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The Art Of Finding ‘Beauty’, Regardless of Circumstance~How To Find The Positives Living With FMS

Negative is easy.  It comes naturally, most often without any effort at all.  Listen to the talk around you.  Most of what you hear will be complaining, anger, frustration, ect.  Then listen to the words that come from within yourself.  If you are anything like me, being positive takes a purpose of will that I must work at.  Is the glass half empty? Half full? Are there no snacks to go with it?  Is this tap?…

Finding the ‘positive’ in less than ideal circumstances, well, that’s a little harder.  Because this is generally not our first inclination.  I like to think of it as a skill you practice and learn to excel at.  Finding beauty in ugly situations is a valuable endeavor.  It’s usually there somewhere beneath the blackened layers and mounds of heaviness that are initially seen.

FInding the positive of living with fibromyalgia

When you deal with chronic illness, it’s easy to get lost in a mire of symptoms and effects.  Many of us lose our sense of femininity and appeal in the process.  It may take determination, but we do not need to sacrifice beauty on the altar of affliction.  I’m not talking being attractive to others necessarily, but finding what makes you feel lovely in your own skin.  To that effect, I have opened an Etsy store that will cater to this very idea.  Everyone needs those little things in their life that brighten and lift their souls, and none so much as the chronically ill.  Right now there are only a few items, but more will follow.  If you have any suggestions of what you would like to see at Baubles N Butterflies, drop a comment below.  I would love to hear your ideas!


#3 of 3 recipes featuring Aunt Becky’s Jams {Thank you again Rebecca for the wonderful samples, and everyone make sure to visit her site and check out the delicious jams and fruit spreads that are available!}~

~BlackBerry Merlot Gin Jam Cocktail~


~1 tbsp. Aunt Becky’s Blackberry Merlot Jam

~gin (my preference is Bombay Sapphire)

~lemon tonic water

~lemon wedge

Place jam in bottom of glass.  Pour amount of desired gin.  Add tonic water with ice and a squeeze of lemon.  Stir and enjoy.


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    September 25 at 1:00 pm

    Very lovely post Kristine, and best of luck with your etsy store! I’ll pin to it on Pinterest 🙂
    Snout hugs to Lily from FD…

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      September 25 at 2:39 pm

      Oh, THANKS SO MUCH Medea! I really appreciate it! Lily says HI! 😉

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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    October 4 at 7:51 pm

    First, I’m always a almost full glass girl. If it’s full you have no room for anything more, and I always have room for more! But when I had my stroke and my disease was completely out of control it was hard to remember I even had a glass, let alone one that was almost full! You and your creativity, your etsy store, are going to help us all remember the good, the beautiful, the precious! Congrats on taking this step and may you be wildly successful!
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      October 5 at 12:26 am

      Thank you for the wonderful encouragement Nikki! I appreciate it more than you know. Your definitely are one of the more positive people I know 😉 Have a wonderful week 🙂

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    October 6 at 6:46 am

    I want a cocktail now!! Congrats on the store! Thanks for linking up on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this week!! Pinned!
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      October 6 at 9:05 am

      Thank you Elaine, make me one too! 😉

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    Miz Helen
    October 6 at 10:55 am

    The photo of your butterfly is beautiful and very thoughtful. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a wonderful day.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen
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      October 6 at 11:24 am

      Thanks Miz Helen, you have a wonderful day too! 🙂

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