Summer Projects

Summer projects have been started these last few days. Much mapping out of plans and making lists as per usual. I wanted to take some time over the next few months to work on a couple of home projects, play around with the One Little Word prompts and take some quality time of other creative ambitions.

First up is The Great Closet Purge of 2018. We are rounding on five and a half years at our home, It’s time for me to purge the contents of my walk-in closet. Its like all the things I have accumulated have used my closet as a final resting place. It is out of control.  I still maintain a capsule wardrobe with no more than forty-four vestments in my closet. However, I also use the space as a storage spot, a shipping/packing area for my direct sales business and attire for a renaissance group I belong to.

The space could really use a kon-mari weekend. The goal is to remove all the overgrowth of stuff, streamline my shipping needs and get rid of stuff that no longer serves a purpose. My ultimate goal is to sell what I can, donate the rest and enjoy the results.

Next up is the kitchen  – time to lay down fresh shelf lining, weed out the unused items and get the old out and refresh with the new. I am the logistics manger for this family task. With years of daily use the self lining has seen better days and we could use a bit more organization in spots within the cupboards.

I figure one cupboard a weekend will keep us in line to get this done throughout the summer. All of us here deal with health issues and there is no good reason for us to try to get this done all in one weekend. Slow and steady turtle pace for us Chronics.

As for my creative ambitions, I will be using my copious free time to do some painting and work on the One Little Word prompts for the summer season. I won’t lie, June didn’t happen for my journaling endeavors and I am already into July. Eeps.

I have been thoroughly enjoying a crazy new world of 3D painting. Click here for a more informative video cuz I may not have all the right words to explain. I’m not a person who enjoys creative projects that take too much time (i.e. traditional embroidery). I enjoy projects that are very quick and very easy.  Instant gratification basically.

I’m ready to enjoy a productive summer and could really use a sweet tea right now.

Summer Projects

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It’s in the Blood

So, your girl is going dairy and gluten-free. May we have a moment of silence for the loss of pancakes?? Sad as it may seem, it is what my naturopath recently recommended. The gastro issues I have been having are being feed by an inordinate amount foods that make my tummy very sad. plus, it wants sugar, it really wants sugar.

What are the guidelines to going dairy and gluten-free? Does anyone know? In a recent trip to my local library I was only able to find cook books but no “how to”. Hello, where are my step-by-step instructions to life changes? I don’t know if I am particularly ready to give up avocado toast and ice cream.

Thankfully, there was a Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Eating a my library. In it, it gives details on what grains to look for in labels. I understand from my naturopath that he wants to delve into gut health so I better get reading.

On the other plate is dairy. My recent blood work showed surprising results for allergies to Cow’s milk and of all things, eggs. The doc stated that humans are the only species that drinks the milk of another species. Makes milk sound a bit gross now. It may take me a bit longer to let this one go. I do consume quite a bit of dairy during the day.

There is cheese on the eggs, ice cream, and sour cream with my Taco Tuesday! Not to mention the yogurt I just had for breakfast. OY! This is a very wicked plan to get me to eat more vegetables.

Where do I start? That is my question right now.  I recently asked my crew on Instagram for recommendations on books and sources. One mentioned a vegan site…they shoot meat eaters with carrots, don’t they?

If you have a resource, please share in the comments below.

Going on a Field Trip

Ok, I’m going to date myself here on this one. Does anyone remember the Siouxsie & The Banshees song Cities in Dust? I remember it as my first history lesson on Pompeii. I can recall the interest that the video on MTV provoked as it was my first glimpse of the Pompeiian body casts. (you know, way way, back in the day when MTV actually had videos.)

Well, this Spring I got to visit Pompeii.  No, not the actual site but slice of it at the Arizona Science Center. A nice tidy exhibit of over two hundred artifacts from the Naples National Archaeological Museum. My parental unit (aka Mom) is avid newspaper reader. She came across an article last November letting us Phoenicians know that Pompeii would be coming to our desert town. It’s basically been on the family to do list for months. When asked what she wanted for her most recent birthday, she just said “Pompeii”.

With a gorgeous Spring day, we headed out for our adventure. Since I hate parking in unfamiliar places, I suggested we take the light rail to our destination. It was a forty minute ride into downtown Phoenix from a local park and ride.   Our destination was just a block and half from the rail stop so walking didn’t tire us out too much. We planned ahead and since the exhibit was a timed event, we picked a late morning viewing.

It starts with a video component that gives the audience the day in question (August 24th, 79 AD) and then leads you into villa.  For me, I will always remember the beautiful black and white marble mosaic. It is always so breathtaking to see such artistry from another place and time. The exhibit it’s self gave you an overview of daily life within Pompeii giving a brief historical view of their culture, the food they ate, the places they visited during a typical day and of course the body casts.

