Wow! Long time no speak!

Just like the title of this blog post says… Wow! Long time no speak! I can’t actually remember what my last post was!

Firstly how are you all?! What have you been up to and how have things been for you?

Secondly, I’m back! I feel settled in my new job and want to continue to write again.

So.. let me give you an update as to what’s been happening with me ☺️

It’s 22nd April 2019 and officially 2 months until mine and George’s wedding! We are behind excited and mostly everything is ready for it.. we are so grateful to everyone who has helped us along the way and I can’t wait to marry my best friend.

Last weekend we took up some wedding things to my grandmother’s in preparation and had a wedding party chat to discuss any final things that we need.

I’m also just getting over a flare up/relapse but this time I was still able to go to work 😀 and I haven’t had steroids!! My Copaxone has definitely helped my recovery too which is fantastic.

I’m back to eating good food again, really trying to cut back on processed food and eating more wholesome, anti-inflammatory foods (yes the green smoothies are back along with the tumeric tea!)

Arthur is doing really well too 🐈 being cheeky as always and my George is well too.. he has a new job and it’s so wonderful to see him so happy ☺️

Have any of you been watching Game of Thrones? Season 8 started last week and it’s been so good!

As of today also, I’m want to start turning my phone off at night and having a digital detox for 12 hours..not even having it in our bedroom.. tonight is the first night so I’ll let you know how that goes!

I was without my phone last night and I tell you, I slept so well! Not having it near me was actually good! So I’m going to be trying that.

I’m absolutely loving my new job! I’m always so grateful that I was given this opportunity because it’s right up my street. My job now involves me sitting at a desk as opposed to being on my feet, which is much better for me and I find that my fatigue is much better because of it. I’m just very grateful ☺️

Here are some photos of what I’ve been getting up to since I last blogged.

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Surviving a cold W/ MS

Hey Everyone! How are you all doing!? Let me know in the comments sections as always ☺️

Well from the title of this post I am battling with a…. COLD!!! I did pretty well going through the whole of Christmas and January w/out getting sick but then… Boom! February i get landed with it! (The joys of working with the general public who come and see you when they’re sick… Stay at home!!)

So.. I started coming down with something last Sunday, I felt really fatigued and my glands were slightly swollen and I just felt quite run down. By Tuesday my sinuses were inflamed and my nose was running like Niagara falls!!

I’m so grateful and thankful that I’m only work 4 days a week, 4 hours a day at the moment.. that was manageable on Monday, but Tuesday I was sent home cause I must of looked slightly rough! And I’ve pretty much been listening to my body and rest ever since! I booked Friday off work as a holiday and went in yesterday which was okay ☺️

In this blog post I’m going to talk you through my tips on surviving a cold whilst managing your chronic illness (mine being Multiple Sclerosis)

1) Rest, Rest and more rest!

Your body recovers so much quicker if you can sleep it off.. or just resting and not doing too much. Your body is trying to fight off this virus/infection so by you pushing yourself to do more, is only going to make you feel worse.

2) Getting some Fresh Air

Now I know I just said that you need to rest and give your body time to heal, but getting some fresh air might just make you feel a little more human ☺️. I like to have a little walk around my garden or sit on the bench taking in some fresh air and it does help my sinuses to clear a little.

3) Drink plenty of fluids

Since having this cold all I’ve been drinking water, herbal teas and fresh juice and smoothies.. making sure I add lots of good wholesome goodies to my smoothies 😊

4) Taking the right meds to make you feel better

So.. I don’t really like taking a lot of medication, purely because I feel that there has to be a more natural way to cure illnesses (not all illnesses, but some) social haven’t been taking many “drugs” but I have been keeping up with all my vitamins. The vitamins that I take everyday is, D3, Magnesium, B12 and Flaxseed oil tablets.

Whilst I’ve been poorly, I was taking Sudafed, however I didn’t react very well to it, so I’ve just gone back to Ibuprofen, paracetamol, Olbas Oil and all the other cold goodies lol.

5) Eat Well

When we are sick we rarely find the passion to cook a lavish super healthy meal… I’m not saying to do that, but instead of heading to the junk when you’re feeling poorly, treat keeping up with the fruit and veg. I have a lot of homemade smoothies which I pack with lots of spinach, kale etc. I have had a couple of times where George and I have just indulged in something delicious (Mexican take away valentine’s night) but 90% of the time I’m eating healthy good foods!

