I will admit that this blogging adventure has been interesting for me. Writing is not something I am passionate about and initially this space was started to help keep family and friends informed on my health journey. It has morphed into a place where I can pour out the pain and strength and beauty and peace I find along the way. Being a “blogger” is another interesting identity I have had to adapt to this year…I honestly never thought I had anything to say that people would want to read. Apparently I do.
I have received the “One Lovely Blog” award from another beautiful blogger in Seattle, Jen, of Keep the Calm. It seems to be a Pay it Forward acknowledgement of writing that has touched you. I am honored that she selected me because her eloquence, sincerity and calm amidst the trials life has thrown at her is inspiring. I admire that she breaks plates and gives herself space to express that painful side but returns to a place of embracing and living life in the present moment. Seriously humbling, thank you.
Apparently there are rules to receiving this award. 🙂 I need to write a post linking back to the person who nominated me, I need to tell 7 things about myself, and I need to pass this award on to other lovely blogs by linking to their site and notifying them.
- Fall is my favorite season and the time I feel most nostalgic for home. What I would give for a cup of coffee and a stroll around Greenlake amidst the changing trees.
- I adore musicals. Singing in the Rain is my favorite and Glee is an absolute guilty pleasure…alright maybe not so guilty. 🙂
- Berries are their own food group to me. Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries…truthfully I
couldhave eaten them by the bucketful.
- I have my table set even when I don’t have a dinner planned. It’s a fun design project but it’s more than that. It’s the promise of future dinners and the reminder of joyful memories in the past. My current tree of life table:
- I prefer Ikea because my favorite part is putting the furniture together…apparently I’ve been like this forever just ask my mom.
- I’ve found that when things seem bad for me my best defense is a generous spirit. It’s tough to feel too sorry for yourself when you are thinking about others.
- OK this one’s a doozy. This has been an immensely difficult year and there are things both Jonathan and I need to heal from. For now our healing journeys are taking us to different places…I will stay in the Netherlands and he will head back to the US. The intensity of emotions associated with this has colored most of my posts for the last 3 months but I haven’t wanted to explicitly write about it. The future is unknown but this is the best step for both of us right now.
Wow…OK. Are you back with me? Deep breath. Now on to the fun stuff…blogs I enjoy. 🙂
Blessings in Disguise – Rachel is wonderfully uplifting and has the best collection of Pinterest quotes ever. I appreciate her faith and continued desire to find the “blessings in disguise”…sometimes those suckers are really well hidden.
Chemo Brain – Anne Marie is a tireless voice crying for people to recognize the true face of Breast Cancer in the midst of a pink ribbon blitz. Her blog is informative and funny and I have learned so much from her. She inspires me to help inform others.
Mainely Hopeful – Susan is witty and real. She’s been a couple months ahead of me in this process and been a real encouragement. Actually she was the first person to follow my blog before it was really established. 🙂 She’s even had her own personal pain as the cancer treatment was coming to a close. Someday I’d like to have an actual drink with her.
The New Normal – The New Normal is a blog by my bud Alex Moore who is redefining his life after discovering a Brain Tumor last year. We’ve known each other since college and he’s been a real hero through his struggle. I will proudly wear my grey for you.
I don’t want to…but I have to pick one to pass this on to. I guess I will pick “Blessings in Disguise” because for the last 2 months I feel like Rachel has been writing only for me.