* Chrissie and chronic illness

Chrissie from Vamp It Up Manchester has some terrific insights on living with chronic illness.  Good lessons for those with ongoing struggles, as well as how to be a real friend!

You get to know who your friends really are. When, in some people’s minds, it’s just easier to not hang out with you, it makes you value the ones who adapt and stick around so much more. Accepting your idea of fun is just as fun as everyone else’s. I always used to ignore moments […]

via 10 Helpful Things Chronic Illness Has Taught Me About Life — Vamp It Up Manchester

* Continuing the Liebster process

James O’Neil kindly nominated me for the Liebster award, which I had already received but who would want to miss out on the fun of nominating their personal favorite bloggers?  I had planned to post this a lot sooner but have been sick.

I am to answer James’ questions and and since I think the questions are terrific, I’m passing them on to my nominees:   Group by GroupFaraday’s Candle (who are currently on vacation),  David Snape and Friends,  Staycation Atlanta, and Vamp It Up Manchester.   Then these folks get to create their own set of questions. (Or borrow James” great set?)

  1. Which sex do you think has it easier in your culture?  If we look at salaries and powerful positions, men still have the advantage.  Especially white men.
  2. What is your most treasured memory?  Meeting my dearest widower as a 19 year old in community college.  He smiled and my heart was captivated.
  3. For a person you loved deeply, would you be willing to move to a distant country knowing there would be little chance of seeing your friends or family again?  Definitely for my dearest widower.  Fortunately, he is not interested in moving anywhere.
  4. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?  Being pursued and loved by Jesus.
  5. What makes you angry?  Racism and bullying.
  6. Did your schooling connect to your life?  So much so that I became a teacher for life!
  7. Have you seen a good movie lately?  What made it good?  Not too many good movies around.  I like sci fi, action, and spy thrillers.  I recently took a squad of kiddos to Zootopia and the animation is terrific.
  8. Who is the most important person in your life today?  My dearest teaching widower.
  9. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?   Teaching and loving kids.
  10. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as your dinner guest?   Friends and family.
  11. What do you like best about your life?   That I am loved by my widower and my heavenly Father.liebster-award

* Losing My Personal Style and How I Got It Back

What to wear to school? That’s always been a tough one for me because I’ve never “gotten” fashion or understood what works together or what I like. Chrissie’s 10 tips are worth printing out before you go clothes shopping for any occasion. Her photos also help illustrate the “me” and “not me” fashion idea. Love it!

Vamp It Up Manchester

Having personal style is that feeling of instantly knowing which type of items you want to buy because they are just so ‘you’ and knowing what type of outfit you want to put together and more importantly why. Not just because it simply suits the occasion but because you can effortlessly identify with it and to some extent it clearly conveys your personality.

Austin-Powers Yes, even this!

I think a lot of the time when people look in their wardrobe and have “nothing” to wear it’s because they are confused about exactly what message they are trying to convey or what mood they are in. Even if you just put items together that match, your outfit will still have a certain feel to it, it will fit into some kind of style genre even if that genre is just ‘practical and comfortable’ and it will have an effect on how it…

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* For Me, Dyspraxia is Normal!

Chrissie has nailed it again! Her post is a terrific essay on self-validation. She is not cursed and not broken. Chrissie comments that at least people now acknowledge that dyspraxia is REAL, after a long struggle to be acknowledged and accepted as she is. I especially admire how she appreciates the unique hardwiring of her brain, reminding us that we are all wired differently. Go, Chrissie!

Vamp It Up Manchester

Yet again the family member has automatically tried to dismiss my Dyspraxia as if trying to play down a large spot someone has suddenly acquired. They have done this my entire life – before I was diagnosed but knew something was different about me and now even after.

I set my alarm and actually got ready an entire hour earlier than I needed to because I got confused when trying to calculate when was the best time to visit the bloke, how long the journey would take, how long my getting ready would take and what time that I needed to get up at. After all you work backwards when trying to do these things, which can sometimes very difficult for me. So I lost track of 60 minutes somewhere.

Notice I’m using the words ‘I’ and ‘me’ instead of ‘my brain’ because my brain isn’t some dysfunctioning separate entity. So when…

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