Wednesday, February 4, 2009

With A Reason, But Without Rhyme

Normally, I don't do random here at Becoming Me. I figure that I'm random enough in real life. But today I'm going to give you three posts in one. I'm also going to write like I talk today, because I feel like chatting...and because I'm too tired to think straight.

An Apology
During the past few months, I've received several sweet blog awards that I have more or less ignored. I feel badly about that. The truth is that even though I am grateful for the encouragement, I also find it overwhelming. I've always been the type who embarrasses easily over public praise. I love to praise others, but when the attention comes my way...I tend to brush it aside. That probably either makes zero sense or sounds conceited. Please believe me that this is not an issue about me being prideful, it's more about me keeping my pride in check.

So if you have given me an award, thank you so much. I do appreciate it, really, I do. And, if I have hurt your feelings, will you please do me a favor? Send me an e-mail and let me know.

A Friendship Report

People who do not blog have a difficult time believing that the connections and friendships between bloggers are genuine. Last week I had the privilege of meeting two friends that I have known only in blogland. Both are amazing women, moms, writers, and speakers. And, I'm pretty sure you know them. And let me tell you this...they truly are as sweet and fun as they come across as being on their blogs.
On the far left of this photo is the beautiful and anointed writer Carol from Sheep to the Right. God gave Carol the gift of finding His truth in the most ordinary circumstances. One of my favorite stories written by Carol is about her mom's shopping trip to a closing K-Mart store. In the middle is the equally beautiful Amy, who is a gifted speaker and writer. In her blog Signs, Miracles, and Wonders, Amy blogs about her faith, her family, and her son's Epilepsy. She also hosts the weekly meme Then Sings My Soul Saturday.

The chick on the far right, well that's me, who in addition to getting lost on the way to meet Carol and Amy (because, that's what I do whn I get into my car and go somewhere for the first time) is wearing a beautiful necklace. That necklace brings me to blog post three.

A Contest Announcement

A college friend of mine, Amy, owns a jewelry and accessory business featuring her own creations. Her store is called U*R*Uniquie, and her handcrafted necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and bookmarks are not only stunningly beautiful, they are made with a mission.

Tomorrow, I'm going to tell you more about Amy and the misson of U*R* Unique. Then, starting next Monday, I am going to publish a four-part series entitled Letters to the Younger Me. The series was inspired by this post written by Rachel at Musings of a Future Pastor's Wife. Incidently, Rachel was inspired by Mama Belle, who was inspired by Missy.

If I am not mistaken, the original idea was to write a letter to yourself at the age you were 20 years ago. I was 15 twenty years ago, and there is so much I want to tell that girl. But I also have some words for my 20 year-old self, 25 year-old self and 30 year-old self. So, that's why you get a four-parter. I promise not to make it drawn out and boring.

Because reading and consulting God's word more is advice I would have given myself at each of those phases, I will be giving away a special bookmark from U*R Unique at the end of the series.

Phew! Being random via my blog is harder than being random in real life.


Mel said...

Oh how lovely that you met bloggy friends in person!!! that is way amazing...and random well random is good...besides your random all flowed together...I can't wait to read your letters!!!

Carol said...

Hey! Thanks friend for saying sweet stuff. Maybe someone will believe it. LOL. We had such a good time meeting you. I still need to put a post up with pics, too. It's been a crazy week. Colin has the flu. I think he is over it now. He'll be back in school tomorrow.

You are the sweetest! And by the way, I DID notice your cute necklace at breakfast. Very snazzy. :)

sara said...

i would so like to meet some of my bloggy friends!!! That is great that you did. I read Rachel's and Mama Belle's letters. I really enjoyed them, but I told Mama Belle that I couldn't remember my 20 year old self!!! :)

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

If it makes you feel less guilty, I gave up on passing blog awards along months ago...I can't keep up. I thank a simple thanks is totally sufficient :)

Very cool that you got to meet friends and I'm looking forward to your posts!

Slowly Dying 2 Self said...

How awesome that you were able to meet them. Random was nice.


Chatty Kelly said...

I liked the randomness. It was nice. :-)

He And Me + 3 said...

I love random posts. Very intersting. I feel the same way about awards, they are hard to keep up with but I don't want to hurt anyones feelings. That is so cool to actually meet blogland friends. What a special time. so jealous!

Anonymous said...

How nice that you got to meet some blog friends. I hope that I get that opportunity someday. I can't wait to read your letters. That is so neat!

Tales From the Eurovan said...

How fun to meet up with real blogger friends! I still have in the back of my mind to try to go to She Speaks this year if possible, any chance you might? How fun would that be?! :)
Take care,

Julie said...

Hey friend, I did something like what you speak of a couple of years ago. It was a tool called "Christ Life Solutions"... you can find them online.

It was a 12 week study where you wrote letters from the child to the adult and then from the adult to the child...from ages birth to present.

It was a very useful tool for me. I saw things about my life where I had heard lies and experienced pain that I had forgotten. The beauty of this is going back and telling yourself the truth....

Can't wait to read your posts.


Melissa said...

Interesting... I'm looking forward to reading your post. I am 34 and not so sure I would remember when I was 20! Probably a good thing!

Amy Wyatt said...

Breakfast was fun!! We need to plan to get together again! Thank you for your sweet comments.

Kimberly said...

Okay, first I totally understand where you are coming from on the awards! I felt exactly like you expressed! So to me, you make total sense and I don't think it is prideful of you. :)

Secondly, I am SOOOO excited you got to meet Carol and Amy! I love them both! I have gotten to see them twice! I am now jealous of them that they got to meet YOU! :)

Lastly, I had never thought of writing a letter to my younger self. Oh, the things I would tell me!!!!!

Glad I can still drop in here, whether I blog or not. :)
Love ya',
K :)

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

I enjoyed this post. :) I love the thought of meeting bloggy friends. :) Great picture! I saw it on facebook too and thought "Ohhh, i would love to meet her!! How fortunate the other ladies were!".
I look forward to exploring their blogs when I get a chance, I have never been to either one.
I'm excited for the series of posts to come. I'm sure it will be really insightful!!

Irritable Mother said...

How sweet that you got to meet some blog friends. Very often after I read the post of someone I consider my friend (You would be one of those!) I whisper a prayer that God would let me meet her one day. I know we have heaven and all of eternity, but I'm impatient and I really don't want to wait that long! *grin*

Colored With Memories said...

looking forward to reading the letters!

Lisa writes... said...

I stink at passing on blog awards as well, though I am always surprised and honored when one ventures my way. I'm with Sarah; I think a thank you is the best response!

Meeting blog friends in real life--what fun! I've only had the opportunity once and I was so self conscious I thought I would die...

Your hair is cute by the way!

Denise said...

That is awesome.

Beth@Not a Bow in Sight said...

Yea, Missy got the idea for the letters from me :)

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