Monday, April 25, 2011

U ~ Unveiling


This blogging journey (that I feel like I'm still on the first lap of) has brought a lot of growth to my self-esteem. Before you get all blustery thinking I'm bragging, let me explain. I'm a recoverING anorexic (like alcoholism, it's always with you, and unlike alcoholics who can just quit completely, those of us who struggle with food, can't quit food completely. Well, not anymore. I already did that, and therein lay my problem ;-) But writing, and even being brave enough to write about that , has brought healing. I'm still pretty hesitant out there, though.

That might not make sense to those of you dear readers who've been with me since 2009. I come across as rather arrogant and self-confident at times. But have you seen my face? It's on my blog once, hidden behind my YellowBoy, in Alaska, and I only included it because it had almost our entire group AND the glacier. Not only was there safety in numbers, it was on an Alphabe-Thursday where everyone is running hell bent for leather all over cyberland trying to visit as many blogs as possible, so I thought I was pretty safe. One or two people commented. And that's how I wanted it.

Now I'm feeling better. Don't know if it's being over a year removed from the job loss which sent me spinning into a pit of despair, or also a year removed from the whooping cough which left me winded and on the side-lines. I am still dealing with the hip thing, but I thank God that the pain is down to a 3 or 4 (out of 10) and that's a place where I can live for a while. After all, I've lived with my fused wrist and its chronic regional pain syndrome for eleven years now, and on a good day, it's a 6. But I'm not just talking physically better. I feel better on the depression scale, too. (Chronic pain and depression have one of those chicken/egg relationships...) So without further ado, I give you: me.


I took no less than 47 self-portraits. I'm willing for you to see this one.  I'm a work in progress.  If you're interested in the other stories I alluded to...help yourself.

10 comments:

Brian Miller said...

nice to meet you tina...smiles.

keep writing that story....

5thsister said...

You are a beautiful lady and a very good blogging friend. I'm so glad to finally see your pretty face! Love you!

Daisy said...

With every step you take towards life in it's fullest, heaven's song get even louder :)This blog post made the song go up a whole new level.

lookingonthebrightside said...

Same brilliant blue eyes, same chin, same smile... but you cut that beautiful blonde hair!!!!! You look wonderful my friend :)

and if i could figure out how to share pictures from Picasa, i'd show you me too!

H said...

One of these fine days, I might even add a photo of me to my blog... Maybe :p

Well done you! Lovely to see you :)

LemonyRenee' said...

Fabulous! You're just beautiful! I'm glad to hear your hip is in a better place now. Congratulations on your journey -- it's inspiring.

Arlee Bird said...

I missed this post the first time around, but I guess I missed about 1200 other posts on that day. It's good to meet you face to face or I guess I should say to see what you look like. I often wonder about the face behind the blog since many don't show photos. I don't usually put up current photos of myself though I have on occasion. Whenever I've tried the self-portrait thing they always turn out kind of goofy and not tasteful like your photo--good job of self picture taking.

Maybe one day we can all meet in person.

Lee
Blogging from A to Z

Maria Dunn said...

I am visiting your 'unveiling' feom your about me page as I peruse the hosts of A to Z challenge. I'm recuperating myself from knee surgery a few days ago and so have some time to investigate more of the blogging world than my time usually allots. I thank you for your transparency and I hope I can take the time to know you better. I really appreciate seeing who I am reading and knowing them as well. So thank you for sharing yourself. God bless, Maria http://delightdirectedliving.blogspot.com/

sammydetroit said...

Hi Tina - I drink my morning coffee from a Life Is Good mug. My golf caps say Life Is Good. Naturally when I saw your blog name on the list of A to Z Challenge participants, I had to come meet you! I have enjoyed several of your posts and will be back for more. I am a newbie blogger and virgin A to Z participant.

Thank you for being brave and trusting enough to share your photo. Each of us deals with demons - mental or physical illness or wounds. Life throws stuff at us; people hurt us or disappoint us. Surrender or persevere. Those are our options. Your determination inspires and your writing encourages.

Yolanda Renee said...

I just learned that you're gone, an angel above us. I wish I'd taken the time sooner, but life does have a way of limiting our reach. From what I've read, from you, about you, and about you from your friends, you were a most beautiful person. I wish for your new journey health, love, and the ability to follow and fulfill each dream. You will be missed. Thank you for sharing you with us!