The Awesome Impact Award – 2018

When you’re a blogger, you’ll will meet other bloggers and you’ll also meet other bloggers that will become your ‘virtual friends.’ You’ll connect on levels of life you have in common, with an advice or a comment that will stick deep within you. They’ll also take a minute out their time to tell you a thing or two, to help you. As a new blogger I’ve needed a tip, or two or three – on blogging. Stuart has given me a minute of his time to share his blogging experience, one that stuck with me – stop looking at stats! Remember that?! Yeah, don’t know if I’m doing too good on that, but the advice was phenomenal and best of all, it came from such a great heart. If you haven’t read Stuarts post on ‘The Awesome Impact Award’ you can do so here, it’s heartwarming.

This award was created by Rad Gamer as a means for us to share a special moment in our lives that impacted us in a positive manner.

The Rules:

  • Tag the person who nominated you.
  • Take “The Awesome Impact Award” picture and add that in your post.
  • Talk about an incident that impacted your life in a really positive way.
  • Nominate 10 other awesome bloggers for this award.

The Incident That Impacted My Life:

My parents. I’d like to think my parents have been through it all, but then I’ve met others and I’ve see how I’ve been blessed with more than I know. A little back story, my parents were married, had four children, my oldest sibling died at birth, and my father already had a son when he married my mother. He then had his youngest daughter while my parents were married. They couldn’t make it through those tribulations, so they divorced – only not forever. They were divorced for 10 plus years before they reconciled and remarried one another. As a woman now myself, as a mother and wife, I know the struggles of marriage, the stresses and chaos that marriage can bring. And the ease in which either one can say, it’s over, I’m done or this isn’t for me. And just like that, the beginning of the end starts to unravel before you can even blink. When we’re married we often think things are bigger, more dramatic, and stressful, especially when you put children in the mix – lies.

But the two that the Lord called to bring me up and I get to call, parents, after all these years have truly showed me that with patience, love and having the Lord in the center of the marriage, you can get through it all.

My Nominees For This Award Are:

Delusions Of Parenthood

My Namaste 365

The Soul Talks

Life Talks Now

Sindhuja Manohar

Love Ur Own Life

I Refuse To Give Up

A Life Less Ordinary With Saurabhavna

To my nominees, should you choose to accept the nomination, I will be looking forward to reading your ‘awesome impact’ story.

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Blogger Recognition Award 2018

I received this incredible recognition by James, he’s over at Myplace3187. I’m a relatively new blogger and James is one of the first bloggers that I began to follow, since then he’s been an amazing support for my page, as he has for me. Thank you James for it all and for this ‘Blogger Recognition Award.’

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The Rules:

  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 Blogging ….

There are a few reasons behind having started this blog, however the main one was bringing awareness to my illness – Chiari 1 Malformation + Syringomyelia. It’s a congenital condition in which the brain tissue extends into the spinal canal. There are 1 in 1,000 people living with this rare condition. The great news – since I started this blog, I’ve connected with so many wonderful fellow ‘Chiarians.’ Although it isn’t a walk in the park, to feel their strength and support is what I’ve been wanting – to connect with those that are walking in my shoes. They are the reasons for this blog.

I’m also often called mom by six tiny humans and wife by a Marine veteran. So, here you will find a glimpse of my life, all that’s in between and my life with chronic pain.

Two Pieces of Advice For New Bloggers ….

  1. Definitely try not look at your stats – says the one that just looked at her stats! I know it’s hard, I know it’s there, I know numbers ‘don’t lie’ however those numbers will break you on a bad day. Keep focused, have patience and the rest will follow.
  2. Have a good thing ‘going’?! Don’t be afraid to monetize from your blog. Yes, I love to blog, I enjoy writing and if you have been a follower of mine, you’ve noticed that I have three days out of the week where I will absolutely try my best to blog because it helps me keep myself on track. My life is a bit busy so I appreciate a good schedule. However, with that said, blogging is a lot of work, hours, at times researching and overall time consuming! Shocker, I know! So, if you love what you’re doing, you’re spending countless – perhaps hours a week, preparing a post, I say, bring on the money! Look into getting paid for doing what you love. As a stay at home mom, this blog has been the first thing – besides my my online store, to get my focus away from the home. So, if we can incorporate our ‘work’ and passion or love, and find an opportunity to monetize off it, I say, try it – do it! I’m still trying to get there, it’s definitely a slow process but it’s a process none the less. As they say, ‘you never know until you try.’ Is profiting off your blog something you’re doing or thought of doing – I’d like to know your thoughts on that. Thanks in advance!

