My Chronic Life

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been a spoonie most of my life. What’s a spoonie you ask? If you aren’t familiar with the spoon theory check that out here.  But essentially it means you count your energy by spoons.

I suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Hashimotos (Thyroid-Auto Immune), Fibromyalgia, and Migraines. All of these ailments cause me to count my spoons. First of all, spoons are not an exact unit of measure. I suppose you could use any item that strikes your fancy, but the concept is the same regardless of what unit of measure you apply.

The fact that most people seemingly start their day with 20 spoons and I start mine with 10, means I’m a spoonie. As a result some activities are worth more spoons than others.

Grocery shopping uses 8 spoons. Regular monthly commitments require 6 spoons. Cooking dinner equals 2 spoons and running my chicks here and there takes anywhere from 3-6 spoons depending on the day.

Forget about the deep discussions and character development required to nurture healthy chicks. Sound familiar? If you’re like me, you try to conserve as many spoons as possible. Some spoons are spent on physical activities while others are given to emotional and spiritual struggles. I don’t know about you, but this mamma hen is wore out and about ready to fly the coop!

As a young mom with chronic illness, and unable to care for my flock in the way I felt a mamma hen should, I set out on a mission to find alternative ways to live and conserve energy. I choose to live simply.

Living simply enables me to be stress-free in the face of chronic illness. I’ve learned small changes implemented over time make life more doable. While I can not control many things in life the few things I can control are my schedule, my diet, and my participation in activities that feed my soul (which preserve and sometimes even create spoons).

Here you’ll find everything from encouragement to homestead living as well as products that make my life easier. I love to connect with others who count their spoons and look forward to any tips you may have to living stress-free. I’d love it if you’d  subscribe to my site and receive weekly encouragements. As a thank you you’ll also receive my short e-book Stress-Free Living with Chronic Illness for free!