The World Health Organization defines you as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” In other words, you are the epitome of balance and wellness. As you live and thrive in me, you make me whole. Since I am in control of my environment (for the most part) and how I treat my body, mind, and spirit, I honor your presence and influence in my life.
The most important thing in my life is love, yet I cannot love if I don’t have you.
My goal is to help others find their balance and experience joy, yet I cannot achieve that goal if I do not have you.
I wish to nurture my family and live a long life full of energy and excitement, yet I cannot do these things without you.
I know it’s difficult. I don’t make things easy. However I think I am in control of my environment and how I treat myself, I am at times careless and even reckless with you. I am aware that there is some disease and infirmity that inhibits your ability to be at your absolute best. Yet, I do very little to make changes in the affected areas and I do not always take full advantage of the resources available to me. In fact, I have been doing the least possible in those areas. For that, I am deeply sorry.
I want to be real with you. I know you appreciate that! I am doing my best here. I won’t make any promises. I won’t give you false hopes. But I will say, I will never give up hope. I will never give up trying. I will never give up on you.
I need you, Health. I want to see us working and fighting together to achieve not just balance, but greatness. We won’t just be well, we will be outstanding!
Grab the Badge and Join my “Health Community.” Together, we can achieve anything!
I first experienced stacking rocks and making rock piles while camping on the beach a few summers ago with my family and my brother’s family.
I love stacking up the rocks and building towers with them. My kids love it, too. I believe my brother gave us some folklore about what it means to have the highest, most stable pile of rocks. It kept the kids busy for hours trying to make the tallest stack. My brother is a genius!
I enjoyed taking photos of the stacks of rocks from varying positions and perspectives. I recently took the photo that I used for this badge while on a trip with my niece in Northern California. I did not build that stack. It was already there. I like that they last for a while and I enjoy the mystery of who built it, when and why.
I decided to use this image for my Health Community Badge because it symbolizes the need for all different types of people to position themselves in such a way upon which a lasting and powerful foundation can be built. Together, we can rise up and make something substantial happen that everyone can see.
If you would like to join me on my journey, you may copy the badge and put it on your own blog. Or, just leave a comment or say a little prayer. Any way you want to do it, your support will be felt and appreciated.
To read more about my Health Journey and 30 Posts in 30 Days with WEGO Health:
“To stay on the high road, don’t look back. Focus on the destination and enjoy the view!”
For NHBPM I was supposed to write about ‘taking the high road’. I have taken the high road. Therefor there will be no post about it.
Once you decide to take the high road, you can only stay there by not gloating and speaking of what you did. If you truly sacrificed your beliefs for someone or something else you can never go back without taking a detour or making a u-turn. To stay on the high road, you must leave the past behind you.
Three Things That I Am Excited About: Day 5 #NHBPM
Lucky for me, my heart speaks up now and then to remind me that I am not a complete slacker. I believe that God doesn’t give you more than you can handle. I have lots of great news and many accomplishments to be proud of. During the past year that I have been maintaining my Diabetes, I have not had any serious episodes and I always take my meds. However, I am excited about the fact that I have successfully weaned myself off of my anti-depression and anxiety medicine and now manage that holistically. I have completed an online course and received my certificate for life coaching. I have attended a blogging conference and have maintained my blog while increasing my readership and have been published on a national online magazine.
Managing Depression Holistically
I am a strong proponent of prescribed medication because it has saved my life and my sanity many times. I have a chemical imbalance that causes me to worry needlessly. The chain reaction that results from that worry leads to stress induced insomnia, migraine headaches, digestive problems, cysts, depression, and the worst thing ever, anxiety attacks. All of which results in a myriad of other serious problems and issues, including but not limited to missing work and problems within my relationships. After dealing with all of these issues separately for many years, I finally found the golden combination of counseling, medical advice and prescription medication that worked for me.
A healthy balance is key. Knowing how far I can tip to the sides without falling down is vital. Getting help before I fall is imperative. Knowing myself and anticipating when things might get too difficult for me has been what has made it possible for me to manage the diagnoses of depression and anxiety. It is a disease. It can be managed. For me, it is triggered by outside influences. Right now, everything is going well in my life, with my family, my job, everything. So, I am not in counseling. I am not taking medication. I am able to maintain balance with relaxation techniques, mantras, and writing. I know that if something (when something) happens that is beyond my control and capabilities, I can and will return to the resources I have for help. My doctors are there for me. In the meantime, I love the feeling of freedom from the meds.
I like being on my own. I still have mood swings, episodes of mild depression, anxiety, and headaches. I try to recognize the cycles and the symptoms as they come. I try to accept them and not let it get to me. That is all part of my holistic approach.
