QOTD: Marc And Angel, WIP, #HouShuen


“You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once. You may not be where you want to be yet, but look how far you’ve come, and be grateful that you’re not stuck where you once were.” Marc And Angel

Quite the timely reminder for the (not so) start of 2015. Makes me remember how bad things once were and hence grateful about how far I’ve come fighting #fibromyalgia. The last few years have indeed been a roller coaster but overall the “line of best fit” is sloping upwards and that in itself is quite the personal victory.

Perhaps I should have read this towards the end of 2014, maybe then I wouldn’t have overly pushed myself in certain areas to “get there all at once” and then maybe the major Dec’14 flare up wouldn’t have happened. Oh well, could’ve, would’ve, should’ve but didn’t. All that can and will be done is to learn again from last months stupidity and Keep Moving Forward, a little at a time. What was that #robinsharma phrase I always liked, ‘small daily wins turn into stunning results over time’ or something like that. ☕

️On another completely different note, just bumped into a new cafe along Jalan Gasing, I can’t speak for the rest of items on menu but as of now I don’t think I’ll ever come back here for coffee despite the RM8 price tag. Though I will probably come back to try the brownies and/or home made #NasiLemak. ☕️

Anyway till next time I decided to contemplate life and type out my thoughts,
peace out & #KMF

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QOTD 8/1/15: Marc And Angel, Live Beyond Disappointment, #PulpByPPP


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“Don’t live with disappointment, live beyond it. You cannot stop what has already happened, but you can let it make you stronger and more determined.” #MarcAndAngel
Have always liked #MarcAndAngel’s blog and am very happy that I’m back to reading and even re-reading their posts, old and new. I’m sure I’ll find at least a couple more quotes for future #QOTDs
Dealing with #Fibromyalgia comes with many setbacks, flare ups and disappointments and this is why this point ‘on living beyond it’ is so important. If we do not, we will never be able to recover let alone move forward with life, as I have learnt on multiple occasions living with #fibro. We need to learn from what has happened, adapt the lessons to our future moves and repeat when future mistakes and disappointments arise, which of course is easier said than done, but as I have experienced it is not impossible.
Good luck & Keep Moving Forward 😊 #Arkay2015 #ArkaysQOTD #PulpByPPP #CoffeeCultureMY #CoffeeCultureKL #Fibromyalgia #FibroFighter #FibroFighting #FibroFightingRK #ChronicIllness #InvisibleIllness #chronicfatiguesyndrome #chronicfatigue #fibroflareup

QOTD 6/1/15: Marc And Angel, A New Year #greyskymorning.


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#ArkaysQOTD “So as we begin a new year, close the door on your past, open the door to your future, take a deep breath, take a step forward, and start a new chapter in your life.” #MarcAndAngel

Time to close 2014 and all that I could’ve, should’ve, would’ve but didn’t; bring forward the lessons and progress, reevaluate where I currently am and where I wanna go & start the new chapter that is 2015.
#Arkay2015 #ArkaysThoughts #greyskymorning #CoffeeCultureMY #CoffeeCultureSJ

QOTD 3/1/15: Helen Keller, No Vision. #GGMM


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“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” -#HelenKeller-
It’s clear enough to me now that I messed up big time by pushing myself way to hard on that 10K at the beginning of December, that was the start of a major #fibroflareup that is still affecting me today, and it has been bad. I can remember the last time I had one as severe as this that lasted this long, pain, fog & fatigue. It’s now very clear that I have to start over again to rebuild the foundation that not only helped me deal & live with my condition but also, over time, minimized the symptoms. #Leggo2015

#Arkay2015 #ArkaysQOTD #CGGMM #GGMM #CoffeeCulturePJ #CoffeeCultureMY #FibroFightingRK #Fibromyalgia #FibroFighter #FibroFighting #FibroFightingRK #ChronicIllness #InvisibleIllness #ArkayFibro #cfsme #ChronicIllness #invisibleillness #chronicfatigue #chronicfatiguesyndrome

QOTD 29/7/14 – Tough Times – #RekindleSS2


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“Tough times don’t last,
Tough people do.”
-Robert H. Schuller-

The last few days have been really tough, just so tired, foggy & in more pain than normal… Just generally feeling beaten down but still trying my best to keep up appearances & a smile, so instead of physically representing how I am & feel, I find it easier to write. A loophole of sorts.

Maybe it’s because it’s something that I can go back to and read, maybe because I’m able to share it (with the people around me & people who can relate and have their own similar fights & struggles) without having to repeat my long convoluted story or maybe it’s just because I’m more comfortable writing about this than I am speaking about this. Whatever it is, it helps… I think.

Anyway, tough times have arrived and like before I’ll just do what I can to weather it, take it a step at a time and hopefully I’ll come out of this sooner rather than later.
Classes have started and I would really like to avoid going behind so early in the semester, but then again, maybe with this happening now, it won’t happen during a more crucial period in the semester? Haha, yea that’s just speculation.

Anyway, as per usual this has been Straight From The Heart.
I will always try to Keep Moving Forward, even if the pace is much slower than I would like it to be, I hope you guys are too.
#KMF guys

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Pic taken & edited by @_emilyec because I just couldn’t take it right haha and the perfect latte art by our dear barista @aegou from #RekindleSS2.

