It is no accident I started a blog. I have been an avid reader of blogs for a few years now and want to share a few that have particularly inspired me.
The first blog I started to read was called 'Up in Alaska' by Jill Homer. She had just moved to Juneau (from Homer, incidentally) and was working at the Juneau Empire. During her time here she became a serious biker, eventually competing in the Iditasport - a 300 mile portion of the Iditarod trail that is human-powered; either skiing, biking or running. She went on to write a book about her experience called "Ghost Trails." After five years she left the state and is now living in Montana. She is still biking, blogging and taking incredible pictures. Her blog is now entitled 'Jill Outside,' in reference both her outdoor lifestyle and to the Alaskan colloquialism "outside" to mean the "lower 48".
No blog list would be complete without Pioneer Woman. Housewife Ree started a blog to keep her family updated with pictures of her own growing family on their remote Oklahoma ranch and parlayed it into a career. Along the way she started writing a story of her romance with husband, "Marlboro Man' and that is now being turned into a book with a possible movie in the works. She is also reknown for her cookbook and has been all over the country promoting it and been on every morning show AND Oprah. Go Pioneer Woman.
Another one I particularly enjoy is 'Nienie Dialogs', the amazing journey of Stephanie Nielson who, several years ago was in a plane crash with her husband and burned over 80% of her body. She had started her blog before the accident but since then it has been about her amazing (and long and slow and still ongoing) recovery. Her husband was also burned but not nearly as bad. She lives in Utah with and has four young kids. I have learned alot about her Morman faith and from her blog I've found others to link to including 'CJANE,' her sister Courtney who kept everyone informed on her progress for the months Stephanie was in the hospital. This is a family that really looks out for each other.
'Snickollet' is the story of a young woman who found out her husband had cancer days after their wedding. She gave birth to twins about 6 months before he died and she chronicles her struggles as a single mom and widow. She is very resillient but her pain is palpable. Like all of us, she is a work in progress.
Karen Russell authors 'My life...just not the road I expected...' She is a former dental hygienist from Southern Oregon who took her love of scrapbooking and began teaching classes and developed her own scrapbooking line called Narratives. In the process of taking all the pictures for her scrapbooking she became an accomplished photographer and now goes around the country and the world teaching photography classes. She recently got back from Greece. Not a bad life! She also has the cutest little girl ever!!
I could go on and on but this is getting lengthy so I'll conclude by saying by far my favorite blogs are more personal ones, my niece Krista has one called 'For Some Reason' and my friend Susan has one called 'Freezerburned' and someday, when I figure out how to do so, I will link this eclectic collection of blogs to my own.