One day I will…

Hello, friends and welcome to Friday Five.

The weeks have been long, the days have been hectic, and I still have so much to do before I leave on my trip to see my sister. Fun fact, it’s been five years since I’ve been back to my home state. I am beyond excited. But, I am also stressed. Making sure I have everything I’ll need for my diabetes, and then some, plus packing for myself and a two year old…Not fun. So to try and keep a cool and calm attitude I thought it would be a fun distraction to post a Friday Five.

This one is 5 things I hope to do/accomplish in my lifetime…

In no particular order, and probably leaving out so many more things, here we go.

  1. A little random but I hope to visit a few states I’ve never been to. New York, I mean the shopping alone is supposed to be remarkable. The shows, the lights, the history. It would be amazing to spend a weekend out there. Also, Vegas. No, I’ve really never been but would like to. I hear it’s so much fun and the atmosphere is electric. Last, but not least, Washington D.C. Now there’s a state with history and life. I would love to see the sights there and tuck that under awesome adventures.
  2. One day I would like to write a book. I’m not quite sure what it would be about, that’s probably the reason I haven’t started yet, but I think it would be very fulfilling to write a book about my life. Therapeutic, maybe. Even if no one ever read it, I think it would be neat to say, yeah I did that! I do have ideas swirling around and a few outlines but nothing concrete or worth sharing just yet. I suppose you’ll just have to stay tuned.
  3. Now this one may be silly but I would love to learn how to drive a manual car. My husband tried teaching me once and that did not go very well. There’s just so much you have to be doing and stay focused on. Some of the cooler cars come manual though. Just saying. Also, I think it would be beneficial to know and have that skill. Not too many people do from what I hear so to have that up my sleeve would be kind of cool.
  4. In the spirit of travel I would really love to visit a few different countries. I love seeing new places and experiencing different cultures. I think to truly learn about one another is to submerge ourselves. The food, the art, the people. One day I will get to explore and discover and I can not wait.
  5. Lastly, I would really like to learn how to sew. I can do buttons and small tears but I would love to make a quilt one day. Something that can stay in the family. Something with meaning. I saw one made with Tshirts from states the couple had visited. How beautiful is that. I’m sure I can teach myself, when I find the time. But who knows when that will happen. Maybe one day I will though.

Hope you enjoyed this Friday Five Segment.

If you have any ideas for more of these, things you’re just dying to know. Leave a comment. What would you like to accomplish in your life?

Have a lovely evening and don’t forget to wear that smile.

5 Things I wish people knew about living with Diabetes…

Let’s get right to it. Diabetes is difficult. Like, really difficult. It can be managed, yes. However, the emotional, physical, and mental state this illness can leave you in is pure craziness. One minute you’re completely in control and then you eat something, or go for a jog, or start stressing about the new promotion at work and then bam! You’re on a full blown diabetes roller coaster you never asked to be on.

This illness is hectic, tedious, and unruly. Even on the days you have massive control it isn’t because you were carefree. It takes patience beyond measure, commitment, and a whole lot of will power. I’m not speaking for everyone but my personal relationship with diabetes is a love hate one. I hate it, and it loves to hate me right back. The scars left behind by depression, anxiety, and just an overall fear of all the what if’s is enough to make a person want to scream. This illness is no joke, even though I try to make light of living with it. I do this because if I don’t laugh, even just a little, I would live in a funk.

So I’ve compiled five things I wish people knew about living with type one diabetes.

