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At this point, it's no secret to my family that I am facing a new medical battle. As a work from home mom I have always struggled to make the time to do things for myself, to spend money on myself, and a few months ago my husband had finally had enough.
I have suffered from migraines for years, and my husband reached his boiling point in May when he forced me to get a referral to a neurologist and an allergy doctor. It's not that I don't care about myself, or my health, I do. I just find that I can get so many other things done while I could be sitting in a doctors office trying to figure out what may or may not be wrong in my head. I also find it difficult to spend money on myself when I could be using that money to buy things for my children, husband, or other family members.
I am a natural nurturer it's just my nature which means I naturally push my wants and needs aside. After my latest doctors appointments, I received a huge wake-up call and realized that maybe I am doing more harm than good by not taking more time for myself.
Now don't get me wrong... I'm not about to go crazy and start living like I'm a single woman or anything, but I do want to start pampering myself a little more. I also want to start taking better care of myself and scheduling doctors appointments as soon as an issue arises instead of waiting a few YEARS.
Thanks to my husband's urging I discovered that I have fluid on my brain (a condition called hydrocephalus) caused by a cyst located in one of my ventricles. Soon I will meet with a neurosurgeon to discuss my options. While brain surgery was certainly not on my to-do list, I am so glad my husband wouldn't stop bugging me about going to the doctor! 😉
Here are five fun ways I have started pampering myself since my diagnosis:
- Subscription Boxes: Okay, so these things can be seriously addicting, but they are SO much fun! You should try them. I love getting a new box in the mail each month. So far I have tried four different subscriptions, and I only have one that I regularly subscribe to each month. The cool thing is you can usually try the first one for free and you only have to pay shipping. I have subscribed to food boxes, make-up boxes, meal plans, and even clothing. It's like getting a surprise gift every month. If you are looking for a fun way to treat yourself a subscription box is the way to go!
- Flowers & Candles: Flowers and candles make this girl smile even if I put them in the basket myself and pay for them with my own dough! Seriously, I love buying myself flowers. I would say it's a guilty pleasure, but I don't allow myself to feel guilty about it anymore. I just love putting them all over the house. A room with fresh flowers and my favorite candle scents can sweep me off my feet even on my worst days and sometimes when I'm dealing with a horrible migraine that's exactly what I need.
- Notepads & Coffee Mugs: I realize that I may be stretching this list out a bit. Maybe I do more for myself than the five things, but I think it's okay. When I see a cute notepad or adorably geeky oversized coffee mug I just have to snatch them up. Thankfully I do have some serious self-control, and honestly, I don't get out much, but every once in a while I do hit up one of my favorite stores and add a new mug or notepad to my collection, and it just makes me feel so happy inside. I can't explain it. I don't know what it is about making notes or journaling. I mean I love writing on my blog, but I will never stop writing on paper. I just can't. I love notepads and pens too much!
- Events: I have always been pretty tight when it comes to money, but I am starting to loosen up a bit and have a little more fun these days. After all, I can't take it with me, right? It's not like I think I'm dying or anything but I kinda think it's time I start living like I am. That's why I bought my entire fam tickets to the upcoming Florida Georgia Line concert! Yep, that's right, we are going to see those boys rock out! I want to live life to the fullest! I don't want to look back and have regrets.
I'll be honest; I'm scared. I'm scared to have brain surgery. No one wants someone operating on their brain. It's dangerous, and there could be any number of complications but I am going to have faith, and I am going to live my life to the fullest until that day comes. I am going to take care of myself and treat myself. I am going to love like I've never loved before and when I come out feeling better than I have in years I will continue to pursue my dreams and continue to take care of myself and others!