of you who have been following from the start and those of you who have just started following me here. This blog started as a place for me to share my progress with my illness (at […]

12 Aug 14 Megan
LiveKen MakeItSimpleButSignificant

LiveKen’s hopes for you in the Next Year

Last week Megan spoke to you all about our goals, both within the business and personally. This week we thought we would take some time to share with you what we hope you achieve with us. Start Thinking I know it seems too obvious, but that is all we would like you to start doing. […]

07 Aug 14 Janelle

Tools in the Kitchen – easy cooking with chronic illness

Last week, while making the most delicious Lentil Burgers I’ve ever tried, my stick -mixer-thingy-ma-bob died (sorry struggling with words today 🙂 ). We need a new tool in the kitchen to help me cook. Because we wanted to make another batch of the burgers, and I use my sticky thing every day to make […]

05 Aug 14 Megan
LiveKen Setting Targets

LiveKen sets Targets for 2014/15 – Looking Forward

Over the last few weeks Janelle and I have been having a think about what we’d really like to achieve in the next 12 months and how that can fit in with things here at LiveKen. As a result we’ve set ourselves and LiveKen targets for 2014/15. LiveKen Targets for 2014/15 (as a business) We […]

31 Jul 14 Megan

Dealing with trials of drugs and treatment options – Lyrica

Over the last week or so I’ve been really struggling with the brain fog and fatigue. My doctor and I are trialing an increase in my Lyrica doses and so far I’ve seen little to no improvement in the pain levels (the reason for the Lyrica) and a massive increase in the brain fog/fatigue department. […]

29 Jul 14 Megan

Travelling to a simple, sustainble meaningful life – Janelle’s Journey So Far

As Megan said last week everyone’s journey through life is different and people travel through stages of their lives at different times and ages. This week I’m going to share with you some of my journey so far and what I’m hopeful for in the future. By both of us sharing our stories and journeys […]

23 Jul 14 Janelle

Being grateful of the small things

Throughout the last 15 months I have learnt a lot about myself and about the world around me. I’ve found a lot to be grateful for. Thanks to my chronic illnesses my life slowed down incredibly quickly at that point and this has given me the time to discover more about me and the simple, […]

22 Jul 14 Megan

Travelling to a simple, sustainable, meaningful life – Megan’s Journey so far

Everyone’s journey in life is different. Over the next few weeks my friend Janelle and I are going to begin sharing our own journeys towards simple, sustainable and meaningful lives. We both have different backgrounds and very different journeys, mine includes chronic illness and her journey doesn’t. We hope that by sharing our stories we’ll […]

17 Jul 14 Megan

Finding balance in the ever-changing landscape of chronic illness

Once again I have fallen behind on my schedule for posting here. As my health has improved (ever so slightly) I’m again trying to find balance between actually doing things physically and mentally, and resting. Over the last few weeks I have had quite a lot of very busy days (for me at least) mixed […]

14 Jul 14 Megan

Exercising with Chronic Illness

[dropcap color=”orange” background=”green” size=”small]E[/dropcap]ditor’s Note:  Just a small note that for the rest of July at least posts here will be a bit sporadic as I overcome some health issues and obtain a better balance in life. I will be aiming to do at least one post a week.  In the mean time, here’s another guest […]

10 Jul 14 Toni Dawn

Defining the Best ME: A 6 month update

At the beginning of the year I shared with you my aspirations for 2014 to define the best me (my equivalent to a New Years Resolution). As we’ve reached (or actually crossed) the half way point for the year I thought I’d take a moment to share with you my progress with these aspirations. Although […]

03 Jul 14 Megan

Simplifying Life: Setting a budget

On and off throughout my life I’ve played around with different ways of monitoring and managing my financial situation (i.e. having a budget). For most (if not all of my adult life) that situation has not just included me, but my husband as well. This complicates things in some ways because we come from very […]

01 Jul 14 Megan

3 Lifestyle Choices for a Happy and Fulfilling Life

Everyone wants to be happy and enjoy the life they’re living but so many of us are spending most of our time doing tasks and activities we don’t want to do. We’re unhappy with how our life is going and often complain about not being where we thought we would be. Within my group of […]

26 Jun 14 Megan

Simplifying Life: Getting Organised

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m currently in the process of decluttering and simplifying my life. I’ve come to realise that a big part of this is getting things organised, finding a home for every item so that it can be put away easily every time, and making sure things are close to […]

24 Jun 14 Megan

Identifying diet modifications for chronic illness

[dropcap color=”orange” background=”green” style=”rounded” size=”small]E[/dropcap]ditor’s Note: This is a guest post from Toni Dawn, a writer, blogger, and former personal trainer from Bristol, Tennessee… She has kindly offered to do regular guest posts on living a healthy lifestyle with a Chronic Illness. Today she’s talking about diet. For more from Toni, head over to her blog at […]

24 Jun 14 Toni Dawn

Simplifying Life

Pushing to the limits, constantly in motion, always thinking of the next task… That was what my life was like before chronic illness. Now I need to simplify! Chronic illness has set extreme limitations for me, as I’m sure it does for many of you out there, and I’ve found that these limitations have led […]

19 Jun 14 Megan
LiveKen Community Engagement

A Beginner’s Guide to Chronic Illness – have your say

LiveKen has arisen from a desire to help others live their lives in a sustainable and fulfilling way. We have experience in community engagement for sustainability and have personal experiences living with chronic illness. Planned Products/Services The products/services currently in concept form, or being developed, are: [checklist style=”green”] a series of community workshops on living […]

19 Jun 14 Megan

Living with chronic illness – two steps forward, one step back

Since my birthday the other week, I’ve felt like I’ve gone from moving two steps forward to taking a giant leap backwards.   I know that progress is meant to be two steps forward, one step back but I feel that this has been more than one step back! I feel like in terms of activity […]

18 Jun 14 Megan

LiveKen Values and what they mean for you!

Here at LiveKen our purpose in life is to help others live more sustainable and fulfilling lives. As we said in the previous post we believe that if we all work together we can create a world where people respect their bodies, each other and the environment they live in. To do that we have some clear […]

17 Jun 14 Megan

Why Does Mommy Hurt by Elizabeth Christy – Book Review

During the process of fundraising for the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang picture book I was introduced to many exciting and wonderful people. One of these people was Elizabeth Christy from The Potomac Falls Mama and Parents with Pain. Elizabeth is an amazing woman doing many wonderful things for her local and the global […]

12 Jun 14 Megan

Are you ready to join me on an exciting adventure?

Since completing my list of 100 Life Goals and identifying my driving emotions I have begun working on some exciting new projects which will help me live a life in line with my beliefs, values and passions. I believe it is possible for us to live in a world where people respect their own bodies, […]

10 Jun 14 Megan

LiveKen – Understanding, Inspiring and Empowering the community

Welcome everyone to LiveKen’s brand new blog. This blog is the first step in the creation of a business that will work with you as a clients to create and find the knowledge and tools necessary to live sustainable and fulfilling lives, even with a chronic illness. My name’s Megan and I’m the creative mind […]

09 Jun 14 Megan

Birthday celebration week

Tomorrow is my birthday! The celebrations, though, started today and will continue until at least next Wednesday (a whole week  of celebrations). E is away at the moment and won’t be back until next Wednesday so I’ll be celebrating with him when he gets back. Today I had afternoon tea with his parents and Amma […]

05 Jun 14 Megan

The 100 Goal Challenge: My Life To-Do-List

As discussed in last week’s post about Finding Your Passion, the first steps are to undertake the 100 Goal Challenge and use your answers to identify your Driving Emotions. I shared my Driving Emotions and their definitions in the previous post and as requested I’m sharing my list of 100 Goals with you today. I […]

03 Jun 14 Megan

Chronic fatigue or lazy-itis?

