Settling Back in at Home

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

July 28th, 2009 • Living with Chronic PainPrint Print

After an intensive week full of exciting meetings with editors in New York and meaningful encounters with powerful, dynamic blogging chicks in Chicago, I am now at home feeling very blah and isolated. For starters, I have never been good at administrative things, and I have a million of them to do here – bills, arranging medical and dental treatments, going through finances and clearing up some mischarges, taking care of a health hazard in my apartment…Like I said, blah.

Then there’s the fact that I’ve created a very chill life unto myself in my rooftop apartment, which is fabulous in that I have my own personal sanctuary. It’s totally what I need but also, in a way, what I specifically need not to have at this time – namely, separation from others. I’m going to make a concerted effort to stay connected with the amazing women I met and to keep getting my ass out into the world where I live.

Plus I need to take things one step at a time and go easy on myself, recognize that I can’t do it all at once. Today I need to clean my apartment, do my laundry, put stuff away from my trip. I need to exercise. I need to make a list of things I need to accomplish this week. And I need to be present to the moment, be pleased with all I have accomplished in my life so far and everything I have as a result on this day.

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