I Had an IC Flareup and What I Did

Hello fabulous you!!! Happy Friday. Hope you’re well and feeling great!!!

I’m a creative and I love creating these blog posts. I love writing content that inspires and motivates but, I haven’t been able to write anything because the thing is that, I had an IC (Interstitial Cystitis)  flareup that lasted for five weeks.  It’s the first time since I was diagnosed with IC that I had such an intense flareup and for so long.  It’s a painful experience and it took everything out of me, my whole concentration every day was on managing the flareup.  I’m so happy to say and I’m so grateful that, I’ve been flareup free for a week now.

Photo by David Vázquez on Unsplash

We all go through rough periods but, instead of giving into it, talking about it all the time, keeping ourselves inside the pain and promoting more of what we don’t want, we need to, as difficult as it may be, change our mindset and give ourselves exactly what we need in that moment.  For me right now that means giving myself quiet time, lots of self-care, eating mindfully, not allow myself to be stressed, and give myself the time to heal.

What I did

Food plays a major role in the flareup so, I’ve been eating very plain bland food. I only sprinkled a little garlic powder on fish and poultry before cooking, and mostly I boiled my vegetables in just plain water.  I really babied my bladder by eating only bladder friendly foods.  There was one time during those 5 weeks when I had to take an anti-inflammatory pill and that also helped.  I like to take a wholistic approach with my health, but when I absolutely have to I will include traditional medicine.

In addition I wholeheartedly believe that keeping a positive mindset, and seeing myself already as healed, is also key in the healing process. What you focus on multiplies and I wanted to focus on being healed. I also said positive affirmations every day like, I’m healed, I am healthy, and I wrapped my bladder and my whole body with loving thoughts every day. This wasn’t easy but I did my best to concentrate on the energy I needed, trust in myself, listen closely to my body and give myself what I needed to heal.

The other thing I did is every morning when I prayed, I asked Divine Blessed Mother for her compassion and gave thanks for my healing.

I believe that the combination of all of the above together, helped me to deal with the flareup and heal.

I hope this post inspires, and serves you. Share your thoughts and leave a comment below, I’d love to read it.

A few things that have delighted me

How cute are these? Nail art for Valentine’s, here

From the ‘self care express’ here

And

On my Instagram a little inspiration, here and if you’re not following me, come on over be a part of our community, love to have you.

Wishing you a wonderful Friday, weekend & week ahead & blessings! Happy Valentine’s Day!

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2022

Document your Daily Joy

Hello fabulous you!!! Happy Friday. Hope you’re well and feeling great!!!

I’ve started to really love making lists, my new journaling obsession. Especially now during these trying times while dealing with this pandemic, which is hard enough, I’m also dealing with a health issue and all I want is easy, light, happy things. I want JOY. If you’ve been following me you know that I talk a lot about joy, but here’s a new way that I discovered that really makes me happy.

Every morning I set the intention to find joy that day.  It doesn’t have to be big, it doesn’t have to be extravagant or perfect or approved by anyone. When I go over my day in my planner, the first thing I do is make a small space for my – daily joy –  I’m looking at the things that occupy my day and make my heart smile. Things like cleaning out my closet, grocery shopping. Dinner with my son. Even something as simple as getting a package in the mail from Amazon, makes me happy. I sometimes order a couple of things at the same time so, it’s like getting a present I never know what’s inside.

Purposely looking for and documenting my daily joy has become a way to pause, look inward and be in the moment, and I really love writing them down in my journal. Some days my ‘daily joy’ list can be one thing and other days it can be three or five.  The amount doesn’t really matter, what matters is that I was present and connected with myself and something greater than me that day, and I wrote it down and that makes me so happy.

The choice of finding joy in something as simple as peeling a potato lies within you, joy is your choice.

Lists are an easy and simple way of documenting and noticing your days, you can look back and see things that you would perhaps not remember. This list making has become a support system for me, when I’m having one of those days, when I’m feeling anxious, I can look at my lists and find comfort. Liz Lamoreux put it best “Making lists, noticing the little things, paying attention to what is greater than me and what is within me, well, these things have become an anchor.”

So, here’s my invitation to you. Join me in making your own daily list, it’s a way of looking inward and noticing yourself, of really being present with yourself and uncovering the joy in the every day.

For me, this is a part of my daily self-care, it’s what makes me feel good and nourishes my soul. I love it.

I hope this post inspires, and serves you. Share your thoughts and leave a comment below, I’d love to read it.

