Giving Thanks Everyday!

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
Tecumseh 

Good Morning World…. 

Although I give thanks daily and rarely follow the herd in the “whats cool to do right now” category, I decided to give a public rendition of thanks today…

 

As I sit in my comfy chair with a Pug named Harley on my lap, watching my every key stroke… I stop to inventory my life. I like to take a mental inventory every morning and every night, and a lot of times throughout the day. 

As I watch the sun start to illuminate my home with it’s beautiful rays, I thank the big guy for my life. When is say my life, I mean the breath I take, the gift of sight I have, and the ability to hear the amazing life around me. I am grateful beyond belief that I am standing (ok, sitting at this moment) and able to furnish my family with a beautiful Thanksgiving meal today. I am grateful that I will have the ability to sit surrounded by immense love and share with my loved ones a day filled with laughter, loudness, and LOVE. 

Nothing makes me happier than to fill their bellies. Call it an innate sense of womanhood or being Puerto Rican, but I find joy in watching my loved ones eat something I have prepared. 

Life is amazingly crazy though, I find thanks in the smallest of things. I give thanks for the smiles I see daily, for the laughs I induce or get to witness, and for the observation of love exchanged. I am thankful for new adventures, for the daily hugs I receive, and for the I love you’s I hear. I am HUMBLED beyond belief for being afforded the opportunity to be part of so many peoples lives. 

 

To say I am grateful for everything would be an understatement, because most wouldn’t think to be grateful for the air they breath. Me, well let’s just say I have had my share of respiratory failures to be grateful for even one breath never the less continued breathing I get to do.

Sometimes I think to myself that I must have been a saint in a past life, because I have been given so many chances at life. I was recently given a second chance, something I never thought I would be afforded again. I thank the big guy an infinite amount of times daily for it. Sometimes the road less traveled looks long and hard, but I have a feeling at the end of this one there is an amazing lining. So I am thankful for the opportunity to take the twists and turns. 

 

So to bring my rambling to an end, I am thankful for my life… All the crazy turns, loudness, laughter, pain, tears, and above all LOVE that has accompanied it because for lack of that I wouldn’t be me and here! 

 

Hope you all have a beautiful Thanksgiving filled with as much love, laughter, and FOOD your little hearts desire! 

 

XOXO, 

 

Peace, Love, and Turkey Grease, 

 

Undefeated Diva

 

 

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Hello Everyone!
Well, I have decided to participate in the 2014 Lupus walk in Naples, Florida. I have always created a team for the Down Syndrome walk every year and have participated in many other walks in support of people that I love and care for. Never have I walked for myself…
Many may think that it’s a piece of cake, when in fact I am finding it harder to write this email this time around. Although all of you are aware that I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2011 and I am not shy to share my story, it is much different doing so in such a big public forum. It in fact puts a face to a chronic disease, but like anything else… I will do it with SASS! 🙂

At 28 I have been through a journey most would never see from looking at my face. I have seen the dark side of an illness that does not discriminate. I fight back daily, but I have decided to fight back in public now! Join me in walking for MY cause…. Join me in walking to find a cure for Lupus.

You can donate or join my team… or even cheer from the sidelines… Your support in any way possible is appreciated! Thank you for supporting me in my journey and the Lupus Foundation of America – Southeast Florida Chapter. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

XOXO,

The original Undefeated Diva!

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Public Broadcasting System

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You are now tuned in to the Undefeated Diva broadcasting system… Hold on to your undergarments because it’s going to be a hell of a ride!

Well hello public! It is such a pleasure to virtually meet all of you. Welcome to my proverbial cherry popping ceremony, on blogging in a public forum. I have blogged for several years on a site called Caringbridge,  when I was diagnosed with Lupus back in 2011. To say it was my outlet for the darkest hours, would be an understatement. There was nothing like pouring your soul out on a blank canvas that absorbs your thoughts with no judgement. Some may ask, why after so long would I make the switch. WELL… short side of the story, someone dared me to!

See as amazing as Caringbridge is/was, its a controlled forum. I controlled who was invited and who saw the material… I always wanted a much bigger fish bowl to unleash my shenanigans on…. It just took a swift kick in the ass to do so.  So thank you…. to my fellow ass kicker out there in the world!

I look forward to sharing my story, my thoughts, my highs/lows, and of course my PASSION with all that are interested in the journey.

I will be posting some archives from my previous blog… http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/christinapolanco

With Excitement,

Undefeated Diva

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Now back to your regularly scheduled programming….