Saturday, February 28, 2015

Staying Warm (Comfort for Writers)

One of the things writers struggle with from time to time is comfort. It's particularly challenging in the winter months.

I don't like being cold. I don't like being hot either, but I really don't like being cold. When the weather turns cold, I have a lot of problems keeping my feet warm without pain. While wearing shoes and socks might seem like the logical solution, it gets to be quite tricky for me. I work from a desktop computer, but I also write (create) from a laptop while nestled in my recliner. Having anything on my feet while in that recliner is out of the question. I have bone spurs, plantar faciitis, a bad knee, and fibromyalgia. Crazy as it sounds, the weave lines in socks cause me a great deal of discomfort that quickly leads to pain and nerve issues. I can't have anything pressed against my Achilles' tendon for the same reason. It's frustrating to say the least. This year my family came to my rescue. I wanted to share the links for what they bought in the hope they might benefit someone else.

My husband bought me a heated throw for my recliner. It keeps my feet and legs nice and warm. Wearing anything binding is no longer an issue. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008BF2OAU/

My son and daughter-in-law bought me the most comfortable shoes (made by Flexus). These are great for sitting at the desktop. Socks? No problem. These shoes keep my feet warm (but aren't water resistant) around the house, can be worn inside or out, and are nice enough to wear for errands. They have nice arch supports so the knee isn't compromised and they don't hit my Achilles' tendon. Here's the link (it says Fly Flot, but they're Flexus): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002EAZ1D0/

Caitlyn

Friday, February 27, 2015

Starting Over

As you can tell from my blog, it isn't updated very often. I hope to be able to correct that issue. The problem is that I get all these grand ideas of what to blog about, only to freeze up the moment I open the page. Rather like what's happening right this moment. Yes, all my rambling now is a result of freezing up. It's somewhat like the path we walk in life. Think about that for a second. You're going along just fine when something happens. For the sake of my example, let's say you have a wonderful idea to try something new, something potentially exciting. However, the minute you head that direction...you freeze, physically and emotionally. My experience is that being frozen soon leads to panic. Then that wonderful idea is shoved away to the deepest, darkest recesses of your dreams.

Why does this happen? Well, it could be you haven't had the experiences in life necessary to carry out your wonderful idea. Or maybe it wasn't such a good idea after all. Or...and this is a sticky one...maybe you have a deep-seated fear of failure or success that's holding you back. Maybe YOU are holding you back.

We all have those sticking points in life. Those places where we want to move forward or we feel we should move forward, yet we remain frozen in place. What do you do?

Research and inform yourself. If there's something that interests you, learn more about that thing. The Internet is a good source of preliminary information. See what's involved first, then go from there. This is especially important to do if your wonderful idea keeps nagging at you. Again from my own experience, if you keep coming back to that wonderful idea, you must research, inform and then take steps to pursue. That's how I earned my Doctorate in Spiritual Healing. It kept nagging at me. I researched, took a chance, and there you go. More telling is the experience of my friend author Barbara Clark, who at age 78 decided to take up karate. Two years later, she's halfway to her black belt, she no longer needs a cane, her coordination has improved immensely...and she's the happiest I've ever seen her.

The bottom line is this... Life's too short to not try something you've always wanted to do. Think about it. What's the worst that can happen if you try? That you discover it really wasn't for you, after all. What's the worst that can happen if you DON'T try? That you'll spend the rest of your years wishing you had.

Life is to be lived and experienced. Go for it.

Caitlyn