The journey of life

Life has the ups and downs. There are days that are great and days that are draining. I’ve seen a lot more draining days these past few weeks, but I also realize that through those draining days I’m finding strength I didn’t realize I had. I had a great conversation with a friend last night. And it made me think, some have asked…would you trade in the life you have right now with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, and so on…for a life that didn’t have any of those problems. Granted seven years ago when I was struggling with my new diagnosis, I would have said heck yes! I want this GONE, totally GONE! And granted today, I do want it gone, I do want to wake up just one day with no pain, one day with no fatigue, one day with out the side effects of medications. BUT I also wonder…would I have the strength I have today? Would I have the determination I have today? Would I have the passion for people that I have today? The truth of the matter is probably not…and I say that because my life with RALF (as we like to call it) have molded me into the person I am today. Fighting through the sickness and fatigue to finish my masters and doctorate…that build determination in me. Pushing forward to raise awareness, opening my blog, and voicing my life so others can see what living life is about…that built determination in me. That built passion in me, and through that passion I have grown so much. I have opened a business for women and families, I have joined set goals to reach and dream about things I can do for others. I have developed a vision for what I want to see happen. Would I want a day where my illnesses are in remission, oh for sure. BUT I want to use my illnesses to be the person who can bring awareness and change. Awareness to these diseases is important, awareness to how life is with these diseases is important, and awareness that you CAN still do things is important. Life doesn’t have to stop, does it slow down….does it take longer to get to your goal because you are sick…maybe. Even this month, I had a goal of how I wanted to start the month of September with regards to my business. Did it happen no, but did I give up…most certainly not! I just shifted the date a bit. That’s the key, don’t give up because life gets tough. You just adjust, slow down, and keep going!
XO J

It is just part 

It is just part of life, life changes as we grow and mature! I have learned that this week, many thoughts have gone through my mind, the first of which….I’m glad that this week is over :). I have come close to many things, been in many different places, crossed three states and back, and I am happy that the journey is over. For this week anyway!

The why of my business changes, I have heard that over and over. This week my business took on a new why, a why that could move with me. I learned to I love I have a MK business to go bag :). I learned I can run my business from anywhere! I learned I am so happy I started my business nearly 7 months ago! I love what I have learned, the things I see now ever so clearly, and this journey. Some days I wonder how good I am at it, some days I wonder why? Am I doing this right? So many thoughts but this week, I love that I see so clearly that ups and downs, twists and turns are all part of life! And ultimately yes I am so happy! I can’t wait to see the future, I can’t wait to continue to grow. I can’t wait to see 5 years from now! 

Off to play with my kids! These great inspirations kept me going this week! So I am sharing with you!