Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013


Sent this at work via email today:
ABILITY~ It's what you're capable of doing. MOTIVATION~ Determines what you do.
ATTITUDE ~ Determines how well you do it. ~Lou Holtz

What would it take to make you happy? Think about your answer for a moment, because we have reasons to be happy every day, even if the world around us seems to have come unglued.

Now, I know some of you think that if you only had this or that particular thing you would be happy. Others believe that if you were only in love with someone wonderful, who loved you back, then you would be happy. And there are probably still others who believe that if God would work a miracle and cure you or someone you love of an illness, that would make you happy.

But I want to tell you something. Happiness is a choice you make, not something that does or doesn't happen to you. You can choose to be happy right now, no matter what you have or don't have.

The first step is gratitude. If you develop and heighten your powers of appreciation by focusing on the beauty in your life instead of the imperfections, you will be halfway there. I guarantee that you will see an abundance of beauty in your life, regardless of your surroundings or circumstances, if you will only look for it. You will be adopting the "attitude of gratitude."

Once you can see it - appreciate it! Not just intellectually - let it give you real joy. You see, the time to be happy is now, the place to be happy is here, and the reasons to be happy are all around you. So what are you waiting for?

Most Sincerely,

Sunday, February 10, 2013

"If you can see the invisible, God can do the impossible"! Joel Osteen.

I am not an overtly religious person, nor do I consider myself Christian.  However, I love watching Joel Osteen.  His sermons are powerful, spiritual and uplifting.  He is able to bring hope, joy and self-reflection to us all.  Today he talked about how we often view ourselves and our world in a limited light- and that we need to think positively, surround ourselves by success and grow grow grow.  I loved it.. loved the idea that positive thinking and environment can change our realities. 

I love Jesus- I do.  However, I have never believed him to be my savior- or the Messiah.  This concept just seemed to literal and made no sense to me when there are so many paths to God and spiritual growth.   I have always argued that Jesus as a man has done so much for human kind.  He has altered our lives, brought so many people closer to spiritual fulfillment and closer to our souls and I believe to the universe and our ultimate creator.  I told my sister yesterday- I finally get it.  By it I mean the bible and how it states that Jesus is our savior- why Christians believe he is the Mesiah.  He is- in a sense.  He has brought so many individuals to peace- in their environments and in their souls.  I think I am starting to grasp this idea and recognize that it doesn't mean accept Jesus and go to heaven.  No, it is more than that.  It is about accepting his teaching, spiritual understanding, growth towards loving and caring of self and others, and using this for spiritual fulfillment - to reach an understanding of ourselves and the universe.  I believe that Jesus, in fact all religion and religious figures, can do this though.  I believe that finding our paths towards understanding this universe is unique -and therefore because of this uniqueness we all identify with different "teachers".  I believe that science can do this as well- as science and understanding of the way nature works brings so much envy of the universe.  The more you know, the more you don't know... when I view such complexities that exist in our bodies, cells, the solar systems and creation of the planets and universe I know that there is an ultimate creator- a God.  I feel it in my soul.... 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Power of Thought - A Quantum Perspective - By Kent Healy

Power of Thought

The power of thought.  The notion that we influence our past, present and future through thought is evident in our daily lives.  Meditation can bring peace, prayer circles can help heel, and daily prayer can influence our lives.  Looking at it through a science perspective we know that there is so much more to our being that we do not recognize or can understand at this point and time.  This video is phenomenal as it shows the correlation/causation of thought and action.  How our consciousness can alter our reality- can bend and change energy.  

I find this very powerful.  I find this uplifting and encouraging.  One of my favorite quotes has always been “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
Viktor E. Frankl

Frankl himself looked at survivors of the holocaust and how there are patterns of behavior in the survivors.  Those who withstood the cruelty all shared common optimism and love for themselves and others.  His work is encouraging and insightful and I recommend reading through some of it...

I find this uplifting as an individual who suffers from chronic pain.  My attitude can alter my reality.  I can meditate and laugh to distress.  Thinking positively of my affliction, of my future and goals can bring peace to my mind- which in turn can alter how I feel pain.  I am overall a positive individual.  I have negative days like the rest of us, but  for the most part I stay positive and incorrigible.  I truly believe this is what makes me strong- what makes me a fighter.  I will control my pain, I will remain positive and I love life.  I do not have to feel perfect to feel like my life is perfect.  I am in love with life, wonder and love.  I am in love with all the possibilities this universe brings to me and I am in love with how my thoughts can alter my reality.  Call it mediation, prayer, god, quantum physics – whatever.  It is real- it is powerful. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Facebook post

I wrote a facebook post about how I am tackling the outdoors- despite my winter arthritis! An old co-worker commented" you should eliminate dairy, it is linked with arthritis".  This annoyed the shit out of me.  I know she was just helping, and promoting the vegan life-style.  However, I felt marginalized.  I felt like- yah because diet is the magic cure that will stop all my aches, crying nights, immobility and fatigue.