Here are a few things that have delighted me

If you like crafts, here’s a fun DIY valentine project for you and your kids, grandkids, check it out, here

And

On my Instagram a little inspiration, here and if you’re not following me, come on over be a part of our community, love to have you.

Wishing you a wonderful Friday, weekend & week ahead & blessings!

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2022

How to Really Achieve Your Dreams

Hello fabulous you!!! Happy Friday. Hope you’re well and feeling great!!!

I hope the start of this new year has been gentle and kind for you. I had a really great rest, I did some thinking of the direction I want to take in 2022, what I would like to accomplish and what’s the one dream I want to manifest most of all and how can I achieve it.

Taken while on a Disney cruise to Mexico 2018

While I was contemplating, this quote by Albert Einstein popped into my head “we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” and everything became clear to me, thank you Universe. Here I am dreaming of my one biggest dream, a dream I’ve had for years and wondering if maybe it’s time to let it go, wondering if I still want it, and asking myself, if I do, then how come I haven’t done anything about it? And it had never occurred to me that, I can’t take a step forward while holding on to the same thoughts that are keeping me, locked inside thoughts that are not letting me move forward. WOW! (revelation)

So I got my journal, got real honest with myself and I dug out every thought I had about my dream. When I looked at my list, there was only one thought that was at the root and the catalyst for all others- this is too hard – a thought that stems from my childhood. This thought makes me feel afraid, anxious, makes me want to run in the other direction. The thing that surprised me is, how uncovering the root of the why I haven’t taken a step towards my dream, suddenly freed me.

Breakthroughs can come from digging out your deepest beliefs.

So, my invitation to you today is to examine your dreams, goals, resolutions or intentions that you’ve been carrying with you, maybe like me, for years, spend some time reflecting on what your core root thoughts are about them. You just may be totally surprised.

Every goal, resolution, intention, dream is possible, lots depends on the thoughts you hold onto about them.

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Here are a few lovely things that have delighted me

If you like muffins and you like one bowl cooking, you gotta check this out, here

I love organization, if you do too, here are beautiful ideas for linen closet organization, here

I’m currently reading this book about about crafting your best writing, here

And

On my insta this week, here and if you’re not following me, come on over be a part of our community, love to have you.

I hope this post inspires, and serves you. Share your thoughts and leave a comment below, I’d love to know.

Wishing you a wonderful Friday, weekend & week ahead & blessings!

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2022

Give Yourself Some Nourishment

Hello fabulous you!!! Happy Friday. Hope you’re well and feeling great!!!

I believe in the power of listening to my inner self. Over time I’ve come to know that, when nothing is showing up, when I have to pull and push and struggle and stress to find a spark of creativity, it’s time to give my creative self a break. So I’m listening and following my inner guidance and this will be my last posting for 2021. I’m gifting myself some space to rest, nourish, reconnect with my deepest self, read something just for the fun of it and pamper myself.

I originally posted this nourishing piece in December 2013 and I’m reposting it with a new title and picture, read below.

Wishing you a magical Christmas or, whatever other holiday you may be celebrating, may all your wishes come true. Happy New Year, I’ll be back next year.

When you become aware of what you need to nourish yourself every day, your life becomes more magical.  Ask yourself…

What do I need to do to nourish myself today? –

Maybe just five minutes of quiet time alone

Just a moment of rest or to reflect

A moment to bring yourself back to center

Maybe what you need is a nourishing meal

Drink water to flush your system out

Bring good thoughts to your mind

Stretch – Yoga – Exercise – Take a walk around your neighborhood

Forgive yourself

Praise yourself

Love yourself a little more today

Maybe you need to connect with your passion

Shine your light

Say no to a party you don’t want to attend

Believe in yourself

Have faith

Say yes to your life

Look inside yourself

Bring your awareness inward

Start a journal writing practice

What do you need to do to nourish yourself today?…

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Here are a few lovely things that are delighting me right now

Check this out, little gingerbread houses if you like to bake, so adorable.

Love Wonder_doodles, here

A few festive breakfast treats everyone will love, here

If you like DIY crafts, you’ll love this do it yourself scents for Christmas, here

And

I started to read the first few pages of Will Smith memoir on Amazon and couldn’t stop reading, so it just may be my next read, here

On my Instagram this week, here

I hope this post inspires, and serves you. Share your thoughts, I’d love to know.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday, may all your wishes come true, and Happy New Year 2022!!!!!

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2021

4 Tips for a Calm Holiday Season

Hello fabulous you!!! Happy Friday. Hope you’re well and feeling great!!!

