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.”

UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTING MY NEEDS

As I’m getting older, I find myself slowing down because of my cerebral palsy – getting tired quickly, and I’m not too fond of this about myself. In my mid-40s, I feel like my body is in its mid-80s on some days, but that is what a person’s life is like when you have cerebralContinue reading “UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTING MY NEEDS”

SOMETIMES THE ONE PERSON WE NEED TO LISTEN TO IS OURSELF

Balance can be my enemy. Mental balance has been an issue because my mind has been away for me to get away from my disability. Physical balance is also my enemy because of my disability. So balance – or lack of it – then impacts me doubly. So how can I come close to havingContinue reading “SOMETIMES THE ONE PERSON WE NEED TO LISTEN TO IS OURSELF”

HER DISABILITY IS ONLY THE START OF HER ABILITY

POETRY SERIES SOMETIMES WE ALL HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE MARIE W.O.W.C.P. HER DISABILITY IS ONLY THE START OF MY ABILITY  She used to think having a disability was all I would amount to. People told her that she would go nowhere. People saw Sher as unteachable. She saw life as unfair. Her disability is onlyContinue reading “HER DISABILITY IS ONLY THE START OF HER ABILITY”

HEALTHY WEIGHT EQUALS MORE INDEPENDENCE PT 5

I love this series because there is so much to discuss; PART 5 is unique. During the summer, I was part of an excellent health program called “MENTOR.” “MENTOR” stands for Mindfulness, Exercise, Nutrition To Optimize Resilience. Having been a part of this program was an eye-opener for me. The Nutrition class felt more relaxedContinue reading “HEALTHY WEIGHT EQUALS MORE INDEPENDENCE PT 5”

FOUR ASPECTS OF A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

it has been a little over two years of living a fully independent life. I learned so much about life and myself. I’m strong and focused, but I feel I need some work. I know I have learned a lot, but I believe life is all about understanding what works and what doesn’t work forContinue reading “FOUR ASPECTS OF A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE”

THREE ASPECTS OF A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

It’s coming up on two years of living a fully independent life. I learned so much about life and myself. I’m strong and focused, but I feel I need some work. I know I have learned a lot, but I believe life is all about understanding what works and what doesn’t work for you. ThereContinue reading “THREE ASPECTS OF A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE”

MODIFYING MY LIFESTYLE, PT 1 (A LIFE IN BALANCE)

Mental health month is coming to a close. I have shared with you about my dark times in life and how I chose to see the light instead of going into a deeper dark place. I’ve talked about my mental toolbox. Two of my favorite activities are physical and mental workouts; working out for meContinue reading “MODIFYING MY LIFESTYLE, PT 1 (A LIFE IN BALANCE)”

HEALTHY WEIGHT EQUAL MORE INEPENDENCE (THE SUPPORT PROJECT)

WE CAN’T HAVE TEAMWORK WITHOUT SUPPORT MARIE W.O.W.C.P. As you all know, in my series “HEALTHY WEIGHT EQUAL MORE INDEPENDENCE,” For the next four to six months, I will be working on a healthy lifestyle for myself and putting my money where my mouth is. A healthy lifestyle will include healthy eating, physical and mentalContinue reading “HEALTHY WEIGHT EQUAL MORE INEPENDENCE (THE SUPPORT PROJECT)”