Yesterday (May 12th) was ME awareness day. The regular readers among you will know that one of the conditions I suffer from is ME (also known as CFS), and I’m passionate about exposing what it is really like to live with that condition. On that note, one of my new projects while I’ve been going through a very bad patch of health lately (told you I end up with loads) has been to set up a new a blog about my life. It’s much more personal than this blog, because if it wasn’t then I wouldn’t be telling the truth. It won’t consist of post after post of whining, I’m just writing about my life and in that (hopefully) it will become obvious to the reader, the way in which my chronic condition affects my life. I really hope you’ll check it out and read it as loyally as you do this blog. I’ve named it Chronically Katie, and there are currently three blog posts for you to have a gander at to get the flavour for the blog, as well as two pages explaining more about myself and why I decided to start the blog. Please feel free to share a link and help me get the word out and give some constructive feedback.
A year ago today I began this blog. To celebrate The Coffee House’s first birthday. I am re-blogging the very first post. It happens to follow on quite nicely from the spirit of Lottie’s interview (if you missed it, you can read it here). Here’s to another year of blogging- enjoy!
“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”
– Lucille Ball (1911-1989)
I have always found that staying busy and helping others has always helped me get through crappy times. When you start helping others you realise that “everybody hurts sometimes” and that whatever is happening to you, there is something much worse happening to someone else- you gain perspective. It sounds cliched, probably because it is, but I find it works. If that doesn’t help, a nice dose of escapism* helps a lot, whether it be reading a good novel or watching your favourite film. Whatever horrible situation you might be dealing with, the world will keep turning and you have to get on with your life, that doesn’t mean ignoring the fact that you’re hurting, but no situation should stop you from the living the best life you could. I get ill a lot so I end up spending days, even weeks tucked up in bed but I like to start a new project. I have a zillion on the go at once, this blog is one in fact. I hope that doesn’t make me sound pious, there is so much negativity that surrounds us, there is always something or someone which will undermine our self confidence or make us feel as though our whole world has shattered, but happiness is not dependent on your life being perfect, but a state of mind, happiness is your ability to remain positive in spite of what you are dealing with. I’m lucky that I have a wonderful best friend and family who have shown me this.
Keep the faith,
*Editing note: I probably should have said a ‘healthy escapism’ like reading a book or chatting with a friend or watching a film.
My family are not pirates (had to use that lame joke). Paul’s mum was
Paul's mum got through the first round and now has her own blog!
selected through the Nectar Savvy Families competition to keep a blog for several weeks. Along with 7 other families, Rhian will write about money saving tips and how to get what you want on a budget on the blog. She’s new to blogging but you wouldn’t know that because her first posts are great and well worth a look. We can all be more frugal and get more for the money we do spend.