Invisible Illness Week

To participate in Invisible Illness Week, my friend, Shai Ford, has written openly, emotionally, and with great vulnerability about what it is like to live with not one, but two, illnesses that are “invisible” to people, meaning their symptoms are not easily seen.

I am sharing her post today because we need to be more aware. We need to give support to our friends and loved ones who suffer (and yes they do suffer). So many diseases have huge support of the public because their symptoms are highly visible. And yet, “invisible” illnesses are just as debilitating, but not as fully-supported because we lack awareness.

So, she has written to obtain support. To get the knowledge out there. To express her life. So that we can know that:

“It’s picking up your cell phone (or a glass of tea, a dish, a pile of laundry, or anything else a mom, wife, or business owner may pick up), and watching it hit the ground before you realize you didn’t actually have it in your hand.

It’s wanting to spend time with people, but not wanting to explain that a 15 minute drive for coffee simply hurts. 

It’s having a great hatred for spoon-sucking grocery stores…because driving, and cold, and carrying, and lifting, and everything someone with RA doesn’t want to do all in a short period of time.

It’s completely avoiding sitting on the couch or laying down with the kids because a) You’re not sure you can get back up and b) You know you have the ability to fall asleep in .2 seconds.

It’s being completely exhausted by something as simple as changing clothes or taking a shower.”

to just show you a small excerpt from her post.

It would be truly wonderful if you could take a few moments and read her post….all the way through the list of 30 things. And grasp at understanding. Walk a mile in her shoes for just a moment. And if you know someone with a debilitating-though-invisible condition, give them understanding and hugs (gentle-pressured ones). Let them know you are available for whatever they need, for instance:
*Help with grocery buying. Carry them in and put them away.

*Take some time with the children so your friend can just sleep.

*Be available to escort/drive for errands so the stress of driving is less.

*Make meals, set them up, help serve, clean up after. Because the spouses/significant others are often stressed to the max too.

*Do yard work. Clean their house. Do laundry. Just think of all the tasks we do on a daily basis that tire us. Then think of how they must feel in their complete and utterly debilitating exhaustion. Help them!

This is a minimal list, but I’m sure you get the idea. I have a friend who suffers from a connective tissue disorder and her physical symptoms run parallel with Shai’s. It’s a very difficult life, and I try to help her in any way I can. You, too, can make a difference in someone’s life. Share her post. Be on the lookout. Be an advocate for them. And offer assistance.

Joining you in the trenches, Shai, to help our friends and loved ones,

Passionista Mimi

You’re Supposed To Be Afraid!

I just read an amazing post by Lori Fields of “Your Worthy Self”. She is such an inspiration to me, and I love that we work together in the trenches to help women realize how amazing, worthy, creative, capable, and enough they are.

She speaks of fear as that which helps us grow… “You no longer have to subscribe to the belief that being scared equals being weak. Fear is always part of the landscape when you’re trying to do great things.”

And that our lives NEED resistance to grow!!

My insert here is to think of the plant that has to push its way through the soil (sometimes very hard, packed earth) in order to grow into what it was created to be! Those plants are way stronger and mature and more beautiful than those seedlings that lay on top of the soil and grow spindly and weak.

“The thing you push against is the thing that lifts you up.” – Delta Airlines

“Pushing off against your fear is what allows you to become who you’ve always wanted to be.” 

Go to her post and read every. single. word! Let it teach and inspire you.

if you don't jump

I equate doing something you are afraid of as “jumping off the high dive”. Taking the plunge into the unknown. You never know unless you try. All those cliches people use that are true. And most usually, you will astound yourself. You may fly. You may discover something about yourself that you really like. And better yet, you will have pushed against the fear!

And THAT’s what I’m talkin’ about!! You ROCK!!

Love and flight, Passionista Mimi

Do You Desire To Encourage Others?

You are amazing with a side of sprinklesDon't live afraid (2)Believe


~you desire to encourage those you love….

