Like most of us, I balance my other life with working on my blog: trying hard to make it the very best it can be, while staying true to myself. So when I discovered I’d been nominated for a blogging award (I never win anything!), I was both surprised and very appreciative. Many thanks to Robin at witlessdatingafterfifty.wordpress.com who nominated me for the Shauny Award way back on March 14! Due to a plethora of construction emergencies of the human and house kind, I’ve not been able to respond. I offer an abundance of thanks, Robin – what a bright light you were after a dismal and frustrating time. I absolutely adore her blog. It’s filled with inspiration and humorous realities of the “fifty-something life.” If you haven’t checked out her blog, please pay her a visit. And if you’re not familiar with Shaun Gibson, the inspiration for this award, please pay him a visit at shaunynews.wordpress.com.
I smiled a very ironic smile when I discovered the origin of this award.
My life, like Shaun’s was changed by a life altering condition in the form of our firstborn, a son. Born with Cerebral Palsy, he possessed more lessons and light in his being than his little newborn body could hold. So the universe conspired to let us have him for an all too brief twenty-three years.
Since his death in 2006, my husband and I have worked hard to find peace in grief by finding joy amongst the living. A journey that led me to find my writer’s voice.
This messy, beautiful, hard process known as writing…the one that sometimes makes my knuckles white as I bend another sentence out of them: is also the one that extends my far reaching fingers to touch and feel as I never have before. The one that has opened what was once shut down.
Thanks to this new community I happily find myself in, as well. One that is truly inclusive. I’ve greatly enjoyed getting to know fellow bloggers. I’ve missed reading your blogposts and look forward to catching up.
I love being part of such a supportive community of creatives! I’m constantly inspired by the originality and talent that abound. I’ve never had a pen-pal and now I feel as if I have many – like I could call you to meet up for a drink if I ever found myself in your hometown. I feel embraced by friendship and kindness.
Okay, first things first – Rules for accepting the Shauny Award:
Show humanity, show love, be yourself, don’t be others, don’t gossip, and share this award with ten others.
In keeping with the tradition of community that I hold dear, I would like to nominate the following bloggers. They are all uniquely wonderful. I celebrate their excellence and diversity!
Shauny Award Nominations: