Onwards and Upwards


I've been missing-in-action from Blogland again, haven't I ?

Very naughty of me, I know but time is just running away on me it seems.

I had a very disappointing time when the Blog Awards Ireland finalist lists were announced and found that I wasn't named in any category, despite being nominated in four. I know I said I wasn't under any illusions and was delighted to be even short-listed and that's true, but.... well .... I kinda lied, I just didn't realise it at the time and well... it would have been nice! I am of course very grateful to those who were kind enough to nominate me and very excited for my blogger friends Looking For Blue Sky (a real life friend also) and Magnum Lady who did make the finalist's lists. Girls, it's up to you both now to fly the flag! No pressure but I'd love if even one of you could bring home an award. The very best of  luck this Saturday!

As for me, I suppose I could try to find out what I did 'wrong' and try to get it 'right' and give the adjudicators what they want. But then I wouldn't be 'me' and I quite like being me. So, I'll just plod along here in Blogland and stay true to myself.

It's been an exciting time too. Starting last Tuesday with a phone call from the ebullient Brenda Donohoe and ending with a very beautiful radio interview with Genevieve and her daughter Lucy on the Mooney Show, on behalf of our iPhones4Autism.ie campaign. It really is a lovely piece of radio, click on the link if you have time and listen to the podcast to hear Lucy say 2 new words live on radio! All thanks to a donated iPhone. Please tell anyone you know upgrading to iPhone 5 to donate their old one to our campaign, if they can.

Of course it's also been an extremely busy time as I act as liaison and advocate for both my mother and son. We're talking serious tail-chasing time here. All this to-ing and fro-ing and tail-chasing has meant that it was also a forgetful time as I over-looked, among other things, the signing of an important form with detrimental consequences. I've decided to write my way put of the situation by explaining all the demands being placed on my time in a letter. A very long letter. It's quite a scary read! I swear, its a wonder I have time to breathe let alone wrote this!

But you know, we all have disappointing, exciting, busy and even boring times. It's called 'life' and we get through them as best we can. We have our beliefs and little sayings to help us along the way.

Like 'be positive', 'stay strong' and 'stay true to yourself'.

There are also two statements that I was reminded of recently that can really help in trying times. I'd like to share them with you now,  in the hope that they'll help you too.

There's this meaningful 'prayer' that undoubtedly has been said by many of us...
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And this one is a particularly valuable insight...




You know, if I could magically develop a pair of thin thighs I could don a pair of particularly high, ass-kicking, heels and hand deliver that letter myself!

I may not quite manage to conquer the world  but I can certainly make a start by conquering the unyielding and impenetrable Department of Social 'Protection' ;-)


xx



Note: Photos appear courtesy of my local Curves Gym :-)

16 comments:

  1. I like you being you.... I think you are right, it is very impotant to be true to yourself. Onwards and upwards, Jazzy... and I also wish for some skinny thighs! x

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  2. @Bright Side of Life: Hehehe....a global 'prayer'me thinks! Thanks :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  3. I will miss your company at the Blog Awards on Saturday as I'd assumed that both or neither of us would make it through to the finals, and thank you for the good wishes. Glad you're back in blog land and don't go changing! Hopefully the letter will sort things out for you, and if you find the recipe for thin thighs please share :) xx

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  4. I know those weeks when the old fridge magnet phrase applies: I try to take one day at a time but sometimes several days throw themselves at me all at once. Good luck with getting it all done. xxx

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  5. @Looking for Blue Sky: At least one of us (the good one!) got through! I would LOVE it if you came home with an award :-)I'm really hoping the letter does sort things out if not I'm in BIG trouble! Oh don't worry, if I discover the magical recipe I will share, though I fear it's more discipline and hard work that's required. Sigh...

    @Midlife Singlemum: Yup,my life is one big fridge magnet at the moment!! I am getting there though, need to ensure others are doing their job which is a bit ridiculous but someone has got to do it.

    Thanks for your comments :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  6. Gutted you didn't get through...I was really hoping to meet you. xxx

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  7. @magnumlady: Ah, thanks! I'd love to get to meet you too, hopefully another occasion will come about. I've a really busy weekend coming up so I can't make it to the awards, I was trying to figure out how I'd fit it in but unfortunately not possible.

    Best of luck, I'll have my fingers crossed for you both :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  8. I love your blog, awards or not. I think if you know people are reading and enjoying hearing what you have to say, then you are definitely doing something right.

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  9. You know, one of the hardest jobs is being an advocate for those we love. And boo for not being nominated. BOO.

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  10. That is just "pish" really cos I think you should have had one :( As for the demands on your time, I went through a two year period of helping look after my mum whilst still looking after Jack and at times was so busy that I met myself coming back!

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  11. Keep blogging as you are! Sorry to hear you didn't get into the finalists lists - don't beat yourself up though - its the readers that love your blog that counts!

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  12. @The mum of all trades: Aw, thank you SO much. It means a lot to me to hear that :-)

    @Lizbeth: Absolutely BOO, plus a panto style Boo-Hiss! You are right, it is really, really hard and also impossible to keep up with everything. What would really help is others doing their job so that I wouldn't have to 'supervise' and co-ordinate!

    @lyndyLou: Aw, thank you! That makes me feel much better :-) Oh yes, I sure know that feeling! At least my mam is in a nursing home because I really wouldn't cope with taking care of her at home.

    @Older Mum: Thank you, I'm beginning to see the merits of what you say!

    Thank you all so very much for these kind, uplifting comments that have really put a smile on my face. Pleas understand that this post isn't a rant, it's just me getting it off my chest and explaining my absence. I couldn't write anything until I got this out of the way. Now I'm FREE!!

    You know, I finally realise that it's more important that people who read these rambling posts of mine, enjoy them. With comments like these ones above who needs awards?!

    Thank you :-)xxx

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  13. I am sorry you didn't get an award, if it makes you feel any better I didn't either recently, but judging these things must be the hardest thing in the world, and to get as far as we did makes us both winners in my opinion anyway! :D xx

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  14. @BavarianSojourn: yes, you are right. Absolutely. I'd hate the job to be honest!

    Thanks for your comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  15. Arse kicking heels make thighs look thin. Fact.

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  16. @lisadom Grace App: Really? Makes sense now that I think about it. Must start wearing really high ass-kicking heels so!

    Thanks for commenting :-)

    xx Jazzy

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