Some spices that I absolutely love and take everyday is:- turmeric, cinnamon and ginger. These are great and I’ve read that they are a good anti-inflammatory spice.

6) Do something you enjoy!

When I’m poorly I love watching Netflix… However I also try and practice in “Self-Care” once a day! Whether that be having a lovely bath, painting my nails or giving myself a facial.. or even writing in my Bullet Journal (I got a new one yesterday lol!) Doing something that you enjoy everyday will make you feel a little bit happier when you’re not feeling 100%

7) Wear your comfy clothes!

And finally… Wearing something super cozy and comfy! I also go to my super comfy joggers and a lovely warm jumper.. I got the jumper from Primark and it’s sooo cozy! I also have these gorgeous slipper socks that I got for Christmas, which are perfect for keeping my feet lovely and warm! It’s all about the comfies when you’re poorly!

And that my lovelies is the end of “Surviving a cold W/ MS” I hope some of you have found this useful! I was originally going to film a YouTube video on this topic… But…. I’ve felt too rough to do that 🤣🤣 oh the irony!

Anyway! I’m starting to feel a lot better now! I hope you’re all okay!

Lots of Love

Hannah xx

Multiple Sclerosis & My Bullet Journal

January 2017… The start of my very first Bullet Journal. A very good friend of mine told me briefly about the Bullet Journal and how it worked and also told me to check out Ryder Carroll’s YouTube video explaining how it works.

At first when she told me about it, I thought it was something you do on your phone, however when she proceeded to show me pictures of hers I realised that this was definitely something for me to pursue!

I have Multiple Sclerosis which is a neurological condition that affects the central nervous system. To most people we look perfectly well and normal because this illness is also invisible! We have to deal with a variety of symptoms ranging from chronic fatigue to severe pain without it showing on the outside — as you can imagine it’s rather frustrating.

I decided to start a Bullet Journal to help keep myself positive and also to track symptoms, meal plan and just organise my life a little better. I love being organised and I’ve found my Bullet Journal to help so much with this! Ive also found it to be a release from reality in a way too, just somewhere to escape! I’m a creative person and I could doodle or plan away in my Bullet Journal for hours!

I started out in a dotted grid Journal which I found in my local stationary shop. It was in the sale so I’m not sure which kind it was, however on my 27th birthday May 2017 I got my first Leuchtturm 1917 dotted grid notebook to which I was over the moon about! It was a deep pink and I just simply loved it! The Leuchtturm 1917 dotted grid note books are definitely my favourite (I just want every colour now!)

I also got a vast collection of different coloured pens. From Staedtler to TomBow pens, so once I’d got everything I wanted I set off on my Bullet Journal journey 😊

I primarily use my Bullet Journal for everyday planning. Grocery lists, Meal Plans, daily tasks, monthly tracker and gratitude logs — I was heavily inspired by BoHo Berry (Kara) when creating my Bullet Journal continue now to watch her videos.

Once I’d got the hang of what I was doing, I started doing more spreads to help me manage my condition and to keep my positive attitude. I honestly feel like the Bullet Journal has helped me remain positive in my situation, and I’ve got lots of pretty stationary out of it too hehe! Writing things down, planning and reducing stress has really helped me cope with this!

And now as we move into 2018, I’m still loving my Bullet Journal and I shall continue to love it forever more! I would love to thank you Ryder for creating this method in the first place and I’d also like to thank Kara from BoHo Berry for just the beautifully designed Bullet Journals, you’ve both really helped me manage and live with my chronic illness. Multiple Sclerosis!

Behind The Illness (I’m stronger than my MS)

Hey there everyone!? How are you all doing? I have finally sucom to this cold lurgy that’s going around.. I put up a pretty good fight and I don’t think it’s as bad as what I used to get (since being plant based/vegan it’s definitely not as bad) I’ve been pumping my body with lots of goodness — but that’s another blog post.. I intend of writing how I control a cold with MS so stay tuned!

Recently the lovely Natalie from Surviving Life’s Hurdles tagged me in her blog post and twitter link to take part in this, which is love to do.

