This is going to be a short post. I just got back from a few days camping with wonderful friends on the shore of Lake Michigan. This has been planned for a year. Our group, we fondly call the Wander Woman, started the hiking/camping trips July 2018 when we did a week-long trip to South and North Manitou Islands in Lake Michigan. My friend, Lisa, reminded me that she noticed my constant massaging during that trip. It wouldn’t be until November of that year that I fully understood that there was something very wrong with me.
I’ve been planning and working towards my goal of spending the week with them. We were to camp in Canada at Lake Superior Provincial Park. However, the border between Canada and the United States is still closed due to COVID-19. So, instead, we chose a closer state park in that we could drive to. Not everyone who had originally planned to join us could come: some due to family commitments, one due to the death of her mom (non-virus related), some due to not feeling comfortable in doing so.
We agreed to be logically safe and trusted that our Wander Woman cohort had been safe prior to camping. The park was not crowded at all and so we had no issues out on the trails, at the camp, using the restrooms, or on the beach. We chose to wear masks only inside public places (the restrooms).
I am so energized after these past few days. Wonderful conversation with my friends that ignited my imagination and funny bone, as well as a few shared tears, met with empathy and love. The photos will be the rest of my description of the joy that is currently bursting in my heart.
I can’t thank my friends enough for helping me get back my courage to stay in a tent after a day of hiking and swimming. I have gotten my courage back to do this more often with my husband. I even talked my daughter into doing a short trip with me soon. My soul is nourished and my passion blazing again.
My blog is ONE-year old now. I have learned a lot from doing it. I’ve made friends from across the country and the world. I’ve learned from other bloggers how to live well with a chronic condition as well as how to blog better. It, too, ignites my imagination and gives me a purpose that makes me happy.
So, when I found out that I was nominated for two WEGO HEALTH Awards, I felt that this passion was also recognized by those who have watched my blog grow and those who I have hopefully helped in some way. It’s such a wonderful, supportive group that I have found through blogging.
If you are interested in endorsing me via the link below (just being nominated is really amazing), I humbly thank you. In my post for the end of this next week, I will be sharing out those who have most impacted my wellness journey, so that you, too, can learn from them (and endorse their nominations for WEGO AWARDS) if you should feel led.
I appreciate this time in my life that I am able to live my life fully (filling it with purpose and passion) alongside good friends and my family despite living with Fibromyalgia. I hope that I can help you find that for yourself as well as you journey through this life.
Thank you for visiting my blog today. I am committing to posting once a week on Fridays. However, as you know, my new normal means that sometimes I have to listen to my body and am not able to follow through as planned. Thank you for your understanding.