Check Out These Posts!

Every Saturday, I am dedicating a post for the purpose of introducing some of the bloggers that I follow. I enjoy following and reading these blogs and think you might enjoy them as well. Some of the blogs that I introduce are well established, while others are new bloggers in this WordPress Blogosphere. I only ask that you click on their links below and check out their blog.

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Stormie Steele, author of “Stormie Steele,” a blog dedicated to Spiritual and Self Development, has recently published a book, “Life Through the Storm – The Healing Journey.” Please take a look at her post, “Be the Gift.”

Be the Gift, “Life Through the Storm – The Healing Journey”

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Dr. Rohith Reddy, author of the blog, “My Life,” is a blog about his travel diaries. He recommends wonderful places to see, great places to eat, among a wealth of other travel information. Please check out his post,

Travel Diaries: Hongkong-My First Backpacking Trip – II”

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naturelover, author of the blog, “Nature Lover,” is a WordPress blogger from Pakistan. In her post, “The City of Lively Hearts,” she tells us about her lovely city, Lahore.

“The City of Lively Hearts”

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D.L. Jordan, new blogger and author of the blog, “The Hempstead Man,” shares Part I of a story he has written, “A Short Story: The Life in a Day – Chapter One: The Beginning of Normal.” Check out part 1 of his story:

“A Short Story: The Life in a Day – Chapter One: The Beginnings of Normal”

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lbeth1950, author of the blog, “Nutsrok,” shares humorous stories about her 91 year old mother (with her mother's blessings). Want a good laugh? Check out her post, “Laughter and Life.”

“Laughter and Laugh”

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joeyjoank, author of the blog, “In and Out of the Kitchen,” shares a tribute to the passing of her dear friend in her post, “So Long for Now.” Please read this beautiful and heartwarming post:

“So Long for Now”

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RoJo, new blogger and author of the blog, “Fixing Rojo,” writes a post about his faith, “When I Lost My Faith.” Please read his story:

“When I Lost My Faith”

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Nurturing Thursday

Every Thursday, Becca Givens, author of the fabulous blog, On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea, hosts Nurturing Thursday. Nurturing Thursday is a way for each of us to nurture ourselves and each other while in this hectic and sometimes chaotic life we live.

If you are interested in joining Nurturing Thursday, please read her post:

https://beccagivens.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/nurturing-thurs-messengers/

 

This is my Nurturing Thursday contribution. I chose this because lately, I have had to set boundaries in order to “nurture myself.”

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I wanted to add this cartoon just for laughs

(because laughing is always the best medicine).

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New Blog Title!

For those of you who read and/or follow my blog will notice that today I have changed my blog title from “Bleeding my Emotions” to “Inspiring my Emotions.”

Having the title of “Bleeding my Emotions” made me feel I needed to keep my blog to more depressive type posts. In reality, I really want to try and stay away from bleeding heart posts. Although I still want to post more about my struggle OUT of mental illness in my future posts, I do want to keep it on a more positive light.

It is my hope that my new blog “direction” will enlighten, entertain, amuse, as well as, be endearing to you in the future. After all, you are the one who I write to in the first place. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Freedom the Eagle and Jeff



Freedom and Jeff

Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer.

She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings.

Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery, it was broken in 4 places.

She's my baby.

When Freedom came in she could not stand and both wings were broken.

She was emaciated and covered in lice.

We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I took her to the vet's office.

From then on, I was always around her.

We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off,

and it was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to lie in.

I used to sit and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight;

and she would lay there looking at me with those big brown eyes.

We also had to tube feed her for weeks.

This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn't stand.

It got to the point where the decision was made to euthanize her if she couldn't stand in a week.

You know you don't want to cross that line between torture and rehab, and it looked like death was winning.

She was going to be put down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in on that Thursday afternoon.

I didn't want to go to the center that Thursday, because I couldn't bear the thought of her being euthanized;

but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear.

I went immediately back to her cage; and there she was, standing on her own, a big beautiful eagle.

She was ready to live. I was just about in tears by then. That was a very good day.

We knew she could never fly, so the director asked me to glove train her.

I got her used to the glove, and then to jesses,

and we started doing education programs for schools in western Washington .