Tis’ the season…I don’t know about you but, after another pandemic year, I’m so happy to be in the holiday spirit. Last week I bought a new wreath for my front door, and I’m laughing because this whole year I’ve had last years wreath hanging, I never took it down and I even considered not changing it LOL

My new wreath.

I’m all about calm and self-care this season, I believe that it’s important especially during times when things can get way out of hand and we can let ourselves get stressed out to the max, I believe it’s important to find ways that can support us in creating more calm for ourselves.

Consider this your invitation to pay attention to the daily occurrences, the simple things that make you feel good, those things that fill you with joy, that make your heart sing. Write them down and do more of them.

Here are 4 things to try:

  • Start the day with gratitude. Being grateful feels good and benefits your overall well-being. Thank the universe, God, Higher Love, whoever you believe in, start with saying thank you for your life. Thank you for all that you have, thank you for your family, thank you for your health. Say thank you for whatever feels good to you.
  • Give yourself some time to enjoy a nourishing breakfast. Maybe that means getting up half an hour earlier than you normally would but, it’ll be so worth it. A nourishing breakfast will give you energy, it will help you to think better, it gives your body the fuel it needs to function properly. The benefits are many for your health and they have a lasting effect.
  • Take a pause during the day, if you’re working, consider spending your lunch time by yourself. No social media, no texting, instead – read a book, listen to music or an uplifting podcast or just stare out the window. Turn your lunch time into a little sanctuary for yourself.
  • Set the intention to have a calm holiday season and – this is really important – instead of focusing in on the how stressful this time is, focus on how you can create a little calm in the day for yourself, create a plan and stick to it. What you place your attention on is what you experience in your reality.

You can have a calm holiday season, you can make – calm – happen by exercising a little self-care every day.

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A few lovely things that are delighting me right now

If you’re into festive nails, you gotta check this out love them all 🙂

I’m doing December Pause with Liz Lamoreux, I did it a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, here

Follow me on Instagram, here, love to see you there.

And

I’m so excited the December issue of the Inspired Guide mini mag is out now, find it here. My article “Get Ready for the New Year, New You” is on page 20 full of inspiration and guidance to empower you to start the new year ready.

I hope this post inspires, and serves you. Share your thoughts, I’d love to know.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend & week ahead & blessings!

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2021

A Little Delight and Goodness for You

Hello fabulous you!!! Happy (black) Friday. Hope you’re well and feeling great!!!

Anyone doing any shopping today? I hope you had a joyful and safe Thanksgiving yesterday and since this is the start of the holiday season, most of us are pretty busy, so I’m keeping this short and sweet.

First though, before anything, I want to say THANK YOU – A – BIG – HUGE – THANK YOU to each one of YOU. Thank you for being here, thank you for liking my posts, thank you for your wonderful comments and support, you inspire me. From the bottom of my heart – THANK YOU!!!!!

Today I’m inviting you to take extra special care of yourself during this holiday season and offer you some self-care ways that can support you.

What really helps me to take care of myself is, I remind myself that I’m important, that I also have needs and I’m allowed to give to myself and that I am magnificent and deserve my own attention on myself. And, because it’s way too easy to forget this, what I do is leave a post it note on the fridge as a reminder.

A few self-care tips- stay hydrated, take a little nap when needed, go for a short walk, get your nails done, order take out, do some stretching, relax for a few minutes with your favorite book. And, this is a big one to keep stress at bay, plan ahead and be prepared. Also, be aware of the little things that you’re letting bother you, ask yourself, how important are they? Laugh, watch a funny video. Do something that will delight you. Just giving yourself 15 minutes in the day, will reduce stress, you’ll feel more calm and in charge and guess what? You may even wind up really enjoying the holiday.

I believe that, staying connected to yourself, giving yourself “me” time each day, mindfully navigating each day, with you in mind, will set you up to a more delightful holiday season.

Here are a few lovely things that are delighting me right now

I’m reading this, Calm Christmas and a Happy New Year. “Celebrate a new kind of holiday season this winter – one where you radiate calm and cultivate delight.” Wonderful book.

Speaking of delight, I’m enjoying reading The Book of Delights by Ross Gay. Delightful.

I don’t normally wear red nail polish a lot, but I was in Target and saw this and decided this is my color for the rest of the year 🙂

And

In my kitchen this week, red carnations, make me so happy 🙂

*Full disclosure, I am not an affiliate with any of the products, I do not get paid for mentioning them.*

I hope this post inspires, and serves you. Share your thoughts, I’d love to know.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend & week ahead & blessings!

COPYRIGHT MASHA G. ELLMAN 2021