My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou


A Brief(ish) History of Me

Finally rewriting the About Me page, so I decided to write up my bio.  It’s longer than I want on the page, so I shall post it here & link back. 🙂  It feels a little Oliver Twist (before he meets the Artful Dodger), so I would like to say at my core I am a happy person.  That is who I believe I truly am.  That person just gets overwhelmed sometimes by the other voices waging war inside me.  Also, this is meant to outline my mental health experience rather than a full life story.  I have lots of funny, happy, good memories.  Stick around long enough & I might tell you some!

A picture of me at about 4yo.

It’s me!

I was born in the mid-seventies to a couple in rural Alabama, but my story doesn’t start there.  I was conceived in drama.  I’ll save the details for another time, but even before I knew the truth of my own origin story, I believed we absorb emotions in the womb.  Science backs me up, so it seems I was actually born to be sad (& anxious & irritable & angry).

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30 Days of Curvy Yoga: Yoga for Your Body | Marianne Elliott

Yoga has proven benefits for people of all shapes and sizes. But sometimes it can be a real drag to try out yoga among the hip, pretzel scene.

This course was created for everyone who contacted me about wanting a yoga practice for your body–the one you have today that carries you through your day, picks up kids after school, navigates an old illness or injury and offers a warm ear to a friend.
~Marianne Elliott (

30 Days of Curvy Yoga: Yoga for Your Body | Marianne Elliott

After AG’s yoga-themed guest post the other day, what did I find in my inbox?  Class info for 30 Days of Curvy Yoga!  It’s hosted by Marianne Elliot with Anna Guest-Jelley (of Curvy Yoga).  I have mentioned Ms. Guest-Jelley a few times before here: Curvefest, the holiday HAES workshop, & the HAES master class.  The timing seemed fortuitous, so I’m sharing. 🙂

Registration is open now & class begins Oct. 7.  You can sign-up for a one time payment of $175 or spread it out with $40 weekly payments for five weeks. Continue reading


New Banner!

For those of you who get the posts by email or rss feed rather than visiting the blog itself, I finally made myself a new banner & icon. Wahoo!  It’s something I’ve been meaning to do since I changed the layout last year.  I’m finally rewriting my About page too (still working on it), added a Contact page, & took out a couple of pages that are no longer relevant.


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A Guest Post! ~ Practicing Yoga Disabled

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
~Albert Schweitzer (Brainy Quote)

Here’s more kitty yoga & even some dog yoga.

Today I have my first guest blogger! 😀  A friend mentioned her yoga the other day, & knowing she has a heart condition that limits her activities, I thought it would be fitting to have her talk about being active with a serious physical health problem.

I am looking for other guest bloggers to talk about their journey, wherever they are at on it, to be active with mental or physical health challenges, or other issues that put them outside the comfort zone of exercise.  If you’re interested in guest blogging, or have a question or something you’d like to see me talk about, I’ve added a contact page at the top.

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So let me start with a brief introduction. I’m a friend of our lovely blogger here at My Year To Thrive, and agreed to write a guest post about exercising while disabled.

I have a condition known as Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, which is basically a combination heart and lung disease. I don’t know why I have it or how I got it, and neither do the doctors, (they call that Idiopathic) but life goes on.

Fortunately for me, there are medications and treatments being developed as they discover more and more about this disease. (If you’re interested in learning more about it, there is a lot of easy to understand, good information HERE ) Continue reading


A Trip to the Local Library

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
~Henry David Thoreau (Brainy Quotes)

library books

No water mark or photo editing for this pic because I haven’t set my NEW LAPTOP up for it yet.  I  broke the screen on my other laptop months ago, so I was using it with a monitor. *le sigh*  I finally broke down & replaced it.

I went to the library today to finally get the last book in the Percy Jackson series (love the books, love the 2nd movie, disappointed by the 1st movie – in case you were wondering).  I also wanted to get a book on strength training while I was there.  I’ve been hearing a lot about The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess but no such luck.  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Weight Training (printed in 2000) was the best I could do.  Should be alright for the basics though.

An Unquiet Mind: Memoir of Moods & Madness was on a nearby shelf, as was Body Clutter: Love Your Body, Love Yourself.  I have quoted Kay Redfield Jamison here before, but never read the book – until now!  I had never heard of Body Clutter, but I am familiar with Flylady.  I grabbed the book based on the tag line & this from the back cover,

“…it’s not about finding the perfect diet, it’s about the way you feel about food & your body & understanding sound nutrition.”

I can get behind that.  I have been eating like the old me this month & I feel like crap because of it, so it appealed to me on that level.  Plus, I’m interested to see how it lines up with HAES principles.  It sounds like it could go either way.  I will let you know how it goes.

Have any of your read any of these books?  Have others you would recommend?  I would love to hear some opinions.


Will I Ever Get It Right?

Just dropping by to say I haven’t abandoned you!  I have been having a very difficult time the last few months.  I have written about it, but those posts will probably never see the light of day.

I’m trying to get back on my feet, & what I’m really wondering right now is if any of the positive changes I have been making will ever stick?  I just have to keep working at it & eventually something has to click, right?  I have only ran or otherwise exercised sporadically this summer, & have done very little writing or crafting.  I did however not die over the summer, so that’s always a plus.

So that’s me.  Still here.  Still struggling.  Still trying to crawl out of this hole.

Hope you guys are doing well!