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4 Apr

monthly challenges: april


needless to say, it’s been a rough start to April and I’m falling a bit behind! if you follow me on @inspiralized, you know that I woke up last week with Bell’s Palsy, a condition that renders half of your face completely paralyzed. not cute, extremely uncomfortable, and really scary.

luckily, most people recover within 6 months (with only 10% lasting longer than that), so I’m staying positive and doing everything I can to RELAX and treat it. they think it was stress coupled with birth that broke the camel’s back, so I’m trying my best to take it easy.

march’s challenge: recap

stress was the theme for march and because I was overwhelmed with the nanny starting, going to work full-time again, and a few other life changes (like the sudden death of my cousin), I slacked a bit on the march challenge, but I DID read for 30 minutes a day, it just wasn’t always a business book – it was fiction, baby books, and of course, business books.

I have to say, the 30 minutes a day of reading was cathartic and once I started reading whatever I felt like reading instead of sticking to a business book (when I clearly wasn’t in the mood for it), it took the pressure off. I’m looking forward to continuing with my 30 minutes a day!

april challenge

THUS, I forgot to post about my April challenge, which I started a couple days before my diagnosis: have a warm, anti-inflammatory drink once a day. not only does the warmth calm me, it’s very important for me to be taking in anti-inflammatory foods, because that helps with the inflamed nerve that caused this Bell’s Palsy.

I’ve been drinking homemade “golden milk” (recipe to follow) but I also just ordered some bone broth from my favorite broth spot in NYC. my goal is to have one or the other every day and see how it affects my overall health.

I also like practicing healthy habits like this – it’s a little ritual part of my day that makes me happy, soothes me, calms me, and of course, nourishes me!

what will your april challenge be?

  • Alicia

    April challenges: 1. More workout days in April than in March(17 is the number to beat)! 2. Try to cut down on peanut butter(total junkie) 3. Try to read more, binge watch less.

    Thu April 5 at 5:17 pm Reply
  • Emily

    Love these challenges this year! I read a lot last year but this year I’ve been in kind of a reading slump so I’m going to try your March challenge and read 30 minutes a day. What fiction book were you reading?

    Thu April 5 at 5:46 pm Reply
  • Debbi

    April Challenge-to try and wean myself off social media a little more. Amazing how much time it zaps from your day.

    Thu April 5 at 6:40 pm Reply
  • lisatberry

    I am so sorry you got Bells Palsy…I’ve had it twice and I totally can relate to all of the emotions you are’s hard to explain unless you’ve been through it. I had a full recovery both times. It took a while so just be patient. Mine was brought on by stress so whatever you can do to reduce your stress is helpful. I had to go on prednisone both times which is harsh on the body but it did take care of it both times. Stay strong and it’s ok to cry and let that frustration out. I’m thinking of you.

    Sun April 8 at 11:17 pm Reply
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