I have watched my children get certificate after certificate to trophies and medals to the point we open a closet and we may get rained on by trophies. I didn’t get any of this as a child. One I don’t think awards were given out as much as they are now and also I wasn’t in the amount of stuff my kids are in. I have my high school and college diplomas in a dresser drawer and I have numerous ribbons from county fairs but that is about it.
I started writing this blog last fall. It was a stress relieving fun activity for me. I have always enjoyed writing, and writing a book is on my bucket list. As life threw me some new obstacles this past year I needed a way to work through them. Writing was a good choice for me. I was able to put those feelings to the key of the computer and I didn’t need to say them out loud. As time has passed I am not as ashamed or scared to share my story and tell others about the new direction my life may be going. I also write for the SWC blog or Say What Club. I have found so much acceptance, help, and friendship from these people that I can’t imagine I would feel how I do now with out them.
I wrote a blog piece about my life as a Substitute teacher that happens to be hard of hearing. The blog post got recognized by a group in New York. I am in small town Minnesota so this is wow a big thing. I was interviewed and chosen to be a HearStrong Champion. I am floored, shocked and honored. Doesn’t the old saying go something like this, if life gives you lemons make lemonade. Well I didn’t want to wallow in my life, I wanted and want to be proactive and move on and make life the best it can.
I want to take this opportunity to thank my friends and family. They have been an amazing support system. My friends here are awesome, they will listen to me as a rant and complain. My weekly Bible Study has been a huge encourager. I think all of these people gave me the courage to write what I was thinking, feeling and living.
Next month I get to travel to the cities to get my award. Wow I just don’t know what to even think. I am starting to get excited and it only fuels me to be an advocate, keep writing, and keep encouraging.
Here is a link to my HearStrong profile.