Wellness and Stuff

New feature. "Wellness and stuff."

As 2016 begins, I am recommitted to many of my core values. One of those core values relates to the importance of treating my body with a lot of kindness - from the kinds of things I eat, to exercise, to the kinds of energy/information I let into my brain.

So - here on the bloggy - you can expect an increased number of posts on wellness and stuff.

The drug that I am injected with for the platelet situation - Nplate - is so strong that its effects...both when it's working and when it has worn off...probably supersede any differences I can make to my platelet count with lifestyle and diet.

BUT - nevertheless - I feel renewed in my commitment to keep trying as hard as I can anything. To get good sleep. To minimize stress and utilize stress-management techniques. To surround myself with conscious, collaborate relationships. To put really nutrient-dense food into my mouth and as much as it is possible, to avoid putting anything that isn't life-giving in my mouth.

I generally eat quite healthfully. But not always. And when I put crap into my body, I think to myself..."What difference does it really make?"

But nowadays, I'm thinking...wow...even small amounts of things DO make a difference. One tiny little pill (whether it's Tylenol, Benadryl, or any other daily medication) can do a lot! So even small amounts of what we put into our bodies MUST be related to how we feel and how our organs function. Whether it's medication or alcohol or food or sugar or caffeine or processed crap or pesticides. Everything we consume sends signals throughout our body from the moment it enters our mouths!

Any hematologist will tell you my condition, ITP, has nothing to do with diet or stress. Perhaps but I'm actually really beginning to question all that again. Intuitively, I feel like there MUST be some correlation. Even if there isn't, I think my ability to thrive in life - with or without ITP - is very related to diet and stress management and healing old wounds of all kinds. So I'm going to give it my best shot.

I've now worked my way through the initial phase of Lara Casey's "Make it Happen" Powersheets, Leonie Dawson's "Create Your Shining Life" workbook, and the introductory section of Sacred Ordinary Days. I ended up finding that these tools compliment each other well! My favorite is Leonie - but I truly value them all. And in just a few days of use, I'm finding the Sacred Ordinary Days resource to be a great motivation to spend time devotionally with the Bible...which I *cough* hadn't been doing much of for the last year.

I'll share more about the discerned goals in the coming weeks.

For now, I'll share this....my word of the year is CONSISTENT.

I am a person with plenty of good ideas for lifestyle changes and habits and future plans. But, I am a person who struggles with being CONSISTENT in my routines...especially during times of increased stress.

So that's the word for this year.


I'd love to hear your 2016 theme word. Comment below if you'd like. I'd love to increase the back-and-forth interactiveness of the blog in the year ahead. I miss ya'll. I was mega inconsistent in blogging for most of 2015. But...now...with my new "theme word" - I'll hopefully be writing and sharing again on the regular.

Your turn. What's your theme word for this year?


  1. Great theme choice, Em!

    Thanks for promoting the idea of a theme word. Looking at my goals for 2016 again, but now with a theme in mind, I choose ENRICH. I hope to enrich lives, mine and others', with specific actions and keener awareness. I ask God to help me.