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Guilty pleasures

So I have this “thing” about purple. It’s almost a superstition. For about five years now, I have insisted on at least one purple room in the house. This time I went all out. My new office has lavender walls and ceiling with grape walls and shelving in the walk-in closet. And although the walls are a neutral color, the accent color in our guest bathroom is purple, too. It’s just bad migraine mojo to not have at least one purple room, preferably in my workspace.

Not only is purple the official migraine awareness color, it’s also been my favorite for ages. There’s just something about being surrounded by all that purple that makes me feel good. I feel free to stretch, try new things, and be creative. Nothing else does it quite like a sea of purple. The fleece blanket in my migraine kit is purple, as are all three of my hand-held fans, and the scarf I use to tie ice packs around my head. I even made a purple flaxseed-filled eye mask that wraps around my head with Velcro straps. Half the clothes, purses, and bags I own are varying shades of purple, too. Even my cell phone case and favorite water bottle are purple! I’ve threatened to dye my hair purple, but my daughter says it won’t set right without bleaching my natural brunette. Sigh…I guess I should listen to her since she is a licensed cosmetologist. A purple ribbon ankle tattoo has crossed my mind more than once, too.

My husband thinks I’m crazy. He’s probably right, but I’m too old to care what anyone thinks anymore. I will indulge my purple obsession with a passion all in the name of migraine awareness. I’m thinking about purple lights on the house in June for Migraine Awareness Month. That ought to get the neighbors talking!

There are a limited number of guilty pleasures left that aren’t migraine triggers. Indulging in the safe ones is just a given. It’s a healthy way to cope with the challenges we face. Life is made shorter by the many days we lose.  Do you have any quirks or preferences that make you feel good about yourself? Why not make the most of every day by filling it with what you love?

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  • Macbeck
    3 years ago

    “Life is made shorter by the many days we lose. Do you have any quirks or preferences that make you feel good about yourself?”

    I completely, absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed this post. It’s true about the days we lose, and you gave me a smile after a “lost” week.

    Guilty pleasure, not for me – I have nothing to be guilty about 😉

  • Stace31601
    3 years ago

    Pink to purple shade is my favorite also. So I began my research on the color purple. Did you know we are not crazy that it does help our brains feel better. Seriously do the testing…On the top of the page there is different colors of glasses, click on them. This was an eye opener. I search for sunglasses that have the dark pink or purple tint to them. My favorite things are purple and certain shades of pink. I just thought I was being a girly girl. I am actually have my order in for the axon tinted glasses. I take botox and have a wonderful feeling of no migraine moments. Unfortunately my work decided to go to blue lights…I hate blue lights no matter where they are… 20 minutes after I am at work I have it come back and 20 minutes after I leave I can feel that release. So I am anxious for these glasses and nervous. I am afraid to get my hopes up. The kindle has a color setting and it is amazing for me. Here is the link and I would love to hear the good and bad about what you think or experienced.

  • Macbeck
    3 years ago

    Don’t forget about the Americans with Disabilities Act. Is it reasonable to ask your employer to give you a work area away from the blue lights, or maybe a desk lamp providing you relief from the blue?

    Just a thought, do with it as you will. 🙂

  • Tammy Rome author
    3 years ago

    Hope your new glasses work great! I have a pair of Theraspecs that I just love. They really help ease my eye strain. Happy to hear that Botox is working, too!

  • lmsandoval
    3 years ago

    I too love purple and in some odd way it makes me feel calm and secure. My migraine blanket and pillow are both purple. I have several purple things around my house that are purple.

  • Luna
    3 years ago

    My house was originally white. It has been lavender since 1992. I’ve been a purple nut for a very long time. Used to have a t-shirt that said “when I’m old, I will wear purple”. I did not wait that long but it isn’t always easy to find clothes or anything else in purple.

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