Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Influence

I have been so privileged to be a part of what's known as The Influence Network - a community of women that have a great passion to influence the lives around them- A group of women who bring accountability and grace. I have gained a greater respect for the women in my life and the family and friends that I surround myself with every day. Today each of us is linking up together with a post about who we are.

Why do I blog?

When my mom was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) in November of 2010 I was eight months pregnant with my first baby. I had been enduring a very complicated pregnancy on top of trying to find answers for why my mom was so sick. After the diagnosis, I immediately turned to the internet and searched high and low for a blog of any kind that could relate to where I was at. I had a million questions, fears and a lot of pent up anger. I was desperate to find someone that could walk with me through this new journey. My search came up empty. I found very few resources and only a couple of blogs that hadn't been updated in months. I believe that I was given a passion and desire to pour my heart out for others experiencing life in a similar way. It was at that time that I knew I was made to bring a light of hope for those in tragedy and a voice to the voiceless. I believe that God has not only brought healing for myself and my family through the words I type but given me a focus for how I can influence and change the ALS community. My greatest desire is that you would find hope and peace in this blog... that you would know that no matter what circumstances you are facing there is a God of love ready to envelope you in peace and hope.

A Picture I love: (first professional photo as a family of 3!)

Photography c/o: Shannon Worley Photography
The girl behind the blog- 3 things you don't know about me!
  • I love some good quality alone time. A couple of hours to decompress-dream and create vision. Add in a nice handcrafted vanilla latte and I am golden!
  • I love to write letters and send cards to people I really care about. Words of affirmation is one of my love languages and I thrive when I can bless someone with a note of gratitude.
  • If I could get away with it... I would eat a snickerdoodle cookie for breakfast every day! :)

11 comments:

  1. Tara, I absolutely love your words and love you! I so enjoy reading your blog! I would love to have a vanilla latte and a snickerdoodle with you someday!! Thank you for sharing and for being you!!

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    1. Yes! I hope that coffee date works out someday- would love it! Thank you so much for such kind words!

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  2. How wonderful that you were inspired to blog about your mom's disease. I blog about depression and anxiety and I really hope it helps someone to see that they're not alone. Nice to "meet" you :)

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    1. Molly- I think you are so brave with the topic of your blog. I know you will reach many people with it!

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  3. I love writing letters too! I made it a goal this year to send more handwritten cards in the mail. It's been so fun!

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  4. Love all of those three things! And there is absolutely nothing better than quality alone time some days! So nice to get to know you!

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  5. So nice to get to know you. I love what you said about why you started blogging. Your voice and influence is important! And love the picture! :)

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  6. What a beautiful family! I too need that precious alone time to recharge. And a latte never hurts.;)

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  7. I am the same way too! I totally need that alone time to decompress and recharge. With out it I cannot be productive the rest of the day.

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  8. You show love similar to me. About once a month or so, I sit at the table with a bunch of cards and write notes to friends and mail 'em off, mostly because that's how I receive love. That picture is beautiful. I'm glad you're on the network. Can't wait to hear more of your voice.

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  9. I can already tell we're going to be friends. Alone time, vanilla lattes, words of affirmation, letters, and snickerdoodles: you are speaking my love language! You have a beautiful family! It's good to meet you, Tara.

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