Grateful for the little things

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Dear friends,

Today I will share my achievements with you. I am not talking about a new job or status but about the little things. It feels strange to share these things but many good friends have encouraged me to be proud for the things I have accomplished and not the things that keep me stuck!  In keeping with my theme of being real, I will disclose these things in hopes that it might help even one person.

A blogger friend told me yesterday that I had helped her through my writing! That was huge for me and helped me feel more excited about finishing my book. This also helped me in so many ways–Thank you!

It is hard to write this list because it is embarrassing in many ways, but people have encouraged me to look at how far I have come and what I can do, not the things that I am unable to do. I was the lady who did it all and kept going no matter what, but I must own these things and who I am and also take pride in what I have accomplished.

Things that have changed in the past few months

  1. I am now able to cook a meal.
  2. I can sleep through most nights until 4 a.m.
  3. I am back to my walking routine and walk outside.
  4. I am able to relax
  5. I am able to get to a better place when panic arises.
  6. I am more social and speak to people casually
  7. I am more confident
  8. I am back to taking better care of me, eat my fruits and veggies, drinking more water.
  9. Flossing my bridge and using eye wipes the dr. prescribed
  10. Can do limited gardening
  11. Back to working on my book almost every day
  12. Have been posting each day for over a month! yeah!
  13. I have given thought to doing cooking posts! This is a cooking blog haha
  14. Have started thinking about the future
  15. Have let my nails grow, no more picking and peeling when anxious

I have been diagnosed with PTSD and OCD. The PTSD has made my OCD way worst over the past few years. I am working hard and trying to get back to me, even if it is a new me!

 

126 thoughts on “Grateful for the little things

  1. Since I’m one of the ‘newbies’ (having just discovered your blog a few days ago) I feel I should share why I was so interested to ‘meet’ you. I read through your story (it took me the best part of an evening) and then the next morning watched one of your videos. Your strong personality shone through. I immediately felt, “There’s a determined, fun-filled woman!” and it is with great amazement that I read these things you list, Lynn. I would have had no idea that you were having such debilitating problems, based on the ‘you’ I saw – and felt in the video. So I think it indicates that you’ve cleared a massive personal hurtle – don’t you??
    You have so many skills – not just your amazing personality – that are worth sharing.

    GO FOR IT!!!!

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  2. Today happens to be thankful day too. I thought it’s about time I counted my blessings and really spend the whole day been thankful to the Lord. And been thankful brings with it other blessings and helps us not too fret about what we don’t have or can’t do. Grateful and thankful with you Lynz.

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  3. That is wonderful Lynz.. and I so know how important these small hurdles are.. And each one a huge step to achieve..
    I clearly remember back to the days I could not hold a knife and fork still for shaking, when I had my breakdown, so I know how important each step is, and how much effort it takes to get over..
    Much love and continued healing on all levels my friend..
    Love and Hugs ..
    Sue xx

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  4. You are so bold and giving to share this, Lyn! If one person writes that you’ve helped her, you can be sure there are dozens more who didn’t realize they could let you know how helpful you’ve been. This is another step toward removing the sting of stigma in mental illness.

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    • Thanks so much! It is so true, all of my life I was told “no no no you do not have a problem, no ocd” so knowing that I do have ocd well it makes me feel normal again! Thanks so much Pam for taking the time to say these nice things xoxo

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      • I won’t get on my soapbox too much, Lyn, but my autistic son also has depression and OCD, and after a long journey of learning, I am working with NAMI to teach their family-to-family classes. It is a very rare family that is not touched by this or some other syndrome or diagnosis. And it’s time the shaming and the judging disappeared!

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        • You have first hand knowledge of these struggles!! You do know how it feels and how hard it can be. Thank you for sharing! I forgot this from your blog! I have been pretty anxious for two years and forget things easily. Yes it is so true, I feel enough shame and guilt and have nothing to feel guilty about. A really nice dr. told me a few years ago, it’s not your fault it is just how you are and an illness. I was so surprised and it made me start thinking. If someone has a physical illness there is support and usually no blame but if you are born a certain way with a mental illness it is not the same. Thanks so much Pam!! You made my day!

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  5. I really like to see, that you are able to view all the things, as you now again are able to do, dear sister ❤
    I do know, how your diagnoses can get you down, so good to know, that you are able to place yourself in a better position, when you feel anxiety.
    Remember, that you deserve to live a great life Lynn, you are so many years behind with this, so you need to do something good for yourself every day.
    Very well accomplished 🙂

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  6. We love you for who you are Lynn, not for what you were, or will be in the future. We missed you when you were not around, and are really pleased to see you progressing. Thankfully you have that marvellous family to support you, as well as all your blogging friends. Stay well, get better, and we look forward to the marvellous recipes again. Hugs.

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  7. It takes a lot of courage against adversity to share these small things which are not small considering you have been diagnosed with PSTD and OCD. The are small things that lead up to a huge success. I accept you just the way you are and feel yourself hugged.

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  8. Lynn, you are awesome! Sharing these little things show you are on a healing journey. You are recovering your own personality and being. You have regained your hope and life. Keep it up! Cooking and walking are ways you are coming back to enjoy life. 🙂

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  9. They may seem like small, little things at times, but each & every one is a giant step towards becoming the person you are meant to be! Thank you for having the trust & the strength to share.

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  10. Oh my friend….you have so much to be proud of, good for you, I know exactly how you feel about being embarrassed for saying out loud and listing our accomplishments no matter how big or small, you are and will always be my strength for what you have endured, you are my hero and always will be…..soooo happy you are getting on with life….don’t let him/it bring you down, he wins that way, an he should never, ever effect you again!!! tall and proud sister, tall and proud!! lots of love….xxxkat

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  11. My favorite is #7. I am so glad you are now taking care of you! By the way these are not small things. They are the things that make life fun as well as you mentioned in your list look to the future.

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  12. Lyn, you are such a wonderful and genuine person. There is no doubt about that. This is all quite an accomplishment. You are amazing. I do feel how hard all of this has been for you… I can feel it in your words. This was beautiful and a positive approach. This was very helpful to read and relatable. We are all cheering you on! Lots of hugs!

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  13. Hi, the new you! I am so proud of you. You know we all go through stuff, and some challenges are more difficult than others. You have had more than your share of ruts in the road and I commend you for never giving up. Talking and writing about issues that life has dealt you is the main step toward healing. I love the look of this theme for your blog. It fits very well.

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  14. You have plenty to be proud of, and it’s great that you can recognise this about yourself. That in itself is a kind of gift, or achievement. It’s good to see you back here on a regular basis again.

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  15. You have much to be proud of Lynz you’ve been through so much and come through it all. I admire you greatly and wish you much happiness and success with your book. Enjoy your cooking those little things are the ones that will get you back on track. ❤ x

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  16. Lynz, I was so impressed by your list particularly because I am struggling to eat well and be mentally healthy. I was diagnosed with OCD in my 20s and latterly with anxiety/depression. What a struggle it is to keep healthy, so bravo to you for all your achievements!

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  17. You are one busy lady. You juggle more balls in one day than most of us could keep airborne for a year. You forgot to mention all the wonderful time you spend with your kids and grands. AND you ever improving photographic skills!

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  18. I admire and notice the changes in your inner being, Lynn. You are more confident and are learning to overcome the horrible past issues. I just hope this list of big and positive changes gets longer until you feel almost healed. Hugs xo 💖

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  20. This is an amazing list, Lynn. What is little and what is big….? It is so subjective. What matters is that we honor and see what we have and what we achieved. We only need to compare us with ourselves and this is amazing! I wish I could hug you now, Lynn 💖

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