Before going into the gallery that had the body casts there was a dramatization of the impact that the eruption would have been like. At this point of my day, I was already pretty anxious but the noise of the eruption was almost too much for me to handle. Then again, it’s not too much worse than going to action movie with surround sound.

All in all, given my propensity of getting way tired, I actually did far better than I thought I would. It helped that we took the light rail, which meant no traffic/parking stress. We also pre-paid for the event, meaning less time in a line. We even took time to have a rather awesome lunch at The Rose and Crown before heading back home.

I had a wonderful day with my beautiful family.  Share your adventures in the comments below.

 

What to Pack for a Day Trip

first aid pouch

I am excited to share with you the essentials that I packed for a recent day trip in my hometown of Phoenix. As a person with a chronic illness I had a few things I wanted to be prepared with.  I am a total list making freak so I am always searching thru the interwebs for inspiration. There are boundless lists out there for us, lists for peeps with kiddos, lists for peeps with pets and so on.

Depending on my excursion, these”essentials” can be stored in my travel bag along with my wallet, keys, small notebook and camera. For the purposes of this post, I used a Fjallraven mini kanken. I was so very happy that everything fit and it didn’t end up feeling weighed down.

The first kit I put together was for first aid – inside I have a few of my prescription pain meds, various band aids, alcohol wipes.  A visit through a local dollar store yielded up a small case to store the bandages as well. This was by far the biggest of my three pouches and it when in my bag first.

day trip first aid

Next was my eye care.  As a contact lens wearer, you can never be too prepared in this area. I sacrificed a weeks worth of contacts should I have to replace the ones I was already wearing. I also packed a pair of glasses (last years prescription glasses work for a back up) and solution as well.

day trip eye care

Lastly was a pouch with what I call “what if’s”. I had some hair ties, tissues, wet wipes and such. Not pictured, a gel hand sanitizer.  Ever been to a public restroom that had no toilet paper?? Just sayin

day trip kit

What do you consider as an essential when out about town or travelling – share your ideas in the comments.

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Weighty Issues

I am consumed with one thing right now in my life. It is my elephant in the room. It’s the thing that people politely not say to you. “Your fat, Lissy.”

It goes without saying that the pharmaceuticals that we take to help manage our illnesses can either load you up or skinny you down. I am the one who always seems to get the one that adds weight. I have tipped the scales pretty high in my adult life and have been ultra skinny on occasion as well. For me, what finally woke me up to get “healthy” was the recognition that I was no longer cute.

I’ve got sass to me that comes with a bit of class, I’m petite, got the red hair to match my fiery disposition and I know how to get back on my feet when I get knocked done. Granted, over the past few years, it just takes a bit longer to get back up.  I’ve always considered myself as a cute girl. There is a bit on tomboy in me but I do clean up well.

Mirrors don’t lie and neither do scales. Reality has come to the forefront recently when I realized that for the first time in our adult lives my sister and I are at the same weight. My sis (the most creative person I know) has always dealt with weight issues for most of her life. As she enters a new phase of womanhood (that would be menopause people) her body is currently shedding the weight – but not me.  OY! I’m so done being this fat. My BMI is obese and that just will not do. I just want to be healthy.

For me, healthy means eating more veggies (gah), being conscious of when I am storm eating, and overall daily movement like walking. Learning what foods makes my tummy hurt and do I really need that candy bar. It means that I will probably have pizza once every 180 months instead of once a week. Upping my water consumption and lowering my soda’s to once a week. Treating myself to a bad day with something other than comfort food. Need I go on?

As I sip my green smoothie today, I going to tell you about my recent trip to Revolution Health Medical Center. I have been a patient of theirs previously (in fact, they were the ones who dealt we me when I first developed symptoms of chronic fatigue). Though my previous naturopath is not seeing new patients, (technically, I fall under this category) I was able to get a Saturday appointment with Dr. Johnson.

His background in emergency medicine, conventional medicine and then alternative medicine is extraordinary. With this, I received the first honest to goodness review of my own medical history. People, an hour and half with my doctor.  When is the last time you received that much attention from one doctor.

On the right track, though. I learned that my concerns are valid, that yes, my meds play a part but so do other factors such as what I eat, what I drink and how I sleep. I know this stuff, and I had already implemented a lot of his suggestions. Go me! However, implementing and carrying out are two different things. Right?

Woah! Due! So much information was given that I don’t really think it is all sunk in. I tell ya what – next months health update will be where I will collect my thoughts and let you in on what has been working and what hasn’t. How’s that?

