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Silent Pain- How to be a friend

Most people with autoimmune disease (or other types of chronic illness) don't have insanely visible symptoms like someone with a broken leg- most of the suffering goes on quietly with little attention from others because its often internal. Having invisible and silent pain can be so hard to go through and many people from the outside don't understand what it's like and can often miss opportunities to be a good friend. Here is a guide on what to do and what not to do since most people get it wrong. These tips come straight from my experience of how my amazing friends treated me, especially those who were having a very similar experience to mine.
1. Pray for your friend. Also, make sure you tell your friend you are praying for them. Dealing with invisible illness can be fatiguing, hopeless and dark. What better way to be a friend than to lift them up in prayer to the Ultimate Healer?
2. Don't say that you know how they feel. Comparing some minor thing or pain you have i…
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Going to the Chapel

And just like that, my loyal friend of 25 years has gotten married. It was such an honor to have Kat by my side my whole life and a huge blessing to be by her side on the day of her wedding. Kat was such a stunning bride and it was so exciting to be part of her day. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were having ugly dress contests, getting in trouble during Sunday School and even having many edifying crying sessions together. Wishing the love birds every blessing as they begin their new journey not just as husband and wife, but also Kat moving to the other side of the country- I hope you guys love each other more with each passing day. Also, just for memories and for those who weren't in attendance- I tripped on the stage, tripped over my own dress about 3598 times and had people just casually standing on my dress as I was talking to them, what on earth was I thinking not wanting to hem my dress? Good times to be had for sure. 


Sok

My bestie came home from grad school for the weekend to surprise her mom for Mother's Day and I got to spend the morning with her- such a gem soul. 

His Timing

Being patient was hard, and I prayed for a new job for over a year- it's so crazy but God gave me a new job at the perfect moment. I had interviewed for a Quality Coordinator position that I really wanted and got the offer call half an hour before I left on my vacation. Yesterday I put in my two week notice to my current employer and it's hard to believe that something I prayed so long for is finally happening. I think the most important thing that God taught me throughout the last year was to not have my joy attached to these life events that I pray for. I'm sure that sometime soon I'm going to think of some new life venture that I want that I will start praying for- learning contentment guarantees joy no matter the outcome. God could have made me wait five more years before giving me the job I want, and He would have been just as good and just- grace abounds.

Republica Dominicana

Resolution: Take more vacations. The Dominican Republic is insanely beautiful. Laying under a palm tree on a turquoise water and white sand beach with hot wind blowing I couldn't even believe the crazy opportunities that God gives me- completely undeserved. They say that it's always in the valley that you learn the most and I agree, but I think that in giving me this awesome experience, God really shifted my focus towards gratitude. It was far from perfect but I'm so thankful that I was given such a privileged life to be able to do stuff like this. Here is some visual documentation of the experience. Also, it was Sabir's birthday while we were there, love that goon so much. 






Tee Minus

T-2 weeks and I'm off for a much needed vacation and T-one month until Kat's wedding! Life has been pretty good lately and I'm enjoying having a really good routine and pace of life. I moved to a new office as the remodel at my workplace has partially finished. On Saturday I went to the symphony alone and have never had a better time; also I've been spending an inordinate amount of time hanging out at coffee shops. The next month will be a busy one but I'm really looking forward to some exciting things happening. Also, I can't believe how incredibly blessed I am to have these babes in my life!