We wound up in the newspapers, radio (believe it or not) and some TV.

Miracle Pets even did a show about us.

In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

I had stage 3, which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of chemo.

Lost the hair – the whole bit. I missed a lot of work.

When I felt good enough, I would go to Sarvey and take Freedom out for walks.

Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer.

This happened time and time again.

Fast forward to November 2000; the day after Thanksgiving,

I went in for my last checkup.

I was told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds of chemo,

then my last option was a stem cell transplant.

Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for the results.

I went in Monday, and I was told that all the cancer was gone.

 

So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and take the big girl out for a walk.

It was misty and cold.

I went to her flight and jessed her up, and we went out front to the top of the hill.

I hadn't said a word to Freedom, but somehow she knew.

She looked at me and wrapped both

her wings around me to where I could feel them pressing in on my back

(I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she

touched my nose with her beak and stared into my

eyes, and we just stood there like that

for I don't know how long .

That was a magic moment.

We have been soul mates ever since she came in.

This is a very special bird.

On a side note: I have had people who were sick come up to us when we are out,

and Freedom has some kind of hold on them.

I once had a guy who was terminal come up to us and I let him hold her.

His knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power course through his body.

I have so many stories like that..

I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent spirit as Freedom.

Hope you enjoyed this!



But they that wait upon the Lord

shall renew their strength;

they shall mount up with wings as eagles;

they shall run, and not be weary;

and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31


(I am not the author of this post. I am sharing this post from an email I received. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did).

 

That’s Where I Want To Be

If there is a place where one can live where no one judges you or others; where they don't point the invisible finger and say, “I heard this about you, or, “this” or “that” about you; where you can live in peace and harmony and be happy with who you are. That's where I want to be.

If there is a world where everyone respects one another, where there are no wars or no fighting, no evil, and no judging. That's where I want to be.

A place where I can go and there is no baggage on my back, no skeletons in my closet, no gossip around each corner, no “better than thou” attitudes, that's where I want to be.

In this world we are all so busy judging others that we don't have time to be making changes to ourselves to become a better person. We are busy gossiping about others and probably adding a little bit more to the tale to make it even juicier. We are busy hiding our own imperfections while callously pointing out the imperfections of others.

What would happen if everyone in this world started being only concerned about bettering themselves?

What would happen if we all stopped being so critically judgmental of one another?

Would your space in this world be better?

I know mine would.

If this world cannot be such a place, then I want to find such a place because that's where I want to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Field of Flowers Award Badge

Earlier today, I sent out a post titled, “A Field of Flowers Award Acceptance and Nominees”. This is the Url to the post from Stormie that has the original badge on it.

http://stormiesteele.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/the-field-of-flowers-award/

This Award Badge is for the following nominees to use to attach the A FIELD OF FLOWERS Award Badge to their posts and blog.

Yives, writer, author, artist, of the blog Curious Flowers http://curiousflowers.wordpress.com

Annabelle, author and artist, of the blog, annabellefranklinauthor, http://annabellefranklinauthor.wordpress.com.

Suzi (calmgirl06), writer, author, and artist, of the blog, Tales of a Slightly Stressed Mother, http://srollinson7.wordpress.com

Writer, Author, and Artist, of the blog, Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane http://5kidswdisabilities.com

Joy, writer, author, and artist of the blog, joynpain2, http://joynpain2.wordpress.com

Denise, writer, author, and artist of the blog, inspired2ignite, http://inspired2ignite.wordpress.com

Kim, writer, author, and artist, of the blog, Quiet Desperation, http://kh1313.wordpress.com

That Montreal Girl, writer, author, and artist of the blog, That Montreal Girl, http://publictransituser.wordpress.com

Colleen, the Chatter Master, writer, author, and artist of the Chatter Blog http://bikecolleenbrown.wordpress.com

This is the badge that you can link to from Stormie's Blog: (Please don't ask me how because I don't know).



Thank you to each of you for sharing wonderful posts with the WordPress

community. I love each of your blogs!

