Brighter Days | Music Monday

Turbulence continues to rock the world and 2022 isn’t the fresh start many of us hoped for.  Added stress from persistent and escalating world events is the last thing those of us with chronic illness need to add to our lives.  Stress increases my inflammation and swelling so – as much as I care –… Continue reading Brighter Days | Music Monday

Love My Life | Music Monday

In 2011, I joined the Peace Corps and moved to Liberia, West Africa.  Peace Corps is a government program that sends Americans overseas on two-year assignments to live and work in communities around the world.  (Life Magnanimous is my blog about that part of my life.)  I was searching for adventure, but also trying to… Continue reading Love My Life | Music Monday

Be As You Are | Music Monday

Women, especially those living with lipedema, learn to apologize at an early age. We're sorry for taking up space, having bodies that look different, and failing at diets that work perfectly for others. So many of us internalize the message that we are failing at the DIY project that is supposed to be our bodies.… Continue reading Be As You Are | Music Monday

Everything’s Going to Be Alright | Music Monday

Sturdy Readers, it was a hard weekend.  Sunday night, when I would have normally been writing this post, I found myself sitting on the bathroom floor instead, sobbing and reorganizing the toiletries under my sink.  It didn’t need to be done, but it felt like the right thing to do.  Monday I’m headed into the… Continue reading Everything’s Going to Be Alright | Music Monday

I Like Your Waist in Particular | Music Monday

What puts a smile on your face and makes you feel at home?  Maybe it’s a familiar meal, scent, or piece of clothing.  For me, in 2017, it was a song.  I had recently moved to Boston for graduate school, straight off six years in West Africa and I was miserable.  The people were cold,… Continue reading I Like Your Waist in Particular | Music Monday

Someday | Music Monday

Today we wrap up January, Sturdy readers.  How did it go for you?  I’ll be honest.  I haven’t written about it here, but it’s been a hard month for me.  Winter is never my season.  The cold.  The darkness.  None of it charges my batteries.  It’s no wonder, then, that over the past week I… Continue reading Someday | Music Monday

Ain’t Got Far to Go | Music Monday

Path at sunseet with rainbow and motivation text to keep going

Small steps add up, Sturdy Women.  This week I’ve been reflecting on life and how a couple years ago--even a couple months ago--I couldn’t have imagined where I am now.  A year ago, I was feeling discouraged with keto and thinking about giving up.  A year before that, I didn’t even know the word lipedema. … Continue reading Ain’t Got Far to Go | Music Monday

Mirror | Music Monday

It was another snowy weekend in Washington, D.C. and I’m wishing I could hide my head in the blankets and spend Monday morning in bed with my cat.  In fact, many in the United States will have that option, given that it’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Even though my clients aren’t working, I still… Continue reading Mirror | Music Monday

Rise (Sing it Loud) | Music Monday

Today is that dreaded day we have to return to work or school after the holidays. Yuck! I promise you I lingered in bed this morning. My decadent mint chocolate keto coffee usually coaxes me out of hiding each morning, but I'm doing a dairy elimination challenge for January... so best not to think about… Continue reading Rise (Sing it Loud) | Music Monday

Music Monday: Love Myself

Welcome back, sturdy women! I've missed a few Music Mondays, but couldn't let one more week pass without sending you some love. The short, dark, days of winter are always hard on me. My energy and motivation tank... for everything. But lipedema doesn't take any breaks and our self-care is an everyday routine. Holiday stress… Continue reading Music Monday: Love Myself