“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”~ Unknown
Welcome, welcome! I am so so happy you are all here. I am actually traveling for work today so please don’t think I am rude if I am not immediately responsive! I am off to put the X in X Factor…see that, I am getting cheesy right off the bat! If any of you fancy yourselves a singer and live in SF we can have coffee at Cow Palace…doesn’t that sound inviting? But I digress….
Today is a very special day as I have the wonderful opportunity to welcome a community of women who I so respect and admire. The community is called SITS and it stands for ‘The Secret to Success is Support!” When I first started blogging a year ago, those of you who were here with me on this journey knew I was wounded and trying to find a way to heal as we navigated a new path that we had no idea we would be on and really weren’t clear on mile markers or even the destination. Never one to do anything just half, I looked for places to grow and nurture my blog, and I stumbled onto the SITS website. As soon as I arrived I knew it was a special place. Is is not only dedicated to helping bloggers through information sharing, conferences and expert posts, but it also is dedicated facilitating support for bloggers from all walks of life. And since we all know I LOVE warmth and support, it felt like home.
When I was contacted that I would have my own SITS day, I was overflowing with excitement.
SITS-tahs, if it’s your first time here, I suppose I should introduce myself and I will try not to be super wordy! My name is Shannon Pruitt and I created “MyNewFavoriteDay” because, I was alone and sad and terrified of my future as a mother to my twins who had been born 3 months premature. As I sat on the couch in our living room watching my then 18 month old daughter still on oxygen and worrying ince
ssantly about her significant and noticeable delays and looking over to my son who was full of life and on-track, I felt isolated and alone. We had gone through IVF after a VERY LONG time of not being able to get pregnant and although we had received a tremendous amount of love and support from family and friends through everything, I didn’t feel like anyone could understand what I was going through and so I decided to type. I had always been an optimistic person and able to find the silver lining and there was one silver lining to our situation which noone could argue with not even me, my children were alive. We had stared death in the face multiple times and we had won that war, so surely each day could be “MyNewFavoriteDay” because we are together as a family.
And with that first post a community of people swelled. Although I do blog often about family, life, parenting, being a working mom (now work from home mom as of 8 weeks ago), and E’s Special Needs, it’s all through the lens that no matter what we are going through we all experience the same emotions in life and we can all find a thread of relatability if not to the situation, then to the emotions we experience going through them.
I tend to chronicle day-to-day things, emotions, events, and epiphanies that inspire me and that I hope will provide a little nugget of inspiration for folks that drop by cup of coffee, soda or vino in hand. I see “MyNewFavoriteDay” as a community where we can grab some space, grow, experience and occasionally have a laugh. Somewhere we can be happy, sad, hopeful, excited, frustrated, inspired and joyful sometimes in isolation and sometimes all in the same day!
Additionally, I also like to profile folks who inspire me in “MyNewFavoriteWeek’ly Inspiration” series. If you would like to read about some of the fascinating authors, winemakers, bloggers, jewerly-makers, etc. that I have profiled, you can see those posts here. If you would like to be featured or know someone who inspires you and you think should be featured, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are some key players in this family that you will get to know if you spend some time here and they are my wonderful husband KSP, and our minis Q and E. They are my core and my everyday inspiration. Little smiles, gestures, glances and touches…while everyday isn’t easy and things are constantly changing my love for these people, my family, friends, writing, advocacy, keeping my mind stimulated and this community I can find the nugget to make each day “MyNewFavoriteDay.”
As the quote above suggests, I hope you will find and share in this community ” ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing and inclusion.” Together we can go forward one foot in front of the other.
Thanks so much for visiting and for taking the time to be here out of your busy schedules! It means a lot to me and I wish all of you just a piece of the love and warmth I feel today and it will surely be ‘yournewfavoriteday!’
If you want to join us in trying to find the inspiration in each day, you can subscribe to the “MyNewFavoriteDay” RSS Feed, Follow me on Twitter, and join us on Facebook! If you are on Pinterest, we have set up camp there as well to spread the inspiration!
Again thanks for coming by and “Happy NewFavoriteDay!”