The first day of school.
Nervous, anxious, excited, overwhelmed maybe?
Lots of feelings erupt as we reflect on many of our firsts.
The first day I began this blog, I had no idea what I was doing. I had never followed a blog before nor had I read one on a continual basis. I was a “search for travel destinations for families with teens” kind of Internet person. That was it.
I didn’t understand the bare bones of writing a blog, never mind the intricacies of the blogging community. But what a find this has been.
This is a real community of people (strangers who become “friends” so to speak) who support and encourage each other right in my own kitchen. An unbelievable way to use technology to learn and step outside my box; at least vicariously.
Since I began to blog a couple of months ago, I have met people from around the world and learned what makes them tick. I have an Icelandic recipe that Jade and I have to try, I have a ghost town I need to see, I have a south Indian route I need to visit, I have wildlife I want to see in South Africa, I am learning how stigma affects people (people with mental illnesses, people who are single parenting, people who are widowed etc.), I have a new appreciation for Canada and dogs that are cutely dressed but most importantly I have learned that I am not alone in wanting to share and connect with others.
There is a world of talented, witty, creative people awaiting me and I want to thank you, my readers and all those blogs I read, for all that you share. In particular, I would like to thank La Sabrosona of My Spanglish Familia who recently nominated me for The Encouraging Thunder Award which I really appreciate. Even though I don’t feel comfortable passing it on to only one person, I would like to say, anyone who reads what I write, is deserving of being recognized as being encouraging. Be sure to pop on over to La Sabrosona who is a very talented, creative and witty writer who shares stories of her bi-cultural family (Mexican and Canadian) and mental illness. I learn something new from her daily!