Living with Chronic Foot Pain Update

DIY Blogger Sarah Khandjian shares an update about living with chronic foot pain since she was a child and what's helped her cope.

July 2016 Update

I haven’t shared about how I live with chronic foot pain in nearly two years so I thought I was due for an update. You can read about my entire journey and where I’m at now over on my foot pain post.

For those of you who do not know, I’ve had chronic foot pain in both of my heels and arches since I was a child. It’s always been difficult since my feet ache daily, even before I get out of bed, but things really came to a standstill in 2011 when the pain was unbearable.

I tried everything in the books and went to numerous doctors. I got second, third and fourth opinions. I tried physical therapy, injections, and custom orthotics. As a last resort, I even had surgery in both feet (which later proved to be completely unsuccessful). I ended up at a pain management doctor because I was never able to get a concrete diagnosis. Most doctors ultimately thought that it’s in issue with my nerves and that my brain fires pain signals unnecessarily. The pain management route left me still in intense pain and not feeling like myself to say the least. I gained twenty pounds and felt moody and sad. I hated the way all the different medications I tried made me feel and it seemed as though they just weren’t helping enough to justify taking them.

In the fall of 2014, I decided to stop all my medications and give acupuncture a try.

For months, I went weekly for acupuncture treatments. And for the first time ever, I started to have days with way less pain. My pain wasn’t gone completely, but it now was bearable. I could now do things like ride my horse a few times a week and go on walks, both which previously were so difficult to do.

Over the course of the year I tried two different acupuncturist, who use different methods. I found the Dr. Tan method, which uses points that mirror the parts of your body that are in pain, to be effective. When I had needles places directly on the areas where I experience pain, I had no relief. It’s sounds crazy but when the needles are placed in points in my hands I have the most relief.

I continued with acupuncture in Florida up until we moved to Los Angeles last fall. In January I found an acupuncturist out here that I now see weekly. I was able to find a health insurance plan out here that covers unlimited acupuncture visits so on weeks I’m having unbearable pain I’ll go in twice or even three times. I still have really hard days and extremely hard mornings but I’ve found a way that works for me and allows me to be healthy and active.

Although none of the numerous doctors I visited diagnosed me with any condition related to poor circulation (since everything was always thought to be nerve related), I found that the days I stand in on place or sit for hours to actually be the most painful. Lately, when I’m in bed the pain is at its worst. My acupuncturist recommended I start taking an herbal supplement to increase circulation to my extremities. I’ve been taking it for a couple months now and I can’t say if it’s been super effective although the days I forget to take it do seem to be worse.

If you have chronic foot pain, know that you’re not alone and I hope my story helps you find some comfort and relief.

xo, Sarah

P.S.

The sandals I’ve wearing in the photo above may look like they would be awful for my feet but they’re not. They are actually super supportive and I wear them so much I’ve just about worn out my second pair.

My Thoughts on Turning 30

Blogger Sarah Hearts shares her thoughts on turning 30 and what she's learned in the past decade.

Today is my 30th birthday!

And while I know many people aren’t looking forward to getting older, I feel really excited to be entering this next decade in my life. So today I thought it would be fun to share my thoughts on turning 30 and some of the things I’ve learned in my twenties that I wish I could have told myself a decade ago.

Blogger Sarah Hearts shares her thoughts on turning 30 and what she's learned in the past decade.

What I’ve learned in my twenties

in no particular order

Don’t take yourself too seriously.

Seriously. This is a constant process for me as I’ve always been one who is afraid to fail. At anything. But I’m learning to be ok with my flaws.

Suck it up and learn to ride a bike.

I didn’t learn until we moved to L.A. and it’s been hands down one of my favorite things I’ve ever done. I now bike just about everywhere around town and I can’t believe I didn’t learn to ride sooner.

Life is too short to have boring hair.

I’ve had pink hair in my early and late twenties and now I’m kicking off my thirties with my newly purple hair. It’s only hair and if you don’t like it, it will grow out or you can change it.

Only buy things that bring you joy.

This one comes straight from this book, though it’s something I’ve come to learn over the years before I read it. After way too many impulse buys on things that I later took to Goodwill, I’ve tried to only invest in things that bring me joy. This sometimes mean waiting to buy the brand that is way more expensive, but in the end, I use and it enjoy it so much more.

Learn what style flatters your figure.

This one took me awhile to learn even though it sounds pretty obvious.  Now I rock fit and flare dresses all the time. Also don’t try to be a certain style or fit into a certain label. Just wear whatever you love.

