Hi y'all! Welcome to my blog. It's not my first blog, but I'm in the habit of abandoning blogs after a while. This time though I want to continue blogging each week. It's one of my New Year Resolutions. One blogpost a week, shouldn't be too hard, right?
So first, let me introduce myself. I'm Lianne, I'm 25 (yes really! People always think I look younger), and I live in the Netherlands. I'm a spoonie because I have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Hard to pronounce right? Try living with it, haha. It's not funny though. It is a real and handicapping illness, and I don't even have the severe form. I know people who do and it's truly heartbreaking. It's chronic, they say, but not much is known yet. I'm going to a rehibilitation centre (next to the beach, yay!) for a few months now and it is the best decision I ever made during these two years of illness. It is a very slow process and I lose hope at times, but everything considered I learned so much and definitely made a lot of progress. For example, yesterday I went to do grocery shopping in three different stores. That's huge for me. And I didn't panic, collapse or get too overwhelmed to function. Also, today I'm not bedridden as I used be after such an activity.
Anyway, if you follow my blog you will learn a lot more about M.E. (yeah, not going to spell it out everytime) and my life, but mostly I want to blog about the things that I can do. Which is crafting, writing and cooking. I'll probably talk a lot about my dog too. One of the reasons I want to take on this blog is that I abandoned my computer completely this year, because it's easy to get overwhelmed when using it and it takes all my energy. In the process of rehibilitation though I want to practice.
So, crafting. I taught myself to crochet this year. My auntie taught me the very basic stitches and from there on out I taught myself because I was determined to learn and be good at it. I wouldn't say that I'm good at it now, but I will be because I want to be able to make all those awesome Pinterest things. The possibilities are truly endless! My grandma taught me to knit when I was little and I forgot all about it, but it's crazy how easily that stuff comes back to you when you try again. Like riding a bike. I like crochet better at the moment so I'm also better at that than knitting but I will practice both.
Then, cooking. I looove to cook. But cooking too was something I lost during my illness. I can't handle much stimuli (sound, smell, thoughts, moving things, thinking fast) so cooking was and still is quite a challenge for me. It was one of the things I wanted back so I worked on that the most. This week I cooked dinner a lot, I think most nights. And it went well: I didn't panic, didn't get overtired. I'm very happy about that.
I think I'm going to keep most blogs pretty short because I assume most of my readers will be spoonies and will not have the concentration and/or energy to read big pieces, and also because I don't want blogging to drain me of my energy.
I will post again soon! Have a lovely evening!
Lots of love,