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Last spring I celebrated my high school graduation with you. It was a huge accomplishment for me, and your support along the way was amazing! Your support of the blog, of me, and of my story has changed the way I live with Lyme. Truly.

I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I have a treating doctor; I have everything I need to heal – antibiotics, supplements, herbs, family, friends, and the list goes on, and on, and on. What I struggle with is the need for time. Lyme doesn’t follow a schedule. There is no end date, no final deadline. It just is.

This last year has been an exceptionally hard one for my family and I. It feels like blow, after blow has fallen upon us. I won’t go into the details but I’ve been shown how strong my family is. We have hope and we have courage.

They are an inspiration to me. And they are one of the reasons that I have been given the opportunity to take this school year off. I’m taking an entire year and dedicating it to myself. My priority is to heal. I’m giving my body what it’s screaming for – time.

I’m giving myself time when I feel that I need it. I have the luxury to truly listen to my body, and I’m grateful for it.

However I also want to enjoy this time.

I’m marking events on my calendar. I’m teaching preschool. I want to write, to learn, to create. But most of all I want to be happy. I want to look back at this year and not regret my decision to put off my schooling. I want to make this year worth it.

I can’t let it slip through my fingers…

And that leads me to my big announcement!

This month I opened my own Etsy store. I’ve always been creative in one way or another. My passion has been jewelry making. Years ago while I was in middle school I started my own business – I sold the jewelry I made at two local gift shops and my mom toted me and my work to craft fairs. I loved it!

My parents have always supported me, and they taught me that I really can do whatever I set my mind to. Well I figured that if I did it then, I can do it again now, and better!

My new store is called Seeking Serendipity. Please, follow the link and check it out!! Your support will mean the world to me. Keep an eye on the shop – new items will be added as I complete them!

I’m taking a leap of faith…

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… and hoping it works out!

My goal is to offer an opportunity to purchase an upcycled, stylish and completely unique piece of jewelry, handmade by me! I handcraft paper beads out of repurposed papers and seal them with a ton-toxic & water based sealer. My beads are both totally unique and eye-catching! PErfect for an earth-friendly lifestyle.

Looking for one-of-a-kind jewelry this holiday season? My paper bead jewelry could be the answer you’re looking for. Or, maybe you’ll find that perfect gift idea at the Lymenaide Holiday Bazaar! I’ll be joining this event soon – and I’m excited to be involved! Check us all out, and support those in some way connected with Lyme Disease.

Spread the word!

More from me soon,

Peace & healing,

molly

 

“Sometimes you just have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down.” – Kobi Yamada

Birthday Balloons! Yep, I’m officially 17 now. It snuck up on me, I’ll admit it. I’d forgotten that it was even so soon until last week. (Lyme-brain!) But sure enough, May 4th has come and gone.

 

I had a wonderful time, however! As my aunt said on the phone tonight, somebody up there gave me the best present. I felt good, almost normal all day until I began to fade around 8 pm before dinner. I woke up later than usual, and plenty sore from all that walking at the Living Green Expo. But, I took the day slowly enjoying every minute of energy and mental clarity. What a joy! I’m so thankful I was able to truly enjoy the day. It was very low-key, but that’s just what I’ve needed lately.

 

My brothers weren’t able to make it home for the celebration tonight, but Tara did! Before dinner my dad made calamari and mussels bought fresh today. And for dinner we had, as I requested, fresh grilled salmon, asparagus, and my favorite wheat-free noodles. My mom made me a beautiful chocolate gluten-free cake with drizzled chocolate and strawberries for desert. Matt's Flowers

 

Matt and Becky had flowers sent to me over the weekend since they’re in Peru now. They’re absolutely beautiful! I love getting flowers in the mail! Chris and Tara have promised to take me golfing this summer, which I’m so excited about! I got clubs a long time ago but was never feeling well enough to use them. I’m hoping this summer we’ll find some time when I’m not too dizzy. My parents were generous to give me a new cookbook full of baking recipes, as well as “The Cake Decorating Bible”. Guess I’ll have to practice soon :) They also gave me a book documenting Peace throughout history. It has some amazing pictures and quotes that I’ve seen just from paging through it. I can’t wait to have the time to read it. However, I think I’m the most excited about my new eco-friendly SIGG water bottle! I’ve been coveting all of them I see out and about, and love the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” design on it. Oh how well my parents know me!

 

Presents Cards arrived from family in WI and CA, and well wishes were sent to me on Facebook and my Lyme support groups. Thank you So Much everyone, you truly made my day!

 

As a friend said, “Here’s to a year of healing and wellness!”

 

Peace and healing, molly

“Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.”  ~Jean Paul Richter

I don’t even know where to begin. This weekend has been so incredibly jam-packed with fun and inspiring events I only hope I can relate them all accurately enough!
Let’s see… where to start…

 

Well, actually a good friend of my mom’s is also going through treatment for Lyme right now (as well as her two sons who, like me, got it congenitally) and she set up a local showing of the movie Under Our Skin. I knew that I couldn’t watch it yet, but I was thrilled that there was the opportunity for my family and friends to go and see it. And they did! My parents, my best friend Emily, and her mom (my Girl Scout leader) all took the time to go and see the documentary. It really means so much that they were able to. I’m hoping this will bring more of an understanding of what I’m living through right now as they continue to support me through my treatment. Hopefully there’ll be another showing soon and I can send in a few more friends and family. I’d love to see it soon myself as well.

