Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Influences that have shaped us!

Today our prompt will require some thought. We will think about the people we have known, events (good or bad) in our lives, books we have read, jobs we have had, teachers we have had and from this list we will think about our beliefs in general, our personalities, what issues we have (example trust), our insecurity or security, our positive self image or our negative one, our fears and our faith or lack of faith. We will then answer todays prompt which is..

What influences (above or ones you think of on your own) have shaped my life as it is today?

On Friday I will draw a random name from the people that have posted on the blog from Monday through Friday. The winner will receive a copy of THE MIDDLE PLACE by Kelly Corrigan.

I will have a similar drawing on Friday for everyone that has uploaded to Flickr. The winner will receive a art related gift that will be reveled on Friday. Remember the only way you can join the Flickr group is through personal invitation so if you wish to join please email me at

Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday.

Sending you my love,


  1. one of the biggest influences was actually an event - i had a total health collapse in 2003 - my kidneys failed and i had to go on chemo for two years. fortunately i am almost totally recovered - it was an auto immune disorder where my body rejected my own kidneys. fortunately strong drugs turn it all around.

  2. My biggest influence was my Grandmother who raised me. She lived to be 97, and she was a force of nature. I hope to be the same way!!

  3. My mom has been my major influence in my life. Being a single mother with 4 kids and with grammar education only. She was able to raise us and provide High School education to all of us.
    In the profesional area, my former boss Chuck has influenced me in a lot of positive ways...
    Thanks to both!!!

  4. There are so many things, people, experiences, etc. that have influenced my life that I don’t know that I can list all of them. Here are the first few that popped into my mind.

    There was a kindergarten teacher that I was a teacher assistant for when I was in 7th and 8th grade that taught me how to love and nurture those little kids in her class. She showed me how to guide them as they learned and grew in confidence. She is the reason that I wanted to teach school (which is what my Associates degree was for).

    My religious beliefs are a major part of who I am. I know that I am a daughter of God. I know that there is a plan for me and that one day I will return to his presence. I know that Jesus Christ lived and died for me so that I can be forgiven when I make mistakes. My faith has kept me going through difficult times. It gives me hope and direction.

    My two best friends have made a big impact on my life. They are examples of true giving of themselves and anything they have. They will do anything for you and are loyal beyond words. They have supported me through good times and bad. And they are always there when I need them.

  5. Positive Influences

    Mrs Whetstone-My Sophomore English teacher. She wrote me a note after my mom died saying she was there for me and that she understood because she had lost her mother too. I keep that note in my wallet for years until it literally fell apart.

    Tim Hildebrand-my boss. He took a chance on me to teach me about importing and exporting. He let me in on the original kitchen cabinet designs and treated me with respect. I wouldn't be where I am in my career without him.

    My mother-one particular story. I was a young girl and we were driving through downtown Canton. I saw a black person on the corner and said "look there's a *N*" I was young and this is what I had heard my elders call black people. My mother jerked that car into a stop and told me that if you look up *N* in the dictionary it means 'ignorant person'. She said anyone that uses the *N* word is ignorant. That lesson has served me well in my lifetime to treat all people of different color and nationality equally.

    The documentary film crew and cancer moms, of "The Art of the Possible" who taught me about a different form of art, creativity and story telling.

    Doug's Aunt Barb and Uncle Larry who set a perfect example of a couple that have been married a long time and still enjoy each other and are best friends.

    The book "Motherless Daughters" by Hope Edleman. This book showed me that I am not alone in my feelings of losing my mother.

    The movie "Good Will Hunting" when Robin Williams says to Matt Damon's character over and over "It's not YOUR fault" about his abusive background.

  6. I think one of the "things" that influenced my life was breaking my knee back in 1987. I went from being a girl that never had to worry about what she ate to being on crutches for 4 months and still not worrying what she ate...I gained weight like crazy and had never, ever had a problem with it before. It was difficult to lose the weight and took a long time. I was heavy when we got married and I never had one picture of us blown up to mat and frame. To this day I have a terrible self image, even though I weigh right around where I want to be. It's something that has definitely played a large part in who I am.