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And Away I Go

Saturday, February 25, 2012

And away I go... When you're a menopausal woman that statement takes on a whole new meaning. And away I go to divorce court, the funny farm? For me, I'm sitting on the fence between the two. Life's not a picnic nor a bed of roses. It's ants and thorns. Yep I'm cynical.

There comes a time in every woman's life when we have to stop looking through rose colored glasses and say what the hell am I doing? Whether you're 21 or 51 life will sooner-or-later bite you in the butt(trust me, I have thirty years of experience).

When I was 21 I'd been married to husband number one a couple of years and was seeing our wedded bliss through rose colored glasses. I didn't see what was right in front of me. Fast forward thirty years, two husbands, four kids, and one grandchild to what is now my reality. I've taken off my rose colored glasses! I can see clearly now life isn't meant to be a picnic or a bed of roses. It's filled with ants and thorns as it should be, but....

On days you feel like heading to divorce court or the funny farm (especially us menopausal women)put on your rose colored glasses for a brief moment and take a trip back in time to the 21'll do a body good!

And away I go...see ya in thirty years.

Disclaimer: Do not fear my loyal readers hubby and I am not getting a divorce, I'm just being a menopausal women and ranting...

Blog for International Women’s Day March 8th 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012
March 8th is Blog for International Women's Day. The theme this year is  “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures” . I participated last year and look forward to this year.

The online event will run on March 8, 2012.

This year, Gender Across Borders and CARE will host the Third Annual Blog for International Women’s Day, a day where bloggers, writers, and humanitarian organizations are asked to write about the International Women’s Day theme on March 8. This year’s theme is “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures” and they are asking bloggers to address one or both of the following points:
How can we, as a culture and as members of the global community, involve, educate, and inspire girls in a positive way?
Describe a particular organization, person, group or moment in history that helped to inspire a positive future and impact the minds and aspirations for girls.

Throughout the day of March 8, they will have an ongoing live blog of what you have to say about “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures” at They will also feature articles from their  staff writers about issues that girls around the world face today.

To sign up go here.

Pain, Pain Go Away.....Daily Living With Chronic Pain

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Pain, pain go away...I want to go out to play. This ditty is a far cry of the childhood ditty 'rain, rain go away' the staple childhood melody I used to chant to make the rain go away so I could play. Those childhood raindrops have been replaced by adult thunderstorms; thunderstorms of chronic pain.

I no longer go outside to play. Chronic pain is my new best friend and my days are now filled with thunderstorms instead of blue skies and rainbows.

I struggle daily to cope with my pain. It's not an easy task, but one I live with. Chronic pain is a debilitator. I suffer from autoimmune disease and some days are better than others, but even my good days are debilitating.

Since the onset of my chronic pain I've learned quite a lot of information and how to live daily with the pain.

Chronic pain will STEAL...

Thunderstorms...that's what living with chronic pain feels like. I feel as if I am living in the middle of one big hurricane and its name is Hurricane Chronic Pain!
Chronic pain will steal your joy. It will still your life if you let it! The activities I once enjoyed are no longer possible. The energy I once had is null and void. Sleep is non-existent and my mood(well, let's just say stay away when I have a flair up).

Activities, energy, sleep and mood are all things in my life chronic pain has stolen from me. I found I had no willpower to fight against this enemy who stole my life and replaced it with an empty shell. There are days when I feel useless, like my body has a mind of its own and out of control. I question whether I can really cope with this thing called chronic pain? Can I deal with the agony of painful joints, aching muscles, throbbing headaches and endless battles I will face everyday?  Do I just chill out and learn to live with my disease and the chronic pain?

Chronic pain is REAL...

Chronic pain is not all in my head. It's not something I can sweep under the rug or throw out with the bath water. Chronic pain is something I have to learn to deal with daily. Because I suffer from autoimmune disease I can't take pain relievers(OTC or prescribed). How then do I cope? I kneel!