I do post about MS from time to time on here, however I like to also keep my posts upbeat and positive (believe me if I was having a bad day and wanted to write about it then I would, but I just like to keep things positive not only for myself but for others too)

I know I’m still the same person that I was before the illness, however if anything this illness has made me grow into a person who:- appreciates the little things, is grateful for one thing every day, never takes things for granted, looking at caring for my body with food and nutrients and finally LISTENING to my body… I know a lot of us don’t do this and I believe that it’s so important to listen to your body especially when you’re living with a chronic illness.

So… Let’s get into these fab questions that are in this tag.. once I’ve completed mine, I’ll tag some of my lovely bloggers to have a go too 😊

Four Places I’ve Lived

Newark-On-Trent – this is where I grew up!

Peterborough – I moved here with my mum and sister when I was four

March – My first time moving out of my mum’s house into my partner’s house was very exciting

Peterborough – We are now back in Peterborough, renting our own house together 😊

Four Places I’ve Worked

Pets At Home – This was my first proper job since school/college

Westgate House Perfumery – I enjoyed this job, working with people and meeting new people/friends too, however this was only part time and I needed a full time job.

Specsavers Opticians – This was my first full time job. I met lots of new and life long friends here including my future husband too.. it was a great place to work, however unfortunately time did run its course.

Westgate Optical – How funny would it be if I told you that I’m back at the same place where I was a perfumery assistant!?! Only this time working in the Optical Department! It’s such a wonderful Opticians! I’ve been here now almost 3 years, which means I’ve been in Optics for almost 7 years!!! How crazy is that (well it is for me lol)

Four Favourite Hobbies

Cooking – I love cooking and discovering new recipes! I’m always on Pinterest and YouTube looking up all the different vegan recipes to try! 😊

Bullet Journalling – I’ve been a solid Bullet Journaller for the past year and absolutely LOVE it! It’s so calming and relaxing and really takes me away from reality for a while.

Watching YouTube – Whether it be Beauty videos, Hack videos or lifestyle.. again YouTube really takes me away and allows me to relax from everything else.

Spending time with family and friends – While I was off work going through my last relapse it just made me realise how much I missed my friends at work! Being stuck inside your home for a considerable time has this affect, and all I can say is that I’m so grateful to a) be back at work for a skittle bit and b) that my friends didn’t forget about me and came to visit me often whilst I was poorly.

Four things I like to watch

YouTube Videos – like I’ve mentioned above, I love the variation of Youtube and find it really takes me away for a bit and allows me to relax.

Light Hearted TV Shows – This year George and I have been loving RuPauls Drag race on Netflix! It’s serious but easy for us to watch and makes us laugh! It’s great, if you’re feeling low or down, just put that on! I’ve also been loving a new show called Queer Eye on Netflix which is great too, and then can’t forget Riverdale!

Horror Movies! – My friend, sister and I love getting together and watching a good horror film! We mainly like supernatural horror films as opposed to gore… Not really a gore fan!

Light Hearted Movies – Recently my sister told me about a film called “The Hundred Foot Journey” it’s such a wonderful film and so lovely to watch! I’m not going to talk about it, just trust me.. if you like love films and food then you’ll love this one!

Four things I like to read

Lovely, light Hearted books – there’s a couple of books that I’ve read in which I would read over and over again! One of them was “A street cat named Bob” this book had me reading every single night! I loved the story of how life can really be for some people. The other was called “A cat called Alfie” (see the trend going here!?! 😂 Yes anything to do with animals or cats then I love to read!

Cheesy drama magazines – Now I don’t buy these very often but when I doz I just love flicking through the gossip columns lol

Harry Potter!! – Yes… I loved reading some of the Harry Potters and then for the last couple of books I switched to Audio instead 😊

Four Places I’ve visited

Portugal – This was my first foreign holiday when I was younger and living at home with my parents. It was great and I loved it 😊 especially in the mornings, my sister and I would have a nice little walk down to the bakery to get fresh goodies for lunch!

Greece – This was the second place I visited, although this was with my ex boyfriend. Although Greece was a beautiful country I think I would of enjoyed a little more exploring around. The food was delicious!

Scotland – Another family trip a couple of years ago. We are all around Scotland and I created a little journal of all the places we visited. It’s such a beautiful country.

