An inside look at life beyond chronic pain...

This blog started out as a way to document my journey with chronic pain and how I integrated mindfulness with that. I am broadening the scope to include other areas of my life as well. Blogging is one way that I can 'get out of my head and into my life.' Topics may inclue: dealing with chronic pain, recovery, graduate school, therapy, healing and hope, because really, it is all the same journey. Follow me, as I attempt to live a more mindful life.



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  1. It is Saturday morning.  I am curled up under my heated blanket and reading a book.  Realizing I don’t have to get up until I want to—what life after graduation is all about.

    It is Saturday morning. I am curled up under my heated blanket and reading a book. Realizing I don’t have to get up until I want to—what life after graduation is all about.

  2. Websites for when you want to:

  3. "How are you?
    don’t tell me that you’re doing good
    or that you are fine,
    you and I both know that you are so far from both of those things,
    tell me,
    when was the last time you thought about death?
    When was the last time you cried and what finally made the tears fall after all that time?
    what is your story of loss?
    What words break you?
    What words put you back together?
    When was the first time you understood the depth of the word “goodbye?”
    When was the first time the only thing you could do was lay on the floor and cry because nothing else in the world made sense but brokenness?
    When was the last time you really and truly laughed?
    Can you remember that far back?
    What was on your mind when you got those scars on your leg?
    What lies have you believed lately?
    When was the first time you understood what “I love you” meant?
    Who made you so broken?
    Have you even tried to put yourself back together?
    Tell me,
    tell me,
    do you love yourself?
    how much of your skin can you find constellations in?
    have you ever tried to understand your eyes?
    have you pressed your fingertips to your own lips hoping nothing else mattered in the world if your lips were your own?
    have you ever made yourself believe the lie that you aren’t worth it?
    how is the weather in your heart?
    is it a hurricane or a tsunami?
    is there fog surrounding your soul?
    have you ever loved another more than you loved to breathe?
    when was the last time you really and truly believed that your life was worth living?"
    — I’ve never really been good at small talk (via mwanzotena)

    (Source: amandaspoetry)

  4. One of my professors, who was also the director of the MSW program I just graduated from, died suddenly last night. There is so much heartbreak.

  5. Distract me and learn something new in the process?

    1. 1. What can you see that is blue besides your tumblr dashboard?
    2. 2. What have you eaten today?
    3. 3. What is your favorite food?
    4. 4. What is your favorite color?
    5. 5. What is your least favorite color?
    6. 6. Who was your last kiss with? Was it pleasant?
    7. 7. What color shoes did you last wear?
    8. 8. What is your biggest vice?
    9. 9. Who has made you laugh the hardest in the last week?
    10. 10. What is your favorite scent?
    11. 11. What is your occupation? Do you enjoy it?
    12. 12. What is your favorite season? Why?
    13. 13. Can you do a handstand or cartwheel?
    14. 14. What color are your nails?
    15. 15. If you had to get a tattoo on your face to save your life, what would it be?
    16. 16. Describe your bedroom.
    17. 17. What is something you find romantic?
    18. 18. On average, how many hours per day do you spend on your computer?
    19. 19. Are you happy?
    20. 20. Is there anything in particular making you happy or sad?
    21. 21. Dogs or Cats?
    22. 22. Which do you prefer: a museum, a night club, the forest or a library?
    23. 23. What is your style?
    24. 24. If you could be doing anything you like right now, what would it be?
    25. 25. Who is the closest person to you?
    26. 26. What is the best movie you have ever seen?
    27. 27. Are you in a relationship or single?
    28. 28. What makes you attracted to the person you like right now?
    29. 29. If you could replace your partner/best friend with a celebrity of your choice, would you? Who with?
    30. 30. What is something most people don't know about you?
    31. 31. Are you holding on to something you need to let go of?
    32. 32. How did you celebrate last Halloween?
    33. 33. Have you recently made any big decisions?
    34. 34. Name three things that you and the person asking you this question have in common.
    35. 35. Were you ever in a school play?
    36. 36. What movie would you use to describe your life?
    37. 37. Is there something you have dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven't you done it?
    38. 38. Complete this sentence, "I wish I had someone with whom I could share..."
    39. 39. If you could invent a new flavor of ice cream, what would it be?
    40. 40. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?
    41. 41. Who is a famous person you have been compared to?
    42. 42. What are two things that irritate you about the same sex?
    43. 43. What are two things that irritate you about the opposite sex?
    44. 44. What is the best thing that has happened to you this week?
    45. 45. What is something that makes you sad when you think about it?
    46. 46. Would you rather be stranded on a desert island with someone you love for ten years, or someone you hate for one month?
    47. 47. How long was your longest relationship?
    48. 48. Have you ever been in love?
    49. 49. Are you currently in love?
    50. 50. Why did your last relationship end?
    51. 51. Would you rather live in a castle or a spaceship?
    52. 52. What jewellery are you wearing right now, and where did you get it?
    53. 53. Name three things which attracted you to your current crush.
    54. 54. Is there something you have been keeping a secret?
    55. 55. When was the last time you cried and why?
    56. 56. Name someone pretty.
    57. 57. Do you have an ex who's name starts with a "J"?
    58. 58. What did you receive last Valentines Day?
    59. 59. Do you get jealous easily?
    60. 60. Do you believe in the phrase, "If its meant to be, it will be?"
    61. 61. Have you ever cheated on someone?
    62. 62. Have you ever been cheated on?
    63. 63. Do you trust your partner/best friend?
    64. 64. What is something you should be doing right now? Go do it.
  7. Social worker problems: When you’re at a client’s house for a home visit and really have to poop.

  8. geekerrific:


    Chimamamda Ngozi Adiche, We Should All Be Feminists

    The most powerful thing anyone has ever said to me: “You deserve to take up space.” 

    (Source: babyghosts)

  9. I passed my comprehensive exam for my MSW!!!

    I probably should be all:


    But really I feel: 

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  10. How I feel about the last two weeks of grad school.