HOW TO STAY HEALTHY WITH AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE

The Universe works in such a crazy way sometimes. Ironically this blog post had already been scheduled as the How To Series post for the day. If you saw my Instagram post earlier today then you will understand how I am feeling right now and why I am talking about the Universe. I have less Chemo so it is time to get back on track with my healthy eating. I started my morning off with some Bulletproof Coffee and a Thanksgiving Stir Fry (leftovers) and feeling great so far!

You can listen to my latest podcast show here which explains it all…

As you may or may not know I was originally diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis lat year and now know that I do not have MS. I actually have an extremely rare autoimmune disease called NMO aka Neuromyelitis Optica.

You can learn more about it here…

Since then my personal and professional life has had to completely change. One thing I refuse to change is my positive attitude. Yes, I have those days that I cry and I am curled up in a ball in bed. But you will never see me posting a negative comment about it on Facebook. I just don’t want to bring negative energy or comments into my life!

My advice to anyone with a medical condition is to surround yourself with the most positive group of people. That includes your Doctors! Seriously even them! You have to be strong for yourself in order to get better and stay healthy. My mantra which you’ve probably seen me post before is Positive, Productive, Happy and Healthy. And this is how I choose to live my life…

The first thing I did when I found out I was sick was search for other patients online. I needed more information. I needed to speak with others that knew exactly how I was feeling. I was just thrown into a world of unknown and needed to find answers and others going through the same experience. And that is what I continue to do every day. Now I use my voice to help spread awareness about all of my recent diagnosis in the JUST FOR US COMMUNITY.

There are so many people out there that think they are alone. But they are not! They just need to want to find others out there. They need to be extremely proactive and want to do it. That is a must! Trust me it’s a full time zero paying job being your own advocate. I know my voice matters and can help others if I use it. I realized this when I started posting videos about my chronic illnesses. I’ve received hundreds of messages and emails from others wanting more info as well as providing me with info that I am so grateful for and messages thanking me because I made the video in the first place. That part is and still is crazy because I was just doing it for me! I needed an outlet…

I remember the day I got diagnosed. I cried my eyes out. My friends hugged me and told me I was going to be OK! There is no way I could hide this! I needed everyone to know so I could find others that were going through the same thing. I needed help and answers as this was the one thing I just could not fix or change. I was so frustrated but thank god for social media because that is where I found everything and everyone I needed to know! Part of me didn’t want to post because of clients finding out. But then I thought if they think I couldn’t handle their workload then they didn’t really know me. Everyone knows I am a Happy Workaholic and always have been. And they know my personality, which is I NEVER EVER give up!!!

And being healthy has a lot to do with how you feel. I personally feel that the less gluten, dairy and sugar are best. I’ve read up and researched a lot of “diets” and feel that everything in moderation is also the key to feeling your best. Everybody’s body is also very different. So go with what makes you feel your best. I go back and forth with eating meat. Some weeks I eat it every day and then I will go weeks without it. So you really just need to listen to what your body is craving in at the moment. What you do is up to you so just make the choices that will help you more in the long run.

Two very important things I would like to suggest you do are meditate and journal. Being around positive friends is one thing but you really need to be and feel comfortable in your alone time. Find a great book filled with blank ages and write your thoughts away. Trust me you will feel so good after a little “brain dump” session. As far as meditation I love using apps like Insight Timer and Relax Melodies. If you have an autoimmune disease you most likely will have some stress and anxiety that goes along with it. These apps will help you in that department. Try a few out the first week to see which ones work the best and then switch to one in the morning and one at night and use them consistently. I think even a quick five minute meditation will help you as you are just starting off!

I even love a good bubble bath filled with essential oils. Lavender and Eucalyptus work the best for me. If you want to learn more about essential oils feel free to check out my Doterra site here…

I would love to know if there are certain meals you love cooking. Please leave them in the comments. I post a lot of mine on my Pinterest as well as Instagram. I will leave those links for you below…

Pinterest

Instagram

Wishing you all a wonderful Monday!

KAG

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO CHOOSE HAPPINESS!

Between everything Mother Nature has handed the world lately and the 16th anniversary of 9/11 today, I feel that I should try my best to spread some extra happiness into the world this week. That being said I started off with a cute pic on my Instagram this morning and now I would like to share my Happiness Vase morning ritual with you.

