Meet My Peeps

Hello!

In the last six years I have met some incredible people.  Connecting online with others who have chronic illness has been one of the greatest supports and encouragements of my journey.

For the whole of 2015 I will be deeply immersed in the Be.Leadership Programme.  And that means, a bit less time for blogging.  I have homework!  And readings! And deep thoughts to “thunk” (!)  I will still be here, doing what I do.  I just might not be doing it quite as frequently.  According to the calculator, I’ve been averaging four posts a week since I started blogging in May last year. That is a tough rate to match now that I am a bit busier.  But also, I feel like it’s a great opportunity to broaden the scope of the Chronic-ills of Rach.

I have called on ‘My People’ to see if anyone would like to share their story in this space.  I’m calling it the ‘Meet my Peeps Guest Series’.  And I am so chuffed that you will get to read the stories of some of the people so dear to my heart.  Each time I post from them, I will introduce them, tell you how we met and then you’ll hear their stories.  There is a diverse range of guests, some, like me, have a form of Dysautonomia, but we’ll be hearing from people with other chronic conditions too.  People with Invisible Illness, invisible disabilities and also people with conditions that are not invisible. They’ll be sharing with you their perspectives about getting through, getting on, and getting over the challenges they face. Welcome to the series, I can’t wait to see your responses to their heartfelt words.

Meet My Peeps

Big love to you from me, remember, I’m still here!  In between times, I’m just getting a little help from my friends. 🙂

Cuppa?

1Most of you know that I did an online course about blogging in May/June.  I have been learning from the maestro herself, Pip Lincolne.  Have you seen her blog Meet Me at Mikes? I’ve still got so much more to learn and things to do to improve things around here, so I have signed up for the next intake as well.  I’m going to be like a Year 8 girl this time instead of a Year 7 newbie.

When I signed up for the course, I didn’t really look into it too closely.  It was an impulsive decision.  I’ve been writing parenting posts for Kylie over at Nic-Nac since the beginning of the year and I thought it might be good to find out what constituted proper ‘blog writing’ so I could see if I was doing it right.  I didn’t consider the possibility that I might make friends!  But that is exactly what has happened.  You’ve already met some of them if you saw my post here, called Chain Gang.  It’s like I’ve been milling around the quadrangle of this cyber secondary school, scratching my toe in the dirt, noticing the people I think are really cool and then… I’m in their gang!  These are my people, I have found the kids who like to hang out in the library at lunch time or discuss poetry under the shade of the trees.  Kids who want to run for school council or paint the sets for the school play. The sometimes-rebellious-but-never-suspected-because-we-look-too-much-like-nerds-crew. My kind of people.

We have formed a kind of community that will carry on long after the course has finished.  It’s a lovely place to be. A common room full of bright bean bags and big ideas, questions, learning and lots of support.  This week, our teacher, Pip, has invited us to join a ‘linky’ on her blog.  If you head on over there you’ll see links to all the blogs created or perfected during the May intake.  I’m there too, hanging out with the kids in the common room.  Come and have a cuppa with us.  Today we’re talking about five things we are loving right now.

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I am loving my red scarf.  It’s a deep, deep red.  Warm and super long, it covers my tummy when it is embarrassingly distended.

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I love my family.  We are many.  Last night there were eight around the table.  My immediate family is four, but we have two teenagers (from other mothers) who live with us too, my sister-in-law is staying, and last night, my daughter’s bestie was with us as well. She and her family are so much a part of our family that when we’re together we call ourselves by our hyphenated surnames.  Their close proximity to us in distance and heart gives us a true community, right here in urban Auckland.
It’s big and beautiful, my family.

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I love sunshine on my shoulders.  The winter sun is so much more appreciated by me than the summer scorch.  I love being right here on my bed while the sun inches it’s way across my feet and up, until it blankets me entirely in warmth.

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I love being around extraordinary women.  Recently I had tea with my sister in law and my Granny, two inspirational people who help me to be my best self.  Time with women is good for the soul.  So is a cuppa.  Put them together,  ahhhhhh, bliss.

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I love tea.  Warm, liquid love.  That’s what a cuppa is to me.  Comfort; me time, restorative repose.  A hiatus, a tiny, hand-held hug.  I love a good cuppa.  Thanks Pip Lincolne for inviting us all to have a cuppa tea with you.  Click here and see what Pip and the Pipsters are loving at the moment.

Might just go pop that kettle on for another…

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