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50 Ways to Take a Break


Everyone needs a break, I know I need many throughout the day, and this graphic is so great! Here are a few of my favourites pictured:

  1. Colour with crayons
  2. Read or watch something funny. (Thank God for Big Bang Theory)
  3. Take a bath
  4. Light a candle (or many candles, just don’t leave them unattended)
  5. Call a friend. -thank you Rebecca, Alan, Adrienne and Hilary
  6. Find a relaxing scent. For me it’s lavender.
  7. Give thanks. When I’m really anxious, I sit down and write down what I’m grateful for. It seems to help calm the anxiety.
  8. Sing (ok- I added this one-but it does make me happy)

What are a few of your favourites? What would you add?

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Resolution or Revolution?

Resolution or Revolution

Happy New Year! The new year often marks a time when people reflect about the previous year and start thinking about what they might want to accomplish in the next. At least its always been that way for me. I can’t say that I’ve been the best at creating resolutions and sticking to them, in fact I usually fail miserably. So this year, I decided not to set any resolutions at all. Instead I want a REVOLUTION. I want to shake the cobwebs off this life I’ve been living and move from simply existing day to day in this reactive mode where things happen to me and I react, to a place where I am living more purposefully and am proactive in the life I am creating for myself.

There are things I have no control over. I have no control over my pain. I medicate, I do the modalities I need to function like physio and massage therapy but the pain is always there. I have very little control over my anxiety and mental illnesses (at least right now) I medicate and I do the modalities I need to function like therapy and seeing my psychiatrist, but I’m still hit with panic and anxiety attacks and I still feel afraid a lot of the time. But I can’t live another year with just this- pain and appointments.

I started thinking about the things in my life that I do have control over. And the biggest realization I had was that I don’t love myself and because of that I don’t take care of myself. It’s the little things, like getting dressed everyday or as simple as flossing. It’s the big things like nutrition and self acceptance (gulp), and dare I say it- feeling like I am worth something. These are things I can take control of, that I can add to my life.

I’m 40. And my spark is gone. I have no passion, no enthusiasm, no zest for life. But I have to believe, need to believe that I can change that. It won’t happen all at once. Or overnight, but little by little, day by day I can make small changes, take small steps in the direction I want my life to go. Because it is my life, an no one can live it but me.

That’s why I say its time for a REVOLUTION! Time to shake things up. If life is a story, I want mine to be a bestseller. I hope you’ll follow along with me.


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HAWMC # 3- Favourite Quote



Wego Health is hosting a health activist writer’s challenge this month and I’ve decided to participate. Each day of the month in November, we are given a topic to write about. 30 posts in 30 days?!?!?-we’ll see if I’m up to the challenge.

Today’s Topic-

Quotation Inspiration. Find a quote that inspires you.


I have this quote hanging on the wall in my home. I needed it there to remind me to keep getting up, to keep fighting and to keep trying. We all fall down, we can even be knocked down but to be able to find the strength to rise again, that is what truly matters.

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Pain Exhibit-A Chronic Pain Gallery

I stumbled across the Pain Exhibit website one day while doing a search for organizations that help those with chronic pain.

The Pain Exhibit “is an online educational, visual arts exhibit from artists with chronic pain with their art expressing some facet of the pain experience. The mission is to educate healthcare providers and the public about chronic pain through art, and to give voice to the many who suffer in silence.” (from their website).  You can find out more about their organization, how to participate or even how to support their initiatives by clicking here.

I’m thrilled to announce the the Pain Exhibit has accepted two of my art pieces for their online galleries. I feel so excited to be part of this organization in some small way.

The two pieces they accepted:

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This piece speaks to what feels like my daily meals. I take many medications each and every day to manage my pain and my mental health. This “meal” includes the four “food” groups – medications for: pain, inflammation, anxiety and depression


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Zentangled Spine

I have strong feelings of hate towards my body. Especially my back. It brings so much pain. But in this moment I tried to think of it as beautiful and this is the image I created. (I’ve zentangled other “parts” as well you can check them out here.)

I hope you’ll take the time to check out their website and online galleries. Lot’s of incredibly inspirational art there.

I use art as an outlet for my pain and emotions. Have you ever tried a creative form to express yourself? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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