Three Hundred weeks ago i started this little community here on the world wide web.
Three Hundred weeks ago.
Three Hundred weeks ago i couldn't have guessed the journey the blog would take and where it would take me, both literally and figuratively.
Three Hundred weeks ago i didn't know the amount of connections that would be made.
Three Hundred weeks ago i couldn't have imagined the wealth of friendship i have found.
Three Hundred weeks ago i thought i'd just try my hand at this for challenge blog few months and see how it goes.
Three Hundred weeks ago i was a totally different person who has grown in incredible ways and has changed in ways i couldn't have foreseen.
I'm going to just jump right into here because i think this week's challenge is really fitting for this occasion.
If you've been following my blog and my facebook page for some time, you may have guessed that this challenge would be coming. This Tuesday, January 24th, is Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day.
In the beginning - i came to zentangle for the art. I was drawn to it because it was familiar. Then Artoo was born and everything about his birth and his hospital stay and his eventual homecoming was. So. Hard......and i clung to zentangle as my life line in those first months - and eventually it led me here because i knew that i NEEDED to keep a zentangle practice in my life. I needed to make it a priority because, honestly - this challenge blog? Well. It saved me back then. It gave me something i had to do for myself at least once a week, and in the beginning that was all i could manage. It was all i could do some Sunday nights to sit down and write and create a tile... and a lot of those challenges in the early days i was totally living by the old adage: Fake it 'till you make it.
And it helped. Writing this blog for the past six years has sometimes been a challenge, sometimes a chore, but i keep coming back to it because it helped me pull myself out of my own real life challenges, even if it was just for Sunday night.
Weekly Challenge #300: "Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day"
|Artoo, the great|
|Grade 1 is awesome|
|being silly is fun!|
|I think he makes this look work|
|cutest paleontologist ever|
|Preemies are magic|
|can i get a hell yeah?|
People with Moebius Syndrome can have low muscle tone and can be uncoordinated or have trouble with balance, like Artoo does. And/or they can be born with some missing limbs or underdeveloped or webbed digits, and can also have other disorders, which Artoo does not.
|budding artist - oh, my heart|
|he deserves a million trophies|
|his future album cover|
|We love Artoo|
He can tell you, to the second, how long his favourite songs are and which album it's from and when that album was released. He has an excellent singing voice and loves dancing. He likes to write lists and he likes to write fiction stories about Weird Al and his school friends going on field trips to the zoo. Sometimes the way he talks other grownups kills me because he's so matter of fact like he's like a tiny grownup himself.
|ice cream sundaes are the best|
|fair rides for the win!|
Also it's in the hopes that i may reach just one more person; someone new, someone who had never heard of Moebius Syndrome so that when some day in the future they are fortunate enough to meet one of these amazing people they will remember that one blog post they read that one time, and they might remember that underneath the face they're unfamiliar with is a person who is warm and caring and funny and would really really really - more than anything - just wanted to be treated as normal.
It's disorder. It's not contagious.
|well, unless it's goofy camping faces... THOSE are fully contagious|
But simplified; Because Artoo was born i really and truly embraced tangling. Because i needed to keep tangling i started this blog. Through this blog i have met (online AND in real life) the most supportive, caring, generous, giving and amazing souls who would never have otherwise come into my life!
To raise awareness for this disorder is this week's Challenge. Use the Moebius Syndrome Foundation's logo as your string, or create a moebius strip out of paper and tangle that... or some other awesome creative thing that i haven't thought of.
Here's two versions of the logo for you to work with. You can print them or trace them or draw your own.
For those of you who remember this challenge from last year, please don't submit your tile from last year if you can. I'm going to send the link to the Challenge to the folks on my Moebius Syndrome support group on facebook, i'd love for them to see all your amazing artwork so that each and every one of them will know that they are not alone and that we are aware!!
If you are going to post your piece, also, to Instagram (@iamthediva), Twitter, or Facebook - please consider using the hashtags: #moebiusawareness #moebiuspurple so that the Moebius community will see them there as well.
also - the colour for MSAD is Purple, so if you want to incorporate purple into your tile, feel free. Please consider wearing purple on Sunday, in support of our big man Artoo - The first baby to attend a CZT Conference in utero and resident CasaDiva cutie pants!!! :D.
If you do, and you'd like to send me a photo, you can send it to lauraharmz (at) gmail (dot) com, or post it to the Challenge Facebook Page with hashtag #moebiusawareness
Thank you everyone for being so supportive of our family!! it means so much to us.
have a great week!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC300(Diva Challenge #300) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)
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