It’s already February, football season has reached its end, but the cold weather still lingers–but hopefully for not much longer! Even though we are a month into our New Year’s Resolutions, I’d like to share a post with you from my twin, Lauren, who shared “5 Life Lessons for a Happier Life” a few months ago. There are still 11 months in the year to make 2014 the best year yet!
Challenge for a Happy 2014:
It’s Lupy Lauren again! I have had a few requests for an update on my lupus journey from multiple people so I figured I would do an update here. If you missed my first blog post “5 Lessons for a Healthier Lifestyle” you can read it here.
I am not going to describe my current issues in-depth, because talking about pain is no fun! Overall, I am doing a lot better and my blood work is showing some results the lupus is beginning to be controlled a little more each day. My “5 Lessons for a Healthier Lifestyle” are on my mind each an every day; but of course we continue to learn through experiences especially difficult ones–lupus or no lupus.
Let’s be real, something like lupus is life changing and for the most part a frustrating change. Taking medicine every day, the stress of making sure I take it on time and carrying it with me everywhere I go is not something a normal 25 year old worries about. On another note, lupus has changed my social life in multiple different aspects. Since I am exhausted quicker than most 25 years olds, I have to cut gatherings short and have to make sure I plan days in advance for a night out on the town. Six months ago, I was the girl that would do something socially every night of the week. Unfortunately, this has led to days of wondering why something didn’t feel right.
Can I can easily sit in a corner and blame lupus for my new feelings of being “off”?
While the doctors will say it is perfectly normal, I have decided not to stand for it anymore. It might take a little extra work because of my new “circumstances”, but it’s worth it.
So here is my challenge for you and me for a happy 2014
1. Get off Facebook. (Or at least make it minimal.)
In a world where social media is dominating how people stay connected we get sucked into this paradox– we think we are staying connected when we really aren’t. Simply liking someone’s post doesn’t make you better friends. I challenge you call a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile and truly connect. Laugh together. Learn what TRULY is going on in their life.
2. Do something you miss.
It’s winter. And for some that means its dark, snowy and cold freezing (why did I chose to live in Wisconsin?) I challenge you to do something you miss. For me, I miss playing golf and going to a dome to hit a bucket of balls may cure my desperation for summer. Maybe even hitting up a hot yoga class to warm up my bones. Whatever it is, do something that warms your soul.
3. Cook a meal from scratch.
Everyone has his or her own level of experience with cooking—not everyone can cook or even has time to cook like the amazing Rachel Ray. I challenge you to carve out time to make an entire meal from scratch. Make it as complex or as easy as you want. The pride of cooking a meal and knowing exactly what went into the meal can make an “off” day feel productive and accomplished—plus eating healthy always boots happiness. Alison provides plenty of delicious recipes if you don’t know where to get started. I suggest Alison’s Turkey Chili!
4. Do something new.
Not to bring up winter again, but from experience winter leads to countless movies and nights on the couch because it’s too cold to do anything else. I don’t know about you, but I feel like my brain goes to mush if I do the same thing every day. I challenge you to do something new. Even better, make it active. Ever been rock climbing? No? Do it. Yoga. Ice skating. Learn to juggle. Start a new craft project. Whatever it is, do something new. Challenge your brain and your body. I promise you, it will get you out of your funk.
Whatever you do, I challenge you to challenge yourself to not let something like lupus or anything else you are dealing with to make you feel “off”.
Take that lupus.