On silence, healing fibromyalgia, dealing with narcissism, and learning a whole heck of a lot about myself

First, thank you to my followers, both new and old, for continuing to bless me with your support.  I have not been around much, nor have I posted much of anything personal. Still, you continue to stick with me. Thank you!

 

“If you have nothing [nice] to say…”

Over the past year and a half, my life has changed dramatically. Some of those changes were good, others were not so good. Still, I try my best to take changes as they come, learn from them what I can and keep taking steps towards achieving my goals. In my opinion, that’s the most effective approach to living my life.

Part of the process of accepting change is observing change. And I truly believe that observation is a silent process. It’s hard to observe and act at the same time–at least it is to me.

So, I’ve been in observation mode, mostly observing myself and my reactions and actions in dealing with myself in my environment, as well as just the environment itself. I’ve spent a lot of time in my head and subsequently in my body, i.e. I’ve been sorting through my mental blocks (negative self-talk/thinking) and how they impact my health and prevent me from quickly reaching my most important goals.

On the subject of health: I’m glad to state that my health has been truly awesome, and that my fibromyalgia symptoms have diminished significantly. I’ve had fewer flares, fibrofog moments and have been getting enough normal/restful sleep (between 7-9 hours). Also, I’ve been walking for about 1 hour almost daily and have recently started the BeachBody On-Demand 30-Day Free Trial that has a great deal of exercise programs for people of all levels.  If you have fibromyalgia and are interested in starting or improving an exercise program, I would say check it out because it allows for you to select programs by type: cardio, muscle building, less than 30 minutes, slim and tone, dance, low impact, and yoga. Personally, I am sticking with less than 30 minutes, low impact, dance and yoga.

I think my greatest challenge is that I consume news and, as a person of colour, it stresses me out…then again, who isn’t stressed when watching the news. Still, it’s important to stay informed, and I try to do so without being inundated.

So, what have I learned during my silence? A whole heck of a lot. Here is a list:

So, that’s it. It’s good to be writing again.

Until Next Time,

D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The number of unaccompanied refugee children reported missing in Germany has doubled in the past six months. According to figures released by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) to the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (link in German), the total number of children who’ve gone missing after their initial registration hit 8,991 in July—up from 4,749 on…

via Nearly 9,000 unaccompanied refugee children have gone missing in Germany — Quartz

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via A Short Analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 1: ‘From fairest creatures’ — Interesting Literature

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via Owner Of La Belle Femme Talks Entrepreneurship After 50 & Making Her Kids Proud — HelloBeautiful

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via Guest Post – Poetic RITUals – Five Star Review! — But I Smile Anyway…

French Court Stands Up For Justice: Burkini Ban Overturned After Backlash — HelloBeautiful

On the basis of “public concern,” David Lisnard, the mayor of Cannes, France, banned burkinis on the beach. This happened shortly after the Bastille Day attacks in Nice, leaving 85 people dead. The burkini ban reads as follows: “Access to beaches and for swimming is banned to any person wearing improper clothes that are not respectful…

via French Court Stands Up For Justice: Burkini Ban Overturned After Backlash — HelloBeautiful

Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame ( Great Wall -A Collage) — retireediary

This week’s DP photo challenge is Frame. This is the first time I get all the “framed” images of Miutianyu section of the Great Wall together. They are all “framed” by the arches of the Great Wall itself. More than that, they were all photographed in Autumn. It was a tiring walk, but it was […]

via Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame ( Great Wall -A Collage) — retireediary