I wanted to share my favorite products I use on a daily bases for my self-care and products that ease my pain during recovery from a flare or daily pains.
Every night before I fall asleep, I use Yves Rocher Anti-Fatigue/Anti-Tiredness Foot Soothing Iced Gel & Yves Rocher Light Legs Fresh Gel. I just discovered these Yves Rocher products this month and I love them very much, I don't hurt as much in the morning.
My favorite pain relief topical cream is by Mind Body Matrix. I was gifted a sample size bottle last summer when I joined the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute. I was so pleased that I felt immediate relief in my back, neck, and shoulders (or wherever else, I had applied it for pain relief). It is a pricey item, but I believe it is worth the cost, for it's an alternative to prescription medication that I don't have access to.
I use an essential oil called Worry Not, I apply it at bedtime on my wrists, breathe in the aroma and peacefully fall asleep.
If I have a headache, I use a frozen eye pillow created by KrumaCreations, either on the back of my neck or over my eyes.
I did this two years ago when I started blogging and I decided to write it again today, a reflection of my year. There's a lot of negativity about 2020, it being the worst year ever, but it's all perspective. I had some difficult moments and some hard days, but nothing worse than I've experienced in the past five years.
Photo 1, my birthday photoshoot
For my 40th birthday, my daughter, Sarah, did my hair and makeup and we went to my old middle school to take a few photos. I love the dress I wore, I broke my favorite shoes (must replace them in 2021), and I adore the photos Sarah captured, I used them often for profile pictures and my blog's bio.
Photo 2, my camera
I've been dreaming and wishing for this camera for a few years and Kirk got it for me in May. It is a beautiful pink Fujifilm X-A5 Mirrorless Camera Kit with XC 15-45mm Lens.
Photo 3, my desk on May 17
It's a reminder to me that I was overwhelmed and I didn't reach out for help. I felt the world was ending (in my personal world) and I did not handle the situation properly and I suffered because of it. I had support afterwards as I was working with my fibromyalgia coach and taking the Fibromyalgia Advisor program. I put my focus onto myself. Things didn't seem so dark afterwards.
Photo 4, 5, 6, Graduation
My three children graduated from high school, middle school, and elementary school (respectively).
Photo 7, Kirk + CeCe
I fell in love with him, again. I don't know how it's even possible but I loved him even more this year. It was amazing that we were able to take a few days in August for an anniversary road trip around southern Ontario. That's when I fell in love, again.
He's such an awesome, understanding partner. He believes in me even when I can't find the light in my darkest times.
Photo 8, CeCe & Kate
Probably the biggest highlight of the year for me, was that I was able to hug my best friend, Kate, for the first time in over 10 years. I missed her so badly and I am grateful that we were able to reunited for an afternoon. Anxious for vaccines to roll out and COVID restrictions to be lifted so I can travel to see her again.
Photo 9, IFCI Grad
It's now hanging on my office wall, my International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute Fibromyalgia Advisor certificate. Around the time I earned my certification, I started mapping my plan and goals for the next few years to achieve my dream job. It's a longer road but I know it all will be worth the hard work when I am able to display my certifications and diplomas on my wall.
I created a professional Instagram account this evening, nothing posted just yet. This account will be attached to my journey, education path(s), and my work towards becoming a Fibromyalgia Coach.
I will keep my original account, ceceLashbrook, it has such a great archive of my time with Girl Guides of Canada and my life with my family.
I don't know how often posting will be done at this time, I barely used my ceceLashbrook account this year, but I wanted to make sure there was two separate accounts for the changes that are coming in my professional career.
As always, you can follow me on Facebook and you are welcome to check out cute family videos on YouTube. Links are posted in the bio section of my blog and in the footers of my website.
I am so grateful for my educational opportunities. I am happy, I was brave enough to start college at 39 years old (September 2019). I am grateful for the students I worked with last year and the teachers who were super supportive of my limitations. I worked as hard as I could and I am proud of those grades. I became overwhelm when COVID-19 restrictions come into place while I was trying to earn my diploma and homeschool my children. I had the right support team in my husband, my mom, my children, and my fibromyalgia coach. Sad I didn't graduate with the lovely ladies I got to know in OAD 2019-2020, something better came from this, it became the time to focus on my health and growth plan. I graduated my three month program to become a certified fibromyalgia advisor. Now to focus on the next goal IWAP, class of 2022!
Today was my first session with my fibromyalgia coach. I was assigned a task before hand, a SMART goal.
I was given an assignment for this upcoming week and be able to report it back in our second session: wellness vision (p.5-6) and a smaller/micro-SMART goal. I want to drink as much water as I was drinking when I was in classes at college, approx. 70 – 80 oz. per day. Water fill my tumbler at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
“I will drink 40 oz. water each day, at 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.” I feel confident that I can achieve this goal.
PRO TIP from my coach Journaling and taking a little bit of time to reflect after a session.
I chose a walk with Miley. We went in the trails; I was curious to know if there was trilliums growing or in bloom yet. Miley and I found a patch of trilliums almost ready to bloom. I had my “ah, spring is really here” moment, I heard then saw my first bumble bee. I found my peace in my walk.
*Spirituality in Nature*
In my session, I told my coach out how I've lost my spirituality since 2015, and she mentioned that it didn't necessarily needed to be religious but could be in other forms, and I feel that I could find this in nature.
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