in with the new

So much is falling to the wayside as I determine what is unhelpful on my road to recovery. I realize that I’m kind of up against it, and if I’m going to go the remainder of my life without the use of opioids to manage my most difficult symptoms, I need to make sure [almost] everything I do aligns with that goal.

While some things haven’t made the cut, others have made a resurgence in my life, or even a first appearance. Here’s a bit of what I’m finding helpful, whether it’s for inspiration, information, or a replacement for my medication [see what I did there?].

Book : The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

  • I’m reading so much lately. This recommendation comes from one of my doctors at Silver Hill and it is phenomenal! A good book for probably anyone.

Meditations : A collection of eight guided meditations from

  • The accompanying book You Are Not Your Pain by Vidyamala Burch is, in my opinion, a worthwhile read if you’re going to listen to the meditations on the site, or if you’re a novice meditator [like me!].
  • I have everything dowloaded to my iCloud so that first thing in the morning when I’m ready to meditate I can quickly access the file I need.

Apple Cider Vinegar

  • A bottle of Bragg’s is always in my refrigerator, but it’s been consumed much more rapidly since I returned home. I don’t particularly enjoy drinking it, but I know it’s helping heal my gut, which is the source of so many issues, including arthritis.

Modalities : Epsom salt, kinesiology tape, and topical pain relief cream

  • I took a break from epsom salt baths, but now they’re back! This brand is my favorite.
  • I’ve relied on tape to stabilize my joints for years, but for whatever reason I got away from it. I have tried countless brands and determined that I like Mummy Tape best.
  • Topricin is a new product for me. I usually use Salonpas patches, but they really stink…especially when I’m at the office or even just trying to sleep.

Blog :

  • Lindsey Hall seriously puts it all out there. She is basically the queen of transparency!

Instagram : @hurtblogger

  • Britt has a wondeful collection of good habits, so I’ve enjoyed stalking her casually checking in on what she’s up to when I need an extra push in the right direction.


  • As I’m trying to bring my tv-watching time down I’m listening to music more. “Human” by Rag’n’Bone Man, “Sounds Good to Me” by Nelly, and the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack are just a few of my favorites right now.




let’s get this show on the road


travel essentials -

exploding suitcase


I’m finally ready to go. It’s going to be tough to say the last goodbyes, but I know it’s time to get on that plane.

I will never be able to say enough thank yous to everyone who has wished the world for me. I’m going to take your words with me and think back on them whenever I need a little extra strength.

Signing off until March!


January Finds

All this touchy-feely stuff is nice in theory, but sometimes you need a few items from home to keep you sane. Lucky for me I’ll be armed with a little of everything! Below are links to a few pieces I’m taking with me. Some are great for travel, others for physical therapy, and a couple may come in handy when you’re in the hospital.

comfy {and modest} pajamas

thick socks

a plastic-free water bottle

light but warm sweater

zipper pouch to wrangle all the little things

slip-on sneakers

light-as-a-feather down jacket 

a scarf that doubles as a travel blanket

my favorite notebook

travel pillow to help me get comfortable in a weird bed

the coziest sweatpants

rash guard that’s perfect for aqua therapy

a few favorite tees

a few finds


High highs and low lows this month. And although I absolutely hate deriving pleasure from “things,” I do, nonetheless. And these are things that did it for me.

November picks -

{Patagonia Women’s Prow Bomber Vest} I have last year’s version but have been wearing it like mad lately. Getting caught unprepared when temperatures suddenly drop is lousy. This vest is light but oh, so warm. And because it’s Patagonia it’s made in a way that doesn’t make me feel guilty about what I’m wearing. {Behold by Lauren Daigle} I’m a Holiday music junkie, guilty of listening to it year-round. This album was only added to the playlist recently, but it is easily one of my favorites. It’s moody…beautiful…and classic but with a little twist. {B&O Play by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Home Bluetooth Speaker}  In my opinion, Bang & Olufsen produce a great looking product at a semi-reasonable pricepoint. I was looking for a Bluetooth speaker that didn’t stand out among the few objects I have out, and this fit the bill. It also has a great sound and reliable Bluetooth. {Thymes Frasier Fir Ceramic 3-Wick Candle}  Do you want your home to feel festive but can’t quite muster the energy to decorate? This candle is the trick. The Christmas Tree smell is strong, but not overbearing. You’ll know it’s Holiday time even if it’s unseasonably warm and there isn’t a single decoration in sight. {Lunya Slimming Long Legging} Putting on and taking off socks is an uncomfortable task for me, so I don’t wear them too often. These long leggings keep my feet warm without me having to bother with anything. And they’re slimming, apparently. {Everlane Cashmere Beanie} Like most people with joint problems and / or chronic pain, cold weather doesn’t agree with me. And if I’m shivering…forget it. This little beanie is small enough to throw in my purse if I’m not sure I’ll even need it but keeps me seriously warm if I do. {This Is Us on NBC} I watch an embarrassing amount of TV, and most of it isn’t even that good. But this show is wonderful. Just watch the Pilot; I bet you’ll love it. {Comfort U Total Body Support Pillow} Oh, this pillow. It’s really something. Before I purchased it I had a lot of issues getting comfortable at night…and staying asleep…and doing anything that remotely resembled sleeping. This pillow, however, helps me fall asleep in whatever position my body can handle. It is huge, as in I couldn’t use it if I was sharing my queen-sized bed with anyone, but that’s hardly an issue for me.

Images courtesy of respected sites, as noted.