I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome… What do the doctors really think? I’ve struggled to find doctors that take my illness seriously. My GP is great, but definitely pushes the exercise a bit to hard for me (his background is in exercise physiology or something like that) but thankfully my exercise physiologists hold me back and […]

02 Jun 14 Megan

Finding your Passion

As you’ve probably noticed I’ve been a bit sporadic with my posting lately. I’m going to try and rectify that and aim for 2 posts a week, on a Tuesday and a Thursday. Today I want to expand on one of my Top 5 things I’ve learnt in a year of Chronic Illness, having something you’re […]

29 May 14 Megan

The Top 5 things I’ve learnt in a year of chronic illness

I have so many posts I need to write and share with you over the next few weeks including book reviews, guidance for setting and achieving goals with a chronic illness, and requests for help and feedback on a couple of big projects I’m working on. I look forward to sharing all of these with […]

27 May 14 Megan

Ask Megan: Making an Impact…

The last few weeks have been pretty busy and rather stressful. As a result I haven’t had the time or energy to focus on my blog and other endeavours that I would have liked to have been doing. Today I want to talk about Making an Impact. I have so many things I’d like to […]

20 May 14 Megan

Can you help? – Seeking people living with chronic invisible illness

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the Manchester Debt Advisory Service asking for help in reaching out to you for stories for a new campaign they are launching. I’m going to share their request today but would like to make it clear that I’m not associated with them in any way, I’m just sharing them […]

13 May 14 Megan

International ME/CFS/Fibromyalgia Awareness Day: A letter to my illness

Today is International ME/CFS/Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. As mentioned in Friday’s This is M.E. post, today I’m joining in with Sally’s #May12BlogBomb by sharing a letter to my illness. I have decided to include the Pelvic Congestion Syndrome in today’s post as I don’t believe it has an awareness day of it’s own and it is part […]

12 May 14 Megan

This is M.E. – ME /CFS / Fibro Awareness Day 2014 – Blog Chain

This blog chain (This is M.E.) was set up by Louise from Get Up and Go Guru. Check out her original post here. This Is M.E Most of you (my friends and family) know that I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). It is also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E) and Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome (CFIDS). This illness doesn’t […]

09 May 14 Megan

Sending out Loving Kindness

Loving Kindness May I/you/we… Over the weekend I read Toni Bernhard’s book How to be Sick. This is a wonderful book for those suffering from chronic illness or caring for someone with a chronic illnesses because it provides a set of easy to implement practices and techniques for dealing with the mental suffering that accompanies these […]

07 May 14 Megan

Determining what’s worth it

Life with a chronic illness is extremely difficult physically, mentally and emotionally (spiritually). One of the biggest issues I’ve found that can fall under all three of these categories is determining which activities to undertake and which to avoid. In other words, determining what’s worth it! What activities are worth causing an increase in symptoms? […]

05 May 14 Megan

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome M.E.: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Manangement – Book Review

Thanks to some bad weather here, I’ve had more time to read the last few days than I usually do. I’ve now finished reading Dr Rosamund Vallings book, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome M.E.: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Management. In the forward of this book, Professor Warren P. Tate describes it as “… a comprehensive yet accessible treatise on […]

02 May 14 Megan

Maintaining Mental Functioning with Chronic Illness

How do I maintain mental functioning when I have a chronic illness? If you read my posts last week you’d know that lately I’ve been getting back into reading after almost a year of not being able to physically read a book. I’m reading both fiction and non-fiction and at the moment the main focus […]

28 Apr 14 Megan

Physical Friday: The Complete Fibromyalgia Health, Diet Guide & Cookbook – Book review

Today’s Physical Friday post is going to be different to what I’ve done so far. I’ve just finished reading The Complete Fibromyalgia Health, Diet Guide & Cookbook by Dr Louise McCrindle and Dr Alison Bested so I thought I’d provide a review for those of you who might be interested in this book. The Complete Fibromyalgia […]

25 Apr 14 Megan

Wisdom Wednesday: Gratitude Jar Update

If you are a regular reader you’d be aware that at the beginning of this year I started a Gratitude Jar. To recap, the purpose of this jar is to remind me at the end of the year of all the little things I’ve achieved or been grateful for during the year. Each night I’m […]

23 Apr 14 Megan

Mental Monday: Reading for relaxation and education

I’ve gotten back into reading and I’m  enjoying it! I hope everyone has enjoyed their Easter long weekend and that those of you who are having an extra long weekend in Australia continue to enjoy it! I know that I am enjoying having E home to keep me company for the week. On top of family […]

21 Apr 14 Megan

Happy Holidays! Enjoy the long weekend

It’s Good Friday today. The start of the Easter long weekend. Here in Australia, many people are taking an extra EXTRA long weekend because ANZAC day is the following Friday so by taking 3 days off work you can have a 10 day weekend. So if you’re doing this and having an extra long break, enjoy […]

18 Apr 14 Megan

Wisdom Wednesday: Benefits of Drawing

I never really felt I was any good at drawing, maybe because I have a slight perfectionist streak which made me throw away anything that didn’t exactly resemble what I was picturing in my head. Since early high school (when I got to select my own classes and dropped Art) I hadn’t really done much […]

16 Apr 14 Megan

Foggy Frog Kickstarter Postmortem

As promised last week, today I’m going to share with you some of the behind the scenes data from the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang Kickstarter campaign. By sharing this information I’m hoping to help others who may be interested in running their own campaign and to thank those who had a big impact […]

14 Apr 14 Megan

Physical Friday: A Beginners Guide to Exercising with Fibromyalgia & ME/CFS

For the past month, on top of working on the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang Kickstarter campaign, I’ve been working with an Exercise Physiologist. The goal of working with the exercise physiologist is to work out what exercise program I can maintain that will over time improve my physical health.   There are 3 key […]

11 Apr 14 Megan

Life with Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang: Father Eddie Tatro’s Story

Father Eddie Tatro, from Bishop Eddie Tatro’s Study, has been a wonderful friend and fellow blogger. He has been reading all the true stories I have shared through the Life with Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang series and has offered to share his story as the first male story in the series. Below is Eddie’s […]

10 Apr 14 Megan

Mental Monday: Aspiration, Inspiration and Achievement

We made it! Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang Kickstarter Campaign, either through donations or through spreading the word and sharing the project with everyone they know. Because of all of you we have successfully raised the $7,500 we need to publish and distribute the […]

07 Apr 14 Megan

Physical Friday: Another busy week!

