Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Inspirational Person #1- The Chronicles Of The Chronically Ill Woman

Hey guys,

I decided to start doing these types of posts because I think there are many inspirational people out there with all different stories, and that we can all learn from one another because not two of us are the exact same even with twins, triplets and etc. I think that's one cool thing that we have to offer in this world.  For my first inspirational person is someone who I actually know and is friends with. We were classmates in middle school.  I hope you learn about her and feel inspired after reading her Q and A below:

Q: What advice would you give to others who are having a tough day?
A: I would have to say that this is a hard question. I really had to think about it, because those hard days that we have can be extremely difficult to go through. I think that what really helps me is knowing that I am going to be okay, that this isn't the end and that God has other plans for me in this. I also listen to music, sit down and read, or try and talk to a close friend. When we are able to express how we feel to others, this can really help us get through our day. Although, I will say there are some days where I just stay in bed and sleep off that day and keep telling myself “tomorrow will be different, tomorrow is a brand new day.”

Q: How old were you when you got diagnosed? Can you explain to us about what you were diagnosed with? 
A:This is another question, I would have to say is a hard one for me not only to explain but answer. I guess my entire life I was having certain health issues in one way or another. I would miss a lot of school and for a while every one thought I was faking. I think when I started to really get diagnosis or having doctors actually pay attention and start helping me was my freshman year of college (so I would say around 2010-2011). I actually ended up in the hospital pretty sick and had several doctors try and figure out what was going on. Shortly after that I was diagnosed with endometriosis (this is a form of a disorder that in which tissue forms outside the uterine lining). This type of diagnosis is very painful and can cause many changes for a woman. I have several diagnosis so I think I will tell you about the biggest ones and ones that I believe need more support in the medical field. The second diagnosis I have is Postural Orthastatic Tachycardia Syndrome otherwise known as P.O.T.S for short.  This is a long word that basically means my body does not get enough blood flow going when I stand up and can result in my body doing a variety of different things. Your heart rate can increase within the second of standing up (normally this is a 30 rate increase) For example: lets say my heart rate normally runs in the 60's when I am sitting down, well when I stand up my heart rate increases to 120-130 or even higher in a matter of seconds.  Then the step that usually happens with me is my blood pressure will drop and I will become very disoriented and quite dizzy and need to sit back down almost immediately.

Then there is the other one that is rare and has no cure for it yet as well and that is Eosinophilic Esophagitis also known as E.O.E. E.O.E happens and is more due to allergy, it is a chronic inflammatory disease of the esophagus. What basically happens is a type of white blood cell otherwise known as eosinophils starts to accumulate in the esophagus and will continue to persist without treatment. A treatment for me is to be on a five medications and every two to three months I will go in to have my esophagus dilated (stretched), then biopsies done to see where I am at with the white blood cell count. For me I have several chronic illnesses, that cause all kinds of problems, there is a lot to name but I again just want to name the biggest ones to you. One that I recently just had to have heart procedure on for a Patent Foramen Ovale known as a P.F.O closure. I had an atrial septal defect and another long word which basically  means having a couple holes in my heart from birth. Those holes were causing me to not get enough oxygen through my body and was dropping my oxygen levels down to about 60%. I have been on oxygen a year and will hopefully be starting to wean off now that the holes are closed. Some of the other diagnosis's that I have been diagnosed with include; post concussion syndrome, Ehlers Danlos disease, factor 8 (this is a blood clotting disorder), as well as several others.

Q: Do you have any inspirational quotes you like? 
A:I love this question, I have many inspirational quotes that I like that normally keep me going. A lot are actually bible verses, but I do have a couple that aren't.

  • “Don't quit, you were given this life because you are strong enough to live it”
  • “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. 
  • “Appreciate the little things in life, because you never know when they could become the big things” 
  • Take everyday as a gift, because God never promised us a second here on earth. 
Q: What advice would you give to someone who has just been diagnosed with an illness? 
A: The best advice that I can give to someone who has just been diagnosed with any kind of illness is to know you are not alone! Thinking your alone, can make things so incredibly hard for you. Also know that as long as you keep up the fight you will get through it. There are going to be some days that are so incredibly hard, and days where you are actually able to hide the illness and people won't believe that there is anything wrong with you. There will be people who think your crazy, people who will judge you, who will completely kick you out of their lives. You will feel like a burden to other's at times, but remember if they want you to rely on them, rely on them as much as you can, because you cannot fight this fight alone. Having a support system is the best thing you can do to help you. Finally, make sure you research your illness, be your own advocate and put together a good team of doctors that will help you. 

