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
01March

Are You Still On Course With Your Vision?

It's time for a vision board "gut check"!

Can you believe it’s March 2nd? Wow, we’re three months into the year. So, I wanted to circle back and do a quick “gut check” to see how everyone is progressing with their plans for 2015. I know it feels like time is flying, But, a quick “gut check” will help us get back in line or help you get started. It’s never too late to live your best life now. 

I know I took you along my journey to “live my best life now” at the end of last year. I had to take some time to really put what I wanted to accomplish in 2015 into perspective. As caregivers, I find it’s easy to get distracted. Heck, our lives feel like one big “distraction” “_. We’re pulled in so many directions caring for our loved ones and trying to manage jobs/family that it can feel like you’re in one continuous cycle of crazy.

But, that’s our lives, and we have to accept where we are at the moment in order to move where we want to be in the future. So, that’s where the vision boards come in. This is our opportunity to think about all of the things we want to accomplish for ourselves, and give them life through pictures. 

Vision Boards

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22February

The Most Valuable Lesson I’ve Learned From Caregiving: LIVE!!!!

I can’t believe I’m going to be Forty-Two on Wednesday. I’m so thankful for another year, another opportunity to get it right. I guess God still sees purpose in me cool.

As I think about this new chapter unfolding before me. I think about how my life has changed so much from my Thirties. I was Thirty-Seven when my father passed away, and my mom came to live with my sister and I. We were traveling and living life like any two single women with no children would. We were ready to take on the world. Then, it all changed in a matter of three hours. 

But, fast-forward to almost five years later and I feel more alive now then I did then. I never would’ve imagined being able to say that then. I thought my life, as I know it was over. I felt trapped, and couldn’t see the future in front of me. All I could see was fear, pain, and resentment. Thank goodness that was only False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR).

Life

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22February

The Most Valuable Lesson I’ve Learned From Caregiving: LIVE!!!!

I can’t believe I’m going to be Forty-Two on Wednesday. I’m so thankful for another year, another opportunity to get it right. I guess God still sees purpose in me cool.

As I think about this new chapter unfolding before me. I think about how my life has changed so much from my Thirties. I was Thirty-Seven when my father passed away, and my mom came to live with my sister and I. We were traveling and living life like any two single women with no children would. We were ready to take on the world. Then, it all changed in a matter of three hours. 

But, fast-forward to almost five years later and I feel more alive now then I did then. I never would’ve imagined being able to say that then. I thought my life, as I know it was over. I felt trapped, and couldn’t see the future in front of me. All I could see was fear, pain, and resentment. Thank goodness that was only False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR).

Life

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18January

Caregiving and Compassion Go Hand in Hand

1000 Voices for Compassion

Hello everyone! I’m so excited to have an opportunity to share with you an event that I’m participating in. It’s called, “1000 Voices For Compassion." 

1000 Voices for Compassion was setup to have 1000 bloggers come together on February 20th to share posts on compassion, kindness, caring for others, non-judgment, care for the environment, etc. Our goal is to flood the “blogosphere” with good. There has been so much going on in the world, and it’s time to show that there are people in the world that care about each other. 

As I’m gearing up to share my post, I can’t help but think about our roles as caregivers. I think caregiving is the ultimate act of compassion. As a caregiver, we are putting the needs of others above ourselves every day to ensure their life is better. To ensure they have all of the things necessary to live the best life possible. Even, the definition of compassion lends itself to caregiving.

 1000 Voices For Compassion

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11January

Finding the Funny in Caregiving Moments

I hope everyone has had a great week. We’ve survived the first week of 2015. I hope everyone is feeling good. Just take one thing at a time. Doesn’t that sound easier said than done? Believe me, I can’t believe I said that. But, I’m really working on being balanced and fulfilled this year. Speaking of balanced and fulfilled, how are your vision boards coming?

I’m ready to put them on the wall in my bedroom. I find myself looking at them everyday to help center myself. As a part of that quest for balance, I’m taking time to make sure I savor a moment that many caregivers tend to miss in the quest to take care of our families, the funny.

I know many people think that when you’re a caregiver there are not many funny moments. Don’t get me wrong, we are overwhelmed and stressed. But, we do have funny moments. The crazy thing is that they come at the most unexpected times. I experienced that this week with my mom.

 Finding The Funny

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