Sunday, May 5, 2013

Day 5 of the May Challenge

 Day 5, Sunday: Publicly profess your love and devotion for one of your blogger friends. What makes them great? Why do you love them? If you don't have blogger friends, talk about a real-life friend or even a family member

This is a hard thing to write about because I read a lot of blogs and I love them all, but I am not really friends with any of these people.  I have one friend who blogs that I know in real life too, but she doesn't really blog all that much any more.  This friend is named Anna and we met when I was living in New Zealand.  We met in a very strange way.  I had been living in NZ for about a month and I hadn't met anyone but a guy I was dating and his friends.  I didn't want to be totally dependent on one person for my entertainment so I went online and was searching things to do in Auckland, thinking who knows maybe I will find some event to go to where I can meet some people who are also traveling or find something fun to do where I can meet like minded fun people.  On one website I was on (and I can't even remember what it was) there were a bunch of people who had posted about events that were going on and there was one comment on there that said, I am an American nanny who just moved here to NZ and I am looking for something fun to do where I can meet people!  I thought to myself, WHAT?  was that me who posted that? No.. hmmm.  So I immediately made a comment back on that one, saying I am also an American who is a nanny that is looking to meet people.  So Anna and I exchanged phone numbers and we decided to meet at a near by bar.  After hanging out for a few hours together we realized we had a ton in common and we both had blogs and we both wanted an adventure and we both realized we had met a friend!

Anna became a great friend, we had so much in common because we were both Americans in a foreign land and we were both live in nanny's.  Anna's story went a little differently than mine because after a few months of being a live in nanny the family that she was working for said they didn't have enough money to keep her on and they had to let her go.  She was kind of stranded, but that didn't stop her or even slow her down!  She moved into a hostile not to far from where I was living and we were able to still meet up quite often and I helped her as much as I could saying please stay in NZ you will make it just keep looking for another family to nanny for.  Finally she found a great family who took her on as a nanny the only sad thing was it was pretty far from where I was living!  We weren't able to see each other that often but we knew we had each others backs.

Anna eventually met a really nice guy and similar to my story she lived in NZ a few more years than expected and eventually moved this guy back to America with her where they are now married and live in NJ.
I really feel like if it wasn't for meeting Anna my New Zealand experience wouldn't have been the same.  Our stories parallel each other so much it is bizarre.  We both came from opposite sides of America to meet in NZ to become great friends and have the adventure of a life time.

I love you ANNA!!!



 Anna and Me from 2009 in New Zealand

Day 1, Wednesday: The story of your life in 250 words or less (or one paragraph... no one will be counting your words... probably)
Day 2, Thursday: Educate us on something you know alot about or are good at. Take any approach you'd like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic)
Day 3, Friday: Things that make you uncomfortable
Day 4, Saturday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it

Day 5, Sunday: Publicly profess your love and devotion for one of your blogger friends. What makes them great? Why do you love them? If you don't have blogger friends, talk about a real-life friend or even a family member
Day 6, Monday: If you couldn't answer with your job, how would you answer the question, 'what do you do'?
Day 7, Tuesday: The thing(s) you're most afraid of
Day 8, Wednesday: A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all.
Day 9, Thursday: A moment in your day (this can be just a photo or both a photo and words)
Day 10, Friday: Most embarrassing moment (s). Spill. 
Day 11, Saturday: Sell yourself in 10 words or less
Day 12, Sunday: What do you miss? (a person, a thing, a place, a time of your life...)
Day 13, Monday: Issue a public apology. This can be as funny or as serious or as creative as you want it to be.
Day 14, Tuesday: Ten things that make you really happy
Day 15, Wednesday: A Day in the life (include photos from throughout your typical day - this could be "a photo an hour" if you'd like)
Day 16, Thursday: Something difficult about your "lot in life" and how you're working to overcome it
Day 17, Friday: A favorite photo of yourself and why
Day 18, Saturday: Tell a story from your childhood. Dig deep and try to be descriptive about what you remember and how you felt.
Day 19, Sunday: Five of your favorite blogs and what you love about them
Day 20, Monday: Get real. Share something you're struggling with right now.
Day 21, Tuesday: A list of links to your favorite posts in your archives
Day 22, Wednesday: Rant about something. Get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel. (a pet peeve, a current event, a controversial topic, something your husband or roommate or neighbor or boss does that really ticks you off)
Day 23, Thursday: Things you've learned that school won't teach you
Day 24, Friday: Your top 3 worst traits
Day 25, Saturday: Something someone told you about yourself that you'll never forget (good or bad)
Day 26, Sunday: Something you read online. Leave a link and discuss, if you'd like.
Day 27, Monday: A letter to your readers
Day 28, Tuesday: Only pictures
Day 29, Wednesday: Five songs or pieces of music that speak to you or bring back memories. Use Grooveshark or YouTube to include them in the post
Day 30, Thursday: React to this term: Letting Go
Day 31, Friday: A vivid memory

3 comments:

Paula said...

A fantastic tribute to your friend!

beeswax said...

Your story made me cry! I remember you and Anna meeting. I loved hearing about all your crazy adventures. I hope you two can get together again in the near future. I too, am so happy to have met Anna. She's a peach!
Love, MOM

Anna said...

Shannon, I am so honored! I miss you! You were my first friend in the a foreign land, and a friend for life. Thank you for bringing back some memories. Miss you heaps, miss New Zealand, and miss the sweeet as life. I hope we meet again soon! :)

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