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December 2017 Prompts: Recovering, Shopping, Enjoying, Reminiscing & Preparing

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Prompts for December 2017: recovering, shopping, enjoying, reminiscing and preparing. You’re free to interpret these keywords as you wish, but here’s my own list! I hope you’ll join me in sharing more insight about life with chronic illnesses ๐Ÿ™‚

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Recovering

from a cold. I know, I know, we all get a cold every now and then, and it’s ‘no big deal’. But as someone with chronic illnesses, a cold is not simple at all. A cold is a gateway for flare ups and serious infections if left to its own devices, and the recovery process will be a long and arduous one.

I can try to use natural means such as drinking more water and taking vitamin C tablets to curb its advance. But once it has gained the upper hand, there is no such thing as ‘let your body heal naturally’ for me; I will need the aid of medications, or wake up to a persistent groundhog day. To cut a boring story short, I visited a 24 hour clinic at 5a.m. to get some standby medications before catching a flight a few hours later. Which is, frankly speaking, quite a normal thing to do if you live with chronic illnesses ๐Ÿ˜‰

Shopping

It’s the holiday season, and I was curious as to what and where everyone buys stuff from! I love giving gifts, although this is a little harder to do when you’re not working (and hate doing craftwork, ha). While they’re just material goods, it’s always nice to know that someone has been thinking about you in one way or another.

I like to buy decadent items for others especially for Christmas. Things such as beautiful smelling creams, lotions, potions, candles, and the odd arty item or book from one of those eclectic shops. Oh and chocolate, don’t forget the glorious chocolate! Here are my two favourite gift shops in Singapore: Therapy Market & Cat Socrates. And I usually get my books from Book Depository, as they’re cheaper than the local bookstores, and comes with free worldwide shipping!

Enjoying

my first ‘proper trip’ of the year! Sorry if I sound like a spoilt brat, but I’m truly at my happiest when travelling. We’ll be off to Perth for a road trip, before going to spend Christmas with my partner’s lovely family. I plan to do a bit of walking in this beautiful region, and will take some steroids or painkillers if necessary to accomplish this. I really don’t want to wait a whole year to travel, only to spend it indoors due to pain. Of course that will be the last resort, but let’s just say that I regretted not doing that for the previous trip, and wasting half of it ๐Ÿ™‚

I also can’t wait to see his adorable nieces and nephews! Even though I haven’t seen them in person for two years, they still recognise who I am despite their young age (no mean feat for 2 – 7 year olds!). That’s because they bother to keep in touch via FaceTime almost every single day, and it’s a family culture of theirs that I really admire.

Reminiscing

my childhood in Hong Kong. I miss the festive Christmas atmosphere, and the chilly winter weather. Chinese New Year and Christmas celebrations were such fun there; everyone is so friendly on the streets, spreading good vibes and cheer. It’s difficult not to feel uplifted and happy. It isn’t just about throwing a few festive lights here and there, it really is all out celebration time!

Here in Singapore, we have four different official races – Chinese, Indian, Malay and Eurasian. While we get a wider mix of celebrations, I feel that they’re all watered down. Everything is celebrated and as a result, nothing is fully celebrated. Perhaps another reason why I have such wonderful memories of my childhood as well, is because that was the only time in my life I was actually strong and healthy.

Preparing

for a more productive year ahead. It’s a little frustrating not having a job and therefore, not having an income. Yet I know that should I return to my previous office job, I will flare within three months without a doubt. I know this full well, because I’ve been through the same cycle over the years. The results weren’t worth it each time; I either developed full blown flares, or required surgery for new symptoms. This resulted in a loss of all that income earned, in addition to more pain and health problems.

I’m going to analyse my blog to see how I can take it to the next level, and also plan to start creating some items to sell such as ebooks, art and courses. While I probably won’t earn the same amount of money as before, I think it’s probably a better way to live for me in the long run. We’ll see how this venture for 2018 goes; I tend to be great at starting projects, but need to work on completing them before moving on to my next ‘exciting’ idea ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thank you for reading, and I hope to read your prompt responses for December too! Click here to submit your own entry, and to read about what others are up to as well!

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7 comments

  • Perth…my home town.. Hope you enjoy your time there xx

    • Thanks Bree! I haven’t been there since I was 5, so it should be fun! Any recommendations for Perth and Margaret River? ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Sheryl, thanks so much for the opportunity to participate in the linkup! I hope you don’t mind, but I used your image with the prompts. I figured it put your website out there one more time… If you’d rather I didn’t, let me know and I’ll be glad to remove it. :o)

    I loved reading your answers for the prompts. It was great to get to know you a little better!

    Here’s wishing you a fabulous holiday season!

    • Hi Terri,

      Thank YOU for participating! It’s always so much fun to read what others with chronic illness are up to in parallel ๐Ÿ™‚ No problem at all, and thank you for asking ๐Ÿ™‚ Wishing you a fabulous Christmas too! xx

  • Hi, Sheryl. I hope you had or are having a fun, relaxing trip and that your cold is going away. I can relate to your working and health flare woes. I’ve experienced a similar situation.
    Maybe you can find a way to bring some of Hong Kong’s festiveness to your neck of the woods. Spread your own Christmas cheer. It’s a thought. I’m thinking about many of the same things as you as we come to the end of 2017. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Kathy!

      I’m leaving in two weeks, really excited about it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes it’s not quite woes I think, more of me whining ๐Ÿ˜‰

      That’s a good idea, but I don’t really like organising events haha. That is, I’m happiest at home on my own, but what I did like about Hong Kong was that when you stepped out into the streets, the magic is all there. Whereas here it feels more of hanging up some lights for commercial reasons and that’s it. But yes your suggestion for spreading my own cheer is a good one, and suitable for any day of the year, not only Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Looking forward to reading your entry, if you’re participating this month! xxx

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