“I fight with love and I laugh with rage….you gotta live light enough to see the humor, and long enough to see some change…” ~Ani DiFranco
Let me introduce myself.
- I’m 33 yrs young with a much older soul.
- Two little people call me Momma – my sassy 5yo and almost 2yo little man. Both teach me, test me, humble me and make me nuts usually in a five minute time span.
- I’m sarcastic, out spoken and funny on my best days.
- I had a map of how my life was “supposed” to look by now and that has gone out the window. Thank God for that.
- I started this blog as a way to clear my head. Somehow, it is morphing in to a life change.
- Some of my writing is a result of being a survivor of too many ugly events in my life, but a desire to incorporate it into something that makes the pain and dysfunction worth something.
- The rest of my writing is random, humorous takes on being a woman, being Momma and this crazy world spinning all around me.
What led me here:
Kermit The Frog Changed My Life
Meet a few of my skeletons:
Depression and Motherhood: This is My Truth.
Happy Re-Birthday To Me: A Sexual Abuse Survivor’s Coming Out Story.
The power of shame:
A taste of fiction:
Let me class it up for you:
“This is who I am, what I do and what I say. If you like it let it be and if you don’t, please do the same” ~aNi D.
59 thoughts on “First Impression.”
Ooooh, great Ani quote, so true. I love to bake too!
So glad you found me so that I could find you, thank you!
I always love “running in to” another Ani fan. Her music has been an on going source of inspiration for me since I was about 19.
Another Ani fan. Must be our age. 😉 Reading your blog is a new must-do for me. Your voice is honest and true. Keep it up! Thanks for finding me.
Hey its really nice to meet you. I’m glad to have found you. I’ll be joining you through this journey to clear your head and discovering other things. Lots of love 🙂
Nice to meet you as well. Thanks for joining me on this crazy ride.
Pleasure was all mine, Lets continue this crazy ride together 🙂
“I always capitalize the word Mom. I’m not saying all Moms are equivalent to God, but I do know this crazy world couldn’t keep spinning without us both.”
This made me laugh out loud. Also profoundly true. 🙂
Thanks. It kind of fell off my fingers and after I re-read it I had to laugh too. Thanks for checking “me” out (=
Haha, no problem! I think it’s nice to know a little more about the person with whom one may disagree with (esp about highly contentious issues), so we don’t let the point of contention define our view of who they are. 🙂
So wise of you…thanks for not holding my views against me. I hesitated to respond because of that but I’m trying to “speak up” a little more these days.
Thank you for Reply, and i am also Mamma
I have nominated/awarded you BLOG of the YEAR 2013!!! Your words have so much meaning to me. Enjoy and Congrats! http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/2013/11/07/blog-of-the-year-my-2013-award-winners/
Wow. I can’t thank you enough. You have taken time to read, offer thoughts and support me on this journey since the beginning. It’s appreciated so much. A true kindred spirit. You’re awesome!
Craziness makes for great blog fodder!
Great to meet you!
hey you. what have you been up to? send me an email at email@example.com. hope you are well:)
Hey chica! I have awarded you The Sunshine Award and another star to your Blog of the Year award:) http://contactrida.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=535&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2
You just said everything to Mr. 666 about hookers that I wanted to say, but it wouldn’t let me reply to you. So just know someone agrees with you. I can’t believe people think like that.
Thank you! I feel bad for going off on him on the Hooks page but I couldn’t not. What an ass. Glad to hear I wasn’t the only one highly offended by that.
All week I’ve been trying to read that toddler post, but you describe the humility that goes hand in hand with annoyance and impatience so perfectly. This has been my reality. The kid is finally in daycare and I get to read, comment and share. Loved this introduction to Dawn. It’s wonderful.
You’re wonderful. And thank God for daycare!!! Hope you enjoy YOUR time.
Just thought I’d let you know I’m writing an article about blogging mummies for the Spring issue of Mums and Tots – the lovely Irish magazine that I write for. I’ve chosen my top five blogs and you’re one of them. The magazine has a circulation of 17K issues, so hopefully we’ll get a few new readers! Yeah! :0)
Olivia that just made my day. Seriously, I can’t tell you how ridiculous I look with this goofy grin on my face right now. Thank you so much and I am humbled that you would think of me for a top five. Thank you. Thank you. ~Dawn
Ha! Ha! Ha! Glad it made your day. I do love your blog and your forthrightness. :0)
Just snuck in a moment to check out the Mums and Tots magazine online and landed on their Facebook page. I love it. I definitely feel the love and humor over there.
They’re a nice bunch. They want the magazine to support mothers in very aspect of parenting which they do very well. I write for the flip-page magazine so it won’t be online but I’ll put it on my blog as soon as the mag goes on sale – should be march 1st.
I had a map too, a plan, but two wives, four kids and thirty years later I now realize that the only thing that map got right was the starting point.