London – George and I love going to London when we can. Whether it’s to see friends or for a nice little trip just the two of us. I love going here with George 💖

Four things I love to eat.

I have to write a full little part about food. I LOVE food! If it’s Vegan, packed with deliciousness and nutritious then I’ll eat it!

I don’t really have four specific types of food that I like to eat because I love it all! 😂 I love cooking too and creating new and exciting recipes.

Four Favourite drinks

Homemade smoothies – I love making and creating smoothies! I always make sure it’s jam packed with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. My favourites are my chocolate supreme and green monster lol.

Herbal Teas – I’ve been loving these lately. Especially camomile, green tea, lemon and ginger and a new edition is this turmeric tea!

A normal cup of tea! – Being English, a lot of us can’t beat a “normal” English breakfast tea! It’s what we do best! I love this with a little almond milk, it’s just delicious!

A cheeky glass of Prosecco – I don’t drink a lot now because I found that it made my Ms symptoms worse, so when it’s a special occasion then a glass of prosecco is a must hehe!

Four Places I’d like to Visit

New York – I have always wanted to go here! Ever since I watched Sex and The city box set lol! I just want to visit Central Park and eat a Pretzel on a side walk! And see all the lights!

Canada – George and I have always wanted to visit Canada. There’s just something about Toronto etc that I’d love to see. Plus it’s where they make maple Syrup!

Hong Kong – Now this one is more for George! He’d love to go for the tech side of things. But I’d still be interested in it all.. and let’s not forget the Chinese authentic cuisine.

Australia – Now this is my too place to visit! One day I will go there! Everyone just send so healthy and healthy food is a trend there.. I’d love to just see what it’s all about. My friend moved there a couple of years ago and the moments when she messages me saying she’s walking along the beach after work… I’d love that!

Disney World – okay… I HAD to add another place that I’d love to visit, because this has been my wish ever since I was a little girl and one day I WILL go! Lol

Four Bloggers I’d like to tag:-

Alyssa from Fight MS Daily

Dizzy from Dinosaurs, Donkeys and MS

Jen from Tripping Through Treacle

Emma Not Just Tired

And this is the tag complete 😊 if you’d like to take part in this then let me know on Twitter or on your blog or mine and I’ll be sure to check it out.

Answer the questions however you wish it would be great to read about them 😊

Take care

Lots of love

Hannah xx

February Link Up

Hello Everyone! So how has your week been? Let me know in the comments so we can connect 🙂

As always the lovely Sheryl from A Chronic Voice has put up the February prompts for this month’s link up party!

I’ve always said that I just love these link up parties, it allows you to meet and connect with new people who might actually understand how you feeling living with an invisible or chronic illness/disability.

Here are this months prompts:-

Adapting

Practicing

Realising

Celebrating

Inviting

So… Let’s get started ☺️

Adapting

I love this prompt and I think the biggest thing that I’ve adapted to this month is getting back into a routine at work. It’s almost been a month since I went back to work 4 days a week 4 hours a day to begin with. I feel that I have adapted to this really well, I’m not feeling as tired all the time because I have that extra day off to rest and recover and I’m also finding that I’m able to do more of the things that I love… Finally getting a “work life balance”

Practicing

Something new that I am practising (trying to lol) is minimalism. Now I’m not a super minimalist but getting rid of things that don’t serve a purpose and keeping my house tidy is definitely rewarding and eases my mind. Walking through the door from work and seeing my living space decluttered and tidy makes me instantly feel relaxed.. so I’m going to continue practising this. Don’t worry I won’t go mad and get rid of everything lol.

Realising

Realising that my new motto for the year “Not My Problem” is actually working is also really helping my mindset. Changing my mindset and becoming more positive had definitely been a lovely realisation and it makes loving life so much easier. Not involving myself in other people’s dramas or not letting what people say to me affect me for days or even weeks is definitely been a pleasant experience.

Celebrating

So I know a lot of you know that myself and my best friend George are getting married next year and planning our wedding. The funny thing is we’ve pretty much got everything sorted already. We’ve known what we’ve wanted for a few years now, so planning has been relatively easy. If anyone would like to see a wedding planning section on my blog, do let me know 😊 however this month we are also celebrating being together for 7 years!! I don’t know where the time has gone!?! He really has been truly amazing to me and I feel like our love is growing every single day!

