So February came accompanied by the usual illnesses. For me February seems to be the worst month for catching germs (those little critters!). I think it’s a combination of things, the weather is wet, dull and cold, but there are also changes happening as spring slowly appears. The weather doesn’t know what it’s doing and neither does my body. It can’t cope with change, it gets a bit grumpy about it, just like I do really! We go out less in February (well I seem to), there’s not much going on, it’s too miserable to leave the house, we stay inside with the heating on and the germs having a fab time multiplying.
It all started with a sore throat, which is generally the case for me. That turned into a chest infection. My nemesis. One of my biggest gripes with SMA is having crappy lungs. Poor lung capacity and overall weakness means that I have the most pathetic cough you can imagine. I sound more feeble than a cat. Not being able to effectively cough gunk up means that it settles on my chest more easily. Anyways after some antibiotics, a lot of hot tea, time in bed and chest physio I am on the mend. I’m still not quite my normal. But I’m recovering.
Having a pathetic cough does use up a lot of energy, this and the fact that I’ve lost the routine of writing (watched too many Disney films) means that I haven’t had the focus to write or be creative. That does however mean that I’ve had plenty of time for reading blogs and taking part in the little blogging community. This is something I really enjoy about the blogging world but it can be quite time consuming if you let it. One link can lead to another, my inbox fills will daily updates. Before you know it hours have passed and your iPhone battery is dead. Damn iPhone barriers!
There are some great writers out there, and depending on what I read it can really change my mood or thoughts or inspire some writing myself.
As February isn’t my favourite month, and many people seem to be suffering with the ol’ health lately, I thought I’d share with you today 5 posts that have encouraged me this week. I’m not sure I like the word motivating, but these posts give you a little shove, a boost, a little lift, a think.
Feel Good February: Practising Positivity – The Emma Edit
Anxiety & Us – Gin & Lemonade
Like to Love – Fancy Paper
How To Get Back Into Something After It’s Been A While – The Nelly Bean
I Love – Adventure With Amanda
As well as reading blogs I’ve spent time reading books, as I find this relaxing and easy to do when you’re not feeling great. In January I joined an online book club, which I’m loving. It’s also helping me to achieve one of my 2018 aims of reading more.
I’ve always kind of liked the idea of being part of a book club, but wondered if I’d fit in or read the books quick enough. I enjoy reading and discussing books with friends, as luckily we seem to have similar taste in books. That’s nothing organised though and we don’t always read books simultaneously so it can be a few months between reading a book and then recommending it to a friend or be recommended it before the chats start.
I discovered The Surviving Life Book Club through a blog I enjoy reading. It’s a new group and was set up with people like me in mind. People that maybe can’t always get out to attend clubs for various health reasons. This group is on Facebook so you are free to chat in your leisure and you can leave a comment any time of day that suits you. We are currently on our first book, The Husbands Secret, and I am thoroughly enjoying it. At the end of the month a chat post will open where we can all discuss our thoughts on the novel. I love how relaxed yet fun this group is, and that as well as introducing me to new books and focusing my reading, it gives me the opportunity to ‘meet’ likeminded people from all over the world.
Even though I haven’t actually written a post for a little while, (although I do aim to change that this week as I’ve got a new tea and cake discovery in Norwich to tell you all about!) I do have a guest post/interview over at A Chronic Voice to share. You may remember back in November I interviewed the lovely Sheryl as part of my Twenty Questions series.
Well the lovely Sheryl has also interviewed me! She asked some brilliant questions including…
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
What would your dream wheelchair be like?
What’s your favourite hair colour?
To find out my answers and read the full interview head on over to ‘Getting to Know Gemma of “Wheelescapades” in 20 Random Questions’. I would also love to hear some of your answers or what you thought of mine, so feel free to drop a comment here or over at A Chronic Voice.
Bonus news of the day!
I am officially a contributor at The Mighty. Whoop! This is pretty exciting for me. It’s all lovely writing my little blog and having people read it and comment. But submitting a piece to The Mighty and to actually have it acknowledged and published on a well known website, as a an actual piece of writing worth reading and possibly assisting and informing people, that’s something else.
Check out which post was published by heading over to my Mighty Profile. You can also sign up or follow me. I hope this is only the start to my contribution with The Mighty.