Category Archives: health

I’m Not a Runner…..Yet

I have many friends that have taken up running. And, they LOVE it.

Like, it has changed their life, their health, their physique for the better and they can’t imagine not running type of love it.

They post pictures on Instagram and Facebook. Sweaty happy faces after running a 5, 10 or 15k.  Running in inclement weather, on purpose.

And for most of 2012, I watched their transformations from the comfort of my couch, shaking my head and thinking “bless their little running hearts“.

Meanwhile, I huffed and puffed at the very thought of running.  A brisk walk could leave me breathless.


As I prayed for my One Word for 2013, the same word kept creeping in. I kept thinking that words makes no sense. It can mean so many things.

You probably guessed that was the word and it is.


God wants me to be well.  {there are other facets of this One Word that I will delve into later}


One night between Christmas and New Years, I had a dream and in it I was running.

I’m surprised I didn’t wake myself up laughing at the very thought.

Darn if that thought stuck with me like glue and I started thinking and praying about me and running in the same sentence.

I don’t know what’s going to come of this running thing but I do know I have downloaded a couch to 5k app to my phone and my 16 year old {very athletic} kid wants to be my trainer.

And, I’m kind of excited about where this year of well will take me.



My Friend is a Big Loser

{Tomorrow, I will be sharing my One Word for 2013 with you and that will make this post even more relevant!} My friend, Jessica Heights, is sweet.  People use that word to describe others often but I really mean it. You look up sweet in the dictionary and there is a picture of this girl. Continue Reading

10 Ways to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

With the holidays upon us I wanted to take some time to talk about the effects that this busy time of year can have on our health. Living with chronic illness {mine is systemic lupus} doesn’t have to steal your joy and zap your energy. But, it is tempting to push yourself with the amount of activity on the calendarContinue Reading

Fighting the Fizz

I have given it up before.  Cold turkey. But, it sucks me back in. Specifically when I have a stress headache and need some caffeine to chase the tylenol. What has me in it’s ugly grasp? Soda. {source unkown} I need to stop drinking soda {again}.  I know it is bad for me.  I knowContinue Reading

Peeking In

I tend to be quiet here when I am going through something{s}. Really, I have a lot to say but need to say it in real life before I can go blabbing about it on my blog. Plus, I am sick.  After a night in the ER with two bags of fluids, a really strongContinue Reading

More exciting things!!

I promise I will return tomorrow with a content rich post but today I needed to stop by and quickly share a few more exciting things with y’all. {Did you see the exciting things from yesterday?} First of all, I am excited to be contributing to a wonderful community called The Intentional Lifestyle.  The siteContinue Reading

10 Things I’ve learned about living with invisible illness

I have been living with invisible illness {diagnosed} since 2008.  Chronic pain, fatigue and bizarre symptoms are part of my everyday life.  Statistics tell us that 1 out of every 2 Americans lives with a chronic illness {diabetes, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, etc.}   I know I am not alone.  So, why do IContinue Reading

Parenting and illness

There is a sad story circulating the news outlets that has mothers {including myself} outraged.  A judge in North Carolina has taken primary custody of a mother’s young children away, mostly because she is battling stage 4 breast cancer. {A summary of the story and other posts on the web can be found here.} WhileContinue Reading

Peace and Quiet

Thank you all for your prayers.  I had a great time speaking at a local father/daughter banquet last Friday evening and God granted me not just the words but the stamina to deliver them. I am in a place of rest, quiet and peace.  A beautiful place to be, honestly.  Different circumstances would be preferableContinue Reading

Is this my kid?

He is his father’s child. In possession of the calm-no-matter-the-circumstance sort of way that is stable and solid. His voice on the phone did not even waver as he said “Mama, I can’t see anything out of my left eye“. I had to ask if he was serious, such normal tone and timbre. He wasContinue Reading