Inviting

I’ve been inviting more positivity into my life over the last couple of months. Especially this month as I’ve gone through a couple of extra stressful experiences lol.. but instead of letting them affect me I’ve been much better at turning situations around and inviting the positive into my life! I also follow positive accounts on Instagram and watch Motivational Speeches on YouTube everyday.. you just type in the search engine of YouTube “Motivational Speeches” and loads come up.

And that my lovely concludes my monthly link up for February! I hope you all enjoyed the read and have had a lovely weekend!?

If you’re interesting in following my Instagram then my name is an_ordinary_girl_with_ms

I hope you enjoyed this read.. and leave me your blog’s below so I can read yours ☺️

Much Love Hannah xx

What I Eat In A Day

Hey Everyone 😊 I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend and ready for the week ahead?

Yesterday I filmed my first proper YouTube video (in a while) about what I eat in a day as a Vegan.

I thought I’d come on here and share the recipes that I used to create my meals for the day. If you’d like to head over to have a look at my video then just click on the link here –} https://youtu.be/q3l5degO-38

I decided to go vegan for health reasons and to see if it made a difference to my MS. I have thoroughly enjoyed this lifestyle change and have discovered so many delicious new recipes.

So.. let’s get into the recipes 😊

Breakfast

Chocolate Pancakes with raspberry sauce

I got this recipe originally from Niomi Smart’s recipe book “Eat Smart” however I have recently adjusted it to suit me and here it is.

1 cup plain flour

1 cup Almond milk

1 tbsp cocao powder

1tsp ginger powder

1tsp cinnamon powder

Blend this in a blender until it forms your pancake batter

1 Cup Raspberries

1/2 lemon juice

1tbsp maple syrup

1/4 cup water

You can add maple syrup at the end to sweeten it if you wish 😊

Lunch

Quinoa & Tofu Salad bowl

1 Cup Quinoa

2 Cups Water

Cauldron seasoned tofu

Yellow Bell Pepper

Coconut oil

2 handfuls kale

Chick peas

Mild curry powder

Avocado

Tomatoes

Cucumber

Method

Start by rinsing your quinoa to get rid of that bitter taste. Then once you’ve put it in the pan with 2 cups of water, bring it to the boil and then leave it for around 10-15 mins to cook through (it might resemble cous cous once it’s ready)

With the chick peas put them into a saucepan with 1tsp coconut oil and 1tsp mild curry powder cook them for about 10 mins also.

Put two handfuls of kale into another saucepan with another tsp coconut oil and allow that to wilt down. Once that’s done remove it from the pan and put the chopped pepper in it to cook off in the oil residue.

Once the main things are cooked, assemble the rest of the ingredients (cucumber, avocado, tomato and olives)

Dinner

Stuffed courgettes with Quorn mince

Now this is the only meal that isn’t completely vegan (the Quorn mince contained an egg white) but a lovely subscriber on my channel recommended a vegan mock mince so I’ll try that next time.

Quorn mince (one bag) or Mock Mince Vegan

1 tin passatta or chopped tomatoes

1/2 onion

Sweet corn

Garlic powder

Paprika

1/4 cup BBQ sauce

3/4 courgettes cut in half and filling removed.

Broccoli

Peas

Method

Cook the onions in a pan to begin with until they are caramelised – (you can do this using water)

Then add the mince, tinned tomatoes/passatta, garlic powder, sweet corn, garlic powder, paprika and BBQ sauce.

Once that’s cooked, fill the hollow courgettes and sprinkle some nutritional yeast on top and bake in the over for 20-30 mins on gas Mark 6.

And this concludes my follow up from my video on my YouTube Channel “What I Eat In A Day”

I hope you enjoyed the read and if you’d like to see the video version on this then. Please click on the link I’ve left above 😊

I hope you all have a lovely week.

Lots of Love

Hannah xx

Another MS Flare Up/Relapse

Hello everyone how are you all doing? As always, leave me a comment below and we can connect together.  

