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    The Name’s Muck… Lord Muck

    Double post from me today because this photo from our dog walker was too funny not share! I think it’s the pug in him, but Lord Muck’s mantra is “if it’s a kind of water and I fits, I sits!” One time he did this, it was so thick I spent about 5 minutes just laughing at the state of him at the front door while the dog walker profusely apologised, all the while he just sat there looking very happy with his chonky boi self 😂

    Now it’s rainy season, we have to do near daily baths and the Duke is rather displeased and indignant about it all like “Jeeves… I worked very hard on rolling in that mud and fox / sheep poop so it would camouflage me. Now the other dogs are going to laugh at me tomorrow because of how stinky you’ve made me with this thing you call ‘shampoo’ except there’s not even any poo in it!”

    Us Jeeveses are fickle beasts like that 😆

    #Dogs #MightyPets #Laugh #funny #alwayslookouththelightsideoflife #TheLittleThings #DistractMe #Pets #ForTheLoveOfDogs #forthelols

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    Happy Furriday!

    If there’s one thing The Duke has taught me, in addition to understanding that my rightful place is to carry out his bidding at his barking orders, is how to do radical self-care right…

    On walks, when he has had enough, he simply sits down and refuses to go any further. When he is sad, he lets me know by climbing into my lap, demanding cuddles. When he is afraid, he squeezes himself between my feet for protection and comfort. When it’s approaching dinner time, he borks for my attention to get me to attend to his needs. When he is in the mood for a bit of fun, he scamps, he runs, and jumps like it’s the best thing ever. On walks, he finds ways to assert his independence by following his own path—turning the act of walking into a game wherein he is the cleverest boi, who delights in having outfoxed me in his own pug-mix way.

    After he swims, he shakes himself off each time with the verve of a puppy. When I rub behind his ears each night and give him belly rubs, he sighs as if he is letting go of all the day’s worries. And when he sleeps, he does it enthusiastically—as if napping and resting form a part of his daily duties. When he is tired, nothing can stop him from catching some zzzs… not even trips to the groomer where he has often had to be groomed while snoozing! If he is cold, he will find a blanket, carry it across the room, and fashion it into an appropriate bundle on which to make himself cozy.

    He does not reproach himself for not doing more. Instead he delights in all these small things like he is living his best life. He is the poster pug for radical self-care, and he has taught me that there is still great joy and life, to be found in doing less 🐾

    #Dogs #MightyPets #Selfcare #TheLittleThings #DistractMe #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicFatigue #HypothyroidismUnderactiveThyroidDisease

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    Thinking About The Season Ahead

    🎭 Hello!

    I am a blend of emotions this past week, but I am doing better. I have slacked on my classwork for my University studies. I pray that I can make it through without struggling too much. I seriously need help to make it through this class because of how difficult my emotions have been. I believe it's #hormonal but I am confident that I am going to be OK.

    I am curious about you guys though, how are you?!

    #Holidayseason
    #TheLittleThings
    #bethankful
    #Medicine
    #BipolarDisorder
    #Depression

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    Symptoms Worsening #RareDisease #TheMighty #MightyTogether #IIH #IdiopathicIntracranialHypertension #Migraine #IntracranialHypertension

    Champions adjust, and I am currently learning this the hard way but that's okay. I have my faith and my support system. I try to count my blessings. I started having blackouts. I can't ignore it. I see spots and sometimes can't see anything. I constantly feel the pressure in my head now the lowest it goes is a 6, sometimes I get random stabbing pains in my eyes. I've been getting episodes of weakness where I feel lightheaded and dizzy and I lose my balance, it makes me concerned that I will pass out, especially since I'm still working full time as a Medical Receptionist. My vision has worsened. My glasses are now too weak of a prescription. I go to Lens crafters Saturday thank God. I can't drive, which I never really did to begin with besides practicing. I realized this when my husband told me "don't feel bad because even if you wanted to drive I wouldn't let you right now because I'd be afraid of what could happen if you have an episode on the road." It never even occured to me until now. I count my blessings daily. I'm alive I'm fighting. We will find a cure. We will not suffer alone. 👊🏽 #IdiopathicIntracranialHypertension #IntracranialHypertension #RareDisease #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #ChronicMigraineSyndrome #Migraine #PsuedotumorCerebi #rarediseaseawareness #TheMighty #MightyTogether #CheckInWithMe #mightystrong #ChampionsAdjust #StayStrong #CheerMeOn #grateful #TheLittleThings

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    Reflecting On Father's Day & Making This a Good Week

    Good morning everyone!

    Father's Day is a complex holiday. For me, it's a day to express gratitude and to spend time to with my amazing and supportive dad.

