Hope Heal Cook recently celebrated three years (wahoo!) and I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on my experience as a blogger.
When I first started HHC I’d thought I’d finally found my true calling, the one thing I was put here to do that would make use of all my gifts and give meaning to my lousier life experiences: I was gunna be a food and wellness blogger for the chronic illness and Lyme disease communities. Continue reading “What I’ve Learned from 3 Years as a Food & Wellness Blogger”
Those of you who follow me on Instagram may already know, but for the last 8 months most of my posts have been “shadowbanned.” If you haven’t heard of it, shadowbanning is what folks have been calling a mysterious IG phenomenon where:
- Your post don’t show up in hashtags feeds &
- Your engagement basically shrivels up & dies.
Continue reading “The Instagram Shadowban & Finding the Loving Wisdom at the Center of Our Struggles”
My pain was unusually high that day. Wonderhubs came home to find me curled up & crying on the living room floor. It was an all too familiar scene, but thankfully one that’s become increasingly infrequent. Thanks to my ongoing healing efforts, I have good days now; I also still have hard days. This was decidedly the latter.
Or so I thought until I saw the package I’d received, which Wonderhubs had brought in for me. Wiping my eyes on the back of my sleeve (I keep it classy) I pried open the packing tape. Inside was a Lyme Don’t Kill My Vibe tote bag by friend & fellow Lyme Superhero, Melissa Cox (www.lipstickwarpaint.org) along with a card that concluded with the words, “P.P.S. Thank you for helping to heal this world.” Continue reading…
It’s been several months since I last posted here, and I want to apologize for dropping off the radar without so much as a “hey, I’m taking a break.” If you’ve been following me on Instagram or FaceBook then you probably know what’s been up, but basically I crashed.
Last year I went from being at a “healing plateau,” to experiencing a number of health setbacks. By the end of the year, I found myself in yet another flare up, feeling chronically overwhelmed despite my dedication to daily stress-management & self care practices. Something had to come off my plate. It couldn’t be my Chronic Lyme treatments or self care. That left all things Hope Heal Cook. Continue reading “Putting Everything on Pause & Putting Myself First: How I Finally Turned a Corner with Chronic Lyme”