What is a Happiness Vase you ask???

Well a majority of Creatives and/or Pinners (someone who loves Pinterest) have a Happiness Jar. As a collector of Vases I like to make the most use out of them therefore making my “Jar” a bit fancy! I mean why not? If you follow my Instagram Stories then you know exactly what I am talking about as I post my Happiness Vase many times throughout the week as it is part of my AM routine.

Last week on The Happy Workaholic Podcast I decided to share my story about how I struggle with depression. It is something that has become more frequent since being diagnosed with my NMO Disease and I thought the only way to help others is to share my story so I did and haven’t looked back! As scary as it may be…

Every morning when I wake up I choose happiness. However, sometimes that changes and not by choice. It is just something that I am living with these days. But that doesn’t mean I don’t try to fight it or try everything in my power to stay as positive as possible and strong for myself! For those of you who have ever experienced feelings like this then you know what I am talking about. If not, I explain it more on my recent podcast which you can listen to right here!

My morning tasks are the same every day. Make my bed, drink iced coffee, drink lemon water, fresh juice, make a deposit into my Happiness Vase, meditate, journal, prepare for the day etc. etc. I have always been a very scheduled person so this is a piece of cake for me. If you are not as scheduled and don’t have a routine I recommend trying it out as it is just one little thing that can bring a smile to your face. At least it does for me 🙂

Just do what works best for YOU! No need to worry about anyone else!

As discussed earlier I mentioned my Happiness Vase. Most start a project like this for the New Year! However, like the title of this blog post IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO CHOOSE HAPPINESS! So why not start now?

If you would like to get started on this happiness project today I have listed all of the steps for you below…

-Find a Jar, Vase or Box of some kind that you would like to use to create your little piece of happiness.

-Every day think of something that has made you happy.

-Write it down on a piece of paper.

-Make a deposit (your piece of paper) into your Happiness Jar daily.

-Read the messages you’ve previously deposited into the jar when life gets tough. This is sure to put a smile on your face 🙂

-On 12/31/17 empty it to see what incredible stuff came into your life in 2017.

-Save pieces of paper somewhere special.

-Start fresh on 1/1/18.

-Most importantly, be you and have fun!

And that is it my friends…

What do you do to create your own happiness? Let me know in the comments below.

Wishing you all a wonderful week and be sure to spread a little extra kindness and happiness into the world this month. Because we ALL need it!

KAG

BACK TO BASICS

I don’t know about you but I am so ready for the Fall like weather, aka “sweater weather” as I like to call it and of course everything Pumpkin Spice! I mean EVERYTHING!

It’s been a little bit over a year that I have been dealing with some serious health issues but that my friends cannot and will not stop me in what I want or have plans to do in the future.

If anything; going through 12 months of being chronically ill and now getting chemo every week has taught me what to hold on to, what to let go of and what to fight like hell for!

That being said I have a VIP Newsletter going out late Wednesday (8-23-17) which will explain a lot more in detail there so if you would like to get on that list click here!

I promise I don’t spam you and you get lovely emails from yours truly delivered to your inbox every Wednesday and you can always unsubscribe at anytime and I won’t be upset! I just like to share a lot more with my subscribers as it’s a bit more personal…

So click right here if you would like to receive the first one this week!

In the meantime…

Have you listened to The Happy Workaholic Podcast yet? If not, you can download on iTunes right here or on Android and Google Play here. Don’t forget to leave me a review so I know that you were there!

And after you listen to any episode you can now join us in the After Show which takes place in The Happy Workaholic Podcast Facebook Group! Click here to join in the conversations today…

Lastly, take a look around on the website as I just made a bunch of changes. Cleaning and organizing always feels so good! Even online! Especially after a few days off my computer. It felt really good to get back to the basics. Opening my planner, scheduling podcasts interviews, writing posts, making calls and just living my life!

As always, if you want to catch my daily activities follow me on Instagram and Stories right here @kkinvegas!

Talk soon,

KAG

 

 

 

BEFORE YOU FORGET…

How many times have you heard this? I know for me I am constantly telling/reminding myself this…

Before you forget write this down. Before you forget call this person. Before you forget put this in notes. Etc. etc.

