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Blogaversary: alygeorges (memoirs of aly) turns four!

It’s that time of the year again. Drum roll please…alygeorges: memoirs of aly (the way I see it) turns four today. The blogaversary had totally escaped my mind. I was just looking at my phone earlier and I was wondering what’s special about today because deep down I felt there was something about the date. Then bam! It hit me. It’s my blog’s anniversary. Not just the first, second, or third…but the fourth.

I’m cognisant of the fact that four rounded to the nearest ten would be zilch…but looking at my glass as half-full, those total up to forty eight months. I’m beside myself with joy. I feel this is a huge milestone, especially when I take into consideration all the challenges I’ve been going through, that even publishing one post a month feels like a herculean task sometimes.

Ninety percent of the time I’m swamped with schoolwork so getting time to blog has been very difficult. However, what I find really amazing, and what keeps me going strong, is the simple thought that even as I struggle, there are people who make time to read the few posts I manage to publish.

Today as I celebrate my blog’s anniversary, I’m celebrating all those who have travelled with me on my blogging journey this far. I cherish you all guys. Thank you for the likes, comments and the thousands of views. I just can’t thank you enough. I’ve said this before, and I’ll keep reiterating; without you my blog wouldn’t be turning four. So differently phrased, WE are turning four today!

I send you many warm hugs. Happy blogging! 🙂

Special three!

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Today, 8th May is a special day. For three main reasons:

We celebrate the Ascension of our Lord Jesus. The church commemorates the day He went back to heaven, after which He sent us His helper- The Holy Spirit. A day (Pentecost) we’ll be celebrating next Sunday. The caring God He is, He ensured we would never be alone.

During mass the mass the priest told us about this man who died and went to heaven. When he got there, God showed him the life he’d led when he was on earth. The man watched as his life was displayed before him. He realized that all through there were footprints left behind. There were two pairs of footprints. However, he realized that at a time in his life when he had been going through so much tribulation, there was only one pair of footprints.

Turning to Jesus he asked him, “You left me at a time when I needed you most. Why?”

“Never did I leave your side,” Jesus replied. “Those two footprints you see are mine. I carried you, when you couldn’t walk on your own.”

The man was speechless.

I bet if we had a conversation with Jesus we would ask him the same. ‘Why he left us when we needed him most’. Sometimes I feel like I’m alone. But obviously that’s never the case; because we’re never alone. God’s always there with us. We just need to believe that and push on, even when we feel like life couldn’t get worse.

Today as we celebrate the Ascension of Christ, we should remember that we are never alone. God made sure of that. If ever we get to a point where we feel alone, we should just trust that He’s right there with us and push on.

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The second reason why this is a very special day is the fact that today we’re celebrating our beloved mothers. I wish all the mothers out there the happiest of mothers’ day. Personally I celebrate my mom. She’s impacted my life so greatly. The suffering she’s gone through so my sisters and I can make it in life has taught me a lot. She sacrificed, and still continues to sacrifice her happiness so we could at least have a shot at life.

It hasn’t been easy one bit, but from her experiences I understand what motherhood is all about; or at least I think I do. One thing I know without a  shadow of a doubt is that being a mother is a full time job and given that it’s not something a woman can just delegate, it’s just about the hardest job in the world.

I remember this post I once read about a mother’s job. Can’t remember the exact details but in a nutshell, a mother’s job is like a ‘medley’ of jobs. A mother is a care-giver; she’s a teacher; she’s a doctor… a mother is many things. If God-forbid I didn’t have my mom, I couldn’t possibly start to imagine where I would be right now… she’s been there to help me through difficult times; seeming strong even when everything around me was crumbling…

Because of her, I have felt the healing touch of a mother’s love. I acknowledge that no one’s perfect and for that, even she has had her own shortcomings. Even so, I couldn’t have asked for a better mom. I love her, and I cherish her.

Happy mothers’ day to all the mothers.

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The third reason why this day is special is because today I’m celebrating my blog’s third anniversary. It’s really hard to believe that this blog is now three years old, and counting… I haven’t been blogging much lately but I’m so grateful to all my readers; for your patience and understanding, especially where I go for weeks before replying to comments. It’s never intentional. There’s so much going on in my life right now…

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I cherish you all. Because without you, I wouldn’t have the motivation to write…much as I find it therapeutic. Thank you for your continued support, and encouragement.

So today, I celebrate the Ascension of Christ, all mothers in the world, my blog’s third anniversary and my readers. Such a special day!

 

alygeorges (memoirs of aly) turns two!

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Two years ago, on a day like today this beautiful blog was created. I vividly remember that beautiful evening. I had been toying with the idea of starting a blog for a while but somehow I seemed to have more than enough excuses – which felt like genuine reasons at the time- as to why I couldn’t start a blog.

One of the greatest hurdles I had to jump, and with so much effort at that, was the idea of me sharing my life experiences with the whole world. I have always been a private person and the idea of laying out my life stories for all and sundry to see didn’t seem appealing one bit. Everytime I decided to immerse myself into the vast blogosphere, I’d go all anxious and so I’d stall…

Eventually, on 8th May 2013, I found my strength. I just logged into WordPress and without giving my ever unruly anxiety time to discourage me from taking that leap, I created my blog. One thing I was sure of, was that I wanted to use my site to offer encouragement to all who would stop by…and somehow, that felt like it would be a daunting task because even I, sometimes run out of psyche; especially when I’m dealing with problems of my own.