 

A Field of Flowers Award Acceptance and Nominees

A tremendously inspiring blogger named Stormie Steele has nominated me for the beautiful and inspirational, Field of Flowers Award. I am VERY honored because her blog and blog posts are so wonderful and inspiring that my blog barely holds a candle to it. Her kind and thoughtful words describing my blog was truly touching to me. Thank you Stormie, you are a huge inspiration to me! Please check out her majestic blog at: http://stormiesteele.wordpress.com.

The Rules for accepting this Award are:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and thank them for the description they gave of your blog.

2. Place the Award on your blog. (Please see my note regarding this at the bottom).

3. Nominate 7 other bloggers and write a little something about why you would give these bloggers “A Field of Flowers” Award.

4. Let your nominees know that you have nominated them.

I have chose the following blogs as my nominations for A Field of Flowers Award.

Yives, at Curious Flowers http://curiousflowers.wordpress.com. She writes about her recently changed diagnosis and how it is affecting her recovery. She is honest and informative about the illnesses which she sufffers through in her daily life. She has a positive attitude and a strong determination. I admire her greatly and believe she certainly deserves A FIELD OF FLOWERS Award on her blog.

Annabelle, at http://annabellefranklinauthor.wordpress.com. She has a sweet blog that grabs the interest of her readers and pulls them inside her posts. She is a wonderful person and deserves A FIELD OF FLOWERS Award on her blog.

Suzi (calmgirl06), at Tales of a Slightly Stressed Mother, http://srollinson7.wordpress.com,. Suzi writes about a variety of subjects but each of her posts are inspirational, educational, and all certainly worth reading. Suzi certainly deserves A FIELD OF FLOWERS Award on her blog.

Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane http://5kidswdisabilities.com, is about the life of a mother that is raising five children who each have disabilities. Her posts are always educational, inspirational, heart-warming, and usually delightful to read. She is an amazing woman and deserves A FIELD OF FLOWERS award on her blog.

Joy, with the http://joynpain2.wordpress.com blog writes about the adhesions and fibromyalgia that she suffers with on a daily basis. She has a wonderful educational blog about living with constant pain. She is a true inspiration to many on WordPress, including me. Because of her selfless honesty, the care and concern she expresses to others, and her educational blog, I believe she certainly deserves A FIELD OF FLOWERS Award. Joy, please come back to us, we love and miss you!!

Denise, at http://inspired2ignite.wordpress.com shares her honesty about her PTSD and how it affects her and her family. She is an amazing woman that also has a positive attitude and strong determination. She deserves A FIELD OF FLOWERS Award on her blog.

Kim, with Quiet Desperation http://kh1313.wordpress.com blog is about a variety of things of which her endearing spirit pulls you into her blog posts. Her honest sharing of her daily life and emotions along with the love she shares with her readers, are wonderful and well worth reading. Therefore, I believe Kim deserves A FIELD OF FLOWERS Award on her blog.

That Montreal Girl at http://publictransituser.wordpress.com shares beautiful photographs as she walks to catch public transit in Canada. She has been amid the frosty winter and sharing beautiful photographs of snow, among other beautiful photographs. Not only are her blog photographs delightful , she is a wonderful person who I believe deserves A FIELD OF FLOWERS Award.

Colleen, the Chatter Master, at the Chatter Blog http://bikecolleenbrown.wordpress.com writes about a variety of things but each of her posts are delightful reading and her “shadow people drawings” are a fun element to her posts. Her blog is truly wonderful and I enjoy reading each of her posts. I believe Colleen deserves to have A FIELD OF FLOWERS Award on her blog.

I apologize for going over the limit of seven, but I couldn't help myself. I truly believe each one of these ladies deserves a beautiful FIELD OF FLOWERS Award attached to her blog.

I am ashamed to admit this, but I do not know the proper way to imbed an Award to my post and blog. I take a screen print, then cut and paste. I have tried to find the original post I received from Stormie and have not been able to find it to give to each of you for the A FIELD OF FLOWERS Award Badge.

As soon as I hear back from Stormie, I will give you the Url to that post so you can attach the badge to your blog properly. (Also, please let me know how to do it).

Also, I ask each of you, if you do not wish to accept this award, or perhaps you already have the badge on your blog; to select one person that you feel deserves this badge and forward this post to them along with an explanation. Thank you!! May each of you have a very successful blog.