~you see value in giving words on paper

so they can be read over and over…

~it’s important to leave

a written legacy of remembrance…

~the popular forms of communication

are becoming shallow…

~you know that electronic “stuff” gets lost ALL the time!…

~you want to show someone you care

enough to take time and thought…


You are something else I am significant and I matter heart-explosion-drawing-e1390489037408 Oh my goodness I'm incredible! Don't tell me the sky is the limit


Empowordment Cards are for you!!

Empowordment Cards put words in your mouth

to encourage, support, love, celebrate,

empower, connect, giggle,

say “you’re the greatest”, thanks,

and many more things. 

And guess WHAT?

I’m doing it too…

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Enjoy, and happy Labor Day weekend!

Love and hugs, Passionista Mimi



We Can’t Give More Than What We Are

we can't give more than what we are

Without giving ourselves compassion,

 we can’t be compassionate.

When we judge ourselves harshly,

we can’t be accepting.

If we feel that our lives lack,

we can’t give generously.

When we feel that we are not enough,

we can’t lift up and applaud others.

When we take ourselves too seriously,

we can’t enjoy life.

If we don’t love ourselves unconditionally,

we can’t truly love others without conditions.

If we aren’t honest with ourselves,

we can’t grow and change.

These are truths I’ve gleaned over the years

of re-inventing myself.

Of becoming the person I was truly created to be.

I believe JOY

Your life is amazing. If you are breathing, you have something to be grateful for. And gratefulness will create joy. It will bring abundance (I’m not talking monetary value, but the value of life, friends, and passions that fill your soul.)

And just in case you were wondering…..there is enough for all of us.

Enough love







We have a tendency to view the world from our little worm hole

and think that we are never, ever going to be enough, have enough, or live enough.

I used to be like that.

Then I realized that there are billions of people. Millions of opportunities.

We live in a great big world.

And though you may not especially like your life right now, it can change.

Change is always possible.

Of course, it means conquering the limiting emotion of fear.

It means you have to stop lying to yourself. 

To change means becoming vulnerable.

YIKES!! No way! I can’t do it! I’m so afraid! It will hurt too much.

And what will happen to me?

Change will happen. Better will happen. Abundance will happen.

So will love, joy, adventure, assurance, confidence, and fulfillment.

I’m rooting for you, cheering you on as you make wise, healthy choices toward becoming more so you can give more.

For it’s in giving that we grow toward abundance.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful week.

Love and hugs, Passionista

You Are Significant and You Matter!

There are times that we feel very unimportant.
We ALL have experienced that feeling.

But I am here to verify that you DO matter…

to the people whose lives you touch every day,

to our world because of your light shining in it,

to our earth and the everyday choices you make to care for it.

The light that shines in you is important!

The world NEEDS you and your distinct gifts, abilities, love, and touch.

I am significant and I matter

Click on picture to purchase.

And even more remarkable,

the God who created all the stars and knows them by name (!!!) intimately knows YOU,

loves you dearly, and is cheering for you!!

And that, my love, should make you feel like the absolutely mostest special person

in the whole wide world!

But if you still struggle with feeling insignificant,

please print this card and put it somewhere you will see it and remember.

Read and repeat. It will change your life!

Words matter. Speak life to yourself!

Love and hugs, Passionista

Stop Trying To Get It Right

stop trying to get it right

Today I read those words from Your Worthy Self and I wanted to stand up and cheer!


For so many, many years, actually for decades, I lived my life trying to get everything right. Typical “People Pleaser” right here.


The thing about living like that? It’s exhausting. And depletes our joy. And we give other people power over us because we make “them” right. 


So, here’s what I say. Decide what you want and go for it. Who cares if you make mistakes? So what if you miss at first? Give yourself some grace. And don’t give a darn what others think. (Many of them are hoping you fail because then it excuses their own fear. Did you know that?) 


You owe it to your true self to attempt those things that you believe will fulfill your soul. What if you never go for it? You will always wonder what would have happened if you did–how your life might have changed for the better–what you may have learned along the way. 


