I had been planning for this new chapter to start a month ago but I received my nightmare phone call. My dad needed a triple bypass (which actually turned into a quad) so the weeks surrounding his surgery were absolutely insane. In a month, I took two trips to Va and just the stress of worrying about my dad, the traveling, and everything else going on at home was just over the top.
Thankfully, my dad is home following his surgery and a week in rehab and he is recovering like a champ. He blew the surgeon away with how he recovered and he put everything he had into changing his lifestyle even before the surgery. I am so proud of my dad. I just have to brag.
Obviously this situation kicked everyone in my family in gear of making our health a priority. I definitely need to focus on drinking more water and getting more active. Even if its just two 10 minute walks a day – any movement is better than no movement.
In addition to my physical health, I am really trying to focus more on my emotional/spiritual health. I have no shame in admitting that I need outside help. I am seeing a counselor that has over 10 years experience working with chronic pain patients. In his previous job, he worked with a co-op practice that included a pain management specialist, a physical therapist, a counselor, and one or two other specialists. Its a perfect fit. I am re-learning how to communicate effectively which in turn is brining more stability into my relationships.
That is all of the serious stuff so now it is time for the fun stuff! With all of the new changes taking place, I am working on creating structure in my day. I am an almost-type A personality and I have always thrived within a structured environment. Obviously chronic illness doesn’t always allow for a set schedule but I am trying to use my planner more and create to-do lists that help set up a type of structure that is flexible but focused.
One of big items on my schedule is bringing A New Kind of Normal back to life! I am so, so sorry that the blog has been such a flop lately (sad trombone) but I am putting the pedal to the metal. I spruced up the blog design and have things looking fancy-shmancy. I spruced up my office/beauty space to help the creative juices flow. I have post ideas written out for the next three weeks. A rough schedule will be Tuesdays – chronic illness and health related; Wednesdays – chronic style; Thursdays – lifestyle related; Fridays – faith related; and Saturdays . . .
Videos! I am really excited about expanding Chronic Style to include videos! Chronic Style is focused on helping you reclaim your confidence and spunk. I know personally throughout my years with chronic illness, I have not always had a great relationship with my body. If I had a dollar for every time I said,”My body hates me” I would be typing this post from an island somewhere. It is really easy to start to resent your body as at times it feels like it has turned on you. I have totally felt that way and I’m sure I’m not alone. So that is what this series is about. Its not about fulfilling what society says is beautiful or on trend. It is more about what you feel. Plus it is also a lot of fun! I want to reclaim my spunk and sass that I once had and I’m hoping its a journey we can take together!
All posts will be posted here (videos will be uploaded via YT but will be featured here) so you don’t have to worry about going to two places. If videos are for you that is fine. I will be posting them all on Saturdays so you will know when they go live. All videos may not be strictly style related. There may be some Q&As, sharing/stories, and some other fun things like tags (definitely doing My Husband Does My Makeup!). Abby wants to do a video together so bad so I am sure there will be some fun ones featuring our sweet girl!
I am really excited about what is on the horizon and I hope you are too! If there is anything in particular that you would like to see here whether it is a post, video, or anything else please leave a comment or send me a message! I love hearing your thoughts and I always welcome guest posts so if there is something you would like to share, please, please let me know! I cannot believe that this July marks 10 years of A New Kind of Normal!
It just doesn’t seem possible! How should we celebrate?