Monday, July 10, 2017

Best Friends

“A best friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have!”
- Sarah Jessica Parker



In the summertime especially I truly cherish the time that I have with true friends. After a brain injury many of us have lost many friends but the ones that endure are truly excellent characters for us to associate with. What is surprising is that my truest friends are people that I became close with when I was a child and was very into riding horses. Even though I no longer ride horses, they have stuck by me and have been supportive of me in my current ventures. My best friend has stuck by me throughout the many ups and downs that I have had with this injury. Depending upon where I am in my Botox schedule I sometimes shake more apparently than others. I do not walk perfectly and I need assistance when it comes to cutting my food. I have three great friends that I am never embarrassed to ask for help. They will assist me with anything that I need help with. I would love to hear who else has seen their friends really rise to the occasion and assist them in whatever life throws their way. I accompanied my best friend to the beach yesterday and we had a wonderful day. She has been by my side quite often recently because I am alone for right now as my family is in Disney World with my brother and his family. I did not go with them down to Florida because I do not love the extreme heat of Florida in the summer. They went now because my niece and nephew are out of school. My best friend works in a school system so she is off right now as well. She and I go to the beach and go to see bands at night. It has really made my time alone much more tolerable. I would love to hear who has seen their true friends come to the forefront after a trying life situation has occurred. I know of many people who have gone through a divorce and subsequently really had to reevaluate who their friends were. I have been friends with my best friend since childhood and I am sure that I will be by her side no matter what life throws at her. I have seen how she has been so supportive of me throughout a few difficulties that I have had in life already. I hope that you are all graced with at least one true friend who would do anything for you regardless of any difficulties that you may have gone through. Life is not easy and we will all go through difficult situations throughout our lives.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

It's Never too Late to Change Your Life for the Better

“It’s never too late to change your life for the better. You don’t have to take huge steps to change your life. Making even the smallest changes to your daily routine can make a big difference in your life." Roy T. Bennett

I try and live everyday with this in my mind. Drastic changes to your daily routine are not needed. Small tweaks to your daily routine can make a big difference over time. Following an injury you may feel as though much of your life is out of control. It is important that you remain in control of what you can. I have spoken with many survivors and I try and convey the importance of not using substances. It is vastly important to eat a healthy diet and to understand what is going in your body. Following a brain injury we are even more reactive to what we put in our bodies. Every day I am sure to not ingest things that are poor in regards to my health. I think that sometimes we all feel as though we could use a change in our lives but we are unsure of how to go about attaining it. Huge changes are not always necessary. We all have the ability to try and improve our daily routines. This morning I made sure to go out of my way to wish the valet drivers at the hospital a fantastic day. The smile that I received this morning was a great way to start my day! My change that I need to make is to not be so critical of my physical features. I need to remind myself daily that one’s life worth is not based on how he/she looks in an outfit. This morning the warm smile that I received had way more to do with my attitude than anything else. I know that I am not alone in my thinking because weekly I talk with patients about the importance of a good attitude and the benefits that it can have on your rehabilitation. One resident who I visited with made it his mission to report to me weekly about his bird friends that he had made his unofficial pets from one of the rehabilitation centers. That was an example of a small change that he made to his daily routine that drastically improved his state of mind! It is my hope that people understand how greatly things can be impacted by small changes made to your everyday routine. Roy T. Bennett’s quote is one hundred percent true. Minute changes are all that is needed to your daily routine. Daily actions become automatic and non-spectacular over time. One small difference or alteration to the routine is fantastic and can greatly help you over time. I am hopeful that I will be able to continually increase my state of mind. I know that I need to continually work towards being okay with whom I am following my injury. Even though my injury was a long time ago I will be forever be working towards being okay with who I am in my body post brain injury. I thank you very much for reading and I would love to hear any thoughts that you may have.

~Noelle

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summertime Enjoying Surfrider


“Happiness comes when we stop complaining about all of the troubles that we have and instead offer thanks for all of the troubles that we don’t have.” Unknown

It is now the summer and it is awesome to be able to enjoy the beach and the water. Living in the northeast I truly experience the chill of winter and also the heat of the summer. I went down to the beach and was happy to see the ocean; the club that I attended even had palm trees planted. Even though palm trees are not native to my area, they added a lovely touch to the beach club. The beach has an amazing ability to make you forget any troubles that you may have. The vast ocean is a subtle reminder of how small we are in the world. The beach allows us to feel at peace. Following a brain injury many of us have difficulty walking in the sand. I am certain that I don’t walk quickly on the sand. I was still able to meet people down at the beach and my friends know me and they understand the difficulties that I have from my brain injury. It is my hope that everyone who has had a brain injury will surround themselves with people who understand. I can assure you that there are people who understand. It is incredible to offer thanks for the gifts that we are given. There are always five thousand things to be thankful for to contradict any complaint that we might have. I think about how fortunate we are to have the ability to enjoy and celebrate on the beach. At the beach there is always the hustle bustle of the families organizing their barbecues for the evening. Summer to summer the children of the families grow up. My niece and nephew are such great swimmers now. I completely feel as though it was only yesterday that they were in swimmies and only stayed in the shallow end of the pool. My walking in the sand is certainly a bit of a challenge for me but as long as I am surrounded by caring people who understand I do not mind. The children greatly enjoy the beach and it is good for our family to be able to go and support each other. It is my hope that every survivor of brain injury does not allow the injury to dictate where they are able to go during times that they enjoy. For as long as I can remember I have always greatly enjoyed the beach. I still do and I likely always will. I would love to hear what you do to enjoy your summer months. I thank you very much for reading and would love to hear any responses that you may have.

~Noelle

Monday, June 19, 2017

Celebrate Your Parents (and Your Pets)

Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad.  
- Anne Geddes

This previous weekend was father’s day. I am so thankful to both of my parents for the way that they have stepped up for me. I truly believe that after an injury we need to celebrate and be able to step outside of ourselves. Often I consider how fantastic both of my parents have been in the wake of my injury. I am not your typical thirty-two year old and I depend on them a great deal in ways I am sure that are unlike their constituents. The thing that I am positive to make sure is that I am incredibly appreciative for all that they do for me. Father’s Day and Mother’s Day I feel are both small opportunities for children to share their appreciation for their parents. I feel that a person should never pass up an opportunity to thank their parents for all that they do. I have been incredibly fortunate in that my parents have always stepped up to support me.

