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. I am loving rewarding my body through PiYo! I am amazed at and grateful for what my body is capable of 23 days in!

    I am loving rewarding my body through PiYo! I am amazed at and grateful for what my body is capable of 23 days in!

  2. Day 13 of PiYo with Chalene Johnson and Beach Body! I feel stronger and healthier already! Chalene is so encouraging in the workouts.

  3. Okay tumblr, help a sista out! Hydroflask or Camelbak? I need a good water bottle! My last camelback leaked, which I was told was unusual. I like the idea of a Hydroflask but am not sure because it is a little more spendy.

  4. I am loving the PiYo program from Beach Body! It’s low impact so it hasn’t affected my neck/spinal pain. It is really challenging, but so worth it! It isn’t very time consuming, which is nice. I feel stronger already and hope to keep building my strength!

  5. tjaw96:

    If you tell me you’re going to sleep and I see you 10 minutes later on Tumblr, I understand completely.

  6. I started doing a new work out program by BeachBody.  It is their PiYo program, a blend of pilates and yoga inspired moves!  I’m on the 3rd day of it and in some ways it is not as hard as I thought it would be and at the same time it is REALLY challenging!

    I developed a plan with the Beach Body coach I ordered the program through.  Since I am in recovery from anorexia, I will NOT be taking or posting “before and after” photos. I do not know what I weigh and I will not be weighing myself at all.  I will not be using the measuring tape.  I am going to be checking in with my friend (who is the Beach Body Coach I heard about the PiYo program from) about how I am doing with it.

    My goal with PiYo is to be physically stronger and healthier.

    I am really looking forward to healthy exercise and taking care of myself!

  7. "I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it."
    — Audrey Hepburn (via creatingaquietmind)

    (Source: haiezd)

  8. socialnetworkhell:

    "Consensual sex" is just sex. To say that implies that there is such a thing as "non consensual sex", which there isn’t. That’s rape. That is what it needs to be called. There is only sex or rape. Do not teach people that rape is just another type of sex. They are two very separate events. You wouldn’t say "breathing swimming" and "non breathing swimming", you say swimming and drowning.

  9. Today I really feel like just staying home, eating cake in bed and listening to Natalie Merchant on Pandora.

  10. "Don’t forget to remind yourself that the best parts of your personal story start when you have the courage to accept that having a concrete plan or clear sense of direction is not always the key to a happy, adventurous, and successful life."
    — T. Myers (via rovert)