What No One Tells You About Having a Chronic Illness

personal Sep 05, 2018

I never missed a day of school.

Never had a cold or flu.

I was the one person everyone could count on to show up.

So in my 20’s, when I started having trouble with my joints, it came as a shock to learn that I had an autoimmune disease…a rare one.

When the shock wore off, I scrambled to find out more about this strange and unusual condition.

Before I set off on my research safari, I had three full pages of questions. At the top of the list, what did I do wrong?

Somehow, I believed I had done something, failed myself, or my God to have been afflicted in this way.

I quickly learned that most chronic illnesses (although not all) fall into the category of autoimmunity and there’s no known reason why one person gets sick while another doesn’t.

They have some assumptions like, DNA, family history, the environment but there’s not enough conclusive evidence to pinpoint one main cause.

Despite having research papers and notes from talks with my doctors, confirming I...

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An Unconventional Way to Plan Your Week

business personal Aug 14, 2018

Sundays are for floppy hats, hanging by the pool...and for planning.

One of my favorite Sunday rituals is planning out the upcoming week. My planning method is a little unconventional though.

Instead of listing out a bunch of tasks tied to a project or deadline, I plan with a different motive in mind.

Here’s how I do it:

    1. Intention: I ask myself what my intention is (intention is always feeling based) because without intention, I end up with a mindless list of to-do’s that I may or may not get to. I also find that on days when I’m not clear on my intention for any task, I’m more likely to push it off for another day. When the things we do have meaning and significance beyond just getting sh*t done, we get more done.
    2. Goal set: Every intention has a goal - even the feeling of accomplishment (intention) of cleaning out my in-box has a goal like being better organized. So while I may want to clean out my in-box, my ultimate goal is organization.
    3. Action: Success is...
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