So, as I mentioned last Friday, I'm going to start doing posts on Fridays about the little things that make me happy. After all, it is the little things that seem to add up to the most happiness.
#2 is the Internet and networking. I adore my Macs. I adore my Gmail. I adore Linkedin. I adore facebook. I adore all the bloggers and all the commenters on my blog (thanks lovies!). I love love love getting to know people all across the country and across the world. While I've been on the Internet since I was in middle school, it wasn't until recently that I really began networking. Maybe that's because networking doesn't have much of a purpose in middle school... maybe its because it was before networking through the net was really appreciated. Whatever the case, I am so glad I do now.
Remember my post about the art therapy ATCs? (if not please take a look-see here)
Well, in the mail today arrived my four cards. Three are from other fabulous art therapists and one is from the Art Therapy Alliance. This made me so excited, and it is ALL ABOUT networking in a really fun way (which as bloggers, we know all to well).
I lucked out with the cards I got. How cool are these?!!!
The ATC from the Art Therapy Alliance, made by Gretchen Miller.
ATC by Cathy Malchiodi.
From Carol Miles
From Megan Ashley Graf; visit her blog
Then there is networking through the blog. A little less professional and a whole lot more personal and meaningful...
I started my blog in February of this year. Mid January I became very sick due to some of my chronic illnesses. I continued to be sick for months. By February I felt isolated. When you spend most of your time in bed or on the couch - the Internet becomes your dearest friend. Somehow I have people who actually read my blog; while I am not sure why you do, I appreciate it more than I can say. Through your fabulous blogs I began to make connections, find shared stories to laugh over, and enjoy myself. Even now that I am not so sick (YAY! Thank the stars!) and am feeling very busy with too little time on the couch or bed... I adore finding the time to stop by your blogs. And I feel honored when I see people have stopped by mine and have found the time to show a little love in form of a comment or two.
Through the Internet I have found individuals who share illnesses, creative ideas, inspiration, jokes, a love for fashion, a love for food, and/or the complaint of balancing passions between fashion and food. I am reminded that I am not alone. I am reminded that I can still be extroverted even when I feel like I am forced to be introverted due to fatigue or pain. And even when I have plenty of energy to be extroverted, I can still come back and relax to all my online friends.
I dunno, maybe it is cheesy, but all of you make me so incredibly happy. Thank you!