Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Summer Planning

It is that time of year again. June is just around the corner, and people are looking to which planner they are going to use. Do you want or need an academic planner? Are your children all grown up (like mine), but you are looking for stickers to keep your life on track? What are you going to do during summer vacation?

Here is the link to all the sticker printables I have already posted: Labels, Signs, and Stickers

Here is the link to my planner/life coaching skills page, which has the links to related previous posts: Life Skills Coaching

Here is the link for summer vacation crafts, journaling, reading, etc.: Summer Vacation Ideas

Coming soon: A 2016-17 Academic Calendar!


Sunday, May 15, 2016

I Highly Recommend Downsizing

As written about in previous posts, I am moving soon and to a smaller apartment. Even so, with all the medical challenges I have, I am limited as to how much I can do on my own.

Son #1 lives 1200 miles away, so he is unable to help me; son #2 lives here, and helps when he can, but he has a job and his own projects; son #3 lives about 250 miles away - he and his wife came Friday and took away a couple of big items, two boxes of books, and some smalls, which really helped a lot.

Son #2 told me to pack the boxes, but do not move them - he will move them when he is here. Yesterday, he took the boxes out of the kitchen and put them closer to where they will be put on the van from. He also brought some items close to my work space to make it easier for me to handle. I am so thankful for any help he gives me, especially since he is tall and very strong.

Another friend took away some furniture and a lot of tea making more room. 

There is still some furniture to sell and donations to make, but it is coming along. It has to; I only have 12 more days to get ready. My goal is still two boxes a day, so I am happy for any help I get.

A woman I met in a class about 14 years ago volunteered to give me some time. I accepted, and I am very glad I did. I prepped nine boxes a few days ago, and we filled them in about an hour. She did all the climbing and handing me items. She is giving me several more hours before the move, something I am incredibly grateful for. And I got rid of a few boxes of fabric!

Another friend is a librarian here, and I donated 11 or 12 boxes of books to the library - some will go into the children's area, some will go in the adult section, some have already been sold from a special fundraising corner of the library, and the rest will be sold at the semi-annual book sale.

Since I am unable to work, I no longer have use of my college textbooks. Those I donated to the local community college for students' research purposes. I have already put together one bag of clothes to donate, but I have more to go through. I am giving away small appliances that I either have not used or rarely used in the last 10 years.

I am beginning to think this move is the best thing that could have happened to me. Like the tiny house movement, I am having to decide what is important for me to keep, and what is not. And some of what I am keeping is for me, not necessarily what is useful, but for my enjoyment. 

And that is important. And that is why I highly recommend downsizing - even if it is only downsizing the contents of your abode.


Friday, May 6, 2016

Fibromyalgia Awareness

May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month and May 12th is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. 

Searching for the Happiness
For more information, see this Being Fibro Mom blog post.

Check out this website, too: National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association

And more Fibromyalgia Awareness information:

May 12 is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day!

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day Pinterest board

Fibromyalgia Awareness and Aggravating Conditions

Fibromyalgia Awareness Community on Facebook

Find Fibromyalgia Awareness gifts on Zazzle

I am a middle-aged woman with fibromyalgia who is attempting to share information with other people with the illness. Please be aware that I am sharing information from my own research and knowledge as a fellow fibro person.


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