I have to say I was super excited when I got an email in my Inbox from Heidi at OstomyOutdoors.com saying she had nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award. Honestly, I thought the only people who were following me were friends and family so this was a great surprise! Thank you, Heidi, you have encouraged me to get curious about what other IBD blogs are out there, wow, I had no idea! I have cried tears of gratitude and joy, several times this afternoon, while reading so many inspiring IDB survivors stories! It will be a year ago on May 21st, that I had surgery for a permanent ileostomy, and I began writing this blog 6 months ago as a way to heal and feel whole again. I feel so honoured to be part of this community of amazing people, courageously raising awareness for IBD/Ostomies and breaking down the barriers for “what is possible!”
For anyone who likes reading about my adventures, you will also surely love Heidi’s stories and adventure video blog posts at Ostomy Outdoors
In order to accept a Versatile Blogger Award, the following rules must be followed:
- Display the award certificate on your website.
- Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented you with the award.
- Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
- Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post.
- Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
I am fairly new to this world of blogging, but I am consistently amazed at the incredible dedication that people put into their blogs and they definitely deserve to be recognized!
Here are 15 of my favourite blogs that I have found…
Girls with Guts – Until today, I had no idea that you there was a community of inspiring women supporting one another like this! Go Girls!
Inflammed and Untamed – Sara’s passion and honesty really shines through her writing. I really resonated with her story, even down to little details, like waking up in soaked sheets and being in the hospital with PICC lines in your arm.
Jenni’s Guts – I love Jenni’s approach using humour to share her journey with crohn’s disease! Humour really can be the best medicine and sometimes it is easier to just laugh at this crazy existence.
Living with chronic Illness – You will find truth, peace and serenity when you read about Cynthia’s life journey. She writes with honesty and authenticity!
Uncover Ostomy – I want to acknowledge Jess for the passion and courage she shows with increasing awareness about ostomies. She is an amazing and inspiring young woman who helps break down the stereotypes about ostomies and who has them.
Full Frontal Ostomy – Charis, is very active in spreading awareness about IBD and ostomies. Thank you for all you do! She is one part of the duo that puts together the Girls with Guts blog.
Blood Poop and Tears – Jackie, is honest and there is a lightness and humour to her writing. She is the other part of the duo that puts together the Girls with Guts blog.
The Flowry Life – This blog is simple and beautiful with a focus on mindfulness and, I love the positive spin you put in your writing! I could relate to ‘My weirdest Vacation Ever” and I love that you could find things to be grateful for amidst the challenges.
A Guy with Crohn’s – This guy is dedicated and super inspiring! 30 post in 30 days, awesome!
The Specific Carbohydrate Lifestyle – I started following these guys and the SCD diet when I was really sick (the year leading up to surgery). These guys are super knowledgable and passionate about helping you heal your intestines through diet.
My Kare Kit – I resonated with Karen’s story and the feelings of shame and body image. This site covers everything to do with ostomy lifestyle. I am looking forward to getting some great tips.
Living Bigger with a Colostomy – I love Paul’s stories filled with travel and adventure! He has been super inspiring for me and it was his trip to Nepal that inspired me to document my trip to South America.
IBD Adventures – Rob has done an amazing job trekking around the world, but mostly up it (to VERY high places), to raise awareness for IBD and ostomies! I am looking forward to joining the IDEAS team in China for The Great Wall trek in early June.
Oscar the Ostomy – Allie does a great job sharing her personality in her writing and her love for life really shines through. I could totally relate to her post about Gunner sitting right next to her ostomy. My dog, Baggio does the same thing when he is in a cuddle mood. Just cause I can, here is a picture of my little guy…
Zest 4 Life – Susan is living with CNS Lupus (not IBD) but I wanted to include her because she is so passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping others about lead healthier, happier lives!
This last one is a link that talks about Andrea a fellow ostomate who took the time to chat with me before surgery last year…
Running Magazine Blog – Hearing Andrea’s stories of doing Ironman races with an osotmy was so inspiring and it really did alleviate some of my fears of what life would be like after surgery.
Now that you know some of the blogs I find interesting and inspiring, here are 7 interesting things about myself…
1/I really enjoy dancing and listening to lots of genres of electronic music, so much so, that I even learned how to DJ a few years ago.
2/I love dressing up and I have a tickle trunk full of fun costumes, it reminds me to celebrate the lighter and playful side of life.
3/I really enjoy learning about, and practicing energy work, such as Transformational Breathing, Qi Gong, Pranic Healing, PSYCH K, Way of the Heart…I find it fascinating to be able to stretch my myself and expand in many different directions.
4/I love travelling and exploring the awesome beauty this incredible planet. I have been to 24 countries, and I hope to explore even more, especially ones like India, now that I am not dependent on having easy access to a toilet at all times.
5/I am a nature lover and a tree hugger at heart…I literally hug trees and stop to smell the flowers when I am out and about.
6/I have jumped out of an airplane at 12 000ft above Lake Taupo in New Zealand, gone Canyon Jumping in Interlaken, Switzerland, and jumped off the highest Bungee jump in the world which is off the Bloukrans Bridge (near Nature’s Valley) in South Africa. I guess you could say, I like adrenalin rushes!
7/I am a life coach and my company is called, Inside Track Wellness. I am passionate about supporting and empowering others with bowel conditions so they can live a full and vibrant life!
Hope you enjoyed learning a bit about me and thank you for all your support 🙂