Hi everyone, It’s been a busy week! Today is the last day of the Foggy Frog Kickstarter Campaign. We’re now 76% funded and have less than 8 hours until the campaign ends! I’m feeling very humbled and grateful that I have such an amazing group of family, friends and followers who have recognised the importance […]

28 Mar 14 Megan

Foggy Frog… Matching Funding

Yesterday we announced in our update on the Foggy Frog Kickstarter campaign that an anonymous backer has offered to match all pledges to the campaign up to $1,500 in the next 49 hours (was 72 hours yesterday). This is great as it means that if you pledge today (or increase the amount you’ve already pledged) […]

26 Mar 14 Megan

Mental Monday: Top 3 tips for preparing for a Kickstarter campaign with a chronic illness

As I’m sure by now all of you are aware, we have been running a Kickstarter campaign this month to raise the funds necessary to print the first run of the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang picture book. We now have just over 4 days left to raise the $3,219 we still need to […]

24 Mar 14 Megan

Life with Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang: Jenn’s Story

Sorry I’ve been offline for the last week. I’m currently struggling with energy, pain and tummy issues so have had to take a break from everything else to try and recover. Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang Update I’d like to start this post off by thanking everyone who has already pledged their support for […]

20 Mar 14 Megan

Foggy Frog Progress Report

Wow, just over a week and we’re a 3rd of the way to our goal for the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang Campaign! Thanks to the 51 people who have already backed the campaign, we have made it past the 30% mark that most experts say is the point at which you’re 90% likely […]

10 Mar 14 Megan

Physical Friday: 3 key steps to surviving a busy week with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Fibromyalgia

So… it’s Friday morning here, and the Kickstarter campaign for Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang is now in it’s 6th day and 25% funded. If you haven’t checked it out already, please head over and watch the video to understand what we are trying to achieve. This week has been the busiest week I’ve had […]

07 Mar 14 Megan

Knitters wanted for penguin pullovers – ABC Melbourne – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

I know a few of my readers knit and crotchet… you may be interested in this request, Knitters wanted! 🙂 The Penguin Foundation has a global callout for knitters to make pullovers for penguins in rehab. Penguins caught in oil spills need the little jumpers to keep warm and to stop them from trying to […]

07 Mar 14 Megan

Wisdom Wednesday: Finding time for myself

During this busy month, I am focusing on finding whatever time I can for myself. That means through the rush of running the Foggy Frog Kickstarter campaign, celebrating multiple birthdays in the family, attending multiple specialists appointments and hopefully attempting a very part time return to work, I’m also trying to find time to take […]

05 Mar 14 Megan

Life with Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang: Trisha’s Story

Trisha from Notes from the Fog has been a strong supporter of the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang Campaign from the beginning. Throughout the campaign she will be sharing her own Foggy Frog stories on her site, but today she is sharing her story here for us. Trisha’s Story After the birth of my youngest […]

04 Mar 14 Megan

Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang – Making the invisible visible by Megan Schartner » Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang Launch Party — Kickstarter

Please check out my update on the Foggy Frog Kickstarter page. I have provided photos from yesterday’s launch… Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for the launch of Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang here on Kickstarter. Please check out the project and donate. Even if it’s just $1… that’s enough to say, […]

03 Mar 14 Megan

Mental Monday: Social Media, Health and Privacy

As we move into this Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang picture book I want to take a look at our social media habits. Both in my online communities and my home life the issue of safety and privacy in sharing information online has been discussed over the […]

03 Mar 14 Megan

An Invitation from Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang: We Launch Today!

In just under 5 hours the Foggy Frog Kickstarter campaign launch will start. It would be great to get as much support as possible in the first few hours of the campaign to encourage others to donate as well. Please join us on the Facebook page or Twitter (#FoggyFrog) to gain access to the campaign […]

02 Mar 14 Megan

Physical Fridays: “Increase by 10%”

Pacing… It’s the main thing that I need to be able to do properly to have a reasonable lifestyle with these illnesses. Its also the main thing I still haven’t quite got right… I think I’ve told you before that my doctor has asked me to increase my exercise at 10% each week (Graduated Exercise […]

28 Feb 14 Megan

Wisdom Wednesday: Benefits of spending time with friends

Hi friends and family (and other readers). Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted, I’ve been rather unwell over the last week. My body finally seems to be as happy as it seems to be with me again lately (no upset tummy anymore)… On the weekend two of our friends got married and although […]

26 Feb 14 Megan

Physical Friday: Pillows, Sleep and Chronic Illness

Everyone suffering from a chronic illness would have had someone say to them “if you get enough sleep, you’ll feel better” and I’m sure most of us have also had that unrelenting feeling of not being able to sleep even though you need to. Today I want to talk about one of the things I […]

21 Feb 14 Megan

Wisdom Wednesday: Meditation Part 2

Today is a really busy day, so was yesterday, so I’m going to keep this short today (I’ve already done a post this morning letting you know about our Foggy Frog Thunderclap). Today’s post is a follow up from last week’s meditation post . Yesterday I had the second meditation class.   The key thing I […]

19 Feb 14 Megan
wpid-Making_the_invisible_visible_Thunderclap.png

Just 11 days until we launch #FoggyFrog on Kickstarter

There’s only 11 days until we launch our Kickstarter campaign to fund the publishing and distribution of the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang picture book. Help us start our campaign with a bang by participating in our Thunderclap to spread the word that we want to be heard and no longer want to be […]

19 Feb 14 Megan

Mental Mondays: Our 11 top tips for mental strength

Thank you to everyone who commented on my post Being Mentally Strong with Chronic Illness. From your comments I have managed to create a list of tips from the chronically ill for mental strength. Here are our 11 Top Tips for Mental Strength: Focus on the positives in any situation. Listen to your body. Handle […]

17 Feb 14 Megan

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day! E and I don’t really celebrate Valentines day, but I thought it would be a great opportunity to thank all of you for you love and support as we move towards the launch of the Foggy Frog Campaign. I feel so lucky to have been able to connect with all of you. […]

14 Feb 14 Megan
Awakening Experiences

A Selection of True Awakening Experiences…

Download your free E-book (A Selection of True Awakening Experiences) is now available on Barbara’s blog. Being part of making this Ebook was a wonderful experience. The Magnificent bloggers who created this Free E-Book are… 1st Barbara – https://memymagnificentself.wordpress.com 2nd Paddy – http://paddypicasso.wordpress.com 3rd Emanuel- http://emantable.com/musings-of-a-table/ 6th Julianne – http://juliannevictoria.com 7th Sarah – http://theskycladwriter.wordpress.com 8th Shree […]

12 Feb 14 Megan

Wisdom Wednesday: Meditation

I started a 5 week meditation course last night, it involves one hour, one night a week spent in a group practicing meditation. The course is for beginners (I was the only one there who had practiced at all before starting) so I’m hoping to learn some useful tips to help my meditation practice at […]

12 Feb 14 Megan

What can Crowdfunding do for those of us with invisible illnesses?

