What a lovely surprise to be nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award! I would like to thank Wendi for nominating me! When you have a moment, check out her blog, SimplyChronicallyIll. It’s filled with inspirational and informational content!
The ‘rules’ of the Bloggers Recognition Award are (no pressure here, just an opportunity to allow others to get to know you a little better):
- Write a post to show your award
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
- Give a brief story of how your blog started
- Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers
- Nominate 6-12 bloggers who you believe deserve to be recognized
- Comment on their blogs, to let the nominees know they have been nominated
How I started my blog:
In reflection, a domino effect in my life led me here. Had chronic illness not invaded my life I wouldn’t be blogging. I’d much rather use this time outside, walking on the beach, which unfortunately my body no longer allows me to do. Don’t get me wrong, I do love to write, but I tend to overshare and I don’t know that blogging is the best venue for that type of writing. Two different people on my healthcare team encouraged me to write and even blog so this page was born and continues on their advice, meanwhile I try not get all ‘oversharey’ with you guys.
When it comes right down to it I blog my experiences with chronic illness (including the good, the bad, and some of the ugly) for that one person out there who is feeling unbearably alone and stumbles upon this site. This illness, MECFS, is extraordinarily cruel, incredibly lonely, and it has a ferocious appetite for consuming people’s quality of lives. I want people, including patients, and loved ones, to know they aren’t alone and by sharing here, candidly, openly, and honestly, I hope to help that one person know, deep down, yes, it’s an awful illness, and yes, even still we keeping fighting for our health, our rights, and our loved ones. We do not give up, every day we dust ourselves off, and we persevere.
Advice for fellow bloggers:
- When starting out pay attention to the comments on other people’s blogs. This will help you find bloggers that you align with and also it will help you surround yourself with active and participatory bloggers.
- Make your blog your own. There’s only one YOU. I love blogs where the person’s personality comes shining through. By sharing things specific to you, you’ll attract people who are interested in similar interests and eventually you’ll end up surrounded by people who you enjoy and who enjoy you.
Well, here’s the thing. I’m terrible at this part and wiped out from a doctor’s appointment yesterday, but I would LOVE to open it up to anyone who would like to participate.
Below are a few more of my little doodles/watercolors as I follow along with World Watercolor Group on Instagram. It’s open to anyone (all skill levels welcome), please feel free to join along! Hoping today is kind to YOU🌸