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QOTD 4/7/14 – Endure or Die – #CGGMM


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#ArkaysQOTD #CGGMM #Jim Collins

“Whether your prevail or fail, endure or die, depends on what you do to yourself than on what the world does to you.”

This quote, though not 100% sound, is something that I believe to be true and actionable.
In line with #Covey’s first habit, #Proactivity, these words from Collins’ illustrate that our lives are our responsibilities, that we are accountable for them.
Yes shit happens, I know, but how we react & deal with that is on us. And though unfair, there really is no use in bitching forever or blaming the world, without acting. That won’t help us move forward.
What we can do is learn as much as we can and Keep Moving Forward, to try again & try better, to use alternative routes & methods or even revaluate goals & expectations.
Whatever it is, the worse thing we can do to ourselves is to blame the world & our conditions & leave it at that, for that would be a cop out, and will prevent us from Living.
There’s nothing wrong with taking time to recover & deal with an event; scream, cry, pound on a punching bag or talk it out if need be, just express & burn out those emotions and feelings, then Keep Moving Forward.

Nothing really last forever so Repeat when needed.
If it ever it feels like the weight is getting to heavy again and you can’t take it, actively deal with it. I personally find it best to Take the time to acknowledge and deal with the feelings & emotions. I’ve felt the pain and anguish of ignoring them and thus allowing them to snowball into something much bigger and meaner, and when that comes knocking, and it always does eventually, it takes a lot more of me & longer to recover, & in some of the worse cases, pushed me closer to the edge than ever before.

Every few weeks I stumble, some harder than others but after some time of being upset & down, I learn as much as I can about this fall, and start taking steps to pick myself up (and if you need help doing it, ask for it, I know I have on plenty of occasions) and get back to business, whatever that may be currently.

Acknowledge. Express. Learn. Act. Repeat.

Straight From The Heart
#KMF

#arkay2014 #arkay2014je #arkaysthoughts #CoffeeCultureMY

QOTD 2/7/14 – KMF – #CGGMM


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“Keep Moving Forward.”
-Roshan ‘Arkay’ Kanesan-

A simple enough thought and something that I always try to keep in mind in all things. Always striving to do better, but on a basis of Progress benchmarked against myself.

Since my holidays started I made the decision to run harder and push myself, knowing full well that it would eventually catch up to me, but you see that was the point. To run harder, faster and longer and observe how long it would take before the pain and fatigue took me down. And it finally did on Monday, some 10 days & 40KM.
Considering that I’m running harder & outside, it’s a big win & a major sign of progress. The pain and fatigue is not pleasant but is something that I need to go through in order to Keep Moving Forward, so that I’ll learn to better handle the bad times and achieve better and longer good times.

#KMF

#arkay2014 #arkay2014je #fibrofighting #rkfibrofighting #CoffeeCultureMY #CoffeeCulturePJ

QOTD 30/6/14 – Ideas & Actions- #ArtisanCoffeeHQ


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“Ideas not coupled with action never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied.”
-Arnold H. Glasow-

Feeling a little fatigued and fogged today, hope this makes sense.
I used to have a lot of ideas and want a lot of things, but my actions weren’t always in line. Then my health tanked and my ability to act followed and all the ideas I had, but didn’t do, became useless, and with that followed a lot of frustration, fear, anger & pain.
Eventually all I wanted was to be able to live life to the best of my ability, not to the best of my imagination, trying my best to ignore my lost ability. I still have lots of ideas, but I focus on the ones that I can act on so that maybe, one day, I’ll be able to bring my other ideas to life.

Keep Moving Forward

#arkay2014 #arkay2014je #CoffeeCultureMY #CoffeeCulturePJ

QOTD 29/6/4 – Accepting Responsibility – #Thursdvys


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“Accept responsibility for you life.
Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go.
No one else.” -Les Brown-

The most important thing I’ve learn is this. Accepting responsibility for my life been key to the progress I’ve made over the years, has been key to my recovery. I try my best to take stock of the situation and act on it. With my running, if there was a set back it was due to either my inability to deal with stress or my inability to pay the price for exerting myself. So the I figure out how I can handle it better, how I can do it better. And if I fail again, so be it, I’ll try again, I’ll try better. Find better ways, more effective ways, experiment. I’ve suffered a lot of pain and set backs on the road from 10min walks to 35-45min 7’15” runs, but it was worth it, and only possible because I took power away from my condition and took responsibility by doing the best with what I had, and growing from there.

Keep Moving Forward

#arkay2014 #arkay2014je #CoffeeCultureMY #CoffeeCultureKL #rkfibrofighting

QOTD 28/6/14 – #CoffeeSociete


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“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” -Mahatma Gandhi-

How true is this, if not for this #kopitiamkl with @nickyungkit & @liyonn I would have never hVe picked this quote.
It takes strength to forgive, to let go of the pain and anger and is something I struggle with all the time. The thought of letting someone “off the hook” angers me, but really it’s not that, it’s actually setting yourself free, free of the darkness that can consume you.
Still struggling with this, almost daily, and hopefully I won’t let it consume me.

Keep Moving Forward

#arkay2014 #CoffeeCultureMY #CoffeeCultureKL #arkay2014je #arkaysthoughts