I PROMISE TO BELIEVE

On Monday, I found out that I needed to have brain surgery done; I haven’t been feeling quite right for some time, so I finally decided to go to my neurosurgeon to get everything checked out. I have known my surgeon for practically my entire life, so I wasn’t nervous when discussing what he needed to do; I didn’t expect him to tell me that the issues have been like they were for so long. As we talked more about the procedure, though, which will be a shunt revision, I did start to get a little apprehensive. Thoughts ran through my head about all of the what if’s of having the surgery, and I began to panic.  

My stomach tightened up, my palms got sweaty, and I began to think about all of the possible things that could go wrong. All of this ordinary, but none of it necessary. When I left his office, I began to breathe again, and as I walked, I started to think a little clearer about what the doctor needs to do. I called my parents and girlfriend and explained what needed to be done, and even more, my fear began to disappear. I began to believe that even though this is a not-so-good day, something good will happen for me by moving forward with this surgery. 

As the week progressed, I continued to believe that something good will happen, and despite feeling not my best throughout this week, I am hopeful that getting this surgery will make me feel better. 

I promise myself to believe that even though life will throw me not-so-good days life, there will always be good days to follow, and I will embrace them. 

Make yourself a promise today to believe that a good day is always around the corner waiting for you, so even when you have a not-so-good day, you will have the hope to continue to move forward.

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The Voice inside us all.

A poem about our inner voice and how it can heal.

For the longest time, I allowed myself to listen to the negative,  unloving, deceitful voice inside myself; each day, I would awake, and I would move forward with my day,  but in my mind, I was still be held back.  I didn’t see the beauty in my life and the uniqueness in myself; I only saw the darkness surrounding me and the roadblocks up ahead.

When I chose to see my life positively and listen to my positive inner voice,  my life and my perception of it began to change.  I saw things in a new light,  and the roadblocks were now wide open roads for me to travel on and move forward freely with my life.

The voice you choose to listen to can save your life; the voice you choose can change your life.
The voices you choose can cause you harm, make you feel sad, or give you new hope, even during those times when you feel at the end of your rope.
The words you speak to yourself will cause you to feel down or will allow you to keep your chin up when life feels unsound. These words can sting, or they can sing, but most importantly, they can heal.
So, If you continue to look up, even when you’re down, your life will start to turn right around. It may not happen fast, it may take some time, but the voices you choose will make you begin to feel just fine.
Each new day will bring something different, so allow yourself to speak, feel and let go, allowing you the room you need to listen to the voices that will help you grow.
Life can be either messy or sublime, but when you choose to talk to yourself with the right voices, life will seem less complicated, and in the end, reassure you that life is not terrible all the time.

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Move Forward On Monday

Giving up used to come very easy for me; I would start something, make a mistake, or fail at it, and I would give up. After my failed Temporal lobectomy in 2013 and realizing that I would be living with Epilepsy for the rest of my life, I chose not to give up any longer. I wanted to make every effort to live my best, and to do my best, and to embrace each new moment as if it were a fresh start; this is why I love Mondays so much. 

Mondays are a fresh new start to a brand new week; they allow us to put aside what happened yesterday and open ourselves to what will be today. You can prepare yourself for a new challenge, and if you are still dealing with a current challenge, Monday’s are an opportunity to face that current challenge with a fresh new perspective. 

Every Monday, whether I feel good or bad, I focus on feeling good regardless, and I ready myself for the new week ahead. I don’t dwell on my past, and I don’t fight what I may currently be going through; I embrace my mess and move forward. 

Have a great week, continue to embrace your beautiful mess, and never give up! 

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The Promises We Keep

It’s a brand new day and a brand new week; three more days until the end of the new year, and despite all that has happened throughout these past ten months, I am thankful!

I am thankful for life; even though it may seem challenging, I know that I am tougher, and I continue to move forward. Know how tough you are.

I am grateful for love, love is a fantastic feeling, and it continues to push me forward; open yourself up to it.

I choose love over hate, trust over fear, and happiness over sadness. My life is not perfect, but I know that nothing in life is, and I promise to live each day to the fullest. 

I promise today to be strong when I am weak and let my strength push me towards a new tomorrow. I promise to focus on positive feelings because I know that positive emotions are always better than negative ones. I promise to continue to believe that life will be better than today because nothing in this life is permanent. 

As we go into these last three days, I want to thank all of you for following me and for inspiring me with your writing; I appreciate you all. And as you go into your last three days, what promises will you make to yourself so that you can create the future that you want for yourself? 

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Merry Christmas to all of you that celebrate! May this day be full of love, happiness and joy for everyone. The Holidays can be filled with stress; don’t allow the stress of the past, stress of the present, and stress of the future to turn into something even bigger for you. Accept it, acknowledge it, and let it go. It is allowing yourself to feel joy. Keep on keeping on everyone, and have a Merry Christmas. ✌🎄

A Fresh Start

It’s a brand new day, and a brand new week, and a fresh new season; A time to start over and begin again and prepare for the new year ahead.

For me, the winter solstice means a time of renewal and a time for me to look back on the past years’ triumphs and tribulations. I take inventory on what worked, what didn’t, what I would like to improve on. I also write down my vision for the new year ahead and focus on what I want to happen in my life.

I peel back the year layer by layer, and focus on the positive rather than the negative, and continue to be grateful for each step.