If you follow me on any of my social media pages you may have noticed that I have been silent over the last week and I am here to fill you all in before “I” forget. PS Forgetting is becoming a fun part of the lovely little disease I have called NMO so thank god for “notes” on my iPhone. I could not survive without that! Or my wall and cork boards full of post-it notes of course!

Here is what I posted on Instagram yesterday…

I have been waiting to hear about my next NMO (Neuromyelitis Optica) Treatment so for my own sanity I chose to stay silent until everything was confirmed. That by the way is so hard considering almost everything I do is online! I also needed time to decide if I would share. Today I made the decision that I WILL share because I know it will keep me stronger knowing that I am able to help just one other person by being vocal and sharing my own personal journey. I started the Just For Us Community on Facebook to help as many as I can and create a positive community for anyone going through anything health related as well as heartache or just in need of some happiness! So my goal is to stay strong for everyone as well as myself when I post in the group!

So here are the deets of my next adventure…

The treatment for my NMO Autoimmune Disease will be a Chemo. As of today it will start next week and once a week for the next four weeks. And after that once a month for maintenance. And I also get to have a port installed in my body! Fun times! Obviously, this could all change depending on how my body reacts.

I will be sharing my updates on all the below pages so please feel free to click those links to follow if you are in need of some daily inspo, laughter or just want to come along for the ride. As “they” say, laughter is the best medicine. And that is one I will surely take as there are no side affects for once! lol.

Blog (which you are reading now)

The Happy Workaholic Podcast

IG Stories

Just For Us Community Facebook Group

I want to be (and stay) strong for anyone else that may be going through this or may have to in the future. So that’s the short version. I hope I can continue to keep you motivated in your own journey whether personal or professional by sharing my own set of stories that is up next. And prove that there is always hope and healing ahead…

If you want to know who or what keeps me in check you can check out my IG Stories posted earlier today.

I’ve been up since 5am! New Month. New Goals right?

One more thing before you forget…

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE with the right mindset and positive attitude.

One more thing before “I” forget…

To make the I Chose This Life Series THE BEST I changed the launch date to Wednesday 9-6-17 which you can read about right here…

Why did I do this? To be 100% honest I am a perfectionist. And I have no idea how I am going to react to this month of chemo or how my voice will sound, so to push it back made the best sense for everyone involved. My Lady Bosses I’m interviewing as well as my listeners!

As always thanks for reading and sharing…

Until next time…

KAG

I CHOSE THIS LIFE SERIES

Updated 7/31/17…

I Chose This Life Series will launch on Wednesday 9/6/17!

Whenever I have an idea I immediately write it down in one of my “famous” notebooks. Then when I decide it is time to give it life I start my post-it/cork board process. If you follow me on Instagram and Stories then you know what I am talking about. I guess you could say it is my version of a “Story Board”. You know the white boards with the photos on them you used to see when MTV actually played music videos? And they aired the “Making of the Video” show. Just like that!

My cork boards are the special place for me to put together the puzzle pieces that I have floating around in my head. I’m a very visual person so being able to write it down and push pin it up really helps me in the creative process. And I’m so OCD, so the fact that my push pins can be moved around makes the process completely stress-free! lol.

So a few months ago I began that process for the I Chose This Life Series. I knew when I launched The Happy Workaholic Podcast that I wanted to use it as a platform for other Entrepreneurs like myself to share their stories. After all…the show is about Business, Luxury Travel and Life! So it’s a perfect fit and made sense!

My guests will share the raw, real and relateable deal. The path they took to get them to where they are today. The milestones, the mishaps and everything in between. Everyone has a unique story and I want the show to share these stories for others to hear and be inspired and motivated by them. I want my listeners to know that no matter what the situation everything happens for a reason. And there is no need for you to ever give up on a dream. We all go through life with bumps in the road. And it makes us who we are today! Trust me on this! It’s just a different scenario for everyone. And you will learn that when listening to this amazing series…

I CHOSE THIS LIFE SERIES. WHAT IS IT?

I CHOSE THIS LIFE SERIES

on

The Happy Workaholic Podcast with Kelly Ann Gorman

I Chose This Life is a weekly series on The Happy Workaholic Podcast showcasing

Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs.

