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Reminder to Self and Reminder to You

Be brave. Do it scared. Refer to the sections “Scary, Scary, Scary” (page 12), “Defending Your Weakness” (page 16), “Fear Is Boring” (page 19), “The Fear You Need and the Fear You Don’t Need” (page 22), and “The Road Trip” (page 24) in Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I'm Scared

And I hope it’s just because we’re so close to the end. I’m so scared that something’s going to happen and that my dad will die. It feels so real right now because I’m on my period and took my anxiety medicine a couple hours late, I guess. It makes me more susceptible to my worries, not that these things making me feel this means that the feelings aren’t real—only that it’s easier to fall down the worry rabbit hole. My dad has stage four (“end” stage/most severe stage) diffuse large B-cell Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the immune system and the blood cells involved in the immune system. Despite the way stage four sounds, his prognosis is really good because of his age and health besides the cancer. All but probably one of his health problems (hypothyroidism) were due to cancer, so that doesn’t count toward health counting against him in his chances in beating the cancer if that makes sense. All the doctors he’s seen for the lymphoma have said he should be

My — Has Cancer

Source: Hey, y'all. I haven't posted here for three weeks because I had some big news three and a half weeks ago. The person doesn't want their identity disclosed online at all, so I'm respecting their privacy. However, I will let you know what's going on regardless hence the blank. Someone in my family of origin has cancer--specifically a type of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma called diffuse large B-cell lymphoma . As bad as the word cancer sounds, the doctors my — has seen remain extremely optimistic that he will beat this cancer. In fact, the word cure  has been used, and I am so  happy about that. The doctor thinks my — will be done with treatment in about six months–specifically 6 or 8 cycles of the R-CHOP chemotherapy regimen with one every three weeks and his/her first treatment was August 1. Therefore, my — should be done with chemotherapy and in remission

Sunflower Fields, a Poem

(Edited by me using VSCO for iOS, Source: Sunflower fields? Or sunflower seeds? Shouldn’t sunflower fields smell like sunflower seeds? I’m thankful for the smell of sunflowers Because I don’t want a candle that smells like dirt.

52-Week Writing Challenge: Introduction/Week One

(Source: Michaela Hebert, edited using VSCO for iOS) The 52-Week Writing Challenge is a challenge by TheWriting Cooperative . You choose what you want to write, and you write every week for fifty-two weeks, AKA a year. I’m going to do a naughty-naughty according to The Writing Cooperative, which is setting a reasonable BUT not well-defined goal. My goal is to write every week. The most specific I feel like I can get is to write a blog post every week. Still, a blog post is not a very well-defined thing. A blog post can be of any type of writing. I like reflective/journal-like writing, so maybe my well-defined goal would be to write a journal every week. To me, journals are still poorly defined but oh well, I guess. I’m going to write whatever I want every week for fifty-two weeks. Tongue-sticking-out Emoji. What do I want to write about tonight? Well, let’s start the way I do my hand-written journals. In fact, I will start this post by typing up what I started writing in

What Would You Do?

(Source:  This could be a fun interactive post. This question was posed on Instagram user @littlebirddoula / @sexpositivefemale ’s (Kat) Instagram story. According to Kat, it was a question posed in her ethics class, so she decided to ask her followers what they would do in the following situation. Four people are on an island. Three are dying, and one is healthy. The healthy person has the organs needed to save the other three. Do you kill the healthy one to save the dying three, or do you let the healthy one live and let the other three die? *Important note: The healthy person does not wish to sacrifice his life to save the other three. My answer is to let the dying three die. I don’t think it is the responsibility of the healthy person to have to sacrifice his life in order to help the other three people. I’m not religious, but I am spiritual. I believe in a Greater

Me Versus My Body

(Source: Eating leads me to feel like I’m at war with my body. I’m a picky eater. I tend to enjoy more junk food than healthy food. I also get tired of the same foods repeatedly. Therefore, it’s easier for me to find the variety I want in junk food. Also, junk food tends to be cheaper. Junk food ticks two of my three wants in food: Tasty and affordable out of tasty, affordable, and healthy. Healthy food ticks of healthy and some healthy food ticks off tasty. Even less healthy foods tick off healthy, tasty, and affordable. The affordable healthy food tends to not tick off tasty for me. All this to say that often times when I eat, I end up with some sort of digestive problems after—most often seemingly unbearable stomach pains with the urge to number two… Therefore, it feels like my mind and my body are at war with each other. I want junk food, not even all the time, but lately,

Mark Your Calendars: November 2, 2018 (At Least I Am)

(Source: On November 2 nd next year, the Dark Phoenix/Jean Grey X-men movie comes out, yay!!! I LOVE X-men. I was surprised to find out that my nine-year-old self’s love for X-men was still there. I found that out when my boyfriend wanted to see X-men: Apocalypse for a date night. I am not picky for theater movies. Movie theater popcorn and either an Icee or a cherry-vanilla Coke? Count me in, in, in, in, in, in, IN! But I loved the movie, and I felt very nostalgic about my love for X-men from when I was younger. (Source: I used to watch X-men: Evolution on Cartoon Network, and that’s what got me to want my birthday cake that year to be X-men themed. (Source: My family photos) I wanted to be Jean Grey, and I looooved Scott Summers/Cyclops. I still love Jean Grey, but I have to admit I didn’t care for Scott Summers eye-candy-wise i

Wisdom Teeth

(Source: Welcome to another week on my blog.(: Since I got the last of my wisdom teeth removed last week and am still recovering, I decided to write about them this week. I had my wisdom teeth removed in two total surgeries. The first surgery was July 2011 for my bottom two wisdom teeth, and the second surgery was last week for my top THREE wisdom teeth—yep, I’m weird all over. I was SO NERVOUS for both of my surgeries. I thought I was calmer the second time around, and maybe I was calmer but not as calm as I thought I was or had expected, ugh. It’s frustrating. I was first introduced to the idea of wisdom teeth extractions (at least as far as I can remember) by a TV show called Brace Face . The main character (who has braces, yes) is nervous to get her wisdom teeth out and finds out it isn’t as big a deal as she thought. My brain hooked on to the worry, and I probably had anxiety my whole life so that pro

The Struggles of Writing

...Or something along the lines of that.. (Source: I have an urge to write and publish to my blog because I want to have a blog and have yet to publish a post   (As of writing this post, I had not, but as of publishing this post, I have.) . However, I’m struggling because I have several documents created with topics and notes on what to write about the various topics. I’ve even wrote a lot for at least one, but I didn’t get to finish the draft in one sitting. Therefore, I feel overwhelmed at the idea of completing that post because I feel as if I’ll have to read the entire document to figure out where I left off and what notes I covered already and which I didn’t. Also, if reading that much overwhelms me, then, is it too long of a post? I heard from another blogger that posts shouldn’t be more than 300 words. Mine was 700+ unfinished. I know I would have had to go back and proofread and probably

Welcome to My Blog What Works for You

Hi! My name is Michaela, and I’m the owner and author of this blog What Works for You . So far, I only have recipes posted on this blog. I did that so that I can store family recipes online on Pinterest so that if something were to happen that I’d lose the original copies or I’d lose what I typed on my laptop, I could go to my Pinterest profile and redownload them, or actually, I could download them from my blog. However, I liked having all the recipes I’ve tried and liked on a specific board on Pinterest. Anyway! I want to write a blog for two reasons: 1. A personal diary of sorts but more so 2. To make people feel less alone in the struggles that come with life. I chose my blog title as a reference to a quote by Amy Poehler. The quote is from her book Yes, Please , which was such a good read.( ) Not the exact quote but a pretty graphic to use as a reminder for you