Liebster Award

Y’all! I am humbled and excited to share with you that a blog I avidly follow, Leadership 2 Mommyship, nominated me for the Liebster Award. Sharon is a real life superwoman retired from the Air Force with 3 children of her own. As a brat, and as a woman, I draw immensely from her blog. If you haven’t already checked out Leadership 2 Mommyship, please do; I promise you will learn something!

Sharon, these pinpointed questions were exactly what I needed, thank you!

  • Why do you blog?

Initially, I think I started blogging because I was desperately searching for an identity when I felt like most forms of my independence were taken away with my diagnosis. Now, I blog for the creative outlet and happiness it brings me to write, grow, and share. It helps me live intentionally and mindfully – may I never stop evolving.

  • How did your blog name come about?

The Ocotillo, translating to torch on a pine, is a slender and resilient desert shrub. Ocotillos, abundant in the southwest deserts, bloom fierce red clusters of flowers when there is moisture in the air. An ocotillo’s thorns are made useful in fencing to keep out rascals, so gardens may thrive.

Magnolias have extensive history and tradition. They have been used to send discreet messages between lovers in the Victorian era and as a symbol of dignity and purity in the American South. These blooms grow on stable trees that can live for up to a century.

Kyle and I have individual and collective stories that overlap both Arizona and Texas throughout our lives. I see both of these and what they stand for so deeply rooted in our story.

To read more on this, visit “What’s in a Name?”

  • What goals do you have for your writing/blog?

For my blog, I want to connect with others in meaningful ways and continue personal growth.

For my writing, a goal is to submit to magazines like Bella Grace, and  to submit to sites like The Mighty. The Mighty will soon be publishing my first submission. One day, I would love to write a thriller book.

  • What do you like most about blogging?

Words! Words are powerful. Changing one word can change an entire message, an entire tone. I’ve had a long love affair with vocabulary and learning new words; only now am I learning the power of those words. This guides me in interactions daily. I have a long way to go!

Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble.” -Yehuda Berg

  • What do you like least about blogging?

Overthinking! I battle with the thought of narcissism. Am I displaying narcissistic tendencies? Why is what I have to say so important? I get in my own way with this, but it is also healthy as it has helped me implement better boundaries.

  • What causes are you passionate about?

Intentional living

  • If you could pack your bags tomorrow and visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Tulum – where my husband and I eloped. To me, it is the most magical place in the world. cenote wedding


  • What skill are you trying to acquire/improve upon at the moment?

better/healthier boundaries

  • What is your favorite motivation quote:

“…to pick yourself up, to set a goal, work harder than everyone else, stick to the basics, execute perfectly, be confident, be brave and never, ever quit.” N Crenshaw from John Gisham’s book, Bleachers. I have had this written on the same green sticky note since high school. I never knew how this one quote would carry me through life.

  • If you could be a fairytale character, which would you choose?

Growing up I adored Belle! She loves to read. She is classy and strong the way she loves so purely. She falls in love with the person, not their shell.

In my adult age, Brave princess, Merida, hands down, wins as who I would want to be. She is rebellious; she loves her family deeply, is proud of who she is and where she comes from, yet isn’t afraid to push the rigidness of tradition. She is impetuous, adventurous and a skilled archer. She is wild and courageous. Did I mention she doesn’t like having her unruly hair brushed?!? Despite her ability and determination to push the boundaries of tradition, Merida still very much needs the guidance of her parents (thank you Momma and Gunny).

When Brave was released, a psuedo aunt I admire for her own determination and drive, bought me a “Brave” book and the movie. At thirty something, it is still one of my favorite gifts.

**Out of curiousity, I asked my parents if they had to choose one of the fairytale princesses for me to be like, who would it be? My mom said Jasmine because she does not allow the restrictions of the palace to get in the way of her exploring the world. My dad said Moana because she is adventurous, has a sense of self, and is not afraid to go for it. I think I had way too much fun with this one!

  • Which of your posts are you most proud of? Share a link.

At this point, I don’t feel I have been settled into my acceptance of this new identity (with a physical disability) long enough to be proud of anything I have written. Having to choose, I would pick We Deserve All of This and More because it demonstrates the growth I am currently experiencing. Yes, I have grieved the loss of the able-bodied world. I have gone through all the stages of the grief cycle in various orders, and have finally reached acceptance.That is something I am proud of. Accepting all of me, my DNA too.


 Liebster award

I nominate:

Education Pathways

Tales of Mindful Travel

Becca Leah Holden

The questions:

  1. How did you come to begin blogging?
  2. Where is your favorite traveling destination?
  3. What is your least favorite thing about blogging?
  4. If you could live with a TV or without a TV (without assuming the influence of others in the home), which would you choose and why?
  5. If you could meet anyone, dead or living, who would it be and why?
  6. What is your life’s biggest accomplishment to date?
  7. What is at the top of your bucket list?
  8. What is your favorite completed bucket list item?
  9. How do you stay focused on your goals?
  10. What advice do you have for me? In writing? In life?
  11. Which of your posts are you most proud of? Please share a link.

If you do not have time to participate, no worries!

Win the day!




7 thoughts on “Liebster Award

  1. Awe…thank you for your kind words! I enjoy connecting with you too. It was great to learn so much more about you! I’m glad blogging has brought you a sense of comfort and also helps you explore who you are, which includes your illness. You will also have to share a link to your publication(s) as I would really love to read. And wow…Tulum looks absolutely gorgeous. I love the photo! Are snakes in those waters? Because that is a deal breaker for me. Lol. And I love Belle too. Who doesn’t? A girl that wants to keep her nose behind a book and falls in love with a beast– a great person! Of course, Merida is one tough cookie! Yes, I could talk about the strengths of these ladies all day. Again, I enjoy your blog very much. I can’t wait to read more about your nominees. Wishing you all the best! Big hugs and congratulations! 🙂

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      1. Yes they are both wonderful. I’m glad to hear you are enjoying their blogs. As for my blog, I have wrapped up my 52 Weeks of Thankfulness post as the lady who oversaw the blog challenge lost her son. So very sad, Out of respect I am not continuing, although maybe I should post an announcement. I’ll have to think about that. I’ll continue with the Crave the Day series for a bit and I really want to capture more of my photos with quotes and a lesson. So it’s all in my head. So now you are encouraging me! Thank you! Have a wonderful weekend!

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