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Nicole’s Goals for 2014

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I have been thinking about my goals and what I would like to do in 2014.  Honestly?  I’m not 100% percent as there is so much more that I desire to do and adding on moving overseas will make goal setting a little difficult. However, it is not impossible!

A few goals I’ve been thinking of dabbling in:

  • Continuing to write for my blog several times a week.
  • Make new friends by networking with others who have their own blogs and websites. 
  • Find free options to treat my chronic illnesses. 
  • Travel locally around my new hometown, take many pictures, and meet new people.
  • Continue with my exercise weight loss plan. I have lost over 30 pounds so far. 
  • Sign up with a rubber stamping/scrapbooking/craft direct selling company. I’ll be able to craft while I’m in my new home. Also look into other direct selling companies that would be of interest to me.
  • Expand my writing business to various levels and increase my income opportunities.
  • Work on finding my own inner peace and happiness.  This includes doing meditation on a regular basis and daily yoga techniques.
  • Find hobbies that will easily interest me and is inexpensive.
  • Look into trying new things such as zip lining. 

 

So here’s to a successful 2014!

My Top 20 Motivational Quotes for 2014

1532000_726430324047581_331753985_n1. Enjoy the little things. –Unknown

2. May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. – Nelson Mandela

3. Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it. – Bill Cosby

4. Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must. But take the step. – Unknown

5. I realized this week that I just cannot do it all. So I will choose to do what I can. Fabulously. – Clinton Kelly

6. Stop thinking and just let things happen. – Unknown

7. If you want to fly, give up everything that weights you down. –Unknown

8. If people are trying to bring you down it only means that you are above them. – Unknown

9. God gives nothing to those who keep their arms crossed.” – African Proverb

10. “Freedom is never given; it is won.” – A. Philip Randolph

11. “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” -Booker T. Washington

12. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. – Chinese Proverb

13. Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. – Carl Bard

14. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that. –Unknown

15. It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful. – David Steindl-Rast

16. “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

― Edith Lovejoy Pierce

17. “For a new year to bring you something new, make a move, like a butterfly tearing its cocoon! Make a move!”

― Mehmet Murat ildan

18. “We are the authors of our destinies. No one can see the vision any clearer, believe in and work any harder to make it a reality more than the visionary.”

― Nike Campbell-Fatoki

 

19. Another fresh new year is here . . .

Another year to live!

To banish worry, doubt, and fear,

To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me

To live each day with zest . . .

To daily grow and try to be

My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity

Once more to right some wrongs,

To pray for peace, to plant a tree,

And sing more joyful songs!

– William Arthur Ward

 

20. Never ever give up! – Nicole Leon

 

 

Reflections on 2013

Nicole Leon - Blog Writer

Nicole Leon – Blog Writer

This year has had non-stop events of so much more than I could ever imagine.  I have experienced many disappointments and a few triumphs.  This year was very challenging with an added bonus diagnosis of a chronic disease that will also be with me for the rest of my life and an illness that can be fatal.

 

Losses

BFFs for life!

BFFs for life!

Over the course of the year, I have lost some friends and I know some people say that if they stop talking to you or don’t talk to you as much they aren’t your real friends. But here’s the thing there are people who are placed in your life for a short time and some for a long time.  I do feel that things have changed with a lot of people but that happens. I miss them but there isn’t anything I can do about it.  We all get busy with life and responsibilities.  There are people who I still wish I had a chance to meet before I move but I know that with my chronic health problems that has made it hard to do that.  It’s not my fault that I’m chronically ill and all I can do is move on. There will always be positive and encouraging people around to support me. I have reconnected with people I knew in high school and that connection has helped me with forgiving others and rebuilding those friendships.

 

 

Moving On

Jamaica view

Jamaica view

I understand that I will be moving forward to something large with this move. It’s huge! I have never moved this far, let alone out of the country. It was something that I had hoped that I wouldn’t have to do as I wanted to stay right here where I was born and raised.  However, certain events did not work out and my only other choice was to move.

