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It’s not often that something turns your life upside down but today I get to tell you about something which has done just that.

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5 ways to stay warm this winter

 

Photo by Joe Desousa. Please click on photo for original source

Photo by Joe Desousa. Please click on photo for original source

 

Winter can be tough. In the lead up to Christmas, winter can feel magical but, in the January blues, the cold weather and early nights are hardly inspiring. For those of us suffering from chronic pain, it’s even harder because getting cold increases our pain levels. The temptation to go into hibernation until spring is strong. Frankly, with the weather we have here in South Wales, I’d barely leave the house if I gave in.

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5 ways to take better care of yourself in 2016

 

Photo by Janine. Please click on photo for original source.

Photo by Janine. Please click on photo for original source.

Think about what you have to do in a day. I’m sure a list of chores, jobs and errands swirling around in your head, but honestly, did you even think about the need to take care of yourself?

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Keeping up with the Davieses

Didi in our new garden

Didi in our new garden

A lot has changed since we last ran this blog properly. Whilst the blog had guttered to a halt, with the exception of the odd update, the gears of our lives kept turning.

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Re-entering the blogsphere

Happy New Year!

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The last two years have been a bit of a dud blog-wise. It’s not that I fell out of love with blogging, far from it. My illness just made it impossible for me to write. I’m still struggling, my concentration is not good (huge understatement), but I’m finally at a point where I can put pen to paper again.

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Something to brighten your day

As summer turns to autumn, the days get shorter, the weather colder, and our moods can begin to drop. One of the ways I try to stay positive, instead of letting the blues set in is by looking up inspirational or motivational quotes. I thought you might appreciate me sharing some of my favourites with you. To simply write them out seemed a little boring however, so I decided to pull some beautiful images from Pinterest. Everyone loves a quote from there, right?

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Change is possible, it’s in your hands

It seems like I start every blog post with an apology these days. I have so much I want to write and share, my brain is always working over-time, but it’s difficult to get it onto a page or screen.

This is one of the blog posts that has been tucked away in my mind for a while. It has circled my thoughts often. Today I’m finally sharing it with you. It’s not an easy topic, it makes both Paul and I uncomfortable writing about such difficult and personal experiences. I wanted to write this however, because I have faith that you will read this, share this, and one day things will be different.

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My 15 minutes of fame

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James Martin with Paul and I. James presents the show, and interviewed P and I.

In September this year, Paul and I were given the opportunity to be part of a BBC programme called Operation Meet the Street. At first we were a little cautious because there seem to be so many programmes painting their subjects in a negative light, but after meeting one of the producers we became as passionate about the programme as them. The programme shows the lives of various people in our society suffering from chronic loneliness, and then tries to connect those people with others in their community.

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Can you take on a big project whilst fighting chronic illness?

Nanowrimo

The short answer is YES. I managed to do NaNoWriMo in 2012 in spite of M.E. and Fibromyalgia. This project involves writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. You can read more about the project here.

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Out of Office

It’s time to brush off the cyber cobwebs and chase away the virtual dust bunnies. This blog has been dormant for some months but, finally, the time has come to reignite the embers and let the fire roar once again.

Out of Office

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