Me, myself and I

A bit of a strange, disjointed, post from me today…

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It’s my one year Bloggy-versary. [Yay!!!]. One year ago today that I started I Will Bloom. And now one year, 235 posts, 3068 comments and endless joy and wonder later (I so much appreciate every single one of my readers, almost all of whom have become dear friends, even if we have never met), I’m joining in Blog-tember again….

…Because I loved it so much last year, I just can’t resist! [And, yes, I know you shouldn’t start a sentence with ‘Because’ but, well, it’s late and I’m tired. Because I’ve been up since 5am and it’s now 11.30pm [And, “Oops! I did it again!” (Yes, I did just sing that out loud like Britney!)].

So, here goes….Blog-tember 2015 Day One….Introduce yourself, however you like…

[As Five Minute Friday is one of the highlights of my week, I’m going to do it ‘FMF’ style…five minutes of free writing….]

I’m Helen. 41 (just). British (although currently stuck in foreign climes). I have two beautiful ‘littles’ (a boy aged 9 and a girl aged 5 (going on 25)). I’m a single mother, going through a hideous divorce. I’m a domestic abuse survivor (not victim, definitely survivor). I like to write. I like to read. I love to cook. And run (Yep, this does mean I can eat mounds of cake and not feel too bad about it!). I love Nature, love to walk in Nature. I meditate. I’ve recently seen for myself that God exists (thank you, Lord). I like my hammock. And X-Factor. And Brain Pickings. And I thank the Heavens, daily, for Spotify (and Earl Grey teabags). I’m a painting that’s not even half way finished. If I were an animal I’d definitely like to be an anteater. If I were a flower, I’d be a daffodil (all that colour in a still fairly desolate winterish landscape? I can identify with that!). I spend far too long on Pinterest, picking out clothes I can’t buy, probably couldn’t afford even if I could buy them and dreaming of times when I might be able to wear them (everyone does that, right?!). I’m an INFJ (if you open the psychology dictionary at INFJ, there’s a picture of me there). I’m learning to be gloriously me again in my own peculiar mixed-up slap-dash haphazard way. I would like to live forever but, as I can’t, I’ll settle for living each moment as if it were my last (oh yeah, did I forget to mention that I speak in cliches and quotes when I run out of original ways to say things I want to say?!)….I’m me. [Yep, I’m still re-learning to say that in an ‘unapologetic’ tone of voice].

[Can’t end the post without saying a Great Big Thank You to Bailey Jean for organising/hosting Blog-tember again….thank you! thank you! thank you!]

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49 thoughts on “Me, myself and I

  1. Well, Helen, what can I say?

    The water’s high, so I’ll just say it, whist I can.

    I have seen your strength and your fragility and your hope. I have felt the warmth of your heart, across half a world that may never be bridged.

    You inspire me to be better.

    In the time I have been acquainted with you, I have learned this. To know you, ever from such a remove, is to love you.

    And I do.

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  2. sewnbyleanne says:

    I love it ❤️ Definitely following FMF. stay strong !! A new very excited follower !

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  3. Barbara says:

    Loved reading this post, Helen! LOVE that you are writing again…I have a brain full of things that I THINK I want to write; but then, I get stuck with writing the things I do weekly and leave those thoughts in my brain. I just yesterday read about this Blog-tember challenge when I read “Inside Charlotte’s Mind”; for an instance, I considered joining in…then I thought more about it because it just seemed over-whelming, what with the other posts I do and other “obligations” in “life”! But, as you did your with the FMF way – writing for only 5 minutes…I do think that is do-able! Although I have not been doing the FMF lately, this may just be the way to jump back into it!! So…maybe later today, I’ll write MY “Me Myself and I” post…well, I won’t call it that! But I love that you used that as your title…my father used to always say that; so, of course, we (my two brothers and I) also would say that!!

    Thank you for sharing your “About Me” in just a wonderful way…as Andrew has said above…he has come to love you through your words; I have come to love you through reading your heart!! Looking forward to reading more!

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  4. I love walking in nature too! Especially when I can bring my hammock!

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  5. Helen, I’m so glad you’re back doing the Blog-tember challenge!

    P.s. congratulations on your one year blog-anniversary!

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  6. blondeusk says:

    Happy anniversary 🙂 love your blog 🙂

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  7. Faith says:

    Hi Helen! So glad you are joining the blog-tember challenge! Looking forward to read more from you! 🙂 congrats on the blog-anniversary!!

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  8. Jessica Bain says:

    Happy bloggy-versary!! 😀 I love your intro. You have a way with words, for sure. 🙂 I agree…spotify is amazing. And I definitely fit the bill when it comes to “pinning” outfits on pinterest I could never buy or afford. But it sure is fun. 🙂

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    • iwillbloom says:

      Hi Jessica, thank you! Pinning the perfect outfit is the pinnacle of fun in some of my days (where on Earth would we be without clever people to build Spotify and Pinterest??!!….and blog platforms…..?!….looking forward to getting to know you a bit better over the next month (Gosh, that sounds like *a lot* of blog posts doesn’t it?!)…

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  9. Shauna841505 says:

    You forgot to mention that you are one of the most caring bloggers around, you are extremely sweet, and you are very talented! 🙂

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  10. Liane says:

    You are definitely a SURVIVOR!

