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10 great things and a half way update…

09 Feb 16
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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 spent outside.

Mid-way No Buy Challenge Update – Week 10

On Saturday E and I had a wonderful afternoon tea with Rach and her husband as a mid-way catch up for our 20 week No Buy Challenge (Yes, we’re already 10 weeks in!). We took the time to reflect on how the first half of the challenge had gone, my small discretions and temptations early on and Rach’s temptation that she managed to avoid in week 6.

We also considered the future, discussing whether this is something that would be ongoing for us or if we’d repeat the challenge in the future. For me the challenge has been relatively easy (I really don’t do that much shopping) where as it’s much more of a change for Rach. I’d probably continue (but more as a being mindful and intentional about things I buy then saying NO to all buying) and Rach straight out said no to continuing but would consider doing it again when they’re back from their trip (the reason she’s doing it this time).

10 Great Things about Me

Last week, while reading other blogs (something I try to do daily now) I came across a wonderful post on Chronic Rants that discussed how those of us with chronic illnesses can tend to focus on the negative impacts of our illnesses on our lives which impacts on our self esteem. She recommended that we should make a list of 10 great things about ourselves to counter the lowering of our self esteem…

Here’s mine:

  1. I’m optimistic. I always (or almost always) see the positive side of things and don’t let the negatives overwhelm me too much.
  2. I always have time for friends and family. Even if it’s just to listen to them and support them that way. This weekend was full of time for my friends. Afternoon tea with Rach on Saturday, lunch with another friend Sunday down the beach, and helping other friends with getting their house ready for rewiring in the evening (I sat and chat with V who’s expecting their second child in just over 4 weeks while E helped her husband with sealing everything they didn’t want dust to get into).
  3. I adapt well. Life has thrown me quite a few curve balls (chronic illness being a major one) and I’ve able to adapt my lifestyle so that it hasn’t impacted too badly on my mental health.
  4. I’m passionate.
  5. I live by my values. Over the years I’ve learnt to identify what’s important to me and (partially thanks to being able to slow my life due to my chronic illnesses) I do my best to prioritise these values, my family and friends, living sustainably and looking after my health being the most prominent of these.
  6. I love to learn.
  7. I love to help others.
  8. My friends and family love and support me in everything I do.
  9. I’m (mainly) a positive person.
  10. I’m unique!

I challenge you to make your own list of 10 Great Things about You. It does wonders for your self esteem.

Take Charge Of Your Days

30 Nov 13
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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.

Unique Leaves are falling here

15 Nov 13
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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

  1. Display the award logo in your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. Tell us how you and your blog are unique.
  4. What are your thoughts about being unique?
  5. Nominate 10 others blogger for this award and link to them.
  6. Notify those bloggers for the nomination.

Tell us how you and your blog are unique.

I believe that my combination of skills and experiences is unique and as such the story I’m telling through this blog is unique. The way I experience this illness I have is unique and I am creating my own path to a healthy lifestyle which allows me to reduce the symptoms I deal with and live what I believe is a fulfilling, purposeful life. My definition of fulfilling and purposeful would be different to that of anybody else and this also makes me unique. I have my own dreams for the future and I hope to share them in a unique way through this blog.

What are your thoughts about being unique.

This might be a bit cliché but everyone is unique in their own way. Being unique means being one of a kind and I believe that everyone and everything in life is, in at least a small way, unique.

My Nominees

My Journey Thru ME

My Fibrotastic Life

Notes From the Fog

Just Another F-Bomb


Baking, Butter & Happiness


No Poster Girl

Someone’s idea of luxury


Congratulations to all the nominees! Well done for sharing your uniqueness with all of us through your blog.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone (not just those of you nominated above) who reads and comments on my blog. You are all providing inspiration and support for me as I try to find out who I am with this illness.

So, a massive Thank You to everyone who takes the time to stop by my blog for becoming part of my online community.