“very inspiring blog award”

I am honored to have gotten this award today, and I have to say it came at a very good time.

With all that my blog has gone through in the past year and now, this award just puts a special icing on top that makes my heart smile and drives me to push through the hard even more now.

When I started this blog 2 years ago, never did I think it would take me to a place where I would connect with such amazing brave people who know what it’s like to walk a hard path like I have.

When I started this blog 2 years ago I went in carefully and started to open up using my voice not knowing it would pull people into a connection that would also help me to become a better writer, and a better person.

I have met some beautiful people on this writing journey, and that has created me to heal in ways that I never thought I would heal. It has made me want to open up more, use my voice a little louder, and stand higher in the truth.

I was told that I should write some kind of an acceptance speech, 7 facts about myself on my blog, and the photo of the blog award posted at the top.

So the first thing that comes to mind are the people in my life who support me through my writing, and my healing.

My husband who makes it possible for giving me a place to write and runs what is needed to make that happen. He has helped me so much in the writing process and I love him for that. Thank You Honey!

My Therapist who has walked along side of me through the hard and the good sides to having a voice. Someone who reminds me of how important my voice is. His wisdom has taught me so much about connecting not only with myself but to others. I am blessed for his support everyday. I wouldn’t be where I am in this healing if it weren’t for his support and “our” hard work. Thank u Andy

My best friend Tracy who always encourages me to be me and reminds me “it’s your voice, and a voice that matters”.

All the wonderful bloggers out there who share their experience with me, and walk with me through mine.

To Lauren who inspires me to speak my voice louder because I know she is listening, and that little bit of what she hears helps her in her own journey, and her own healing, and that makes my heart smile!

and of course Keith Jennings who truly inspires me everyday to become a better writer – he inspires me to think outside the box.

This is pretty darn awesome, and this inspires me to move forward in my voice even though it cracks at times.

Having a voice is something that was taken from me too many times to count in my life, and today this award reminds me of why I push through the hard and embrace the good.

Thank you Tammy for this award! I am honored!

The 7 Facts About Myself:

1: I am a true believer in God and all his love!

2: I am a weather fanatic and have 2 certifications for weather tracking through the National Weather Service.

3: I have been writing from the moment I first held a pencil in my hand.

4: I was a Ballet, Tap and Jazz dancer for 12 years

5: I absolutely love Coffee! I think it comes with the writing!

6: I love to lift weights and workout at the gym. I love the smell and sound of a gym (eww gross I know).

7: I am BLESSED to have amazing people in my life.

15 comments

  1. Way to go! And thank you for your sweet mention. That means so much.

    Successful writing is about connecting. Nothing else. And you are one of the few who get that. When what we write connects with ourselves, others and God, it spreads. It’s as simple (and hard) as that!

    PS: Your #2 fact was a “didn’t know, now I know”. :)

    PPS: Your first book title should be weather-themed.

    1. Keith . . . thank you! and yes the #2 fact is something a lot of people don’t know about me. I am fascinated with weather, it’s beauty, it’s power, it’s unpredictable nature . . . I guess in a way you could say writing is similar, maybe that is why I love it so much.

      Thank you Keith again for being a mentor .. your a good good person with a big soul.

      Karen

  2. Karen~
    Congrats! You deserve this and yes, the timing couldn’t be any better! God has your back and sees your great work! Few people would allow people into their woundedness. Your blog helps people that maybe have yet to ever make one comment to you but only can read your entries for now. But one day they will maybe get courage from your blog. I have! Your blog and you deserve to be honored!! Xo

    1. Lauren . . . Thank you and I am SO SO proud of you and your journey to healing. I am here for you anytime you need an ear, a heart, or a voice. I look forward to seeing where your own path takes you, and I am glad that I am a part of it.

      Thank you for your kind words.

  3. That is awesome Karen! I am not surprised in the least, this blog has really helped me to realize that I am not alone.

    I have thought about writing a blog, and it’s hard to put your voice out there for all to see. But seeing your courage to do that helps me to make that one step forward.

    awesome job!

    1. Gracie

      Thank you :) and I will say this, it’s liberating to speak your voice. It’s scary at first as well – but once you find that voice, it’s hard to shut it off no matter how hard it is.

      Thank you for reading my blog and being a part of this connection

      Karen

  4. KAREN! WOW WOW! this is wonderful and so deserved! If I could give you an award myself it would be the most courageous and beautiful soul award!

    I have really enjoyed being a part of your blog over the year, and I have to say it has helped me to be a better therapist with my own clients. I have used your ability to see things to help me see it, and I thank you for that.

    Keep writing .. keep using that voice!

  5. Karen. I love your blog. I come here everyday with my morning coffee and I get excited when I see that you have written something new.

    Thank you for having this blog, I love the connection it has.

    -Lori M

  6. Hey There Karen. I dont usually comment, but I thought I would say congrats to your blog award. It’s because of you that I decided to seek therapy and take that process into healing. I have gone into hiding because of my past, and your blog helped me to see there is help out there. That we just need to take that step towards it.

    Thank you – Sean

    1. Sean . . . Thank your for having the courage to leave a comment, a great step as well.

      I dont even have words that my blog helped you take a step in your own healing. That means so much to me that I could provide that help for you.

      It’s a hard process, I wont lie – healing is a hard process, but let me tell you something, it’s the most rewarding thing you can do for yourself. It’s not about anyone else but you. When going through the tougher times in therapy and healing, you have to keep in mind that you are purging out the bad, so that you can make room for the good.

      Thank you SO MUCH for being a part of this journey with me. It means a lot to me.

      Karen

  7. I’ve only recently came across your blog and have enjoyed reading about your experience in therapy. As a therapist who specializes in working with survivors of child abuse, it has been interesting to read about your experience. Your courage and willingness to share yourself in this way is inspiring. Congratulations on your award!

    1. Peggy . . . thank you for taking the time to read my blog, that really means a lot to me coming from a therapist as well. It’s funny because I have been told by other therapists that it helps them to understand the process more. Again thank you for your kind words

  8. Congrats Karen!
    The other commenters have covered everything I’d say.

    It does seem like perfect timing for this award. Your blog, your writing, YOU ~ have touched me and I’m grateful.

  9. Thank you Gel! and you have touched my life too, in so many ways! There are few people I open up to on the side of the blog into my personal thoughts and I knew right away you were someone I could do that with … thank you for being a comfortable person I can talk to outside of the blog as well :)

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