When I was diagnosed with Graves, the one thing I was not was thankful. On one hand, I was scared, confused, tired, in pain and very worried about how my life would look. On the other, I had an answer, I now knew why I was constantly feeling so sick, why my hair was falling out, why my heart would pound so hard some nights that I thought it would fly out of my chest.
But, now what?
I'm not gonna lie, I love sweets. I love the art of baking little treats, the ritual of going in the kitchen and gathering ingredients, quietly collecting items while I wonder "will this turn out?" which is par for the course when you're baking gluten free! Read More
How do you define success? Some folks define it through money and objects, trinkets or other “things" like collectibles, cars or homes. Others will tell you success is when they can get out of bed in the morning and make their own meal because they are so ill.
Success is subjective, it’s not something we can define as a “when we get there moment" - or is it? Read More
I figured if I'm going to open this up as a spot for anyone to talk about Graves Disease, I should be honest and open with you about my journey so far - so with that disclaimer, let's talk about one of the ah-mazing side effects of Graves Disease:
Anxiety. Read More
I knew men liked romance! Read More
There is this person out there – We all know them. Once you hear my tale, if you sit there and shake your head and go “No, I don’t know anyone like that”, then you need to look in a mirror because I am obviously talking about YOU.
My fave snacks are the easiest to make - right? I'm prone to grabbing a bag of potato chips (or 'crisps' as they are called here in New Zealand) if I REALLY need something to eat. Now, if you think about it we all need a little balance in our lives so I can say I deserve those chips on a daily basis, because 90% of the time I'm making good, healthy eating choices, but would that always be good for me? Nah... Read More
I was diagnosed in 2011 with an auto-immune disease known as Grave's Disease. Grave's Disease is a thyroid disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism). The signs and symptoms of Grave's can be challenging for the patient as well as the doctors involved – my own prognosis took over 8 months. The side effects mimicked other illnesses, and I was being misdiagnosed... meanwhile I was losing my hair, exhausted to the point I couldn't get out of bed for more than 5 minutes, and my heart felt on some days like it was slamming its way out of my chest. I was told I had everything but a thyroid disorder by at least three doctors. In fact, my old endocrinologist used to tell me if it hadn't been for me pushing for more tests and asking "why" it may not have been caught... Read More
If anyone had told me 5 years ago that I'd be living in Wellington New Zealand and loving it, I wouldn't have laughed. I would have been straight up confused, cause I'm pretty sure I wasn't 100% on where New Zealand was located then. Sad, I know, but hey... I'm honest. Read More
My name is Anne and I’m a full-fledged Pinterest fail. I’ve tried to fight it, I mean I follow the directions but for some reason the way the pretty food/craft/clothing looks on Pinterest never translates once I try to make it. Read More
When I moved to Wellington 3 years ago, I knew I was going to love it here because this cool little city is surrounded by water. Weekends mean that we head to the beach with the dogs to make sure they get their exercise and we get some quiet time on what are usually empty beaches. Seriously - empty.
This concept is still foreign to me considering no matter what time of day or night I was out on the beach in Santa Monica or around the LA area, you always saw at least one person. sure, summertime it can be a bit busier, depending on where you are - the cities and popular destinations get somewhat crowded, but I've not seen it as overwhelming. Read More
February 14th. Valentine's Day, the day of love! It's such a simple day with a sweet message, yet every year we hear about the woes of those who simply do not want to celebrate this day or those who cry "foul!" because this holiday was made up by Hallmark.
I used to be this person... Read More
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When entering celebrated Chef Michael Voltaggio’s new restaurant, ink., one cannot help the feeling as if interrupting a conductor who is privately guiding his orchestra through its greatest concerto. With movements that are quick and decisive, it’s no wonder three words come to mind to describe Voltaggio: focused, passionate and intense. Read More
This is so off-topic with romance, right? I disagree. I've been a fan of The Walking Dead for a few years now, and it wasn't the zombies that got me there... it was the love! Read More
Did you get the memo? Apparently, one was released announcing, “Chick Lit is dead.” Yet, like the viral hoax email circulating the Web since 1997 insisting if you “pass this on to at least ten people, AOL and Bill Gates will award you $100 each," this net rumor keeps making the rounds since 2002.
My opinion? It’s not dead. Chick Lit is in dire need of a makeover... Read More