Today I am going to do something a little different. Due to the fact that I have received more LOVE stories for this Guest Blogger Month than actual days in February, I will have to post a couple stories on a single day. This happened last year as well, seeing as I had 33 guest bloggers. However, for today, I wanted to incorporate two bloggers together in one for Post #24. Why? Well for several reasons. Both Katie and Adrian are bloggers themselves and have published these stories on their own blogs. As individuals, they are more alike than different, as they are both people of substance living a purpose driven life helping others. They defo get what LOVE in action means. And since my own blog is called Yankee Doodle Paddy, this post today embodies that. The amazing Katie is from my birth home, the good old USA! And the awesome Adrian is from my soul home, the emerald isle of Ireland! Continue reading
Sian is one strong lady, inside and out! I know this because she has participated in my #30daysofgratitude challenge two years in a row. She is honest, to the point and the hardest working person ever! She is the owner of Elite Pilates in Ireland and a total #girlboss. But strong as she is, she has had her share of knocks that would take the wind out of the best of us. What has kept her going? You guessed it, love! I’ll let the awesome Sian, Guest Blogger #23, give you some insight into why LOVE wins! Continue reading
I won a competition! I was so excited and also so surprised. But then again you can’t win a competition unless you enter, right? The competition was being run by a lovely lady I met through Snapchat. I still didn’t know much about her but I loved her username: thesassysurvivr. My prize arrived, yippee, but the best gift has been getting to know the amazing lady named Janelle. Wait until you read Guest Blogger #22’s LOVE story of not only surviving, but of thriving!
I know many of us have had some exposure to autism. But not many of us have had to live with it day in and day out. From afar it might not seem like fodder for a blog post on LOVE. But actually it is just the element that makes love appear and grow. It certainly has in Kassandra’s heart and home. It is time for Guest Blogger Post #13 and may your heart appreciate her perspective on what “normal” is really like!
As I mentioned before, last year there were 33 Guest Bloggers for the Month of LOVE series. When I invited folks to share love stories again this year, I hoped some who shared last year might come back for a return visit. And so I was delighted when my dear friend Nicola from Simply Homemade Blog messaged to say she had a story she wanted us all to hear. I read it and was I a flood of tears. It is beautiful and it is an honor to publish it on Yankee Doodle Paddy. Continue reading
Offering up my blog to guests to share their experiences of LOVE is just as scary for me as it is for those who are bravely submitting stories. You never know as a giver if people will want to receive. But I decided last February when I started this series that each year I will do it anyway. In spite of the nerves. That is courage. It is being afraid and doing it anyway. And to my amazement people have accepted the invitation. My heart explodes with joy to read and publish these incredible stories. Today’s Guest Blogger Post #7 is another example of a beautiful treasure. Wait until you read Naomi’s love story! Continue reading
Last year for the Guest Blogger Month I had two men share LOVE stories….and one of those was my Hubby! I get that society makes sharing the topic of love a bit intimidating especially for dudes! However, LOVE not only has no gender, but it can also be about so many topics. In fact the aforementioned love story from Hubby was about a pair of boots. And he never even used the word LOVE! But love oozes from each sentence. So I am delighted that this year we have another man brave enough to share a love story. I am excited to introduce you to a fellow Irish and a fellow chef, the awesome Matt! Continue reading