Living with Epilepsy, I find it difficult to start over, as my mind is constantly trying to bring me back to the past. I have a seizure, or two, or three, and I find myself right back to the beginning. Does anyone else experience this feeling? The winter solstice allows me to open up to what’s new and give me some sense of what’s ahead instead of feeling behind. I am ready for what’s ahead, are you?

I open myself up to the new possibilities

I continue to embrace all that life has in store for me.

I am choosing to be thankful today, and always.

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I AM RESILIANT

I had a seizure Wednesday; I thought that I was doing good with taking my medication, getting enough sleep, turning my brain off at a reasonable time, but I guess I was wrong. I realize that life can get in the way sometimes, and we will fall back, but that is not a reason to stop. Life will continuously try to get in the way every chance it gets, but why will I allow it to stop me. I have learned over the years that I am only as strong as I see myself to be, and today I see myself being as strong as ever. 

When I wake up the morning after having a seizure, I know that I have two options; I could let the seizure control how I act throughout the day, or I could accept that I had a seizure and move forward, continuing to be grateful anyway. I may not feel great physically or even mentally; my muscles and joints might feel stiff, and I might have a headache, but I know that by changing my mindset, things will seem a bit easier to handle. 

A healthy mindset is critical when moving through a neurological illness. If we are constantly dwelling on the dis-ease, then we will always feel that we are less capable of getting through it. We will think that the dis-ease is bigger than we are, and we are not capable of moving through it. I know that some days this is hard; a seizure, or two, or three might try to make us feel like we are weak; I know for me it does, but I know deep down inside that I am not weak, even if my body and brain might feel as though. 

I AM STRONG

I AM RESILIENT 

I AM CAPABLE of living a HAPPY life.

Know that you are strong, and you are capable and that you are resilient too. Keep believing that you will get through this, and you will.

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The Promises We Keep

As this new week opens up, I promised myself a few things; one was to be open to new possibilities; I have been dealing with some recent health challenges over the past few weeks, and this week I am hopeful for a change. Two, I promised myself to continue to embrace the imperfections; life is never perfect, and neither am I, and I will accept that. Three, continue to stay in gratitude; this life is mine, and I will continue to live it each day and choose to be happy even when times get tough. 

I am confident in my abilities and choose to focus on doing my best and being my best for me. Life is not a race, and so, I will take a step back and breathe when I need to, allowing me to continue to be confident in all that I am. 

As your new week opens up, what can you promise yourself? What will you choose to focus on to think with a clearer mindset, even after an event or new challenge that you are facing? 

Gratitude is a great teacher, and I have found that focusing on appreciation has allowed me to get through some of life’s most challenging times. Affirmations have also been very helpful in my healing journey. I AM affirmations are the most powerful; I have included three of my favorites below. Choose what works best, and move forward.

I am confident in my abilities to move forward.

I am grateful for this new day.

I choose to focus on what is good in my life.

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Don’t take this life for granted.

I have contemplated the thought of suicide quite a bit throughout my life, and I have tried to end it on numerous accounts, with my last attempt being in September of 2012. Over these past seven years, I have realized that no matter how difficult this life might get, suicide is not the answer. 

Life is more beautiful than death, and I am grateful for this life, regardless of how much it seems to get me down sometimes. I am thankful for the tough times; they have made me stronger, and I am grateful for the strength that I have to get through those tough times. 

AND I WON’T TAKE IT FOR GRANTED

Each new day I am alive is a gift, and I promise myself today not to take this gift for granted. I woke up this morning, and I have air in my lungs, and I have two eyes to see and two ears that allow me to hear. I will choose today to allow myself to be grateful and promise myself not to take this day for granted. 

My brain and my body sometimes do not cooperate; I might have a seizure that causes me to stiffen up, but I will not take it for granted. My brain still works, and my body even moves, and I am thankful. 

Life is a mess, but it is beautiful; embrace it. When you wake up at 5 AM, and your body aches, and you wipe the sleepers out of your eyes, and you feel the air in your lungs; before you complain about your aching back, how tired you are, or that it’s too early. Be Thankful that you have aches and pains and air in your lungs. 

The more we promise ourselves to be thankful for the little things in our lives, the more those little things become big things, and the more we allow those things to create a better feeling inside our hearts and minds. 

Be thankful, choose hope, and promise yourself every day to embrace life.

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Choose To Be Awesome

Have you ever just woken up and said to yourself, “This day is going to be AMAZING!” to only run into one problem after another problem, after another, and realize that your AWESOME day turned out to be not so AWESOME at all, Me too. 

I wake up in the morning, and I feel fantastic thinking that I will have an amazing day, and there are those days that I do. But then there are those days that I wake up, and I may have had a seizure through the night, and I feel a bit groggy and stiff in the morning. I open my eyes, and even though I might not want to embrace the day and make it amazing, I do anyway. 

Today, and everyday.

I get out of bed, stretch my arms up high, and begin to move my body. I take a deep breath in and a deep breath out, and I say thank you for the new day that I have before me. I exercise, shower, plan my day out and make an effort to have the most AMAZING day possible.

As the day progresses, I might have another seizure, or I might not, and if I do, I will still choose to make my day as awesome as possible. I will stay thankful for the day and embrace the beautiful mess that life has given me.

When you find yourself waking up expecting to have an AMAZING day, but then life rears its head and pulls a fast one on you, don’t let it stop you from having an awesome day. Please open your eyes, and realize that you have been given this day to make it only as AMAZING as you have the power to make it. Choose to make it as Awesome as possible by embracing your beautiful mess and being grateful for all of it. 

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