I was surprised the other day when I was updating my reading on some of my favorite grief blogs when I learned that Julisa McGraw at http://jmc5407.wordpress.com nominated me for this “Inspiring Blog Award.”
I absolutely love Julisa’s blog and feel like I have a kindred spirit in her along this painful road. I am flattered that she finds my blog inspiring to her as well. My blog is my personal therapy, but I also write it in hopes that others may connect to it, the way I connect with theirs. So, according to the “rules” for being nominated for this award, I guess I have to say 7 things about myself:
1. I am a night person who has been forced to be a morning person since having my daughter Hailee and entering the “real world.” It’s a bad idea to try to have any meaningful conversations with me before 10am. I often get very thoughtful and would love to have long discourses after 10pm…much to my husband’s annoyance.
2. I have successfully been off caffeine for over 3 weeks now! Don’t laugh because this is QUITE an accomplishment as I am definitely a caffeine addict and have been since my youth! I am hoping to stay off it forever this time! But still taking it a day at a time right now.
3. I eat chocolate every day. It’s more than a lifestyle, it’s a moral statement I make against our diet obsessed society. And I love it.
4. I have a soft place in my heart for good science fiction/fantasy books. They have been great retreats in this grief journey.
5. College was the best time of my life, hands down. I loved it so much, I stayed for 9 years! After getting my PhD in clinical psychology, I figured I should probably go get a real job…but I seriously considered going back for another graduate degree in women’s studies.
6. I am curious about people. I am especially curious about what people believe and why they believe the way they do. I love seeing the strength people have to persevere and transform for the better. This is one of the reasons I love working as a psychologist. I just never expected to be put in a personal refiners fire like this one. It has been very humbling and makes me appreciate all the more the courage and strength I have seen other people manifest in their lives and journeys.
7. I love to quilt. I especially love to make baby quilts. I’m itching to start a new sewing project soon.
Now for my nominees:
http://jmc5407.wordpress.com (back at ya! ha!)
It’s so wonderful to be part of this blogging community. While some of the women that write the above blogs will likely never know I nominated them, since I don’t know if all of them know of or read my blog. But they have each, in different ways, been so helpful to me along this journey. Even though I have never met any of them in person, they are amazing women and I am inspired by their determinations to persevere through painful loss.