Posts tagged ‘support’

January 24, 2014

#500 – That’s All She Wrote!

MariannaPaulsonWell, I made it – to 500 posts, but more importantly, to this point, where I’ve experienced tremendous personal growth. The type that accounts for bubbles of optimism that help to keep me afloat and well.

I’ve learned that it is crucial to cultivate a mindset of health and well-being. One which includes not only physical health, but emotional, mental and spiritual health, as well. It took a lot of work to get to where I am today, but it is worth it – the alternative, which I experienced and shared on Hope, as 2014 Awakens, is one crop not worth growing. I am thankful for that experience, because it reinforces my decision to continue rummaging around in my toolbox, using trusty and sometimes rusty tools, or going out to find new ones.

Special mention goes to the following people, my most frequent commenters, retweeters, pinners and Googe+’rs: Marilee Allerdings, Lene AndersenArthritisBC, S. EmersonGrannymarBeth HaveyLess Stress JessAnnette McKinnonRamana, Senior Service BC and VancouverAirBnB. Support came winging from south of the border, thanks to my #SummitFriends Dorlee M. Jackie Yun and Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the rest of you who were compelled to send some of my posts into cyber-space, landing where they were needed.

Then, there are my readers who took time to leave comments, participate in giveaways, or expand a post by sharing tips or information. You can find some of those tips on Readers’ Roundup of Resources 1 through 6. Thank you!

A big round of applause and thanks to Pfizer for the fantastic opportunity to take part in the inaugural RA Bloggers Summit. Without that event, I don’t know if I would have ever made the trip to New York City. In addition to seeing the sights and sounds of NYC, I made a new friend, and had a chance to meet with my #SummitFriend, Dorlee M.

I was tickled pink that Lifescript chose some of my posts to include on their website – Hollywood Calling, How to Make RA Patients’ Home Life Easier, Set Your Alarm Clock to “Intention” and A Traveling Companion to Love: Collapsible Water Bottle. The interview I did with Lori was both fun and informative. A big thanks goes to Diana Bierman, formerly of Health Monitor, for including me in their Arthritis issue. There’s a standing ovation for Carrie Gadsby at The Arthritis Society, B.C. and Yukon – not only was her interview heart-warming, but it also forged a personal connection that went beyond the written word.

Wow! Two awards from! Your encouragement enabled me to reach 500 posts, even when I didn’t think I could. I also heard some cheering from S. Emerson and Lene Andersen. Thank you. It was an honour to be twice nominated for Healthline’s Best Health Blog contest – in 2012, I was voted into 11th place. Thanks to the support of a number of friends, acquaintances and some strangers, too, I made it into 5th place in 2013. I feel pretty darn good about that!

From 366 to 500 posts, I wrote to an additional twenty-eight businesses and companies asking for giveaway products. Thanks to the generosity of Lene AndersenThe BookmanKaty BowmanDanierSteve FisherFoot Solutions – VancouverRowan LiivamägiPhysicoolPurses with PowerShelton Interactive and Stash Tea, I was able to bring you eleven more giveaways. Please check out #365 – Au Revoir, Not Adieu for a list of the other companies who wanted to make your life a little easier. I hope you’ll consider supporting them, as they have supported us.

Although there will be no new entries here, I will continue to post over at Auntie Stress Café. I hope you’ll join me over there. You will find posts about stress, humour, and life with rheumatoid arthritis, with the occasional foray into creative projects. Oh, and giveaways, too! If you missed it the first time around, you’ll have a second chance for the Zip-It Opener. At the bottom of my website, you can sign up for my newsletter, too.

These last words belong to Kathrin Hardie – ART would never have existed in this form without her push to take it from its original 33 Tips to 365, and then, on to 500. She has been the quiet tour de force in the background – supporting me in the tech area, saving my butt from some of those gaffes that occur from time-to-time, and providing unwavering encouragement and friendship. I benefitted by her steadfast business acumen, which in some way is a complement to how I move through this life with rheumatoid arthritis.

I have rheumatoid arthritis, but it doesn’t have me!

Marianna Paulson Garden City Park

July 3, 2013

#465 – I Will Write 500 Posts

The first thing that popped into my head as I sat down to write this post was a slightly revised chorus in The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”.

But I will write 500 posts”, sings Marianna, thanks to and Lene Andersen. As a result of their encouragement, a seed of an idea was sown, nurtured and grown. That idea? Take A Rheumful of Tips (ART) to an even 500.

After reaching my goal of 365 daily tips, I thought “Phew, I’m done!” Then, I decided to add another 100 posts; however, in the nether regions of my head, small supporting voices were urging me on, so “I will write 500 posts”.

I was recently interviewed by Carrie Gadsby, the Communications Manager for The Arthritis Society, B.C. and Yukon division. We had some delightful and moving conversations during the interview process; it highlighted the fact that support pulses like a heart beat, reverberating outwards and inwards – support for and support from, a two-way street with arteries that lead to connections and ideas, belief and confidence.

Kind words spoken and taken to heart, translate into “I can go on”, regardless if it is another day, or another blog post.

Here is the link to the article which appeared in the June issue of Impact: A Mentor Among Us.

Thank you, Carrie, Lene, and Kathrin!

And now, for your listening (and singing/dancing) pleasure:

If you are able to go to Foot Solutions in Kitsilano, Vancouver, B.C., consider entering my giveaway for a pair of orthotics, which will support you as you walk, roller-blade or skate 500 miles! 🙂

February 21, 2013

#406 – {Thank You!}

{} is my way of enclosing you in a hug.

I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to vote once, or often, in‘s Best Health Blog of 2012 contest. A big round of applause to the nominees, as well as the people who supported them by taking the time to vote.

Yes, there are days when blogging is a slog, especially when it’s done on a daily basis here, and twice-weekly on Auntie Stress Café. I persevere, however, because I know that the feeling is fleeting – the flow shows and I am showered with ideas aplenty.

As was pointed out in the above tweet, I moved up into the 11th place on Page 2, with six-hundred and ninety-seven votes. I began on Page 3 in 20-something place. Even though I didn’t make it to Page 1, as I hoped, this placing makes me feel pretty good for two reasons:

  1. That a blog about moving through life with RA is even considered for the broader Best Health blog category.
  2. That I am the only Canadian blogger in the Top 70, and possibly more; I didn’t check the rest.

Since then, I’ve analyzed why I was nominated in the first place. I think it’s because the tips, tricks, techniques and strategies I post cover a broad range of categories about living life well, about making small changes that have a big impact on not only someone who lives with RA, but also for anyone. I’ve had positive comments and emails from seniors, from people who don’t have RA, but who are undergoing surgery, from those who have been newly diagnosed with a chronic illness, and from people who simply like my giveaways. (Speaking of giveaways, have you entered this one, yet?)

So, thank {you} for your support – you know who you are! 🙂

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November 6, 2011

Feathering My Nest – Part 2

Image courtesy of Lotus Head.

“Nesting” takes on a whole new meaning when it’s bedtime.

I have an assortment of pillows that are positioned just-so. They provide support when and where I need it  for my head, shoulders, elbows, wrists …

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