Fear Is Good, Unless It’s Bad: Life Lessons from The Croods

It seems like you can’t watch an animated feature-length film these days without having an overly didactic moral shoved down your throat. Pixar, Dreamworks, Disney–they all seem to be hell bent on fixing the world’s evils and making you hate yourself for being part of the problem instead of the solution (thank you, Wall-E). Well, … Continue reading


15 Tips on Having a Successful Pregnancy with Lupus

For those of you have been following my blog for awhile now, you know I’ve shared my experiences of being pregnant while having lupus (here’s just one). Staying healthy during pregnancy while keeping lupus symptoms at bay remains a hot topic that a lot of women with lupus are concerned about. The following article was … Continue reading

dove chocolates

Appreciating Simple Pleasures

My husband recently purchased a bag of Dove chocolates, and despite my protestations, I’ve been steadily working on finishing off the bag before my husband does. But this evening I noticed that the inside of the foil wrappers contain a motivational message. I imagine Dove’s marketing meetings resemble those of Season 1 of Mad Men: … Continue reading

Door number 1, 2 or 3?

Looking for Dr. Right

I recently changed doctors in an effort to find a rheumatologist better suited to my needs (i.e., someone who actually gives a crap and knows how to treat lupus). But now I’m not sure that I’m any better off. Dr. #1 I moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, about a year and a half ago, and … Continue reading


Being Mindful of the Good

After a hiatus due to the holidays, I’m back with an update on my progress on my journey to happiness. The habit I’ve been most recently working on is being mindful of the good; in other words, I’ve been trying to take notice when things go right. This was much more challenging than I thought … Continue reading


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