Welcome Dream Big Partner: Issues from the Heart – Dr. R.A. Writes!!

I am pleased to welcome the latest blogger to become a Dream Big Partner: Issues from the Heart – Dr. R. A. Writes:

Issues Heart

Here is a post in which Dr. R. A. explains why she writes:

“The Bible says to “guard our hearts with all diligence because out of it flows the issues of life”. This may seem very vague as there is no outline as to how to guard it…no series or steps and definitely no recipe as to how to produce the desired result.  This results in individuals taking the scenic route of various trial and error processes and if we learn from these “trial and error” then we become that much wiser and cautious to following this advice.  We eventually learn that when this advice is not keenly adhered to then indelible impressions are etched on our person. It for this reason that I write and pour out the issues within. 11/13/16”



You can find the rest of Dr. R.A.’s  story on her page.  Her logo is in my sidebar and on the Partners’ Page at the top of my website!  When you visit be sure to tell her Danny sent ya!

New Year, New Problems

Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching!

Bankruptcy is ongoing. All these holidays putting things off. I have given two banks the lawyers info.

My Amazon account was hijacked. Doesn’t look like anything was purchased. They got in and changed my email address and password. Their computer techs were able to lock my account and sent me to a page to  change it. Canceled any orders if there were any that weren’t processed. Recent viewings weren’t mine. Seems to be changed now and working under my email address.

I couldn’t have my last lumbar epidural so just was able to schedule one for 4 weeks, The pain is tremendous. Have no choice but to wait. Hopefully won’t have to cancel this one.

Tessa – advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.wordpress.com (this blog contains my old work), new work is on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

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My Grown-up Chronic List

Being Lydia!

In one of the several FB groups I belong to, the question was asked, “What is one thing (or more) you are thankful for this holiday season?

I listed a couple of things; however, since then I have come up with more so I thought I would share them here. Unlike the song that inspired the title, this is not a list of what I want, but rather what I already have and am thankful for.

  1. Our new place with its beautiful view and a ton of natural light, which helps my depression. I never wanted to live in a condo again; however, I can’t think of anything wrong with this place. I have felt healthier and happier in the seven months we have been here.
  2. Our new pup, Miley. It is so great watching all of her “firsts” like snow, the cat, playing in the dog park. Yes, I…

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Welcome Dream Big Partner: A Christian In Bloom!!

I am pleased to welcome the latest blogger to become a Dream Big Partner: A Christian in Bloom:

Here is an excerpt from the A Christian In Bloom about page:

“A Christian In Bloom was created out of a need to stay the course as I stumble along my walk with God.

I say stumble because truthfully, I need to up my game as a Christian.

God has always been a part of my life but like many people, during a dark time in my life, you could say I more or less turned my back on God.

Move to present day and the thought of turning my back on God makes me cringe. How He continues to forgive me I will never know.

Before this blog, I had another blog in which the main theme revolved around mental illness. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and at the time I needed an outlet to cope.

I have reached a point in my life where I am more comfortable with myself than I was then. I am more self aware and I am more aware of God than ever before. That’s what I truly relate to now and that’s what I want to focus on.

The topic of mental illness will always be close to my heart but I am more than my illness. I want to get to know this new me. I don’t want to rehash my past anymore. I want to know God and the plans He has for me.

It is my hope that when you visit here, you will feel safe and supported, connect with like minds and continue to grow in your faith.

One thing you will notice is that I love to write prayers. I feel at peace when I do this and so I figured a blog would be the best way to document my daily prayers.

I also like to express myself through poetry and love inspirational stories so I have included that here as well.

Finally, I offer a prayer chain for those in need of prayer. I know with all my heart there is power in prayer and there is power in numbers. ❤

In closing, I am not sure where this journey is going to take me, but I hope to meet people along the way who well help to enhance my journey with God. In turn, I hope I can do the same for you!

Take Care & God Bless ❤


You can find the rest of Cavelle’s story on her about page.  Her logo is in my sidebar and on the Partners’ Page at the top of my website!  When you visit be sure to tell her Danny sent ya!

Welcome Dream Big Partner: Captain Jills Journeys!!

