I’ve been blogging for a little over a year now so I’m finally doing a ‘1-year giveaway’ for my loyal subscribers & followers within the Chronic Illness & Mental Health Community. Just a few self-care items from ME to YOU to say… “Thank you 🙏🏾”
I will be giving away TWO separate bundle prizes, which means TWO of my loyal followers on Twitter OR Instagram will have a chance at winning something.
PRIZE 1 🎁
1 A3 painting by Laura Spoonie (ME)
• 3 Postcards (blank for your usage)
• A box of Curaheat pads
• A box Curaheat Arthritis Pain refill pads
• Epsom Salts 5kg Bag
• PMU Card with a personal message written inside
PRIZE 2 🎁
1 A4 picture by Laura Spoonie (ME)
• 3 Postcards (blank for your usage)
• A box of Curaheat pads
• PMU Card with a personal message written insideWINNER will be picked at random & announced by FRIDAY August 2nd 2019
Rules for competition:
Must be following me on at least 2 out of 4 of these sites down below
So I’m officially 30! Just kidding Lol, but I saw somewhere that once you turn 25 you’re basically 30 so please excuse me whilst I have a little cry at this devastating reality of, “I’m old”
Since I turn 25 in like 2 seconds, I’ve decided to do this post to reflect on the things I’ve learnt throughout my life, the important lessons, the ‘mmm interesting’ moments and the ‘a-ha’ lightbulb moments.
Thinking off the top of my head 25 things I’ve learnt throughout my life seemed a little mind-boggling to write down, so I broke it down, thought of the different areas of life and in each section came up with 5 things I’ve learnt, which altogether adds up to 25
So the different areas of life are:
1) It’s never too late to start saving money, every penny counts
2) Always have a bit of loose change when leaving out
3) Open a few bank accounts
4) My self-worth isn’t measured by what type of job I can hold down or how many 0’s are in my account
5) I can break the generational cycle of poor financial decisions & seek assistance to learn the value of money
6) Ask questions & Never stop learning/gaining knowledge (especially with topics that were purposefully kept out of the curriculum to keep the truth in the dark)
7) The best things I’ve learnt have been through actual life experiences & practical situations NOT through written work & examination
8) I learn more when I’m by myself, seeking to grow and expand knowledge at my own pace
9) I don’t have to get it now when everyone else does
10) Small wins are even more so important than big wins, so it’s necessary to celebrate growth & personal development
11) My Disability ISN’T my fault or a personal failure of any kind + anyone who tries to suggest so shouldn’t be allowed in my aura
12) I can still try to practice good health habits despite my body failing me regardless
13) What works for someone else may not work for me & my health. Be cautious of fads. I don’t need to accept advice from people about my physical & mental health, especially when they have no clue how it is to be in my shoes & especially if it’s unsolicited advice
14) I may be on medication for the rest of my life so having multiple reminder alarms is necessary for function & no one’s judgement matters
15) I am my biggest advocate & shall continue to pass the mic to others in the community
16) Not everyone understands me, even people I’ve known most of my life & that’s OK
17) I’m allowed to set boundaries with people, even my own family
18) I can forgive people & still love them from a far to protect my peace
19) My relationship with myself & accepting ME is much more important than having a significant other
20) I was born to stand out so I don’t need to fit in
21) My spiritual journey is the most important journey I’ll be on throughout life
22) No one’s got me like my God’s got me
23) Just because someone fails to see my value doesn’t mean I’m worthless
24) I value meaningful conversations over shallow talks
25) A natural connection isn’t a coincidence. Thrive
Hey my Lovelies, Welcome back to my blog! If it’s your first time stopping by here then it’s lovely to have you. Where does time fly you may ask? I also ask the same question. Anyways, as time ever so rapidly moves on it’s always good to look back on your journey to see the […]
Thank You, Nancy Mulligan for nominating me with the Blogger Recognition Award! Since I began my blog journey a few months ago she’s been such an encouragement to me and made me feel welcome from the very start on this massive platform. Always spreading sunshine and sharing knowledge.
• Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
• Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them, and provide the link to the post you’ve created
My name is Laura, blog name – Laura Spoonie. I officially began blogging in April of this year. I wasn’t really sure if I actually wanted to make blogging a continuous ‘thing’, but nonetheless I was inspired to write my first ever post called From Paris, With Love speaking about how I coped for the first time in Paris as someone who suffers from chronic illness. Since my first blog in April I knew I wanted to make my site a place to document self development, my art, poems and try to connect and educate those who may not know what it’s like to live with chronic illness. I took the time to think about what aims I have for my blog and the things I would like to speak about so I wrote a post earlier this month called, What to expect – Laura Spoonie Blogs ❤. My main reason for creating this space was to make it a place for anyone else who suffers from physical or mental illness to not feel alone in this on going battle.
The phrase I use for my blog is, “One Spoon At A Time 🥄” – It’s a play on words from the well known catchphrase, “One Step At A Time”. The thought behind this catchphrase is that as a person with chronic illness you really have to take it slow (i’m talking sloth slow), spoons are a representations of energy and how much we can manage throughout the day.
Each month I choose one of my main topics to focus on; Spoonie Series (life with chronic illness), Mental Health, Personal Development. I only began to upload posts more frequently since the start of this month so my main aim for August was to upload content that was about getting to know me and connecting more with the blogging community. Next month, my plan is to focus on mental health blogs and raising more awareness around the stigma of mental illness.
Quite a lot of times I genuinely don’t have energy to do anything and my mind is just racing with so many things that I can’t find words to type for a post so I do a few things to help me combat ‘writers block’/Fibro Fog:
Writing subheadings so I know what direction I want my post to go in – this gives me the chance to then expand on the topic I’ve chosen to write about
Adding pictures to my posts before I finish writing or even before I start
As soon as I get an idea put it into drafts or write it down
If I come across useful information forward the site address link to my email
I’m still a newbie to this blogging world but these are just some things I’ve been doing over this month as I’ve been posting more frequently.
Advice from Me to You
1) “Turn your Pain into Power & your Wounds into Wisdom”
When you start blogging you may feel a little vulnerable, I know I certainly feel that way even months after posting some in depth stuff about the symptoms I experience. The thing is, by you putting yourself out there and making your blog a place where people feel comfortable and recognise they aren’t so alone is such a big deal… more than you may realise at this moment in time. Once you start to realise how much you can be helping others by sharing the pain you’re going through or have been through, showing your battle wounds and then using your experience as a way to help others, blogging will then be more than just writing post but you’ll truly see the importance of interacting and the purpose of your space in this community. There’s space for everyone to share their story.
Before I got onto social media and started to connect with the chronic illness and mental health community I really thought I was alone. Through networking, writing blog posts and being transparent about the reality of my pain I’ve realised how so many people are in similar situations. I didn’t even focus on the numbers, my sole agenda was to start connecting with others and I would advise you to do the same. You can always feel a genuine connection versus just trying to build your follow count. Not to say there’s anything wrong with the instant gratification of numbers, but in the long run you’ll benefit more from concentrating on simply sharing your story and making genuine connections with your audience.
You never know who needs you, unless you make yourself available. Share your story, share your truth and stand firm in it, you’ll be surprised by how many people you connect with just through your words. Whatever type of blog you want to create make it count. Turn your pain into power & your wounds into wisdom!
2) “If at first you don’t succeed, Dust yourself off & try again”.
This blogging world is really about finding your niche (maybe your niche is to not have a niche 🤷♀️), learning from other bloggers and essentially learning from your prior mistakes. Don’t get too hung up on mistakes you make along the way because we’ve all got to start from somewhere. If something doesn’t work the first or second time round then aim for the next time. This also gives you a real chance to get onto social media and connect with other bloggers or people who are interested in what you have to write about. You can ask questions, do research, find other peoples blogs and you’ll be amazed by how much you can learn by just taking the time to reach out and bouncing off of each other. Mistakes are all a part of the journey and I guess what fails today could become a great blog post for tomorrow.
In the words of Aaliyah – “If at first don’t succeed… Dust yourself off and try again, you can dust it off and try again” – R.I.P 🌹
My Nominees for the Blogger Recognition Award
Throughout these last couple of months I’ve been able to connect with so many people that have been an encouragement and also inspired me when I didn’t know what I was doing regards my blogging journey. They’re all inspirational in their own ways and deserving of the Blogger Recognition Award.
Thank You again to Nancy for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award and for being a big light of encouragement, not just to the blogging community but in your whole being, it’s truly refreshing!
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