Monthly Archives: June 2015

IWSG – GETTING THINGS DONE

Hello fellow bloggers and writers extraordinaire. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

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Click on the Image to Join

Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero, virtually adopted brother, and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose allows writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where ‘veteran’ writers can offer wisdom and guidance.

The awesome co-hosts for the July 1 posting of the #IWSG are Charity Bradford, S.A. Larsen, AJ, Tamara Narayan, Allison Gammons, and Tanya Miranda!

Make sure you pay them a visit and thank them for all their work! Being a co-host is a lot of work, but is so much fun! I should know, I’ve done it myself through my other site, lilicasplace. It’s awesome and it feels good when you’re appreciated. 🙂

This month I’m going to write about getting things done. Things have gotten easier over the past four and a half years. My recovery has been slow and steady, but the improvements are there. That matters most. After my bleed, the physical aspect of my recovery was one of the swiftest. I regained the ability to walk and handle certain activities of daily living within a matter of months.

The most challenging aspect was, and still is, cognitive recovery. Memory, focus, and distractibility are issues I still struggle with daily. I can no longer multi-task the way I did in the past. Therefore, time management is key to getting things done for me.

Here’s a list of things that help me account for my time. Everyone has a system that works for them. If you’re like me, maybe some of these ideas will help get you into a steady routine.

  1. Limit your interruptions. If I need to focus on a particular task, I put my phone on silent, and turn off anything that can distract me (like the tv).
  2. Avoid procrastinating. I’ll be the first to admit I’m notorious at procrastination, but I’ve improved 10-fold since I implemented steps 3-6. Procrastination is the worst. Figure how much time you really waste. You’d be surprised. I know I was.
  3. Write to-do lists. I live by this. If I don’t have a to-do list handy, I’m lost. Seriously. I place a little line next to each task that I check off when I’m done.
  4. Set realistic goals. I can put ‘clean the house’ on my to-do list for the day, but I know it won’t happen. I’m not nearly as swift as I once was, and I tire easily. That’s why I do #4.
  5. Manage your goals in chunks. My to-do list on any given day may include washing dishes, cleaning the bathroom, swiffering the floor, taking meds, feeding Sophie and my fish. The next day could be cleaning the kitchen counter, shredding, meds, feeding Sophie and the fish, etc. It’s about doing what you can handle.
  6. Reward yourself for goals met. It’s a great feeling to know you’ve met your goals, finished your to-do list, the story you wrote, etc. Celebrate. I take every other weekend as my celebration time because I know my daughter is coming. I get done what I need to so we can sit back and enjoy each others company. We’ll watch Netflix, order out, and have a mother/daughter weekend.

I hope some of these tips help you as they’ve helped me. Do you have any other time management tips that I could use? I’m all for improving my routine. How does your system work? Do you have trouble getting things done? Until next month…

 

 

 

Redefining Disability Challenge – MID-YEAR UPDATE AND FUTURE GOALS

Hello blogger friends and welcome. Here is another post for the redfng-disblty2Redefining Disability Challenge started by Rose B. Fischer. If you click on the image to the left, you can see exactly what it’s all about and feel free to join. Answer as many of the 52 questions as you like, or the ones that pertain to you. There is no time limit. Answer them in one post, one a day, a week, or whatever fits your needs.

I’m going to spread the questions out over the remainder of the year since a lot of the questions pertain to me already. For today’s post I’m going to answer question(s) 21 .

  1. Free post day! — Write about anything on your mind today. Any topic that the series doesn’t cover, anything going on in your life related to disability, something you’re excited for, something you’re frustrated about.

I love the free post days this Challenge gives us. Since we’re nearing the end of June, I thought I’d give you all an update on how my year has been so far and some of the goals I’ve had tinkering around in my brain. Haha.

The year has had its ups and downs for sure, but generally has been fairly stable. The mere fact that I’m still able to enjoy life, speaks volumes. I’ve completed my physical therapy stint for the year back in April, and am currently midway through my Speech Therapy module for the year. My therapist says I’m doing really well and the strategies I first learned are coming back to me quickly.

After four and a half years, I’m finally cleared by my neurologist to drive again. I haven’t suffered a seizure in almost a year. I’ll need to remain on anti-seizure meds for at least two years before my neurologist will even consider lowering the dosage. I can live with that…for now. I’ve been able to keep my depression and anxiety under control and have been using meditation to help me through some of the rougher times.

