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NaBloPoMo July 2014 
I was originally going to skip July’s NaBloPoMo. The first two weeks of July will be super busy for me, I’m planning to ramp up my fiction pursuits after the events I’m attending, and who knows what summer will bring?
Then I saw the theme.
Ten years. The passage of time.
A lot can happen in a decade, and in the world of neurodiversity, it certainly has. On a smaller scale, people grow and change immensely over that period of time. Babies grow into children. Children pick up immense amounts of information. Adults learn from the trials of responsibility. It goes on.
Today’s prompt is to talk about something I’ve been doing for ten years. For me, that would be writing.

This past decade I’ve experienced the following:

  • Medical problems (migraines, chronic breathing problems, stomach issues, etc)
  • Caring for someone with mental illness severe enough to temporarily disable them
  • Buying our first home
  • Nearly losing the new home
  • Getting a better paying job that caused some of those medical problems
  • Paid off credit card debt and settled issues with the mortgage company
  • Discovered all sorts of wonderful things about my dyslexia
  • Accepted my neurology as a big part of who I am
  • Began the educational journey about other types of neurodiversity 
  • Consciously changed the way I chose to look at the world
  • Got to a secure enough place to leave that old job in favor of pursuing writing
  • Began to learn how to knit, sew, make various kinds of jewelry and bettered my sewing skills

Through it all, I either wrote about my daily stresses or snippets of fiction. If it weren’t for that writing, I don’t think I would have survived.

In recent years, my online writing has been featured in a few places, I’ve been hired to write for a few folks and I’ve gathered enough courage to enter contests, as well as submit to publications. Most recently, the tutorial I wrote about how to crochet a turtle keychain was the featured hub of the day over on HubPages.

Not a bad start for a dyslexic, huh?

What about you, dear readers? What have you been doing for the past ten years, and what’s changed in that time for you?


BlogHer July NaBloPoMo: Decade — 8 Comments

  1. The "decade" topic caught me as well- so much to reflect upon, and so much change experienced! I became a military spouse, was surprised with motherhood, and left my home state, discovering that I had all sorts of interests away from my profession, teaching. July's blog posts will be all about the cool things I've discovered about myself over the past ten years.

  2. It sure does. Looking back stunned me, since there's a difference between living it and reflecting on it, y'know? It has been very interesting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. It sounds like you've had quite a wild time! I'll do my best to catch up with your posts once the next two weeks' madness passes. From the peeks I just took at your blogs, you have some beautiful pictures and great ideas.

  4. Wow – quit a journey. Gets me thinking about my own which I may post later. Can't believe all that I've lived in 10 short years.
    Perle Champion at
    Perleโ€™s Ink,
    freelance words & art

  5. Ten years ago I was the mother of a young teen. I hadn't yet discovered blogging. I tried mightily to find time for myself. Now that I have the time, I also find myself getting ready to be a caregiver to an elderly in law and a developmentally disabled brother in law. Who knows what the next 10 years will bring? Alana

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