My Nominees Are:

The Eclectic Contrarian

Simply Chronically Ill

God’s Whispers Of Truth

OJs Pride

Loudest Minds

Invisibly Me

Fight MS Daily

Journie 2 Woman

Wonky Brain Blog

Something To Stu Over

To my nominees, know that I enjoy your blog and that I appreciate you!

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Random Acts Of Kindness Award | 2018

This is incredible! Such a wonderful way to remember a few positives in our lives. So often it’s easier for me to dwell on what’s going wrong, I forget what’s going right. This is one of those moments. Thank you Stuart this is so amazing – if you haven’t read his post, you must! It’s a true testament of never being alone in your struggles, God is always listening, God is always providing for you and sending His angles to help you. I continue to see His providence in my family – daily.

Here are the rules:

• Tell who you nominate and why.

• Copy and share the picture that shows the award, posted above.

• Share a paragraph of something that impacted your own life in the way of receiving kindness or how you extended kindness to someone else.

• Nominate anyone or share to your own page. If you so choose to Participate. Tag or ping-back to the original person who nominated you, or the original post.

The first act of kindness that came to mind was one from back in 2013. I had just recently been diagnosed with Chiari + Syringomyelia laying in my hospital bed awaiting my decompression surgery. I was feeling so lost and scared – but did well in hiding it all, not wanting to worry my family even more. I had three little ones home at that time, the youngest being 2 years old. My husband although a great support, still had to be home to care for our little ones. When my 8 hour decompression surgery was over, I was in so much pain and still feeling alone and scared. My first night after surgery, not being able to sleep, the night shift nurse came in – she had the sweetest voice, so comforting to hear, began to talk to me. I can tell she wanted to put me at ease and we began conversing. We spoke about our families, she spoke about her baby girl and we continued until she saw that I drifted to sleep. I will always treasure such sweet memory. She was my angel that night, she saw that I had my medicine for my physical pain, but she also wanted to comfort my soul, my heart. There are angels, that I’m sure of.

My nominees:

Julie

 OJSPRIDE

Bethany

Shantanu

Alyssa

Caz

My nominees – as for you too, I admire you all for so many things, but most of all, you encourage me through your wonderful words, your output on life, your perseverance to make things lighter and more positive. Thank you!

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3.2.1. Quote Me Challenge

Thank you Stuart for this ‘Quote Me’ Challenge! I’ve linked his challenge, so you can go there and read his, if you haven’t already. I enjoy his blog so much, especially since through his testimony I am reminded that with God’s love and grace, all is possible. Let me begin.

The Rules Of This Challenge Are As Follows:

• Thank the Selector

• Post 2 quotes for the dedicated topic of the day

• Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

• And give them a topic/word

Note: Although this is the topic for today there is no specific deadline to it, meaning you can answer when you chose.

My topic of the day as given to me by Stuart is FORGIVENESS

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My 2 Quotes Are:

This one is from Matthew 18: 21- 22

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And one last one, because I can’t think of ‘forgiveness’ without thinking of this particular quote said by Oprah Winfrey.

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The Three Bloggers I Choose Are:

Real Life Of An MSW

Weeping Pines

Lynnetteok

My Word For You Is: HOPE

I am eager to read what quotes you choose for this word!

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Three Day Lyrical Challenge – ‘When We Were Young’ Song 3 Day 3

This has been so exciting and new. I’ve had a good time doing this challenge, thank you again Happymess Happiness for the nomination.

If there’s something I’ve experienced is that music can move you to the core, a song will take you places – a specific place, a song will bring a tear to your eyes, tears of sadness or joy, but it’ll bring you a memory, a song will take you to a particular time, an hour, a minute in time, even make you feel a little melancholy. I also think unconsciously we also put on a song, sad or upbeat, all based on how we feel on the inside.

The Rules Are Simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

The Song/Lyrics I Want To Share With You Today Is:

I couldn’t leave the ‘Three Day Lyrical Challenge’ without including Adele. She carries a special place in my ‘musical’ heart. These are the rare artists that sing and your heart is moved, because the mind goes to a place it seldom goes. And to me, this song When We Were Young from Adele, does just that. Enjoy.

