The first blog post of each month is a guest post from a guest blogger. This month’s is from Jes, whose blog has been an inspiration to me since I discovered it earlier this year. When you read her post, you’ll know exactly why. Then go follow her blog:
At A Glacial Pace.
You only think your life is busy until you read about hers!
Have you ever taken a step back and wondered
“where did the time go?” or,
“what have I done in the last six years?”
I didn’t necessarily think these things exactly, but in December of
2005, I started writing a blog. I don’t think anyone really read it,
but I was okay with that. It was more for my own entertainment and
musings; something I could look back on and remember what was going on
in my life. It was also a place for me to vent my feelings and
sentiments about living as a twenty-something, blind girl blundering
my way through life with my first guide dog, Jetta, by my side. A lot
has changed since December 2005. Jetta has retired, I’ve moved a
million times-it feels like it anyway-and I’ve grown up a lot. I still
rant from time to time, but I think I’m a bit more eloquent now and
perhaps don’t get as fired up about certain things as I used to.
Now, my blog focuses primarily on my life as a blind woman in the
process of moving from the United States to Edinburgh Scotland. It
chronicles the happenings in my house with two guide dogs and a
husband. It’s much different from the raging, slightly radical
Sociology student that often spewed words out in an attempt to make
her brain shut off. I still advocate for equality and accessibility; I
still try to raise awareness for those populations who may not
necessarily have a voice-that includes animals; but it’s a less
aggressive and probably much more readable approach.
My blog is constantly changing and it’s probably because I don’t stay
still well. I always have at least two projects on the go and if not,
I’m looking for something else to add. I used to be a competitive
swimmer for Canada and retired in 2008. It took me a few years to
realise that the fire for competition had not burned out and I made it
my mission to fulfill this void; this happens to be training for a
triathlon. I have dreams of competing in the Paralympics again as a
triathlete. If you’re going to dream, dream big.
Athletics are not my only interest. I have a degree in Sociology and
Massage Therapy. I would also like to get my Master’s in
Physiotherapy, which is in the works for September of 2012. On the
side, I love training dogs and interacting with them. My most recent
dog related adventure was starting up a Pet Consulting business that
will be a side project until I can build up a client base. On top of
all of this, my posts are full of stories about the move to Scotland,
my experience as a guide dog handler and a few random ramblings about
the necessity of coffee. In reality, you will probably never know what
the next day’s post is going to be about as I never run out of things
to say. Strangely enough, I am quite the opposite in person; if I
don’t know you, I probably won’t talk much.
“At A Glacial Pace” is the title of the blog and is intended to be
ironic and a play on words all at the same time. Glacier is my current
working dog and nothing moves “at a glacial pace” in our lives. The
URL for the blog is “Walking Barefoot in the Sand” because that is
what life is like. Sand is unstable and if you were to walk on it
every day, or at different times of the day, it would be different.
Sometimes it’s warm and pleasant under your feet; others you must run
because it is too hot; and sometimes it is cold and wet and sticks to
your feet. Life is like walking on a sandy beach: you never know what
you’re going to experience and sometimes it can be pleasant, soothing
and exciting and sometimes it is cold, ungiving and desolate. Either
way, life-and sand-go on and the next time you step out your front
door, or on to a beach, it will not be the same. That is what is
exciting about life and I think my blog reflects that; or at least I
hope it does.