Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Blogging to Success, by Melanie Bowen, Contributor on Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog

This week I am happy to have Melanie Bowen, a contributor on the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance blog as a guest blogger here on my blog to support and spread awareness, which is an important factor when it comes to health and healing. I am also hoping that the MCA blog will serve as a resource for you, my dear readers. Please join me in welcoming Melanie!

Melanie: The article below encompasses the idea and importance of inspiration and self-motivation. Every illness has its limitations, but I firmly believe that goals and positivity go hand in hand on an individual’s path to healing and quality of life. I have linked to reputable courses and studies in this field and have tailored the article to encompass those ideas.

Blogging to Success, by Melanie Bowen

If you are in a space where you are recovering from an illness, you may look up and wonder what happened to your life. You had a plan, and then suddenly your focus has completely shifted for the fight for your life. The truth of the matter is that plenty of people lose sight of whom they are or what some of their hopes and aspirations are when they are suffering from an illness. “Psychology Today”, suggests journaling as a way to extend therapy and how writing has plenty of planning benefits for someone who finds themselves struggling of lives many adversities. 

Are there places that you want to go and things that you want to experience? It is incredibly uplifting to get out of your own backyard and to experience what the world has to offer. For example, you may want to visit places in nearby areas, or you might simply want to head out and learn more about the world at large. Perhaps you want to experience life in another country such as dining in Milan, visit the Eiffel Tower up close or see the breathtaking ancient pyramids of Egypt. Use your journal or blog and think about why you want to go to your specific destination and then to plan out the steps regarding how you are going to get there.

Personal Goals

What kind of expectations do you have about yourself as a human being? Do you want to be kinder to other people, maybe find someone to share your life with or are you simply finding yourself in need of change? Get a journal and start listing off some of these goals. You might find that you have a lot to work on, especially if you are recovering from a serious illness such as
mesothelioma. Think about the person you want to be, and write down how you can get there. For example, if you want to get in touch with more of your friends and relatives, write down a resolution to call them more often or to contact them in the ways that they prefer. For a fun visual touch, get a sheet of stickers and mark down in your journal whenever you call them. You might be surprised what a little pick-me-up like a sticker can do.
Have you ever wanted to be a painter or a sculptor or work with paper mache or clay? Many people regret not living a more creative life, so use your journaling to plan out the art that you want to do. Whether you decide to make creative sketches or you use your journal to plot out the kind of classwork you need to get where you are going. Art takes time, but it is worth it and you may find you truly are letting out emotions and expressing your inner thoughts in a positive manner. A journal and a record of what you want are invaluable in this regard!

So, when life seems to be getting the best of you whether it is the daily trials and tribulations or your
prognosis is really bogging down your spirits; find a different outlet to make you happy. Try something new like journaling, artwork or blogging to express yourself and find out what truly will make you happy in life. When you begin to put dreams onto paper, you give yourself more validity and may find that it is easier to obtain your future goals and aspirations.

Thank you so much for this wonderful article, Melanie!