Q: What advice would you give to someone about being an advocate for themselves? 
A: Advocating for yourself is so highly important when it comes to being diagnosed with an illness. Remember your doctor is NOT YOU, they have no clue what you are going through every day unless you tell them all those symptoms. Finally, always remember that you DO NOT by any means have to keep that doctor, if you do not agree with what they are doing, or if they are not helping you in any way. They have failed the interview and you need to research and move on to find a different doctor. Putting together a good team of doctors will help you tremendously in the care you need to getting to a better place in your health. 

Q: Do you have a favorite TV show? Favorite movie? 
A: I have several favorite t.v shows and movies. When you are bedridden at least a couple times out of the month if not more you learn that movies and t.v shows become your best friends. For example, about a year ago I was stuck in bed for about 6-8 months.. so guess how many movies I watched? I don't think you would even be able to guess, I wrote down each movie every single day and when I was finally able to get out of bed, I had 103 movies written. Some of the movies that I watched and that really are some of my favorites are; Escanaba in Da Moonlight, Titanic, Walk to remember, The Notebook, Gods Not Dead, Left Behind series etc.. Basically any where from Comedy to romance, to inspirational, I watched them all. 

Q: What are some of your hobbies? 
A: Some of my favorite hobbies depend on how I am feeling, and what my body allows me to do at times. Although my favorite ones are spending time with my husband, our dog and of course friends and family. I could not get through what I am going through without their support system. I also really enjoy playing all kinds of games, board games, card games and movie games, you name it I probably would love to play it. I enjoy reading, crafting, blogging, hunting, traveling and really just being outside when I am able too. 

Q:  If you could go anywhere in the world (money is not an issue) where would you go? 
A: If I could go anywhere in the world and money was no option what so ever, I think the first place I would go is to Australia. I have a huge thing for Australian accents and just love how beautiful the island looks from the pictures I have seen. The next place's that I would love to visit are; Alaska, New Zealand, Spain, Greece and I have always wanted to go to Tahiti. When I was younger I used to travel with my family a lot and have been to a lot of places, but these are some of the top ones that I think I would really like to see if money was.

Again you should go check out Kayla's blog. You can also go follow and subscribe to her other social medias: Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You should go send her some love and wish her a good recovery as she just had surgery yesterday.

<3 Amanda

Monday, April 30, 2018

55 Blog Post Topic Ideas

Hey guys,

I wasn't sure what to post for my 2 year blogversary but after thinking about it, I decided to make a post with all different blog topics for you all.  If you're a blogger or just getting into blogging, here's a list of topics that you could use. I hope this is helpful if you're having writer's block and doesn't know what to blog about.
  1. College Tips 
  2. Book Reviews
  3. Movie Review
  4. Tags
  5. Advice about a particular topic
  6. A recipe
  7. Monthly Favorites
  8. Night Routine
  9. Morning Routine
  10. Outfits of The Week (OOTW)
  11. Day in The Life (DITL)
  12. What's In My purse/Backpack
  13. Write about something you overcame
  14. Write a letter to your teenage self
  15. Summer/Winter Bucket List
  16. Reverse Bucket List
  17. Bucket List In General
  18. Dreams For Your Future
  19. Write about your role models and what you've learned from them
  20. Your opinion about something
  21. What's on my phone/tablet
  22. Q and A 
  23. Hauls
  24. 5 things you like about yourself
  25. 5 things you dislike about yourself and why
  26. What's in my shower
  27. Favorite sayings/quotes
  28. Interview someone
  29. Throwback post
  30. Christmas Wish list
  31. Birthday wish list
  32. Music play list
  33. High school/college experience
  34. Fav. YouTubers
  35. Top 15____
  36. Lessons you learned from ____
  37. A to Z of ____
  38. Tutorial/How to do
  39. Book to movie comparison and contraction
  40. Current goals
  41. Proudest moment(s)
  42. What's inside my fridge
  43. What I eat
  44. A travel post
  45. Empties
  46. Breakfast, Lunch, dinner ideas
  47. Dessert ideas
  48. Snacks Ideas 
  49. Guest Posts
  50. Lists
  51. Back to school (School supplies haul)
  52. Study Tips
  53. Pet peeves
  54. Places I've traveled to
  55. Vacation Recap
Again, if you're a new blogger or just have writer's block, I hope this post helped you come up with posts ideas. 

