I wanted to do something to mark the two year anniversary of this blog last week, on the day I turned thirty-two, but I decided to wait.
I knew the anniversary,
would be coming soon after. Rather than talking about what I’ve learned about having a blog for two years, I figured that instead I would round up each monthly contribution I made to 1000 Voices Speak For Compassion over the last twelve months, all in one place. This, I’ve decided, is the best way I can think to truly illustrate the importance it has had in my life this past year and I hope to continue with it in the future.
The presence of
has helped me to focus in on what is at the heart of why I write and at the core of my space, this blog: Her Headache.
FEBRUARY – Compassion
I interview two people who make a unique and lasting difference in the world around them.
MARCH – Building From Bullying
I speak about bullying, in my own life, for other people, and in literature and how we all see it happening, in front of us at one time or another.
APRIL – Nurture
Using a particular afternoon out in nature with family, I speak about the whole nature vs nurture debate and the vital role I think both of these have played in my own life.
MAY – Connection
I speak about the types of connection I want for myself and how I deal with feeling lonely or alone in the world.
This one speaks for itself really.
JULY – Acceptance
I speak about showing compassion to myself in a world where it’s sometimes just easier to hide.
**Here, I took a bit of a summer vacation from compassion for the month of August. Sounds worse than it was.**
Instead, I’ve included a guest post I was invited to write, a few months later, for the 1000 Voices Speak For Compassion site.
I speak about compassion vs pity that I often get from others.
SEPTEMBER – Honesty
I examine when it’s okay to be honest with other people and how to learn from the sometimes harsh nature of honesty when it is given back to me.
OCTOBER – Compassion
A young girl was shot in cold blood on her way to school and she does not hold onto thoughts of revenge, retribution, or anger.
NOVEMBER – Gratitude
I am thankful for the things in my life that teach me gratitude.
I relied on the compassion showed by others during a time when I really needed a lot of it.
JANUARY – Forgiveness
I speak of looking at forgiveness from several angles.
for helping me see the good in people over this last year.
All of these posts listed here are a tribute to you.