I admit I will miss participating in my few hobbies such as couponing and receiving good free stuff.  So that means no more mail! I LOVE receiving mail.  I’m working on changing that by getting involved with crafts while I’m living in my new home and swap out postcards and handmade cards with others worldwide.  I know that I’ll be able to do crafts while I’m there as my fibromyalgia pain goes down a bit. I think it would help me to get through intense homesickness.  I’m trying to fight through the changes my chronic illnesses have forced upon me.  They have completely changed the way I react, and act with others.  I’m fighting through all of that.

 

 

Winnings

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  • The great things of this year included visiting family and having family visit us too.
  • I somehow managed to enjoy the little things in life such as finding ways to make myself laugh and keep a positive outlook of my life.
  • I have lost over 30 pounds in the last few months and while I have some ways to go I’m very happy to see the changes. I can thank going into an old exercise fitness workout called Richard Simmons’ Sweatin’ to the Oldies and walking.  I really want to get his new 3 DVD set as he has some exercises for people like me.
  • Seeing the NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center.  I got very emotional seeing the shuttle as I have watched it take off into space and land many times in my life.  Space and exploration have always interested me.
  • Fight to keep a positive attitude and outlook.  I may not have always succeeded but I remain hopeful even when hope seems hopeless.  I know it’s not.  I keep going through persevering.

 

KittySickDayEven right now I’m battling with the flu that has refused to leave my body which is nonstop fun with chronic illnesses. Despite all of this, I’m sitting up and trying to continuously move forward each day of my life.

The Daily Fight Series

Gratitude

Gratitude

Today is one of those days where I have to fight even harder to get up and moving around. Each day is different and I never know how I’ll feel. Today my back hurts more than anything and the muscle spasms hurt on top of that. My arms, legs, feet, head, and yes even my eyelashes hurt! There is no way to escape the various issues that fibromyalgia and the other illnesses I deal with too.

Even though I don’t feel well I got up out of my bed anyway. I still wonder if I should get a cane but 14+ years later I have refused to get one. I hold onto the furniture, and walls to get around my home. Sometimes I fall down and that hurts but you know what? I get right back up again.

I thought about my goals and what I would like to do today.

Goals for today included:

  1. Paid work
  2. Create my third post for the week
  3. Make a final decision on my topics for next week
  4. Comment on blogs of fellow bloggers
  5. Spend time reading blogs and the news
  6. Encourage others

So that looks like a lot but I’ve managed to complete over half of my goals.

I take my time while completing my goals. Now keep in mind I don’t always succeed but I keep going anyway and that is the most important part. I know that people may not be able to understand what I’m going through but all I can hope is they will reach deep inside to find compassion in their hearts.

What is a TENS Unit?

Picture taken by Nicole Leon

Picture taken by Nicole Leon

This is one of the top questions I’m asked on Instagram regarding the TENS unit I received from a Fibro Angel who made my Santa wish come true as I was unable to afford one. The TENS unit stands for Transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation which is a type of electrical pump that helps to stimulate the nerves.  It sends out pulses of electricity through the adhesive electrodes that is applied to the skin.   The stimulation helps to block out the pain signals and controls pain.  The TENS unit helps both chronic and acute pain by reducing pain in the area.

I have fibromyalgia which is a long-term illness that causes a number of problems including:

  • All over body pain
  • Aches
  • Tenderness in the tissues, tendons, muscles and joints
  • Sensitivity to changes in weather, activity levels, stress, and depression
  • Lowered ability to work out or exercise
  • Migraine/Tension headaches
  • Sleep disorders
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Tingling and numbness in limbs
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain

Physical therapists use TENS units as a therapy option to help with controlling their patient’s pain.  The TENS unit is a handheld device that is small and portable.

TENS units are now more affordable and can be purchased online and at the local drug store. I have found that the device is helpful when my fibromyalgia pain isn’t too high. However, when my pain is too high it takes a long time for the TENS unit to ease the pain and at times can make the pain worse.  The TENS unit is a tool that may or may not work for others.  It’s a treatment option to look into and try it out to see if it works for you.

 

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