Talkative Tag

I was nominated for this by the tag creator and blogger The Eclectic Contrarian. Please check his site for great poems and quotes – they’re heartwarming and incredibly sweet. Likewise TEC, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed our deep conversations on anything from the amazing world of Peppa Pig to me being utterly odd for not liking chocolate.

Also, I had zero clue on how to see who my top commentator’s on my blog were, if you already know how to do this – kudos to you dear reader! However, for those like myself that were clueless, here’s a quick step by step, simply go to the ‘Stats’ option on your WordPress, switch view from ‘Traffic’ to ‘Insights,’ scroll down to see the ‘Comments’ section and voilá – you’ll see your blogs top commentators. I’d suggest doing this on your phone, just so that you can do a screen shot of it, save and paste it on your ‘Talkative Tag’ post. If you have a simpler way of doing this – do share!

Message from the tag creator The Eclectic Contrarian: I’m starting a new tag. I’m calling it the Talkative Tag because that’s just what it is. It is a little “thanks” to those who have been very talkative and involved with my (your) blog and I really appreciate that! Should any of you want to nominate anyone, please feel free to use the tag. 

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I want to nominate my top 5 commentators:

Shantanu

Warren

Vivian

Kranti

Christy

Thank you to all my top commentators, please know that I’ve enjoyed our chats. Your continued support has meant everything! Hope to see who your top commentators on your blog are!

-Ana

 

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Happy Meme Monday: Veterans Day

As some of you may know, my husband is a Marine veteran and although he doesn’t read my blog – I won’t hold that against him, nor does he want a thank you on this day. I’d still like to give him – and the rest of the brave men and women, a thank you for the years spent away, for all that they sacrifice, for all that they’ve seen and for all they did and continue to do so that others like myself may have the freedom we have today. And although a mere thank you may not be much, may it be a reminder to you that your service is greatly appreciated today – and always, and your bravery and sacrifice doesn’t go unnoticed.

So, if you’re a veteran – past or present, thank you, to you and your families, and God bless.

-Ana

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Nail File Friday’s: Pastels, Pastels

Here’s another, Nail File! I have such a soft spot for pastel colors, the soft look – almost sweet looking, it’s just something that never get’s old. So, here I decided to do a couple of pastels together in one look. I used a light blue, pink and purple.

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Happy Friday!

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Reblog Wednesday: My story — God’s Whispers of Truth

In my short blogging journey I can say, that I’ve come across some great people here on WordPress – phenomenal! These individuals are going through their own struggles yet still find a way to find strength and continue to find the light through the chaos that life can sometimes be. This is where today’s share comes in, I want you to meet Vivian, a fellow blogger, a sweet mama of four, wife and warrior fighting TBI – traumatic brain injury. I share her story in hopes that it allows you to know that what you’re going through today, you will get through because of Him.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

When I was diagnosed with Chiari , I can’t tell you I didn’t feel alone, I can’t tell you I didn’t feel scared and I can’t tell you I felt hopeless. But with time, things became clear and I became aware that through my diagnosis God has been helping me, helping me with patience and helping me accept myself, as I am – illness and all. He’s ahead of it all, ahead of any diagnosis and ahead of the plans He has for me.

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Welcome, my name is Vivian and I’m a TBI warrior, homeschooling mom of four and wife to a great and hard-working man. As a Christian walking through the valley of brain injury and recovery, I can not stress enough how much the power of God’s strength has held me up and given me courage and […]

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Blogger Recognition Award – 2

I was nominated for this award by the lovely Laura over at All The Shoes I Wear If you haven’t read her response to her award nomination, you must – such great advice! Thank you again Laura! I’m so happy to know you’ve thought of me and my blog for this award.

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SO WHAT IS BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD?

Blogger Recognition Award is given to bloggers by bloggers to encourage and acknowledge the hard work and effort that goes into creating posts.  It’s an opportunity for bloggers to recognize one another for each of our contributions to their blog and the blogging community!

Award Rules:

• Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

• Write a post to show your award.

• Give a brief story of how your blog got started.

• Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

• Select 5 other bloggers to nominate.

• Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and provide a link to your post.

The Beginning … 

my motivation was – and continues to be, to raise awareness for my diagnosis and you can read more on that in my first post here titled Chiari Malformation + Syringomyelia. Chiari Malformation or ‘Chiari‘ for short, is a rare condition, a congenital condition, one I never thought I’d have. But God knowing so much more than I can ever, has allowed this to come into my life. Although I don’t know many times the why’s, I’ve learned that it’s sometimes best to stop asking the why’s and start accepting things as they are. The diagnosis – like many, has a way of making one feel little and alone. So, after much thought, I decided to begin a blog in hopes of connecting with other people living with Chiari or other forms of illnesses. It’s been a lot of time spent on the blog, however it’s been rewarding having connected with so many people, some that don’t even have Chiari but still are going through their own personal struggles.

