MENTOR PROGRAM (MINDFULNESS)

This year I have been on emotional, physical, and mental journeys to improve my entire being. I was on the Cerebral Palsy Research Network ( CPRN) one day, signing up for an event; I checked a box about the “THE MENTOR” Program. (MENTOR) Thinking I was signing up for a program that would give meContinue reading “MENTOR PROGRAM (MINDFULNESS)”

GRATEFULNESS/GRATITUDE/MENTION

I want to start a new series for 2023, “GRATEFULNESS/GRATITUDE/MENTION.” Gratefulness/Gratitude/Mention is something I have been practicing for a few years. When I started my journey to understand myself with my disability, one of the things I needed to explore was something to ground me. I considered going back to church and God but, forContinue reading “GRATEFULNESS/GRATITUDE/MENTION”

SOMEONE TO CALL HER OWN

She wanted someone to call her own that is what she craved. She wanted someone to hold at night. She would lie in bed and feel so alone. She would wonder if she knew how to keep up the fight. She would get lost in her headphones. Someone to call her own is what sheContinue reading “SOMEONE TO CALL HER OWN”

MY SCORECARD (GOALD FOR OVERALL MENTOR PROGRAM)

I had the opportunity to participate in a federal grant program called MENTOR. (MENTOR stands for Mindfulness, Exercise, & Nutrition To Optimize Resilience). When I signed up for the program, I wasn’t paying attention, so I thought it was training to become a mentor. A few months later, I received an email about MENTOR, andContinue reading “MY SCORECARD (GOALD FOR OVERALL MENTOR PROGRAM)”

WHY DO I WRITE?

WRITING HAS TO BECOME A WAY TO UNDERSTAND WHO I AM MARIE W.O.W.C.P. A friend asked me to attend a writer’s workshop. We hadn’t been able to have a girl’s weekend in so long. I have been a writer on and off for most of my life. Like every teenage girl, I wrote in aContinue reading “WHY DO I WRITE?”

YOUR DISABILITY IS NOT THE BOSS OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!

 Life is all a mindset; if you’re willing to change that mindset, you can do anything. If you are living only inside your mind, you’re not living.  Let your disability work for you. Sometimes, you feel like you will be working for your disability when the truth is your disability is the employee. You areContinue reading “YOUR DISABILITY IS NOT THE BOSS OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!”

WHAT I’M I AFRAID OF?

SOMETIMES WE ARE AFRAID OF TAKING THAT FIRST STEP AND THEN ANYTHING ELSE MARIE W.O.W.C.P. A question like this is tricky. I was in a writer’s workshop, and I’m sure the question was direct about writing. People can take it any way they want, and I have been sitting here and thinking about what I’mContinue reading “WHAT I’M I AFRAID OF?”

CONNECTING TO YOUR COMMUNITY

 During the pandemic, the world saw how lonely it could be when no one was around or how frustrating it can be to be around the same people all the time. The world learned how to live in one place for a long time, and we as humans became discounted from everyone and everything weContinue reading “CONNECTING TO YOUR COMMUNITY”

M.E.N.T.O.R.

During the summer of 2022, I took part in a program called MENTOR (an acronym for Mindfulness, Exercise, and Nutrition To Optimize Resilience). The program is a part of the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability.   A free 8-week program for people with a physical disability, MENTOR, focuses on four areas: mindfulness, exercise,Continue reading “M.E.N.T.O.R.”

BALANCING A UNBALANCE PERSON

Balance can be my enemy. Mental balance is an ongoing issue, and I use my thought process to deter my mind from my disability. Physical balance is also my enemy because of my disability. So balance – or lack of it – then impacts me in a double manner. So how can I have andContinue reading “BALANCING A UNBALANCE PERSON”