You may have noticed the last few weeks I’ve been hinting at the fact the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang campaign was going to be getting busier in March. That’s because we’re taking the next step and officially launching with a crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter. We’re doing this because I’ve realised that I do […]

11 Feb 14 Megan

Mental Mondays: Taking a break to move forward

This weekend I took another break from technology and spent my time relaxing with E at the beach. It reinforced for me the need to get away regularly and not think about the projects, problems and other things you have going on in life.   By taking a break I was able to refocus on […]

10 Feb 14 Megan

Life with Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang: Australian Pain Society share my story

On Thursday this week, I was published on the Australian Pain Society’s blog. The Australian Pain Society is a multidisciplinary body aiming to relieve pain and related suffering through leadership in clinical practice, education, research and public advocacy. This is a new blog they have just set up so head over and check them out, […]

09 Feb 14 Megan

Sunshine, Flowers and Friends

I am extremely grateful for all the awards I have been nominated for in my first few months of blogging. Over January I’ve been focused on writing my regular posts and I haven’t had time to sit down relax and respond to those of you who have nominated me for awards.   Today I’m going […]

08 Feb 14 Megan

My 100th post + Swimming for Chronic Pain

  I know it’s meant to be Physical Friday but I just wanted to celebrate reaching 100 posts written or recorded by me! I really didn’t know what to expect when I began blogging but I am happy to announce that it has helped me create a new group of friends and keep in touch […]

07 Feb 14 Megan

Life with Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang: Jennifer’s story

Jennifer from MEcuperate contacted me the other day about sharing her story with Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang. So today I’m passing over to her. Jennifer’s Story I was a very busy, very active, very social girl, burning the candle at both ends when i was visited by Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang. […]

06 Feb 14 Megan

Wisdom Wednesday: Brain Fog and Meditation

Since crashing last April, my brain has been in a constant state of fog, ranging from still functioning but slightly confused to can’t think, can’t move, can’t do anything at all. Most the time I feel like the guy in the picture below.   What does this have to do with meditation? To begin with […]

05 Feb 14 Megan

Life with Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang: Jordan’s Story

I recently received a wonderful email from Jordan over at Qatmaster which I feel encapsulates how living with an invisible illness can feel, and what a blessing the WordPress family is to have around when you’re struggling. Thank you Jordan for letting me share this here as part of the ‘Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang’ […]

04 Feb 14 Megan

Mental Monday: Working with your limits

Let’s talk about Limits! It’s February already and this means a change in focus words. January was focused on Reflection. During the month I looked back over my life and I looked at what I had been able to do since becoming ill almost a year ago now! This month the focus word is Limitation. This […]

03 Feb 14 Megan

“Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang” campaign video

Check out Jenn’s prelaunch video for our Kickstarter campaign.

02 Feb 14 Megan

New Items Listed on The Foggy Frog Etsy Store

Yesterday I announced the winner of the Facebook Giveaway. Congratulations Brittani, I’ll be posting it out to you soon! There are more wheatbags available at the Foggy Frog Etsy Store. There are also gift cards available right now. More items will be coming soon. Click on each image to be taken to that item.

01 Feb 14 Megan

Ask Megan… Managing, Tracking and Reporting on Fatigue

A while ago I got an email from Claire at Living Being Doing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, she asked me the following question: I’m investigating ways that people manage their fatigue, both as a record (for doctors/insurance, to measure efficacy of new treatments) and management – to make sure you don’t do too much on […]

31 Jan 14 Megan

Wisdom Wednesday: Passions and Dreams

Today I want to talk to you about passions and dreams. No matter where you are in life you will always have at least one passion and one dream. These may change as your life does but they are always there. My whole life I have been passionate about the environment and about caring for […]

29 Jan 14 Megan

Invisible Illnesses: Campaign to Raising Public Awareness

The image above is one of the early sketches of Foggy Frog that I have made for the “Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang” campaign. This is a project created by the Spoonie Community (those of us suffering from invisible illnesses) for the Community. We aim to provide information and support; encouraging those outside our […]

28 Jan 14 Megan

Mental Monday: Being Mentally strong with Chronic Illness

The other day I reblogged a post entitled “Are you mentally strong?“. This post had a list from Forbes that outlined 18 things mentally strong people do. The list focuses on mental strength for professional people. At the suggestion of Susan from Owls and Orchids, I’m writing this post to ask for your input in […]

27 Jan 14 Megan

Upcycling – The new buzzword

Upcycling is a good term to use to describe what I’m creating for my new Etsy shop “Foggy Frog Creations“. I try to do this with most things before considering recycling or throwing away.

26 Jan 14 Megan

Physical Friday – Daily Activities

Today has felt like a very long day, and I don’t feel like I’ve achieved what I set out to do. I’m currently starting to crash so this will be a very short post… This is a video I just recorded to give you a quick look into my daily activities and the impact they […]

24 Jan 14 Megan

Are you mentally strong?

An interesting post about how to be mentally strong.

24 Jan 14 Megan

Life Is A Beautiful Struggle

A wonderful, inspirational poem that demonstrates what we go through.

23 Jan 14 Megan
wpid-FB_IMG_13903582422125707.jpg

GIVE AWAY: handmade light weight wheat bag

So, I’m doing my first give away. To go into the draw to win this beautiful handmade wheat bag, perfect for heating or cooling any painful spots you may have, all you have to do is LIKE my Facebook page, SHARE and COMMENT on the giveaway status on the page. That’s it! A randomly drawn […]

22 Jan 14 Megan

Wisdom Wednesday: Gratitude Jar

Towards the end of last year I was sent a link to an idea to help reflect on the positives of daily life over a whole year. This idea was the gratitude jar. The idea of the gratitude jar is that you end each day writing down something you are grateful for and adding it […]

22 Jan 14 Megan

Mental Monday: Upcoming Projects

So, as you would be aware I’ve been very busy in the last 20 days completing several sewing projects and starting on a few bigger projects. I completed my patchwork quilt and made a matching meditation cushion: I’ve also started dropping hints of my really big project for this year, my campaign for raising awareness […]

20 Jan 14 Megan

Invisible Illnesses: Raising Public Awareness & Gaining a Reputation

I’m posting this a bit late, but it is in response to yesterday’s Daily Post’s Zero to Hero task and Daily Prompt: Do you have a reputation? What is it, and where did it come from? Is it accurate? What do you think about it? I have always had a reputation of being a bright and […]

19 Jan 14 Megan

Physical Friday – Exercising with a Chronic Illness

Last week I shared a video of my daily yoga practice to show what exercise I do to reduce my pain levels. Today I want to share the other part of my daily routine, the “real exercise” as my GP likes to call it. To maintain muscle condition, or at least reduce the levels of […]

17 Jan 14 Megan

The Hand You’ve Been Dealt

Accepting my illness early, even before I was formally diagnoses (which only happened this week) was definitely beneficial to me by allowing me to focus on the positives rather than dwelling on the negatives. Thanks to accepting this as part of my lifeiI have been primarily focused on what I can do without increasingly symptoms. […]

17 Jan 14 Megan

5 Simple Things Things We Forget as We Grow Older

Although we forget these things as we get older, they are important for living a happy life. Please don’t forget!

16 Jan 14 Megan

January Challenge… My Awakening Experience and Moving On

I’m participating in a challenge this month organised by Barbara from Me, My Magnificent Self. The participants in this challenge are sharing their awakening experiences. At the end of the challenge Barbara will be producing an E-book containing all of the stories. This will be available on all participating blogs. So today I’m sharing my […]

15 Jan 14 Megan

Patchwork quilt

After over 7 years of hand sewing squares together and giving up on the project, I finally finished my first ever patchwork quilt yesterday using the sewing machine. The backing material and padding inside of it both come from the suitcase of second hand material I got for Christmas. It feels like such an amazing […]

14 Jan 14 Megan

Calling All Fibro-Bloggers!

