Follow Friday – Women of Strength

I use my Follow Friday posts a lot to share with you people who inspire me.  And I’m so lucky to know so many of these amazing people through twitter.

I’ve also used these posts to share with you some of the people who help me make it through the days and who I turn to for support.

This weeks a bit of both.

  • We are huge fans of Rachel Colman and her Signing Time series.  She has an incredibly inspiring post on her blog right now about preparing to run a half marathon with her family.  That might not seem like a huge deal to many people, but take into consideration one of her daughters is deaf and the other has spina bifida and cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. I love the fact she doesn’t let anything stand her way and teaches her kids that they shouldn’t either.
  • I want to give a special shout out to Linda.  I met Linda when she came to do a Discovery Toys party at my house when Vista wasn’t even a year old.  She has a son with special needs and she became someone I could call when I was at my wits end with the system and she would offer encouragement, and tell me over and over not to give up.  It was Linda who told me to insist on the MRI for Vista and how to get it.  She was one of the first people who talked to me how to really navigate the health care system to get what we need.  If it wasn’t for her, I don’t think we would have the diagnoses or supports in place that we do today.

Who are the people that inspire you?

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 Follow Friday   Women of Strength

Why I Blog

A few days ago, the lovely Jennifer from The Psychobabble let me know she was tagging me for a Neno award.  I’m always flattered to receive any sort of recognition from my fellow bloggers.  But I sat on this one because the ‘rules’ of it state you have to post about why you blog.

I was struggling with answering that question.

Why do I blog?  I know it’s not for glory.  It’s certainly not for money.  I do use my blog as a place to vent, a place to update friends and family on my life.  But that’s still not the ‘why’ behind the blogging.

Well tonight it hit me full in the face.

PB and Jazz wrote this post:  Learning from others.

That right there.  That is why I blog, why I share, why I write.

Because if I can help one person expand their point of view, understand people a little more deeply, be not so quick to judge, then all the time I spend putting my words down is worth it.  If I can help one parent advocate for their child, find new ways of dealing with their issues, or offer them solace in the knowledge that they aren’t alone, then I will continue to write and share.

nenos award1 Why I BlogSo back to the award.

A big thanks to The Psychobabble for giving it to me and making me pause to consider this.  Sometimes it’s good to stop and remember the why behind the what.

The aims of this award:

  • As a dedication for those who love blogging activity and love to encourage friendships through blogging.
  • To seek the reasons why we all love blogging!

Here are the rules of the award:

  • Put the award in one post as soon as you receive it.
  • Don’t forget to mention the person who gives you the award.
  • Answer the award’s question by writing the reason why you love blogging.
  • Tag and distribute the award to as many people as you like.
  • Don’t forget to notify the award receivers and put their links in your post.

And so I am choosing to tag the following people:

  • PB and Jazz for writing a post that warmed my heart (and made me cry a little)
  • Messponential for being real and telling it like it is
  • Heart My Chloe for being brave and strong. And hawt. Can’t forget hawt.
  • The Mommy Tsunami for her Intentional Happiness 365 project. We should all be so inspired

And for everyone reading, what makes you blog?  What inspires your passion for writing?

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