<3 Amanda 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Get To Know Me Tag

Hey guys,

The 30th of this month is my two year blogversary and I want to make that post really good so today I'm just posting a random get to know me tag so you guys can learn more about me. I found this Get To Know Me Tag on THE LDN DIARIES. The two editors are Paula and Danny. You should definitely go check out their blog. They post about a variety of things along the lines of beauty, fashion, food, lifestyle,travel and they also have a mens section.

1.What is your middle name? Leigh (Pronounced like Lee)

2. Share you favorite subject in high school? English. I was the type of student who loved grammar,but not the essays.

3. What is your favorite drink? I used to say Dr. Pepper but haven't drank pop in so long I can't remember the last time. Right now, its Sparkling Ice Water

4. What is your favorite song at the moment? I have a few. I'll do a separate post on them.

5. What would you (or have you) name your children? I don't have any children yet but there are few names that I do like

6. Have you participated in any sports? Track in my junior year of high school

7. What is your favorite book? "A Child Called It" is a really sad book but I like it and also "Dear John" is a good one. Nicholas Sparks is a good writer.

8. What is your favorite color? In order: Pink, turquoise/teal, Orange, Purple

9. What is your favorite animal? Dogs 

10. What is your favorite perfume? Hmm.. don't have a favorite

11. What is your favorite holiday? Valentine's Day

12. On a scale from 1 – 10, rate your childhood. Ummm.. a 7?

13. Have you been out of the country? Yes, Canada. Funny story about that.

14. Do you speak any different languages? A little bit of Spanish but only Si, No, Uno, Dos, etc

15. Do you have any siblings? 2 older brothers and 1 younger brother

16. What is your favorite store? Target and Five Below

17. What is your favorite restaurant? It used to be Russ's but now it's Applebee's

18. Did you like school? Some classes 

19. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers? I'll do a separate post about my current favorites 

20. What is your favorite movie? I like "Coffee Shop" on Netflix

21. What are some of your favorite TV shows? Pretty Little Liars, Nailed It, 9-11 and Fosters (although I have to catch up on it when it comes out on Netflix)

22. PC or mac? Umm.. HP

23. What phone do you have? Android

24. How tall are you? 5'7

25. Do you have any pets? My dad's fish named Fish (He named it)

Again, you should definitely go check out THE LDN DIARIES. Their social medias are: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

<3 Amanda 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Plenty Of Fish Vs. OkCupid

Hey guys,

These days, dating sites has become a big thing because it's convenient. For me, I'm on Plenty of Fish and Okcupid. When I get into a relationship, I used to just delete my profiles but then when I got broken up with, I would have to go back and type everything up again. I've decided that when I get into new relationships I just put "Looking for Friends/Not Looking" depending on the option for that particular site. Since I'm a member of each site, I thought I would compare and contract the two and give my opinion on them. I am only a FREE member so I can't go into all of the things you are able to access if you pay for a membership. DISCLAIMER- These are my OWN opinions (also, this review is based off of the apps not the websites but they are pretty much the same).

Plenty of Fish:

  1.  Messages are of course your messages with other people. If you want to know if they read your message before they respond, then you have to upgrade.
  2. There's an option called "Will Respond" and those are the members that will most likely to respond to you. When you click on that, you will also see "Top Prospects" and those are the members who POF think you will like I suppose.
  3. You can also search (you can have POF access to your device location, which I don't just because) and you can add anything you want to look for in another person like: their age range, education, if they have children or not, if they are a smoker or a drinks, and so on.
  4. Again, if you give POF access to your device location, they can show you who is nearby to you
  5. My Matches- This shows who POF thinks you match up well together. There are other options like your "Ultra Match" that also shows a lost of people and the same for "Chemistry Matches".
  6. You are able to see the people who looked at your profile and you can also look at the list of the people whose profiles you looked at. 
  7. The "Meet Me" part of the site reminds me of Tinder (I'm not on there but I have heard of the left and right object of it). If you're not interested in someone, you swipe left and then if you like someone you swipe right. If there's  a mutual match, then you'll get a notification and it will also be listed under "It's Mutual". 
  8. Favorites- You can put people as your favorites and you also can see who listed you as on of  their favorites.
  1. Just like POF's feature "Meet Me", OkCupid has something called "Double Take" which is the same exact thing.You swipe left if you're not interested and right if you are. 
  2. "Discovery" is the search part where you can obviously search but there are some options you can't look for unless you're a paid member. You can also see people who you have shared interests with and your top matches. There are additional things on "Discovery" as well that you can check out.
  3. Under "Likes" you can see who you liked and if they liked you back. If you're not on the A-List, you unfortunately can't see who liked you.
  4. Conversations is your messages
The first one I was on a few years ago was OkCupid with the recommendation of one of my brothers.Then a friend of mine told me to try Plenty of Fish. I've found a few relationships through both of the sites. I personally like Plenty of Fish better because there are more things to do. But if you like another dating site better, that's totally fine because we can't always have the same favorites of this world would be boring.