Celeste has implemented a new resource for reviews on Fibromyalgia treatments. Please contribute if you’d like to.

14 Jan 14 Megan

Never Take For Granted

Always remember that something small for you, like sharing a smile, may mean the world to someone else. Never take anything for granted.

14 Jan 14 Megan

Mental Monday: Reading, Writing, Learning & Teaching

Ever since I was little I loved to read. On a weekend we would visit the library and come back with a bag full of books. Usually by the end of the first day I had read most, if not all, of them! I definitely have some obsesive compulsive behaviours when it comes to reading […]

13 Jan 14 Megan

New Layout and About Me Page

  I’ve update my About Me page and made it the front page of my blog and my tag line. I’ve also updated the theme for my blog. In the next few weeks I’ll be adding a few new pages where I will be asking you for feedback on the support groups and websites that […]

12 Jan 14 Megan

Brain Fog / Creativity And ME : All Tabs Open, Sometimes Stuck.

Foggy Frog could be this character for everyone who wants him soon… Keep following my blog for details 🙂

12 Jan 14 Megan

Balancing act

An important life lesson… Keep things in balance 🙂

11 Jan 14 Megan

Apron Completed

If you follow me on Facebook or twitter you’d already know that apron that I gave you sneak peaks of late last year… It’s finished! And it’s been used! E and I made a wonderful orange and almond/hazelnut (didn’t have enough almonds) cake. This felt great, it was the first time I’ve managed to bake (with […]

11 Jan 14 Megan

My Chronic Life Journey has it’s own domain!

Today I made the leap and purchased my own domain. You can now find me at mychroniclifejourney.com You can still access the site from mychroniclifejourney.wordpress.com but now I feel like I have more of an identity. Don’t forget you can also follow me at: facebook.com/ChronicMeg and twitter.com/ChronicMeg

10 Jan 14 Megan

Physical Friday – Yoga practice for Chronic Pain

Day 6 of the Daily Post Zero to Hero Tasks was to try a new element. Today I’m trying out making my own video and posting on youtube to share with you here. Both making my own video and using youtube are new to me, so let’s see how we go. 🙂 This Physical Friday […]

10 Jan 14 Megan

Invisible Illnesses and Public Perception

This post is written in response to day 3 of the Daily Post Zero to Hero tasks. I’ve seen this image going around Facebook a lot lately and it has got me thinking. Since my crash in April last year, I have become aware of this large community that I didn’t even know existed before. […]

09 Jan 14 Megan

Wisdom Wednesday: Love Letter to Myself

The following letter was written in response to seeing this video from SoulPancake on Facebook:   Dear Megan, I know right now we are going through an extremely difficult time and at times things can get a little overwhelming. Just remember that no matter what happens I am always here for you. We’ve made a […]

08 Jan 14 Megan

Why am I here and what do I want to achieve in 2014?

Seeing as I’m still relatively new to blogging I thought I’d follow along with the daily post’s Zero to Hero prompts. I’m a little behind but the first prompt was to write a post introducing yourself and your blog. Obviously I had already done this when I first began blogging but I thought this might […]

07 Jan 14 Megan

Mental Monday: Income Insurance Claim Issues

email I really need some help and advice! Please read this and let me know if you can help either in the comments or by email. As some of you may know, when I first left work completely in May last year I put in a claim for income protection under my work places insurance […]

06 Jan 14 Megan

Reflections 2013

Another year over and a new one begun Farewell to a year of good times and bad A year that had started with opportunities and fun Suddenly removed when health crashed right down High pain began and the fog rushes in But positive things can still be seen A chance to rethink To redefine life […]

05 Jan 14 Megan

Ask Megan… How does it all connect?

Here it is, my first ‘Ask Megan’ post. I have to admit that the question I’m answering didn’t come through the Say Hello page, but from a real life friend. We were talking about everything I’d been through since becoming ill and like everyone else she kept getting lost about who is doing what in […]

04 Jan 14 Megan

Physical Friday: Update on my ‘defining my boundaries’ experiment

Last year I set up an experiment to manage my pacing through the use of defined boundaries instead of a set routine that I tried to stick to every day. So… how has this experiment gone so far? I’d have to say I have a way to go still in defining my limits, if it’s […]

03 Jan 14 Megan

Starting 2014 With Reality

A great list of life wisdom that we can all learn from!

02 Jan 14 Megan

Another welcome to the family, plus Liebster and Lighthouse Awards

I have been nominated for three more awards. Jenn from My Fibrotastic Life has nominated me for the Lighthouse Award, Amanda from My Crazy Migraine Life has nominated me for the Liebster Award, and Julia from Julie’s Spoonful of Sugar has nominated me for the WordPress Family Award. Please head over to each of their […]

02 Jan 14 Megan

The path to being the best me

“You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.”– Jerry Gillies Happy New Year everyone! As I mentioned before the new year, 2014 is going to be the year of find me. I knew what areas I wanted to […]

01 Jan 14 Megan

Ditch New Year’s resolutions for 5 yogic tricks & get immediate results

Some great suggestions here for balancing your body and mind, and have a happy 2014.

31 Dec 13 Megan

Worth It

Beautiful sentiments to live by

28 Dec 13 Megan

Challenge 2014… My Awakening Experience and Moving Forward…

Barbara, over at Me, My Magnificent Self is setting up a January challenge to write an E-book with 31 stories about real people’s Awakenings and how they’re moving forward. I’ve signed up to add my story but we still need a few other people to join to get the 31 stories. Head over and see […]

26 Dec 13 Megan

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I hope everyone enjoys the holiday season. Here is a Haibun I’ve written for Paint the World with Words poetic form of the week. It focusses on Christmas Eve dinner with E’s family… The Red Dress Last year bouncing, spinning, dancing, singing. This year smiling, resting, sitting, listening. Last year body limber, jumping. This year […]

25 Dec 13 Megan

Defining the best me – The Spiritual

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”– Carl Jung As I mentioned in my previous post on Aspriations for 2014. The new year is going to be all about defining the best ME. To do this I will be focussing in […]

24 Dec 13 Megan

Love at Christmas, by Sharon Jaynes.

This is a beautiful interpretation of a beautiful bible verse!

