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Thursday, 23 June 2011

One Thing Today

This morning was not a good one.  I woke up feeling like I hadn't really slept which put me into a bad mood - generally speaking, this is not a good start to the day.  However, I seem to have bounced back from it and while I'm still not the happiest I've ever been I'm beginning to cope with the idea that my M.E. has become much more limiting.  By this I mean that in the past month I have noticed that I leave the house a lot less often (and sometimes, like today, I don't make it out of the bed) and struggle to do anything other than sit up and go on my laptop.  Needless to say this isn't doing my depression much good.

But, as I said, I'm beginning to cope with this and am starting to feel positive towards my life again.  This is in large part due to the website Sustainably Creative.  This site was created by Michael Nobbs who also suffers from M.E. but it offers advice on how to use the little energy we have to create to our full potential.  I am also a subscriber (for which I pay a tiny amount) so get additional emails and podcasts sent to my inbox regularly.  All of this inspires me.

Pic credit - Michael Nobbs

The podcasts are called One Thing Today and are simply Michael talking for 5 minutes over a cup of tea, about what he is going to do that day.. just one thing.  Listening this morning decided that I am going to try and implement this in my life and try to get just one thing done each day (usually using the 20 mins a day idea).  Today was writing this blog.  Tomorrow will be a little something to do with my secret project.

This means that from now on I'm going to be posting 3-4 times a week rather than every day (although check back tomorrow as I'm guest posting!) in the hope that I will be able to use a little of my energy to work towards my creative goals.  I'm hoping to keep you all posted on how it goes (though without giving away too much straight away, of course) and hope you'll find my journey useful in some way.

[Disclaimer: I have not been paid to write about this product, I have not even been asked to write about it.  I simply have written about it because it's helping me and I love to share my favourite things.]

4 comments:

Christine Murray said...

Hey, I'm 24, a writer, and have fibromyalgia. I just wanted to leave a message of solidarity, really. It's hard to live with chronic illness, and harder still to avoid coming defined by it. Gentle hugs, and I hope your energy levels increase :)

Tamara Epps said...

Thanks for your comment and support Christine, I really appreciate it. Gentle hugs in return x

dominique said...

Sorry I haven't been by in a while. I do read when I can even if I can't always leave a comment.

I think this is a wonderful idea. Love it. I cannot wait to see what you 'create'.

Small steps is such a huge thing to do but such a great tool.

I'm sorry you are still struggling. Life with an illness is never easy.

I'm really proud of your tennacity, willingness to try something new and wonderful heart!

Sending you hugs.

Tamara Epps said...

Thank you Dominique. Likewise I have been reading your blog when I can though not commenting too often. But much of my strength I get from reading inspirational pieces by people like you - it gives me the feeling that if they can keep plodding on with all the crap in their lives, so can I.