Don’t live with regrets. Just do it. With gusto and abandon!!

Because, you just never know!!


(Print out the above reminder and put it where you can read it daily. )


Live LOUD friends! You have one life. Live it with gusto!

Love and hugs, Passionista Mimi

Be Whooo You Be and Bee Happy!

I’m hoping you are not like me–

wasting precious years not liking yourself

because of the lies you believe. You

are a unique creation,

full of amazing qualities,



and personality.

Celebrate YOU today!!

Be whooo you be and bee happy

You are truly a delightful and precious treasure!

Hugs and love, Mimi

P.S. Click on the pink “lies you believe” link  above to read my own realization and process. 

Why Not You?

why not me

I hope you never feel as if you are insignificant.

Dream that dream.

Set those goals before you.

Because, why shouldn’t you reach them?

You, as much as anyone you admire,

deserve the chance to do what your heart desires.

Yep, sometimes it takes a long time.

And it’s really, really tough.

But that is what makes the dream or goal valuable!

If it didn’t cost a lot, if it was easy,

would you value it as much?

Why NOT you?

Only you can set those limitations on yourself.

Keep dreaming and doing and reaching, my friend!!

I’m here with you!

Passionista Mimi

It’s ALL Love!

oh darling I love you         You are something else

This heart-lifting video has been around for a while,

but I think now is a good time to post it again.

As a Passionista, one of the things I’m passionate about is

LOVE for ALL people.

I have known many people in my life.

All kinds of people.

And one thing I know,

love has NO boundaries.

And it rarely asks permission.

Perhaps you have already seen the video, 

but if so, watch it again and be reminded. 

Love to YOU!

Passionista Mimi

What IS a BOX anyway?

We shouldn't let others BOX us in.“Thinking outside the box.” “Living outside the box.”

We hear these phrases all the time.

And so I ask you, WHAT is a BOX?

As a well-practiced People Pleaser, I do believe I was living inside a box of other people’s expectations, their opinions of me, their considerations of what was a worthy pursuit for my life, their molding of my behaviors, and what were acceptable expressions of who I am.

I truly had to shake off the binders and chains in order to break out of my box.

For a taste of what my FREEDOM looks like see Girls Can.

I know that God created me to be THIS person…who I am able to be (have allowed myself to be) now. Perhaps it’s age and wisdom. Maybe I just got too tired to try to be everyone’s opinion of me.

Or perhaps it was finally realizing my worth.

I did come to learn that when we allow others to “box us in” our experiences are boxed in too. We are bound by other’s opinions especially if we allow them to dictate the choices we make. I do not refer to consulting people of wisdom. I need others in my life who will help me consider options. But I do not need those who will think less of me if I don’t follow their advice.

I am a very opinionated person. I truly desire that my opinions come from a heart of love and compassion and a spirit that seeks after God. (I cannot stand cruelty, evil, injustice, and the horrid things humans do to other humans.)

I have been criticized. And I will continue to be, because I don’t neccessarily fit the box of a “typical” American God-follower. (I spent a lot of time writing and praying before I pushed the “publish” button on my last post as I do with every post. It’s a huge responsibility and risk to put my words and opinions out into cyber space forever!)  However I try to seek God with all my heart, show love and compassion, and harm no one. If my way of being “Jesus with skin on” is different from yours and you don’t like it, well, it’s not my intention to offend. But Jesus offended many with His choices.

I would encourage you to learn to know your own self. To BE your own self. And not let the outside opinions, society, media, and sometimes even family, dissuade you from choosing to honor who you were created to be. I lost a lot of years of my life with my light hidden. I decided the world was missing out and I was incomplete and dying on the vine. So now I choose life!

this huge brilliant spectacular light of mine

Oh. And that BOX? It was flattened quite a while ago!


Have a wonderful week of self-discovery folks! And thank you so much for hanging in here with me.

Passionista Mimi



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