Adele – ‘When We Were Young’

[Verse 1]
Everybody loves the things you do
From the way you talk to the way you move
Everybody here is watching you
Cause you feel like home, you’re like a dream come true
But if by chance you’re here alone
Can I have a moment before I go?
Cause I’ve been by myself all night long
Hoping you’re someone I used to know

[Pre-Chorus]
You look like a movie
You sound like a song
My God, this reminds me
Of when we were young

[Chorus]
Let me photograph you in this light
In case it is the last time that we might
Be exactly like we were before we realised
We were sad of getting old, it made us restless
It was just like a movie
It was just like a song

[Verse 2]
I was so scared to face my fears
Nobody told me that you’d be here
And I swear you’d moved overseas
That’s what you said when you left me

[Pre-Chorus]
You still look like a movie
You still sound like a song
My God, this reminds me
Of when we were young

[Chorus]
Let me photograph you in this light
In case it is the last time that we might
Be exactly like we were before we realised
We were sad of getting old, it made us restless
It was just like a movie
It was just like a song

[Refrain]
(When we were young)
(When we were young)
(When we were young)
(When we were young)

[Bridge]
It’s hard to admit that everything just takes me back
To when you were there, to when you were there
And a part of me keeps holding on just in case it hasn’t gone
Cause I still care, do you still care?

The Nominees Are:

Simply Chronically Ill

My Li’l Place

OJs Pride

I look forward to listening to your selections!

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Three Day Lyrical Challenge – ‘Chichi Peralta’ (Spanish) Song 2 Day 2

I was nominated for the ‘Three Day Lyrical Challenge’ by Happymess Happiness and today is day number two. I enjoy all genres of music and it’s hard to say which would be my favorite. So, in this challenge I also wanted to include a Spanish song because, well, I do speak Spanish and enjoy anything from Romeo to Juan Luis Guerra, DLG, Grupo Niche, Son By Four, Eddy Herrera, Luis Enrique, Rey Ruiz, Giro López, Hansel y Raul, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Basilos, Monchy y Alexandra, to name a few. Do you know any of these, was it nice to have gone back to the good ‘ole ‘old school’ songs, you know?! They’re my favorite!

The Rules Are Simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

The Song/Lyrics I Want To Share With You Today Is:

This song is so loving, it speaks about how love can make you feel, so unpredictable and yet also get you so tangled, so confused and trapped even when you want to get away – and can’t. It’s a kind of love that can be compared to a toxic that gives you such an effect that’s hard to let go but even then, it’s what you want and you wouldn’t have it any other way. Have you been there, have you felt this kind of love? I think it’s worth having felt this love – at least once in your lifetime. Enjoy.

Chichi Peralta – ‘Amor Narcótico’ (Spanish Lyrics)

Tu amor es algo tímido, reñido
Es algo típico
“Nada especial”
Eso dirían los demás

Tu amor es una trampa
Es una lanza que traspasa
La tranquilidad es algo loco
Nada más
Es tan imprescindible
Tan sensible que se irrita
Cuando gritas cuando quieres respirar
Tu amor es algo tímido, reñido
Es algo típico
“Nada especial”
Eso dirían los demás
Tu amor es como un tóxico
Es un efecto narcótico
Que amarra
Cuando quieres libertad
Y te quiero así
Tan satírica y fanática
Te quiero así, cuando vives
Cuando matas con o sin razón
Cuando callas cuando hablas
Cuando amas
Y te quiero así
Cuando alargas en el acto
Toda mi pasión
Cuando logras estrujarme
Con fascinación
No pretendo alejarme no quiero
Yo no puedo porque te quiero así
Así, así
Tu amor es tan apático
Tan lúcido, romántico
Y algo brutal
Es una mezcla singular
Te arrulla, te desvela
Te calienta, te congela
Desorden total es algo loco nada más
Es tan impredecible
Tan sensible que se irrita
Cuando gritas cuando quieres respirar
Tu amor es como un tóxico
Es un efecto narcótico
Que amarra
Cuando quieres libertad
Y te quiero así:
Tan satírica y fanática
Te quiero así, cuando vives
Cuando matas con o sin razón
Cuando callas cuando hablas
Cuando amas
Y te quiero así
Cuando alargas en el acto
Toda mi pasión
Cuando logras estrujarme
Con fascinación
No pretendo alejarme no quiero
Yo no puedo porque te quiero así
Así, así
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Tu amor es tímido, reñido
Es algo típico, pero así yo te quiero
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Te quiero así no tengo la culpa
No tengo motivo no tengo razón
Pero te quiero tanto, tanto tanto amor
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Es una trampa, es una lanza
Que traspaza mi quietud
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Cosa de fuerza mayor que se amarra
Cuando quiero libertad
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Te quiero así no tengo la culpa
No tengo motivo no tengo razón
Pero te quiero tanto, tanto tanto amor
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Tu amor me arrulla, me desvela
Me calienta, me congela me vive me mata
Así, yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así

