Thursday, April 19, 2018

What I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started That I Know Now…

Hey guys!
I often get asked how I started blogging or if I had any tips or advice for those who wanted to do the same, so here some things I learned that I feel you should know BEFORE you get started...
There are so many different blog hosting websites to choose from

I first started blogging because I wanted to get a platform for which I could use to show my writing to the world. But the question was how was I supposed to create a website from scratch or was there something similar to Facebook where all I had to was create an account? In actuality, yes there are so many companies out there available to host bloggers and give them web space for free or a fee with templates and layouts ready for you to choose from. Whether the site you choose is Blogger, Wix, Siteground, or something else, just make sure you have a clear vision for what you want to include in your blog. Yes, your written content is important and so are your topics you want to talk about, but when I say have a “clear vision” I mean think about what kind of features you want. For example, I knew for my blog that I really wanted to share and embed videos, so I needed a blogging service that would be able to accommodate that need so keep this in mind.

Facebook Blogging Groups are your Best Source for advice and support

For me, this is the most important thing that I discovered in my blogging journey because it showed me that I am not alone and there are a lot of people trying to pursue the same passion as me, that face the same or similar struggle as I do, regardless of whether or not they’ve chosen to make a career path out of it .Joining these groups not only inspired me, but it also molded me into a better blogger. For I had zero idea of what to do and I had no one to turn to for advice so being able to collaborate, communicate, and get feedback from one another for our work, changed the way I choose to share my blog and if you’re a newbie blogger this might be just what you need to get to know people and possibly network.

Authenticity is Important
Regardless of what your Niche or topic is that you want to focus on, make sure that you are writing from an honest place. Write in a way that makes your reader feel close and can relate to you. Show them that you are human and they will be there and keep coming back to you.
It is best to create social media pages for your blog
This will help keep your personal and work life separate so that the visitors to your page know what the purpose of is, know where to look to have easy access to your posts and keep up with you. Plus with Facebook, it is easy to promote and boost your page too, giving some people a chance to discover you and feel invited to click and see your work. Now, I really can only hope that if like my work, they would like me as a person, right? Ideally yes, but this is the real world and sometimes, the answer is no. For example in my case, most of my family and friends don’t read my new posts when I share them on my personal Facebook, maybe it’s just not their thing, I don’t know. But I’m just happy that they encourage me to do what I love, which led me to create more of a “business” kind of Facebook page for my blog so that those who are more greatly invested than others, can dig deeper and give me more traffic.

Thanks for reading, I hope with these tips, I have been able to help some of you “Newbie” or beginning bloggers out there feel a little more at ease as you start your own blogging journey.
As much as I stand by my words, I feel as if this next post below written by a fellow blogger and friend of the blog, Cynthia Zander, writer of https://asweetnsimplelife.com/ (who I just collaborated with on my last post) can give you better insight if you want to become a "business blogger" meaning you want to make a successful career and good living out of it, but spoiler alert it ain't easy, but if you're someone really willing to put in the hard work then this one is for you.
Take it away, Cynthia.
5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING A BLOG
That's it for me, With love and gratitude,
Until we meet again,
Mao
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Sunday, April 8, 2018

In Case You Missed It: My Very First Blog Collabration!!!!!!!!

Hey guys!
I know it's been a while since I last posted but I do plan on playing catch up because I already have so many planned, some dated back to 2017 even. But in the meantime, I wanted to share with you a collaboration I did with a fellow blogger while I was gone for those of you who do not follow me on social media.