After my injury my father came to the hospital every day following work. At one point I remember I was scared to take a shower because I feared that the water would be cold; my father came to the hospital before work to ensure that I would be given a warm shower. I will never forget how incredible my parents were to me throughout my injury. No matter what I do to show my appreciation it will never be enough to show my true gratification for all that they do for me. This previous weekend I celebrated Father’s day out at my Dad’s farm in Cream Ridge. I have included a picture of one of my Dad’s dogs that was enjoying the pool on a warm afternoon.


It is always important for you to get outside of yourself and to celebrate other people. This weekend I celebrated my father and all that he has done for me while enjoying his pool and his animals. Sundays are nice days to wind the week up and prepare for the upcoming week ahead. I was able to reflect upon the week while relaxing and enjoying great company. My brother wasn’t able to attend as he had previous commitments but he will bring his family out at another point. It is interesting for me to witness how as we are getting older, my brother now has a family of his own. The torch has been handed over and now it is my brother who has a blossoming family with young children. I was sure to send all of the fathers who are friends of mine well wishes and I truly hope that they were able to enjoy their day with family.  I would love to hear what you did to enjoy your father’s day. As always I thank you for reading!

~Noelle

Friday, June 16, 2017

What's Done is Done

“What's done is done. What's gone is gone. One of life's lessons is always moving on. It’s okay to look back to see how far you’ve come but keep moving forward.”  Roy T. Bennett


This quote is one of the hardest in life to satiate upon. We all will go through periods that we wish that we could take back. An incredible lesson in life is learning to always move forward. Of course I wish that my accident never occurred, but I cannot allow myself to consider how my life would have been had the accident never occurred. It did occur and my life is altered. My life now gives me the credibility to speak with others who have undergone his/her own life difficulties. I have had to learn and remind myself quite often that it is okay to reflect upon how far I have come to gather motivation to keep putting one foot after the other. We all have a long road that we are on and we must do our best to never doubt constant forward motion. At times things may be fearful to us but we have to never doubt and keep our faith alive and well. It is important to surround ourselves with loving friends and family. I make sure to always remember this when I am cultivating relationships with people. I enjoy going to see bands and being outside, but more than anything I appreciate being surrounded by people who I care about. Recently I was able to remember just how fortunate I am to be able to be outside and laughing with friends and family. My accident is in my past but I must always move forward. I am able to enjoy being surrounded by people that I care about and to ensure that I continue moving forward. I always try and surround myself with positive people who are always thinking proactively in regards to their lives. Positivity is contagious and therefore we all must try to surround ourselves with positive people. I know that following my injury I absorb emotions quite easily from other people and that I must be sure to always put a great deal of importance in regards to those that I surround myself with. I will always put great importance on this fact and make sure that it is always a priority in my relationships. I would love to hear who else has noticed a slight change in what is important to them in regards to friendships following a life occurrence. I know several people who have had to reassess how they make friendships following a divorce or even after taking a new job. Most of my friends are from many years ago and I still am quite close with several of them. I thank you very much for reading and would love to read any input that you may have.


~Noelle

Friday, June 9, 2017

Be Open to Suggestions




I recently got my Botox injections which help me tremendously with my headaches. I learned that you have to be open to helpful suggestions from various sources. Working in healthcare, mostly everyone who you come across daily is in the business of helping people to feel better. I have included two pictures where you can see that my demeanor increases dramatically from the picture in my office (where the lighting is not ideal for a migraine sufferer) and a selfie that I snapped at my house a few days following the Botox injections. Botox injections have been a game changer for me in regards to me being able to lead a productive life. I feel that it is my duty to be open with other migraine sufferers who are trying to live a productive life. My life was run by hoping and praying that I wouldn’t get a migraine when I had things planned. Botox was suggested to me by a doctor who was in attendance at one of my speeches. Thankfully I took the advice which was suggested to me and have benefitted greatly from the Botox injections. I am able to live my life for the most part without being sidelined by my migraines. I still do get a few break-through migraines but they are far more manageable then they were prior. I am forever thankful to the healthcare provider who suggested that I try Botox injections to lessen the impact that migraines were having on my life. Prior to me getting the injections, the migraines were running my life. I was trying to schedule things and I’d pray that I wouldn’t have to cancel them because of my headaches. Everyone who I was in contact with understood the severity of my headaches and they knew that I may have to cancel. Since getting my Botox injections it is very rare that I have to miss an appointment. I even enjoy going to see bands and listening to the loud music that they play. Thankfully I am able to take part in many activities that were not an option for me before I began my Botox injections. I am thankful that I have been able to reap the benefits of what are possible when Botox injections have the desired effect on people who are migraine sufferers. I am very open to tell anyone who is a migraine sufferer about my positive experience that I have had with the injections. I am hopeful that another migraine sufferer will experience relief in one way or another and then share his/her experience with others. Every survivor has the ability to share what has helped him/her along the way and help to connect the dots for a new survivor. Unfortunately brain injuries happen to 1.7 million people a year so there are always going to be new survivors who are looking to make their recovery as smooth as possible. I thank you for reading and welcome any comments that you may have.



~Noelle


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Conditions are Never Perfect

“Conditions are never perfect. “Someday is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually” just do it and correct course along the way.” Tim Ferris

 Tim Ferris encourages people to not wait or put things off. We have all heard individuals who constantly recite that things will get done eventually but they lack an action to get the task initiated. It gets pushed off to the side and is soon forgotten. It is important to not always find yourself waiting for the “perfect opportunity”. Such an opportunity will never come. We make situations perfect by taking the first step and taking action. Individuals who possess the ability to be “self-starters” are always preferable to those who wait to be spoon fed. Life is about opportunity and seizing the moment. As a survivor of an injury, I pushed the envelope and pushed forward in my recovery regardless of what overly conservative people recommended. Every aspect of my recovery happened and was successful because I did not put things of or wait to try for “perfect” conditions. Every survivor of a brain injury realizes that much of the recovery is far from perfect. I believe that nothing will happen if you are not willing to risk disappointment. To this day I still challenge myself more so then many deem warranted. I know myself and while I may walk a bit awkwardly in heels, I still do like to wear them with dresses or with suits. I know that while I may look a tad awkward if I were to wait for the “someday” that I walk perfectly in heels then I would never wear any of my fancy shoes. Sometimes you just have to grab the bull by the horns and try something. If we all get stuck waiting for that someday to come we may never be able to achieve our true potential. I would love to hear who else has had experience with pushing the limits following a brain injury. I have learned from my experience that there will always be people who do not understand. Following a brain injury I have had to work extremely hard to make things okay for me. I personally enjoy wearing heels with some of my suiting outfits. I enjoy wearing sandals with a heel in the warm weather. I do understand that many people are going to wonder why I make the effort when it is slightly more difficult for me to keep my balance. At the end of the day, I do it because I want to. Each one of us is capable of making decisions that are in our own best interests regardless of what others may think. I have decided to challenge myself and wear heels when I feel that they match my outfit. I very often wear flats, but on certain days I decide to wear heels regardless of what I know others may think. I always try and remember the Dr. Suess saying, “What others think about you is none of your business.” I would love to know what some of you may think. I have included a picture of me in a suit and heels!

