Life is hard friends. Life is especially hard when you live with a chronic illness. Days and even weeks can blur by when we are in the middle of the fight. Everyday that goes by is a victory because it means you made it through the day, and because every day is a fight I want to document how I am chronically overcoming each day.
Powersheets have changed my life and have helped me work to intentionally to make sure I am not letting life pass by, but there are some days where I don’t have the strength to pick up my PowerSheets. (for more information on how I use my powersheets click here.) So how do I remember the big victories let alone the tiny ones?
Well I started a log. I came up with this idea during my summer refresh, and it has been SO helpful. Some days the victories were bigger than others, but it doesn’t matter- there was at least ONE VICTORY each day.
As you can see there are many tiny victories and looking through them makes me grateful and sometimes I even laugh. If we don’t laugh we will cry my friends! Here were some of my favorites:
- allowed God’s truth to overpower the world’s lies
- cleaned our bedroom
- didn’t throw up
- only fainted once 🤣
- got out of bed… to the couch 🤣
- bathed in brokenness and learned from it
- showered and had a pain free access
- didn’t turn on the tv until 3 pm
- folded laundry
- asked for help and allowed myself to not be okay
- enjoyed sunshine
- I didn’t cry today
- ordered 2020 PS
- keeping family traditions alive
These are just a few examples, but these little victories matter. To others they may not look like anything to be proud of yet I am so proud of them. There are days that are better than others, but it is nice to be able to hold a tangible list in my hand and see that even on the worst days I still came out with a victory.
What are some of your victories big or small that you are celebrating?
Cassie Nolin is a married spoonie who lives the chronic illness life with EDS + Co. (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and it’s comorbid conditions.) She challenges others to choose grace over guilt in goal setting, and is in ministry part time serving the online community through The Spoonie Study. She loves planting, hand lettering, and sharing the hope she has found in Jesus. Her blog, Living the Chronic Illness Life, is in the top 100 chronic illness blogs and her podcast, Chronically Cultivating, is produced by Speaking to the Heart Network. Cassie encourages women to live authentic and intentional lives through their diagnosis’ not in spite of them. You can learn more about her at www.livingthechronicillnesslife.com
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