What You Can Expect
Hi, I’m Kris, and I’m so humbled and excited that you’ve decided to spend a few minutes of your precious time – and it really is precious – here on Fully and Well. I wasn’t sure I could actually pull this off. In general, I’m technically disinclined (words like “widget” and “plug-ins” and “apps” still make me want to cry).
So, what’s this blog all about, anyway? Well, life, I suppose. At the moment, it’s about everything. I’m writing about my experiences in all the aspects of my life (emotionally, spiritually, professionally, physically, and personally) with the general vein of doing so Fully and Well.
Eventually, you may be able to find articles about lots of different things. Or, I may find that there’s one niche in particular that I’ll begin to focus on for this blog. Right now, you’ll be able to grow along with me. Hopefully, my obsession with organization will make it easy for you to find whatever it is you’re looking for!
I’ve always been an all-or-nothing sort of person. Well, until recently. It’s all fine and dandy when you’re a teenager or in your early twenties and the sky is the limit. Now that I’m…somewhat older with a few of those major life milestones under my belt, I’ve come to realize that Carpe diem and YOLO just aren’t sustainable. And, I’m ok with that.
When I was younger, I thought that if I spent a day lounging around, or if I wasn’t active from the time I woke up until the time I fell asleep, I was taking my time on earth for granted; I wasn’t being grateful for the life I’d been given. I was a failure. If that sounds a little ridiculous it’s because it is. Who can live up to that? Nevertheless, it was true for me, until I realized that it is just as important to be still as it is to be active.
It would be great to say that this revelation came naturally and gracefully, like a gentle ray of sunlight washing over my face from the parting clouds. But, it was more like the voices in my head had an all-out smack-down while I hid in a dark corner of my bedroom rocking back-and-forth, thumb in mouth. Truth be told, I’m still pretty unsure whether or not this is the best course of action for my life, but I decided to try anyway.
Then, one day, in the midst of my “let’s-just-start-a-blog” crisis, I came across a quote from the novel One Day by David Nicholls that helped:
“’Live each day as if it’s your last’, that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn’t practical. Better by far to simply try and be good and courageous and bold and to make a difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. Go out there with your passion and your electric typewriter and work hard at…something. Change lives through art maybe. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well.”
This quote, combined with a desperate need to slow down in life and a love for writing, has brought me to this point.
Some Fun Facts About the Girl
1.) If I were a recipe, I would be made up of: junk food. Ok, this was a prompt I found online. Is it sad that it was probably meant to inspire me to think of things like “integrity,” “hard work,” or “courage,” and my first thought was ice cream? Oh, well. I suppose you can substitute “a healthy appetite” if you’d like.
2.) I have fibromyalgia…maybe. The all-over pain and constant fatigue has been a thing in my life since I was seven years old. Back then, fibro wasn’t a widely-accepted thing. In fact, it still isn’t where I live. It has taken me almost 30 years to find a doctor who doesn’t tell me it’s all in my head or that I’m just getting old after running a couple of the most obvious tests over and over again. I’ve finally got a doctor who listens and am now in the process of being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which is a slow, experimental process of elimination. If you’ve been through it, you know what I’m talking about. No answers yet, but I’m finally hopeful.
3.) The most beautiful place I’ve ever been is Ireland. I think we all have that one faraway place that we find ideally beautiful in books, in movies, and in those moments we escape to somewhere away from where we are. I was very fortunate to visit mine in 2010 and it was everything I’d imagined and more.
Just look at all that green!!!
4.) I can only write poetry at weird and inconvenient times. No, seriously. It’s either in the wee hours of the morning between 2 and 5 when the word “the” is too difficult to wrap my head around or at a stop light when I’m forced to commit it to memory because the other drivers don’t like sharing lanes.
5.) I’m a bit of a fitness nut and I’m licensed to teach both Zumba and POUND. It’s kind of my escape from the house and I get to dance around and hit things with sticks. Talk about stress relief!
6.) I’d argue that the best things in life are: taken for granted. It kind of goes along with that saying that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone (or was that from that parking lot song? Ooooh bop, bop, bop), and I think it’s true. Even if we try to live in the moment and enjoy what we have, it’s really only after it has passed and we’ve reflected on everything that we realize which things were truly the best.
7.) I’m a lucid dreamer and frequently fall victim to sleep paralysis. This has been a thing for me since I was really little. Like, I can remember the very first nightmare I ever had…when I was in preschool. Stupid Jaws in a swimming pool. ☹ On the flip side, it lends itself to some pretty interesting poems and stories.
So, with that in mind, here is my attempt at living fully and well, even if I’m not changing the world per se. I hope my musings bring you some inspiration or a smile, or at the very least, the occasional warm-fuzzies.