~Noelle


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

If Something Stands Between You and Your Success...

“If something stands between you and your success, move it.” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

If a person is in the correct state of mind, inspiring occurrences are all around us. A safe haven for me and many other survivors that I am in contact with is the gym. I do all that I can to ensure that my body remains healthy. Certain things have happened that are out of my control but there are plenty more things that are in my control. I am sure that I avoid toxins and bad food in my daily nutrition. Following a brain injury it seems that many things are out of our control, we must remain in control of what we can control. I am certain that I have made my decision part of my life at this point. I consistently try and improve my balance and my state of mind. Both of these things can be worked on at the gym. I am proud to say that the overwhelming sentiment that I have absorbed from survivors who I am in contact with is much of the same. That being said, I am relatively certain that most survivors that I am in contact with are proactive in their approach to their recoveries. Family members of injured individuals who do not look to improve themselves I am sure can be frustrated. The key is to try and remain encouraging without allowing his/her frustration to take over. Many things can come between you and your success. It is important to remember that we are always in control of what we do. We are in control of our daily activities and we have the capability of not giving up. When I saw this sign at the gym I was immediately moved by it and I thought of the many individuals who are in recovery. We all view things differently based on our own life’s experiences. I am positive that my view of life is far different from most of the other people in the gym who see that sign. It is a good reminder that you never know the eyes that people are looking at the world with. We can never know everyone’s story. It is important to not be callus in regards to others. I try and take inspiration from every avenue possible. It is important to remember that everyone has a different story and everyone brings different experiences to the table. Inspirational sayings are excellent for all people but they are certainly even more so for someone who has endured an injury. I would love to hear how you feel in relation to inspirational sayings and how you feel that they might affect somebody who has endured an injury differently.

~Noelle


Friday, June 2, 2017

If we want to direct our lives, we must control our actions.

“In essence if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” Tony Robbins 

We need to take notice of what becomes habit. It is very important to plan out our daily actions. There will always be special occurrences yet we need to take notice and make sure that our everyday behaviors are done in support of our grand plans. As a brain injury survivor there are many things that are out of our control. I myself as a brain injury survivor was desperate to find things that I could control. In life there are so many aspects of daily living that those who have never been injured take for granted. As a survivor I recall when I was first able to do my contacts and how big of a deal that was to me. Now as the years have gone on I do my contacts daily without thinking about the accomplishment that it was when I was first able to wear my contacts without struggling. I hope that all survivors take notice of the seemingly small accomplishments that they are able to conquer every day. A survivor must take notice and celebrate the small things that they are capable of each day. An individual needs to take ownership over his/her actions. As a brain injury survivor an individual needs to never lose sight of the accomplishments that he/she is capable of. It is a huge accomplishment for a brain injury survivor to prepare his/her own meals and perform daily activities of daily living. These are things that are taken for granted by so many but as survivors we cannot. Certainly many things are different and in many ways more difficult; but we must give thanks that we have a life. If we are fortunate enough to have a life it is my hope that we will be fortunate enough to be in control of our daily actions. Obviously it is the goal for every survivor to be in control of his or her daily activities and life. Daily it is far too easy to begin to take things for granted once again; reflection and encouragement helps us to be in the state of mind where we can reflect and satiate on our successes. It is necessary in my opinion to not lose sight of your successes ever. Granted, it is not always easy and often we need to be reminded of our successes so that we can have our heads up regarding the next challenge on our agenda. Consistent actions must be remembered as consistent achievements. If you are a survivor of a brain injury, there was a time when you couldn’t have done much of anything independently. It is important to remember this in your daily life as you remain enthusiastic regarding your day to day tasks. I thank you so much for reading and would love to hear how you remain motivated in your day to day lives.

~Noelle

Friday, May 26, 2017

Stay the course and climb for the heights

“It is not the mountain that we conquer but rather ourselves.” Edmund Hillary

Edmund Hillary was born to two parents in New Zealand. As a boy he was hardly the type that one would anticipate to climb and conquer the earth’s highest mountain. He was smaller than most other children and this was why he never pursued sports. As Hilary got older, he decided that he wanted to serve his country. Hilary served in World War two. It was after his service that he decided to pursue his passion of mountain climbing. Edmund Hillary faced many battles that easily could have derailed him from his goal. Hillary did not allow himself to be sidetracked. Having been in the World War Two, I am positive that Edmund Hillary witnessed must difficulty and tragedy. It seemed as though Hillary was truly motivated to pursue his passion by what he witnessed in war.

Edmund Hillary decided to attempt Mt. Everest alongside Tanzing Norgay. The two men made a pact to not reveal who reached the top of the mountain first because they both realized that it was not important. On May 29, 1953 Edmund Hillary along with his climbing partner were able to reach the top of Mt. Everest. After seven weeks of climbing, it was inconsequential who stepped to the very highest peak first to the men. Once the men accomplished their goal they both attained celebrity. Life was not all sunshine and roses for the men following their accomplishment. Edmund Hillary in 1975 underwent a great loss, his wife Louise and their 16 year old daughter Belinda were both killed in a tragic airplane crash. Hillary was a man who had conquered the highest mountain in the world, but he was not invincible to one of life’s greatest tragedies. I think it is important that we all remember that we are capable of great things but life is full of curveballs and we always have to be prepared. Edmund Hilary had an affinity for heights and climbing since he was a young boy. He first realized his draw towards climbing on a school trip.  It is important for us to remember to not allow life altering accident to cause us to lose track of our dreams. I would love to hear any thoughts that you may have and I thank you for reading.
~Noelle

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chrisis JFK

“When written in Chinese the word crisis is composed of two characters; one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” John F. Kennedy

This quote is one that is important to be remembered for all people but certainly someone who is undergoing rehabilitation from an injury. Every time a person tries something out of his/her comfort zone they are always at risk of failing. The flip side of failing is to achieve great things. If you focus upon the literal Chinese meaning of the characters there are equal parts of danger and opportunity in any crisis. Every person has to be groomed to seek out the opportunity in any crisis. Certainly this is easier said than done, but with proper supports in place we all need to remember that yes there will certainly be times of disappointment but a person needs to remember that along with the danger of failing there is an equal portion of an opportunity that is available. The opportunity is not always as easy to be seen as the danger; with proper coaching an individual can be groomed to look for the opportunity. Any person going through rehabilitation can benefit from having a supportive network of individuals who they can meet with throughout his/her journey.