I’ve met all my writing goals so far this year and am ecstatic about that, though my social media presence has taken a bit of a hit. I’m making a conscious effort to work on that. It’s one of my goals.

I have a HUGE goal I will be striving for, although I don’t know when I will be able to make it a reality. I would one day like to enter the story of my recovery in the Neuro Film Festival, which is sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the American Brain Foundation. The 2016 entries start at the end of the year, but I don’t think that will be doable for me. I’ll have to research some more.

If not, I’ll definitely set my sights on the 2017 Neuro Film Festival.  😀

How has your year gone so far? Have you had any improvements in your condition or treatment options? Have you set future goals for yourself?

I’m reaching for the stars guys, I hope you are too!! Until next time…

 

 

Celebrate the Small Things – OVERJOYED

Hey everyone! It’s time for another posting of Celebrate the Small Things brought to us by LEXA CAIN.   I know I’m a little early, but I couldn’t help it. Post anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog.

Sign up by clicking on the image, hop around and celebrate with others.

Make Celebrate the Small Thingssure your blog post has a link to the sign-up as well, so other bloggers will be able to sign-up and hop around too. 

This is such a simple and easy blog-hop, and it also happens to be one of my favorites.  After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Lexa and her awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

 

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge

Oh my gosh, I didn’t realize we had a new co-host! I’ve been a little behind the times, so I want to thank Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits for being our new co-host with LG! Welcome!!

The past couple of weeks have been so busy, I’m posting two weeks worth of celebrations today. I am one happy camper. 🙂

First, let me just say that after four and a half grueling years, I’ve finally been cleared to drive again by my neurologist! I’m still in shock and awe. Now it’s just getting over the fear and practicing with someone with some patience.

The Melissa Etheridge concert was unbelievably amazing. It was a lot smaller, more intimate, and on a beautiful night. I couldn’t have asked for more.

My daughter spent last weekend with me and we had a blast. She’s been trying to spend more weekends up my way, and that makes me so happy.

I met all my weekly goals.

Best of all, I’m STILL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE GRASS!! Yeah, Baby!!

What have you celebrated this week?

 

 

 

Blessed – ENCOURAGING THUNDER AWARD!

Wow, just wow! June is starting off to be an amazing month for me. Fellow blogger and friend Jen at jabrushblog again nominated for another award. This time it’s for the Encouraging Thunder Award! Can you believe it?  That’s two awards in less than two weeks. Thrilled doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel right now. I almost want to cry, but I won’t. 🙂

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What you can do with Encouraging Thunder award?
– Post it on your blog
– Grant other bloggers with the award

What you can’t do with Encouraging Thunder award?
– Abuse or misuse the logo
– Claim that it’s your own handmade logo

 

What you should do after receiving Encouraging Thunder award:
– Enjoy the award
– Thank via comments or mention the blogger who gave you the award 🙂

That’s it. No questions to answer or cumbersome rules to follow. It’s acknowledgment to those blogger friends who have stuck behind you through good times and bad, whether through comments, social media, email, etc.

You don’t need to award it to anyone else if you don’t want to. Just accept it. So many people have my back, I can’t sit behind this computer and not give this Award to some very special people. Whether they choose to accept or display it is completely up to them. (They’d know I love them even without it!)

I’m giving the Encouraging Thunder Award to the following people:

Culinary queen, animal activist/advocate, and my virtually adopted Mom (I did that, but she doesn’t mind) 😀 Jo Wake at Food, Life, and a Scent of Chocolate
Author, Blogger, Musician, founder of the Insecure Writers Support Group, my virtually adopted baby brother (I did that too!) 😉 – Ninja Captain Alex at Alex J. Cavanaugh
Fellow stroke fighter, Megan, who is becoming near and dear to my heart at Stroke Survivor
Blogger friend and #CTST host Lexa, at Lexa Cain
Blogger friend and fighter, Katie at The Cyborg Mom
Blogger friend Maggie at Just Get It Written
Author, blogger and friend, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Although we’ve just recently ‘met’, M.R.R. at God, Entertainment, and Annoying Things always leaves me encouraging and positive comments.
Author, blogger, cheerleader, and friend Elizabeth Seckman.
One of my kindred spirits, amazing graphic artist, and fellow blogger, my dear Father Dragon Al at Dragon on a Mission
Author, blogger, cheerleader and friend Lisa Buie-Collard
Author, blogger, cheerleader and friend Melissa Maygrove
Author, blogger, fellow zombie enthusiast and friend David Powers-King
Writer, blogger, cheerleader, and friend Morgan Shamy
Fellow blogger Dixie at dcrelief – Remove the Rose Colored Glasses

