Where lifeintheblueridges has been, and what’s next!

6 May

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a blog post, and that’s mostly because I have been focusing solely on my final year of college. As of last Thursday, I completed my last final exam of my undergraduate career. I’ll be graduating in just 4 days with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I truly can’t wait to have that diploma in my hand and have my family and friends around me to celebrate!

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.-Henry David Thoreau

What’s next in my life: Graduate school! Starting in August, I will attend UNC Charlotte’s MSW (Master’s of Social Work) program, and I truly can’t wait! One of my dreams of helping others is finally going to be coming true, and I am so ready for the journey ahead. Though it will be sad to close the UNC Asheville chapter of my life, I am anxious to start the next phase of my life in a new city which holds new opportunities and the chance to bring more wonderful people into my life. What could be more wonderful than that, you ask? Well…finally getting to focus solely on what I love and long to do for the rest of my life: helping others (hopefully the special needs population).

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.-Howard Thurman

Where lifeintheblueridges has been: Since its creation in November 2011, this blog has been an incredible gift to me in so many ways. Within the first few months of starting my blog, I connected with many people like me, aspiring writers. More than that, though, I was welcomed with open arms into a community I never knew I needed. Because of constant support and encouragement from those who knew me not personally, but simply through my writing, I finally reached a point in which I was able to start something I never thought I’d be able to do: the sharing of my story of living with Cerebral Palsy. In January of 2012, I began receiving positive feedback from fellow bloggers and connecting with others who either have Cerebral Palsy or another disability or know someone who does. Because of all the positive feedback, in January of 2012, I started writing my memoir of living with Cerebral Palsy. If it hadn’t been for the encouragement from the blogging community and other friends, I don’t know if I would have ever had the courage to open up about my experiences of living with CP. Since opening up, however, I have connected with so many people who’ve told me to keep on sharing. More recently, I’ve also been giving talks to elementary and middle schools in Buncombe County regarding my experiences of living with CP, and more specifically, the bullying experiences I had as a child as a result of my Cerebral Palsy. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities I’ve received to talk with so many kids about disabilities and bullying, especially because they have allowed the kids to learn more about what it’s like to live with a physical disability and it’s given them the opportunity to ask any questions they want about me and my disability (which I fully support since I know there are so many kids who are curious). Overall, through this blog, I have gained the courage to open up about my experiences and have developed the desire to share my story with others. However, I’ve also gained encouragers, supporters, fellow writers, beta readers fellow CPers, special needs parents…or more precisely, a community of people that is cheering me on currently and will continue to do so even after my memoir is eventually published (or that’s what I hope, anyway).

Where lifeintheblueridges is going: Beginning this July, I will no longer live in Asheville…no longer will I be nestled among these mountains I love. Therefore, the beloved lifeintheblueridges will be ending after this post. In the coming months, I’ll no longer be a college girl in Asheville. I’ll be even more than that…a graduate student in Charlotte! Therefore, though this blog has provided me with more than I ever thought possible…I’ll be creating a new blog, especially because I am about to close one door and open another. I am incredibly excited to begin a new blog journey, a blog that will solely focus on writing about my experiences of living with CP. Since this blog helped me to open up about my experiences, there’s NO WAY I’m going to stop sharing my story and writing my memoir. I hope to be sharing my story and the writing process of my memoir even more on my new blog!

*As of right now, I am not sure when my new blog will be up and running, but I will make one more post on here once the new blog is live so that everyone can continue following me and my story.*

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11 Responses to “Where lifeintheblueridges has been, and what’s next!”

  1. michaelwatsonvt May 6, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    Congratulations. There is much work to be done in the world. We welcome you to the frey.

  2. photosfromtheloonybin May 6, 2014 at 8:07 pm #

    Sincere congratulations Amelia!! You are going to do amazing things, and I admire you greatly!

  3. Carrie May 6, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    Congratulations!! I have appreciated sharing this part of your journey. As I moved to these beautiful mountains you were one who helped me feel welcomed. It is hard to believe that time has passed so quickly.
    Enjoy your move to Charlotte and beginning school at UNC-C! I look forward to the next blog and the journey ahead.
    Peace.

    • ameliaclaire92 May 6, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

      Carrie,
      I’m glad I was able to make your transition easier. I’m happy we had the chance to meet spontaneously, and I am really grateful for the support over the years.

  4. Cassie Miles May 6, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

    Congratulations!!!! You are going to change the world! Thank you for sharing your story – I have followed you since the early years of my daughters diagnosis (she’s almost 5 now). You have always been the inspiration and the hope I have for her. I have read your posts to my husband, and we have been able to imagine a world where Emma will flourish. We are from Columbia, SC and hope you know that you have touched many lives! Enjoy – this is such a fun stage in life!

    • ameliaclaire92 May 6, 2014 at 11:52 pm #

      Thank you so, so much. I really needed this, and it is because of families like yours that I am sharing my story. I hope that you are able to see Emma flourish. I have no doubt she will. People like her and I are fighters. It’s not in our blood to give up. So, love her…comfort her during the hard times…and know that one day she will be able to spread her wings and soar! :)

  5. Grace @ Cultural Life May 7, 2014 at 3:52 am #

    Congratulations on your undergrad degree and very best wishes for the beginning of your graduate studies. Well done! :) I look forward to reading your new blog.

  6. belasbrightideas May 7, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    Hey! Wondering where you had been – congratulations! And good luck in grad school!

  7. P. C. Zick May 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing your inspirational journey.

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