Calendar Giveaway: How to Just Be!

Giveaway

Do you love the first page of a brand new calendar or diary? All that blank possibility?  I do. I’m a sucker for a good calendar.  For me, the images really matter, and lots of white space for jotting down info. Each year, we are lucky enough to be on Be Couper’s Christmas Calendar gift list.  She’s a photographer and is responsible for all the shots on this blog that look any good.  (The snapshots that don’t, are my inexpert phone shots!)  Be curates 12 of her favourite shots each year and compiles them into a calendar. This coming year’s calendar surpasses the last.  The photos are even more breathtaking.  I love seeing what she finds through her lense across each year…  if you like her photos, too, you will love her calendar!  If you haven’t seen them yet, use the search function there on the right.  Type in ‘just Be‘ and you’ll find them.

You can also find her stock photography for sale here.

This year, Be Couper has given me two calendars to give away here on the Chronic-ills of Rach!
Does one of them have your name on it?

Would you like to be in to win?

All you have to do to get in the draw is comment below.

Tell me one thing that helps you to just ‘BE’.
eg. ‘being with my family helps me to just ‘BE’.

I will put all the entries into a hat on Sunday the 4th January, draw a winner and notify by email.  Entries can be from anywhere in the world.  NZ Post and I will get it to you 😉  You don’t have to have Dysautonomia to enter either, you just have to love beauty and like a bit of a giveaway comp!  What’s not to love?!

Be Couper Yellow Skies

 

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And the winners are…
Leah Gullan and Emily Doddrell!

 

Winner! ‘Reality Slap’ book Giveaway

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….I’ve done the draw and the winner of the book The Reality Slap by Russ Harris
(and the bonus little Dysautonomia Awareness bracelet) is…

Silke Bergmann

Congratulations Silke!  I’ll be in touch via email to organise delivery.

Thank you everyone for your entries, I wish I had enough Russ Harris books for everyone.
He writes good stuff.
Have you heard of ‘The Happiness Trap’?  That’s his too!
PS.  This giveaway is not sponsored by Russ Harris.  I am just an appreciater of his work.  🙂

Have a beautiful Monday!

 

 

The Reality Slap: Giveaway!

I’ve been banging on a lot lately about Mr Russ Harris.  His books were introduced to me by my Health Psychologist, Anna.  I have found his book to be easy-to-read, helpful and realistic.  Really practical.  And it is not just good for those of us with chronic illness.  It’s good for anyone who has been slapped by reality and is struggling to wrap their heads around it.  Maybe that’s you?  Maybe it is someone you know and love and you don’t know how to help them.  Russ knows.   Being a bloke, he is also a really valuable read for guys you might know who have been slapped around a bit by reality. He writes like man.  Straightforward, to the point and full of things you can actually do to make a difference.  He has suffered his own reality slap, so it’s not just rhetoric.  It’s relatable and incredibly useful, especially if their reality slap is coming to terms with a loved one’s diagnosis (how many of us know someone cracking that particular walnut)!

I am always on the lookout for giveaway possibilities.  I seriously love giving pressies, so I guess this is an extension of that.  It occured to me that I am not the only one that could benefit from The Reality Slap.  So I ordered two.  One for me, and maybe, one for you!  If you think you, or someone you know, could benefit from this book, why not enter?  Or feel free to share this giveaway with people you know who might need a chance to enter the comp.  There is a facebook share button below.

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To be in the competition, just make a comment, in around 25 words or less, below. You must use the words “reality slap” somewhere in your comment, by the end of Sunday 14 September, 2014 (NZ time). 


You can write in sentences, you can write poetry, you can use your words any way you like, but they must be your words.  Tell us how life has given you a reality slap, or tell us about someone who needs this book, or tell us why you would really love it.  You can click on the word ‘comments’ below to be taken to the comment field.
You don’t have to have Dysautonomia to enter.  We all get slapped by reality at some point.

Ts & Cs:
I will notify the winner by email, so you must include your own personal, valid email address to be eligible for winning, this won’t be visible on my blog, only I can see it.
I won’t be using email addresses for any purpose other than notifying the winner.
The prize is as stated and is the product pictured.  It is a brand new paperback copy of the book The Reality Slap: Finding Peace and Fulfilment When Life Hurts by Russ Harris.  Published by New Harbinger Publications.
For your safety, please don’t put your postal address in the comments, if you win I will email you for more details.
I am happy to post to anywhere, so don’t be shy.  Wherever you live, NZ Post can get it to you…

Although I am advertising this competition on my facebook page, I won’t be running it there.  So make sure your comment is entered below this post, in my blog commenting form, on this blog.  Not on facebook.  🙂

Good luck!

PS.  See that Dysautonomia Awareness Bracelet?  My order of bracelets for awareness month next month just arrived.  The winner of this competition will get the bracelet too!  Isn’t that rad!  Gotta be in it to win it!

