Set Your Lock Screen with Purpose!

How many times do you check your phone? According to an article posted by the Daily Mail, a New York-based screen lock app discovered that an average user checks their phone 110 times a day! This particular app (Locket) pays users in return for showing advertisements on their lock screens, but what if we used our lock screens to invest in our state of mind instead? What if we advertised well-being and positive thinking to ourselves 110 times a day?

I definitely don’t check my phone that often, but enough for me to feel that my lock screen can be a source of motivation, focus, and on particularly dark days, courage and comfort. If a quote really resonates with me, it has the power to redirect my thinking almost instantaneously. I’ve found great lock screen images and quotes on Pinterest and I’ve also created my own quote images on Canva (FF’s Healing Quote of the Moment graphic on the side bar is one example). This is what my lock screen looks like today:

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Changing your lock screen is a small thing you can do to inject some positive thinking into your day. I know that getting on the “positivity train” can cause a lot of eyeball rolling, especially if you are feeling hopeless, sick, and in pain. Believe me, I hear you and I’ve been there. It doesn’t work for everyone, but for me, it’s an exercise in self-awareness. Through the simple act of changing your lock screen image, you’ve assessed and acknowledged where you are at, and you’ve thought about what you need that day to move forward. It doesn’t solve any problem directly, but at least you’re taking a step to address how you feel about it. Small victories, right?

That being said, I propose a lock screen challenge: Set your lock screen with purpose for one day. Do you need inspiration? Focus? Courage? Joy? Carry that positive mojo with you and let me know how it goes. I would love to know what your fav picks would be for top notch lock screen motivation! Since my American readers are celebrating Thanksgiving today, I’ll share my favourite gratitude lock screen image courtesy of simplereminders.com. They have a killer instagram account, posting tons of thought provoking quotes several times a day. I’ve used several of their photos on my lock screen – this one reminds me to change my perspective when negative thoughts start hijacking my mind:

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And while we are on the topic of gratitude, I’d like to thank Lupus Chick for featuring my story as part of their Spotlight Series. Lupus Chick is a fun, stylin’ support site that is full of great resources – they even offer a college scholarship! Check out my Lupus Chick Spotlight Series interview here.

Oh, and I’m not sure if you can feel it, but I’m sending you healing vibes for a healthy and amazing week ahead! Here in Canada, we’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving, but I want to wish a very happy Thanksgiving holiday to all of you in the U.S.A. Till next post, my friends!

 

An Unexpected Honour

Earlier this week, I was notified that Face Forward received nominations for two WEGO Health Activist Blog Award categories: Best Kept Secret and Best in Show. I’m feeling incredibly honoured and grateful to be counted amongst such passionate and inspiring health advocates!


As my long-time readers and newfound followers, I hope you will consider supporting Face Forward by taking a moment to vote.  Click on the WEGO Health Activist Award image on the sidebar, or click here to be directed to my profile link. They allow you to vote twice, once for each of the categories I am nominated for. They don’t allow you to vote for both at the same time, so you will have to click the endorsement button again to vote for the second category. I also encourage you to nominate a health activist in your life and to check out the rest of the nominees and their respective causes. It’s amazing to see so many people advocating for, and creating positive change in patient care and support!

One of the things I love about the WHAAs is that the contest isn’t driven by popularity alone. The top 3 nominees with the most endorsements (votes) in each category will automatically become finalists, but the remaining finalists will be determined by other factors. A nominee’s blog/social media follower count isn’t considered in the judging process either, which gives lesser known blogs a fighting chance. Becoming a finalist would be exciting, but my real hope is that my nomination will create more visibility for the site, so I can connect with more people. As I said in my last post, I really want to increase FF’s reader-driven content and this could be a great way to do it!

Coming up next on Face Forward, I’ll be posting my thoughts on public awareness campaigns, inspired by the recent ALS Ice Bucket Challenge criticisms and the commencement  of Lupus Awareness Month. My first of what I hope to be a series of reader suggested posts will make its debut as well! Oh, and be sure to check out the newly posted “FF Quote of the Moment” on the side bar. It’s one of my all-time favourite proverbs that has, at particularly troubling and difficult junctures of my life, given me focus and perspective.

So in closing, I want to send out a big thank you to WEGO Health for all they do for health advocacy and to you, my readers, for all your support!

Five Years Later: A Love Note to my Brain

Weeks ago, I marked the fifth year since I felt that strange push back, the crackled snap of separation from who I thought I was and that person who was doing things I never said she could. I took quiet note of this anniversary, the day lupus-induced inflammation took over my brain. I was going to acknowledge it here the way we all do when we find ourselves traveling the cycle of time, pausing to remember the pebble stones we lay down along the way. How far have I come? What have I learned? What will I do now? But I didn’t answer those questions, I didn’t want to. That day, it was enough to say, “yes, that happened.”

Today, an entire month later, I found myself belatedly marking the occasion with a love note to none other than my fascinating, enduring brain:

Dear Brain,

I still don’t fully understand what happened to you and I’ve come to accept that I never will. I don’t know how you managed to keep me, the real me, conscious amidst the chaos and for the times I was not, I want to thank you for protecting me and making me forget the worst of what “she” did. Thank you for being resilient, for allowing me to not only return to myself, but to uncover the parts I’d long forgotten. I’m sorry for leaving you vulnerable through my denial and meager self-care. I promise I will never do that again.

You are amazing and I’ve been grateful, so very grateful, every one of the last 1,825 days.

Love, Elena

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