the “M” word!

it’s the monday giggles….

Photo from Pinterest.

A few months ago a little bit of “fluff” started showing up around the hips…unexpectedly. 

Nothing drastic, but enough to cause me some personal uncomfortableness.

Along with the fluff came some very unusual feelings, as well.  Often accompanied by an inferno setting up residence in my body!

Finally,  having enough of this unusual “fluff & feelings,”  I sought medical answers.

As many more mature females who are reading may have already suspected, the Dr’s diagnosis was of a hormonal nature.  The dreaded “M” word was mentioned, which was later confirmed with further diagnostic testing.

Indeed, I’d entered the “fun” phase of femininity….menopause.

WTF = Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot. But really, Sam Elliot???????? Photo from Pinterest.

So compassionate was my doctor when the diagnosis was confirmed she offered her time to further discuss solutions for my most pervasive symptoms.   During my follow-up appointment she suggested we discuss the top three symptoms I was experiencing and strategize how best to address them.  She sweetly explained there were many pharmaceutical aides which she would be willing to prescribe to assist me in getting the hormones back in order; however, I felt very confident, I sheepishly explained, that I really only wanted to discuss one invasive menopausal matter.

It was really quite simple….

“How do I address the feeling of wanting to punch everyone in the face?”


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After a healthy giggle my appointment ended shortly thereafter.

In all seriousness,

 in typical fashion, I had already sought out a fun solution to the situation I currently found myself and my good-natured Doctor gave her stamp of approval to simply try it out!

I’d discovered that how you react to menopause will depend on many things but a negative attitude is never recommended.  And so I decided to embrace the roller-coaster of emotions which accompany the “M” word and prescribed my own healthy way of strapping in for the hot-flash-ridden ride!


My first gloves from Level Red boxing!

There’s a fairly new form of exercise being embraced in our local community, Level Red Boxing and after some personal investigating I was able to confirm that yes, at Level Red Boxing, they trust menopausal woman with a pair of their own boxing gloves!!


I’ve been boxing for a few months now but noticed the positive affects almost immediately!  The extra fluff is almost all gone and now; when those unusual roller-coaster of emotions arise, I have the perfect way to release them positively!

And the unexpected bonus with Level Red Boxing has been: when you’re looking to celebrate the great results you’ve had – they let you bring friends with you to add to the fun! 


hugs n’ blessings for all those seeking positive solutions to the unusual-ness of life!

*and an extra hug n’ blessing for my wonderful sister who pulled together a fun-filled video of a very special boxing birthday celebration, my mom for being the most enthusiastic brow-wiping cheerleader, and Nicole who is the BEST. INSTRUCTOR. EVER!


“A joyful heart is good medicine…”

Proverbs 17:22

monday’s are for fresh starts!

it’s the monday giggles…


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Photo from Pinterest.


Meditate on good things!

According to the words of  the apostle Paul,

“Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things!” (Philippians 4:8).

Don’t let anxious, negative thoughts take over your mind. You cannot control the circumstances, but you can always control what you think of them!

hugs n’ blessings because Monday is the perfect day to correct last week’s mistakes!


where HAVE you been??

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I know I have been away from my cyber-space-say-I for awhile.

And I feel all tongue-tiredly as I tippity-tap-type to you now.

 “What do I say?”  “Where do I even begin??”  

I knew an enthusiastic “Hi!” or “Hey!” wouldn’t cut it.  So I did what every other ‘loss for words’ individual would do…

I googled, “WHAT TO SAY TO A FRIEND AFTER A LONG TIME.” Continue reading “where HAVE you been??”