Hospitals have a treatment team who evaluate and meet to discuss an individual at hand. There is a team that is dedicated to helping the patient seek out the opportunity at hand. A recovery in itself can always be an opportunity. A person is free and able to push themselves as hard as possible to achieve as much as he/she desires. Enthusiasm is always needed and encouragement should always be abundant by those who are supporting an individual who is venturing through on his/her own rehabilitation process. Families are always in a situation to make an effort to encourage a member and they were incredibly motivational for me. I have witnessed many people who have benefitted hugely from family encouragement. Rehabilitation is not strictly about the sessions. There are many hours in a day aside from those when a person is in session. Often patients can encourage others during meal times and during down times between therapies. An individual shouldn’t feel as though periods between therapies are anything other than an opportunity to gain encouragement from others and also to share encouragement to others. Often individuals share that they have sensed a positive culture from certain rehabilitation centers. Rehabilitation experiences can often vary widely based on the culture and the population. Rehabilitation experiences can be made or broken based on population experiences. I would love to hear about any experiences that you may have witnessed during rehabilitation. I thank you very much for reading,

~Noelle

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Ultimate Measure Martin Luther King Jr.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Different aspects of life cause people to react differently. Martin Luther King Jr. calls on people to evaluate others when they are under times of distress. A person’s true being comes forth not when they are undergoing moments of sunshine and rainbows but rather when they are experiencing some difficulty and hardship. People that are experiencing rehabilitation from any sort of a hardship will have his/her true being be evident. The rehabilitation from a brain injury was long and arduous. I felt challenged by my the therapists that I worked with as well as by my internal drive which constantly pushed me to seek to achieve more. My true being was certainly challenged and I am sure that my true being was able to be seen by everyone who interacted with me. I work hard to recall and remember the hardships that I went through to ensure that I remain motivated in my daily life. I experience different times of challenge and controversy now than I had in the hospital. I try and recall the difficulties that I went through and compare them to the things that I have difficulties with now. Life is a marathon not a sprint and there will be various times of different difficulties and hardships that a person may not have bargained on in life and we all have to be prepared to navigate around the obstacles that appear to be in our way along our course.

People must be willing to accept changes along the way as they go through. Things come up that are not always bargained on. Never shy from moments of challenge and controversy because it is in these times that the true measure of a man will be seen. People can never be completely sure as to how strong they can be in the face of difficulty until they have no choice but to be strong. It is my hope that no accidents happen and hat nobody will have to go through rehabilitation, but unforeseen circumstances arise and accidents will happen. It is my hope that everyone will realize the strength and the ability that they have and tap into their strength if they need to. Dire situations call upon dire measures. Rehabilitation is an incredible opportunity for a person to showcase the strength and desire that he/she possesses. Individuals need not shy away from difficult situations. When a person takes a difficult situation in stride it is admirable and one never knows the impact that his/her rehabilitation impact can have on others. I try and express to every person that I touch base with that he/she can be an inspiration to others. I thank you very much for reading and as always I welcome any thoughts or reflections that you may have.

~Noelle

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Paul Bryant

“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride- never quit. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.” Paul Bryant

Paul Bryant helps to try and put forth a sense of validity towards those who are putting forth the utmost of effort. The price of succeeding is indeed high but in the realm of an injury there should never be a limit on the amount of effort that you are willing to put forward to get your life back. There should never be a sense of quitting or giving up on you. There will be many trying times where you may be tempted to take the easy way out or to give up, Paul Bryant’s quote reminds us to keep pushing forward towards our goals. One needs to always call upon his/her internal drive to continue pushing forward towards your goal.

I always enjoy surrounding myself with others who inspire you to continue moving forward and can be the impetus for you to want more. Desire and dedication are two of the main components to live and to achieving what you desire. People should realize that within reason any price that you pay in moving towards your goal should be worth it. Personal goals are incredible because they are about you and the effort that you put forth. People can learn much about themselves by the way in which they proceed towards attaining goals. I enjoy talking to patients about how their goals are progressing. Every day is a new slate and should be treated as a new opportunity to progress. I try and inspire every individual who I interact with to believe in them self. Believe in yourself, have pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go. By reflecting upon how far an individual has come it is my hope that he/she will gain a sense of refreshment and renewal. Pride I feel is an ingrained attribute that people either have or are lacking. Like everything else, it must be worked on. Ideally every person should be attempting to gain confidence as he/she proceeds forward. The rewards of victory must always be remembered. An individual should always reflect upon them when he/she is attempting to gather further enthusiasm to proceed forward. The journey of life is all about being inspired to want more for. I feel that as long as you are moving in the correct direction, a person should always want more. To have a healthy desire can be an incredibly motivating factor. I would love to hear about your desires and what you have found to encourage you along the way. I thank you very much for reading.

~Noelle

Friday, April 28, 2017

He Who Moves a Mountain Begins by First Moving Small Stones

“The man who moves a mountain begins by first moving small stones.” Confusious

Everyone needs to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day and that even a monumental task such as moving a mountain begins in the same simple way of first moving a few stones even pebbles. At the end of the day no task in moving towards a goal is too minute or insignificant. A person has to be committed towards his/her goal. Once one has decided that they are all in on a task to reach a goal he/she needs to realize that no aspect is beneath them. Even huge goals begin by first accomplishing a few small tasks. It is easy to desire lofty goals, but maybe not always evident in the ways that an individual goes about beginning to go about moving towards the goal. A person who wants to try and get back to walking, needs to keep the prospective that it will take time to accomplish. A dedicated team of therapists and doctors work together to attempt to motivate people as they work towards their goal. It does not all happen at once and it may take many months or even perhaps years for a person to accomplish the goal at hand. All movement towards a goal is progress. Goal accomplishment always begins by getting the correct state of mind. A healthy state of mind is one where a person will not be disheartened by slow progress in the beginning. Any great accomplishment began first with a glimmer of an idea and the commitment of a person towards it. Distractions and things that may take your focus away from your goal will always come. A person has to be completely committed to their ambition and not allow things to draw their focus away. This is certainly easier said than done and there will always be many things that may distract you and take your focus away from your goal. I think that a person must always try and remember what they are capable of. Self-reflection and meditation is a fantastic way for a person to remain focused on the task at hand. A person has to first make the decision to try something. The most difficult decision is the decision to try. Once the decision to try has been made one has to continue to persevere and truly live his/her commitment to accomplishing that goal. People are always more pleasant to be around when they themselves are self-motivated towards an objective. I think that people need to remember this as they are proceeding forward. There is always another objective to move towards and people need to focus on setting their sights on a singular one at a time. It is always easier to first begin moving towards a goal by starting small. I thank you very much for reading and would love to hear any thoughts that you may have.

