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Are you married or dating while living with a chronic illness or disability? Or would you like to be in a relationship?

If you read the statistics you’d think that relationships are a huge challenge to maintain at all – but add in a chronic illness or two and the odds apparently plummet.

This has not been my experience. I’m not a relationship expert, but my husband and I are are celebrated our 12th anniversary this year, which is a great blessing.

(Yes, I know you’re frantically adding up, trying to work out how old I am, I’m 29.)

There are challenges to living and loving with a chronic illness, I’m living with many of them, but it is far from impossible.

I’ve put together my top 3 struggles and how to manage them.

Continue Reading Chronic Illness? 3 Simple Ways to Strengthen Your Relationship (Part 1)

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Working from home, particularly with your own business, can be liberating.

It’s easy to feel like earning your independence and your own income is all peaches and cream, passive income and Paypal notifications. But it’s not always quite that smooth, so you need to prepare to deal with any difficulties that arise.

Let’s set your business and life up so that you can continue to stay well, to stay motivated and to provide for yourself, yes?

Making these provisions requires emotional and physical action and I’ve got 3 top tips for you to begin today:

Continue Reading Working From Home? How To Cope Gracefully With Stress

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Inspired by my dear friend Gala Darling, I’m taking my love lists out of my (gold, sparkly) journal and sharing them with you.

It’s been so warm here…long sunny days. This morning I went out with the dogs without.wearing.a.coat! I am loving this summer weather and am grateful for every sunny day.

Here’s some more things I’m grateful for:

Continue Reading Gratitude & Grace List: High Summer Edition

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Pretty By Post, a monthly greeting card (and a quarterly stationary box) subscription service for paper and people lovers, is our latest sponsor.

The opinions and words used here are, as always, my own.

P.S. Pretty By Post has a lovely gift for you. Read on for details…

4 Reasons Why I Love Pretty By Post:

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1. Cards and Mail Change Lives

I have been house bound and bed bound, living and healing with chronic illnesses.

I’ve also spent time in hospital and supported people who’ve spent significant amounts of time there.

I know what it’s like to get a letter and have it brighten your whooole week.

The fact that someone picked a beautiful, appropriate and lovely card, that they sat down to write to you and you are holding in your hands the card they chose, is a magical thing.

When you see the envelope in the mailbox or hallway, there’s something special there, a momento from your loved one, a gift from the outside world, from miles away, even from another country – there’s nothing like that feeling.

(I believe in the power of post so much, I founded Healing Boxes!)

Continue Reading Allow Me To Introduce: Pretty By Post [New Sponsor]

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Working for yourself, setting your own schedule, making your own rules and doing meaningful work you love – that’s the dream, right?

It’s a beautiful thing, it’s my career path after all, and I love it, and love helping people to make the dream true for them in my upcoming entrepreneur-activation program The Phoenix Flight School.

But for many people who live with a chronic illness or disability, the challenges of setting up a business can feel insurmountable.  But it doesn’t have to be that way!

I’m not saying there won’t be challenges to overcome, or moments when you doubt your dream (or yourself) but there are some great things you can do now to make the process smoother and brighter. Let’s go!

My top 3 tips on becoming self employed while living with health challenges:

Continue Reading Disabled & Dreaming of Self-Employment? I Wrote This For You