Love is an action word

For most people the phrase “I love you,” gets used multiple times per day. But how often do we show those around us how much we treasure them? Love is an action word designed to show our loved ones how much they mean in our lives. It is not complicated, nor does it require big actions. In fact, it is the small things that connect us.

Something as simple as a hug that is a little longer and tighter will convey how you feel. Or maybe a kiss that is lengthier instead of a quick peck as you run out the door. You could even reach over and grab their hand while you sit and watch TV at night. Or maybe send them a brief text or two during the day letting your loved one see you are thinking about them. The point is, you can let those around you know how much they mean to you by showing them.

Our time together on earth is short. So take a moment to show your family and friends how significant they are. Saying “I love you” is still meaningful, but showing them connects us on a much deeper level.

Good things are coming


When we concentrate on the future and believe that good things are coming, we often prevail. Of course, the opposite is also true. If we fixate on our troubles, we lose hope and our faith diminishes making it difficult to move forward keeping us stuck.

Some may think I am full of hot air. Well, I live with chronic pain daily because of my spinal cord injury and Chiari Malformation. I have a condition called Allydonia which causes the skin on my torso to feel like there is acid being poured on it all the while it is being stretched to capacity. My pain level can go from a 2 to an 8 in seconds. I share this not because I want you to have sorry for me, but because I wish for you to realize that I understand how difficult it can be to have faith and hope when you deal with such obstacles.

Each day is a new day, allowing us to continue focusing on the future. No matter what we face, whether it is a chronic illness, a family issue, and/or a trauma, we have the choice to have hold and truth or to give up. I choose to keep moving forward because I recognize God is with me. He has brought me through many battles stronger than I started. He continues to refine me and because of this; I know good things are just around the corner.

Hope helps us overcome

When we have hope, our fear diminishes which keeps us focused on the future. So no matter what we face, whether it is living with a chronic illness, a physical limitation, and/or facing a family issue, having hope gives us the strength to keep going. This allows us to move our “mountains”.

Continuing to Strive Forward

Faith is not the power of positive thinking; It is Believing in God and trusting that His will is always best even when you cannot understand why. Sheri Howeton

Positive thinking is not a bad habit to get into as it can keep your mind set in the right frame of mind, but that alone will not bring your goals to fruition. Having faith on the other hand, can and will keep you moving until you reach your goals and even take you beyond them. Without faith you cannot have hope and without hope we get stuck and cannot move forward. Living with any type of chronic illness can drag you down, cause you to lose hope, leaving us feeling like it will never get better. But as you will see from the short videos below, having hope, faith and with some work you can reach your goals and even more..

This was my core/leg flutter in Jan. 2021.

This was my core/leg flutter in March 2021. My overall balance has improved even still. Over the past 4 years I have gone from barely being able to stand and walk. Getting down on the ground was impossible in the beginning. Now it is much easier to get down on the ground and back up again.

This was the first time I attempted a plank in early Jan. 2021

This was on March 22, 2021. The improvement is amazing. With loss of proprioception this should not even be possible. Although, over the last 4 years I have regained some ability to tell where my limbs are in space as new neuropathways have been created.

I have improved on so many levels over the last 4 years. I have prayed, hoped, and pushed myself to keep getting better. It has not always been easy. I have had many bouts where pain has prevented me from being able to do much of anything. It is difficult to be positive all the time and yes, I succumb to doubt and anxiety. But as soon as I begin to pray my hope soon returns and I come to my senses remembering the set back is only temporary. No matter what obstacle we must overcome it is always possible with God by our side.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, God bless!

One smile at a time

Something as simple as a smile can transform someone’s day. It can even change your own day. So, take a moment and share a 😃 smile with a co-worker, friend, family, and/or a stranger. It can make a difference.