~Noelle

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Serenity Prayer Living the Word After a Disability

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things that we cannot change; the courage to change the things we can and the wisdom to know the difference.”

The serenity prayer rings true in so many aspects of life. This prayer to me is incredible because it speaks directly to me in regards to the many frustrations that I have in regards to this brain injury. I know that I am not alone. I am in contact with many survivors who also struggle with the frustrations that often come from a brain injury. My life is entirely different than it was prior and it is very different than I would have planned it to be. My life is not seamless and it is not easy, but I am living it. I as well as survivors in general have to embrace the new normal. It is certainly not easy but we have to reflect upon the serenity prayer daily to ensure that we never lose the ambition to continue pursuing what each one of us was put on this earth to do. The serenity prayer I feel should be recited daily by each one of us. There will always be things that are out of our control, as there will always be choices that can be made. We have to make choices and decisions that are beneficial for us. I occasionally attend brain injury support groups where other survivors share about their lives and what has proven to be successful or detrimental. We cannot allow ourselves to fall to the temptation of making decisions that are detrimental to our well being. The serenity prayer can help us survivors to refocus our ambitions. Circumstances and situations are always going to come about that we didn’t plan on. I am learning that such is life. There are many lecturers that speak in regards to this aspect of life. We as a people need to understand that there will always be unplanned events that occur. I love the serenity prayer and I reflect upon it constantly. I even enjoy occasionally attending open meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. There is something beneficial about being in a room full of like minded people that are seeking the serenity prayer. I feel that we are all seeking that prayer in our own way. In a room at alcoholics anonymous I reflect upon my injury and how I daily seek strength to live successfully even though there are many things that are out of my control. People who come together seeking inspiration are typically willing to assist others in their quest. I would encourage everyone that I come into contact with to get involved in organizations where there are like minded people who are seeking similar things out of life. Every person is remarkably similar in many ways. We all go through trials and tribulations and we will all experience a level of frustration at one point or another. People always find support in numbers and I have found a great deal of comfort from gravitating towards support groups where there is an overwhelming sentiment of unification and togetherness. I thank you very much for reading and I would love to read any thoughts that you may have.

~Noelle

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Leading With Encouragement

“If you are a leader you should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. Everyone who receives it young or old is changed by it," John C. Maxwell


I try and live my life with the encouraging words of John C. Maxwell. John C. Maxwell truly believes that everyone can benefit from encouragement. No matter what place you are at in life, no matter what you are going through you can always benefit from encouraging words and actions. The head of my department at work I feel lives this quote. She truly understands the value of encouraging words and seeks to always pass them on. Everyone should seek to be a leader to someone. Little children and the elderly both benefit greatly from encouragement. Every person should consider what words they would value before they engage in a conversation with others. John C. Maxwell is certain to mention to all leaders that they should never discount the value that their encouraging words can have on others. The power that your words can have is incredible. It should never be underestimated. Peoples’ lives can be greatly influenced either negatively or positively based on the words of others. You never can be too sure how your words are going to be received by a person so it is always best to speak to others in a way that you would want to be spoken to. Certain places of work are notoriously positive in the way that they interact with their employees. Certain religious and societal cultures also tend to lead to positive interactions amongst members. I have found it to be incredibly important to surround yourself with a culture of like-minded people. Often times you will see a similar sentiment that exudes from a family. Consider people you know; are they mostly from a family of like-minded individuals? More than likely they are. Similar cultures and ways of thinking gravitate to each other. It is no surprise that typically you will see an overwhelming similarity amongst people who work or associate alongside each other. People are social creatures. We all can learn from each other and we all absorb influences from one another. It is my hope that I can influence and encourage people in a positive manner. I do come from a positive family and they are a large part of the reason that I recovered to the point that I have. Certainly much of recovering is very difficult but it certainly helps if you are supported by positive people around you. Whenever I am around my brother’s children I always pay special attention to exude positivity and I hope that they can absorb some of the influence. I greatly enjoy being around children who I can influence positively as well as older adults who tell stories of their grandchildren. People gravitate towards positive individuals and hopefully I can serve as a positive ray of light. I thank you very much for reading and I would love to read any thoughts that you may have.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Bruce Lee

“If you always put a limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and your life. There are no limits only plateaus, and you must not stay there you must go beyond them.” Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee encourages individuals to always push beyond. People have to know that strength and courage will always lead to a better result. A person must not allow his/her self to become stuck in the ordinary of routines. Otherwise a person will become bored and under stimulated. People can always ask more of themselves. A small gain should always encourage a person to capitalize upon it and to seek to be the most that you can be. There are survivors of all sorts of vices and we are all called to be there to support each other I have always sought encouragement from as many sources that are possible. I would not be where I am today if I had not. I believe that a recovery from any sort of a vice is only possible through comradery and kinship.

A person has to realize that plateaus are temporary and are meant to be pushed beyond. With a supportive environment people should always be encouraged to push beyond where they feel their limits are met. Often times a limit is self-imposed in one’s head. Bruce Lee encourages people to push farther. People should always look towards his quotes as they try and push past where they are. No plateau is permanent and every person has to remember any lull is temporary in nature. We will all experience plateaus and people have to be willing to push past the plateaus to get to their destination. Much of life is surrounding yourself with supportive individuals and using the influence from them to accomplish what you know must be attained. A person needs to heed the advice of Bruce Lee and never put a limit on what he/she can accomplish. Successful individuals in life often see their plateaus as spring off points where they can gain more momentum to move forward. Mentors can often encourage people by example. Often times it is not what a person specifically says it is rather how their presence made a person feel.

 I hope that I represent encouragement by being present in the interactions that I take part in. There have been many times where my interaction with an individual may have seemed insignificant to me but the pupil found it very encouraging. I have come to learn that it is not always about how I feel at the moment, rather how my presence and interaction made the patient feel. As I get further and further away from my injury I must understand the lasting impact that my interaction can have on others going through similar life experiences. I thank you for reading and would be encouraged to read any thoughts that you may have.

