What Encouraged Me Today #5 Featuring Claire.

Hello beautiful people 

Being diagnosed this year with the chronic pain condition Fibromyalgia was scary.  I read as much information as I could on the internet and my future looked bleak. For people who are in constant pain keeping an optimistic outlook can be difficult but I was determined that I was not going to let Fibromyalgia steal my smile and sense of humour, it was not going to beat me.  My new mantra became ‘with pain comes strength’.

I started blogging to try and keep positive and distract myself from the painful symptoms of Fibromyalgia. I blog about life with chronic pain and how I’m attempting new challenges like learning to bake, cook and even make my own laundry powder, soap and gifts.  These new hobbies keep me going and help me to focus beyond the pain; on my good pain days I try them out but my bad pain days are definitely not wasted, I plan new blogs, search for recipes and inspiration. Through blogging I have gained courage, strength and confidence.  The written word is truly a wonderful thing; we can record our innermost thoughts and share them with the world. Happiness is a journey and my blog is my companion; I’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response to it and I’ve inspired others who also live with chronic pain. 

You don’t need to do much to make a happy life, it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking, having a positive outlook.  Change your negative thoughts into positive ones.  Wipe the word ‘can’t’ from your vocabulary and replace it with ‘I will try’!  6 months ago I couldn’t bake, I didn’t know how, I didn’t even have a wooden spoon!  I just told people, ‘I can’t bake’. I didn’t even try.  But I’ve turned the self-doubt that we all struggle with at times around. How? By changing my thinking! I bought a wooden spoon (and lots of other baking essentials) and a book teaching me how to bake.  It’s been a wonderful experience – I’ve baked yummy cookies, a delicious cheesecake, a huge Victoria sponge, an ugly banana cake, a luscious cappuccino cake, healthy banana bites and so much more.  And I discovered I CAN bake!  Lots of people have enjoyed my baking and most importantly they haven’t needed emergency services.

These last 6 months have taught me to put a halt to negative thinking and to uncover my optimism and to stay strong through difficult times.  I’ve unlocked my true potential by adopting a positive outlook, I’m learning to live my life to its fullest, even with my physical limitations.

Life isn’t complicated, you can be happy or sad.  I choose happiness.  There is so much beauty in this world. I take time to appreciate life’s simple pleasures – coffee with a friend, a new recipe to try, the laughter of a joyful child, snuggling with one of my cats on the sofa – all these fill my heart with joy. 

What simple pleasure has filled your heart with joy today?

Keep smiling 




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