I need to include author, fellow blogger, and friend Mark Koopmans, but the link I have for him won’t work. I gotta find the new one. I definitely need to give him this award because he’s the one that helped me find so many amazing people by commenting on my first blog, lilicasplace, when it was just a baby blog.  😀

I know, right? God has truly blessed me with amazing people in my life. I know there are a couple I can’t think of at the moment. I’m sorry for that, but when I do, I’ll make it a point to let you know and I’ll make sure I correct my error. I’ve been prone to them lately.

Thanks again Jen for the Award! I feel unstoppable now! Love ya girl!

 

 

Celebrate the Small Things – SPEECH THERAPY

 

Hey everyone! It’s Friday again and time for another posting of Celebrate the Small Things brought to us by LEXA CAINPost anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog.

Sign up by clicking on the image, hop around and celebrate with others.

Make Celebrate the Small Thingssure your blog post has a link to the sign-up as well, so other bloggers will be able to sign-up and hop around too. 

This is such a simple and easy blog-hop, and it also happens to be one of my favorites.  After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Lexa and her awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

 

 

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom

This has been a great week for me. Most of my followers know the past few weeks have been rough. I’d been waiting for news regarding Speech Therapy and Medicare. My Rehabilitation doctor deemed the Speech Therapy medically necessary, so Medicare will extend my treatment.

For those who aren’t aware, Speech and Physical Therapies are COMBINED per Medicare regulations. Since I’ve had zero Speech this year, I’m eligible. I had my first evaluation on APRIL 22 with a facility because their specialty is Speech only. After I waited six weeks for that evaluation, I find out that I’m on a standby patient only, meaning I can only get in if someone cancels an appointment. They called me one time and by the time I called back, the slot was filled. My doc wasn’t happy when I went to see him on Monday, JUNE 1.

So here’s what I’m celebrating:

  1. My Rehabilitation doctor referred me to the original outpatient rehab organization I previously went to. It’s a different office, but still closer to my house than the original place he sent me.
  2. He referred me on Monday and I already had my initial evaluation TODAY! Even better? I have the same Speech Therapist I had when I first came out of inpatient rehab. She even remembers me. ** Blushing **
  3. I did a little bit of spring cleaning around the house this past week (mostly paper shredding), but what a difference it made.
  4. Going to see Melissa Etheridge live in concert on the 13th in Mount Pocono. So stoked!

Best of all, I’m still ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE GRASS and blessed with some very special people in my life.

What have you celebrated this week?

 

 

 

IWSG – MISTAKES AND FOCUS

Hello fellow bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

Click on the Image to Join

Click on the Image to Join

Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work, or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too!

The awesome co-hosts for the June 3 posting of the IWSG are M. Pax, Tracy Jo, Patricia Lynne, Rachna Chhabria, Feather Stone, and Randi Lee!

Make sure you pay them a visit and thank them for all their hard work!

May was hit and miss for me personally. I had problems as far as getting medical paperwork done and Medicare issues to solve regarding Speech Therapy. I met my writing goals though. Kinda. I’m saying yay to the fact that I was nominated and accepted the Versatile Blogger Award last week. Awesome, right?

It is. Except when I informed my own nominees, I advised over half, if not most that it was for the Inspiring Blogger Award.  ** Slaps Self **  FOCUS. One of my biggest problems is focus and concentration. Lord knows how hard I try to make sure that I’m doing things right. Every so often I slip up. This was one of those times. Of course everyone who follows this blog knows my history and can figure out what happened, but still, color me embarrassed.

I’m acknowledging my error here rather than going to each nominee individually. Each and every one inspires me, but I feel like a doofus for making that mistake.

Has anyone ever made such a glaringly obvious mistake on their blog and been unsure how to handle it? I’d be curious to know. I really don’t want to be the only one! Somebody please save me!  🙂