~Noelle

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Where There is Faith There is Hope

“Where there is hope there is faith. Where there is faith, miracles have the ability to happen every day.” Anonymous

I think this quote is fantastic because it helps to keep the flame of inspiration alive. There are many people who seek inspiration every day in their life. The difference between people who are forever seeking inspiration and those that are successful in attaining it are those that have witnessed that faith can cause miraculous things to happen. There is no limit to the amount of faith and hope that a person should have. Therefore there is no limit to the amount of inspiration that a person should seek. Every person has had their own miraculous experiences. It is fascinating to inquire about them and hear the differing responses. People are incredible and through my experiences I have had the opportunity to speak with a vast spectrum of ages and I have learned much about the differing views of life from them. We can all learn from each other as long as our minds and hearts are open to it. Daily I am sure to keep myself open to absorb the incredible stories and experiences that may be shared with me. Through experience people gain an invaluable amount of knowledge that they can share with others if they are given the opportunity to share. I have learned of miraculous stories from many individuals, through which I have seen that indeed miracles can occur quite often and one should always be open to one happening. Conversely, there are skeptics who would state that miracles do not happen; only good things to those who put the work in. I believe that the combination of the two is where the road to success is paved. Individuals have the ability to encourage miraculous things to happen by working hard and by surrounding themselves with incredible people. In my daily life I have learned to always put in the effort to always be surrounded by the most encouraging people possible. Inspiration can be felt from those that you surround yourself with. I have found that much has to do with the state of mind that you are in. It has been suggested to me to meditate and repeat positive mantras to myself daily. I try and do this and I try and share this with the individuals that I interact with. Every day is a new opportunity to attempt to share what has worked and how I stay encouraged. Hopefully I can encourage people to want more for themselves and his/her rehabilitation process. Individuals are open to tell me about their day and what has happened because I have walked in their shoes. II thank you very much for reading and I would love to hear how you maintain motivation and what helps you to maintain motivation.

~Noelle

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Don't Limit Yourself

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe remember you can achieve.” Mary Kay Ash

Many times when individuals are going through hard times they very often doubt themselves. Mary Kay Ash tells individuals to believe in themselves and encourages them to never doubt what they believe and what they want. In my own rehabilitation I distinctly recall how difficult it was to stay motivated day in and day out. Living in a rehab facility is very trying emotionally for patients. Especially after a brain injury, it is easy to believe that the new surroundings are now your life. Mary Kay Ash would encourage individuals to truly believe that they are capable of limitless potential. Sometimes people can be surprised by what they are capable of. Mary Kay Ash does not believe in putting limits on what you are capable of. She believes that the mind is capable of extraordinary things. Mary Kay Ash would say that people are capable of whatever their minds can think up. I remember when I was in rehab always keeping a firm hold of my desires. I wanted to get to the point where I could walk into the rehab unassisted and be able to speak to others on behalf of the fantastic rehabilitation that I attained. Thankfully I have now gotten to a point where I can walk into the rehab facility and tell patients and families of the possibility of a recovery as long as the work is put in. What I try and convey to every patient and family that I interact with is that it is not going to be easy but that a great recovery is possible. The possibilities are there for a phenomenal recovery. Every patient interaction is different but it does seem that pretty unanimously the patients are all encouraged to hear from a survivor who has walked in their shoes. I am thankful for this. I greatly enjoy hearing the reports from the different therapists who very often report positive patient reactions in regards to my visits. On the flip side, I love to hear the accomplishments that patients have made from week to week. The patients in the nursing homes love to have someone to talk to regarding their days. I am thankful to fill this role and I love hearing the reports from their weekly therapy sessions. At the hospitals my role can be quite different. Depending on the level of arousal and coherence delegates how (or if) I can interact with a patient. I love speaking to families. Very often families wonder what the future will look like for their loved one I try and embody a message of hope for many patients and/or residents. I thank you very much for reading and I would love to hear any thoughts that you may have.

~Noelle

Monday, March 6, 2017

It's Not About the Hand You're Dealt

“It’s not about the cards you are dealt, rather how you play the hand.” Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch’s quote fits in perfectly with anyone who has had a brain injury or any sort of an unfortunate life event. Sometimes things don’t go as planned and the only option is how you manage and deal with the factors (cards that you are dealt). We as individuals do not have control over how situations occur. We can only try to be as well rounded and as understanding with ourselves as possible. The truth is that nobody should judge one another until you have walked in those shoes. Even then I try not to judge others because one never knows how the situation would be different if the shoe were on the other foot. Life has shown itself to be funny like that. We don’t have control over what happens to us; only how we interpret and move forward with the situation at hand. We all have to make every day a challenge. We should forever try and make ourselves better as we go through each day. Every day is another chance for us to wake enthusiastically to make ourselves better than we were before. When we think of things in this way we find ourselves waking with more of a purpose and drive. We all need to have something to work towards. A sound mind and happiness should be the goals of most people. I believe that we can all take steps every day to work towards this. I find that working towards something bigger than oneself allows the focus from getting too daunting. Every day we should awaken with a spring in our step to try and leave a positive imprint on the world. We can make our sphere of influence much larger than if it was contained to just ourselves. I try and encourage every person that I come into contact with to want more. I hope that I have encouraged many of the patients/residents that I interact with to desire a deeper level of satisfaction. It can be achieved if you make a conscious decision to always try and look at things more positively. We cannot control the hand that we have been dealt but we can always work towards trying to arrange it in a more positive manner. Forever each one of us should continue working towards that. Look at Bethany Hamilton for instance; she was dealt an absolutely terrible hand. She chose to not focus on the negatives of her accident. I am sure that there are days when she has her moments but that does not override the overwhelming positivity that she feels. I saw her speak and she is forever grateful that she is a role model to people who have attained disabilities everywhere. Her positivity despite the hand that she has been dealt is fantastic and admirable. I thank you very much for reading and would love to hear any thoughts that you may have.

