Puerto Rico’s Resilience Teaches Lessons

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This year, we began our trip in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  We have been to San Juan and always love it!  We had not returned since Puerto Rico was hit by the hurricane and it was different.  As we approached landing, we saw the blue tarps covering homes as roofs and the destruction that was left behind.  With that said,

It is a magical place that screams resilience, history and strength!

Throughout our days there, we spoke with an electrician working hot long days on reestablishing electricity while working with generators.  He was touched by the locals cooking him lunch and was happy to be helping. We spoke with our cab driver who seemed grateful for the United States assistance.  As we entered a local restaurant, we were welcomed by a local couple simply saying, “Welcome to our island!”  After such devastation, we found the Puerto Ricans to be as lovely as ever!

Here’s the lesson learned in Puerto Rico:

As we explored the city (and prior to coming) we told our children how it had been hit by a storm.  People lost everything!  At home, we often discuss being grateful and how lucky we are to have the many luxuries that we take for granted.  Puerto Rico was able to put our words into real life realizations.

As my mom walked hand in hand with my son (5years) she was talking about how much people lost.  He, very maturely, looked up at her and said, “That’s why we donate.”

When we returned home, without having a discussion, my son looked around our bathroom and said, “We are so lucky to have running water.  Not everyone has that.  We are so lucky to have pjs to sleep in and a bed.  Not everyone has that…..”  He then went off on a preschool tangent listing everything in our house and reminding me that not everyone has that.

The amazing thing was, I knew that he was referring to Puerto Rico.  I have always talked about gratitude with them (and why we donate) but seeing it stuck with him in a different way.  As a teacher and a mom, I can tell you that my words can only go so far.  His visual of the homes and experience of interacting with locals having smiles on their faces was powerful.

Previously, I have written about taking my children out of school for vacation.  My children are still young and I don’t plan on putting them at a disadvantage academically, but I see benefits beyond school when traveling…..

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My Migraine Life Instagram Inspiration

In case you missed it this week….


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#itstheclimb 🏔Most days I feel proud of putting one foot in front of the other. Some days I feel like I can scale mountains and other days it takes as much effort to get out of bed. Everyday is a challenge and with rocks by my side I feel powerful 💪👣




“Whatever you are physically…male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy–all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.” ❤️🌊🙏
Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)



Walt Whitman — ‘Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.’





This is how I spend my snow day and why we are snow birds!


A picture can say 1,000 words.  After going on vacation this week’s posts serve as inspiration and a visual escape. 

Be sure to follow along on Instagram


February, the Month for Extra Self-Care and Love


November I focus on all the people and things I’m grateful for.

December I focus on all the wonderful products I love to give to others.

January I focus on recovering from December and making small obtainable resolutions.

February I focus on Self-Care….it’s a month filled with sickness, hibernation, love/Valentine’s, and a whole lot of much needed self care.

Why am I starting my Self Care Series a week late? Did you read the last sentence?  Sickness!  My house has been struck by the flu for my husband, my sweet boy (Who is a whole hand now!) and myself.  Everyone gets the flu but I was struck by a 2 day migraine to follow and a week later I’m crawling out of bed.

The purpose of my self care series is to make myself a priority each day in a small but significant way.  Some things I make and use products for, other things are simple, quick and free.  The point is to make the conscious effort to stop, breathe, and focus on just one small thing each day.  My hope is that all of these small things  will accumulate and make a big difference if not physically but mentally.

I find that just by saying to myself “You need this today.  You are taking the time to give it to yourself.” is powerful.  It may be something I do everyday but making the mental note to slow down and relish in it is what I want my focus on.

Being present in each self care act is important.  Follow along and try to do something for yourself each day this month.  Maybe it will flow over to March and become part of your lifestyle.  Maybe, like me, you have plans but are knocked down.  My advice is, get up when you can and take care.  That’s what I’m doing! I’ll do my best and that’s all you should ask of yourself.

What Self-Care things do you do?

Follow along and see what I have planned (I may even have a giveaway as a gift for taking extra care this month).  I’d love to add your ideas to my list and we can help each other help ourselves 🙂


Thankful list 2017 On My Migraine Life


Thank you to those who showed gratitude in November on My Migraine Life.  I am so thankful to have a community of supporters and those I can support throughout the year.  We may suffer a lot but we appreciate the things in life that make us better.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!  May it be filled with health, gratitude, and many blessings!

Here are some comments you made:

