noun be·lief \ bə-ˈlēf \
1: a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing
2: something that is accepted, considered to be true, or held as an opinion : something believed
I've recently become fascinated by how the universe is influenced by energy, and how we can harness our own energy to create our present and future. The universe, our existence in the bigger picture, is always listening and it is up to us to speak up. Thoughts become things, and the most powerful thoughts we have are our beliefs.
The universe gave me a life that involved a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes in 2002, and whatever I knew of life at that moment changed suddenly. What's more, everything that people knew of me changed. I had always been "Sarah, the quiet smart kid that did musical theater and was nice but not really popular" but became "Sarah, the girl with diabetes". No one really knew what that entailed, but they knew they'd heard of diabetes with their grandma or their cat or their neighbor missing a foot... yada yada all that good stuff. For years, I felt suppressed by a label and while it is what's shaped me, it's not what I've become.
Every part of my life has been affected by my relationship with diabetes EXCEPT! except for... what I know to be true about a number of aspects. It's been incredible to examine my belief system, thanks to a prompt from the Diabetes Dominator herself Daniele Hargenrader, and see that with OR without diabetes, my core beliefs and values do not change.
How. amazing. is. that??
No matter what turmoil that my medical condition has caused, I reflected on my beliefs and realized they are a part of me far before my autoimmune defect over 16 years ago.
I'd like to share the pillars of belief on which I stand, no matter what I live with or through. These are what I feel are the strongest truths in my heart recognized in my mind.
Thank you for your time to be a part of my personal reflections and I hope that you will think about your beliefs. What do you know?
If you have questions or want to share, I'm here to listen and support.
Yours in health and happiness.
What on earth could one of the greatest musicians have in common with one of the worst chronic illnesses? Simply put, much more than you can imagine, so I'll do my best to explain my ceaseless admiration for this man.
...And story to another of my tattoos.
I'll focus on the background only, the 2 billowing gusts of wind. This is my personal tribute to Billy Joel and how his words influenced my life. His song You're Only Human (Second Wind) inspired the design, which was based on his personal experience with a dark time in his life and his following recovery. The words are powerful and motivating; we all make mistakes and the beautiful fact remains that it's ok, things will get better and we can make things right. Nothing is truly over, or so bad that we can't find good in our life again. I'm my own harshest critic and this is my reminder that everything I do and encounter is a learning opportunity. Living with Type 1 is full of chances to get overwhelmed by everything WRONG, what we do or what our health is like, despite our best efforts to make everything as good as possible. We will face challenges on our journey, but we hold on and catch our second wind to push forward. His talent and raw passion for life seems indescribable, yet he manages to convey it through music.
"Too bad, but it's the life you lead,