Do you go to an “alternative” health practitioner? Let me know your thoughts and if you have any questions, let me know. If you are in the Phoenix, AZ area and would like a referral to Revolution Health you can leave me a message at dragonflykeepls@gmail.com

laters,

lissy

 

so what had happened was

It’s on of my favorite sayings “Life happens when you are busying making other plans”. I received an email from my web host stating that the server had detected some malicious coding and I was in detention until it was cleared up.  WHATTHEWHAT?

In this imperfect the world, I know of two certainties 1) someone does stay up all night to figure out ways to take my money and 2) if there is something good going on, someone is going to find a way to corrupt it. Now, after a couple hundred dollars and a clean up by the web host, we are good to go…again.

So now what? Well, in my eyes, I have been given another chance to get my a$$ in gear and actually do the work. I know, I said work. I think I learned a valuable lesson when the poop hit the fan recently. I feel that the devil on my shoulder was saying “Hey, you gave it a good try. It’s getting to be rough and you’re like learning stuff. It’s hard. Dontcha wanna quit?” I did think about it for like two milliseconds.

I have these plans, great plans I would say. I am looking to my future of when my body isn’t going to be able to support my 9-to-5 job and I will need to have additional sources of income to be able to support myself. This is my reality. It could be a great while until I actually get to that point, but I just want to be prepared. This means that this blog, this one right here, needs to support my lifestyle.

Why not me? I have watched three particular women in the blogsphere grow their business and become self supporting mavens. What a great group to follow after. I suddenly find myself saying I want to do what they are doing.” I have found my why (OMG! Finally!!). I’m here to help you navigate through this rough terrain of chronic illness. And dude, I could not be more excited!

I mean, there is an ocean of possibilities out there I can be writing about and showing you. I am going to be able to do research so you don’t have to, try products and give you honest opinions, and together, we are going to build ourselves up for when our illness lay us low

Are you with me? Cuz, dude, we are so going to get the chronic party started. I have ideas for posts and vlogs just pouring out of me right now. In fact, I was able to capture one before I drifted off to sleep last night and two more just writing this post.

And, I did I mention vlogs? Yep, I am incorporating a YouTube channel for another source of awesome entertainment to the stack (go big they say). Along with a new post every Tuesday, I will have a new Vlogtini (as I like to call them, mostly cuz it’s catchy!) for you as well. D’oh, I can barely contain the excitement.

Leave a comment below if you have a particular topic to be discussed here on the blog or on my vlog.

laters,

Lissy

being flexible

Doing The One Thing That I Dread

Overcoming personal obstacles

I thought I would pop on today and update you on my One Little Word project. In February, Allie had use pick one thing to do that month. For her, it was going on a hike…me, overcome procrastination on a project.

My patio/balcony was looking like the aftermath of a police raid.  Broken furniture, dead plants, rusty gardening tools everywhere. And did I mention the spider webs? Gah.  With some help from my parental unit; gone are weather damaged seat cushions and decaying wicker furniture. Oy!

Why was I dreading it? Pain. With most physical endeavors, my energy has to be at prime status and I have to plan for days of recuperation. So I took advantage of the President’s Day weekend. Realistically, it took less than an hour to complete from start to completion. And the best part?  Throwing objects off my second story balcony. I totally felt like I was reenacting a scene from a Monty Python movie.

My recovery time as minimal – I was shook! In fact, I recovered faster from the patio purge then I do from practicing yoga. Granted, two different scenarios but when you live your life in pain every damn day…this was such a wonderful blessing.

When I look at my February pages on my One Little Word binder, I am going to be uber pleased to see what I overcame.

What obstacle in your life have you recently been victorious in?  Leave me a comment below and give me all the deets!

lissy

 

 

Tis the Season for Lent

Lent 2018

I am at a loss of what to write about at the beginning of this Lenten Season. What do I really want to give up for forty days? A big part of me think…I have given up some many things involuntarily that the thought of doing this on purpose seems a bit depressing. Comfort zone much Lissy?

I have noticed a recurring theme lately in all areas of my life. You gotta do the work. The other day I was thinking about the history of film and technology. In 1902 Georges Méliès wrote, filmed and produced Le Voyage Dans le Lune (A Trip to the Moon). When you watch it, your CGI brain looks at it with a bit of sarcastic nod of “Oh how basic is that? You call that special effects?”. Well yes, film had to start somewhere and it started with Georges.

This is my voyage to the moon. I have to do the work. I will not get my coveted Oscar winning performance if I don’t get through all stages of effort. I remember reading recently that work is tough, scary, uncomfortable and rewarding. I can’t continue to bail once that tough things come around.