Every Wednesday you will hear from a different guest who will share their journey, their struggles, milestones and personality as they keep it completely raw and real.

You’ll learn about their biggest motivators and why they chose their business

and life they are living now!

Guests will answer a list of questions throughout the show and the discussions

will be fun, fearless and focused on career!

Conversations you will not want to miss and lots of notes you are going to want to take.

Get your pens, paper and ears ready for the I Chose This Life Series…

Launch date announced on Monday 7/27/17 on Instagram @kkinvegas!

STAY TUNED…

Thanks so much for reading and I cannot wait for you to hear from all the incredible guests I have lined up…

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday…

KAG

Three Things…

Don’t forget to download The Happy Workaholic Podcast here. I just posted 3 new podcasts yesterday!

And follow me on Instagram for the next announcement Monday 7/27/17 here.

Don’t forget the After Show continues after each episode in The Happy Workaholic Podcast Facebook Group right here!

THREE YEARS AGO TODAY…

It was exactly three years ago today that I decided I really needed to start writing down my thoughts on a daily basis. I had tried to journal before but my constant traveling around for work made it impossible for me to keep a consistent schedule. However, I was ready to try it again…

So three years ago on July 1st, 2014 I went out and bought a book filled with an abundance of blank pages and started to fill them with my thoughts. After a year or so I decided that some of those entries were going to become part of a docu-series which in the end did not work out. As I always say…Everything happens for a reason and I am thankful that it did not pan out. In all honesty, I wasn’t really ready to let the world in just yet. Side note: I had some serious NDA’s I was still locked into and would not be able to (legally) share a lot of my stories.

Once I confirmed the show was a no go I decided I wanted to turn these pages into a self-help book for others. So I then started that process. It was incredibly exhausting trying to piece together this insane puzzle (aka my life). I gave the book editing process a rest but continued to write every single day. It honestly became an addicting type of therapy. A good therapy. And one that I desperately needed! I also had decided on a name. I would call it The Happy Workaholic. The title alone described me and would fit others perfectly. It would be a name that others could relate to!

Cut to today…

July 1st, 2017. Three full years of writing. I know! It is crazy! I cannot even believe I have accomplished such a task as I am telling you about it now.

If you have been following me over the past year you would know that I have an autoimmune disease called Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO for short). This disease can leave you blind and paralyzed in the blink of an eye. Literally! You don’t know when it will happen which is honestly the scariest sh*t I have ever had to go through in my entire life. The best way to explain NMO is that it’s like an earthquake! It can hit hard and cause severe damage or smaller and more frequently with treatments in hopes of preventing another relapse (earthquake).

Throughout this past month of June I have taken time to give my body the rest it needed after 12 months of scans, lab work, hospital trips and treatments. I also needed to give my mind a rest as well as it is constantly going at full speed. Going through anything health related can take a serious toll; not only on your body, mind and spirit; but your relationships with others too. Your thoughts can become dark and your visions unclear. It’s quite scary to feel like you are becoming a different person. Almost like an outer body experience. And your stress level is always at an elevated level which is the worst thing for you. So I needed the time to be at peace with everything and stay as positive as possible with the changes that I have been having to make in my life. I needed the time to just be still and only worry about ME!

As someone who has always been extremely organized and scheduled; the hardest part of this new journey of mine is to learn how to just live each day because you never know when it can be your last and if a relapse with this disease will happen. I needed to give myself a more go with the flow mentality. Which by the way I am still working on! Ugh…It is SO HARD! I will admit each day I’m getting better. I think! I hope…

The reason why I am telling you this is because my everyday thoughts and journal writing that would eventually turn into a book is not in the cards for me right now! The process of writing a book could and would be incredible but not so much if I loose my vision and need to hire a ghost writer. And that would take even more time to explain to someone the last ten years of my life’s work. I’m not saying it will never happen. Just not at this time…

I want to be able to help others now! I want to use my voice and be heard for the ones that are not ready to do so. I want to share my stories and have a platform for others to be recognized for their work. That being said The Happy Workaholic Podcast was born. All of my stories are coming to life for you to hear rather than read…

I had to think of a Plan B just in case my health took a turn for the worst. See. That’s me! Always planning ahead! With a podcast I am still able to record (if something changes for me health wise) and I won’t have to wait to share my stories in a book. This is just one of the next steps in my life that I am able to move forward with and cannot wait to have you along for the ride and maybe even on my show!

