Mid-Week Balance: 7 March 2012

Next week, I will be out of town visiting my gorgeous four-month old nephew, and my brain will be filled with all things baby.  So, in preparation for that, I’ve put together a bigger-than-normal version of MWB for you.  This week, I found a couple of posts about living with illness, several posts that focus on self-care and self-image, and then several posts about taking actions and respecting our own intuition.  

Living with Illness

AnneMarie Ciccarella writes at the blog Chemobrain…in the Fog with AM from BC 2 AD.  She is pretty generous about sharing her experience with the challenges of coping with the long-term effects of chemotherapy.  I really appreciate her post this week exploring our tendency to use vague language when we are talking about medical issues.

Blogger FortunatelyFunny shares some of the serious moments that accompany her struggle to have her illness properly diagnosed and treated over the past few years on the FMD Chat blog.  She also does some powerful reflection on the difference between how she looks and how she feels.

Self-Care and Self-Talk

I have two posts from Rosie Molinary in this edition, because I just didn’t want to have to choose between them.  The first is from last week’s “Body Image Warriors Week.” It was posted on the Medicinal Marzipan blog and invites us to remember that we started life willing to make an announcement about who we are, and challenging us to embrace that announcement again.  The second post describes a conversation Rosie had with a young girl, and the wisdom of recognizing that there are “different kinds of pretty.”

Mara, of Medicinal Marzipan, poses some interesting and important questions about how we build our own “self-trust.”  This is an important issue, and I’d love to hear some more thoughts about it.

Being Active

I follow Seth Godin’s blog because I respect his ideas, and he frequently motivates me to push myself harder.  I love this post. It’s short, simple, and to the point.  Sometimes, we have to make our own rules and respect our own values.

This fascinating post from writer Martin Lindstrom about happiness and our approach to the world really connected for me.  It also reminded me that we have a responsibility to be conscious consumers, of everything, including our news.

And finally, an exercise expert challenges the five excuses that keep us from engaging with our health.  This post reminded me a lot of my own post about “doing one thing.”  Maybe that’s why I liked it.  The focus is simple and straightforward.


Image Credit: Ann Becker-Schutte

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