I truly believe that life is what you make it. Creating happiness in your life works both ways and if you live your life being happy, then you get happiness in return and shower happy thoughts on others. Well, that’s my simple philosophy anyway. Why am I talking about happiness in this blog? That’s because so many great things have happened to me in the past two weeks that I feel compelled to share my happiness with you all.
I was nominated for the 2016 Stroke Foundation Awards, in the creative category and have been listed as a finalist with some amazing people who have inspired me along my own stroke journey. Have a read about these inspiring stroke survivors and see what you think. The winner will be chosen this month but whatever the outcome, I feel a winner in every way at the moment.
Meeting new people and sharing my story where it has inspired them, makes me immensely happy. I now have the support from some local Medical Centres, here on the Sunshine Coast, who have stocked and are selling my books to patients. My heartfelt thanks go to Alive and Kicking Medical Practices who have four Medical Practices and are selling my books at their Brightwater and Parklands Practices. I have signed each book with an inspirational message, so if you live nearby, pop in and have a browse. Parklands sold one on the first day which was super news. I am also happy to say that my own practice, Golden Beach Medical Centre are selling my book and their August newsletter will feature a story about my stroke and my book.
I have always supported the local independent book stores and in addition to the support from The BookShop at Caloundra, I am happy to add, that Books of Buderim and Rosetta Books in Maleny are also supporting my business and A Stroke of Poetry is now available for purchase at these beautiful book stores. A book signing event is being planned at Rosetta Books in the coming weeks..further details to follow when confirmed.
I was lucky enough to conduct a recent interview with Profile Magazine which will feature in their October issue, focusing on health and well being, so needless to say I am very excited.
Recently I met up with the Young Queensland Stroke Support Group, formed by Chris Kay (I can class myself as ‘young’ even though I am now 53!). They meet every 6 weeks or so here on the Sunshine Coast and discussions arose about strategies to cope with some areas of stroke recovery but we also laughed and joked about anything and everything. It was a fun meeting and looking forward to the next. This is a closed group but if you are a stroke survivor and fancy a catch up, just send a request to the Facebook group and look forward to seeing you there.