inspiring, Lifestyle

What I love to do

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One thing many of you may not know about me is that I hate technology. Not just a bit but really honestly some days i would rather not have anything to do with it. And yet you see me writing on WordPress and making blog articles. It has taken me a long time to be comfortable with it and finally discover how to write, get photos to go with my articles and try and write more than once a week.

Much of my time is spent on Facebook and I have a lot of international friends through using it. Some of them I chat to almost every day – others are once a week or once every so often. I have discovered my friends through different groups, forming friendships or just seeing them online and thinking we have things in common and I would love to get to know them. Yes, I find it fun to have friends you can chat to all over the world. It expands your horizons and introduces you to subjects you never considered. I do find it enjoyable, especially last year when I was so poorly and didn’t have anything else I could physically do.

I love to be creative but because of all the illnesses I had last year (on top of my chronic conditions) I wasn’t able to do much with my hands. In fact, even writing (which I love) was not something I could physically do with a pen so I had to transfer my writing skills from paper and pen to iPad and typing. This has a been a journey for me that I wasn’t initially willing to take because I wanted to do what I had always done. But I have managed to overcome that and begin typing my words instead of writing them.

My husband has got me different artistic apps some of which were free and some of which had to be paid for. I tried all of them without success and couldn’t get on with them. This just wasn’t working for me. I couldn’t figure out the packages in the way I wanted to or produce the quality of work that I wished to. However, I did manage to do 2 pastel drawings but it took a lot of effort and energy from me that I really needed for spending time with my family or doing other things.

Anyway, last night my husband was showing me how to do more things online with my writing and up popped an app called Silk. It looked interesting so Kevin kept a record of it so we could see it after he had finished explaining how to do these things. He also had got me an Apple Pencil and I have been using it and adjusting to the way it worked on the ipad.

This Silk app is the VERY FIRST one I have actually been able to use and enjoy. It reminds me of when I used to enjoy doing Spirograph as a child. In fact I think I spent at least an hour making different pictures and thoroughly enjoying myself. I am just so happy to have found something new and fun that I can do.

Have you found anything exciting or enjoyable that you never anticipated finding? What made you enjoy it? How did you adjust to being able to accomplish something you never expected?



Being different or making a difference?

My Thoughts on Being Different

This week has been very interesting for me. When I was a child, I worried about being different because I knew I didn’t just accept the status quo like everybody else. The answer to “why?” was never (or extremely rarely) given so I tried to work things out for myself, but didn’t always get them right.

So often I tried to create the “right” image/impression for other people so that they thought I fit in with everybody else. I don’t know if they were deceived by my acting or not, all I can tell you is that I had few friends but there are two I have still have from my past life. They accepted me for myself when nobody else did and always believed in me.

In 2007-8 my whole world broke apart in so many ways. I needed facial reconstructive surgeries and they were spread out over the year. Not only were these very trying but I realized something was wrong in my family but couldn’t work it out. My father had been unfaithful and although my siblings knew, I wasn’t told until months after them.

Eventually, I moved over 400 miles away to start my life afresh. I not only moved but changed my name as well. Although my life had changed dramatically, I never expected to find the love of my life, my soulmate, in this new place. Not only was he a peaceful man, but he worked in the computer industry (my nemesis) AND he was a Catholic!

This was all quite different to me in the man that God had prepared to be my husband. He was totally different from what I had anticipated. However, I had prepared for this eventuality many years before. I told God that the way I would know for sure my future partner was if he made me a bear in the build-a-bear workshop. I knew this was a different way of being sure, but for me, this was the answer.

It’s ok to be Different

In your life journey, you may do things differently to others (as I often did and still do) but that doesn’t make it wrong. Fitting in with the status quo is not everybody’s choice. And that’s ok. Even now my artwork is not the traditional representations of people and animals. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy looking at them and admire the artists that create them. I “could” do them if I really worked at it but what brings me satisfaction is abstract patterns and bright colours in a glossy black background so that is what I do.

Everybody is unique and has different gifts and callings. Yours will be different from mine, as my husband’s is to me, as my son’s will be to both of us. I could never be a doctor and study how to cure a particular cancer as that is not something that lights me up inside but if that is what you enjoy and satisfies you, go for it!

I was watching a programme the other day – not sure where from – about the lady doctor who set up the first Ronald McDonald houses using money that she had so that she could make life easier for families of children fighting cancer. What a woman! I’m not saying that’s what you need to do, in fact, you can’t as it’s already been done and the facility is already there.

You need to find out what is right for you. Maybe you already know what it is. Maybe you are still searching. Possibly you will find it soon. Whatever you think, you CAN make a difference in this world, whether it’s to just one person or many. So what is it you are going to do to impact the life of someone else?