~Noelle

Friday, February 24, 2017

Power Alexander Graham Bell

“What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists….. and it becomes available only when you are in a state of mind in which you know exactly what you want…. and are fully determined to not quit until you get it.” Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell speaks of the drive that people need in order to accomplish big things. In regards to your health everything is a big thing. Everyone should always desire the most for themselves in regards to health. Sometimes people cannot pinpoint exactly what it is that makes them push forward. At the end of the day it is okay if you don’t understand exactly what makes you carry on as long as you summon some sort of motivation to make you carry on. Big achievers are notorious for having excellent work ethics. The Steve Jobs of the world have a tireless desire to always expand their horizons and always achieve bigger and greater things. A survivor of an injury has to come to terms with the fact that certain things are forever different, but there are things that one can forever do to continue improving. Once again I feel that survivors can help to motivate themselves by utilizing support networks. People of all different walks of life can find others who are walking in their shoes as they go through differing trials and tribulations of life. All things can be made better when you find your tribe of people who understand. The world is filled with people and I can assure you that there are always people who understand where you are in life and what you are looking to be supported in. Part of how I have made an existence for myself is to travel to various locations and always be a sounding board for residents and patients as they are preceding forward on their rehabilitation programs. I try to encourage patients and residents to always put his/her best foot forward. Most people want to be proactive in his/her recovery but they aren’t always sure how to go about it. I am a huge proponent for trying to find mentors and other survivors who have walked along the same path as you have. One has to never quit. If you are happy with where you are you going it is important to always try to reenergize your efforts to accomplish your goal. Sometimes the greatest evidence that a person can have is the things that they have done. People’s paper trail of things that they have done is often their strongest case for the enthusiasm that they are trying to accomplish. Often I encourage people who are not thrilled with their physical abilities at the current moment. I try and get them to not lose hope and to engage themselves in the social aspects that are available to them so that they don’t get negatively impacted by the environment that they are in. The individual is always in control of his/her experience. I try and encourage individuals to never stop until he/she is proud of the experience that they have made for themselves. I thank you very much for reading and would love to read any comments that you may have.

~Noelle

Monday, February 20, 2017

Every Person is Enthusiastic at Times

“Every person is enthusiastic at times. One person is enthusiastic for 30 minutes, one person has it for 30 days but it is the person who has it for 30 years who makes a success of life.” Edward Butler George

Enthusiasm differs from person to person. It is quite common for a person to be enthusiastic for a short period of time but in time this enthusiasm is fleeting. A person who is able to maintain their enthusiasm is a person who draws their motivation from internal forces. Every person should try and maintain their largest source of motivation from themselves. A true thinker and achiever has mastered how to call upon their own drive and motivation to accomplish things. The road is not always paved for people; sometimes you have to be willing to pave your own path. Many times I am so honored to come across a senior citizen who is still incredibly motivated and enthusiastic. They are noteworthy in their own right. I love to learn from every older person who I have contact with. Many times I have found myself admiring individuals who maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards life. You can learn from every person that you meet but the wealth of knowledge from an elder exceeds most in my opinion. Edward Butler George puts my estimate into words in his quote.

 Daily I am able to touch base with elders who are moving forward on their rehabilitation journeys. I help to inspire based on my previous rehab experience and I am greatly inspired based on the life experience of elders. I greatly enjoy interacting with young people who have been injured as well but it seems as though there is a vaster population of elders within the facilities that I visit. I gain inspiration from every individual that I touch base with. I make an effort to always maintain my enthusiasm so that every individual that I interact with can continue along his/her rehabilitation path. Each and every family that I have come to know has been equally as enthusiastic as his/her relative. I benefit immensely from touching base with all of these families. There is a different piece of knowledge that can be gained from each and every family that I encounter. I would love to know who else has had a positive experience working with elders. I am enthusiastic to read any responses that you may have and as always I thank you very much for reading!

~Noelle

Monday, February 6, 2017

Super Bowl Stories

“I always try to do as much as I can do. I’m never a person that does not enough, because I’d regret not doing enough and think I probably could have done more. I probably go too far and have to reel myself back in, which works in some things, and other things it doesn’t work.” -Tom Brady

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots won the championship in America’s favorite past time last night. Tom Brady was not drafted number one or two into the NFL. He was drafted number 199 in the sixth round of the NFL draft. He continued to develop and he is now regarded as one of the best quarterbacks that there ever was. I recently found out that his mother is struggling with cancer and is undergoing treatment. Last night’s game was an overtime sudden death victory that really solidified Tom Brady as one of the best quarterbacks that there ever was. His father told him that he needed to win the game for his mother. I actually loved hearing the story behind his family after the game was over. Learning of human struggles helps to make you realize that we all go through similar things. Yes we are all very different but we are all strikingly similar in many ways. Tom Brady has superstar status and he is a fantastic celebrity but he I am sure is heartbroken and very stressed and nervous that his mother is sick. I felt that he seemed more human to me after learning this. I am sure that no matter all of the success that he has, he is still consumed with the thoughts and hopes of well wishes for his mother. Tom Brady is a bit older than I; he is far superior to likely all individuals who are in his age bracket. Both in his athletic ability and his mentality he far exceeds others. Regardless of age, he is superior to even others in the NFL.  Tom Brady is thirty nine years old with a family and an incredible amount of responsibility and success. I still love that he is devoted to his sport and his family. The celebrity has not caused him to lose touch with who he is. As a sports fan and a humanitarian I am hopeful that Tom Brady will always serve as a fantastic role model for people who are looking to achieve in his/her lives. Personally I would have felt an enormous amount of pressure if my father told me to perform for my sick mother. I guess that is why he is a fantastic sports hero and I am not. People fulfill different roles in life as they try and find their way and place in the world. Tom Brady serves as a hero for many people who follow the game of football. I always grasp on to the fact that he was not a number one draft pick who was always predicted to be as much of a superstar as he has become. There is always room for each one of us to improve. I thank you very much for reading this and I welcome any comments that you may have.

~Noelle

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Everyone Has Inside of Them a Piece of Good News

“Everyone has inside of them a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be. How much you can love. What you can accomplish and what your potential is.” -Anne Frank

Everyone must always be open to new opportunities. Self-appreciation and discovery is quite possibly the most important aspect contributing to a sound state of mind. For encouragement to be received an individual must be in a sound mind frame to receive it.  Anne Frank reminds us of the necessity of encouragement. People need to realize that the path ahead is not always paved out for us Many times in life I have found uncertainty to be the only certainty that remains constant. Much changes from day to day and a person must always try and maintain their enthusiasm. Every day new challenges arise and a person must be open to the new opportunities that become available to them. It is true that nobody really has any idea what he/she is capable of. I try and remember Anne Frank’s words whenever I find myself becoming overly concerned about the future. It is okay for a person to give themselves a pat on the back for all of the accomplishments that he/she has made over the last year or several years. The encouragement that can be gained can be instrumental as a person proceeds forward. I believe that we all have a responsibility to share with others when indeed we have found a positive way to live a portion of our lives. I believe that people hold the key for others to be encouraged. I say that with caution because at the end of the day each and every one of us is responsible for our own encouragement. Surrounding ourselves with inspiring people certainly does help. We each have to know ourselves and realize the responsibility that we have to ourselves to engage in positive interactions and realize that we are able to obtain encouragement from ourselves and the way that we think. Perhaps when at a lull of how to think we should be able to give ourselves positive talk and encouragement to proceed forward through our days. It is extremely encouraging to consider that there is no glass roof over our head.  Every day we should work to be better and improve upon our best self. There is forever another personal goal to accomplish. We all have undiscovered potential no matter where you are in life. I am hopeful as I seek to never become complacent with my self-learning. I thank you so much for reading!

