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Join me for a celebration – November 12 in Chicago

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in announcements, chronicbabe 101 | 0 comments

Now that ChronicBabe 101 is published, I have a little more breathing room—and I want to celebrate with you! I’m hosting a book party on Sunday, November 12 from 1-5pm in Chicago at TLR: The Living Room. The space is wheelchair accessible, and the party will be kid-friendly. We’ll have snacks and treats and drinks and music and free swag and book signings and… it will be a lot of fun! If you’re interested, please RSVP to the Facebook event. And please help me spread the word by sharing the event on your Facebook feed, inviting your friends, shouting from the rooftops—there will be room for all ChronicBabes and their loved ones at this...

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The ChronicBabe book is now on sale

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in announcements, chronicbabe 101, featured | 0 comments

The ChronicBabe book—ChronicBabe 101: How to Craft an Incredible Life Beyond Illness—is on sale today! After a few years of work, I’m thrilled to offer the first-ever ChronicBabe book! Head to ChronicBabe101.com right now to buy a print copy or ebook, and grab all kinds of bonus materials, including: A discussion guide for book clubs A fun habit checklist A special bonus PDF about making friends with illness Full audio of all the “pep squad” expert interviews in the book 10 fun life lesson videos Swag like buttons, stickers, and wristbands …and more The ChronicBabe book is packed with resources for you I organized the book into 10 “lessons” that focus on some key areas for women with chronic illness: It all starts with learning to practice acceptance (Lesson 1) Learn to kick those bad habits to the curb (Lesson 2) It’s time to turn around negative thinking (Lesson 3) Establish healthy boundaries to create confidence (Lesson 4) Learn to love your body again (Lesson 5) Build your “team” to maximize support (Lesson 6) Strengthen personal relationships to weave a safety net (Lesson 7) Adapt your education and career to boost success (Lesson 8) Become a talented communicator (Lesson 9) Get organized: Tips, tricks, tools, and systems (Lesson 10) Within each lesson are interviews with guest experts, who bring their personal voices to our conversations about life with chronic illness. They include two psychologists, one doctor, a pharmacist, a career coach for people with chronic illness, three ChronicBabes with successful businesses, an executive coach, and a sexuality expert. In addition, I included interviews with a dozen caregivers, who provide perspective on how it feels to love someone who has chronic pain or chronic illness. These perspectives may be tough to read at times, but they help us understand what they go through. This helps us to become better partners, spouses, daughters, mothers, and friends to the people who care for us the most. Other goodies included in the ChronicBabe book: In addition, I included homework assignments in each lesson (don’t freak out—I’m not grading you!). They offer guidance and additional resources. I’ve also included some fun “pop quizzes” throughout, designed to encourage you to think differently, explore alternative approaches, and make you laugh. And in the back of the book, an “extra credit” section offers more than 350 website that I think are amazing resources. Most of all, I want you to know that the book is written from me to you—in my voice as a ChronicBabe. This is because I think we’ve already more than enough dry books about our individual chronic conditions. Don’t get me wrong, those have their place. But in comparison to what you’re used to reading, this book offers a fresh voice...

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Join me and for a book release party September 25

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in announcements, chronicbabe 101, featured | 0 comments

I’m so lucky to announce that my friend Tami Stackelhouse, the Fibromyalgia Coach, is hosting a book release party for me on September 25, at 5pm ET, 4pm CT, 2pm PT. So fun! Join us as we talk about what it’s like to be ChronicBabes and creatives, and how together we’ve created three books—despite having chronic illness. It’s going to be a SUPER-FUN LIVE webinar and you’ll get to see inside the book, and hear all about all the fun things Tami and I do—including all the strategies we use to stay productive even on our worst days. We’ll talk about sexuality and chronic illness; enlisting the help of your “team”; managing your time and energy; and much more. Join us! Sign up TODAY so you can secure a spot for this exciting online launch party. I can’t wait to see you...

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It’s a party: ChronicBabe 101 is out September 25

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in announcements, chronicbabe 101, featured | 4 comments

Friends, I am THRILLED to announce that my new book, ChronicBabe 101: How to Craft an Incredible Life Beyond Illness, comes out September 25. Woo hoo! To be the FIRST to know when it’s available for sale, sign up at ChronicBabe101.com – a website that will also be packed with resources to go along with the book. There’s so much goodness to share with you! There are 11 expert interviews with a collection of awesome folks I call my “Pep Squad.” There are tons of caregiver perspectives so we can be sure to understand what it’s like for them to love us. And the book is PACKED with practical advice, heartfelt encouragement, personal stories from my journey to becoming a ChronicBabe, and much, much more. There’s also fun swag! Starting September 25, when you go to ChronicBabe101.com, you’ll be able to order buttons, stickers, wristbands, and more so you can show off your ChronicBabe pride. I’ll also be hosting contests, giveaways, webinars, and much more in the coming weeks. The BEST WAY to keep up with everything is to check out my Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter accounts – I’ve been showing off lots of sneak peaks over there for the past week and it’s really fun to see what y’all are loving! I also want to reassure you that this book will be available to you in all your favorite formats: print (my personal favorite), ebooks for Kindle, Nook, and iBooks, and I’m starting to work on an audiobook version (that one will take a couple months to work out). Babe, I hope you’re as excited as I am! This is gonna be FUN. xo,...