23 Dec 13 Megan

How To Invite Your Spoonie Over For Dinner

Check out Claire’s post on how to invite a spoonie over for dinner. I’ve definitely appreciated when my friends and family have recognised my limitations but not made a huge fuss about them. Ensuring there’s something that can be eaten and somewhere to lie down are probably my 2 biggest requirements that I often feel […]

23 Dec 13 Megan

Defining the best me – The Mental

“You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.”– Jerry Gillies As I mentioned in my previous post on Aspriations for 2014. The new year is going to be all about defining the best ME. To do this I will […]

23 Dec 13 Megan

Defining the best me – The Physical

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”– Henry David Thoreau As I mentioned in my previous post on Aspriations for 2014. The new year is going to be all about defining the best ME. To do this I will be focussing in on 3 core topics for the year and aiming […]

22 Dec 13 Megan

Defining the best ME Nonet

The following nonet has been written as part of Paint the World with Word’s “Be Inspired Challenge” Defining the best ME In the new year I will discover with An open heart and open mind The best ME I can become Aware of my needs Physical, Mental And Spiritual Connecting Mind and Body (c) Megan […]

21 Dec 13 Megan

Reducing Technology

I’ve already discussed the general benefits of getting away when you have chronic illness. Today I want to focus in on one key factor I believe was beneficial to me; reducing my reliance on technology. In today’s environment there is technology everywhere. This technology can be a good thing as it allows us to connect […]

20 Dec 13 Megan

2014 Aspirations: Defining the best ME

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”– Aldous Huxley At this time of year, people are starting to set resolutions and goals for the new year. Given that my health seems to be so variable and I have no idea what I’m going […]

19 Dec 13 Megan

Shades of Blue – Being Conscious and Mindful

Have you ever noticed how many different shades of blue there are and how abundant the colour is in our lives? I recently got introduced to the Conscious Day App by my MIL. This is an app that helps you to develop your mindfulness by providing daily challenges. One of the first challenges I participate […]

18 Dec 13 Megan

Updating doctors – history and progress December 2013

So last Wednesday I had 2 doctors appointments in the one day. One of them was with my normal GP and the other was with the GP assigned by the insurance company to assess my claim for income protection insurance. In preparing for the income protection insurance doctor I came to realise that my list […]

17 Dec 13 Megan

I’ve joined the Sisterhood…

Thank you so much to Paint the World with Words for nominating me for “The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award”. The rules for this award are very simple: Provide a link to and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award. Answer ten questions. Nominate 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to […]

16 Dec 13 Megan

I’ve been interviewed!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Julie from Counting My Spoons asking if I’d be happy to be interviewed for her regular column Fibro Warrior Wednesday. The resulting interview was published on Wednesday. Head over to Julie’s site to take a look: Counting My Spoons: Fibro Warrior Wednesday – Chronic Meg. While you’re there, […]

15 Dec 13 Megan

Looking into the New Year Tanka

This Japanese Tanka poem has been written in response to Paint the World with Words “Be Inspired Writing Challenge“.  And so it begins Rising above pain and fog Planning and scheming Aspirations, hopes and dreams Blooming in the year ahead (c) Megan S, December 2013 I am currently planning out my blog ideas for the […]

14 Dec 13 Megan

Benefits of getting away when dealing with chronic illness

Last weekend I had a wonderful time away with my mum and my sister, T. We visited my Aunty and Uncle at their home on Dangar Island. This visit got me thinking a lot about the way our environment impacts our health. Before starting this blog, E and I went on a holiday to Port […]

13 Dec 13 Megan
12 Dec 13 Megan

Versatility, Imagination and another Dragon

Thanks to both Katarina from Painfully Aware, Shaun from prayingforoneday, and In Loving Memory Of Jody Ann Bales for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award, In Loving Memory Of Jody Ann Bales also nominated me for The Imagine Award and Michelle from Fibro… Dealing and coping through laughter and tears for nominating me from another Dragon’s Loyalty Award.   […]

11 Dec 13 Megan

Graded Exercise Therapy (GET): What You Need to Know

This is a lot to consider when you are already dealing with being unwell but it is definitely worth while. I keep an energy expenditure diary which records what level of activity I’m doing every half hour and I record my pain levels, nausea levels, fatigue levels and other symptoms three times a day at […]

10 Dec 13 Megan

Girl’s Weekend on Dangar Island – A photo journal

Related articles Invasion of the Jellyfish (janelpratt.wordpress.com) Getting to Dangar (janelpratt.wordpress.com)

10 Dec 13 Megan

After Effects of a Good Night Out

This is an unedited prose that was written the day after the MUSE concert E and I went to last week. I thought I’d share what I night out can cost me even after careful resting and planning beforehand. I wrote this as it came to me during the day. Buzzing sensations everywhere as the […]

09 Dec 13 Megan

I like you and I know why…

As promised when telling you about my Environmentally Friendly Wedding, here is the text from my reading. I absolutely love this story! It’s a very long story though so I chose select verses from it for our wedding… I couldn’t cut out much of it though as I thought it described me and E so well.  […]

08 Dec 13 Megan

Emotional Healing through dreams?

So recently I’ve been having some very vivid, emotional but somehow all muddled up dreams. Most of my dreams have included a mixture of people I know now, people I knew in the past and people I don’t know at all. They don’t necessarily include events I’ve actually experienced but the feelings and emotions I’m […]

07 Dec 13 Megan

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome – What is it?

I recently realised I’ve focussed a lot on the ME/CFS and Chronic Pain aspects of my illness and have been completely ignoring the one diagnosis that most of you probably haven’t even heard of; Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS). So I thought I should do a post on what PCS actually is and how it affects […]

06 Dec 13 Megan

Foggy Frog Limerick

The following Limerick was inspired by Paint the World with Words Poetic Form of the Week ‘Be Inspired Challenge’… There lives a strange frog, Who can blow up a fog, Causing heaviness and confusion. And when he arrives, He will change all your lives, And you’ll struggle to find a solution! You can try exercising, […]

05 Dec 13 Megan

Cars, Needles and Tense Muscles

I had a big afternoon yesterday! I drove myself to my acupuncture appointment! My mum came with me and drove me home, but I made it there by myself 😀 This is a big deal because, as you know, I haven’t really been doing much driving the last 6 months. Why did I feel comfortable […]

04 Dec 13 Megan

A video I had to share, and humanity must see x

Such a beautiful video about gratitude!

03 Dec 13 Megan

So Many Award Nominations!

Wow, It seems that whenever I think I’ve got on top of my award nominations, more appear! Given my limited energy I’m going to try and combine these into one post, so I apologise for the length of this post (it’s taken me a few days to write!)… I’d like to thank Julie from Counting […]

03 Dec 13 Megan

“When the bloom of the Jacaranda Tree is here…

Christmas Time is Near!” From Christmas Where the Gum Trees Grow, An Australian Christmas Carol Christmas is usually a time of excitement for me. By now I’ve usually set up our Christmas tree and sorted out what I want to get everyone for Christmas (even if I haven’t bought them all), and I’m usually looking forward […]

02 Dec 13 Megan

Describing the Fog – poll included

I’m still struggling to come to terms with the best way to describe the Fog to other people. To me the Fog has two distinct parts: The Physical Fog, which causes the heaviness in my limbs and the weird spinning sinking sensations I sometimes experience, and The Mental Fog (or Brain Fog), which causes the confusion, inability […]

01 Dec 13 Megan

Take Charge Of Your Days

Great imagery of the course we should all be taking… Making our own happiness and choosing our own paths without relying on other things and people.

30 Nov 13 Megan

NaBloPoMo Wrap Up

I can’t believe it’s been a month already since I started this blog! So much as happened in the past month and I’m so glad I got to participate in NaBloPoMo as I way of kick starting my blog. I have already made some great friends and begun many new creative adventures as a result of […]

30 Nov 13 Megan

Guess What?!?! I’ve got another Dragon and a 2 Star Blog!

