Tags: writing

This Girl is on Fi-yah

I love Alicia Keys--not normally the genre I keep in my collection, but something about her resonates with my spirit, as if every song she sings is a powerful anthem I need in my life. This is my anthem today. Super productive, again! My feet are reallyREALLYreally hating on me now though, so I might be done for the day on stuff that requires walking or standing, but I have some writing to do (I did some of that already this morning), some art (ditto), work for hubs and a sewing job. I'm not a great seamstress, but I can handle small rips (as long as they are near a seam), hems & buttons.

Not feeling as great as I would like to, but I'm better and must be getting my fair share of Vitamin D because I've been a machine lately which means I can haz zee energies! 

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Hippie-Chick Got This

Fighting the overwhelm this morning, so thought I'd lay out my projects because once I see them, I'll hopefully start picking up some motivation to accomplish things today. (I won't get to/complete all of these today.)

1. Figure out hubs's retirement payout (dragging my feet on this-it will take a while).

2. More Florida planning. We'll only be there 7 days, and since we'll be 7 hours out of our way, I need to make sure we utilize every moment we're there. Mission: Florida. I'm setting up a folder on my Google Docs, so I can access our quasi-itinerary from my phone.

3. Groceries. I'm shopping for low carb options, in particular.

4. Power walk & practice dance.

5. Dust and do the floors.

6. Continue cleaning out the garage & getting rid of junk. Tomorrow is trash day.

7. New manicure. Since I'm selling Color Street, I want to make sure my nails are always on fleek, because you never know when someone will compliment me on my nails and this could lead to a new client. We'll be attending an open house tomorrow for my sister-in-law's job at the tour bus company (they were just purchased by Peoria Charter) and knowing the ladies Donna hangs out with, this will be right up their alley.

8. Design & print a handful of business cards.

9. Study Braille & Italian.

10. Take donations to Goodwill.

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Unsighted Territory

Not even sure where to begin with this entry, other than it has only been a little over a month since I filled in for hubs's secretary. Today I had issues with my vision. It was soooo much worse than it was 5 or 6 weeks ago.

It was fortunately a slow day. I had a ton of crap to do when I first got in, but by noon, not much at all. But, it was evident that I had a hard time with some things because my vision was blurry. Cheaters are great but they don't cancel blurriness, at least not the type caused by Sjogren's/lupus. The cool thing about cheaters though, is that they magnify the blurriness to where you can make sense of what you see. I should be resting my eyeballs NOW, but I'm not sleepy yet (too early) and today freaked me out a little bit, so needed to gripe. I'll be in bed soon though, because I work tomorrow and Friday too.

Because I had some downtime at the office today, I called my library to see if they had any material to learn Braille while still sighted. I know my disease can lead to retina damage--thus far, it's been relegated to my corneas, but that still blurs EVERYTHING to the point I strongly worry about my future. There really isn't a lot out there. I came home with a book with the dots to feel---it's mostly a tutorial and history for sighted parents of blind children. It's a start. Maybe I'll read more if I can truly learn Braille. The issue then is--there are not a lot of books available in Braille.

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Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Decorating a tree today. Had to wait until today to pick up my Santa Cause race packet because they had some sort of issue with the shirts. I'll be leaving after lunch to pick that up and I need more ornaments/tree decor! Then, I'll be on a long overdue video coffee chat with one of my friends.

My new Friday feature will be called #FridayFollowUp. I'm stoked! You can read more about it below. :)
My new Friday feature will be called #FridayFollowUp. I'm stoked! You can read more about it below. :)

Been trying to think of creative ways to utilize my Instagram, take more photos, hit more goals, etc. I think I have it. Maybe. Hopefully. So, I've been having a lot of fits and starts with things, but I'm lacking on the follow-through because it seems like in the middle of the good strides I make in my life, I end up with a lupus flare. (Honestly, I've never been great at finishing what I start, but before all the flares, I did a MUCH better job.)

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Goggling migraines. It's a thing, man.

