Gardening, Rabbits, and Diets, Oh My: My First Mother Earth News Fair

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Mother Earth News Fair this weekend, and I loved it. I came away with so many fun ideas, and I more or less felt surrounded by people with similar values. The tribalism may have been loose—I did, after all, help a nice older couple carrying…

My Super-Secret Health Goal that Was Too Difficult to Post This Month

In many ways, I enjoy my monthly goal posts. I enjoy seeing where I made progress on which tasks and why that progress happened as it did (or didn’t). Sometimes, reviewing my goal posts are depressing, such as writing goal posts for when-my-life-falls-apart or I-don’t-get-a-vacation or where-did-the-time-go-already months. I think that the last few months…

September 2017 Goal Setting and August Follow-Up

August was an ugly month. Ugly. My level of stress was nigh well astronomical (but not quite so astronomical as the extraordinary total eclipse). I’ve come home from work more ready to quit than not almost every day, and graduate classes started amid a complete failure of my ability to get documentation to have services…

Adjusting to Life with Fibromyalgia Over and Over Again

When our lives change, even for the better, our stress increases. When you have fibromyalgia, that usually means your pain and your fatigue change… and not for the better. As I wrote about earlier, I’m facing some a proverbial barrel of the gun in terms of changes: I’ve been promoted, and I’m starting a graduate…

August 2017 Goal Setting and July Follow-Up

So, I’m really glad that July is behind me. The month was mostly an awful slog fest and a vacation that really wasn’t one. Heck, I knew I wasn’t going to meet goals my first week in July, so this month’s review is going to be particularly challenging with goals left unmet all over the…

Managing my Fibromyalgia at Significant Life Events

When my friend asked me if I would be her bridesmaid, I wanted, wanted, wanted to say yes. I wanted to scream yes! I wanted to dance around in the street shouting, “she’s getting married!” because I was that stupidly happy for my friend. She deserves much happiness and much success, so the making-it-official day…