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19

Jul

Kisses for Kiran!
She’s a lifelong friend and our parents are best friends. We grew up playing tennis together so bonded on tour in many random different countries. 
Also from Trinidad, Kiran has now found herself up in the States as well facing the healthcare system as her Mum (as I said before, my Mum’s best friend) battles a cancerous brain tumor. 
Can you amazing people send her some positive vibes, lots of sunshine, a whole lotta love, and prayers galore?! 
Y’all are the best :) This blog has blessed me in so many ways. 
Thank you! THANK YOU! Thank you!!!!!!! 
Have a happy and healthy day, Danni xx

Kisses for Kiran!

She’s a lifelong friend and our parents are best friends. We grew up playing tennis together so bonded on tour in many random different countries. 

Also from Trinidad, Kiran has now found herself up in the States as well facing the healthcare system as her Mum (as I said before, my Mum’s best friend) battles a cancerous brain tumor. 

Can you amazing people send her some positive vibes, lots of sunshine, a whole lotta love, and prayers galore?! 

Y’all are the best :) This blog has blessed me in so many ways. 

Thank you! THANK YOU! Thank you!!!!!!! 

Have a happy and healthy day, Danni xx

28

Jun

The most common question for those of us dealing with severe pain / severe illness in a positive manner is, “But how do you do you do it?”
My answer is always the same and very simple:
“What’s my alternative? To curl up in a ball and have that be it?”
Am I to forget my hopes and dreams? My passions or goals?
Nope! No thanks! No way. Rather not, thank you very much!
As I see it, the bad times are there so that we may truly appreciate those times that are good. And so now, whenever I can, when good days creep in and I feel up for something wonderful… Not only do I fully take advantage, but I’m more thankful than you could ever begin to know.
Raise your glass and toast with me! [Wait, what are we drinking?!]
GRAPE JUICE OF COURSE! 
Big love! - Danni xx

The most common question for those of us dealing with severe pain / severe illness in a positive manner is, “But how do you do you do it?”

My answer is always the same and very simple:

“What’s my alternative? To curl up in a ball and have that be it?”

Am I to forget my hopes and dreams? My passions or goals?

Nope! No thanks! No way. Rather not, thank you very much!

As I see it, the bad times are there so that we may truly appreciate those times that are good. And so now, whenever I can, when good days creep in and I feel up for something wonderful… Not only do I fully take advantage, but I’m more thankful than you could ever begin to know.

Raise your glass and toast with me! [Wait, what are we drinking?!]

GRAPE JUICE OF COURSE! 

Big love! - Danni xx

19

May

Let’s think about the term “INVISIBLE ILLNESS”.
Not just a distant concept, it has the potential - though I pray it never once touches you - to affect any and all of us. To change a life in less than a split-second. To forever alter and shift your perspective in both positive and negative ways. And that’s whether you’re the person affected, a caregiver, or simply a friend and support system.
Look around! Open your eyes! Are you perhaps “looking but not seeing” what a loved one might need?
Attempt the practice of being kind - ALWAYS! For we never know what others are going through. From severe Chronic Pain to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or even depression from lingering grief for the death of a loved one, young or old.
Invisible Illnesses and difficulties are faced everyday by those we’d least expect.  
Life is hard! Why make it harder on the ones that we so adore? Life is about stretching ourselves to be better people. Let’s start with this lesson! :)
Happy Monday, everyone! Big love - Danni
Oooh! And just one more thing..! I’m so excited to be posting regularly to both my Pinterest and Instagram accounts! Let’s connect! Both are SUPER active with lots of fun stuff. For example, on my Pinterest, find CRPS/RSD inspired beauty tips as well as easy crafts to occupy your mind and time during dreaded pain flares! And on Instagram, follow along as I attempt to live life to the fullest despite my very own Invisible Illness. 
So, come and join me! My account name on both sites is (of course!) ‘theproject3x5’. Or, to make things super easy, you can go ahead and just click on the any of the links in this blog post. Easy-Peasy, right? No excuses ;) I’ll see you there! xx

Let’s think about the term “INVISIBLE ILLNESS”.

Not just a distant concept, it has the potential - though I pray it never once touches you - to affect any and all of us. To change a life in less than a split-second. To forever alter and shift your perspective in both positive and negative ways. And that’s whether you’re the person affected, a caregiver, or simply a friend and support system.

Look around! Open your eyes! Are you perhaps “looking but not seeing” what a loved one might need?

Attempt the practice of being kind - ALWAYS! For we never know what others are going through. From severe Chronic Pain to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or even depression from lingering grief for the death of a loved one, young or old.

Invisible Illnesses and difficulties are faced everyday by those we’d least expect.  