Ofcoarse, we all know that diet does help.  It isn't some sort of magical cure for my symptoms.  However, a balanced diet can reduce flare-ups.  I used to research this stuff all the time and make plans on how I am changing my diet and will become a vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free maniac!  I never do... I think it's because the changes I am proposing are too drastic.  When you live a busy life and are also dealing with pain and fatigue it is difficult to make these kind of drastic changes without support. I tried sparkpeople- as we can tell from previous posts but had a very difficult time keeping up with it.

As we read about diet changes it is clear that there are certain foods really good for you.  Obviously fruits and vegetables-  we should be eating this regularly.  Fish oil, nuts - anything with omega 3 fatty acids is really good for the joints.  Also whole grains are supposed to be good for you.  However, this depends on the research that you are doing.  There is a lot of research that indicates anything with gluten should be eliminated in order to reduce flare-ups.  While other research indicates that "Whole grains contain antioxidant nutrients such as iron, thiamine, niacin, biotin and selenium. They also contain fiber, which improves your satiety and overall body functions."  Read more 

If you have psoariatic arthritis- there is a good chance your vitamin D is low- which is my issue! Unless I am outdoors all the time (summer) then I just can't soak up enough.  There is some research that indicates that dairy is a great source of vitamin D- I mean that is what we are raised knowing.  However, if you read into the organic foods research you read that it is synthetic vitamin D and therefore does not help your body as much as items that have it naturally- like mushrooms, fish, liver oil, eggs.  This website seems interesting and with lots of information about natural health and organic living

I feel like there is just soooo much information out there and it is difficult to narrow down the "right information".  So here is my thought- there is no wrong information (reasonably speaking) about what we can eat.  Each on of us our unique, our symptoms vary, what causes flare-ups and eases our aches and pains is different- so why wouldn't the food we eat.  I am going to stop with the research- because there is just too much of it.  I will increase fruits, veggies, eggs and fish.  I will start supplements, I will exercise moderately- I will not make drastic changes.  Not now anyways.  Right now I am focusing on small things.  Living and eating purely- one step at a time. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

shit happens

2 days after my last blog, my mother got in a horrific accident that changed our lives and future events.  My husband and I now live with my parents (or them with us- whichever way you view it).  My mom is finally independent, much more functioning.  She had a Traumatic Brain Injury and still has issues.  My father had quadruple bypass heart surgery 2 months after my mom’s head surgery.  Things were chaotic.  We made it to Phoenix.  We live together.  My husband was such a help the 1st few months as I eased to my new job.  However, not having any other support out here was difficult.  I definitely regretted the move, believing that staying in the Midwest would have at least provided me with support I needed to help my parents.  Who knows now…  

Now I feel ready to blog again.  To take care of myself again.  I forgot about this blog- truly I did.  I forgot that I was so motivated to help myself feel better.  I have a lot of work to do.  My most exciting past post was “Rada’sWellness Plan (aka get my shit together)”  I laughed, I definitely did not get my shit together.  I am slightly more active and feel better out here but I put myself on the back burner for way too long.  I was without medicine for almost a year and have encountered way too much stress this last year and a half.  On the plus, I shop organic and local a lot more.  Sprouts is by far the best grocery option out here near me.  We cook a lot more, hence more veggies and fruits and less processed food. Ma- if you’re reading: you’re cooking is why I keep you around!  ;)  

 However, I have gained weight, watch waaay too much t.v. (thanks daddy-o) and don’t walk like I should (sorry Knuckles).  I sure do rest a lot more though and read blogs all the time (the only alone time you get when your parents live with you).  I am also more comfortable asking for help than I used to be.  If I can’t open something I ask.  If I can’t get my classroom door open- I stop a student and have them work the keys, if I can’t button my pants- there’s my husband, if I can’t… well you get the point. 
So I begin again with my quest to a healthier me.  I make mistakes, I indulge in things I shouldn’t (like beer or pizza), I’m lazy at times but I think that’s normal. I’m a regular person trying to manage this illness.  I know, I know- having arthritis makes it that I can’t live my life regularly and have to be stricter on certain things… but I just can’t.  Not right now- I’m working on it though.