Chichi Peralta – ‘Try’ (Translated to English)

Try and seduce me slowly and I won’t stop to think
About all the things I’ll do to you
Try and walk like you were sea wave
And I assure you I’ll sink
Inside your swaying, forever
Maybe it’s better if you to keep your distance
Because maybe the temptation of imagining
How near… just how near I could be to you
Has taken over me and I just can’t give it up
(Chorus x3)
Try and flirt with me even more
And I won’t stop to think about what I’ll do to you
Try and become a part of me
And I assure you I’ll sink in you
Try and stop looking at me
And you will never know what you will be missing
This is a dilemma that neither you nor I
Can escape from
Woman, try
To make my heart beat faster, try to do it, woman
Woman, try it
And I assure you I’ll sink in you, try to do it, woman
Woman, try it
My heart is beating faster
Woman, try it
Because your day will come
Woman, try it
You know there’s a full moon tonight
Woman, try
To make my heart beat faster, try to do it, woman
Woman, try
To get your lips close to mine
Woman, try
To flirt with me, slowly
Woman, try
To make me fall in your arms
Woman, try it
And I assure you I’ll sink in you, try to do it, woman
Woman, try it

The Nominees Are:

Magic In The Everyday

Sparkle Girl

Invisibly Me

Hope you all having a great Sunday.

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Three Day Lyrical Challenge – ‘Walk The Moon’ Song 1 Day 1

I was nominated for the ‘Three Day Lyrical Challenge’ by Happymess Happiness The blog is full of personal life experiences which always capture my heart at once! I especially love all the experiences while living in Kuwait. This is my very first ‘Lyrical Challenge’ and I’m excited! So, here we go ….

The Rules Are Simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

The Song/Lyrics I Want To Share With You Today Is:

I wanted to share this song in particular because while living with chronic pain, little things like a good upbeat song, brings me to the greatest of moods. While I don’t always have time – nor am I ‘up to date’ with the current ‘jams,’ this song I especially like. It’s by the group ‘Walk The Moon’ and the song is, ‘Shut Up and Dance’ – it gives me a little Rick Astley ‘Together Forever’ vibes.

Walk The Moon – ‘Shut Up And Dance’

Oh don’t you dare look back
Just keep your eyes on me
I said you’re holding back
She said shut up and dance with me
This woman is my destiny
She said oh oh oh
Shut up and dance with me

We were victims of the night
The chemical, physical, kryptonite
Helpless to the bass and the fading light
Oh we were bound to get together
Bound to get together

She took my arm
I don’t know how it happened
We took the floor and she said

Oh don’t you dare look back
Just keep your eyes on me
I said you’re holding back
She said shut up and dance with me
This woman is my destiny
She said oh oh oh
Shut up and dance with me

A backless dress and some beat up sneaks
My discotheque Juliet teenage dream
I felt it in my chest as she looked at me
I knew we were bound to be together
Bound to be together

She took my arm
I don’t know how it happened
We took the floor and she said

Oh don’t you dare look back
Just keep your eyes on me
I said you’re holding back
She said shut up and dance with me
This woman is my destiny
She said oh oh oh
Shut up and dance with me

Oh, c’mon girl
Deep in her eyes
I think I see the future
I realize this is my last chance

She took my arm
I don’t know how it happened
We took the floor and she said

Oh don’t you dare look back
Just keep your eyes on me
I said you’re holding back
She said shut up and dance with me
This woman is my destiny
She said oh oh oh
Shut up and dance

Don’t you dare look back
Just keep your eyes on me
I said you’re holding back
She said shut up and dance with me
This woman is my destiny
She said oh oh oh
Shut up and dance with me

Oh oh oh shut up dance with me
Oh oh oh shut up dance with me

The Nominees Are:

Four Jordans

I Refuse To Give Up

Mum Life

Hope you all have a great Saturday!

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