Prayer gets me through my daily struggle with chronic pain. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. Psalm 107:29. Without my faith, the chronic pain would envelope my body, mind and soul. I'm not saying I don't still suffer. I DO! Will I ever be healed from the agonizing pain I suffer? I don't know the answer, but I do know this... the Lord  comforts me in all my days. He is my rock and fortress when my pain becomes unbearable.

Even on a good day, chronic pain is at its worse...

This blog post is part of "Reflections of Living With Chronic Illness" link party hosted by Rest Ministries. Be sure to stop by and read more about chronic pain or submit your own story.

Rest Ministries chronic illness support featured site

Guest Blogger Kristin Wells Talks About Hatha Yoga

Thursday, February 16, 2012
Think positive, think Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga is a popular exercise choice in the modern health-and-fitness community.
Not only does it promote physical fitness, but it also encourages a healthy connection between body, mind, and spirit.
Many people use the term “Hatha yoga” interchangeably with the word “yoga.”
It is a general term that refers to any of yoga’s physical practices.
A Hatha yoga class involves slow stretches, simple breathing exercises, and (usually) seated meditation.

Some people love the relaxed feeling they get from doing Hatha yoga.
Others find the practice too meditative or slow-paced.
Those who choose to do Hatha yoga benefit from learning basic yoga poses
and relaxation techniques. Even beginners can do it.
In fact, it is a good way to become familiar with yoga before moving on to more challenging practices.

The practice of Hatha yoga falls under the category of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
It is a holistic therapy based on ancient Indian philosophies.
According to some practitioners, it is based on a system of yoga
introduced by a 15th-century Hindu sage named Yogi Swatmarama.
He is best known for his Sanskrit manual, the “Hatha Yoga Pradipika.”

While Hatha yoga describes general yoga practices today,
it once referred to a specific type of yoga that prepared people for long periods of meditation.
The Western world uses yoga to treat numerous health conditions, including anxiety,
stress, depression, high blood pressure, and asthma.
Yoga could also assist patients diagnosed with cancers such as
Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma as a complementary treatment.
Many people do yoga as part of their daily fitness regimen.
The practice is recommended for fit and healthy people,
as well as those with chronic conditions like arthritis, chronic fatigue, and cancer.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM),
Hatha yoga offers numerous health benefits.
Clinical studies suggest yoga reduces stress, alleviates anxiety,
improves mood, and reduces symptoms of depression.
It also increases lung capacity, reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure,
and improves muscle tone. While researchers continue to conduct studies
on yoga’s health benefits, the practice has been shown
to improve overall fitness, flexibility, and strength.

In general, yoga is considered a safe practice with few side effects.
Other types of yoga may be too vigorous or strenuous for people
with certain medical conditions, but Hatha yoga is gentle enough for most people.
Even some cancer treatment centers offer yoga as a complementary therapy for their
Relying on yoga alone for health and fitness,
or to treat a chronic illness, may have serious health consequences.
When combined with nutritious meals and a complimenting it with other exercise,
however, Hatha yoga can play an important role in overall health and well-being.

Kristin Wells is a recent college graduate from The University of Georgia and an aspiring writer. She wants to make a difference in people's lives through her writing. Kristin also likes competitive cycling, running, and traveling as much as possible.
To read more of Kristin's articles check out Musings of a Curious Mind.

Disclaimer: The opinions in this article are the writer's own and do not necessarily reflect my own personal views.

National Wear Red Day!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
February 3rd is National Wear Red today I want to get serious about heart disease and women. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death among women. It's important to get checked.

Today celebrate women by wearing red. Don't be a statistic and have your girlfriends wear black to your funeral.

The first three letters in  funeral. is FUN. Have fun! Live... Celebrate today and each day as a healthy, happy woman in red!

Support Go Red for Women

Take action!

When you put on your red dress, your red high-heels and your red lipstick remember who you are and why you are wearing red on February 3rd.

Embrace Go Red for Women!
Encourage others to get involved!