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Making it a Home

This is something I’ve really been focusing on the past few weeks, making my place feel as much like a home as is possible. Since I’m sick there are days when I’m home a lot. It needs to feel like a comfortable nest with instant relaxation. I’ve always made sure that it’s comfortable but now I’m understanding how important really decorating it is. I don’t go on a lot of vacations because it’s difficult to travel so my home needs to be a retreat.

Things That Bring You Joy

When you have a chronic illness everything can seem like it’s wrong. It’s definitely something that isn’t envied at all. It’s not what I would’ve planned for my life. However, I find it helpful to focus on the things that are going well for me. I love my nieces and nephews. Sometimes I spoil them or just look at for cute gift ideas. It always brings a mile to my face no matter what else is going on. What makes you smile?

Another Staple

One staple item I think you need if you have fibromyalgia is a memory foam pad. It can be fairly small and inexpensive. I use it for traveling. I also use it on the couch to make it more comfortable and drape a cute blanket over it. Even little subtle things like the space between couch cushions can be painful. It’s just so versatile and it can really help your pain. You can’t stop being sick but you can make it as comfortable as possible.

Vacation at Home

patio2One of the best pieces of advice I can give a chronically ill person is to make your house a getaway. It should be as comfortable as possible because you’ll be spending a lot of time there. My outdoor space is like an oasis or a mini vacation. I use it when I need to relax but don’t have the energy to actually go anywhere.¬†Your furniture needs to be as comfortable as possible so you’ll actually be able to use the space.

I was looking at all of the Home and Patio Decor Wicker Furniture today and wishing that I had a bigger space to work with so I could have an entire sectional. I didn’t realize that there’s also just outdoor sofas and ottomans. Aesthetically I also think it’s cool that there’s modern white wicker to choose from. I’ve only seen that color before on more traditional furniture sets.

My other tip is to always have somewhere to sit down. This could mean adding more seating to your backyard so you aren’t the one left standing. It also could mean just creating a sitting area in your front yard or on a porch so you can comfortably watch your kids while they play outside. You never know when you may need to sit down and it can look stylish too.

Lots More Than 90 Days

The 90 day Total Body Revolution has taken a lot longer than I had planned just because I have fibromyalgia. It’s something I have to put on hold for awhile just because I have other projects coming up and I don’t have the energy to do all of it. Hopefully this winter I’ll be able to start over when I can concentrate on it more and it won’t be such a big deal if it makes me a lot sicker. What compromises have you had to make lately because of fibromyalgia?


I have a guitar that is sitting in the corner and has been for about 10 years. Ok, make that more than 10 years. I can’t give it away because it’s pretty. Yes, I bought it based on the fact that it is pretty. However, I wish I would’ve read about the different guitar types before buying. I probably would’ve chosen a different type of guitar like electric and maybe a different size too. Then just maybe I would have a guitar that I would actually be playing instead of one that just looks pretty. I really wish I would’ve read that sooner.

Fall Cleaning

When I have a day when I’m feeling well I like to tackle all of the things that I normally can’t handle. Sometimes I wish lived in cary nc and could hire house cleaning out. If you have the resources I think it’s a pretty good use of them just because really cleaning up does take so much energy. I can’t even get the whole house clean before I’m out of energy and I’m often sick the next day. I do try to really clean and organize twice a year: once in the spring and once in the fall but the deep cleaning is usually pretty difficult for me.

Little Things

When you don’t feel well it’s about the little things that make you happy and keep your mind off the pain. This week for me it’s the fact that there’s a Showtime add on for Hulu Plus. I guess it became available in July. Does it stop the pain? No. Is it a small drop in a bucket of why I love life? Yes. What little things are you appreciative of this week whether or not you’re sick?

My True Talent

I grew up playing multiple instruments: piano, violin, and guitar. Now that I’m older and sicker there’s still a few times a year that I play but I’ve discovered my real talent. I’m a great listener. What I think is so cool about the ButtKicker line is that some products can be used for drummers or home theaters. I wish I could covert my other equipment to be in line with my talent of being a great listener and not a great performer. This is really where I want to spend my money in the next few years on quality sound systems because I do appreciate a great song so much.

Another Body Revolution Update

I had to take a break for a few weeks from the Body Revolution because I was sick. I’m pretty determined to finish this though even if it takes me the rest of the year. A 90 day program just isn’t feasible for me with fibromyalgia but I am seeing a big difference in how toned I am even if I haven’t lost any weight yet. I probably won’t get the same results that I would in 90 days but that’s ok. Has anyone else done this Jillian Michael’s program?