Bad news first or good? I like to end on a positive note, so the bad first. The goggles are giving me some serious migraines to the point I have fallen behind on my writing project.

The good--they do seem to be working for the dry eye! Nominally, but I do seem to get an extra hour of eye use every day (every minute is precious, my friends) so my new challenge is to balance using my eyes with the goggles vs. no goggles but doing things that don't irritate my eyes or exacerbate the dry eye situation (i.e. computer usage, going outdoors, concentrating on anything for too long where I don't blink) so I can ultimately human on a more regular basis. 

The best news? While I'm wearing the goggles, I only need to apply eye drops about once an hour, twice as my eyes start to tire. I'm going through half the eyedrops in a day! I haven't mathed it out quite yet, but I'm guessing on average it will save me at least $25 a month (basically 2 bottles of OTC lubricant eye drops). Once I get the goggle usage situation straight where it doesn't cause migraines, the goggles will pay themselves off (even OTC drops are NOT cheap and I go through a ton. I should own stock in Bausch & Lomb). 

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My July: Why Not?

Because I don't have enough goals already in progress, like getting up to speed for the dark fusion belly dance, rehearsing some choreography that my Shimmy Mob group & I will be performing in September, abstaining from alcohol, eating clean, and continuing to walk my ViRALL miles, I officially threw my hat in for Camp NaNoWriMo, too. For those of you unfamiliar with the NaNoWriMo events, this is a spin-off from their major novel writing month in November where participants vow to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Camp NaNo is a looser format, where you can choose writing or editing, and you can set your own goal. I'm vowing to edit my poetry chap book in July (I'm actually hoping to complete it by my birthday, which is the 22nd). Historically, I am more engaged in November, but since my energy is beginning to return, I have high hopes for July Camp.

July will begin with me filling in for the secretary at my husband's office for two days. Friday is a national holiday here in the States--July 4th is our Independence Day, so I'm working tomorrow & Thursday.

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Re-Frame

I do hope my bursts of productivity continue. I really think all of this (and I'm not complaining, mind you...) productivity today and very recently is because I've been legally declared disabled. That's huge--and I have so many emotions where that is concerned. It's not where I thought I'd be at my age, but it is what it is. And, if I'm completely honest with myself and with the world, I really struggled a ton (eyes, mostly--but heavy fatigue, migraines and all the joint pain, too...) at my last full time job, and that was nearly four years ago. Lupus ain't for sissies. I'm quite sure I couldn't do that job today, even if it presented itself with excellent wages and benefits. It seems like everything is going so well, and I have nothing to worry about except what I want to do out of life.  And, this is pretty much true, so I'm not sure what my problem is, except it's really frigging hard to admit you can't do what you used to be able to do. It's also hard to NOT feel like you are failing when you should be moving forward, but instead you are moving backwards. What I need is to re-frame my situation. I'm actually one of the luckiest people on earth because I CAN write for a living now. I can learn more about art and maybe be the next Grandma Moses. I now have all the time in the world to do exactly what I want to do and be exactly who I want to be. I don't want to waste this opportunity. So, I'm going to keep challenging myself. Keep moving forward. Keep humaning. If I re-frame my plight, I do have the entire world at my feet. All I need to do is grab the opportunities and radiate all the positivity I can muster.

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Junk Room Challenge

The junk room I would like to turn into my studio. This is less than inspiring right now.
The junk room I would like to turn into my studio. This is less than inspiring right now.

What is life without a little challenge? I am not the tidiest person around and I was born without the organization gene. I've always had at least one junk room (right now, it is starting to spill into another room, so I need to get myself organized sooner rather than later). Just think of what this space could become if only I didn't throw all my crap into it!

Because I feel like I'm stagnating and festering in my general life, I decided to set myself a weekly challenge. This week my challenge will be to transform my junk room into my studio--or my writing & art sanctuary. I'm on a limited budget, so won't be buying anything new right now, but I am hoping to inspire even more creativity.