3.2.1. Quote Me Challenge – 2

Thank you Bereaved Single Dad for this ‘Quote Me’ Challenge! I’ve linked his challenge so that you can go and read his quotes – they’re such a good read. Thank you, thank you for thinking of me and my blog for this really great and fun challenge! I appreciate you.

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 Bereaved Single Dad is Truth

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My 2 Quotes Are:

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The Three Bloggers I Choose Are:

Something To Stu Over

The Eclectic Contrarian

All The Shoes I Wear

My Word For You Is:  FAITH

Hello my three bloggers, I am eager to read what quotes you choose for this word. Have a blessed day!

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Versatile Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated for this award by the ever so strong and wonderful James over at My Place 3187. This is my first ‘Versatile Blogger Award’ and am beyond excited, so thank you again James for thinking of me.

Versatile Blogger Award

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who Nominated you for this Award.
  2. Include a link to their blog.
  3. Select 15 Bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  4. Nominate these 15 Bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  5. Let each of your Nominees know that you have Nominated them on one of their blog posts.
  6. Finally, tell the blogger who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Seven Things About Myself:

  1. This is a BIG one – ready?! My name is Ana not Chiari
  2. I don’t like chocolate – but do enjoy other desserts and treats
  3. I have six little’s – no twins, you read right, six (Enlgish), seis (Spanish), sei (Italian)
  4. I’m fluent in English and Español 
  5. I know my numbers in Italiano – only, I tried
  6. I was diagnosed in 2013 with Chiari Malformation + Syringomyelia a congenital condition and brain disorder, I’ve had brain surgery for Chiari Malformation (decompression craniectomy) and in 2017 spinal canal surgery for Syringomyelia (laminectomy) – was placed a syrinx-shunt
  7. I have a YouTube Channel – simple and easy nail polish tutorials

Bonus: I enjoy all types of music – including country … my current replay / favorite Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line ‘Meant To Be’ – so good!

My Nominees Are:

Bereaved Single Dad

All The Shoes I Wear

Cole Camp Fire Blog

Jason Frels

The Eclectic Contrarian

Something To Stu Over

Everyday Magic With Jubilee

Maggie Tiggles

Fight MS Daily

WCR 281

Simply Chronically Ill

Miraculous Smile

My Namaste 365 Online

A sweet thank you to all my nominees, I always enjoy your posts and look forward to reading ‘seven things’ about you all!

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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

 

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

Dear 15 Year Old Me – Tag

This is so incredibly exciting! This is something that Everyday Magic With Jubilee and I have been working on for a few days, e-mailing back and forth, trying to create a wonderful tag for you all. Thank you Jubilee for trusting me and joining me in creating this phenomenal tag – I’ve enjoyed the process!

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve often times looked back, either that is on positive or negative decisions I made at the tender age of fifteen. This tag helped me dig a little deeper at what my life was like, things I went through and what I would tell the old me – all these years later. The one thing that absolutely stands out is a heartbreak I experienced at such a young age. I met a boy at fifteen, I thought we’d be in each others lives for the long run, and boy was I wrong! It’s one of those things you experience – some you wish you hadn’t, and heartbreak – at any age, but especially at a young age, can be devastating. And so here through the tag I’ll look back and I’ll share some details on that, and give the fifteen year old me some words of encouragement.

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Rules:

•  Post the tag and image above.

•  Mention the creators of the tag and link back to their blog.

This tag was created by Everyday Magic With Jubilee and Mom Life With Chiari. You can click on the highlighted names to check out more inspirational posts from their blogs. Make sure to tag them in your post so that they can read your letters of encouragement.

•  Thank whoever nominated you and link back to their blog.

•  Nominate 5 other bloggers that you love and notify them by commenting on their latest blog post.

Often times we may wish that we could go back in time and give our former selves advice and words of wisdom. If you could go back in time, what would advice or encouragement would you give to yourself?

Dear 15 year old me,

1. Don’t be hard on yourself because …

true beauty isn’t on the number you wear. Your beauty shines from within. Try healthier alternatives to losing weight, you’ve dropped down to a size 0 and are having to buy new clothes due to rapid drop in weight – I see you, and although the world celebrates a thin body, it’s making you sick. You’ll be blessed that this will only last but a short time and you’ll be saddened by what you made your body go through. Don’t be so hard on yourself, the decision to once again enjoy eating will be a great one!

