Spring has sprung here in Minnesota. Nearly 70 degrees on Monday and low-to-mid 60s the rest of the week! I suppose we could get one last blast of snow in April, but I’m staying positive and thinking flowers instead!
When I think of spring, my first thought is spring cleaning…Ugh! Some people love to clean closets and wash screen and windows, but to others that may seem time consuming and like a really big hassle. Yep, that’s me! Honestly, I sometimes tend to find other things to do like go for a walk, watch a movie or read a book instead. However, what I do remember is the feeling when the spring cleaning is done! It feels amazing, freeing and joyful!
With the end result in mind (I want to be joyful, free and feel amazing), this year I decided to focus on spring cleaning my SELF instead of spring cleaning my HOUSE. Everyone has something they have been wishing or hoping they would/could/should do or stop doing. It could be shopping for a new car or discontinuing an automatic monthly shipment of _______ (fill in the blank). What comes to mind for you?
Mine was to get back into a healthy routine! Anyone who knows me well knows I tend to be healthy (i.e. eat healthy, exercise regularly, go to bed early), but the past several months have brought a lot of extra activities like networking, weekly lunches and dinner meetings, happy hours and sometimes even lazy mornings! Needless to say, I haven’t been exercising regularly, I haven’t been eating healthy and I haven’t been getting to bed early either. When living with a chronic illness, it most definitely takes a toll on my mind and my body! Soooooo, its time to SPRING CLEAN. There’s no time like the present, so why not start a new hobby, break a bad habit or build a new healthy routine? I’m starting today! How about you? How will you spring clean?
Summer is unofficially here – my girls are almost done with school and road construction has started! Enjoying the warmer weather makes my commute to and from work so much more satisfying when I can have the windows down and the sunroof open!
Update on my treatment: I’m one month complete and have to report it’s been going much better than expected! I definitely have my tough days, but overall, its been manageable. I still need 1-2 naps a day (yes, sleeping in my car at work is not beneath me) yet feel my energy level is slightly improving. Hoping round two this month brings even better results!
As some may gather from my book and this blog, I am a fighter. I want to be healthy. I will do whatever I can to have a good quality of life, and ultimately, whatever I can do to improve my health. I’ve learned that not everyone has this same attitude. I’ve learned some people, while they value health and life (and may have very different circumstances than I) are not willing to go the extra mile to maintain it, improve it or just keep it. The hard part for me is I learned this recently from my father. His health is failing. He has many problems including diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure as well as not being able to get around without a wheelchair and has constant pain in his legs and feet. This past week he was admitted to the hospital with kidney failure. He was given the option of dialysis, but he refused. He has now been admitted to hospice. He has made the tough decision to not fight for his health, for his life. I do understand his health isn’t good. What’s so saddening for me is he has been my biggest cheerleader when it comes to my health, yet he feels so differently about his. This is a tough lesson to learn especially when it comes directly from my father. I will have to accept his decision, because it is his to make, but I will reiterate that I believe yours (and his) health matters, and its worth fighting for!
Finally, please keep my dad, Tom, in your prayers for his continued comfort and peace.