Act like a princess, fight like the dragon

Updated: Dec 2, 2019

Hello my purple butterfly friends,

I was sitting in my office enjoying this beautiful crisp fall weather and it occurred to me that I never explained a few things about my website. To start, do you know that feeling when you're so tired you can't think straight? Maybe you've just had a conversation with a friend and moments later you forget parts of the conversation. I know what you might be thinking that I'm forgetting about Alzheimer's disease. The two symptoms sound similar but trust me, I am not confusing one for the other. I know this first hand because I have experience with both. With Fibromyalgia, it is called a Fibromyalgia Fog. I am here to testify that the fogs are real! This is why I call my website Once Upon A Fog Blog.

When I have a fog, it doesn't mean that I've always had a bad day. It just means that my concentration level isn't where it should be. Is it frustrating? Of course! What is it comparable to for me? The best way I know how to describe this is to give you a visual. I'm a pirate sailing through a thick fog, I don't know where I'm going and I've lost my map. Have you ever driven when it's pouring down rain? There's not a place insight to pull over. Then there is the problem with your windshield wipers not working. That is how it feels for me to have a fog. I almost expect to hear a lonely, fog horn somewhere off in the distance and the ringing of a soft bell. I should probably ask my husband to stop making those sounds from the other room. Ha!

No matter what the day brings, I pace myself for all the chores I have planned for the day. For the most part, I hide what's going on. However Dale can tell if I'm hurting or not feeling well. It may be due to the fact we've been together for over fifteen years. He's let me know, it's okay for me not to be "okay." I had been so used to hiding certain things about myself, I forgot I was hiding my pain too. Once I had this conversation with him, I discovered my "princess" and the "dragon." I must explain that I identify with two because I have considered myself a darn good hostess, very girlie (which equals princess), and I was born in 1976, the year of the dragon. So, you could say the "princess" took a seat and let the "dragon" immerge and start to fight. She hasn't stopped fighting for me since. The "princess" will come out to greet guests, decorate, etc. I love to indulge my "princess" from time to time. But that's for another blog.

So, why do I address everyone as purple butterflies? A lot of organizations, including Fibromyalgia, use the color purple and butterflies. The color purple Is one of my favorite colors because it "combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic." If you're a purple lover like me, the website really goes into awesome detail about all the different shades of purple! A link to their site is available at the bottom of this blog.

Butterflies have always intrigued me. They are so fragile, yet one of the most active animals on this planet. Maybe that is why so many organizations have chosen this animal to be their logo. It would definitely make sense.

I guess that is all for this week! I would love to hear back from all of you! Feel free to leave comments and or questions! I hope y'all have a fantastic safe weekend! Be well!

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