Your email does not lie.
I have indeed resurrected my blog; it’s no April Fool’s joke. It’s been a year since my last post when I stated that I was only going to post a monthly blog due to my new role in my personal life as foster mother to a baby boy. What was I thinking? Time management skills takes on a whole new dimension when one is responsible for helping a little life unfold.
So I had to let the blog be put on hold while I did something I feel is very important for people of all abilities to do – LIVE LIFE. In my case living life right now includes changing diapers, playing with musical toys, reading story books, and just loving this new role of mine, which has always been one of my dreams. Years ago I realized the balance in my writing was with taking breaks to live life, fulfill dreams, and have fun. This allowed my writing to become so much more rich and reflective.
There is another significant reason for the blog being on hold. Drumroll, please…
My book, Firewalk: Embracing Different Abilities, about living life with a disability and taking risks to fulfill dreams, was published in November by Balboa Press. You may check it out at www.facebook.com/pages/Kathy-OConnell/536711073019475. Working on the final edits and various details with the publisher consumed much of my time last year. In a nutshell, Firewalk is about the triumphs and struggles of taking risks to live life fully and fulfill dreams when living with a disability.
Here’s a teaser for you all from the back of the book:
When Kathy O’Connell left for a professional training in Mexico, she had no idea
that it would involve walking on a bed of hot coals. She also did not realize it
would give her the perfect metaphor for what she had been doing for decades—
living life, taking risks, and facing fear — all with cerebral palsy. The metaphor
of a firewalk represents the fear, as well as the vitality, from living life while
Lastly, what has also been keeping me busy is in May, I’ll be launching a new website, with a whole new look to the blog. This has been possible with the help of my very talented and dear friend, Christopher Casey at . The new website, Radiantabilities.com, will have videos, the latest events information, and an online store. Look for it’s launch announcement soon!
So while I have been quiet on the blog front, things have been busy behind the scene.