At this point I feel like squealing. I am reminded once again how wonderful and supportive this community is as a new visitor of my blog (Step On A Crack) nominates me for the ‘Versatile Blogger’!
I discovered her blog yesterday through the list of ‘Liebster’ blog nominations on another person’s thread and was drawn to it through Jen’s ‘no bullshit’ approach to dealing with and discussing the effects of alcohol abuse on her mother’s health, and how this then affected the rest of the family:
I am hoping to clear the air about alcoholics dementia. I will chronicle my mothers decline and how my family has managed to survive intact through it all.
I will not candy coat my experience or that of my mother. This is not a happy story and it is unlikely there will be a happy ending.* (This was written before the death of my mother. There is NOT a happy ending)
Whilst I appreciate it isn’t the most cheerful of topics, I think there is much to learn from other people’s experiences. Particularly if you know or have lived with someone that have suffered like those you read about. Speaking from personal experience, I am aware of how destructive alcohol can be even without Alcohol Dimentia added to the mix and I’m very grateful to people like Jen who are so willing to be open and honest about their experiences in the hopes that they can make a difference to others.
The Rules of the “Versatile Blogger Award” are as follows:
- Nominate 15 fellow bloggers.
- Inform the bloggers of their nomination.
- Share 7 random things about yourself.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you.
- Add the “Versatile Blogger Award” pic to your blog post.
So, here are the people that I have found most inspiring, insightful and wonderful company in this community we have here and certainly deserve lots of love, likes and attention – so get to it! In no particular order:
1. aroundofwordsin80days – because many of the wonderful people I have met have been through this page. It inspires, it urges us to develop as individuals, as well as writers, and so full of useful tips.
2. showard76 – a candid account of everything that happens through her personal journey as a BPD sufferer, also choc-ful of creative projects and reflections.
3. aseekersmusings – personal insights, as well as reflections on the world at large.
4. deidraalexander – a combination of witty prose, life experiences and pretty pictures.
5. shaggygirl – life experiences, the craft of writing, insights, reviews… you name, she’s probably got it.
6. abumptothehead – food, life, recovery, the world… a busy lady!
7. Brad Geagley – The craft of writing, film, points for discussion.
8. Madison Woods – prompts, general discussion, nature, photography…
9. Depression Cookies – writing, publishing, life, family values, food, books…
10. Michael Graeme – the publishing industry, points for discussion, personal experiences.
11. Daily Health Boost – diet, lifestyle, inspiration, motivation.
12. Grumpy Comments – reflections (or criticisms) on the world at large, life, work, and generally being a satirical arse (which I totally recommend trying).
13. Frume Sarah – a very social lady sharing her cooking tips, life lessons, discussions, books.
14. Coffurge – reflections, writing, discussion, life.
15. Robotic Rhetoric – life, health, work, society, comedy – just general good fun to read.
7 Random things about me…
1. I currently work in mental health with teenagers whilst my own sanity is often brought into question (I frequently hear our little angels saying to me: “And you think we’re nuts?”)
2. I would quite happily live in pyjamas and socks. Forever.
3. My ‘garden’ is a graveyard for a failed mini self-sufficiency project – the slugs destroyed my crops (disgustingly fat gymnasts that they are) and I haven’t the heart to go out and face it. Only the lavender survived.
4. I like solitude. I crave solitude. I moved several towns away from family and friends to a rural village (though my place is on a main road) to ensure I could have it when I wanted it. Social situations sometimes make me feel very uncomfortable and yet, people see me as being very outgoing and social. How does that work?
5. I sleep with the curtains open though my lounge curtains are always closed – too many nosey passersby.
6. I like odd conversations that would normally weird people out – the more disturbing the better. Though many people don’t realise that until they attempt to freak me out. My brain works in some very peculiar ways.
7. I hate mushrooms – why would you want to eat fungi? I keep trying to train myself to eat foods I keep saying I don’t like but I just can’t get myself to eat a mushroom. As close as I’ve got is champagne mushroom sauce (blended mushrooms and teeny-tiny bits that you can’t really taste). I don’t actually know what a mushroom tastes like.