#Awards: The Sunshine Blogger Award

I got the Sunshine Blogger Award in November 2018 from Emotional Abuse Hurts.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is a peer appreciation award given to bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

Thank you to emotionalabusehurts.

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and make a link back
    to their blog.
     
  • Answer the 11 questions sent to you by the person who nominated you. 
  • Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award, and then write them 11 new questions. 
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog

    Here are the questions I received and my answers:

    What was the driving force behind the creation of your blog? 

    I started this blog as a way to advocate for people with mental illnesses and to provide information about Dissociative Identity Disorder. As I get healthier, the blog evolves. I now use Art by Rob Goldstein to discover who I am as an artist and writer.  

    What was your vision for your future in blogging/writing when you first started this blog? How has that vision evolved?

    My goal in 2013 was to get well enough to return to full time work.  I now realize this is not going to happen. My vision for this blog is that it will continue to serve as a repository for information about mental health and Dissociative Identity Disorder and as a showcase for my art and writing.
     

    What age were you when you realized you loved writing? 

    I was eight.  

    How has your life changed as a result of the electronic age? Is it better/worse/the same?

    My life is better because of technology; It gives me a way to break through the isolation that seems inevitable for people with a chronic illness. New technologies offer an infinite number of ways to create content. 

    What was the very last website you visited today? 

    YouTube. I use it to watch news and documentaries. 

    What was the first website you visited when you woke up four days ago? 

    Bing. I use it to collect points. I currently have enough points for a two hundred
    dollar shopping spree at Target.

    If you could change one thing about your past, what would it be?

    I wish I had been properly diagnosed with DID when I was in my 20’s. I may have had a more productive life.

    How would your life be different today if that one thing from your past were to change?

    I might be more accomplished.

    If you have children, tell me…how did your parenting change from the time you had your first child until the time you had your last?

    I’ve never had children but I think that all adults are responsible for protecting and nurturing America’s children, even if it’s just by paying taxes to fund schools, housing, and medical care.

    Tell me about the funniest experience you’ve had in the past month.

    Alec Baldwin’s Saturday Night Live take on Trump’s ‘State of Emergency’ speech.

    What do you have planned for the upcoming holiday season?

    Easter is a time for meditation.

    If I nominate you and you have an award free blog, please view the nomination as a compliment: you are under no obligation to respond. My questions are the same as those posed to me.

    My eleven nominees:

    Dan Anton

    Boundless Blessings by Kamal

    Retired? No one told me!

    Syl65

    Ivor.Plumber/Poet

    The Write Stuff

    Mary Smith

    Erika Kind

    Teagan’s Books

    Annette Rochelle Aben

    The Write Stuff

     

     

     

 

#WordlessWednesday: Regrets

 

 

It’s a long, long road
From which there is no return
While we’re on the way to there
Why not share 

‘Regrets’ (c) Rob Goldstein 2018

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8 Simple Tips For Living A Better Life With MS (or any disease really)

These are excellent tips for coping with any kind of chronic illness from Danny at Dream Big, Dream Often.

Dream Big, Dream Often

Danny

8 Simple Tips For Living A Better Life With MS

My symptoms began in 2007 while I was on vacation in Florida.  Little did I know at that time that my world would change forever with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.  I have experienced an array of symptoms and have found some fairly successful habits I have used to help offset the side effects of MS.  Here are some simple tips for living a better life with MS:

 Walk every day

One of the goals I have for myself is to walk every single day without exception.  Evelina and I have a dog and he requires being walked which guarantees I’ll be outside at some point taking a stroll.  For those who cannot walk I recommend standing up and sitting down or maybe doing leg and arm lifts.  Even if you are confined to a wheelchair, you can do some…

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Poetry: The Sleeper

One orange, one Styrofoam cup, one opened
can of tomato sauce, and, used as a pillow,
one King James Bible.

(c) Rob Goldstein 1984-2019