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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Here's How You Should Approach Someone And Ask Them About Their Disability

Hey guys!!!!
As you guys have probably noticed over the past couple of weeks, some of the blog entries have mainly focused on myself, my disability, and spreading more disability awareness as a whole. My goal in doing this is to let people know and see for themselves, that people just like me with disabilities in all are capable of leading productive, fulfilling, and successful lives achieving great things. After all, I myself have never seen anyone else with a disability like me in a wheelchair in the limelight telling me and showing me it could be done. The only world renown/famous person to even start to do this for me was /is the great brilliant astrophysicist, Professor Stephen Hawking. For even though we do not have the same disability of Cerebral Palsy, I feel as though our conditions are very similar and that I could relate to him. He's also accomplished so many incredible things in his lifetime that have helped change our perception of the world around us, and the space of which our world occupies. But there can only be one Stephen Hawking, and we need many more examples to show the world just what we're capable of.
So in keeping with my disability awareness theme, I first told you what it is like to live with a disability, then I focused on telling you how it actually feels like to have a disability now, I am going to tell you how to go about asking someone who you don't know that well, or at all in a socially appropriate and dignified way. That being said, let it be noted that I am no actual expert on this subject, I just know from my own personal experience but I feel that I know enough to be able to give you a few helpful tips in this particular situation, but it will vary based on the individuals you come across.
1. Get To Know Them First
Don't just go up to them and why they are in a wheelchair, start a conversation with them. Say hello, ask them their name, how they are doing. If you do this, it shows them that you are interested in more than their chair and disability. It shows you are interested in them and you value them as a person. Follow this up with something like, "If you don't mind me asking..."
2. Because They Can and have the Right To Say They Do
It's important to recognize that sometimes people just don't want to or feel uncomfortable discussing it and that's okay. You don't know how they see themselves. Maybe in their eyes, they do not identify themselves as even having a disability or are struggling to accept/make peace with it.
3. If They Say They Do Not
It is also important to recognize that they are choosing to be vulnerable with you and sharing something so personal, it's almost sacred so take it in as an honor and a privilege and never take it for granted. So the best thing you can do in return is be there for them. Give them plenty of time to tell their story because maybe they won't want to just tell you the name and how it impacts their life. They want you to listen and hear them, the good, the bad, and the struggle of all they face in life and how they got to where they are at. They want you to know who they are. It's always best to never make assumptions about what you think you know or do not know about their life, let them be the ones to decide how much or how little of their story they want to share with you.
I hope this post was at least a little bit more enlightening for you all.
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See you on the next blog!
Mao
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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Hallelujah! Christmas Eve is Here!!!

Hey guys!!!!
It's Christmas Eve!!!!!!!!! So I wanted to share with you my new favorite rendition of one of my favorite classic Christmas carols, Hallelujah (originally written and performed by Leonard Cohen) by the acapella (meaning a group or person singing without any music, only using their mouths and bodies to make the sound) group Pentatonix!

Pentatonix Lyrics "Hallelujah" 
[Scott:] I've heard there was a secret chord That David played and it pleased the Lord But you don't really care for music, do ya? Well it goes like this The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, the major lift The baffled king composing Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah 
[Avi:] Well, your faith was strong but you needed proof You saw her bathing on the roof Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew ya She tied you to the kitchen chair She broke your throne and she cut your hair And from your lips, she drew the Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah 
[Kirstie:] Well baby I've been here before I've seen this room and I've walked this floor I used to live alone before I knew ya And I've seen your flag on the marble arch (marble arch) And love is not a victory march (a victory march) It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah (broken Hallelujah) Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah 
[Mitch:] Maybe there's a God above But all I've ever learned from love Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya And it's not a cry that you hear at night It's not somebody who's seen the light It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah 
[All:] Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah 
Mmmm, Mmmm Mmmm, Mmmm
Thanks to Jessica, Emily, Eline Philip, Maddison for correcting these lyrics
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sandy Hook Tribute

It seems like time has gone by so fast. Today marks the five year anniversary of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, but that does not mean the people and the hearts of the nation are not still with the victim's families and all those involved as that tragic day unfolded. With the holiday season in the air, it gets harder and harder to move on, since you are meant to spend it with the people you love the most. I know this won't ease your pain, but I hope it helps you to know that they will never be forgotten. May all those who lost their lives on that horrific day rest in peace forever.