Horses are still my favorite.

After my last big fall when I was 20 I broke my pelvis and was a bit rattled and nervous to ride to say the least. I went through a season where I thought I didn’t want to ride and almost felt guilty for being uninterested. But that was a season and I love horseback riding more than ever and I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to continue that. It’s something I hope I continue my entire life.

You don’t have to have it all figured out.

I’ve always been a planner and when things don’t go according to plan I freak out. Big time. I’m leaning to be more adaptable and go with the flow (and God’s plan).

Travel.

And travel some more. See as much of this beautiful world as you can, even if that means taking a short road trip in your state. And save up for those big trips too because going to other countries is rad.

Find your perfect lipstick color.

And rock it—even if you’re just biking to the grocery store. Mine is Bare Minerals Never Say Never.

Take care of your body.

After over a decade of chronic foot pain, I’ve learned this one the hard way. Listen to your body and do what it needs. Also wear sunscreen (the spray stuff is best) way more often and always wear gloves when washing dishes.

Thanks so much for celebrating with me today and for all your support! I hope this year is going to be a great one for me, Sarah Hearts, and for YOU! Who knows, maybe I’ll be sharing a post just like this in 10 years?

Blogger Sarah Hearts shares her thoughts on turning 30 and what she's learned in the past decade.

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Brie Cheese Berry Melt

berry brie cheese melt

Shortly after I moved to Orlando back in 2007 I discovered a tiny sandwich shop called Pom Poms. The are known for their assortment of teas and pressed sandwiches and it quickly became my one of favorite lunch spots. Almost every time I would get the berry melt, which was loaded with ripe seasonal berries and brie cheese. Today I’m sharing my version of this sweet, savory, and gooey berry brie cheese melt.

This easy but oh-so-fancy sandwich can be made with whatever seasonal berries you like. I prefer ripe blackberries but it’s also delicious with blueberries, strawberries or all three. Just layer on all the ingredients to your liking, toast it until it’s golden brown on both sides and you have your new favorite grilled cheese.

Watch the video below to see how to make it!

Brie Berry Cheese Melt

makes 1 sandwich

Ingredients

brie cheese, thinly sliced
fresh blackberries
red onions, thinly sliced
honey mustard
2 slices of sandwich bread, your choice
butter

berry brie cheese melt

Directions

  1. Top one slice of bread with butter. Flip it over and spread honey mustard on the bread. Top with onions, brie cheese, and berries.
  2. Top with another slice of bread and butter it up. Brown both sides in a skillet or sandwich press. Cut in half and enjoy warm!

berry brie cheese melt

berry brie cheese melt

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Favorite 4th of July DIYs

Happy 4th of July weekend!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of your favorite summer time activities. If you’re hosting (or going to) a 4th of July party on Monday, be sure to check out these fun and festive DIYs. All you need to add is the bbq and some fireworks!

  1. Festive gin jello shots, say what?!
  2. Sparkly star cake topper made with one of my favorite ingredients.
  3. The perfect garland for a 4th of July party.
  4. I think my bike needs some patriotic balloons!

I’m also loving…

Two of my favorite shops are having a huge sale (it’s Boden and LOFT).

P.S.

It’s the first of the month—have you updated your wallpaper?

July 2016 Birthday Cake Calendar Wallpaper

Update your computer, phone or tablet with this free birthday cake wallpaper!

Next month I’ll be celebrating my 30th birthday! While you might not have a July birthday, here’s a fun wallpaper that I think you’ll enjoy. This month’s free wallpaper features a cute little birthday cake to help celebrate the everyday. Because every day should start with some cake, am I right?

Download the free wallpaper for all your devices. I even added a new size just for the Apple Watch!

Update your computer, phone or tablet with this free birthday cake wallpaper! It features a handy July 2016 calendar.

DOWNLOAD THIS MONTH’S WALLPAPER

Computer | Computer with calendar | Computer with quote
Retina computer | Retina computer with calendar | Retina computer with quote
iPhone | iPhone with calendar | iPhone with quote | iPhone home screen
iPad | iPad with calendar | iPad with quote | iPad home screen
Apple WatchCelebrate the everyday with this free inspiring birthday cake wallpaper by @sarahhearts. Available for computers, phones, and tablets.

Celebrate the everyday with this free inspiring birthday cake wallpaper by @sarahhearts. Available for computers, phones, and tablets.

Design and illustration by Sarah Khandjian

Want more free wallpapers? Check out every one I’ve created over the years over on the wallpaper page.