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Thinking About Thankfulness~ 3 Easy Self-Care Tips For The Chronically Ill

HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL!! Below is a post I published last year, and since I’ve been ‘re-purposing’ everything under the sun these last 5 wks with all my re-decorating, and being that thankful never goes out of style, I thought I’d re-publish this old chestnut. Enjoy the day, and try not to over-do it 😉!


If you are alive, you know pain.  No one gets through this life without it. In fact, the older you are, the more familiar you are with it.  Whether it is physical, emotional, relational, ect., we are all forced at various points in our walk through this world to endure the distress that comes with the territory.

Thankfulness on the other hand, is a habit.  A skill to be practiced and exercised like a muscle so it strengthens and grows.  Now, I’m not speaking to those caught in the grip of great suffering.  I only address the ‘routine’ complaints and aggravations that we go through on a daily basis.  Yes all those things are valid, but realize that if we look hard enough, right beside those ‘pain in the butts’ are many gifts to be thankful for.  It can be as simple as realizing you are breathing, or noticing the birds picking through the grass for food while you sit in the sun enjoying the view.

It doesn’t negate or invalidate any of the pain that we are forced to tolerate.  It simply helps to create balance so our perspective does not become permanently skewed to the left of ‘chronic’.

Thinking About Thankfulness~ 3 Easy Self-Care Tips For The Chronically Ill



3 Easy Holiday Self-Care Tips For The ‘Chronically Ill’~

  • Carve out ‘quiet time’ for yourself.  Take a moment to find a peaceful place to breathe deep and relax away from all the noise and demands of the day.  For me, a little place of solitude in the sunshine always works wonders.

  • Practice 80/20 eating.  Try your very best to eat healthy/whole foods 80% of the time, and allow only 20% of your diet to be ‘goodies’.  This way you don’t deny yourself your favorite indulgences, but you reap the benefits of the energy and good feelings that nutritious food brings.

  •  Find the ‘positives’ alongside the ‘negatives’ in the day-to-day.  Follow the trail of ‘thankfulness’ in your mind as far as it goes.

*An alternative to traditional desserts to bring to the Thanksgiving table;
~Pumpkin Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting~
~1 stick of butter
~1 1/3 cup sugar
~1/2 cup pumpkin puree
~2 eggs
~1 tsp vanilla
~1 cup self rising flour
~1 cup flour
~1/2 tsp salt
~1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
~1/2 cup milk

Mix sugar and butter until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time.  Add puree and vanilla, mix until just incorporated.

Mix dry ing in separate bowl.
Alternate dry and milk, beginning and ending with dry.  DO NOT OVER MIX AT THIS POINT!
Bake at 350 for 20-25 min.
~1/4 cup sugar
~2 Tbsp water
~1/4 cup half n half
~1 tsp vanilla
~2 sticks butter
~2 cups powdered sugar
~1/2 to 1 tsp sea salt
Cook sugar and water in saucepan on med high until starts to turn amber in color. (Do not stir, if need to, swirl in pan by lifting from side to side.  Be careful to take off heat the moment it starts to turn amber colored so it does not burn).  Add cream and vanilla.  Whisk until smooth, on heat if need be to melt clumps.  Let cool for 20 min. Cream butter, sugar, salt and caramel until consistency you want.  Top with sprinkled raw sugar and if desired, Pumpkin Spice Kisses you can purchase here.
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  • Reply
    Leeroy Good
    November 15 at 12:27 am

    You really do have amazing images on your site! Does everyone always tell you that? I did enjoy the music and peaceful scenes video too. One of the best things that chronic illness has taught me is to be happy with the small things so I can really relate to your post,
    “Whatever you do, do with deep alertness, then even small things become sacred” Osho
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      November 15 at 8:04 am

      Thank you so much Lee! Isn’t it funny that we have to work so hard at ‘peace’? Definitely worth it though, have a wonderful week Lee 🙂 ♥

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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    November 15 at 7:58 pm

    I agree with you, what we focus on grows. Even when the hurt is horrendous. Sometimes when we can take just a moment to remember the good things it gives us hope that we will survive.

    The cupcakes look so good! I love salted caramel and the frosting is calling my name!!!!
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      November 18 at 7:00 am

      True Nikki! Thanks 😉

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    November 17 at 7:34 am

    What a great little cupcake!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this week! Pinned!

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    November 17 at 12:34 pm

    Tis the season for giving Thanks for sure and that recipe goes right along all my faves!!! Yum. Happy Thanksgiving a little early but it’s never too early to say what we are thankful for. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me and hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. #sharewithme
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    Miz Helen
    November 18 at 9:33 am

    We really enjoy you sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen
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      November 18 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you 🙂

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    December 4 at 6:19 pm

    This is just what I needed to read tonight. My chronic illness has been flaring up lately, and while I have two of these down, I have been missing out on the few minutes of quiet time. I think that it would do me a lot of good.

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      December 5 at 11:07 am

      I’m so glad Jessica! Reading a comment like this is so encouraging to me. Glad it helped 😉

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    December 6 at 9:01 am

    What we focus on grows, thanks for the reminder to always look for the good! There’s so much of it out there.
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      December 6 at 7:22 pm

      True Nikki! Hope your holidays are going well!

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