Monday, September 15, 2014

Blog Around the World

Linking Blogs Around the World:

Last week I was contacted by my friend Kymberly at Peas in a Pod Creations to participate in the Blog Around the World Posts.  Pic: Me, Kym (the Bride), and here sister, Stephanie!  While Kymberly doesn't have Cystic Fibosis, her blog is an outlet for her beautiful quilts and other sewn, knitted, or quilted projects. Kym and I not only were best friends in high school, but we were next door neighbors. (like she said in her blog post) We lived exactly 18.7 feet from each other and some summers we spent literally the whole day 9am-9pm together hanging out! So of course I was thrilled for her to invite me to do this posting challenge.This is a great way for bloggers, like myself, to share our favorite blogger pages that we visit.

Here are the ?s that came along with the post. What am I working on? How does my work differ from others in the same genre? Why do I create/Write? How does my writting process work?

Hopefully, if you are a frequent reader on my blog you'll learn something new about me through this post! If you are new, then welcome, and I hope you can learn a little about me, feel free to browse around.

Now my blog isn't primarly a crafting blog, I don't blog about products I make, but more of what my daily life is like and how my cystic fibrosis affects me. So I'll re-adjust these ?s to fit me and my blog better.

so 1.) What am I working on? 
 Currently, I'm finishing up my broker's licensing courses for my real estate license. I'm currently making new art work for the new apartment (see Pic on right). If you read my last couple blog posts (below) you know I'm healing (from my stomach tube taken out) and getting over a cold/infection. But in a bigger picture, I guess you could say I'm always working on fundraising and raising awareness about Cystic Fibrosis. By clicking the links/pages above on my blog, you can learn about me & my cf, and the CF events I attend, and the CF2 team (which consists of everyone I know that wants to raise money for CF with me at events). I've also starting thinking about Next Year's Princeton Cystic Fibrosis Walk. Click here to read about the Walk I created & organized last year! I've been attending Cf walks around IL for the last few years, but last year I decided to start my own walk for CF in my hometown. I'm proud to announce my small hometown of 7,600 people raised over $13,400 for the CF foundation. So I'm already brainstorming on what to do for next year! I'm also starting to work out more, because I want to do the CF Climb (climb over 59 flights) for CF in November. My boyfriend, Andrew did it last year. But this year, my friend Ryan and I want to join him. But I need to get my booty in shape! So that's my life. Classes, health, work out, fundraise, blogging, oh and I'm helping my mom with craft shows! :-) I've been going with her to most of them. I made her some business cards. I love it! I can't crochet like mom or quilt like Kym, but I do minimal crafting like ornaments, wall art, and some recipes, etc. Checking out some of these Pin-Challenge posts here: yummy snacks & ornaments!

2.) How does my work differ from others in the same genre?
Well, people in the same genre would probably be other CFers. We all differ medically, since there are thousands of mutations and any two of those mutations together creates a diagnosis of CF. We may have similarities such as having CF, blogging, or wanting to raise money. But the way we live our lives differs. I try to make sure to make the most of my fundraising and live a positive life. I try to use my talents and connections to help the CF community. I always like to look at my life half full and try to share the ins and outs of my life to others. I hope this helps others with or without CF to see what it is like to walk in my shoes. Hoping people with CF can see how I cope and learn from that, and for people without CF can understand what our disease controls in our lives.

3.) Why do I blog?
I started blogging in Feb 2012. I had graduated from U of I and moved back to my hometown. I found out shortly after moving home a CF friend (from childhood) was going to need to be listed for transplant in the next year or so (depending on how her health was doing). I got very involved in CF events in 2012 and started my first TEAM! I did Stand Up Comedy about my Cystic Fibrosis and realized I could share about my CF! Some of my family and friends convinced me it would be interesting to read about. I don't know, to me it's just my life, but hopefully to my readers it is interesting. I blog for awareness and to give peer support to other CFers. To really understand why I blog then read this post: Importance of online peer support among CFers!, And if anyone has any opinions or suggestions for my blog let me know!

4.) How does my process work?
I try to blog at least once a week. I like to keep everyone updated. I always post after big events (Clinical Trials, Clinics, Surgeries, when sick or issues arise) or anytime I feel I have anything worth while to share. I just write it as I would speak it to a friend. I re-read my blog a couple times to make sure it makes sense and I try to add links or pictures. And Tah-Dah my blog posts!

Alright, time to tell you about my weekend!  I won two free tickets to the 8th Annual Chicago FestivAle: A Celebration of Beer. Pic: Andrew and I at the event!  I won these tickets in June, in a competition to see who could sign the most people up for a CF Great Strides Walk. Finally, the FestivAle was Friday! I don't really drink a lot. I have a drink at a wedding or on New Years, but that's pretty much it. I figure I have enough medical problems and was born with a bad liver...why push my luck? So I only tried a few at the FestivAle. But, it was still really fun! There was live music and I loved the band they had playing. And there were over 60 different types of beer and tons of food from catering companies! Pic left: One of the brewingcompanes had a pour spout built into a robot structure, so
it was pretty cool too!  I stuffed my face with all the food and tasted a few of the sample of beer that Andrew tried. I loved the semi-sweet Cider and the Banana Ale the most!  There were a ton of silent auctions and raffle prizes. Andrew and I practically went gah-gah over a couple of the dinner/theatre date night packages. We will have to remember those for next year to bid on!

Even though I was just starting to get over my cold and I was still healing (my stomach tube hole), I had to go to the event. I had been waiting for months! And even though I didn't really drink, I still loved it! And Andrew and I are planning on going next year too!

To check out all the CF Events the foundation holds go to

And for this week, I'm still resting up and gotta give the surgeon a call to see why I'm not healing. Doc wants me to schedule a surgery to get it sewn shut, so I'll keep you posted! Also, this weekend I'll be going to visit my sister for the weekend! I can't wait!

Oh and lastly, I'd like to nominate my next three bloggers. Feel free to continue to link others (and/or share your story with us).  Here are 3 nominees:

1.)  Lara: Walking for Air. She blogs about her adventures that raise money for CF (inspired by a friend). I first met Lara when she asked me to GuestBlog on her Blog in 2012. Please take the time to see what she has accomplished (including climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro) and she has traveled, and why she raises money for CF!

2.)  Colleen: Live*Laugh*Love*Breathe*. Colleen has CF too and she blogs about her journey with CF too. We actually met online through blogging and became friends over time. (Just shows the power of blogging). She's taken Kalydeco, been active in CF Fundraising, and just had a little baby girl! Stop by and see about the amazing life events that she has been through in the last few years!

3.) Peggy: Handmade by Peggy K: Crochet & Sewing: Peggy makes all types of creations with crocheting and sewing. She attends lots of craft shows and sells product on Etsy. This is her website/blog (which has been newly updated) where she discusses her work and why she loves it! She is so talented, you'll want to see all her scarves, toys, hats and purses!

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