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The ChronicBabe 101 book is almost here!

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in announcements, chronicbabe 101, featured | 8 comments

I’ve been away for a bit, and a few of you have checked in to see that I’m okay—thank you! I’m just fine (well, I’m exhausted, but happy.) The project I’ve worked on the past few years—ChronicBabe 101: How to Craft an Incredible Life Beyond Illness—is almost here! It’s going to be a big, beautiful book…with an accompanying website packed with audio, video, and downloadable resources like worksheets and a study guide. It’s gonna be SO good, y’all. Once the book is out, I’ll be back to my regular schedule of YouTube videos and other social media nonsense, and many more blog posts and guest interviews. (I have some really fun new projects coming soon, too!) Can’t do this alone I’ve been very lucky to have the support of so many people, including the nearly 600 individuals and organizations who supported the project as part of my Kickstarter. In particular, my dear friends, husband, and family have been awesome in recent months as I went all-in on finishing this project. My BFF cooked me dinner; my husband did the laundry; my family texted me words of support. I needed every moment of it, because finishing this project has been a whirlwind of details and decisions and it’s been physically and emotionally draining. It’s not just the physical and mental work of crafting a 90,000-word book. It’s also coordinating the efforts of a handful of consultants who are helping me make it great, including two photographers, a graphic designer/illustrator, a copyeditor, a digital conversion specialist, and a web designer. It’s researching dozens of tools and services to make sure I’m using the right methods for delivering the book and all of its associated content. It’s balancing a budget and trying to pinch pennies without skimping on the product. Stepping out on a limb And it’s being extremely vulnerable, in a very public way. My entire life, I wanted to publish a book; this is my life’s dream coming true. While I’m very confident y’all are gonna love it, I also have moments of panic. What if all this work doesn’t pay off? What if people don’t love it? What if there’s a typo? Some days, my anxious side likes to try to take over. I know this, though: This work has already paid off, because I’m making something that will help people, and I’ve learned a ton through the process—and had the pleasure of working with some other wonderful creatives. I also know people will love it, because I’ve been bringing you ChronicBabe for 12 years and y’all just keep coming back. And I also know that, yes, there will undoubtedly be a typo or two, no matter how many times...

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I’m still here. Here’s what’s been going on at ChronicBabe HQ…

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in announcements | 53 comments

Hello, my friends. It’s been a while since I posted, and I wanted to give you an update—especially since a few of you have written me recently asking if I’m okay. I’m okay. But just okay. It’s been a rough few months here at ChronicBabe HQ. I’ll tell you about it now, because a big part of the reason I run this project is to show the real side of life with chronic illness, including all of its ups and downs. And I want to fill you in on how this part of my business works, too, because it has bearing on how often I’m able to create new content. Acute illness In December 2016 and January 2017, I had an extreme upper respiratory infection that lasted for weeks and sent me to the hospital. It was very scary—struggling to breathe always is, right? Because of that, I missed a lot of fun holiday celebrations and travel. It took me a very long time to recover, and during that time, I was almost completely unable to work. That meant client work fell behind schedule, ChronicBabe projects fell behind schedule, and I spent a lot of time in my PJs… which sounds dreamy but seriously, after a few weeks, a girl just wants to put on a bra and get outside, right? I think all of us know how hard it is to live with chronic illness, and think it should prepare us for handling acute illness all breezy-like, except it doesn’t. In fact, I kind of resented the acute illness; how DARE I get another illness on top of all the other crap I have to manage day in and day out! Sigh… this is just life. It does help some, but when we’re already sick all the time and we pile on another sickness, it’s really tough. A beautiful thing is that I rallied for a couple days in there and got married! It was a tiny ceremony with a tiny group of friends, and low-pressure, and just perfect. I’m very lucky I found enough health to enjoy that day. Family tragedy Quick on the heels of my recovery from acute illness, my mother-in-law became gravely ill. My husband and I drove overnight to be with her and our family, and ended up staying out of town (mostly at the hospital, and then a hospice center) for a couple weeks. She passed away, we held a lovely service, and came home. And I felt completely numb. I’m crying as I write this. I only knew Connie for about seven years, but I saw what an incredible presence she was in the family, and I’m forever grateful to have...

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