 

For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Under Our Skin is a documentary exploring the “untold story of Lyme disease” which has received some serious acclaim in the Lyme community for it’s real-life truths. Check out www.underourskin.com to learn more and see the trailer.

 

So that was yesterday afternoon, and afterwards I was able to spend the rest of the day with my best friends. It was wonderful. I hadn’t realized how much I needed to see them, and to have that dose of social interaction and normalcy. Sure, we talked about my spinal tap and how emotional the movie was for Em. But we also threw in some much-needed conversations about proms and football seasons. And, I admit it… I cheated on my diet, threw caution to the wind, and ate a slice of pizza! Ack! We capped the night off with the first bonfire of the year. One of many, I’m sure.

 

Today was exciting as well. It was the last day of my Preschool of Religion where I’m a 4 year-old teacher. We had a procession into church to honor Mary with flowers, and held a year end concert for the student’s families. I had such a blast teaching this year. It’s something I look forward to each Sunday. I hate waking up early, and often don’t feel well. But I know that it’s worth it. I love every hectic-filled minute. Ok, ask me that again in September and I’ll probably deny it!  But it always is so hard to say goodbye to all my kids at the end of the school year. I think I grow more attached than they do! However, the concert went off relatively smoothly and ended in them singing me Happy Birthday and presenting me with the largest balloon I think I’ve ever gotten. I love it! I’ll have to take a picture and share it tomorrow :)

 

After I escaped that chaos, I entered another.

 

This weekend was The Living Green Expo! It’s an entire weekend at the state fair grounds filled with food, vendors, and music all promoting and celebrating living green. I had a blast, and picked up a few needed necessities: some pins for my computer bag, a few soaps, a couple of reusable shopping bags (like we needed more!), and some great bumper stickers. My mom took information about getting another rain barrel, and I’m completely in awe over what I learned about green roofs. I really wished I could afford some of the hemp clothing, but I just looked instead. I could only stay a short while, but I soaked up the atmosphere. The handy-dandy collapsible cane did come out, but pretty near the end of my stay there. So I’m impressed with myself.

 

Overall, I’m glad I pushed myself this weekend. I’d so much rather be tired and worn out after having such great adventures, than sitting at home wishing I felt better.

 

More soon.

Peace and healing, molly

 

“Take nothing but pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time.”
– John Kay

 

Here are the photos I promised! This is about all I have to show for last Friday. With no internet, I was forced to entertain myself all afternoon. Hope you like them =)

Hello all! Well, as I promised (somewhat) last night I’ve got some photos of my most recent fused plastic bag projects. I made these for the final project in my Historical Fashion/Costume Design course. Enjoy!

 

“Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.”  ~ Cecil B. DeMille

So, is today tomorrow yet? Because, God it feels like it should be. Today was just one of those days that flew right under my radar. I woke up today thinking of all the things I would accomplish. And, did I do them?

 

See… that’s my problem… I can’t remember! I might have. I honestly have no idea what I spent the day doing. Well, ok, that’s not completely honest. I’ll admit. I do remember… it just doesn’t seem like that could have possibly taken up my whole day!

 

I was able to turn in a story I spent a good portion of last night writing. I really like it. Granted, I’m not quite sure if it’s done yet. But, I’m satisfied for now. It was my first time writing Flash Fiction. Ever heard of it? From what I understand Flash Fiction (also known by many other names) is a “short short story” written anywhere from 59 to 1500 words, or so. The point is to have a complete story: plot, characters, the whole shebang which the reader can read all in one quick sitting, or “in a flash”!

 

The idea really intrigued me, so I decided to challenge myself to finish one before my semester ends and I’m done with my Creative Writing course. (Which, by the way is this Friday) So I did! It’s called “A Solitary Gentleman” and I’d tell you about the plot but I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. Oops…those tricky trick endings…. Gotta love ’em.

 

I also spent a few hours working on my final project for my Fashion/Costume Design course. I’m really excited about this one! We were assigned to create “recycled accessories”. How fun is that? And, I just happen to be experimenting with fusing plastic bags these days. It was meant to be. Anyhow, the process takes a while but it’s so cool! In a nutshell, you cut apart plastic bags, layer them together, and iron them (carefully!) between sheets of parchment paper. The results are a plastic fabric. Really! It’s waterproof and quite flexible actually. The sheets of plastic fuse together creating one piece of fabric that can be used for all kinds of things.

 

Today I made a bracelet with matching earrings out of a yellow newspaper bag, a brown patterned potato bag, and a clear packing bag. I also started a pouch that I made out of white plastic shopping bags and I added paper scrapbooking letters in between the layers that say: “Reuse & Recycle”. I’m not sure how I’m going to finish it yet though… I’m still thinking on that one.

 

Tomorrow one of my tasks is to re-acquaint myself with our sewing machine to finish up these wonderful projects! So, pictures to follow? Maybe? We’ll see.

 

And guess what folks! Tomorrow came, and it’s today! Good, I was waiting…

More later!

Molly

 

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” ~ Dr. Seuss

We used this page  from Design Corner in my Fashion/Design class this week. Our topic was “The Ethics of Clothing” and these posts highlight several sustainable living projects. I’ve got to say, the GOONJ project is very inspirational. As well as the Thai Temple that was built out of more than a million recycled glass bottles. Way cool, huh?! There’s one more place for me to add to my “Must-See” list. I’m anxious to hear how the Pacific Ocean crossing goes as well. I’m not sure I’d actually want to take the trip myself on a boat made out of plastic bottles…but, I’m enthralled by the idea of it!

‘Till Later, molly

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