~Noelle

Monday, January 16, 2017

Blessed Good Days and Bad

“I’ve seen better days but I’ve also seen worse. I don’t have everything that I want but I do have all that I need. I wake up with some aches and pains but I wake up. My life may not be perfect but I am blessed.” -Unknown

As the year gets into its swing of things life returns to the normality of what is our daily routines. The truth is that we will all have days where we are very much in the routine of “another day”. This quote helps to remind us that we need to rejoice in the fact that we wake up every day. No matter what pains you may have it is always important to remember that there is always somebody who has it worse. No matter what your affliction there is absolutely always someone who is worse off. That being said there is always somebody who is better off as well. Happiness in life is not about competing. Ideally we would all be able to peacefully coexist with one another. For me, I only have grown able to peacefully exist by realizing that indeed there will always be people who are both better off than I and similarly there are those who worse off. I have realized that indeed life is a give and take. Following my brain injury there are some things that will forever be different. My right arm will forever be different than my left. My dystonia in my right arm is here to stay but thankfully I have figured out ways to coexist with it. I have come to except it in large part because it is part of who I am. I will forever have a few challenges, but in reality I am not alone in that at all. I just have to remember how fortunate I am that I have realized how to handle the vast majority of the pains that I feel. Any pains that I do get are thankfully not permanent as this quote reiterates I am indeed blessed and thankful for this life that I lead. Life can get very rudimentary but individuals have to stay in contact with their inspirational factors so that they are forever encouraged to continue along their journey. We live life daily forever looking for purpose and meaning as we each go through our daily tasks. Every person has his/her own path but we are all seeking the same thing at the end of the day. I greatly benefit from being around inspired and inspirational individuals. Every day is different and we should all live to find purpose in every day.  Seeking to surround ourselves with those who believe in the same way that we do should be paramount as we are deciphering who to spend time with. Every day we should each try and remember that every person is fighting his own battles and we are all seeking the same inspiration so as to proactively and enthusiastically continue on this path that we call life. I would love to hear how you have found inspiration along your journey. I thank you for reading.

~Noelle

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Living is All About Choices, Chances and Mistakes

"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something." - Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has an excellent outlook for the New Year. He encourages individuals to forever be trying new things and working to improve themselves. A person can never allow themselves to become lax in their motivation to forever find a better method/way to live their life. Life is forever about decisions and making choices. All too often people get too wrapped up in making an incorrect decision. The focus should be on to make a particular decision. Life is about the decisions that we make and the struggles and triumphs that we experience along the way. Far too many people life their lives afraid to make a mistake. I in fact have found myself too wrapped up in “never wanting to be wrong”. I think that sometimes I forget that everyone is going to be wrong at times and that is okay. I think that the lesson in life is learning to be graciously incorrect and humble in your mistakes. I think that this lesson is learned over time and is perfected in the years that we live. Maturity plays a large part in knowing yourself and knowing how to humbly learn from your missteps and mistakes. The path of life would be rather uneventful if nobody made any missteps or mistakes. Obviously nobody hopes for mistakes but they are inevitable. Life is not perfectly laid out and people have to always be prepared for how they will handle when things go wrong. A person has to prepare for how they will proceed forward when there are hiccups or things happen that aren’t expected. I don’t entirely second the sentiment of Neil Gaiman because obviously I wish that people never had to go through the discomfort of mistakes; yet I realize that they are necessary and the secret lies in how a person thinks about them. Graciously being able to accept your mistakes and move forward is the true secret to life from what I have read. I love to read and study great thinkers and learn how they have best come to handle uncertainties and mistakes in life. I think that much can be learned from elders and those who are willing to share their experiences throughout life. I would love to hear who else shares my affinity for great thinkers. I thank you for reading and I feel that much can be gained from studying from elders who have already passed through the portion of life that we are at. It is my hope for all of you that you will be prepared and better able to tackle and accept any mistakes or missteps that you will come across in life.

~Noelle

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Year's End

“No matter what you're going through, there's a light at the end of the tunnel and it may seem hard to get to it but you can do it and just keep working towards it and you'll find the positive side of things.” Demi Lovato

Another year is coming to an end and it is important to try and keep prospective on how you want to live your life. All survivors should try and maintain a positive outlook on things. Life is about living joyfully in congruence with others. As we reflect on our year that has passed it is important to always remember the friends and the family that have stuck by us. After an injury social interactions are quite different than they were prior. As New Years is upon us many people are discussing where they are bringing in the New Year. Many people go to bars and rowdy parties. As I have gotten older I am happy to say that now I am the norm of many people my age and older who do not “party” to bring in the New Year. The New Year will be a gathering of family and a few friends that get together to bring in the New Year. I will try and reflect upon the things that have gone well in my life in the past year. My migraines have vastly been under control and I am confident that my current regimen will keep working. I am not a big resolution girl. I try to live my life in moderation all year so that I am not left feeling as though desperate changes need to be vowed in the New Year. I am happy to say that I have spent a great deal of quality time with my family this year and I feel as though I will continue in the future. I plan to continue my fitness regimen and stay on track with my daily nutrition. I am going to continue attempting to be more independent and continue to try and live an independent life without being entirely dependent upon my parents for too many things. For those earlier in their recovery I would encourage you to get in touch with support groups and to continue setting goals for yourself. There is no limit to the loft of the goals that an individual should set for his/her self. I always like to have a vast goal that I am always shooting for. I am sure that I am not alone when I say that I am trying to live a more peaceful and less dramatic 2017. I will continue on my personal habits as I always have in 2017. Towards the end of this year and certainly in the following year I am going to try and increase my calorie intake to make sure that I am getting proper nutrients for my mentality. I have realized that there are things that are more important than just looking good. I would encourage all to put more dedication towards their health and well being with the coming of the New Year. I vow to put more importance on my state of mind in the coming of the New Year. I guess I do have a resolution for 2017. This will be the first year that I can remember where I have chosen a resolution for myself.  I thank you very much for reading and am interested in hearing any resolutions that you may have made for yourself with New Years coming this weekend! I wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

~Noelle