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Winner! The Big Blue Pill Box

…and the winner is
Hailee Curry!
Congratulations Hailee.
I’ll be getting your blue pill box
off to you as soon as I can!
Congratulations also to our runner up,
Margot le Page
Thank you all for entering!
Rach

 

 

Giveaway

YAY!  I love a giveaway!
Yesterday I visited an outlet pharmacy near my home, the one where I bought my excellent pill organiser.  Last time I was there, I thought I had nabbed the last one.  But no!  There was one there, gently swaying on the hook, whispering “give me away”!  So I bought it and brought it home with me.

You may already have a pill system that works perfectly for you, but if you don’t, this would be a fantastic place to start.  And free!

Knowing what I know now, I would say when it comes to pill boxes, you should start big.  I’ve outgrown quite a few and it took a long time to find this big blue box solution.  This baby can be wall mounted, has an information card at the back for all your meds and doses which can be slipped out and taken with you to hospital as a record of what you are taking. They always ask right when it is difficult to get your head together to remember them all… here’s an easy solution!  Each day caters to four doses and pops out if you need portable pills. The name of the day at the top of each section makes it easy for you or your caregiver to see at a glance if you have missed a dose.  The sections are approximately 2.5cm cubed.  Nice and roomy! If you are not sick but need somewhere for your multivitamins, this might be a good solution for you, too!

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I wrote about my pill-filling-day here, with a catchy accompanying tune, if think you might like to do some musical medicating.

So, do you wanna enter this giveaway?  Just comment below!
Tell me about why you could really do with this little Blue Box!

Entries are open to everyone, you don’t have to have Dysautonomia to enter.  I will post to anywhere, so you don’t have to live in New Zealand to enter either.

Winner will be announced on Wednesday 23rd July.  Woop!

Giveaway!

Something is in the works at The Chronic-ills HQ.  Turns out I love doing Giveaways… so here comes another one!
I’ve also just claimed my blog on BLOGLOVIN… details of the giveway to be added here soon.  Don’t forget to check back!

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Giveaway!

Fall Seven, Get up Eight:  competition.

Recently, a friend I met online through my Dysautonomia support group asked me if I would proof read posts for her new blog.  I love to proof read, so I was delighted to help.  Kellie started up her blog to document her journey to Russia for stem cell therapy.  She has been diagnosed with a rare (one in a million) condition called Stiff Person Syndrome.  It is an auto-immune neuromuscular disorder and part of the condition is autonomic dysfunction.  The autonomic problems are the thing we have in common, they are why we met in the first place.  Kellie is an inspirational person, so brave, really funny and unassuming.  I really like her!  …Well, she’s been on my mind.  And one day and I spotted a t-shirt with a Japanese proverb on the front:
Fall seven, get up eight.
How perfect is that?!

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I knew that Kellie had to have that t-shirt when she went to Russia.
(Maybe you could do with one too?)

On the label it says ‘night tee’.  But you could rock it out in public too. I thought it was perfect for a girl who is going to spend some weeks in bed while her immune system is wiped out with chemo and the stem cell therapy begins.  I bought it and posted it.   Actually, I bought three.  One for her, one for me, and one for this giveaway!  Maybe, I bought it for YOU!   You know when you just know that something is the perfect thing?  That tee is the PERFECT tee for people with chronic illness, or any human being, really, when I think about it.

On Thursday last week I wrote a post about falling.  Falling under, falling apart.  I always get back up again, and I know Kellie will too.  This tee shirt is the perfect reminder. We will all get through, some how, some way.  The road is rough and sometimes we fall.  Then we get up and get on with it.

You know you want it!

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You can win this one!

YES!

To be in the competition, just make a comment, in around 25 words or less, below. You must use the words “I FELL” somewhere in your comment, by the end of Monday 7th July, 2014 (NZ time).  


You can write in sentences, you can write poetry, you can use your words any way you like, but they must be your words.
You don’t have to have Dysautonomia to enter.  We all fall, in our own ways.

Ts & Cs:
I will notify the winner by email, so you must include your own personal, valid email address to be eligible for winning.
I won’t be using email addresses for any purpose other than notifying the winner.
The prize is as stated and is the product pictured.  It is white Federation brand tee with black text on the front.
It is a NZ women’s size SMALL and sadly, I can’t change that. It would fit ladies size 10-12… 14-16 if you like it snug!  Saucy!
Please don’t put your postal address in the comments, if you win I will email you for more details.
I am happy to post to anywhere, so don’t be shy.  Wherever you live, NZ Post can get it to you…

Although I am advertising this competition on my facebook page, I won’t be running it there.  So make sure your comment is entered below this post, in my blog commenting form, on this blog.  Not on facebook.  🙂

May the odds be ever in your favour!
GO!

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