"Don't Grieve For Me"

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free;
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call;
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Ah yes, these things, I too, will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow;
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me;
God wanted me now, He set me free.
Author: Unknown
 As you celebrate this Holiday Season, be sure to take time to remember all those you've lost this year and appreciate those that are all around you.
UPDATE:On Friday June 29, 2016, in a place filled with so much sadness and devastation, there was hope built in its place when the new Sandy Hook Elementary opened up to the pubic for the first time ready for students this fall.
New Sandy Hook Elementary School Open to Public Nearly Four Years After Deadly Massacre

Thursday, September 28, 2017

My 4th Blogiversary!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dear fans, family, friends, and my loyal readers,
WOW!!!! I gotta say, I honestly cannot believe that today, its already been FOUR WHOLE YEARS since I first started this whole crazy journey of mine. I know you guys have heard me say this before, but I will never get tired of saying it, Thank you for all your love and support throughout this past couple of years, I truly appreciate it and it means the world to me. I love you all so much.
It is not often I get feedback from you guys but when I do, It is overwhelming. This is overwhelming because as hard as it is to believe, I didn't think I would amount to anything because my muscles were always tight so I couldn't do anything that required perfect hand-eye coordination or anything with my hands in general and legs because I was unable to walk. I used to get frustrated because there were lots of times where I knew what I needed and should do in order to complete a specific task, but my brain and muscles just couldn't and wouldn't work together so what often resulted in the final product was worse than what I had originally envisioned in my head. Now to some people that may seem a little over-dramatic but for someone who has a difficulty controlling her own body and how it functions, this is completely devastating because this is just one more thing I couldn't control in my life. Which is probably why I turned into such a perfectionist and also why I turned all my attention and focus on doing my absolute best in school. I thought that if I could control nothing else, I could at the least control how my grades came out. School for me was concrete, most of the time, there was always a right or wrong answer and all I had to do was memorize it and do whatever I was told.
You see, because I had a disability, I had to depend on a lot of people to do things for me and get through the day and I had to ask or dictate when it came to writing so I felt trapped. I wanted to but couldn't figure out a way to express myself. Of course, this all changed once I got my very first typewriter. For the very first time in my life, I was able to express my thoughts and they would be written EXACTLY the way I thought and wanted them to be without any micro-management unlike other parts in my life, from people I know who had my best interest at heart but failed to see what was most important to me. That's when I knew I wanted to become a writer, I just didn't know how and what kind I wanted to be. It took a visit with my case manager's daughter at the time while I was at school to see that there was more to me than being smart and her suggestion to start a blog (even though at the time I had no idea how) that ultimately led me to this path I'm on right now.
I have to tell you, this hasn't been an easy road to get here. When I decided to go for it with this whole blog idea, I had no idea where, and most importantly what it was going be about. I didn't want it a just another cliché blog about my life. I mean, yes I talk about my life experiences but that is not ALL I talk about, it is never just the main focus. I wanted this blog to be different and stand out, so the night before I posted, I asked my sister and this (Blogger) was her suggestion. As I was thinking of what my blog could be about, I remember telling her that I wanted people to be moved, be inspired, make a positive impact in other people's lives, not to be famous or make money. Now as this came out of my mouth, I realized this was the bright idea I had been looking for but I never have imagined it turning it into what it is today.
All this just kind of started as a hobby, maybe doing this only once or twice a month working hard to find positive material but as I soon found out, I just had to look for it. But as I started doing it, it gave me a sense of purpose and brought me great joy so I just couldn't stop and here we are! Doing this blog has saved my life because it has helped me and forced me to see the good and beauty in life and further overcome my depression. Now because of you guys from all over the world, that I honestly thought would never come and actually read it, and the outpouring of positive feedback I received from you, I can see this now as not just only a hobby but also as a life-changing career.
My whole life, I have spent making other people happy, caring too much about other people's thoughts and feelings always feeling the need to please them. This blog and my Youtube Channel has allowed me to share and feel safe enough to show you the truest representation of myself, with complete openness and honesty with no filter.
Thank you for allowing me to show you the world through my eyes because there is more to me than just being a girl in a wheelchair. I am more than just a daughter, sister, aunt, niece, and friend. I am a person with thoughts and feelings too. Thank you for accepting me for who, what, and all that I am, sticking with me through my ups and downs, all the good and the bad. Thank you for letting me share my life with you. The stories I share with you are the ones most near and dear to me. I just want you to know that I would never exploit or compromise my integrity for the sake of more publicity. Don't get me wrong, I'd be lying if I said I didn't want this to reach as many people as humanly possible, but that is not the way I choose to do it. I understand that this will take time to do and I got to let it run its course. I can assure you, I truly believe in and mean EVERY WORD I type/write and say. It comes straight from my heart and is what I'm feeling at that very moment.
I felt that since a LOT of you devote some of your precious time to read my new postings almost each and every day, it is only fair that I told you what my true intentions really were, because it is truly the only way I knew how to explain and show you how much I appreciate and am extremely grateful I am to have each and every one of you for your support. Thank you for making my dream come true <3. I cannot wait to share more stories with you and to see what this year has in store!
Love Always,
Mao