    For many of my friends it's a difficult day. Some of them lost their dads long before their time, some didn't grow up without a dad in their lives, and some have strained relationships or have even had to remove their dads from their lives.

    My Monday morning started differently this week. After a busy weekend spending Saturday with my dad, volunteering at the Humane Society both days, and general errands, I hadn't spent a lot of time with my wife and she said that she needed some extra hubby time last night. I made a nice dinner to make up for things a bit, but unfortunately I fell asleep very quickly from the busy weekend.

    This morning I made it a point to spend an extra 15 minutes in bed with her to get some extra snuggling in before I went to work. Sure, I got in about 30 minutes later than I normally do, but it was well worth it seeing her slight smile and hearing that content breathing and sigh when I said we should stay in bed a bit longer than normal.

    The little things in life are more important than the daily grind. Take that extra 15 minutes in the morning to spend some time with your loved ones and pets. Work will be there no matter when you get in, those little moments won't.

    #Love #TheLittleThings

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    Happy Chinese New Year!

    新年快乐!Happy year of the tiger! Hope your year is filled with not only luck, but also growth, peace, happiness, love, and laughter. I am going to be focusing on the little things this year, and this does not just mean focusing on the little tasks and chores, because those are important, but also the tiny beautiful moments. This could mean a stranger smiling at you or spotting a butterfly, or a pretty sunset. I want to live in the present.

    Anyways, hope you are all doing amazing, and if you are not, that's ok too. Where I live this is a huge holiday, so I wanted to share it with you too. 🧧🧧🧧

    #NewYear #chinesenewyear #MentalHealth #MightyMinute #conqueryourmind #growth #TheLittleThings

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    Teeny Tiny Itty Bitty Victories

    Today my partner said sometimes it’s hard to be gloomy or quiet around me when I’m going through a hellish mental health breakdown….and when I asked why, she said, “because you don’t take it out on me.” And that felt like a win. Like progress, from my other relationships and it made me happy. So, I just wanted to share.

    Other tiny happies from the day; I walked a yorkie around the block in a stroller, I bought a mousepad at Staples, I ate no less then 4 pieces of Pizza Hut stuffed crust pizza. #PizzaHut #smallvictories #TheLittleThings #Mentalbreakdown #Partner #KeepOn #StillTruckin

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    Something Nice Someone Said

    I somehow turned off two of my alarms I had set for work today. (I use 3 alarms). I woke up right as my 3rd alarm was going off. That's my alarm letting me know I need to leave the house. I called and let work know I had just woken up and would be late. I hate being late. Its a pet peeve of mine. I somehow managed to make it to work on time, anyway. One of my managers said, "I thought you were going to be late. I'm happy to see you. I'm always happy to see you." That took me by surprise. I said "Really?" He said, "Yeah, you're one of our best employees". That took me by even more surprise. It helps my other wise bad week feel not so bad. #Kind #encouragingWords #goodbosses #TheLittleThings

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    Something to smile about. #Plants #blooms #Laugh #smile #TheLittleThings

    I was given this orchid birthday before last, when it was in full bloom. It needs special care and I have somehow kept it alive. It nearly died from over watering and root rot. I have a terrible brown thumb and kill every plant I was given. I didnt think it would ever bloom again. My boyfriend kept calling it my fake or dead plant. I noticed one day that it was growing a stem. Then it grew buds, surprisingly. I excitedly told my b/f about it but he didnt pay attention. Then one day, he randomly yells "Oh my god, your fake plant bloomed!" 🙄🤣

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    The little things that make me smile 🍃

    Sometimes, when the pain in my hips, elbows, fingers, in my everywhere is bad, or intrusive thoughts and compulsions are driving me, or when all I can feel is electricity in my veins, fog in my brain, creaking in my joints, blood in my nose, tears in my eyes... Sometimes when the everything-ness of my being is just so very difficult, I force myself to find the little things. I force myself to find the little things that can make me smile. I force myself to smile. I stick googly-eyes on a rock and say I made a new friend; experience the idea of elation upon discovering my second favourite plant has babies; my cat yawns supremely wide leaving behind a tiny tongue poking out his mouth; a friend sends a spelling error placed puntastically in a text; the water drips and makes a silly sound; my socks are soft and brightly coloured; the air smells clean today... The little things that make me smile are the big things that remind me it's okay to frown, there's no need to force smiles when I'm down. But sometimes I force myself to smile at the little things, because sometimes those little things help me feel like I don't need to force it any more.

    #Anxiety #Depression #CPTSD #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #Fibromyalgia #TheLittleThings