Archive for October, 2012

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I am excited and honored to say that I have been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. There is such a depth of amazing writing out here in the blog-universe and I am thrilled to be apart of it.

Katie Michelle is a young, ambitious blogger with an understanding beyond her years. I have found such a kinship while reading her blog Connective Tissue Disorder: My Journey and her nomination for this award is an honor.

7 Things About Me

1. I have a BFA in Theatre – acting/directing and a minor in dance. I have had the unique opportunity to perform in zillions of productions.

2. I have an MA in Nonprofit Business Management and currently work as a Marketing Communications Specialist.

3. I am constantly foraging for new ideas and stories. I bore very quickly. Therefore, I cannot stand the quiet – I have an addiction to NPR, television, blogs and books.

4. When I was 5 I wanted to be a nurse when I grew-up because I love band aids, when I discovered I was terrified of blood I decided I would be a ballet dancing writer. I’ve come pretty damn close.

5. I am Unitarian Universalist; I am driven by a belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

6. I am a vegetarian who would indulge in espresso, sea-salted chocolate, pizza, pumpkin pie and wine every day…and really, why not?

7. I have a distinctive laugh and love to use it. My husband, daughters and dear friends give me reason to laugh everyday and I am forever in their debt.

My nominations for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award:

I am amazed by the scope, honesty and humor I find in my favorite blogs every day. For the next few days I am going to share some of my favorites with you.

Nomination #1:

Chronic Pain and Spirituality – Carol D. Marsh
The depth of this blog is unprecedented. It is a complex look at life with chronic pain. It has given me hours of spiritual exploration and reflection. There is nothing like it and I am grateful to Carol for sharing it.

Nomination #2:

Not from Around Here
Sometimes escape is the best medicine, even if you just imagine being somewhere else. An old friend writes this wonderful blog about her experiences as an American living in the UK. She has the incredible ability to find the humor in it all, and a talent for making you feel like you were right there with her.

Nomination #3

Living Life as I see Fit
The most recent post on this blog reminded me why I really enjoy this blog about living with RA & Fibro. It is a wonderful thing to see the purposeful progression of a life, despite chronic illness.

Nomination #4

A beautiful friend and woman of the cloth writes this wise, genuine poetry blog. Perfect writing for times of reflection. I would like to be a bit like this woman when I grow-up.

Nomination #5

Bucket List Publications
This blog constantly inspires me to imagine new adventures. It is a great place to forget your day-to-day struggles and to really consider what you want to do in this one precious life.

Award rules:
  • Recipients need to thank the giver.
  • Post 7 things about yourself.
  • Pass the award onto 7 other bloggers of your choice and let them know that they’ve been nominated.
  • Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog.

Desperately seeking Cher

I’ve become a reoccurring Saturday Night Live character. And not a fun one like drunk sorority girl, someone more akin to Rachel Dratch’s Debbie Downer. The worst part is that I am aware of it – I’ve started to hate talking to myself. 

I’m sure you can relate on a different level. Imagine you have a nasty cold, one of those viruses that knocks you on your butt: you have no voice, your coughing endlessly, you can barely get your lungs to breathe. You want more than anything to be home, in your bed, with your mom serving you hot tea and hugs. BUT, you are at work, attempting to be productive (for whatever insane reason people go to work sick).  No matter what anyone says to you, it is really all about your flu. Sickness trumps everything and whining about it, receiving sympathy, helps you cope. Even if you manage to be productive, that bug is king until you are breathing easier.

It is the same for me, except it never freaking ends. So accept it and move on, right? Seven stages of grief and all, right? I have circled the wheel of grief so many times I should have a free ride punch card. This is the chronic illness bitch-slap: as soon as you accept it for what it is in your life, find a way to continue to be happy and productive, the disease changes the game. You get sicker, your meds quit working, your pain finds a way to invade yet another hour of the day. Pack you bags, you’ve been called up for another tour.

This is all to say that I am trying. I know that I am an obsessed, distracted and annoying friend. For my birthday last week, a soul sister posted pictures of the two of us in college. A time when we not only loved Clueless, we  were Cher’s alter ego, short skirts, doe eyes and all.  I feel like this illness has taken my Cher to the liquor store parking lot and kicked her ass. I look desperately forward to the day she gets back-up on her patent leather heels and walks, smiling, into the sunset…or the mall.

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Tissue Tales

My journey, navigating through life with a Connective Tissue Disorder.

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Living Life As I See Fit

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Pain In The Mom

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Graceful Agony

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Bucket List Publications

Indulge- Travel, Adventure, & New Experiences

Not From Around Here

Adventures as a Stranger in a Strange Land

Tea Time with Mandy

Only in Canada? Pity.