Words & No Pictures

Did you see the movie Words and Pictures? It wasn’t what I thought, but very few things are for me these days. Anyhow…….

In the last few months I’ve been focusing a lot of words. I’m sure this isn’t a surprise to some and quite a surprise to others. I’m a speaker and a writer; my life is words, right? You would think so, but in the last few months I’ve had to be far more intentional with my use of words.

I’ve figured out how to substitute words that have the same meaning but with shorter versions. I’ve also learned that “&” counts as one word just like “and” does. Was that always the case? I want to say no, but I’m probably wrong.

Translation: There was a word count requirement for all of my classes this past semester.

It had its good and bad points. Good: I’ve learned to make my words count, both literally and metaphorically. Bad: It’s frustrating to have to write a paper that’s “x-x” number of words long but you have no page rage to give you a clue of how long it’s supposed to be.

Thank God you can find anything you could ever need (and even more stuff you don’t) on the internet.

And let’s not talk about the deeply emotional screaming fits I had with God (as if He were somehow accessible through my laptop screen) during finals week. For now let’s just say growing into your true vocation though graduate school isn’t always a bed of roses (hardly ever really).

I haven’t felt much like blogging lately. For no other reason than I didn’t want to concern myself with whether I said what I wanted to say, then allowing my eyes to drift to the word counter and wondering if I’d taken too long to say what I wanted to say or didn’t say enough.

So it’s a good thing I set a 1 post a week minimum; because you didn’t notice a difference did you?

I like the opportunity to have 4-5 week intensive classes since it cuts down on the chance that I’ll develop what I’ve come to call “discussion fatigue,” (which usually happens 2 weeks before the semester ends) where all I really want to type, “I have nothing else to contribute to this discussion”, click “submit” and crawl into bed for a good night’s sleep.

The downside is there’s little time for things like writing a blog, unless you wanted to hear about all the uninteresting things about grad school.

I knew my interest in blogging was going to change, partly because it needed to and also because it was time, mostly because it was just time. Some people can hold down full time jobs, personal commitments, travel everywhere their heart desires, and maintain a blog (and maybe have a hobby or two).

I cannot, at least not without risking a psychotic break of some kind.

However I’m certain that all of this is contributing to a bigger picture. I just can’t see what that bigger picture looks like yet. So I have no words to express that any further at this point in time, just my gut.

Although this new-found appreciation for the use of words that doesn’t mean I’m changing course here. Questions for Q&A and Guest Posts are going to be part of the future here (and sooner rather than later, I hope)

So if you’re interested in either of those, get in touch with me.

International Day Of Acceptance

IDoA

When I started gaining attention for being an “adult with special needs” (seriously that’s what I’ve been called, more than one should), I spent time reading other blogs, mainly seeing if there were any common myths out there that needed to be debunked (not many worth debunking, for the record).

I noticed that a few people, mostly CP moms (as in moms who have kids who have CP), would mention something called 3E Love. Curiosity got the best of me so I checked out 3E Love for myself.

I bought my 1st wheelchair heart tee shirt (& sweatpants) at my first Abilities Expo. I LOVE the sweatpants. I wonder how I ever traveled without them.

I bought my dad his first shirt before his first Abilities Expo, and did the same for my cousin (it’s become a tradition I guess).

Several people in my life have 3E Love products; my dad even uses a 3E Love sicker to cover up a ding on his car.

I was able to hear Stevie (also known as Annie’s brother) share the story of 3E Love & speak to him personally a few times.

I never had the opportunity to meet Annie but I have a feeling I would’ve liked her based on what I know about her. Our shared skill of using kitchen tools as accessibility aids notwithstanding, I’m pretty sure she was an awesome person to know.

(I can do a lot with grilling tongs myself)

3E Love & the Wheelchair Heart were created by Annie (also known as Stevie’s sister).

wheelieheart

Stevie & his family started the International Day of Acceptance as a way of remembering Annie.

Join in the movement of acceptance.

*A similar version of this post first appeared on an old blog on January 20, 2014

#StopAbleism2015

I had probably been in my room for about 15 minutes before I turned on my computer and secured some Wi-Fi. I wanted to “check in” from the comfort of a room instead of the first row behind first class, and the internet, or rather Tw!tter, did not disappoint.

#StopAbleismBecause– it was the best thing I found all day.

Another Tw!tter trend caught my attention recently.

#StopAbleism2015

I’m not one to favorite a lot of tweets that is unless I want to save them for later, and even then I’m fairly selective. Instead my favorite-ing hit an all-time high. Allow me to share a few with you.

So maybe that’s a lot more than a few……

The hashtag (#StopAbleism2015) is still going strong so give it a read & add your thoughts if you’d like.

One Word: 2015

This is my 3rd year choosing one word for the year. Why one word? It’s easier than keeping a list of resolutions & failing to keep them (and then feeling like crap because you didn’t keep them). However picking one word isn’t as easy as it sounds. In fact picking a word for this year wasn’t looking too promising but it did come to me.

I can thank Arleen Spenceley, more specifically her 1st book (Chastity Is For Lovers) for the divine inspiration, specifically chapter 3.

Providence

Yeah, I know, what?

Providence (with a capital “P”) is defined as divine guidance or care, God conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny.

My reasoning behind picking Providence as my word, or maybe it picked me, is because I’m going to need Divine Providence and a lot of it this year.

What is it that people say (maybe it was Oprah), if you put it out into the universe it will come to you.

This isn’t going to be one of those words I’ve chosen to live out or live up to (or at least that’s not how I think it’s going to go). Instead I’m putting it out there and hoping it will come to me.

If I’m going to be able to pull off everything that’s on the docket for this year, at least what’s on there so far because I have a funny feeling the schedule is going to fill up even more, I’m going to need a lot of help and maybe a little luck.

I’m not complaining about how busy I’m going to be. I’ve worked hard and waited a long time for this to turn any of it down now that it’s within my reach; although now that it is within my reach it’s daunting, to say the least.

So a little (read: a lot) Divine Providence is in order here.

New Year, New Beginnings

I thought long and hard about beginning a new blog. I didn’t really want to, mainly because it can be a lot of work, but the end I couldn’t come up with enough reasons not to, just more reasons why I should.

Old Blog Shot

So I’ve picked up and moved here from there (in the virtual sense) as of today. My old blog will stay up for now with the long term goal of merging the two in some fashion later on.

I have no grand plan for what will or won’t happen compared to my previous blog. But I have come up with a “wish list” of things I’d like to do, here are some of them:

-A personal (as in from me) post once a week.
-Q&A (questions from readers).
-Guest posts.

As you can probably guess I’d like to focus more on community, knowledge, and experience, rather than the “me, me, me,” aspect of blogging. But that means that if that’s really going to happen the way I envision it I’m going to have to get help from others.

If you have suggestions, tell me so.
If you have questions, ask.
If you want to guest post, say so.