As it is though, when one shares a stressing issue with someone, they realize that the burden feels lighter. Furthermore, from interacting with people on this site, I’ve slowly realized that sometimes the issues I find awfully depressing are nothing compared to what some other people go through.

Therefore, even in my endeavour to inspire my readers through giving my own personal experiences and reflective bits from songs, movies, Holy Scriptures, other people’s experiences…etc. I have also received my own share of encouragement, and for that I’m so grateful.

Sometimes I’m reminded of this saying I heard years ago, ‘We’re all sailing in the same boat, only that others are in different parts of the boat’. Simply put, we all go through difficult moments and even when we feel like our problems are unique, once we share them with others we realize that they ain’t unique at all. This blog has helped me confirm that.

For instance, I used to think this anxiety I struggle with was something so unique. However, I’ve been proved so wrong because everytime I look around I’ll find someone talking about their own anxiety. So now I know I’m just another person struggling with anxiety. In a way, I feel comforted to know that I’m not alone in this.

That’s just one of numerous examples.

As I write each post, I always question what I want readers to get from it; and everytime I’ll find myself hoping that in a way I’ll reach out to someone somewhere; if only to make them feel that they’re not alone in this vast, callous world. That is where I derive my strength to keep this blog going.

For the past couple of months though, I haven’t been able to post much because school has been taking up all my time and I sincerely apologize to my ardent readers for that. However, I intend to remain true to my objective- to encourage and remind all those who stop by that the problems we go through are just a passing cloud and that there’s more to life than just resigning ourselves to misery.

As we know, writing is a two way thing. It’s a fact that a writer/blogger wouldn’t have much to pride themselves in if the pieces they wrote didn’t have anyone to read them. The feedback may not always be positive, but anyone who puts their work out there knows it’s subject to public scrutiny; and that’s ok. On that note I send my profound gratitude to all those who stop by because my blog wouldn’t be turning two today if I didn’t have you to read my posts. Thank you so much.

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In the spirit of encouragement I’ll share this quote by Martin Luther King Jr., ‘If you can’t fly, then run; if you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl; but whatever you do, keep moving’. However tough things feel, always keep these words in my mind.

 

Memoirs of aly (the way I see it) turns one

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Last year on a day like today, this site -memoirs of aly (the way I see it) -was born. Before I started this site I had contemplated it for a while, but somehow I was always finding excuses not to. On eighth May last year, deciding that would be the day I would start blogging, I just got on wordpress and signed in. It wasn’t easy finding my way round this vast blogosphere but one year down the line, I feel I’m getting on fine.

I would love to send a heartfelt THANK YOU to all those who find time to stop by. With so many blogs on wordpress alone, I feel honoured that one would spare their time to read my ramblings. THANK YOU again. I acknowledge the fact that a writer becomes relevant because of his/her readers. So what I’m grateful for today-my achievement- is thanks to you; I wouldn’t have the psych to keep on writing if I didn’t have you to read.

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What some of you might not know is that I’ve always loved to write. I’ve always found comfort in writing. Growing up I was somewhat introverted, and I found writing a good way to vent. When I was so happy I would write it all down, just so I wouldn’t forget the beautiful feelings. That’s the beauty of writing; when one reads an article/book/journal entry…the words carry someone to that particular time and if one expresses themselves right, the reader will get the same attitude/mood the writer was in.

This past Sunday in church, the priest said to the congregation, “If you make time for God, He will make time for you. And at His own appointed time, He will act.” He continued, “Those things you’re enjoying today, did you pray for them yesterday?”

While I was reflecting on that, I thought about this blog. Long before I ever thought of starting a blog, I tried to get a writing job. During my search I saw this ad on a newspaper. They needed a contributor for their magazine. Optimistically, I called up the guy who had placed the ad and he asked me to see him the following day.

His office was a bit far from home, so mom took me. The interview went really well and I got the job. Since I was only a contributor, he said I would be getting paid for each article I submitted. I was so thrilled. The fact that I was getting a writing job felt really exciting. Two weeks later I submitted the first articles.

Instead of having me meet him at his office, the guy asked me to meet him up in a hotel. From all the TV I’d watched, I felt something was fishy. Therefore I asked my big sister to accompany me. I gave him three articles on soft copy and while we were having our drinks, my sister and I tried enquiring about the magazine, and some things didn’t feel right. I felt he didn’t sound/appear professional one bit; all my instincts warned me to make for the hills.

After the unusual encounter, I went back home and googled the said magazine but there wasn’t anything about it on the net. The alarm bells in my head were ringing so loud. I couldn’t ignore them. I decided I wouldn’t be taking the job. When I called him later to tell him I couldn’t take the job, I couldn’t reach him. His phone was off. I tried again later but his phone was still off. I didn’t know what to make of that but then I imagined he was a phoney. That’s how I ended up not taking the job; though I doubt there was one to begin with.

I hoped to get my work out there in public but I didn’t know how. Then this blog happened. It was an answered prayer. It might sound funny, but it was. And it didn’t happen overnight. So I figured the priest was right when he asked if the things we’re enjoying today we prayed for yesterday.

This blog is a beautiful milestone. Thank you for your support, for the beautiful awards some of you have bestowed upon me. Words can’t be enough to express the joy in my heart. With this blog I hope to keep my readers inspired/motivated. I pray that with each post I’ll get closer to achieving that goal.

Lots of love,

Aly Georges.