Becoming a life coach is a huge accomplishment for me. Having reached a healthy balance in my own life has helped me to see how important that is to experience happiness. I have always wanted to be able to help others. All my life people have been able to open up to me and I am grateful for the ability that I have to listen and encourage them. I have been challenged a few times. I have been asked, what gives me the authority to coach or counsel others. I did not have an answer for that. My catechetical and leadership training had been enough when I was ministering at my church and in faith circles. Yet, I longed to be able to help all people in a non-denominational setting.
I have always challenged myself and felt that there was something I could do professionally with my talents. I just wasn’t sure what exactly or where I would take it. I found the answers with becoming a certified professional life coach. I am now educated in the techniques and methodologies taught by Fowler Wainwright Institute of Professional Coaching. For now, since I am gainfully employed, I plan to practice coaching on the side to help people, to enhance my writing, to lead workshops and retreats, and to build a practice that I can fall back on when I eventually retire. Having a solid plan is like taking a breath of fresh air! It feels amazing and propels me forward, and that is the best direction!
This week I am celebrating my one year anniversary of blogging. I have had my blog on WordPress since 2007 and have been posting articles (136 of them to date) on it consistently for about one year. That makes this my first “blogiversary!” I am very proud of all of the writing I have done, but mostly I am happiest about the unforgettable people I have encountered on this journey. They have changed my life for the better with their encouragement and love. In my 100th post article, I highlighted each turn of my journey and linked to many of the people who, like lampposts, have lighted my way along my path.
In celebration of my blogiversary, I would like to share the links to a few of my favorite blogs. Join me in the celebration and take a look at what these phenomenal women are writing about:
There are too many prescription bottles in my bag right now. I am 44 years young and I am not happy that I can keep up a conversation about healthcare and medicines with people decades older than me. I don’t like that I am taking meds for Diabetes, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, depression, anxiety, migraines, arthritis, and back pain. That is ridiculous! I am young enough and have the physical and mental capacity to do something about this. I don’t want to be a slacker anymore! I need to lighten the load. I need to take control and combine different methods to manage my health issues and stop relying on the meds to feel better.
Most of the drugs I take are to be taken on an as needed basis. So I do not need to carry them around in my bag, realistically. I think I use them as a crutch. Knowing they are there, lets me off the hook. No more. I only need the Metformin in my bag. I only need the Pravastatin on my night table. Everything else can go in the medicine cabinet.
I will set the goal for this time next year. Hopefully, with diet and exercise I can reduce or eliminate the need for the Diabetes and high cholesterol meds. Instead of carrying around a bag of meds, I will be carrying a gym bag. Then I can tell you about that experience! I would much rather be talking about that with my friends!
The truth is I haven’t had a conversation with my doctor lately because I have been afraid to go and get negative results. Although I feel good, the same that I have felt for the past year, I don’t feel better. I feel guilty about that. I wanted to get better. I wanted to make positive changes and be better, healthier, and thinner by now. I hoped to be off the Metformin that I take for Diabetes. I had hoped to beat this. I am disappointed in myself. I feel like I am making myself this way by not taking the actions that I should be, could be taking. Every time I eat something that I know I shouldn’t be eating, it is like taking small amounts of poison. I feel like eventually, it will kill me, yet I keep consuming it. The imagery helps for a moment and then I think, but it’s not poison. It is food. Everyone else can eat it. It won’t kill me today. My inner conversation is a constant battle.
I need to have a conversation with my doctor. I need to take that step to get better. I need to get over the guilt and take action. Just taking my meds is not enough and I know it. It is time to get the blood tests, get the A1C results, face the music, and take charge. I am still afraid. But not knowing where I stand right now is worse.
Today is Day 2 of Wego’s National Health Blog Post Month. There are two prompts to choose from each day. One was to write about the weirdest thing about your health. Right now everything seems weird. After yesterday’s long heartfelt and emotionally exhausting post, I decided to go with the second prompt. Find a quote and use it as inspiration.
The quote above, from Gibran, “When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” is exactly what I am going through these days. I am sadly missing the people in my life who I loved and I am sad that I have similar troubles with my health that they had. I am looking again at my sadness and hoping for a silver lining. There are some hopeful things that I can gain from this experience.
One. I loved them. They loved me. Everyone should be so lucky to have experienced that kind of love.
Two. I have their experiences to learn from. I will honor them and try not to make the mistakes they may have made.
Three. I have knowledge, strength, and support that will help me through this.
I urge you to look again in your heart. What makes you sad? Could it be that you are longing for the thing that once made you happy. Perhaps knowing that you were once happy is not enough. Make yourself happy again. At least now you know what you are missing.