So what doe this have to do with Lent? Lent is a time for self-discipline, reverence and prayer.  How is this about “doing the work”? On top of daily reading and prayers (see Lenten Calendar for reference) I will be adding in some work. I define work as follows; anything that helps me develop additional streams of income above my 9-to-5 life.

I think I have mentioned before that with my illness, I had a concern on how I was going to support myself financially should I come to a point where my body just wouldn’t support going to a 9-to-5 every day.  With a Warren Buffet school of thought, I have worked on what I call my seven streams. The streams encompass this blog, branching out to YouTube, investing and creating a passive income source.

Here’s my plan, I am implementing forty individual tasks to work on each day of lent.  Whether it is reading, taking a course, setting up a writing schedule or getting out of the house…I have forty days to work on it.  How intense is that?  Here is what I have started with thus far.

  • Read Vlog Like a Boss – this contains twelve chapters of which I have read three. Thus I will give myself nine days to read nine chapters.
  • Pre-write all of March blog posts – there’s four days.
  • Register my online business with my state – boom! Fourteen days of work – right there
  • Attend XOSarah Masterclass – another day of work

Does this make sense? I have been putting of some hard stuff lately due to my own crazy discomforts. Which is a sign of growth, learning and success. Most would stop at that point, and I have – many times. I am not going to start with the “this time it will be different” because that is a set-up for failure. This time, I am just not doing the same things that lead to nowhere because that’s just crazy.

What are you doing this Lenten season? Leave a comment below and let me know.

lissy

 

 

 

 

 

Four Tips to Start Fresh, Again

Anyone care for a do-over? I could really use one right now. I had written out this post and when I pulled it up to edit…it was gone. Oy! If I ever wanted to throw a computer through a window, it was today.  It seems I’m not the only one either. I have seen a lot of social media lately with that theme. January was just a trial month apparently.

Consistency seems to be lost on me right now. My one job was to write weekly for this blog. Where I have I been then? On my bed, watching a Netflix binge. This is not how this works! Right? So we first, thank the Lord we have the tenacity to do what it takes to get it done.

Listening has helped tremendously lately. I was introduced to a podcast called The Life Coach School Podcast with Brooke Castillo. I adore her. I am slowing working my way through her two hundred plus podcasts. I shuffled thru her list and picked out thirty shows with topics I wanted to delve into personally. My top picks thus far are #6 Vulnerability vs. Victim Mentality and #15 Other People’s Opinions. In my list are also topics on weight loss and entrepreneurship.

Gratitude Log – do you have one? This is not a new concept. I started mine years ago while reading one of many of the Sarah Ban Breathnach’s books. Which, if my faulty memory serves, is one of the chapters in her first book Simple Abundance. She recommended writing no less that five things you are grateful for each and every day.  If am tired, I will navigate to writing a small sentence for the day.  Even on my worse days, there is always something to be grateful for.

When in doubt, eat a frog. Ok, now don’t take me literally. I am talking about the one task you have been putting off forever. I am here to tell you that there is nothing more invigorating than finishing off that nagging something you don’t want to do. Whether that hateful task is making the bed or doing your taxes. Just do it people!

I truly hope these quick tips help you get started again in February. Comment below on what helps you when you feel like you are due a do-over.

lissy

Four Tips to Starting, Again

Sentimental Feelings

Kon Mari Method - Sentimental

 

Well, I did it. I finished out 2017 with a last dive into the world of KonMari. The last category is that of Sentimental items. The toughest is actually saved for last. It is not only the toughest but I find the most rewarding. By the time you get to this part of the journey, you are ready. To let go of the garage full of antiques from great-grandmother whose Baroque furniture style doesn’t really fit with your post-modern style home. Or the prom dress from thirty plus years ago.  While these items may hold incredible meaning and value to us. They are not in use, hanging out, collecting dust and taking up valuable space.

My father’s watch means so much more to me than the prom dress hanging in my closet that my ass will NEVER fit into again. Your Grandmothers furniture could be use to fund for a trip to the city of her birth – a bit more rewarding than a garage full of furniture. Don’t you think?

I will have to say that delving into this de-cluttering phase was probably to single more rewarding thing I did for myself in 2017.  I really enjoyed this process and what it opened up for me. I love that my items all have a specific home and it takes just minutes to “clean” my bathroom than actually hours. My clothes are kept in check by maintaining a forty-four piece capsule. Books are now less frequently purchase and only if my library doesn’t have the book to lend.

This is not say that the process fixed all my clutter problems. I still have a hard time limiting what I bring into the house. I don’t always ask myself “does it bring me joy?” I whole heartedly admit that another run through of my planner supplies will be happening in the next couple of months. Along with taking care of my balcony patio as I don’t have a garage full of furniture.

It has been quite an eye-opening journey for me.