    Happy Blog-aversary! That means we’ve ‘known’ each other for a year! x

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    • iwillbloom says:

      Yes: one whole year….it’s incredible….I was just reflecting on what’s changed for me (us) and a lot has, even when sometimes it doesn’t look/feel that way….(time is, as they say, a great healer).

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  11. Charlotte says:

    Welcome back dear friend xx

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  12. WooHoo! Another INFJ! There aren’t a lot of us 🙂 I’m also a classic INFJ… I’ve never ever ever tested as anything else 🙂 Also raising the roof at your “NOT victim, DEFINITELY survivor” line! So proud of you, and I don’t even know you 🙂 But you’re clearly an awesome lady, and I’m excited to learn more about you this month and beyond 🙂 (I totally started that sentence with “but” and ended it with a preposition. Eeks!)

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    • iwillbloom says:

      Hi Katie, thanks for reading and for leaving a comment! I’ll definitely be looking forward to reading more of your posts! (Loved your sentence structure; ‘learn the rules before you break them’ and all that!)

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  13. alexa says:

    Happy blog-birthday, Helen! And many congratulations on all the writing you’ve done, and so much of yourself that you’ve shared. And I can see from the comments above that I am not the only admirer you have :). (And I’m also an INFJ, btw). I love the thought of you as a daffodil, tossing your head in the wind …

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  14. Helen! Happy Bloggie Birthday to you! I am so proud of you. You have shown so much tenacity throughout this year.
    P.S. It’s also our one year blog friendship too! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • iwillbloom says:

      Yay for one-year long blog friendships and to many more to come!!! (Did you hop across to the blog of the lady who’s also training in a similar field as yourself? I thought you’d have a lot of shared interests….)

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  15. Linda says:

    So nice to meet you—I am visiting from Blog-tember, but look forward to getting to know the survivor that is shining through your blog!!

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  16. Lizelle says:

    I love this post! Love the way it’s written and love the fun honesty. Good job lady! 😀

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  17. Britney says:

    YAAAAAAAY ONE YEAR BLOGGING!!! I have decided to join blog-tember. I totally miss blogging and its an easy way to not have to come up with my own topics! I don’t know how great I will be at posting every day but I just miss meeting new friends and connecting. maybe this will help me get back in the blogging groove.

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  18. Rachel G says:

    I remember first coming across your blog during Blogtember last year. Man, a whole year since then? 🙂 Daffodils are a really good kind of flower to be–strong and bright.

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    • iwillbloom says:

      Hia Rachel, yes, I still think of your ‘extra’ post often…one of the most beautiful and important blog posts I’ve ever come across….one whole year…incredible! I feel, in so many ways, that things are still the same but, at the same time, feel the big change inside, which can only mean positive things are on their way (rather like the wind that swept in Mary Poppins!)…..you’ve also had quite the year! Having lived in two countries, published an eBook and numerous other Big Things!! Thanks for hopping across….(hoping your home schooling is going well)…Helen

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  19. stefaniegalvin says:

    Happy One Year Bloggiversary! I love your FMF – what a wonderful way to write. Thanks for the lovely introduction to you, and I look forward to joining you for this month’s journey!

    Stef
    Noveltea Corner

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    • iwillbloom says:

      Hi Stefanie, many thanks! I adore FMF, absolutely, absolutely love it. I’d highly recommend joining in if you’re thinking about it; it’s such a wonderful way to limber up writing muscles and such a *wonderful* community! Yes, absolutely looking forward to getting to know everyone better this Blog-tember month!

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  20. anniewiltse says:

    Congratulations on your first year of blogging, Helen! Even just the short snippet you wrote of your current circumstances reveals you to be a strong woman, and I admire you for that. I’d love to hear more about how God revealed Himself to you.

    Your commentary on your sentence structure made me laugh. I break the rule on “because” starting a sentence all the time!

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    • iwillbloom says:

      Hi Annie, many thanks for visiting and for taking the time to comment (much appreciated!)…I’m brewing some posts about how He came in to my life….LOL about sentence structure! The rules are there to be broken, I say!!!

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  21. Thanks for visiting my blog and taking time to leave a comment. Wow Wow Wow. I loved reading your post. I totally adore your attitude and love that you say survivor, just love it. Just this one post is so inspirational and I can’t wait to get to know you more. Thanks for sharing

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    • iwillbloom says:

      Hi Tracey, thanks for hopping across and taking the time to leave me such a lovely comment! I also enjoyed your post and, absolutely, really look forward to getting to know you better the Blog-tember month and beyond! Helen

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  22. Aubrey says:

    Come to Thailand any time! I always tell people my place is not big, but it is open and available! Thank you for stopping by! I look forward to journeying through the month with you!

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