I am pleased to welcome the latest blogger to become a Dream Big Partner: Captain Jills Journeys:



Here is an excerpt from Captain Jills Journeys’ about page:

“I am an independent woman who works on the water and I love to travel the world whenever I can. I started out sailing on my fathers old schooner, got my own sea snark when I was a kid and worked around town on lots of friends fishing boats and the party boats down the street.I got real lucky and was sent off (as punishment!) to school on a large traditional sailing ship. We sailed from Greece to Martinique and back to Europe. That did it! I decided to become a ship captain and sail the world and get paid to do it! The love of travel and the sea has not left me yet and I guess it never will.Schooner Ariadne


I love to explore physically and mentally. I love the sense of adventure. I love to see whatever the world has to offer. I love to read and listen to music. I love to eat and drink and have a good time. I’m a friendly and down to earth person, I’m NOT politically correct! I take people as they come and love to meet new people.”


You can find Captain Jills Journeys logo in my sidebar and on the Partners’ Page at the top of my website!  When you visit be sure to tell her Danny sent ya!

Welcome Dream Big Partner: Mental Break – In Progress!!

I am pleased to welcome the latest blogger to become a Dream Big Partner: Mental Break-InProgress:


Here is an excerpt from the Mental Break – In Progress about page:


My name is Cavelle. Pleased to meet you!Mental Break – In Progress was originally created as a therapeutic outlet for me after receiving a diagnoses of Bipolar 2 Disorder. My life has evolved so much since then and writing has slowly but surely helped me to develop my voice and give me a sense of purpose.I write about many things however, you will note a few repeated themes –One of course being mental illness but also-

My walk with God. ❤

I went through a dark time in my life in which I turned my back to Him. I was in the throws of a mental illness I didn’t know I had and yet God has seen me through it all despite that.


You can find the rest of Cavelle’s story on her about page.  Her logo is in my sidebar and on the Partners’ Page at the top of my website!  When you visit be sure to tell her Danny sent ya!

Danny’s World: Disney’s Right Around the Corner!

DannyIn one week Evelina and I will be putting the final touches on packing and getting ready to head to Florida for her birthday Disney trip.  To say we are excited is an understatement!  For me the holiday will be well earned as I have busted my tail to hit some of my goals before the end of the year.

For those of you who might be new to Dream Big, Evelina is from Poland and dreamed of going to Disney since she was a little girl.  So in 2012 I proposed to her in the rose garden (no longer exists) at Magic Kingdom beside the castle during the fireworks show.  It was incredible.  We then honeymooned at Disney, spent our first anniversary at Disney and family vacation at Disney.  We are a Disney family to say the least.

It will be nice to get away for an extended time and I cannot wait!!


Danny’s World: Medicine Can Be Scary

DannyToday I have an appointment with a big client so I’ll be getting ready for that.  On an unrelated note I had a really bad reaction to a medication last week that was scary.  While I was driving home from an appointment I developed a shaky eye that wouldn’t focus properly.   The issue lasted for about 5 minutes and then went away.

My doctor has now called in a new medication to help me with a little anxiety issue I’ve developed due to the MS.  It is funny that a lot of the people I know who live with MS develop anxiety issues.  I guess it has to do with the sensitivity to noisy environments and/or the stress of constantly being in pain.

At any rate I’ll start the new medication today.

“Will You Still Love Me If I …?”

Being Lydia!

I had the TV on for background noise yesterday while I was working on a cake. If I am alone and not at the computer I have to have something on, whether it is the radio or the TV. I leave it on the same station that I watch the news on and it just goes on with talk shows, soap operas, whatever. It doesn’t matter because I am not watching, I just need to hear talking or I get too distracted – as ironic as that may sound.

But two things did grab my attention.

The first was “The Talk”. Their final guest was Charlie Puth and I was very impressed with him. He is funny and a very talented singer/ songwriter. He told Sharon Osborne that he almost didn’t get to sing the song that made him famous “See You Again” on which he was featured with Wiz…

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The ABC’s of Remaining Optimistic When You Just Aren’t Feeling It

If you are experiencing chronic pain, read then post!!!!

Reclaiming HOPE

ABCs of Remaining Optimistic

The last couple of weeks have been tough — a monster headache last week, and this week, I had the worst fibro flare I’ve had in a long time. I’ve spent all week just trying to get through each day. On days like these, it’s really hard to feel very optimistic, but one of the building blocks of my HOPE plan is optimism, so I need to find a way to be optimistic even if I don’t feel it.

Why would optimism be important to living well with chronic pain. or any chronic illness for that matter? The definition of optimism on Dicitionary.com is this: “a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.” I’m not talking about unicorns and glitter here — I’m talking about feeling that I can do something to improve the way I…

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