Life is hard! Why make it harder on the ones that we so adore? Life is about stretching ourselves to be better people. Let’s start with this lesson! :)

Happy Monday, everyone! Big love - Danni

Oooh! And just one more thing..! I’m so excited to be posting regularly to both my Pinterest and Instagram accounts! Let’s connect! Both are SUPER active with lots of fun stuff. For example, on my Pinterest, find CRPS/RSD inspired beauty tips as well as easy crafts to occupy your mind and time during dreaded pain flares! And on Instagram, follow along as I attempt to live life to the fullest despite my very own Invisible Illness. 

So, come and join me! My account name on both sites is (of course!) ‘theproject3x5’. Or, to make things super easy, you can go ahead and just click on the any of the links in this blog post. Easy-Peasy, right? No excuses ;) I’ll see you there! xx

18

May

Fixing up our flat with solely PINK tools - Because any other tools would be for fools.

I was given this bright, colorful tool kit as a gift years ago when I graduated from high school. Best gift ever! It has served me so well.

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May is graduation time! So, why not give any girlfriend - or just pink loving! - grads out there this (perhaps slightly) untraditional gift? Not only do I guarantee that they’ll actually use it… but, you’ll be giving the gift of independence as your grad comes to figure out that they can build/repair/decorate/etc. without any help! It may seem like just a simple toolkit, but I guarantee you’ll be giving them so much more!

Below are similar tool kits to the model I was gifted (sometimes available in other colors too!). Options are available in stores and/or online. Pricing and details are listed underneath: 

  • Sears - $39.99 - All Pink 139-Piece Tool Kit w/ Pink Hard Case
  • Walmart - $25.31 - Pink & Black 39-Piece Tool Kit w/ Black Hard Case *purchase of these tools benefits Breast Cancer Research!  
  • Lowe’s - $24.98 - Soft Pink & Black 18-Piece Tool Kit w/ Pink & Black Canvas Bag *available in purple also
  • Home Depot - $29.99 - Hot Pink & Black 30-Piece Tool Kit w/ Hot Pink & Black Canvas Bag *available online only 
  • Target - $39.99 - Pink 135-Piece Tool Kit w/ Pink Hard Case *available online only

Congratulations to any grads out there! What a huge accomplishment. 

Big love! - Danni xx

29

Apr

What’s your purpose? What have you always loved doing but never really had a chance to properly tap into? You may be ill, but that shouldn’t stop you! Don’t lay around bored and miserable - now is your time to tap in to that creative side! To inspire others! To do or to try what you’ve always loved! A purpose will help you work through the pain. 💜 #easyasitsounds #inspire #chronicpain #chronicillness #crps #rsd #ms #eds #endo #cancer #sick #purpose #hobby #invisibleillness #write #blog #art #creative #happy #love (at Hahnemann University Hospital)

What’s your purpose? What have you always loved doing but never really had a chance to properly tap into? You may be ill, but that shouldn’t stop you! Don’t lay around bored and miserable - now is your time to tap in to that creative side! To inspire others! To do or to try what you’ve always loved! A purpose will help you work through the pain. 💜 #easyasitsounds #inspire #chronicpain #chronicillness #crps #rsd #ms #eds #endo #cancer #sick #purpose #hobby #invisibleillness #write #blog #art #creative #happy #love (at Hahnemann University Hospital)

17

Apr

Actually, it’s better than ok! Throw out your 5 year plans & go with the flow ;) xx #makeplansandgodlaughs #positivefromnegatives

Actually, it’s better than ok! Throw out your 5 year plans & go with the flow ;) xx #makeplansandgodlaughs #positivefromnegatives

29

Mar

Looking for love, peace, or a little relief from that ever-nagging pain?Whatever you’re low on, find it through stillness!

The amazing Gabby Bernstein is giving away FREE guided meditations today over at: www.gabbyb.tv/free-meditation — 

The power of mindfulness is a pretty amazing thing! Why not give it a try? For free! xx

Looking for love, peace, or a little relief from that ever-nagging pain?

Whatever you’re low on, find it through stillness!

The amazing Gabby Bernstein is giving away FREE guided meditations today over at: www.gabbyb.tv/free-meditation

The power of mindfulness is a pretty amazing thing! Why not give it a try? For free! xx

19

Dec

2 more days until sweet Sam walks down the aisle! It only makes sense that I be on the Internet with her something blue… xx

2 more days until sweet Sam walks down the aisle! It only makes sense that I be on the Internet with her something blue… xx

18

Dec

Sometimes things are quite simple. xx

Sometimes things are quite simple. xx

30

Nov

There are two kinds of pain: the sort of pain that makes you strong. Or useless pain - the sort of pain that’s only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.”/ House of Cards