My First Year of Blogging Felt Awesome!

This is actually my 50th blog post! Hooray, I made it! Thank you all for your support and help as I got oriented here and slowly transitioned back into writing again! I have met so many amazing souls through this venture! Hopefully by this time next year my blog will be much better established, I will feel more confident in my writing abilities and organizational skills, and I can start to use this place as a way to give back to the chronic pain community. As I move forward into acceptance and learning to live with more joy and awareness despite chronic illness and incessant pain, I know in my heart that I couldn’t have done it without a creative outlet, one that was provided to me here on this blog just in time for me to start my journey.

Right now I’m drinking a very rare hard cider, listening to my boyfriend and his best friend watching the Rose Bowl with animation and actually enjoying myself. I need to do this more often! Not drink, I mean I need to relax and dedicate some time to feeling good and being around enthusiastic, funny people. I could care less about football, but it’s fun to watch them having a good time. I know I often am in too much pain to tune into what is happening around me, and even then it’s hard for me to focus. It’s really nice to be able to take spontaneous advantage of one of my better days and giggle like a teenager again. One of my biggest laments last year was that I had forgotten how to have fun. Days like today remind me that it’s not impossible to have fun, it’s just not as easy as it used to be. The rare good days are what I will remember later on though, so I just gotta start living them to their fullest!

Also, is it weird to give your neighbors rolls that they have to let rise for an hour and then bake themselves for ten minutes? I didn’t even think about it until I was trying to explain to her how to finish them off. Sometimes I forget such simple little things! Meaning well, but not thinking it through, lol. I don’t look at a recipe while I make them anymore, they’re so automatic and fool-proof (as many milk-based doughs are) and the recipe is permanently embedded in my brain. Since my boyfriend bought me a Kitchenaid stand mixer I have slowly gotten back into bread making and at least twice a week (whenever possible!) I make either pizza dough/focaccia bread from the same recipe, or rolls/cinnamon rolls from another recipe. For special occasions I make pretty artisan loaves of bread whenever my body will allow.

Nothing is so satisfying in the kitchen as pulling a loaf of fresh baked bread or a homemade pizza out of the oven. That is, besides the popping noise my canning projects make as they seal, one jar at a time. That’s a pretty lovely moment, too!

Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you all many, many lovely things in the year to come! ❤

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About Jessi Finds Out Fibro

Hi, and thank you for finding your way to my corner of the web! I'm on a journey to empower myself and hopefully others through shared courage and compassion. I write Finding Out Fibro, a chronic illness and chronic pain awareness blog that is not just about fibromyalgia, as well as a new project making jewelry under the Etsy name Hopeful Spoon. Please check out the shop and share if you can! Thank you for your support! My other hobbies include defeating ableism anywhere I find it, upcycling old junk into funky awesomeness, raising my voice to erase stigma against invisible illness and mental illness, baking, collecting vintage kitchen ware, sharing body-positive messages, playing around in photoshop, abstract painting (especially in neons and metallics!), advocating for those living with chronic illnesses and mental health challenges, seeking safety and upholding visibility for LGBTQIA individuals living with physical and mental disabilities, researching and testing plant-based remedies for chronic pain, and spending all my spare spoons in my veggie garden. This is my opportunity to do more than just survive with chronic illness. This is me learning how to live well, even though there is no cure for the war my body is waging on me.

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