August Blues 2019.1

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If you follow me on Instagram (@MonicawithRA) you may have seen my recent break down. I felt low, defeated and overwhelmed. I needed to vent to move on from those emotions. Afterwards, I felt more empowered, productive and ready for the brighter side of things.

August is always a funny month for me. Year after year, I remark on my “August Blues”. This is the one month I am sad, unmotivated and physically unwell. And, I don’t know why. The month starts with my mother’s death day anniversary. Do I just start out the month in a bad mood? Does it dictate the following weeks? Who knows.

I spent the first ten days really messed up. I had absolutely no will to do anything and I slept through each day. I focused only on the negative thoughts. I started and ended my days in a funk. Then, I woke up and decided I needed to get my ass into gear and start working.

I decided to do a short series on the blog documenting my blue thoughts with a corresponding nail art/swatch. Is it going to be weekly? Is it going to be every few days? I cannot say but what I do know is I will write out my feelings and let them go. Feeling some type of way? Let me know in the comments!

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In August, the sun sets much earlier than in June or July. It is a very concrete indicator that the summer is ending. Early sunsets remind me I didn’t take advantage of the summer while it was here which in turn upsets me because these are the only two or three months out the year my RA does not flare from the weather.

Soon, it’s going to get cold, dark and dreary and I will spend a good portion of the year actively trying to keep my symptoms in check.

Now, on to the fun bit!

Scroll through to see swatch photos of Parrot Polish’s brilliant Baboon Blue. It’s a great electric neon color that is dark and bright all at the same time. Photos below show 3 coats over a white base.

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Find Blue Baboon (part of the Welcome to the Jungle collection) here.

 

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Satisfied Sunday – 8/11/19

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This week I am grateful for…

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beautiful bloom blooming blossom

…time off.

I love work and the full time experience. When I got sick, I was thrown into part-time hours and sleeping the free time away. I felt useless, lazy and dumb.

Why couldn’t I push through and just work full-time? Was it really my disease or did I become complacent?

Working full time is difficult. I can make it through an eight hour shift but I certainly don’t have anything left afterwards. Errands? Yeah, right. Social life? As if! And, worst of all, I never truly get the chance to recuperate fully. I run on fumes as long as the work persists.

I have to sacrifice everything just to make coin. Is that a life? I guess, if I don’t have another choice. That’s where I am lucky. I used to think of it as a sin but I’ve come to appreciate it. I have the option of part-time work. I take the BEST naps and wake up refreshed and productive. This energy surge helps me knock out a lot of high quality work that I feel good about!

I am grateful for the time off so I can take care of myself and in turn, everything else.

 

What are you grateful for?

 

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Satisfied Sunday – 7/21/19

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This week I am grateful for…

yellow pink orange and white loves heart candies

…my pets!

Marmalade and Affie had birthdays recently and I am fully aware they’re living longer than they’re meant to.

They know I need them so, they stick around!

 

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Satisfied Sunday – 5/12/19

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I cannot believe we’re almost halfway through the year! Time really flies (whether I’m having fun or not)…

This week I am grateful for…

Photo of Silver Linen Tableware….access to medical insurance. I moved forward with my sinus procedure and follow up appointments, both of which were fully covered by my insurance. Now, I am one step closer to controlling my chronic sinusitis!

 

What are you grateful for this week?

 

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The Great Sinus Situation of 2018

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Oh, my lungs hurt? It’s the methotrexate. My ribs are inflamed? It’s the rheumatoid arthritis. My tongue is sore? That’s just the Sjogren’s. Your head is completely congested? That’s just your unrelated sinusitis.

white and yellow flower with green stems

I’ve been out of commission for months. Around October, my chronic sinusitis flared badly and I’ve dealt with infections ever since.

I wrote an article over at RheumatoidArthritis.net about how sometimes conditions are not all tied to my autoimmune!

Link: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/chronic-sinus-infections/

I hope you enjoy the post!

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Purple-Hearted Polka Dots

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Oh boy, am I behind on sharing my nail arts on the blog! Long story short (and a dedicated post coming up), I’ve been really really ill for…months. This has to be one of my worst years since my diagnosis and I’m not talking pain or fatigue. Just plain old sick!

Anyways, here is a fun purple dotticure I did during February for Valentine’s Day. The asymmetrical dotticure is always RA-friendly and easy to achieve. Scroll all the way down to see a tutorial on a similar look! But, before you do, don’t forget to…

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Valentine's Day Easy Purple Asymmetrical Freehand Dotticure featuring SinfulColors, OPI, Zoya, Color Club and Pipe Dream Nail PolishesBase: SinfulColors

Dots: Zoya Payton (dark purple), Color Club Warhol (neon pink), Pipe Dream Polish Sonic Transducer (holo), OPI (raspberry pink) OPI by Popular Vote*

 

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Abstract Valentine

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I’m all about the easy nail art and dry brush is one of the simplest techniques possible. You don’t need any extra tools and all you do is scrape the excess polish from the brush, on the side of the bottle and swip it across the nail until you’re happy with the final result.

I’m feeling the purples right now so I grabbed a few and away I went. I hope you like the finished product!

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Easy Abstract Valentine Dry Brush Nails ft. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, Insta-Dri, Zoya and Sephora by OPI Nail PolishesEasy Abstract Valentine Dry Brush Nails ft. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, Insta-Dri, Zoya and Sephora by OPI Nail PolishesEasy Abstract Valentine Dry Brush Nails ft. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, Insta-Dri, Zoya and Sephora by OPI Nail PolishesBase: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Hunger Flames*, Zoya Haven

Details: Sephora by OPI Domestic Goddess, OPI OPI by Popular Vote*, Crayola x Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Wild Watermelon*

 

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