Well as the title of this blog post suggests… I’m going through another MS flare up/episode/relapse! I know some of you may find this shocking as did I because I actually felt I was slowly getting better, yes the longer hours at work were a struggle but I was able to get through the day near enough… However when I do sit back and look at things I do feel that I was masking the struggle that I was actually facing and just trying to continuously push through them.  

Some days were a little more fast pace than others and I also found some days more stressful than others too. On some occasions I would find myself getting a taxi home because I just couldn’t face the bus at 3:30pm when all the school kids were going home too. I also had a couple of mini break downs because work was just getting a bit too much… Yes I mentioned it to my family and told them that I was struggling to which some of them said “Just break the day up… You work for 2 hours then get a break and then work for 2.5 hours and then go home” – however as all of us with chronic illness it isn’t as simple as just ‘going to work and working and then coming home’ is it?  

It’s “getting up in the morning earlier and getting ready” it’s then “getting to work and performing your job” having a break in between to rest and relax then comes the last couple of hours or working and then it’s time to go home… “Getting home, walking from the bus stop to the front door”… But no ones day stops there does it? You then get things ready for the next day, get things ready for dinner etc… So when I was told to “just break the work up” I don’t think they quite understood… So I just accepted that and found it to be fairly easier. 

I was still doing my yoga and meditation in the mornings and loved it! Food was already prepared ready for the weeks lunches, dinner was organised for when I came home.. I didn’t really go out with friends or family during the week – so you can imagine.. The shock of another attack/relapse came at quite a surprise.  

My mum took me to a spa for a massage Thursday just gone and it was such a lovely relaxing day. When I got home I was utterly exhausted and couldn’t actually do much in the sense of cooking dinner, my whole body was exhausted. I went to bed thinking that I just need “a good sleep” lol. I awoke on Friday just gone feeling dreadful, fatigue was at a whole new level.. I found myself very emotional not being able to hold back tears and not knowing why I was crying apart from the fact I was just simply and utterly exhausted – (a lot of people just put this down to depression but now I know that it’s full blown fatigue) 

I managed to pull myself together and get myself sorted and out the door to work. I was standing at the bus stop and already started feeling worse, my whole body felt really heavy and weak and it felt difficult to hold myself up. As I sat on the bus a felt my left leg dropping/falling off the foot rest where I was sitting.  

As I was walking to work my left leg was getting worse and I could feel it dragging behind me, the fatigue building up and up and by the time I’d reached the front doors of work my left arm had dropped too and I found it very difficult to hold my umbrella. 

Where I work there are a few little steps to go down (there is a ramp the other side but I felt that was too far away and I wouldn’t be able to pull the doors open to go through) so I attempted the stairs – thank goodness my work colleague was there and as I called out to her I felt myself go and fall down the last couple of steps, luckily she caught me and I just broke down completely my whole body just gave up.. She held me and my other colleagues got me a chair to sit on whilst we contacted the various people we needed to (my work friend called everyone for me as well as my assistant manager) my MS nurse only works 4 days a week so I couldn’t contact her and my Neurologist secretary advised me to contact my GP – I emailed her and unfortunately she wasn’t available to see either.  

Work got a wheelchair for me to help me get to my mums car and she and George took me home where I’ve been resting the entire weekend.  

I just wanted to add how grateful I am for all of my work colleagues.

Today is Monday and I’m going to ring around the various people that I need to, I still feel awful and even writing this blog post is tricky – my hands just feel like they don’t want to do anything lol. Everything feels weak and heavy and even though I’ve slept at least 8-9 hours I feel like I haven’t slept a wink.  

However… I WILL NOT LET THIS GET TO ME…. I WILL NOT LET THIS BEAT ME OR WIN… I will continue my Vegan/Plant based diet.. Fuelling my body full or good wholesome foods.. I will rest whenever my body tells me to rest and just ride this out… I read on a little Instagram pic “It never rains forever” this time even though I feel worse.. I also feeling more prepare, more organised and a bit stronger in my mind.  

The only thing that concerns me is if when I go out to places that I may need a wheelchair to help me, only because the thought of walking further than around my house isn’t worth it.  

Does anyone have any advice? I’d really appreciate it.. I’m cheery and positive and positivity it the key.. When I feel low.. I just try my hardest to turn things around and remember that this won’t last forever.  

Always sending lots of love and hugs to you all.  

Hannah xx