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Remembering 9/11

As most of you know, today is the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the world trade center in New York City and Pentagon in Washington. Almost 3000 innocent lives were lost that day. Most of who were just living their day-to-lives, going in for a routine day of work at the office, and boarding flights. Never imagining that the worse was yet to come, never picturing the tragic events that unfolded before them that now remain engraved in our hearts and minds, changing the way we think, act, and feel about our world forever.
I have no doubt that there are some of you out there who are thinking to yourself. "Oh great it's 9/11, cue the tribute posts on all social media and you are just sick and tired of it all right? Or perhaps you are one of the children of the victims who were left behind and you are afraid this event on this day is now all that defines you.
To the people that are sick of all those posts: I understand your frustration and it is perfectly fine that you feel that way but just remember that those innocent people all were loved my someone, all had families they left behind. They were mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, husbands, and wives, and friends. Some who gave up their lives, rushing in to try and save the lives of strangers. Some of who we may or may not ever get to know the names or stories of. But even so, it is important that we remember because as one very wise history teacher once told me, history ALWAYS repeats itself so the more knowledgeable we are about it, the more we can learn from it, the better we can protect and prevent ourselves from ever letting something this tragic happen again. Letting people know that even when a disaster strikes we are always ready and willing to come together and unite to help each other because there is ALWAYS good people in this world, you just have to look for them.
To all those left behind: This day and this horrible event is just a very small part of who you are, not all of who you are, remember that. Yes, to a lot of people you may still be known as the "Children Of 9/11" and I do not claim to know or even begin to understand the sadness, pain, or loss that you feel or go through and I'm really sorry that you even have to feel those things, but WHO CARES what other people have to say. Don't let it define you, because the moment you do then those who doubted you, have won. You have so much promise, possibilities, and so many amazing things to offer this world, so work hard and do the best you can in everything you do and make your loved ones you lost on that day proud because that is the best way I feel, to honor their life, loss, and memory. 
I'm sure all of us can remember when, where, and what we were doing on that tragic day. Well, I was six in kindergarten so I don't remember much but for me it was just a regular day at school. My teacher did not try to stop and talk or show us what was going on, I mean not that I would've understood it at all anyway. But I remember coming come that day and seeing my dad on the couch recording news coverage of the attacks, seeing one plane crash in the Twin Towers. I remember thinking of how this couldn't be real. I thought for sure my dad was just watching a movie with war and fighting because besides wrestling, those were the only two other things that he enjoyed watching on television, so I didn't think much of it. If only I knew how much that image I saw on that little screen would change and impact our world forever.
Here is just a little look at all the horror that unfolded that day.
 

But as horrible as that day was, there is now hope built in its place with a beautiful memorial.


And now museum reminding us not only of these events but how different and carefree life once was and how it has all changed since then, all captured in this unique time capsule.



Today and everyday we remember all the lives that were lost and sacrificed on that tragic day. We will never forget. May you Rest In Peace.

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