“Be brave. Take a risk. Volunteer. Help others.”
Anne’s words definitely resonate during this pandemic.
Mindfully Marie xx
I’m always amazed by the talent and creativity of song writers. They have the ability to lift our spirits and transport us to the most amazing and far away places without leaving the confines of our kitchen or car. Their lyrics tell inspiring stories that teach us a wide variety of lessons.
Bloggers also have the power to lift others with their words. When we write from our hearts we can say something that speaks to others. It can resonate with what somebody is experiencing at that very moment. When we take a few moments to comment on someone’s blog, to compliment a wonderful post or share words of encouragement we can have a positive impact on somebody else’s life. I believe we can provide the motivation somebody needed just at that very moment. Maybe it can be the song their heart needed to hear!
I know one thing for sure, your comments and feedback often makes my heart sing… such as,
“That’s an amazing story! Inspiring!”
…thank you Proftombot
“You know what I think Marie? I am glad you are in the club, because not only can you share what you love, but you embody love and kindness, which might pass to one person. Hugs my friend.”
…thank you Donna @ https://windkisses.com
Marie, I love how you write “My illness does not define me as a person.” So powerful. And empowering! The way you share your challenges, gives me perspective about my own. You are teaching us all. And for that, I will always be grateful. (This is who you are! A teacher. A writer. A muse.) Andrea xo
…thank you Dr.Andrea Dinardo, Thriving Under Pressure
I’ve also found that blogging has boosted my confidence in my writing ability, and connected me to other terrific writers! Thanks for this post, I think it spoke to many of us!
..thank you Ann Coleman
And to all of you who take time to read, like and share encouraging comments…thank you!
And above all continue to sing your song among the blogging community and beyond!
I was recently nominated for a blogger award by the fun loving Shelley at Quaint Revival Here and just a day or two ago I was nominated for another blogger award by the warm and wonderful Darren at Arty Plantsman. Here
Now I’m not sure if it’s part of my fibromyalgia/fatigue that causes me to struggle and become overwhelmed by the list of rules and the mountain of work involved in a blogger award or if it’s something that is the case for more of you bloggers? So while I want to acknowledge the nominations even though I’m breaking the rules a little by responding yet not responding to these blogger awards; what really mattered to me was how Darren at Arty Plantsman introduced my blog and the reason why he nominated me…
Basically his words mattered to me and I’d like to share them…”Marie from Create Space has shown a great deal of insight and understanding of my journey and is always such a lovely and supportive friend. We are close to each other in age and share much of our outlook. Marie quite recently took a leap of faith and changed careers, becoming an adult education teacher. Many of the things she writes speak volumes to me about what a great teacher she must be. Her warmth, intelligence and understanding shine out.”
… Now if you told me over a year ago that by becoming a blogger I would gain new insights not only about myself but also about the lives of so many other bloggers and that my life could be enhanced in so many ways…I’d never have believed it!! But now I know that… blogging changes lives!
So thank you Darren, for being unique, creative and sincere! Thanks for being someone who has overcome difficulties and now is not afraid to take on new challenges and give old challenges a second go; read about Darren and resilience at its best here
He shares his talents and insights alike, with an infectious sense of humour!
The ‘Growing Self Blogger Award’ is the brainchild of Roda at ‘Growing Self’. Roda is a connector and her blog is filled with amazing photos, critters, flowers, colours and warm words which encourage self kindness, growth and personal development! Check out her positive and engaging blog Growing Self Here
Susanbriscoe at The Death Project…Susan and Roy are powerful, they celebrate life…facing death positively and fearlessly! Here
Brenda at Brenda’s Thoughts…celebrates humanity. In her words “I’ve seen the very worst of humanity, but I have also seen beauty.” She really engages with her followers and her comments are like finding a sister you didn’t know about up until now! Here
Alyssa at Fight Ms Daily…celebrates life with the challenges of MS…she is a reminder that no matter how difficult a day is there is always a ray of hope and her kind and affirming words to be found! Here
T.S. at CrazyWriterof6…celebrates challenge…proof that moving forward with resilience is possible! Here
And finally thanks to all of you for blogging and sharing…keep writing…keep inspiring!
Ps. I received a likes notification… Out of curiosity can anyone tell me why 1337 likes is a figure that should be celebrated? I got and expected a 1,000 likes notification… but why such a random figure?
Thanks to all of you who read and liked and maybe contributed…over 115k raised in 11 days! WOW! Isn’t people power amazing!… again…because Vicky is like so many of us, someone’s daughter, someone’s wife, a mother, a colleague, a friend!
I love the interactions and connections I’m making here on WordPress and I’ve mentioned it in this post
I believe writing is cathartic and sharing our stories opens us up to conversations that can broaden our perspective and enhance our world view. I also believe we are amazing human beings with endless potential and we have the power to empower!
I will leave you with one of my favourite quotes
My door is always open, please pop in to visit anytime!
The Gift of the Gab…Conversation…talking!
I’m Irish, so need I say more??
I love people and
I love good conversation.
I love watching women in cafès having heart to heart conversations.
I love listening to my male students having whole-hearted conversation at break time.
I love when my students get knee deep in conversation during group discussions.
I love when students gain enough confidence to join into conversations and share their opinions.
I feel sad when students tell me they haven’t spoken a word of conversation to another human being since our previous class.
I feel it’s time to make a change, to make a difference…We all need conversation!
So let’s reach out and start a conversation with someone today. In a shop, on the street and if you lack confidence in your conversation skills and all else fails…come to Ireland and kiss the Blarney Stone…guarantees you an instant…Gift of the Gab!