I’ve been nominated for yet another 2 awards! Thank you so very much to Celeste over at the wonderful Baking, Butter, & Happiness for nominating me for another Dragon’s Loyalty Award AND another Blog of the Year Award! As I wrote previously, Celeste and I have a lot in common and she has a wonderful […]

29 Nov 13 Megan

Chronic Pain and Fatigue – Exercising

An exercise haiku Excruciating… Walking, Downward Facing Dog Savasana… Relax! At every doctors appointment I go to they consistently ask “what exercise have you done/are you doing?”  My usual answer is that I’m trying to do as much yoga and walking as I can but that doesn’t mean I’m doing something every day. In fact, […]

28 Nov 13 Megan

Foggy Frog and Friends Haikus

Foggy Frog is here Heaviness and confusion Moving through the fog Slowly awaken Feel Gnawing Gnats all over Whole body aching Body on fire Burning Bats surrounding me Pain radiating Knives in chest and hips Pain is excruciating Stabbing Spiders here Needle Nematodes* Numbness with pins and needles Sleepy limbs attacked *Needle Nematodes evolved into […]

27 Nov 13 Megan

Tips for treating patients suffering from chronic pain

Definitely good advice for doctors! Just need to get the message out there.

26 Nov 13 Megan

Blog of the Year Nomination!

As mentioned in my previous post, There are Dragon’s Everywhere, 3 of my fellow bloggers had nominated me for awards in the past few days. In that post I wrote about the two Dragon’s Loyalty Awards I had been nominated for, in this post I want to thank Jenn from My Fibrotastic Life for nominating […]

26 Nov 13 Megan

There are Dragons Everywhere!

Wow, I’ve been away (posting already written posts, or picture posts) for a few days and in that time I’ve been nominated for awards by 3 other bloggers! To help me get through accepting them today I’m going to cheat a bit and combine two of them in this post. I would really like to […]

26 Nov 13 Megan

Planning an Environmentally Friendly Wedding

I promised a few of you a post about planning my wedding, so here it is. Please note that this post is very photo heavy. After E proposed I had 18 months to plan our wedding. We had a few key criteria that were very important to us: The wedding had to have as little […]

25 Nov 13 Megan

How I spend most of my time these days

                                 All photos above (c) E.S., 2013

24 Nov 13 Megan

Thank you for your support!

I’ve reached 200 likes and over 60 followers. Thank you for everyone who’s helped me get here in less than 1 month!

23 Nov 13 Megan

Banana Pancake Recipe

I’ve had very little sleep thanks to hot/cold spells and occasional pain through the night and I’ve got a very busy day today, so it’s only a short post this morning… As promised here is the recipe for my very simple and delicious Banana Pancakes. I’m sorry I can’t remember where I found this recipe […]

23 Nov 13 Megan

A wonderful picnic lunch

My MIL came around today to drop off some material, and the loom and yarn to make hats for charity. She also brought around lunch. So while there was a gap in the clouds and the sun was out we packed up my picnic basket and had lunch in a local park. It was a […]

22 Nov 13 Megan

Chronic Pain and Fatigue – More of My Story and a Healthy Diet for Me

Before I even fell ill early this year I knew there was something wrong with me. My whole life I have suffered from asthma and eczema, and whenever I fell sick it went to my chest and lasted longer than it should. I’ve often been told that even as a young child I had massive […]

22 Nov 13 Megan

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

I haven’t actually read as many of these as I’d have liked to but I’ll be keeping my eyes out for them second hand.

21 Nov 13 Megan

Discovering my inner peace

OK, I said I was going to be out today but I was too excited about letting you know about the new award I’ve received and I’ve got a little energy right now so here it is… Yesterday the lovely Jenn from My Fibrotastic Life nominated me for the Inner Peace Award. Thank you Jenn! This […]

21 Nov 13 Megan

No one’s home today…

I had a wonderful evening yesterday celebrating our anniversary with E, but it’s left me completely out of it today so I’m going to take today to just rest and relax. The cleaners are coming this afternoon so at least something will get done today 🙂 Please come back tomorrow for more exciting posts.

21 Nov 13 Megan

Small steps

This is a great post about how we can try to be sustainable in whatever way we can.

20 Nov 13 Megan

2 years ago today…

I married my best friend! E has been with me through the highs and lows of the last 10 and a half years. I am so grateful for having him with me as support through completing my degree and joining the workforce and for being my rock now as I go through the process of […]

20 Nov 13 Megan

Warning: Untreated Pain leads to Chronic Pain

An interesting article on chronic pain.

19 Nov 13 Megan

Fighting Foggy Frog and Friends

So I’ve introduced you to Foggy Frog and his Pain Gang, but I still need to introduce you to who’s on my side of this fight. This is not a post about all the people who are helping me out and supporting me through this process. Although you guys know who you are and you […]

19 Nov 13 Megan

Another completed sewing project

I’ve (semi)completed another sewing project. I always find the eye masks you can get at the shops uncomfortable so I thought I’d try make my own… The top material is the same as my neck pillow and the backing is cut from an old child’s fleece jumper. I was planning to add Velcro to the […]

18 Nov 13 Megan

Chronic Pain and Fatigue – Maintaining Relationships

I’ve found since being ill I don’t get to see my friends as much as I like. And I’ve begun to realise if I don’t start taking a more proactive approach I’m going to lose touch with people that are important to me. Over the past 7 months I’ve had to decline multiple invitations to […]

18 Nov 13 Megan

Chronic Pain and Fatigue – Resting

Resting… What is it really? To some people resting may be watching TV, or listening to music, or reading a book. But these activities still use energy, mental energy just not physical energy. For someone with chronic fatigue and pain this is still too much energy expenditure. To aid recovery we need complete rest. This […]

17 Nov 13 Megan

15 Ways to be More Sustainable

A few great points here! I especially agree with separating your organic waste. Here in my home state in Australia, ALL food waste can now go into the green organics bin with your garden clippings. This all then goes to a local compost and mulching company to be reused.

16 Nov 13 Megan

My first successful sewing project…

I’m still working on The apron I’ve given you sneak peaks of, but I have successfully completed one sewing project… My very own hot/cold shoulder pillow that can also be used as a travel pillow! It’s really comfy and fits my shoulders perfectly. This was my second attempt (first one was too small) but it […]

16 Nov 13 Megan

To Drive or Not to Drive?

I have not driven in the last 6 months (apart from one short drive after one of the doctors recommended I try again). This is because whenever I’m in a moving vehicle (and sometimes when walking) my vision goes unfocused after less than 5 minutes and I don’t feel safe driving if that happens. But […]

16 Nov 13 Megan

Unique Leaves are falling here

Wow! I’d like to send out a big Thank You to Julie from The Nocturnal Laundress, who has nominated me for the Unique Leaves Award. Please take the time to head over to her inspirational blog to take a look. So, here are the rules for accepting this award. The “Unique Leaves Award” Rules Display […]

15 Nov 13 Megan

“It can’t be that bad…”

This is why I’m trying to keep up with an exercise regime even though it hurts to do it. I am trying to reduce it down to a level that doesn’t increase the pain too much.

14 Nov 13 Megan

Will This Matter a Year From Now?

Something everyone should try to focus on!

