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Every so often, a person writes a blog that speaks to me.  Check it out:


by Keith Taylor

Are you ready to make a positive change in your life?

Everyone will answer a resounding “YES”! However, are you really ready?

Shortly after my stroke, I would say “I am ready to move forward and make the necessary changes” in order to see some positive results in life, but then, I wouldn’t do anything about it.


One of the biggest issues is that we set huge goals, instead of making realistic, day to day progress and having checkpoints to keep us on track. Due to the size of it, we are overwhelmed and decide not to do anything. Instead of doing a little bit each day to get better, we try some big feat and quickly get discouraged. On goes the cycle!

This is going to take time, and the “Little Wins” will help you move forward.

Another issue; It is easy for us to play the “Woe is me” card after having a stroke.

I couldn’t get the words out that I wanted and I felt weird because of the change in looks, walking differently, being upset about almost everything…on and on. But remember, ALL PEOPLE go through tough times in life, and most everyone is focused on the most important person they know…THEMSELVES! This isn’t a bad thing…it’s just the way of the world.

Acknowledge this (albeit internally), it will help you understand where others’ are coming from and get over the feeling that you are the only one going through challenges.

Once you make a decision to move forward, you will be tested. I don’t know why this is, but it is true. You are not the only one this is happening to. You can find many examples showing people being challenged once they make a decision. Our brains like the status quo, and you are going to make it perform better.

Be prepared and welcome it!

It is going to take work, but the changes will be positive. You will look back in a few years, and not even recognize the difference.

You will be more confident. Talking to others and not questioning everything you say is huge.

Your abilities will increase. People will recognize how self-assured you are.

Your knowledge will grow. It will be exciting to continue to learn.

Don’t worry about being perfect. Just get started!

The truth is that it takes dedicated perseverance to obtain results after having a stroke. You must ask yourself if you are willing to put in the hard work, time, and actions needed to change.

Set some realistic goals. Track them. Get some positive results. Then move on!

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Do you need a bit of encouragement?

I got this from a “follower”.  I liked it SO much, I published it so EVERYBODY can see.  Sometimes we ALL need encouragement!

Yup, I hear wanting to quit! Sometimes I don’t think quitting is a bad thing – it depends on a lot. I think what takes the most courage is taking a hard look at your reality and deciding — does this really make sense? It it best for me and my family? What’s the most important thing? Security or pride? Stability or reaching my dream? Quitting doesn’t mean always mean failure. It’s the honest and difficult re-evaluation and decision that matters. But either way — I am proud of you for going for it and think you are amazing. And if you keep going, awesome! If you try another route, awesome! You and Jill are both an inspiration.

2 things I like about Lumosity

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 3.35.40 PMI tried Lumosity…and I liked it.  I immediately saw my LPI ( I’m not sure what that means) increase and I felt more comfortable with the various games they suggested.

If you stick with it, it works…but not where I need it to work. I didn’t seeing my speech increase.  I would be prepared and I would get someone on the phone…but as soon as he spoke, I couldn’t get the words out.   Do you know how frustrating that is???  That is what I struggle with each day!

I hope to find that magic bullet.  Wouldn’t that be great?
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Nurses and docs love our presentation…

We spoke in a hospital a couple of week ago and they sent us the evaluations.  WOW!

Excellent job-thanks for opening your life to inspiring and inspire us.

I’m not a physician but a very inspirational presentation for me personally

Wonderful! THANK YOU!!

The best!!  Thank you for being here.  Fore being vulnerable and sharing your faith.  I agree 100% with Jill–give credit where credit is due!

So impressive that you worker diligently to meet your goals!  Thank you so much for coming-You are so “to be complimented!”



Excellent presentation!  Thank you

Jill’s discussion was very informational.

God bless you and your family.



Wow…that is impressive!


I just got this on my email:

Jill Viggiano spoke at Inspire+Aspire,™ a women’s conference focused on both personal and professional development.   You could hear a pin drop as Jill drew us into the quiet, courageous stories of the women in her family who came before her.   As she then recounted her own story of sacrifice and commitment, Jill connected the generations and the faith that sustained them.  Jill challenged the audience to reflect on our own stories and ask “Do the women who came before you matter today?  Will you matter tomorrow?”
Life-altering events can happen to any one of us at any moment, although we often forget this truth.  Jill’s story showed us the power of the human spirit and how commitment, courage and faith can see us through.  I recommend Jill for any audience seeking perspective, inspiration, and appreciation for the people in our lives.
Robyn Knox
Executive Solutions, LLC
ph. 503.888.2344
Can you believe it?  I have been calling people to schedule Jill to speak, but it never occurred to me to ask what they thought.  Now I know!

Talking about IMPORTANT things

I had the honor of speaking at a fundraiser for Wilderness Journey Ministries this weekend.  IMG_0424They do the wonderful work of helping families and loved ones communicate effectively and lovingly when a life-threatening diagnosis is received.  I love their slogan: “Helping families face a life-threatening illness holding Christ’s hand.”

It seems a bit surreal sometimes to be the person offering perspective and encouragement to others in need.  It just wasn’t that long ago when I was the one in need.  I am so happy to offer hope by being an example of successful, ongoing recovery.  With each story of not-so-successful recovery, I am reminded how important The Team is!  No one recovers alone.

Hearing stories of families who needed a terminal illness to finally learn how to talk about the important things was an eye-opener.  I guess we put off those important discussions because we assume there is always tomorrow so why rush it?  Every story included the realization that having the important conversations brought them closer and they were sorry they waited so long.  Good lesson to learn.

Jill Viggiano