Do you have a favorite online dating website or app?

<3 Amanda

Monday, April 9, 2018

March 2018 Favorites

Hey guys,

So this favorites post might be on the shorter side as I once again didn't pay attention to my favorites of the month but I still have a post for you!

Pirate Booty has definitely become one of my favorite snacks. I'm not a big fan of popcorn so I think this is a great option if you're also not a fan of popcorn.

I've never tried these so I decided why not when they were on sale at the store. They aren't that sour but they are really good!

Now, I don't wash my face every single night as I sometimes want it to be just natural (if that makes sense) but I really like the feeling of my face after using this. My face feels really smooth.

Working Out Apps:
  • 8Fit
  • Be Fit 21
  • Feel The Burn
Game Apps:
  • Paint By Number
  • Voxel
They are both fun games when I'm bored or just laying in bed and I can't fall asleep.

What were some of your March favorites?

<3 Amanda 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Easter Basket Ideas For Significant Other

Hey guys,

So, I'm unfortunately single right now but I thought this would be a fun post to write. Even though we are too old to get Easter baskets,  I think it's always fun and sweet to create a basket for your significant other or even a friend.  You can go with their favorite color(s), sport team, hobby; there's so many ways you can go. Here are some ideas that you can throw in your significant other or friend's Easter basket:

  • Candy! Who doesn't like candy?! You can always find eggs shaped candies or even bunnies
  • Flip-flops for the summer
  • Sunglasses
  • Their favorite snacks or beverage
  • Some summer activities (A Frisbee, anything beach related)
  • Make-up
  • Bobby pins, Headbands,  Hair ties
  • A DVD of a movie that they want to see or liked in theater 
  • A gift card to one of their favorite places
  • If they are a reader, a book
  • A CD that they have been wanting
  • A cute homemade card saying "SomeBUNNY Loves You"
I hope everyone has a safe and fun Easter Weekend and a fun Spring Break if you're on it!

<3 Amanda 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Walk Out OR Walk Up

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Hey guys,

I know that this isn't' really a recent topic but at the same time it is.  There has unfortunately been school shootings every few weeks it feels like. That's when the big debate of "Walk Out OR Walk Up" came upon.  People think that having teachers carry guns in schools will help decrease the number of shootings but what if a student overcomes a teacher and gets a hold of the gun? Yes, other teachers could have their own gun but if it's just one teacher per class like it normally is then it might be still too late for help to arrive.

I was personally against Walking Out the day it happened and was 110% for Walking Up.  Walking Out won't really do anything in my opinion. Yes, the government will see students and others walk out but they will still do whatever they want to do because they are the government. Walking Out also took learning time out. Even though, it was only for 17 minutes each minute is valuable because everyone wants a good education and want to learn as much as they can.  If I was a student, I would remain in my seat and watch others walk out even if I was told to walk out, I wouldn't. This reminded me of our senior prank where all the seniors planned to walk out of first hour at a particular time. The time came and I remained in my seat along with another senior (and a few others who weren't seniors). They came back after a few minutes and our teacher was pissed. He made us do an additional assignment just because they walked out. The rest of the day, all of the teachers were not happy with us because of them walking out of class. That just show how others make you end up in trouble when you didn't do anything and you were the good student.

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I am all for Walking Up to students who might be picked on, bullied and sit alone. I have sadly been bullied all throughout my school years. Bullying needs to end because it does absolutely no good to anyone. I'm tired of seeing posts on Facebook about young kids especially committing suicide because they were getting bullied and think it's the best way of ending getting bullied because it's not.  It's sad to read because they had their whole life ahead of them and now they won't have a future. Kids are getting bullied because of how they dress, act, talk and etc. Who cares if someone dress or talk different than you? That's what makes all of us unique because it would be a boring world if everyone was exactly the same.

I am an advocate for anti-bullying so if you or anyone need someone to talk to, feel free to send me a e-mail and I will e-mail you back . I will try to help you as best as I can because I have been through your shoes before and wished there were more people that I could turn to when I was younger.

<3 Amanda