January Link-Up With Sheryl From A Chronic Voice https://reclaiminghopewellness.com

January Link Up With Sheryl From A Chronic Voice

Well, here it is the 28th of January and I’ve almost missed out on the link-up with Sheryl at A Chronic Voice. Each month Sheryl hosts a link-up for chronic illness bloggers and provides some thought-provoking prompts for us. This month’s prompts are no exception.

They are:

January Prompts https://reclaiminghopewellness.com

The beginning of a new year is always so exciting. I love looking ahead to all the promise the year before us holds. This year, I guess I’m being a little selfish. I’m looking forward to moving out of the rut I’ve fallen into with just making sure I don’t do anything that might ‘upset the apple cart’ and cause my symptoms to get worse. I’m ready to take a chance on getting out and trying to do more of the things that make me really happy.


This year, I’m dedicating more time to the people and activities I love. As anyone with chronic illness knows, we often have to pick and choose between “good” and “best.” I tend to be a people pleaser, so I spend a lot of my time on activities I feel I “should” do rather than those I really want to do.

Although I’m sure I’ll still participate in some things that are expected of me, I’m going to do things that bring me joy with the people I love — family gatherings, fun outings with my hubby (such as going to Cinn City), and teaching my Life Group on Sunday mornings — and learn to just say no to those things I don’t want to do.


I’m still working on establishing a schedule for my blog work. Who knew there was so much involved in blogging? When I started this blog two years ago I naively thought that all I had to do was just sit down and write. Boy, was I wrong about that!

Establishing a workflow schedule is helping me get everything done that I need to without being on the computer all day every day. Of course, the schedule works under ideal conditions, but when I have a problem, such as the eye issue that limited my work last week, things just don’t get done. You know what? I’m learning to be okay with that.


This year, I’m breaking up with fear. My word for the year is courage, and ever since I determined that, my resolve to be brave has been tested. Having courage, however, doesn’t mean never being afraid. It just means carrying on in spite of your fear.

One of my favorite Bible verses is from the book of Joshua. It says, “This is my command — be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT) I’m keeping this at the forefront of my mind as I confront any of those ‘old friends’ of fear or discouragement. The Lord has blessed us far too much and protected us through far too many harrowing times for me to live in fear of what could happen anymore.


In addition to strengthening my resolve to do more of what brings me joy this year, I’m working on strengthening my body. I joined the Spoonie Yoga Tribe with the Sleepy Santosha a couple of months ago, and I’m really enjoying the feeling of regaining strength and flexibility.

She has a 30-day consistency program that I’ve been following. The practices are short; some of them are only five minutes, which allows you to slowly build up your strength, stamina, and of course consistency with your practice. If I don’t feel I can do the practice for a particular day, I just do another practice from the calendar. I’m feeling stronger already!


As I said earlier, this year I’m allowing myself to say no to things I don’t want to do and yes to the things I do.  I’m starting to test my limits more because I said in my last post, although my self-imposed restrictions were absolutely necessary in the beginning, now they’re starting to keep me from actually getting out and enjoying all life has to offer.

I’m not taking any huge steps outside of my comfort zone, but I’m allowing my comfort zone to expand by doing more and seeing what happens. Rather than allowing my fear of feeling worse to keep me from doing things, I’m experimenting, and if the experiment fails, I have my ‘comfort zone’ of the things that I know work to fall back on.

Many thanks to Sheryl for hosting our link-up again this month! If you’re a chronic illness blogger and would like to join in, please visit Sheryl’s link-up post.  We’d love to have you join in!

Do any of these prompts strike a chord with you? If so, please tell us about it!








  1. Thanks for finding the time to join us again, Terri! Totally get the comfort zone bits…my ‘word’ (if I do have one) for the year is courage as well. Seems lots of us have overlapping goals this year 🙂 Wishing you a fab year ahead!

    1. Thank you so much Sheryl, and thank you for hosting this link-up! I always enjoy participating and seeing what’s going on in everyone’s lives – I have to pop over and check out everyone else’s posts now – I just need to set a date that I’m going to do it and put it on my calendar so I don’t let the month get by me. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead as well! Hugs!

  2. So much to think about here – I love “breaking up with fear” – an ongoing process, I’ve found, lol. I’m hoping to find a suitable yoga (preferably restorative) when I get back home. Illness sure teaches us that we have to be continually conscientious about what helps and what hinders. Thanks for always being there with your wise words as a reminder.

    1. Thanks so much V.J.! I wish I could take credit for the “breaking up with fear” terminology, but there’s a young lady named Francesca Battistelli who did a song called “The Breakup Song” that’s about not letting fear rule anymore. I borrowed it from her.😁 I hope you’re able to find a yoga class when you get back home. I’ve done it off and on for years, but I’m really trying to get and stay consistent with my practice. Hugs!

  3. I loved reading your responses, Terri, and I think the things you’re aiming to do (less of the ‘should’ and more focus on the important things to you, overcoming a little fear, strengthening your body) are fantastic. I need to work on quite a few (all) of those myself. As for the blog schedule, I’ve never managed that. I’d like to, ideally, get a little ahead of myself because I always fall behind, but that’s the nature of chronic illness and things not being predictable. How are your eyes now? The Spoonie Yoga Tribe thing sounds fab!
    Caz xxxx

    1. Thanks so much Caz! Like you, I’d like to get ahead, but I never seem to be able to get there. My schedule is a work in progress, though, so I’m still hopeful.😁 You’re so right about things not being predictable in our chronic world. Thanks for asking about my eyes – they’re doing fine now. Every now and then they just get really painful and I have to take time off from the computer for a few days. I really do like the Spoonie Yoga Tribe. I forgot to put a link in for it so I’m going to do that now, but you can check it out at http://www.sleepysantosha.com Hope you’re staying warm! Hugs!

  4. Hi, Terri! I enjoyed reading about what you’re up to. I can relate to so much that you’ve written. I too struggle with fear, discouragement, and scheduling my blog posts. I hope your eyes are behaving this week.

    1. Thank you so much Kathy! I was just getting ready to head over to your blog to check out your link-up post. My eyes are doing much better, thanks. They just seem to have a mind of their own sometimes. Blessings to you!

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