My Advice To New Bloggers …

I would still consider myself a new blogger. I began my blog earlier this year and I can’t say I have any legitimate advice on creating a ‘successful’ blog. I like to think that I should always consider myself a new blogger, as I always want to continue to grow, learn, and contemplate how I can recreate my site as well as myself, to become a better version of who I was yesterday. If you could write anything, write as if you were writing to a dear and beloved friend, be honest, write your own authentic thoughts on topics of your liking. I always try to be honest, who you are is what will connect you with your readers. Also, try to not focus on the numbers, number of followers, number of likes, number of comments, etc. All will come in due time. And make time, make time to read posts, time to comment, time to interact with your readers. This will tell your readers, you’re invested in them as they are in you.

My Nominees …

Sparkkling Thoughts

Invisibly Me

Weeping Pines

Delusions Of Parenthood

A Life Less Ordinary With Saurabhavna

To my nominees, please know that I admire you and your blog. I hope you accept this nomination as look forward to reading your response!

Ana

Thanksgiving Tag

I was tagged by My Namaste 365 Online with this ‘Thanksgiving Tag’ she created – congratulations again, and I’m so excited she did! It’s unbelievable to think Thanksgiving is around the corner, time does indeed go by faster as I age – or does it?! This is a beautiful season to see the beautiful blessing God has poured into my life, both big and small and with this tag I’ll write down things I am thankful for, enjoy!

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Rules:

1. List your thankful ABC.

2. Add one theme clip art to your post.

3. Tag 3 people who’d you hope would participate.

Thankful ABC:

A- Accepting things that are beyond my control

B- Beauty around me

C- Chiari Malformation + Syringomyelia, they’ve taught me to be more patient and accepting of my diagnosis

D- Daily bread

E- Endless support

F- Family

G- God’s love

H- Husband

I- Ice Cream, Vanilla

J- Joy I get from my little ones

K- Kindness from WordPress community

L- Love from God

M- My little ones

N- New beginnings

O- Opportunities to take on new challenges (my blog and my YouTube channel)

P- Patience God has for me

Q- Quest to become a better version on me

R- Remembering to think of others before myself

S- Simple things in life, stopping to enjoy them more often

T- Thankful for my ‘small‘ family

U- Undoubtedly blessed

V- Value the people in my life

W- Wait on God, learn to be more patient with God’s plan

X- ‘X’ out the negativity and be more positive!

Y- ‘You’ matter, don’t forget that

Z- Zzzz’s (sleep) I get, whenever possible!

My Nominees:

The Eclectic Contrarian

Gods Whispers Of Truth

Miraculous Smile

Chiari Conversations

Bereaved Single Dad

All The Shoes I Wear

I nominate you because I admire you and your amazing blogs. I look forward to reading your ‘Thankful ABC‘ lists!

Ana

Happy Meme Monday: Birthday Edition

Birthdays when you are a parent become a little different, they mean ….

• Reminding your kids when your birthday is

• Reminding your kids that today is your birthday

• You can choose to go out and enjoy your birthday as a family outside the home, only, you’ll be the one paying

• Kids love to decorate for birthdays, only, you’ll have to do the decorating for your own birthday

• If the kids get sick on your day, know that your birthday is automatically postponed/canceled by default – I know, don’t they have the best timing!

Feel free to add your own bullet points in the comment section!

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I will be the first to admit that birthday’s are different when you’re a parent. Yes, the joys and extra love of being a parent on your birthday is undeniably amazing. But there are other realities too, I’d say, even more so when the kids are still little. Like, for instance, you’ll be reminding your little ones of when your birthday is weeks in advance, because this doesn’t seem egotistic – not at all, or that my lovely man of a husband in regards of the purchasing gifts department, well, let’s just say that isn’t his forte. So, in our years – not too many, of marriage we’ve come to an unspoken agreement that, I would buy my own gifts. Before you go on and feel sorry for me, don’t, thank you, but don’t! Because I’ve really come to appreciate myself in getting exactly what I want. There’s got to be some advantages of being the birthday girl while the children are still little!

And Happiest of Birthday to the rest of my fellow Scorpios, may your days be filled with blessing and much laughter!

A-

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