Monster Motivation

Sometimes, you need a swift kick in the pants. More often, you need that gentle encouragement of “you can do it” whispered in your ear. Especially when you’re making a big change to your diet or lifestyle.

Maybe you are trying to form some new habits, including but not limited to:

  • Diving into the Intro phase of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and slurping up some homemade chicken soup
  • Waking up and drinking hot water with lemon first thing in the morning (I hear that’s good for you)
  • Calming a sick stomach with some peppermint tea

Sometimes, forming new health habits is a drag. For me, I start off with a bit of excitement and enthusiasm, and then find myself in the doldrums of “do I haaaave to?” before the new routine becomes permanent.

That’s where encouragement comes in. Sometimes you need a little help in the form of, say…an adorable monster mug.

The Monster Mug of Motivation by KatieAbeyDesign

Fact: cute mugs make drinking liquid more fun.

Fact: cut mugs with encouragement are even better.

Unfortunate fact: most of my own mugs are not this cute–some are hand-me-down, others I won at Catholic Bingo. But I do know what it’s like to use an everyday tool that you absolutely, positively adore. It makes the day just a little bit better, no matter how difficult or dreary.

Had I this mug (which I don’t but maybe I should go for it), I would want to pour something in it every single day.

And wanting to do something helps stick it in your brain better.

Those wanting-happy-positive emotions become attached with whatever new habit you are trying to form.

Positive reinforcement.

Cheers all around!

Still Ill

Technically, this pin is a reference to The Smiths, and not to my own Crohn’s disease, but I’m the kind of person who would wear it anyway.

Of course, when you do wear a pin like this some of your conversations will be explaining that no, in fact I’m not a huge Morrissey fan but let me tell you everything about my intestines, aren’t they just the craziest?


When I was a little kid, I hated anyone knowing about my disease. I would get mad at my mom for telling anyone about it, even when she had a perfectly legit reason to do so.

I wanted to hide that part of myself.

I didn’t want to be sick.

And I definitely wouldn’t wear a badge suggesting–nay, begging–the world to ask me questions about it.

Nowadays, my health goals (which I try really hard not to talk about with random strangers but sometimes I just can’t help myself) mostly involve getting to a “set it and forget it” point where I can go days or even weeks without having to think about my guts.

That would be awesome.

I could pretend that I’m a REAL BOY for a while, without dysfunctional insides.

But alas, the fact remains that I’m ill.

Always will be, in some form or another.

And I’m mostly okay with it.

I’m still ill.

And I’m not afraid if anybody knows it.


If you like this pin, you can buy it at Darling Distraction, along with other really cute pins and stationary and stuff.