Letters

EVERY FORTNIGHT I LOOK FORWARD TO CONNECTING WITH YOU VIA THESE LETTERS.

My fortnightly letters are dedicated to getting to know each other better and helping you motivate and inspire you to connect, learn and flourish. They are full of inspirational lessons, practical tips, things that have been adding value to my life and anything else I’ve learned along my path of living with a chronic illness.

I love sending these letters because they’re where we can chat together and I write them with the intention of getting a little bit more personal, I get a little bit more open with what I share and how these things affect me. I hope you’ll find great value in them.

When you sign up you’ll also receive access to THE SHINE BRIGHT TOOL BOX. Where every quarter I’ll add a new download that will help you with your GOAL GETTING, BUSINESS and/or CHRONIC LIVING.

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BE BOLD. BE BRAVE. BE FIERCE.

Living with a chronic illness is hard.

You don’t know one day to the next how well you’re going to be or how you’ll be able to handle the day ahead if your illness rears its ugly* head.

*Some aspects of our illness are pretty awful and ugly. It doesn’t mean we love ourselves less. Although some days, it’s bloody hard.

As human beings, we like predictability and having even small expectations of what the coming day will involve, but living with a chronic illness is a little like playing Russian roulette, day-to-day you have no idea how your illness will show its self and how that will affect your day but you can’t put your day on hold because you’re scared of what may happen.

It’s like you can’t wait for the rain just because the weatherman (or your app) said there was a 70% chance of rain at 11am. All you can do is take an umbrella with you, be prepared and hope for the best.

And that’s what you have to do when you have a chronic illness, take each day as it comes and always hope for the best. Because hope is the fuel that keeps us going. That and being brave and pushing through. Even when it hurts.

Be bold, be brave, be fierce and be unstoppable.

Don’t let your illness grind you down. Don’t let it stop you from living the best life you can live. Maybe you’ve recently had a bad day, but everyone has a bad day, although your bad day may mean you spent 8 hours in the bathroom being violently ill or that you’ve been unable to leave your bed all day or that you had to go to A&E or you’ve had to reach for your strongest painkillers and you feel like a massive failure.

Take a breathe and remember, this is just one moment.

One tiny moment in your beautiful and vast life and while that bad day sucks so hard and is making you so sad right now. Tomorrow will be better.

And before you know it, a week will have passed, then a month and when you think back on that bad day it won’t seem so bad because in-between those awful moments and bad days you’ll have bright happy moments where you’ll be so glad and proud of yourself that you were brave enough not to let that bad day rule all.

If you’re struggling with a bad day right now yourself, hit reply and let me know and I’ll send you something to brighten your day.

In the meantime, trying writing down 3 things or moments that have made you happy. If you can’t do it for today because you’ve had a bad day then think of 3 things or moments that have made you happy recently and write it all down. Every bright and vibrant emotion and feeling that made that moment happy for you.

Close your eyes, remember it and write it down.

And remember:

Be bold, be brave, be fierce and be unstoppable.

Until next time,

Ally

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