14 Nov 13 Megan

Chronic Pain and Fatigue – Managing your own Expectations

This post has been inspired by conversations with people I know and The Better Way CFS‘s post on “How CFS has Changed Me”. The conversations have been around other people expressing their concerns that my goals and expectations for the future are now unrealistic. The blog post talks about how being ill has caused a […]

14 Nov 13 Megan

Defining my Boundaries (Day 6 – Personal Boundaries)

Day 6 of the 21 Days of Gratitude program focused on setting personal boundaries to be able to give from the deepest part of your soul. It took me a while to get my thoughts straight but it got me thinking about how well my daily schedule is working for me. Although it works well […]

13 Nov 13 Megan

Crafts – Cards

Last week I spent my crafting time making cards for the wedding and 60th we had on the weekend. Obviously I couldn’t post them before the events in case the recipients were reading my blog, so here they are now… This card was made using store bought diecuts and a precut card. I used double […]

12 Nov 13 Megan

Could Somebody Please Take The Batteries Out Of The Damn Remote?

This is how I feel 80% of the time at the moment!

11 Nov 13 Megan

No Other Option

This is exactly how I feel about my situation. I have a choice it.in how I deal with my pain and fatigue, even though I don’t have a choice about having it. I make the choice to be positive and grateful and to choose to manage my pain and fatigue in a healthy wway I […]

11 Nov 13 Megan

Chronic Pain and Fatigue – Managing Special Events

So this past weekend I had 2 major events in a row… We had a friends wedding on Saturday and my father-in-law’s 60th on Sunday. To enjoy both events and not increase my symptoms I had to carefully manage how I engaged with these events and the days surrounding them. I have to say I […]

11 Nov 13 Megan

Please Understand Me…

I found the following letter on the FMS Community site. It explains a lot of what I’m going through and how those of you who aren’t ill can help. It’s been written for Fibromyalgia but works well for other chronic illnesses as well. Open Letter to the Normals There are the things I would like […]

10 Nov 13 Megan

Stress VS. Faith

This is important for everyone to remember. Have faith that you will get where you want to be, and try not to stress too much about where you are now. If you’re living with chronic pain try to find ways to learn to listen to your body and work with the pain to get where […]

09 Nov 13 Megan

Spinning and Sinking…

I wrote this after experiencing some weird sensations during my meditation the other day… The world is spinning. As I close my eyes I am sinking. I can feel the ground below me giving way,as my body slowly gives in to the fog and the weight. Foggy Frog and the Gnawing Gnats are having a […]

09 Nov 13 Megan

Balancing my body…

At the moment my body is out of balance. This is obvious with the continuous pain and fatigue. I am listening to my body though and trying to re balance it. I am focusing on eating fresh, wholesome food as often as possible, meditating and resting to listen closer to my body, and surrounding myself […]

08 Nov 13 Megan

Today I’m Thankful For…

The warmth and company of our two Kitty cats 🙂

07 Nov 13 Megan

Crafts Progress

And the full product to be sewn (hopefully tomorrow) … can you work out what it is?

07 Nov 13 Megan

“Pain Matters” Documentary: the Burdens of Living with Chronic Pain

Although the presenter seems fairly over-dramatic (like in many American documentaries – sorry American readers), I can definitely relate to the comments made in the preview for this film. I’ll be watching it when it is released online at http://www.PainMattersFilm.com after November 16.

07 Nov 13 Megan

A day in my life with Chronic Illness

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, if I’m sticking to my limits I can only manage 6 minutes of walking (at a reasonable pace), 10 minutes of yoga (max, usually only manage 5 minutes) and I need 2.5 hours rest during the day. So what does my day look like on a typical day with […]

07 Nov 13 Megan

Dani’s 50 Day Challenge

Good luck Dani, a difficult challenge for a good cause.

06 Nov 13 Megan

13 TED Talks to cheer you up on a bad day

These talks are inspirational. I haven’t watched them all yet but when I’m having a bad day I want them on my blog so I can easily find them again.

06 Nov 13 Megan

Reduce stress and increase focus in 15 minutes or less – 3 techniques to try

Here are three techniques I use when I start to feel overwhelmed and need to refocus and clear my mind: Advanced Breathing Techniques. My psychologist has taught me 3 breathing exercises that help me to calm my mind, refocus and energise myself.  This is a bit hard to explain in writing so bare with me… […]

06 Nov 13 Megan

Being Thankful

What are you grateful for today? All Photos (c) Megan S or Doug Quine Photography, 2011 – 2013 Related articles What is my purpose in life? (mychroniclifejourney.wordpress.com) Mentors Channel and Louie Schwartzberg Announce “21 Days of Gratitude” (prweb.com)

05 Nov 13 Megan

What is my purpose in life?

I’m participating in the Mentor’s Channel “21 days of gratitude” meditation series. The first meditation last night focused on Finding your Purpose. Below is my reflections on the session. What is my purpose in life? Up until a few months ago I thought I knew what my purpose in life was and I thought I […]

05 Nov 13 Megan

Introducing Foggy Frog and Friends

Let me tell you about these creatures that have come to visit me. These are the ones that are causing all the problems and won’t go away. We’ll start with their leader, Foggy Frog. Foggy Frog is the one that’s always on my shoulder. He’s weighing me down and makes it feel like I’m pushing through […]

04 Nov 13 Megan

Congratulations & Thank You…

So today my husband, E, participated in a charity ride called Amy’s Ride here in South Australia with a few of our friends. He completed a 100 km course and was still able to smile at the other end (although he was pretty exhausted). I’d like to congratulate everyone who participated in the event. E […]

03 Nov 13 Megan

I feel like a spinning top or a dreidel…

My world is a constant confusion. My mind is prepared to attack. The past – A persuasive illusion. Dreidel- Don McLean I have had less than 3 hours sleep, so I’m going to apologise up front if anything in this post makes less sense than usual. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 🙂 I […]

03 Nov 13 Megan

Why do we do this to ourselves?

So, I woke early this morning with every part of my body aching and throbbing with pain. No matter how much I tried to get back to sleep, I couldn’t. In the end I got up and had a hot bath which soothed my muscles enough to get a little bit more sleep. I’m pretty sure […]

02 Nov 13 Megan

Crafts Sneak Peak

Bright and colourful birds of hope and healing! I’ve had a long and busy day today so this will have to do for the day. Stay tuned for more tomorrow…

01 Nov 13 Megan

National Blog Posting Month

So it looks like I’ve created my account just in time for National Novel Writing Month  (NaNoWriMo) and National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). I don’t feel up to writing 50,000 words but I do want to start trying to challenge my mind a bit more than I have the last 6 months so I will […]

31 Oct 13 Megan

Hello! Is it me you’re looking for?

For those of you who don’t know me, let me introduce myself. I’m Megan, welcome to my blog! I’m passionate about the environment and engaging the community in positive actions, as well as spending time with my family and friends. I love cooking, yoga and walking when I have the energy. I’ve recently been diagnosed […]

31 Oct 13 Megan

Fighting them…

This is something I wrote the other day after one of my meditations Fighting Them… Her body aches. As she lies there she feels the weight of them upon her body and can feel her energy draining away. She is weak and shaky, but she knows she has to fight them. Calling upon the calming […]

31 Oct 13 Megan