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Giveaway: Beautiful inspirational necklaces & keychains by Lisa Copen of Rest Ministries

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in announcements, featured, giveaway | 23 comments

UPDATE: We picked a winner! Congratulations Kathy, we loved your Mother Teresa quote: “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” We had SUCH a hard time picking a winner! We also loved these quotes: “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea” — Isak Dinesen “Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways – a wine glass in one hand and chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up and totally worn-out, screaming at the top of your lungs: ‘Woo Hoo, What a Ride!’ ~ adapted from a quote by Hunter S. Thompson “Never half ass two things, whole ass one thing.” – Ron Swanson —————————————————————————————- I’m a big fan of Lisa Copen, creator of Rest Ministries. For years, she has been a beacon of light to so many people. We’ve had so many enlightening and encouraging conversations over the years about community, spirituality, and perseverance in the face of chronic illness. Now, she’s got a terrific new business: Gutsy Goodness! Lisa takes lots of cute little charms and gems and inspirational quotes and scriptures and creates beautiful works of art—necklaces and keychains. Here I am, wearing a bunch of pieces that inspire me—including the Gutsy Goodness necklace Lisa made just for me. It’s a quote from Bob Dylan: Behind every beautiful thing there is some kind of pain. There are days when I wear this necklace that it simply gets me through the day. Sometimes I need a reminder that there is more than pain in this world, that there is beauty. Lisa loves ChronicBabe so much she’s letting me do a giveaway! She’ll gift one lucky winner the necklace or keychain of her/his choice. Isn’t that awesome? The selection includes spiritual inspiration, motivational quotes and many more options. And I can tell you, after weeks of wearing my necklace, that the quality is excellent. How do you enter the giveaway? Share your favorite inspirational quote in the comments below. I’ll take entries until Tuesday, July 19 at midnight. I’ll have a friend pick the best quote of all, and the winner will get something beautiful! Can’t wait to check our Lisa’s creations? We’ve got a coupon code! Just for us, Lisa is offering a limited-time discount. Go to Gutsy Goodness and use the coupon code GUTSYBABES to get 15% off anything. It expires July 30, and requires a minimum purchase of $18....

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Interview and a Giveaway: Toni Bernhard’s “How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness”

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in featured, giveaway, guest author, inspiration, pain | 47 comments

UPDATE: Winners Chosen! If you are Jenny Riley who posted on our Facebook page… if you’re @apieceworklife who commented on our Instagram… If you’re Corah Webber who commented in the comments below… you won! Please reach out, using the Contact page, or respond on the appropriate social media network and I’ll give you details for collecting your prize. Congratulations!   If you’ve been a long-time ChronicBabe, you know I adore Toni Bernhard. She has written a trio of books that I consider required reading for those of us with chronic illness: How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow and the new, completely lovely How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide You don’t have to be a Buddhist to get a ton out of Toni’s work; it’s designed to be meaningful and powerful for all who read it, no matter their faith. I’ve loved her work over the years (you may also enjoy some of her columns at Psychology Today) and I consider her a dear friend. An interview: Toni released her third book a couple months ago, and because she loves ChronicBabe so much (blush!) she recorded an interview with me about How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness. I’m thrilled to share it here; it’s not too long, not too short—it’s just right. You will feel warm in your heart once you listen, and you’ll learn a lot, guaranteed. Click on the image to listen now:   A giveaway (well, THREE, actually!): Toni has been so generous as to offer three copies of the audiobook edition of How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness. I am thrilled to offer this giveaway! Here’s how you can win (you have three chances): Opportunity #1: Add a comment below, sharing your favorite coping technique. Don’t spare any details! Opportunity #2: Head to the ChronicBabe Facebook page and “like” it, add a comment to the post about this interview with Toni, and share the post to your timeline. Opportunity #3: Follow @ChronicBabe on Instagram, add a comment to the post about this interview with Toni, and repost it to your feed. Entry deadline: February 1, 2016 I will pick three winners, one from each category, the evening of February 1, 2016. So pick one to enter, or enter all three to boost your chances. Yay! By participating, you’re also sharing this valuable resource with more people who need it, so everyone...

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