The Happy Workaholic Podcast is…

A HAPPY, HEALTHY, POSITIVE AND PRODUCTIVE SHOW ABOUT LIVING LIFE IN THE FAST LANE, LEARNING HOW TO SLOW DOWN (PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY) AND HOW TO BECOME THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF THROUGH INSPIRATION, MOTIVATION AND DETERMINATION.

As I browse through my social media this weekend I see so many friends enjoying the pool, beach and parties. Spending time laughing while out and about. As half of me wishes I was there I have set deadlines for myself for the weekend in order to create something SO SPECIAL. Hence, why I am on my computer right now and not in the sunshine. The other reason is because Las Vegas is hot as hell right now and being in the AC is a dream. Not to mention being in my comfy clothes on the couch checking off my to-do’s feels fantastic. A glass of wine in hand doesn’t hurt either! I’ll be having one of those shortly. I have had to make so many sacrifices over the last few years so missing out on a holiday weekend for me is a piece of cake! Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining as I chose this life and to set these deadlines myself because I want the bigger picture!

I CHOSE THIS LIFE…

Remember those four little words just mentioned. I Chose This Life…

As I sip on my third iced coffee of the day to power through a SERIOUS work session I have scheduled…

I wanted to share three things that are happening with ME right now!

  1. I am spending more time on Instagram and Stories and would love to connect with you there. I have been sharing a lot of behind the scenes pics and videos you will not find anywhere else. So don’t be shy. Click here to follow me @kkinvegas.
  2. I am recording my brand new podcast The Happy Workaholic all weekend. I have been working on this for a very long time now and thrilled I can finally share it with you. If you would like to hear the first few episodes you can sign up right here!
  3. Lastly, I am preparing my VIP Newsletters to go out for Wednesday July 5th! If you have been following me for a while and/or already receive my weekly email then you would have known that I took the month of June off in sending these out! This past month was the time I needed to spend preparing for the remainder of the year as well as get my health and wellness back to a somewhat normalcy after the year that it has been through. What am I talking about? Well, rather than go on about it here you can read all about on my website.

You will definitely want to sign up for my VIP Newsletter because that is the only place where I will be sharing the “good stuff”.

Business, Lifestyle and Luxury Travel news…

Well folks, that is it for me. I hope that you will join me on my new journey this second half of the year as it is going to be SO GOOD! Seriously! It’s going to be GREAT!

I have prepared so much for you and so excited to finally be able to share it and connect with so many more of you.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, positive and productive weekend!

KAG

 

 

GOING WITH THE FLOW…

Being in San Diego over the past week has made me realize a few things. Slowing down, breathing and just living would be a few of them (which I am in the process of relearning). It is tough. I am not going to lie about that! I have had to comes to terms with the fact that it is ok to just BE. Be still and be true to myself and everything around me. You need to just inhale and exhale your surroundings as well as embrace the new ones and most importantly enjoy life!

Life does not always go as planned and I have recently realized to go with the flow and not get upset that I do not have all the control in my life. Life is way too short to stress the small stuff and even the very big stuff. Everything happens for a reason and that is how I choose to live MY life.

The point of me writing this is because I had originally planned to launch a few more additions to my website and brand this month but really sat down and had a chat with myself this morning. PS I recommend this to everyone! So I have decided to take another 30 days to prep, reorganize, finalize, refresh, recharge and plan ahead for the remainder of the year.

I also need a little bit more time to detox from all of my medical procedures I have had over the last year. It has taken a toll and I am feeling it now! I also need time to get used to new medications and way of life. It is a very physically, mentally and emotionally draining time and need to let myself breathe and just “BE”. This is honestly very difficult for me to do but I know it has to be done so I am doing it!

I have many creative projects in the works and I need this time off from blogging and social media schedules to do just this. Be creative. Be in my own space.

I will be back in July with many announcements that I cannot wait to share with each and every one of you!

Until then you can find me on my website kellyanngorman.com.

Wishing you all a wonderful June!

KAG