Monday, April 16, 2012

Day 16 - #HAWMC - "Pin It - Health Activist Style"

Pin it – Health Activist Style. A picture is worth a thousand words and today’s prompt proves it.  Get started by creating a pinboard for your health condition – you can do this on pinterest, on your blog, or in real life – and sharing a few of the images in your blog post.  What images did you “pin” that mean the most to you when you think about your health, your condition, or your time as a Health Activist?

I've missed a few days because I had an incredible weekend away from the computer with my new boyfriend (sorta can't believe I'm saying that, but I am) - and was feeling pretty good, headache-wise, so wasn't really thinking about my blog.  Oops! ;-)

I've definitely jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon, and have a "Health" and "Inspiration" category where I've pinned images, quotations and sites that are, welp, inspirational and helpful. Here's a sort of "Top Three":

My board includes things that are funny to distract myself from pain and inspire myself to rise above the pain.  The #WEGOhealth boards have been great to check out and follow!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Day 12 - #HAWMC - "Stream Of Consciousness"

 Stream of Consciousness Day. Start with the sentence, “This morning I looked in the mirror...” Just write, don’t stop, don’t edit. Post!

This morning I looked in the mirror and probably thought about the long day that was ahead of me.  I definitely had my longest day of the week today, but then, the thought of fun weekend activities with someone new in my life popped into my mind.  That definitely made me smile. 
This morning I looked in the mirror and realized that I was in desperate need of makeup.  
This morning I looked in the mirror and mapped out my routine for the morning. I haven't been sleeping in my own apartment for the last weeks - I've been catsitting/housesitting, so my whole routine/schedule is a bit thrown off, and I am really looking forward to getting back to my own space (and bed!).  

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Day 11 - #HAWMC - "Theme Song"

 Theme song. Imagine your health focus or blog is getting its own theme song. What would the lyrics be? What type of music would it be played to? 

My song: "Gotta Be Wrong Sometimes" by O.A.R.

It's a lyric video, but this song has been my jam lately... the lyrics, the beat, all of it.  It's been a crazy and emotional week, and it's a good song to just let loose to, overall.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Day 10 - #HAWMC - "Dear 18 Year Old Me..."

 Dear 18-year-old-me. Write a letter to yourself at age 18. What would you tell yourself? What would you make your younger self aware of?
I took a little creative liberty here and tweaked this prompt; I just had a death in the family and am not quite feeling up to writing a whole post out, so I am recycling a post from a previous #HAWMC.  I think it'll be a reasonable tweak!  It is from 11/3/11.  

Dear 18 year old Joanna,
So... you're probably not going to believe me, but in a year, you're going to have a headache.  No, really. You're going to have a headache... but this one isn't going to go away with Tylenol... or Advil... or Motrin... or any of that other crap.  This one... is different.
It'll be your sophomore year of college, winter break.  After an innocuous night out for dinner at City Steam in Hartford and playing a competitive game of Monopoly with your boyfriend (who things get serious with, for a while, anyways... but... well, we'll leave that for another letter) and another couple, you're going to wake up on a Sunday morning with a headache that doesn't go away.

I know this sounds like it sucks.  It actually really does suck.  A lot.  You're going to start meeting doctors who don't really think there's anything wrong with you, or don't quite believe you.  

What I can say from my view here, is that you can't give up

You're going to want to give up.  I know, it's going to be hard.  A lot of stuff is going to hurt, physically, emotionally.

Getting through school is going to be hard.  You're actually going to graduate on time, I promise.  You're going to have to really push yourself, but you can do it.   
(photo of you at your college graduation!)

You really need to try to take care of yourself, though.  You can't keep putting everyone else first, like you've been doing.  I know you're a perfectionist, and a great caretaker... but the person who is needing care is you.  Accept the help that is offered to you, and appreciate the friends and loved ones who are really there for you.  

This doesn't make much sense now because you're only 18.  You're young. You're going off to college, and life is just beginning.  Life is just going to veer off a different ramp for a while.  You'll get through it...

...I hear this thing called "blogging" will pick up ;-)


P.S.  Tell 2002 I say "what's up".

Monday, April 9, 2012

Day 9 - #HAWMC - "Keep Calm And Carry On"

Keep Calm And Carry On. Write (and create) your own Keep Calm and Carry On poster. Can you make it about your condition? Then go to ( and actually make an image to post to your blog.

Whenever my headache pain increases, the easiest thing to do is to simply pop a "rescue med" pill and hope it starts working.  I really dislike having to take extra meds, though... I don't know anyone who really wants to take more meds than they have to, do you?  I have found, over the years, that sometimes just taking a nap can make my headache chill out a bit.  So, that's where this poster comes in.

This was a fun website to play around with!  It has given me a lot of gift ideas, actually... not necessarily to order gifts from the website or other places, but to create on my own.  The creative spark within me has been lit!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Day 8 - #HAWMC - "Best Convo"

Best Conversation I Had This Week. Try writing script-style (or with dialogue) today to recap an awesome conversation you had this week.

I was given a great compliment this past week -

"You have a calming effect on me - I feel relaxed when I'm with you."

It made me smile, for sure.  It made me feel really good to know that I have that impact on someone.  I always aim to make those around me feel comfortable, and to know that I made someone feel calm and relaxed was a great compliment.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Day 7 - #HAWMC - "Health Activist Choice - "Movie Soundtrack"

 Health Activist Choice! Write about what you want today. 
Okay, so I am going to pretend like I'm on my music blog (This Is The Sound - check it out if you're into music at all...)

If my life was a movie… what would my soundtrack be?

So, here’s how it works: 
1.) Open your music library. 
2.) Put it on shuffle. 
3.) Press play. 
4.) For every question, type the song that’s playing. 
5.) When you go to a new question, press the next button. 
6.) Don’t lie and try to pretend you’re cool.

opening credits: Doves - There Goes The Fear
waking up: Kanye West - Crack Music (feat. The Game)
first day at school: Band of Skulls - I Know What I Am

in love: Jack Johnson - Rodeo Clowns 
fight song: Lagoon - Heater Rabbit (this is the song I was in the music video for!)
breaking up: Brandon Flowers - On The Floor

Prom: Beastie Boys - Make Some Noise
life’s ok: Jason Mraz - Strange

mental breakdown: Fleet Foxes - Sim Sala Bim
driving:  Florence and the Machine - Lover to Lover
flashback: Fleet Foxes - Lorelai
getting back together: Matt Nathanson - Car Crash

birth of child: James Blunt - Tears and Rain
wedding: Summer Love/Set The Mood Prelude - Justin Timberlake

final battle: Coldplay - Don't Let It Break Your Heart
death scene: Lupe Fiasco - Beautiful Lasers (2 Ways) Feat. MDMA
funeral song: Ozomatli - Dejame En Paz (I guess I'm having a fun funeral!)

end credits: Jamie Cullum - Mixtape