Symptom Management

Having had MS for over 22 years I can say managing the symptoms can be a pain in the rear end! MS is not predictable and we never know how we will feel when we wake up. One of the most important lifestyle changes I have made is water intake. 100 oz a day seem to really impact and reduce the pain! I eat a specific anti-inflammatory plan and have lost over 72 lbs! Let me know if you want to learn about it. Regardless DRINK WATER!

Connecting

Did you ever notice that connecting with your kids can be difficult? They always have their devices and display a sense of annoyance toward their parents. Well let me share this with you, keep it up. They need us, they need to know we are here and we need to listen. By HS your chances to lecture are less and less but your instinct is to lecture more. This is not what our young people want or need. Offer love and try to listen. Connect on their level. In our home these are always in short supply, Amazon has a great sale on charge cords. A small cost and something that the kids love… Think about it, connect on their level. Wishing you all love and Happy Friday!

Health Journey Useful Items

Sharing some products that we have tested and are happy to offer our partnership with Amazon.

The first product to share today is this amazing Thermos Intak 24 Ounce Hydration Bottle with Meter, Smoke” water bottle. What I like about it most is the counter to help track the number of water bottles you consume. The next is the unique shape. This is a must have when you are taking steps to transform your health. As a certified health coach, I can assure you that hydration is extremely important. Many of us in our busy days do not consume enough water. Start at 64 oz per day and work to 100 oz per day. Your body will thank you! Give it a week and you will see and feel the benefits.

Living with MS for over 22 years, I have experienced pain reduction and overall health improvement by increasing my water intake as well as healthy eating!

 

When to draw the line?

A ridiculous event took place last night. As you may know, I have biological kids that dance. As high school kids, they sacrifice a majority of their fee time to study their art. However, between the training, performing are the moms. This is the third time my kid has been bullied by an adult at the studio. How on earth is that fair? As with many situations, I am left amazed at the behavior of the adults. Choices, how you interact, when you call for a meeting, the format of the meeting it all has unintended consequences. Stop, breath and THINK before you act.

Balance

Finding balance is often difficult. I see it in the workaholics, the parents of kids involved in competitive sports, and the enmeshed moms that have no identity beyond their kids. Balance, something we all strive to achieve, financial balance between retirement goals and lifestyle. Balance between being too strict and too soft. There is balance challenges everywhere I look. Interestingly, I find myself in a different kind of balance challenge. The internal pull between mom, executive, wife and self. How do you achieve this balance. It is like a perfectly positioned rock teetering on the edge of a cliff. Too much time away working, family suffers, too many kids activities and no one gets to where they need to be. Balance, is it ever achieved?

Finding a Passion

Do you have a passion? Something that burns inside of you, that you can not picture your world without? For me it is helping others, building community and sharing perspective. Two of my kids have an extreme passion for dance. My 13 year old lobbied hard for to change high schools to a performing art high school. After lots of discussion and auditions, the decision has been made she is moving high schools.

My 16 year old, who also loves dance, has a passion for space. She has said she wanted to be an Astro space engineer since she was little. She is still on that path and is beyond amazing at scheduling her intensive dance training and school to ensure fantastic grades and test scores. How does she do it? PASSION!

I have other kids in my life by choice that do not have passion. The day starts and ends without that spark of drive for something. Is it taught? Is it genetic? What causes the internal drive to motivate kids? I have NEVER had to tell a kid to do homework, to study for a test, or to do their reading. My two have always had that internal drive. It is there in their heart to push to exceed expectations.

Thought for today? Can passion be taught?