All tagged Encouragement

Life is Full of Possibilities - Lessons from Game of Thrones

The fourth episode of Game of Thrones is called CripplesBastards, and Broken Things and now that the series has ended, the stories, trials and experiences of many of the characters offer lessons we can glean for those of us who today feel like the '‘broken things.” Many, most characters faced adversity, but five main characters endured life-changing trauma with lasting effects - Tyrion Lannister, Bran Stark, Jaime Lannister, Sansa Stark and Theon Greyjoy.

Obviously, there are spoilers ahead.

On Mothering Yourself

While we all at some point had mothers, not all of us do today. And not all of us had good mothers. And some are grieving never becoming a mother. For me, my illness stole from me the chance to be a mom - something I desperately wanted ever since I was conscious of what being a mother was. One way to heal from these types of deep wounds is to learn how to mother yourself. Here are ten aspects of mothering and how you can mothering yourself

Ignite Your Beltane Fire

May 1 is the start of Beltane (pronounced bell’tane) and the start of summer in the Celtic calendar. Actually, summer begins at sundown. May day celebrations and May pole dances today celebrate the traditional start of summer.  The mood is of celebration and anticipation. As the sun returns to us in warmth and reach, the symbolism of fire can remind us of our own creativity so I encourage to you set aside some time to consider these questions - what can you bring alive and create in this season? How can you be and feel more alive?

On Being Seen on Capitol Hill

This past Wednesday, April 3rd, I participated in Advocacy Day sponsored by Solve ME/CFS and MEAction. I joined over 234 other advocates who spread out over Capitol Hill to more than 224 Senate and House offices to change minds through personal stories, education and facts. Advocacy is empowering. Not everyone is able to channel their anger at the injustice into advocacy and certainly the sickest in our society are often TOO sick to fight for justice.

Spring Podcast Recommendations

I listen to podcasts all the time. When I’d like distraction in my mind from the discomfort in my body, I prefer to just lay back and listen. And there is SO much excellent content out there. I’ve curated some excellent ones for you - some on health, but not all. Because we do not have to be thinking and learning about wellness all the time, right? And I’ve highlighted several specific outstanding episodes from these podcast series too.​ 

Are You One of the Millions Missing?

This past Saturday, on May 12th, Washington DC joined over 100 cities worldwide to call on governments and health officials to take critical action for people living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

I spearheaded the DC Millions Missing event, sponsored by MEAction, which was held at the Freedom Plaza at 13th and Pennsylvania, between the White House and the U.S. Capitol.