All posts filed under: Gratitude Journal

6th Annual Wego Health Awards – Lifetime Achievement & The Best Kept Secret Award Nominee

Not sure who, but a few very nice people nominated me for the 6th Annual WEGO Health Awards. I was nominated for both the Lifetime Achievement Award and The Best Kept Secret Award – Thank you! A great email to read when you first get up on the morning — even better when you receive a 2nd email with another nomination a few days later. Submissions for additional Health Activist Award nominees ends tomorrow (Friday, July 7th, 2017). After Friday, people will be encouraged to cast votes/support for the finalists once the nomination period ends. There’s still time to submit additional nominations for all categories and for anyone you feel is deserving of a nomination! Maybe a few people! Go to www.awards.wegohealth.com. Winners are decided on by the panel of judges based on a variety of factors, including how many supportive votes a nominee has in a specific category. Link to view my Wego Health profile – https://awards.wegohealth.com/nominees/12868

It’s the little things that keep you going …. 

It’s the little things that keep you going — especially after being up all night working trying to fix one of your websites (You know, the one that has the most traffic per day? Yep, that one. Fun times.) which totally crashed because of a plug-in update and you can’t get into the back-end either. No.Idea.What.To.Do. And ….. you had a product review due, actually, it’s overdue, and it was about to be posted before the devil plug-in corrupted everything. And finally, you were trying to work on editing speaker presentation videos from two very important conferences you held recently for your still newly launching nonprofit, when you put one of the big memory cards (“big,” meaning it can store a lot of content, especially video content on it) into your computer to make sure that all of its videos had already been downloaded. Thinking that all videos had more than likely already been downloaded, you opt to still triple check. Then, you realize that the memory card is empty when your computer reads it. …

“Exercise Should be the 4th Meal of the Day” – Dr. Pradeep Chopra

At Wellapalooza 2017, Dr. Chopra said that movement and exercise should be our 4th meal of the day (the link to his presentation slides is below). He also suggested that everyone should get a paddle board (jokingly). Glad my husband took him seriously though! My husband surprised me with a belated Mother’s Day present — a Tamarindo Paddle Board. Tamarindo paddle boards is a company based out of Virginia Beach, which is a good thing because I’ve already signed up for paddle board yoga and paddleboard barre classes. Link to Tamarindo Paddle Board’s website – https://www.tamarindoboards.com/product-page/hermosa-11 SUP Barre classes in Va Beach. Classes held at sunrise or sunset – https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g58277-d10050185-Reviews-SUP_Barre-Virginia_Beach_Virginia.html?m=19904 Link to Dr. Pradeep Chopra’s Presentation Slides from Wellapalooza 2017 – http://www.wellapalooza.com/dr-pradeep-chopras-presentation-slides-management-chronic-pain-eds-wellapalooza-2017/

#Just5Minutes – Week 4 of making the decision to take my life and body back is 1/2 way over

The sunrise on the way to barre class this morning – beautiful. It makes getting up super early just a bit easier.  – I’ve worked out 1-2x a day, every day. – I’m focusing on doing yoga 2x a week – not just when teaching it. My next goal is to do it daily for a 30-day challenge. – I’m still going to PT an average of 1x a week – I’ve made sure that I’m walking as much as I have been – especially when taking the kids to school or picking them up. – I’ve gone to bed at a reasonable time each night, but I’m still working on getting enough sleep and rest. Pacing has never been my strength. – I’m making sure that I’m taking my supplements each day, and working on improving my nutrition even more (although I’m super hungry all of the time, which isn’t usual for me). – I’ve been trying to make sure I make time for acupuncture, massage and other alternative therapies that I know help, …

What matters is that we showed up – together. 

Powerful class today.  12 people total showed up – vulnerable, open-minded and honest. I did the same.  We are all in this together.  While I’m learning to teach yoga and mindfulness to our community, versus solely speaking and writing about it, those who’ve come to our last three mind-body classes, have showed up to face their own fears surrounding movement and anything that may cause additional pain or trauma. What matters is that we showed up – together.  What matters is that we allowed ourselves to be vulnerable and open-minded.  What matters is that we know that we are not alone.  What matters is that we allowed ourselves to focus on the positives and what we can do, not just what we can’t – even if it was for #just5minutes.  I’m blessed and grateful to have the opportunity to walk this journey with all those who open themselves up and allow me to walk with them. Not lead them, but walk beside them.  Today was humbling.  Thank you to Deborah Norris, Ph.D. and everyone at …

Autonomic testing before my business meeting at 3pm

Days like today are why I’m grateful that the life I live and the work I do overlap. Gratitude.  Link to the autonaumic nervous system test (Ansar Testing) that I had done – http://www.tlcdiagnostics.com/patients/tests-and-procedures/ansar-testing What is autonomic dysregulation? http://www.mitoaction.org/guide/autonomic-dysregulation You can also visit www.dysautonomiainternational.org to learn more. 

Wego Health – Health Activist Awards Nominee for Lifetime Achievement Award

The other day, I found out that I was nominated for the Wego Health Lifetime Achievement Health Activist Award. Even though I’m not familiar with this process and how the winners are chosen, it’s an honor to be nominated. Below are a few links to the nominee profile that I was asked to set up, how you can show your support, or nominate someone else. There are several categories for the Health Activist Awards by Wego Health and people can be nominated for more than one category.  My nominee profile page – https://awards.wegohealth.com/nominees/12868 Link to Wego Health Awards – https://awards.wegohealth.com/ Who are some of the outstanding Health Activists who enrich the lives of others by sharing their experience, knowledge, and strength? Nominate them for a WEGO Health. Link to submit a new Nomination –https://awards.wegohealth.com/nominate/7HDjHg6Ubs2EqpZNzHMAHsGplLz5eCEPGx1ok-TkdzA Bio: Kendra Neilsen Myles holds a B.S. in Public Health/Health Education from the University of Maryland. Kendra’s public health, health education, and wellness coaching experience includes program development and implementation, as well as working in patient triage and serving as a liaison …

Gratitude for My Extended EDS, Mast Cell and Chronic Illness Family

When you lived in the middle of chaos – personally, professionally and literally, for about 2 years straight, fighting and climbing to the pinnacle of some invisible hill, one that only you can see, there are moments that keep you going just when you want to give up. For me, those moments have been the unwavering support and help from some of my very close EDS/MCAS/broader chronic illness world friends – not all are named here, but these women have been by my side, rolled up their sleeves and helped me with no questions asked. And they have really helped me. They have devoted their own time, resources, and what little energy they have to helping me with my far too many projects. They’ve helped make my aspirations come true, they’ve listened and supported me through a ton of crazy BS I’ve endured to get to this point, and they’ve worked – hard. Really hard, because they believe in what I do and they also care just as much as I do, if not more. …

Life by Design – Gratitude for doing what I love 

I started my first business 10+ years ago after I had baby #1 after I was diagnosed with EDS. This business was also started after being on long-term disability from my “career” job, one that I loved, and after facing the decision to accept or decline permanent social security disability at age 27yo. I declined it. My choice — being disabled at 27yo didn’t feel right for me, and working, doing something, helps me manage my health and well-being. I also needed to help support my family, be available for my son (only one baby at the time), and have flexibility around my husband’s job. I figured I could find something that I could do on my own, and I did. Five years ago, I started a 2nd business to serve the community that I was now a part of — both as a patient and volunteer. I wanted to use my degree to help disseminate education and work with people on how they could best help themselves, if they didn’t have a physician or PT …