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Sunrise: Day 18 #100PositiveDays

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” – Jo Walton

So I have to be honest. I am not a morning person. The only sunrises I ever see are when I have to catch an early flight, a sunrise trail ride, or be up before the crack of dawn for some other rare reason. It’s really too bad though, because I live in a place with some of the best sunrises in the world. What I do catch are the sunsets and they truly are miraculous.

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A beautiful thing about waking up so early, is you get to watch the world wake up. There is a certain peace this hour of the day, when everything is right and all are still safe in their homes. This morning I woke up for the sunrise. It felt like a secret that only a few people are in on. It’s a time with no texts, phone calls, or interruptions. The sunrise is like God’s way of saying, just relax and enjoy this moment. Keep it with you and don’t let the worries of today come out from behind the darkness.

You may notice that this post is out of order in the 100 Positive Days. It just wasn’t the right day to wake up for a sunrise. Today? Today was the right day 🙂
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Gastroparesis Awareness

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Sooo the color for gastroparesis awareness just happens to be the same as celiac! Green. Cool. Anyways “they” (the powers that be) decided we should all wear it on Valentines Day. My question: Why valentines day? When everyone is wearing pink or red (or if you’re on my campus, today is a huge basketball game so they are all covered in blue). Is it because we have awful digestive tracts that makes dating awkward? Is it because most associate valentines with candy which might make us sick? Who knows. Anyways, I’m all about awareness, so here it is!

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Strength: Day 8 #100PositiveDays

“Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.” Pythagoras

Strength is relative. My Strong, may not be the same Strong that it was last year, and it’s definitely not the same as your Strong. But in the end, Strength is needed for us all to “keep on keepin’ on” and get through the hard stuff.

Strength can be measured in terms of physical muscle mass. It can be measured by perseverance. Strength can be measured by emotions, athletic Strength, Strength in talents, Strength in relationships, etc. Strength cannot just be measured in the amount of time you spend at the gym or how far you run.

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Hope: Day 7 #100PositiveDays

“In this world you’ve just got to hope for the best and prepare for the worst and take whatever God sends.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery

Hope. Without it, what do we have? If not for hope, life is just a static repetition, day after day.

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Hope is especially important when going through hard times. When each day brings new challenges and it feels like things are getting worse, what do we have if not for Hope? One of the hardest things about chronic illness is feeling like you are going backwards, things are getting worse, and you have trouble seeing the brighter days ahead. But Hope is what allows us to push through to the next day and get out of bed in the morning.

“Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Smile: Day 1 #100PositiveDays

Keep your head up and smile through the rain.

Smiles are important. Not only for your personal well-being, but for the well-being of others. Smiles are contagious. When one person smiles, the other person can’t help but feel a sense of joy themselves.

As much as I love to smile, I often find myself being self-conscious, especially when taking selfies, or looking at awkward over-excited smiling pics. Case in point:

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