What a beautiful way of thinking about “the map”.
Oh my goodness! What an incredible blog you’ve created! I need much more time than I have now (with children whining in my ear for their version of “dinner”) so I am making a date to come back here tonight when my insomnia hits (right on schedule) to do some major binge reading. For now, lemme just say I LOVE that you capitalize Mom!
Thank you so very much. I have spent all day with booger-y children and a sinus headache. Very little has made me smile today and you just did 🙂
Binge reading…I love that!
My Dear, liked Your style of writing, and the contents. All this from Your Introduction! You keep it Short and Sweet, (hopefully in Your other writing too), and I like that. I would like to write like that, but…! And, next time, give me Your name. I hate it when I do not have people’s name. Love and Regards.
Thank you so much. What kind words 🙂 ~ Dawn
My Dear Dawn, Thanks for the Reply. So I had missed seeing Your name. Forgive me. All the Best.
You rock, hon…..don’t forget that!!!! Especially coming from someone who is drunk!!!! http://www.zerobelief.com
I’ve nominated you for a blogger award. I’m not sure if it created a pingback because I linked to your whole blog rather than a specific page. Here’s where I nominated you: http://nikkiharvey.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/versatile-blogger-award/
I wanted to let you know that I think you have a fab blog and I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.
Should you wish to accept this award, please come check out my post at:
– copy the versatile blogger icon from this post so you can insert this into your acceptance post.
– choose 7 random facts about yourself you wish to share.
– select 10 favourite blogs you wish to nominate for the award.
– tell your bloggers you have nominated them for the award and add a link
Please link back to my blog in your post, so I can check out your acceptance speech. 🙂
Thank you soooo very much. I’m flattered. I have to be honest in saying, I have such limited time to actually blog, I don’t know that I will have time to follow through with the requirements of this award. I am going to try though!! I did give you a shout out on my FB page though!! 🙂 Thanks again. I really enjoy following you along as well.
You’re welcome. Blogging is certainly time consuming and I completely understand if you choose not to do the whole formal acceptance thing! I really enjoy you’re blog and wanted to share that with others.
I really appreciate it. I truly do! With the kids, I only have a short one hr nap and then after bed time to write/read/comment. Thanks for understanding. Blog on Momma!!!!
Oh yes, Mom should always be caps – it’s our names. And sometimes, when i’m losing it should be a shout – MOM. Ha!
Every. Time. 🙂
I love your blog, it’s very nice to meet you. You happen to be the first Mommy-blogger I’ve followed, for my own petty reasons and untrue misconceptions, I’m sure. But yours definitely is worth the follow. I love all the posts I’ve read so far! 🙂
Thank you so much. I’m never offended if someone refers to me as a Mommy blogger but I don’t refer to myself that way. My kids and being a Mother is a huge part of my life and writing but not always the focus. It wouldn’t really be for me if it was. Glad your checking out old posts. I love to see the dust get brushed off them once in a while.
Your writing is about so much more, that’s what makes it so very enjoyable. 🙂 Your blog has multiple domains, and I love them all. 🙂
I am always happy to see my mother felt.
Good luck and health.
What a great post for me to land on first! I’ll be clicking through all of those links soon so I can REALLY get to know you as a Woman, Mom, and Writer. Looking forward to it!
Shane, I just saw this comment! It made my day 🙂 Sorry for the untimely response… freakin’ life gets in the way of blogging lately.
Hi Dawn:)! I find your blog truly inspiring! So I had to nominate you for the “Very inspirational blogger” award. If you wish to accept, you can visit this link for details:
And even if you’re not too keen on awards, its all right. It has been a pleasure knowing you:). Keep on inspiring!!
Girl, you are so sweet! Thank you. I do accept and will try my best to follow through with the “rules”. I have limited time these days but I’ll try my best. Thank you again!
You’re awesome. I can’t thank you enough for this. We are so in awe at the support we are receiving. Clicking on that orange glowing notification thingy and seeing this made my morning. It made managing my out-of-his-mind toddler until I could respond just a little bit easier. 😉
Thank you so much for the blog follow. I hope you continue to enjoy what you read – I look forward to exploring your blog!
Hi 🙂 I don’t know if you take part in blogging awards but I have nominated you for one and, since I linked to your homepage rather than a post, I don’t know if there will be a pingback. So you can check it out here: http://expressiveponderings.com/2015/01/14/beautiful-blogger-award/
Hello, expressiveponderer! Thank you so much, that is so thoughtful and truly appreciated. I unfortunately have little time to give to writing so following through with award nominations are tough for me. Your words were very kind and so nice to hear my work is relatable to you. Much love ~ Dawn
Great blog! So glad to have found it!
Thanks, Natalie! That’s so nice to hear. Glad you decided to follow along. 🙂
So happy I found your blog. Love it, and have nominated you for the Leibster Blog award 2016
Thank you! That means a lot. Thanks for following along.