Choosing to be thankful in the struggles

The year 2017 will forever be a year that I remember for a myriad of less than desirable reasons. Here’s where I confess that even with my positive attitude when you’re in the midst of the muck you can’t always see beyond the struggle you are currently engaged in.

I shared a lot of my daily life on Instagram so I could feel connected to the outside world. My feed was filled with face masks, inhalers, and doctor’s appointments. I shared my good days and I shared my bad. I wanted to help give a face to invisible illnesses. I wanted you to know that you are not alone.

I know I won’t forget the struggles of this past year and in a way I am thankful for them.

What do you mean you are thankful for your struggles?

The struggles in life help us to grow. They show us who and what are important. They help us to figure out our focus.

Between the struggles there was so much good. There was fun with family and friends. There were new adventures with and without the face mask. And of course there was lots of Vivien.

I look at my 2017 best nine and I remember the celebration of these moments in my life.

Nine moments that share the beauty of 2017.

 

The first time I was out without a face mask, even if it was for a few moments.

An all day outing with my granddaughter at the mall that left me exhausted but filled with happiness.

The start of my life with my husband.

My girls at my happy place.

Small trips and victories in my life that I just can’t put into words.

This past summer I read Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl and this quote resonated with me.

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”

 

There will be misery and sadness, you will struggle. But in all of it look back and see the beauty that remains.

 

A new year and a fresh start

One of my favorite things about welcoming a new year is putting up a  new calendar on the wall.  All of the memories that I have yet to schedule on the pages gives me a thrill.

As you plan out your year remember you can do anything!

“The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything. As long as you believe.” Bob Ross

Bob paints Leia a pretty little picture of a new life together

Princess Leia decides to leave her past behind to wander through the pretty little trees with Bob.

May your new year be full of believing while you walk through all of the pretty little trees in life.

 

Feeling like a heathen as I pray to the Google gods

Changes are underfoot around here and if I am going to be completely honest change scares me. Ten years ago when this site was a wee infant things were different with Google and on the interwebs. I knew I needed to make some changes, but all of that was confirmed when I attended the Bloggy Conference at Cedar Point last weekend. The shiny new header you see above is the first of many changes and was probably the easiest.

Colors have meaning

I suffer from many invisible illnesses and the new colors reflect those causes near and dear to my heart.

When you have lung issues you have to stop what you are doing to take your meds.

The purple in my header stands for Fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed with it at the age of 23 after months of horrendous pain radiating down my legs that made it nearly impossible to walk.

The grey that makes up the inner part of the letters in Domestic Extraordinaire stand for asthma and allergies. If you have seen me on social media or know me in real life you know that Chronic Persistent Asthma and severe allergies have had a hold on me since February. I am getting better day-by-day as we get my asthma managed.

The teal stands for many things that I identify with and has been one of my favorite colors my whole life. (Feel free to ask me about my wine and teal bedroom from the early 90s, however don’t ask my mother about the wooden floor that I painted because it didn’t fit with my color scheme) Teal is the awareness color for anxiety, food allergies, sexual assault and PTSD.

Moving forward

In future posts I will share how I live with these invisible and sometimes visible illnesses. I will share stories of my life dealing with chronic illness with fun and laughter peppered in. Ways that I practice self care and lessons I have learned. I will be honest and transparent so that you know that you are not alone. And I’ll probably share lots of posts about Barney and Kevin our robot vacuum as we are always together.

I look forward to taking this journey with you and now I am off to fix some SEO issues and fix all the broken links that I will create by doing what Google wishes.

Wish me luck!