  1. “Thankful for friends, family, a safe place to live and ability to pay my bills.
  2. For this group.
  3. Thankful for modern medicine
  4. Laughter
  5. I live for the pain-free moments of laughter with family and friends!!
  6. When pain level is low enough to be functional
  7. I am thankful that I am able to still keep a job that I love and be a good mommy to my kids
  8. Thankful for my family, my jobs, and my animals!
  9. I am so thankful for my amazing husband who allows me to tag out when I need to lay down and take care of myself. And for his willingness to work past exhaustion to take care of me and our family when I cannot “pull my weight” during times of pain.
  10. I’m thankful for my amazing and supportive husband. I’m also thankful for the awesome support system I have at work! Without my husband and my work family my life would be awful.
  11. I’m thankful for my amazing husband and children who support me every single day and for my beautiful family of migraine warriors!
  12. I am thankful for your blog! I do not like having “this thing” in common with anyone….but am thankful that you can put into words what I often can’t…or won’t.
  13. I am thankful to live in a city of doctors and options.
  14. I am thankful for a long list of relatives that share in our unfortunate disease, but not all at such a high level.
  15. I am thankful for my husband, who from day one has understood me, and what the future holds with my health, and has never flinched, never questioned, never judged.
  16. I am thankful for my children, good lord are they a blessing, God’s greatest gift to me by far.
  17. I am thankful for my energetic children, who give me a reason to muddle through my painful fog, even though sometimes I’d rather hide in bed.
  18. I want to thank My Migraine Life for your post on being a mom with a migraine.  You are right it takes a village to raise a kid.  That’s why God gave us the ability to ask for help.   But reading that other moms felt like I did was wonderful.  So thank you and I pray that your message touches other people like it did me.
  19. I feel blessed in many ways and could write a very long list, but the big one I will share is that I am thankful my migraines and headaches are not as frequent as so many others who have to deal with them so regularly.  Because I know how painful and debilitating from life they are, I am amazed at the strength that you and so many others have in not only “getting through the day” but kicking ass doing it.
  20. I woke up today, I’m thankful for that.
  21. I’m thankful to be finding community here, too. I’ve struggled with migraines for years, tried a variety of meds and elimination diets without very good results. It’s so helpful to find understanding, optimistic peers! I’m looking into a headache hat and a new pair of glasses this month, thanks to you!
  22. I am thankful for so many things I can’t name them all, so I am very thankful & although I may not have the best of everything I am blessed
  23. Thank you for this post.
  24. I am thankful for my wonderful husband who puts up with a house that’s not always clean, listens to me when I’m frustrated with doctors or treatments that don’t work, and doesn’t care that I don’t cook (lol).
  25. I’m thankful for my two grown children and 6 beautiful grandchildren.
  26. I’m thankful that I have two best buddy dogs that snuggle when I need it and keep me entertained when I’m stuck in my house for days on end.
  27. I’m thankful I woke up today even though the moment I woke up my headache knocked on my brain.
  28. I’m thankful for communities like this one that is a place of kindness and support.
  29. I’m thankful for today despite the challenges.
  30. I’m thankful for people like you that make me feel less alone in this struggle with chronic headaches.
  31. Like others have already said – I’m thankful for finding your blog, and this post especially.
  32. Love reading this blog and hearing how inspiring you are. “

Thank you to all who chose to take time out of your day to give thanks and share with My Migraine Life community.  I am inspired by all your kind words and strive to make this blog the community, support system, and positive place it is.  Migraines are painful, being a mom is overwhelming and life is chaotic.  May we all find strength and take each day at a time hopefully towards health and happiness!

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!!!

Can meditation help Migraine?


A few years ago, I posted my experience with meditation.

As with many things I try for my Migraines, I wasn’t successful and decided to try again later.  A few months ago, I went to a class that guided me through a meditation with a discussion at the end.  The discussion was how I didn’t need to chant or become fully Zen to be successful with meditation.

So I’m attempting it again….

If you find meditation beneficial please leave your comments below.  Do you use an app?  Do you read or listen to a pod cast? What makes it beneficial to you and how long did it take to feel like meditation was helping?

Why I’m thankful, grateful and blessed the day after a Migraine


This has been a tough weekend for me.  Friday I spend all day in bed and rode out a level 8+ pain level for over 5 hours as just part of my day fighting Migraine.  It was one of those day……

Along with all the people I listed in my Thankful post, yesterday I was simply thankful that I could leave my room.  Not many people understand the isolation of being chronically sick and the literal battle that is done within one’s self.

Yesterday I felt like a super hero for just being able to leave my room.  Small victory for most but for those of us who understand…..a reason to be THANKFUL!

Please continue to add to my list on how your are thankful, grateful and blessed.  Just setting the intention of finding something positive in each day may change your outlook altogether.   Comment here on the blog, on facebook, twitter or Instagram.  You don’t need to have migraine to comment.  Everyone should find gratitude in their day!

Count Other’s Blessings as Your Own

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Friday Feelings

Yesterday was a hard day for me.  It was one of those days where I had a bunch of things on my calendar and they all turned out a little worse than I had expected.  I had 2 doctors appointments, one of them leaving me in tears.  I had a conference about my child that left me more worried than usual (and let’s be honest, all I do is worry about them).  I wanted to treat myself to a smoothie after one of my doctors appointments and even that didn’t work out.  It seemed like an “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day.”

Then I got a text from a dear friend that my prayers had been answered.  I have had her on my prayer list for many months and her news once again brought tears to my eyes (in the best way!).  It was such a reminder to stop feeling bad for myself.  I say it to my children often and the text reminded me the same….you are not the only one who needs help!

While one of my appointments left me incredibly down about myself and the future of my health, I was lifted with news that my lovely friend was given the health and strength I needed.   My pain can be so consuming that some days it’s hard to see through the dark clouds.  My deserving friend broke through those clouds to rain sunshine on so many of us with her text.

So here’s my Friday Feelings and vibes for the weekend…….

Count other’s blessings as your own. 

Knowing my loved ones are surviving and thriving is a blessing upon myself.  It’s easy to feel bad for myself but allowing myself to feel joy in others blessings is a gift.  It allowed me to step away from myself and towards the greater good.  It doesn’t make my big issues disappear but it sure does make a smoothie seem silly.