This week for the writer’s workshop I am going to write about something that I learned the last month. I learned a few things but the one thing that sticks out to me is that ALS sucks. I knew about ALS before the ice bucket challenge blew up but I really didn’t want to think about it because even before I looked into it more it still scared me. I had the honor when I worked at a nursing home to take care of a patient for a couple of weeks who had ALS and that was the first time I knew anything about the disease.
Since the ice bucket challenge has been so big I wanted to know more about the disease and it truly scared me. It is the one disease that makes me glad to have Multiple Sclerosis. I mean it does still suck to have MS but in the grand scheme of things and problems that I could have MS is nothing. I am so thankful that there are at least treatments that slow if not stop the progression of the MS so that I can hopefully have a great life and not end up in a wheel chair.
I can even imagine how scary it has to be to know what is going to happen and know that there isn’t anything or anyone who can stop it or even slow down the progression of the disease. Not to mention what happens to you when you have ALS scares me as well because I think one of the scariest parts of the disease is to be all their cognitively but not being able to move or communicate with everyone around you.
I found a YouTube channel made by someone who is only 26 and was diagnosed with ALS. It is even scarier for him because his grandma & his mom have/had the disease so he knows what he will be going through and like I have said throughout this whole post I can’t even imagine how scary that has to be. If you want to check out his channel you can click here.
So that is the biggest thing I learned the last month. What have you learned???
This week for the writer’s workshop I am going to write about number 3 which is list 6 things you are going to miss about summer. I chose this one because I don’t usually like the summertime and I wanted to list reasons why I will miss it when fall & winter roll around.
Anyway let’s get on to the list of things that I will actually miss when this fall & winter come.
I will miss the warmer weather. The only reason I list this is because when it is 5 degrees outside I will be wishing it was hot because no one likes to freeze their ass off all winter long.
I will miss not having to worry about when I leave the house in the morning. I hate that I have to try and figure out how long it will take me to get to work because you never know what the roads will be like and how long it will take.
I will miss everything looking alive and pretty because I get so tired of everything looking dead all winter long. During the fall things start to look dead as well because by then the heat has killed everything.
I will miss all of the fresh fruits & vegetables that I pretty much live on during the summer. There is nothing like eating vegetables out of the garden every day.
I will miss not having to worry about forgetting a jacket or layering because of the cold.
I will miss being able to drive around with my sunroof open and the windows down listening to music on my way to and from work. I love having my sunroof & windows open and to be honest I am not 100% sure as to why but I do love it.
Those are 6 things I will miss what will you miss when the summer comes to an end?
If you want to join in this week here are the prompts:
1.) How do your kids remind you of your own siblings growing up? 2.) What grade is your child going to be in? Share a memory you have of yourself at that same age. 3.) List 6 things you are going to miss about summer. 4.) Write a blog post inspired by the words: whoops. 5.) Tell us about something somebody did that made you happy.
This post is a day early because I have a book review that has to posted tomorrow and I still wanted to write for the workshop this week because I loved the prompt I chose.
This week for the writer’s workshop I am going to write about number 3 which is: Do you “unplug” during the summer months? Why or why not? I chose this one because I found it the most interesting.
As I sat and thought about if I have ever unplugged during the summer since I have blogged I realized that I have but it has always just kind of happened. I have never planned to take a break during the summer months but I always seem to get super busy and blogging just falls to the side.
I have noticed that I do really well blogging up until my daughter’s birthday and after the beginning of July I fall off and I think it has to do with getting depressed and just not wanting to take the time and blog. I haven’t done that this year but I do find that I am putting blogging off until the last possible minute which is something that I don’t usually do. I tend to wait till the last-minute with book reviews because I have to finish the books but on posts like this I try to have them done a week in advance because they are easy to write & schedule.
On the years that I have taken a break during the summer I usually start blogging around September or October so I take the summer off and even longer some year’s. I am sure if I had kids I would be taking the summers off because there are so many other things that I would want to do during the summer with the kids and blogging would be put on hold until they went back to school. I am not sure how mommy bloggers can keep up blogging and taking care of their kids. I am pretty sure that isn’t something I would be able to keep up with.
Do you unplug during the summer?
If you want to join in this week here are the rest of the prompts:
1.) A new friend. 2.) Book review! 3.) Do you “unplug” during the summer months? Why or why not? 4.) Something you got to do when you were young that you would not let your children do. 5.) List your top 12 solutions for bored children.
I haven’t written anything for writer’s workshop in months and when I saw a prompt from this week’s writers workshop I knew I had to write about it. I chose to write about number 1 which is: Have you ever felt that life was getting in the way of a big goal? Did you end up giving up or pressing forward?
As I look back over the years in life it seems like life always gets in the way of a goals that I have. I also have given up a few big goals because of things that happened in my life. I also can see now that I look back that I am just where I need to be in life so even though I never saw myself ending up where I am that it was God’s will for my life.
For example I wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember and because of several bad choices and the MS getting bad I never made it and I know looking back now that I wasn’t ever meant to be a nurse but when it was so hard to feel like I was giving up on my dream and being forced to take a road that I didn’t know where it was going to lead me.
There are also goals that I have had to postpone because life through my curves and when there wasn’t anything I could do to make those goals a reality. One of those goals was to start my business doing blog designs and I got it started but then I got sick & my laptop died so I had to take a break from it and now I am finding it is hard to get back into it.
So in the end I have done both in my life and I am okay with that. I know that everything works out how it is supposed to. I also try not to let things bring me down or stress about things that I have no way of controlling.
Have you let life get in the way of goals in your life?
This weeks prompts:
1.) Have you ever felt that life was getting in the way of a big goal? Did you end up giving up or pressing forward? (inspired by Crissy) 2.) 10 ways to cool off on a hot day. 3.) An app you love. 4.) If you could have any super mom power, what would it be? 5.) A blog post inspired by the word: glistening
This week I am going to write about 1.) The most challenging part about blogging for you is… I chose this one because now I am really struggling with certain parts of blogging and I wanted to write about them because there are definitely challenges that go along with blogging.
The first thing I have struggled with when it comes to blogging is coming up topics to write about. I do tons of reviews because I love to read and it was a great way to find new books to read. It took me awhile to break into the review world but I am glad that I did. Anyway let’s get back on topic. Other than reviews I struggle with coming up with things to write about because I am scared to put certain things on my blog because I am worried about the reactions somethings could bring. I have tried to get more personal when it comes to adoption and Multiple Sclerosis because I know I need to get my feeling out but it is hard to expose certain things about me and let other people in.
Another thing I am finding challenging is finding other blogs to read and comment on so that I can find more readers for my blog. Since I don’t really have a blogging niche like some blogs do so I am struggling to find other blog’s that are like mine. I know that people don’t read my blog a lot because of the book reviews but I love doing the reviews so I just need to find a better balance between reviews & personal post I guess.
Those are the things that I find most challenging about blogging now. Things always change in my world but as for now those are the things that I find the most challenging. If you have any advice please let me know!
What do you find most challenging about blogging now?
If you want to join in pick one of the prompts below and click here to link your post up!
1.) The most challenging part about blogging for you is…
2.) You HAVE to go back in time and choose a different career path for yourself. What do you choose?
3.) A blog post inspired by the word: sweet
4.) Describe your dream home.
5.) Choose a recent Instagram photo and use it to inspire a blog post!