  1. I wish people knew that even though I am smiling on the outside, inside I am always freaking out. Are my numbers alright? I feel weird, why? I’m so thirsty…is my glucose high? What if I pass out from a low glucose and it’s just me and my kids? Why was my A1c so high? What am I doing wrong? I am constantly having to stay a few steps ahead of diabetes or it will catch me and make sure I fall hard. The truth is that Diabetes is a monster. It doesn’t care about anything.
  2. I wish people knew that it takes so much to stay in control of this. Maybe I make this look easy but it is far from it. Just thinking about being in charge of a drug that could potentially kill me is kind of a mind explosion. I’m not a doctor and yet I have to administer this drug to myself daily. Of course with out it I could die. So there really isn’t a grey area. I either do what I have to or I’m gone.
  3. I wish people knew that I didn’t do this to myself. None of us woke up one day asking to be diabetics. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. The fear alone of what could happen, or what is inevitable, is depressing. It can eat away at your sanity if you let it. I could fall asleep and never wake up. I could go into a coma. One day my kidneys could go on a permanent vacation, I know quite a few diabetics on dialysis already. Organs can decide not to work. I mean the list goes on. Not to mention I could lose feeling in my feet. People have had to get fingers, toes, even limbs amputated because of the havoc this disease creates. Why wouldn’t I have prevented myself from getting this illness if I could have? No one asks for this. It happens and we deal but I wish people understood that. Sugar didn’t do this to me. Cake wasn’t my enemy. It just happened.
  4. I wish people knew that even when I complain I’m never giving up. I can’t. It’s a real fight or flight kind of thing. You can either embrace it, run with it, and do your very best. Or you can let it take over your entire being until you’re consumed by it. Love and support from family and friends can go a long way. Every little encouraging thought, note, hug, whatever it may be, means the world to us. I know to me it does. If I didn’t have my support system who knows where I would be. I have met plenty of diabetics not caring about their illness because no one cares about them. What’s the point of fighting when you have no one in your corner.
  5. Lastly, I wish people knew that diabetes doesn’t limit us. I may have to take a few extra steps, precautions, or detours, but I am fully capable of taking this world on with diabetes on my back. We can do anything we put our minds to, with just a little more pizzazz, and a lot of snacks.

What’s something you wish people knew about living with Diabetes?

Review Wednesday.

It’s Review Wednesday.

A new installment where I review products I love, or don’t love, just for the fun of it.

Today we’ll be talking about LuLaRoe.

So let’s dive right in…

But first a disclaimer: I was not given these items for free, I did purchase them for the opportunity to try and review. All opinions are my own and do not reflect anyone else’s thoughts or ideas. I have not been influenced in any way.

Okay, I know you’ve seen them. The “buttah” leggings that are supposed to be so incredibly soft they feel like straight butter on your legs. Or perhaps you’ve been invited to the groups over Facebook.  If you’re like me then you probably had no idea what LuLaRoe was or how to get a hold of these leggings. Well, I partnered up with a dear friend of mine to fill you in on what this brand is and what exactly you’re missing out on,

If you don’t know what LuLuRoe is you can check out the website here where they talk about how the company got started and why it is such a life changing community. There’s a lot of great information there for you. But if you are just looking for the facts I can say that the styles are beautiful, the fabrics come in gorgeous patterns, and they really are the most comfortable thing you will ever wear.

Sizes range from XXS to 3XL. Teen and kid sizing is also available.

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There are also quite an array of styles and farbics to choose from. Skirts to dresses. Tops, leggings, and cardigan like covers. You can put together whole outfits and each one is just as unique as the person buying them. It’s kind of amazing. I personally went rather tame with my choices for my first LuLaRoe outfit.

A solid blue LuLaRoe Irma Tunic which the website describes as a loose, knit “high-low” tunic with fitted mid-length sleeves. The website also claims they are perfect for any body – no matter your shape, size, height or nail color…I completely agree. I despise online shopping so throwing caution to the wind and hoping everything looked decent on me was nerve wrecking but once I put the irma on I felt a real confidence. It hugged my curves in all the right places and didn’t leave me feeling frumpy either.

New leggings are always a plus. Who doesn’t love throwing on a comfortable and fun pair of these when lounging. They were oh so soft and I could honestly live in them. Don’t mind my son posing in the background. He was feeling left out.

With LuLaRoe, named after the owners grandchildren; Lucy, Lola, and Rose, you are definitely getting what you pay for. Soft, flattering, comfortable, and quality. I have worn, washed, repeated, the items I bought still look great. I would recommend this brand to anyone. If the prices seem too steep you should at least pick up a pair of the leggings. They are priced at about $25. Add a fun print to your life. You won’t regret it.

My friend Jess’ Facebook page is located here if you’d like a starting point. She does a lot of fun games, giveaways, and is just such a joy to be around. Her love and passion for life really spills into everything she does. Reach out to her if there is a specific print of leggings you might be looking for. She’s awesome at what she does.

Have you heard of LuLaRoe? If not, thoughts? If yes, what are your favorite pieces?