2. The relationship you’re in ….

isn’t going to be forever. I see you, don’t be saddened by this. You know the words that were said, the moments that were shared, none were meant to last forever. Don’t fall so hard, I see you. You’re loving, you’re investing so much of your time, your heart, your everything, you’re risking it all, is he?! I see you, you’re believing and hanging on to his every word, I know it’s hard, to believe things won’t turn out the way he’s saying but, trust me, one day he won’t think about anyone but himself. I see you, wanting not to believe me now, but trust me, the ring, the endless flowers with handwritten notes, the album you both made together with moments shared now printed for a forever, he drew your names on the inside, I see you! Yes, it’s hard to believe that the future that you both speak about often will only be nothing more than that – spoken words. I see you, not believing me again, I know! But trust me when I tell you, that when he makes his plans to leave on vacation to his homeland, don’t give away what’s most precious, God loves you sweet girl, don’t do it! God loves you far more than this boy ever will. Why are you risking so much?! I see you, giving your heart out, is he? Oh I know his family is amazing, but does he think you are too?! You’re so much more than you know sweet girl, and a man that loves you will value you until the end. I see you, does he?

3. You will get through this because …

you are stronger than you think you are, you just don’t know it yet. You’ll run into many walls because you’re so angry and hurt by the break up – don’t be, stop and mourn! If you don’t mourn, you will continue to be angry and on a path to self destruction, it isn’t your fault it didn’t work out, it never was, I see you! Thinking you’ve lost years of yourself, you’ve lost your heart, you think you made a fool out of yourself – don’t! Somethings are worth risking and sometimes heartbreak comes in different forms, I know, I’m sorry it happened too. But stop what you’re doing and dig deep in yourself to overcome these feelings, because living in darkness will do nothing but destroy you. You’re working by day and being angry at night. You’re upset thinking that you’re alone in your feelings, and no one understands the loss that you’ve experienced! A pregnancy will come out of your actions, this is what God has in His plans for you, to save you! Otherwise, you will continue down the wrong path and you will thank your baby girl everyday for being such a sweet girl.

4. Don’t get caught up in thinking …

you are weak, you’re not! Believing something someone says doesn’t make you weak, or naive, it makes you in tune with your feelings, it makes you a risk taker, you risked it all! You will slowly begin to restore the faith you had in men and you will slowly begin to open your heart again. You will go through so much, you will be diagnosed with a rare illness, Chiari Malformation + Syringomyelia – 1 in 1,000 people have it, because you’re so strong! I see you, you don’t believe you can take on this illness, but you will – with all the strength you have in you! You’ve dealt with the news as best as you could, being positive and praying for strength – you’ve got strength! You’ll also be a mom to six little ones, I know – how amazing! That doctor that told you today you weren’t going to be able to carry a child due to the state of your ovaries, God is far greater than any of that! Don’t take the medication, God’s going to heal you and you will carry not one child, but six. You’ll be criticized, judged, and persecuted for having your babies but have courage, because they’re your gifts from Him. You’ll have six c-sections, I told you, you weren’t weak, you’re stronger than you know sweet girl! And they’ll have your eyes – yes, the Korean features will continue to live on through them. And they’ll look up to you, for advice and endless laughs because they love your jokes!

5. These experiences will help you learn …

that you have more strength than you know and you will begin to heal your broken heart. It’ll help you have more patience with yourself, be more loving and caring, because you are absolutely beautiful just the way you are. It’ll also remind you, that the only love you can crave for, is God’s. He won’t let you down, He won’t make you believe things that will turn out to be untrue. He’s there, He sees your pain, He sees your worries, He sees you the way I see you, such a beautiful soul, was broken and slowly is getting back on her feet. Because life is full of experiences, we learn from them and continue moving forward, not back.

Nominees:

Gods Whispers Of Truth

The Eclectic Contrarian

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Bereaved Single Dad

Sparkkling Thoughts

A Crack In The Pavement

Daily Grind Of A Stay At Home Mom

My Lil Place

Four Jordans

Simply Chronically Ill

Something To Stu Over

OJs Pride

Wonky Brain Blog

To all my nominees, I admire your strengths, your writings and look forward to reading your answers.
All my best.
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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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