Caregiving

It is so important as a caregiver not to become so enmeshed in the role that you forget yourself. It's neither good for you nor your loved one.

Dana Reeve
03May

Still Standing in My Truth

350 days later in my quest to be a better person, daughter, and caregiver.

It's amazing what you can accomplish in 350 days. When I wrote this post last year, I was reeling from an argument with my mom. I was sick and tired of being "sick and tired." I wanted to be a better daughter, person, and caregiver; so I made the decision to begin standing in my "brokenness". 

350 days later, and I'm still "broken". But, I'm definitely in recovery. I'm so blessed to have the opportunity to deal with myself. There are so many of us operating on "functional brokenness", and it's holding us back from living our best lives. I hope this post encourages you to take that step, and stand in your truth. This is a "no judgement" zone, and i'll be happy to support you on the journey. So, let me know your thoughts. We're in this together smile

 

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20April

Every Day Is Resurrection Day

**This is a post that I previously wrote. But, I felt the reminder is always needed :-). Enjoy your week, and live completely!*****

 

This morning I was in church reflecting on the true implications of the “Resurrection”. To think that God sent his only son to die on the cross, and rise on the third day for our sins. That is such a powerful act of love. How many of us would be willing to die for someone else? Especially, someone who you may not even know. We are so blessed, and it made me realize that everyday is an opportunity for us to move past the things or people who hold us back from living in our purpose.

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29March

Five Steps To Take On The Journey To Happiness, When You're A Caregiver

Hello everyone! It’s time to start another week. I feel so blessed and happy that I made it. But, I can I tell you something? I’m feeling a little overwhelmed and depressed today. 

I always try to keep things positive and light. I’ve been told countless times before that the best blogs are positive; and believe me I strive to be positive 99.9% of the time. But, at this moment, I’m at about an 80% on the positive scale. I actually can’t stop thinking about how much I want to run away and sleep. Does that make me a bad person?

I hope not. It’s just how I’m feeling at the moment, and I want to be honest about my feelings. Caregivers are rarely honest about how we feel. We always put on the front that everything is “ok”. But, it’s not all of the time. Many of us are trying to juggle families, jobs, bills, and making a life for ourselves. So, we’re exhausted, and that exhaustion can make us run on “auto-pilot” to get through life.

Happiness Journey

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15March

The Top Five Tips for Handling Difficult Conversations When You’re A Caregiver

Caregiving Tips To Help Make Your Days Easier To Manage

When you’re a caregiver, it can feel like any conversation you have with the person you’re taking care of is a difficult conversation. Between trying to find the “perfect time” (e.g. not in between their favorite television show) to have the conversation, to having to work up the courage to talk about a variety of topics that can range from bad behavior to health issues; difficult conversations can feel like “par for the course” as a caregiver. But, can I tell you that no matter how many challenging conversations you have, you never feel like an expert. You never feel like, “this is an easy one” or “I can do this one with my eyes closed”. The only that I’ve learned that helps is experience. So, here are my “top five tips” to handling difficult conversations. Seek to be understood

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08March

#DearMe: A Letter To My Younger Self

Hello everyone! I’m Pamela, and I have a secret. I have a YouTube channel. I know this is not life altering. But, for me it’s major. I’m a tad bit shy and self-conscious at times. So, I’ve kept my YouTube channel on the “low” (that’s slang for secret :-), for almost a year.

I’m trying to work up the courage to start using it more, and I just haven’t felt like sharing it until now. I received an email talking about the #DearMe campaign that YouTube put together in celebration of International Women’s Day today Sunday, March 8, 2015); and I was truly inspired to put together my first “real video”.

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