the view from Sunday: lazy, productive day

Trying to get back to a regular routine after a few weeks of unscheduled life. I’ve noticed  that I get particularly depressed during the summer, especially when it comes to staying productive and taking care of myself. It’s too hot and it makes me miserable. It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve stayed home for most of the day and just lived.

Tidied, vacuumed, meal-planned, and worked on the current draft.

I even burned a candle.

Feels pretty good.

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life: August – month in review

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Guys, it’s been a MONTH. And we’re only 9 days in. But first, a recap of August…

Made some progress on the rewrite. Not as much as I’d like, but maintained a relatively consistent schedule.

Read some good books. Didn’t finish others. (video on Friday!)

Booked a flight for a November trip to California (yay! Non-work related vacation!).

Started “running” again (running for me looks more like intervals than steady state runs).

The rest was kind of a blur. Too many migraines.

 

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I live in South Florida. I’m equal parts relieved and saddened by Hurricane Dorian’s track – relieved that it missed us, saddened by the tragedy in the Bahamas.

If you are able, donate.

HeadKnowles :: Hurricane Relief :: #Dorian (GoFundMe)

If you’re in SoFla: How to Help the Bahamas (NBC6)

 

On a similar note, the Amazon is burning.

Here’s one way to help: WaterThruSkin – Aid Bolivia

 

Climate Change is real. People can’t “just move”. *steps off soapbox*

video: off the shelf – July 2019

What I read (and didn’t finish) in July.

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video: writing and living with chronic pain (a followup)

In which I sit down and blather on about trying to write with chronic pain, and how the heck you’re supposed to get on with work when you can barely think (?!).

Also, my sense of time is the WORST. In the video, I say I posted on this topic a year ago… friends, it was 2 months ago *facepalm*

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video: The F*ck It Diet review and response

Settle in friends, this is a long one..

I noted in my June “off the shelf” that The F*ck It Diet triggered all my triggers: my history with diet culture, body image, fatphobia, doctor avoidance, and more…
Here, I break it down, share what I learned, my current struggles, and the very real realization that I still see the fat girl I was when I shop for jeans.

Also mentioned: how the Whole30 screwed with my head, and how having hypothyroidism affects my perception of wellness vs. dieting.

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video: off the shelf – June reads

June was a weird month, book-wise. I had a hard time finding something to love until…
The hits, the misses, and the WHY?! *cough* 5 love languages *cough* that I read in June.

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#projectpan: July 15, 2019

Not gonna lie, I’m mostly failing at the moment. It’s too hot to wear much makeup, and a red lip fells to dramatic when all I want to do is hide somewhere cold.

Some minor progress on Kosas Rosewater and the Tulip fragrance oil is my current go-to.

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video: 6-month budget-tracking update

6 months ago, I buckled down and got serious about examining my spending, tracking my money, and saving for REASONS.

Here’s what worked, what didn’t, and what I learned.

Also: how I budget | cash envelope, EveryDollar, Happy Planner budget tracker

Are you on a no-spend or #debtfreejourney? Share your thoughts!

 

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5 things: I use to [try to] ease my migraines

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On July 3rd, I had one of the worst migraine attacks I’ve had in a long time, bad enough to make me go to urgent care for a shot of pain killers and nausea relief.

When the doctor asked me if it was my worst headache ever, I didn’t have to think about it: No.

The worst was the one that was so bad my face went numb and I thought I was having a stroke. I was in my early 20’s. I was terrified.

This one wasn’t as bad, but it was persistent and I couldn’t keep anything down, even water. So I stayed home and got help.

Sometimes these posts are about things I use on the regular; sometimes they’re about things I’ve learned/habits/etc. Today, I’m sharing five things that bring the pain down sometimes, even if it’s just a notch. 

Advil migraine, 3 at a time, every 4-6 hours

If that seems like a lot, it is. But it’s one of the only OTC remedies that brings the pain in my head down enough to make me semi-functional.


Eden’s Garden Breathe Easier synergy blend

I keep a diffuser in the bedroom, another in the living room, and another at work. This blend opens up my nasal passages and helps me breathe through the pain. Sometimes its enough (in combination with the above) to get rid of a migraine for a few hours).
If I have foolishly run out, peppermint or eucalyptus with rosemary can do the trick.

These are my three diffusers: bedroom (pretty wood exterior), living room (simple with a color changing light), office (mini, usb charger)

Tracking my symptoms

I use Kindara to track my cycles, along with my chronic health issues. I’ve also become more conscious of my prodrome symptoms (the symptoms that come before a migraine—kind of like the calm before the storm). My prodrome symptoms include neck tightness, extreme fatigue (needing naps), and a stuffy nose that makes it hard to breathe and requires deep breaths. Sometimes, it looks like extreme energy followed by a depressed mood and difficulty getting the right words out.

Hot water bottle and ice pack

I already regaled you with my love for my hot water bottle. Sometimes heat on my neck, jaw, or the side of my head where the pain is helps. Sometimes a cold pack on my forehead helps. Sometimes I need both. Sometimes nothing works.

Arnica gel

Like the ice pack, sometimes I need to slap something cold on my face to relax the muscles around my forehead, or my neck, or my shoulders, or wherever I start to feel the first twinges of tightness. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t.

Bonus: Turmeric with bioperine

Sometimes, it seems that turmeric helps. Or maybe it’s a placebo. Whatever it is, if it takes the pain away without knocking me out, I’ll take it.

There are more tricks I use, but these are the most consistent and effective. It’s a guessing game each time.

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