What a lovely surprise to be nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award! I would like to thank Nicole over at CoolNCreative for the nomination! When you have a moment, and if you haven’t already, check out her blog, https://coolncreative.wordpress.com/. It’s fun, upbeat, and covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from crafts to day-to-day life!
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.):
1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your Award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to New Bloggers
5. Select 15 or more bloggers for this award.
6. Let each Nominee know you’ve nominated them and leave a link to your post.
How I started my blog:
I know, I know this is supposed to be brief. It says so up there on number three. I bolded the sections, so you can skim or skip ahead if you want to. Truth be told this is a bit of a rerun (I accepted this same award earlier this year from another lovely blogger, Wendi), with a few tweaks, for anyone who regularly follows along. I really appreciate when anyone takes the time to add me to a Blogger Award, so I try to acknowledge and participate (well, eventually, I’m pretty sure a tortoise 🐢 could beat me at a race these days).
In reflection, a domino effect in my life led me here to the wide world of blogging. Had chronic illness not pulled the rug out from under me, in essence turning the light switch off on my life and leaving me to fumble around in the dark and find my way, I wouldn’t likely be blogging. I’d much rather trade the time spent at the keyboard for time outside, walking on the beach or walking a distance anywhere. Unfortunately for the illness, I’m extremely stubborn and I will not allow it to stop me from everything, so for now blogging it is!
Don’t get me wrong, I do love to write, but I tend to over-share and I don’t know that blogging is the best venue for that type of writing. At the time, when the words come spilling out it seems good, a release if you will, but afterwards I think eesh did I really share that? But as life twists and turns before me I’m trying to do what is most beneficial at this stage in life. Two different healthcare professionals encouraged me to write or blog, as a way to ‘get it out’ while also helping others, and this page was born and continues, meanwhile I continue, with each post, to try not get all ‘over-sharey’ with you guys n gals.
Originally I tried journaling but it didn’t really catch on so I transitioned to blogging for a couple of reasons, the most prominent being I knew there had to be others, just like me, feeling trapped at home, dealing with chronic illness, who needed to connect with other people on that level. So, I started blogging my experiences with chronic illness, including the good, the bad, and some of the ugly and share my little doodle watercolors. When I started the page there were going to be more crafts, but crafting can be expensive and often requires lots of supplies. Since I can no longer drive and don’t have any income (yes, quite the catch these days 😉) that leaves watercolor because let me tell you something those tubes of paint last forever and a day! For anyone that’s curious, yes someday I plan to open an etsy account selling cards but I’m trying to get a handle on my health first and stress seems to make my labs all wonky so those plans are tabled for now. Trust me, if I open an Etsy account I’ll be the first to share here, there and everywhere. 😁
In closing, …oh see here I go again…more than you needed or wanted to know. Overshare alert: I have had FM (fibromyalgia) for at least 14 years. I had it completely under control and managed, and then MECFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome) entered my life four years ago. Although there is talk that they are the same…they haven’t been for me. In my experience, they are two distinct illnesses resulting in completely different symptoms. I’m not “just tired”. The exhaustion is cellular, it’s surreal. With FM, yes, I would get more tired than other people but this is not the same type of fatigue. Additionally, FM pain is nothing like the MECFS pain. MECFS can be 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 people know, deep down, yes, it’s an awful illness, and yes, even still we keep fighting for our health, our rights, and our loved ones. We do not give up though, every day we dust ourselves off, and we persevere.
Advice for fellow bloggers:
1. 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.
2. 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 things as you 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, 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. Hoping today is treating you kindly.