How ‘I can’t run’ turned into ‘I think I want to run a 5k’ which resulted in a 13.2-mile trail race a mere 5 weeks later.

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It wasn’t supposed to become a thing.

At the beginning of 2020, I listed out some core limiting beliefs that I had carried with me for years. I decided, that even if I couldn’t fully believe my ability to complete these activities, I would simply rephrase them to give me the possibility of success at some point in my life. And one of those limiting beliefs was: I’m not a runner.

Now, I had…

It’s a tool, not a crutch

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“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” — Peter Drucker

I am an action-oriented girl. I’ve known this about myself for years. And I always thought that when it came to self-reflection, I would have to train myself to let go of the goals and movement and focus on just being. Naturally, I made it a goal to achieve this state of being, and I’ve succeeded.

Well…kind of.

I got to the point where I could simply reflect on who I was, process my emotions…

The piece of common knowledge that blew my mind

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I’ve been obsessed with self-growth for years. Maybe because I’ve seen the limitations that chronic illness has placed on me and I just know that I’m so much more. Maybe because I see people with magnificent talent stop and ultimately fade from the person they could have been. And sometimes I think it’s because every now and then you stumble upon someone who did push through all the barriers and you realize “I can do that to.”

Be that as it may, it’s something I’ve been ‘working’ on for years. I…

Afraid you don’t have the self-discipline? Trust me, you do.

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Working remotely. There’s a certain thrill that comes with the freedom of working from the comforts of your own home. I personally love it. It allows me to live wherever I want, travel, and create a daily schedule that works best for me.

When I talk to friends about it, I get mixed reactions. Some of them openly express their jealousy. Others thrive in a workplace where they can interact with a lot of people throughout the day and are content without it. …

My how-to guide to living my best life

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I’ve always loved quotes. I find they wrap up into concise words the feelings I have a hard time understanding. Throughout my life, I’ve added quotes to my ‘Live By’ file. I’ve decided to share the top 10 quotes I live by, maybe to inspire you or maybe to help keep me going. Maybe a bit of both.

Either way, I’ve listed them below and offered my insight into why they’re so fantastic (yes, I knew you were hoping for my commentary, I got you). So without further ado, let’s dig in.

My new mantra for 2020

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We’ve just entered a new year, but to be honest, I’ve been working on a new me for a bit longer.

You see, anxiety and I have been close for a while. Last year I managed to take the lead in that relationship and am in a much better headspace now. There are a series of actions I took to achieve that, and I, unfortunately, don’t have the time to deep-dive into it in this post. …

Turns out, nothing at all.

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Growing up, I wanted to be:

  • A ballerina (inspired after watching the Nutcracker when I was 12)
  • A chemical engineer (forget the fact I barely passed math, do you know how much they earn a year??)
  • A CIA Profiler (SO cool)
  • A Chef (until I realized I really only liked eating food)
  • A therapist (the concept still sounds appealing, the reality a little less so)
  • A movie director (this actually got me into directing plays which were fun!)
  • A restaurateur (once I realized I didn’t want to cook I turned my sights to owning a…

“Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have tea first?” — Alice in Wonderland

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I am a person who does. It’s in my DNA. I’m always doing things. And not small things, mind you. I’m moving. Shifting. Trying on a new adventure, working on multiple projects at the same time. Some people think that a full schedule isn’t healthy, but for some of us, it’s how we thrive.

We were built to do.

And I’ve been trying to reconcile this with the age-old saying: slow down. I know slowing down is vital. …

My lifestyle was slowly killing me. So I decided to change everything.

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It’s the end of 2018. I’m laying on the carpet at my work, thankful I’m alone since I can’t stop the tears or the full-body shakes. The work wasn’t nearly stressful enough to trigger this kind of panic-attack, and given it was the fourth one in five days, I knew something was wrong.

In January, I:

  • was dealing with a severe flare-up that made it difficult to function as normal
  • was losing my hearing (thanks to stress and long-term medication use).
  • had to reduce my work hours to part-time, just so…

You thought you only had one issue. You thought wrong.

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Fibromyalgia wrecks havoc on your body. To go into the details of how and why, read my previous post here. Now there are a variety of problems that begin to manifest after your body has been compromised for so long.

That makes sense. Think of your body as an engine. If you keep it running and never slow down, you’re unable to do proper maintenance on it to make sure it’s in good shape. After a while of this, it’s going to start having issues. …

Clarina M

Chronically ill. Chronically fabulous. Let’s talk about it.

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