Spotlight on Guest Blogger
Reader, Blogger, Traveler
I met Kerry Kijewski through one of my sight support groups. Kerry reviewed my book, Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith. Since then, I ‘ve discovered we share a love for writing and travel and, like many others, I am uplifted by her indelible enthusiasm.
I am Canadian, born and raised and proud to be so. I live in the province of Ontario and I love living near places like Toronto and Niagara Falls. I had a wonderful childhood, growing up out in the country, with my parents and three siblings.
- Reading is my favorite escape
- I love movies and the energy of a live concert
- Music and lyrics soothe my soul
- Traveling is quickly becoming my number 1 obsession
- I love the oceans and every creature in it.
- I am fascinated by philosophy and psychology-all your basic “ology” words
- My passion is now expressing myself through words
A Great Lover of Books
I love books and literature and read a well-rounded collection–from the classics to romance to fantasy. Opening my mind to fantasy opened my life. Now The Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, and Harry Potter are my inspirations.
They have allowed me to find the child-like innocence and magic in life again, even as I live with the realities of adulthood.”
I love my Canadian authors, such as the Anne of Green Gables books by Lucy Maud Montgomery and the work of Alice Munro, who won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.
I love everything about books, although I cannot [physically] read them now. I love the way they smell and how they feel in my hands. I wish I lived in a library, surrounded by shelves and shelves of books.
A Heart for Blogging
Since 2009, I have wanted to blog but dealing with technology held me back. As my thirtieth birthday approached, I felt the urge growing strong again. I wanted and needed somewhere I could go to express myself.
I celebrated my thirty-first birthday and my one year blogging anniversary this week.
Blogging provides structure for me. It gives me the drive and the place to get my thoughts down and is helping me with the discipline to grow my writing portfolio. I write about anything from fiction to memoir, from interviewing someone interesting to writing a review for a book or movie I just saw.
Many people who start a blog give up after the three-month mark because they run out of topics to write about or they don’t see the response they were expecting from others. They don’t think anyone is listening and they start to doubt that they have anything even remotely worthwhile to say or to contribute. I feel opposite, letting my blog fuel me to keep moving forward. It is a major motivator for me and it fills me with hope and possibilities. The more I blog the stronger my drive to blog even more.
My blog has become my salvation. I used it to help me get through some rough times in my life and I continue to let it help open me up to the world.
I want to feel not so small in a big world and I want to have a voice, possibly even to touch one human being on a personal level.
It is a part of who I am. I started out with much more sight than I have now. As a child I wore glasses and could see large print. I learned to write and read like my classmates and attended a school in my neighborhood. I believe this was the first step in learning how to live successfully in the mostly sighted world. I was lucky to have two loving and devoted parents who learned how to parent not only their first two children, but also my younger brother and myself, both born with a genetic eye condition. We had each other, my little brother and I, and we had so much love and support from everywhere.
Then suddenly I contracted a kidney disease, unexpected in the extreme. My condition turned serious very fast.
My limited eyesight was affected. I developed a mysterious eye disease which attacked both eyes. Within a matter of weeks I could no longer read large print or see the precious colors that I loved so dearly. As the years have gone on, my little remaining sight has dwindled even more, and continues to do so, gradually.
I have gotten through it all because of the family I have been blessed with. They deserve all the credit. Any strength or resilience I have is thanks to the love they have never stopped giving me.
I do hope that I can take what I’ve learned about life without the sight so many take for granted, that I can offer people a unique perspective that is entirely my own. I hope I have learned to become a more empathetic and understanding person through it all. Having the lack of sight does teach skills of adaptation and problem solving that make life interesting.
I have wanted to be many things throughout my life: artist, librarian, doctor/nurse, psychologist and, most of all, a writer. I want to write, in some form or another. I have blogging dreams for sure, but I know jobs in the field of writing are not easy to come by. I want to become a travel writer or a freelance writer, to own my own business.
I love how Kerry is so honest and how, in spite of her losses, she throws herself into new experience and opens herself up to learning more about life in every capacity! Join us next Friday for Part 2 to learn more about her love for travel writing, the places she longs to explore and one special experience in a place she reverently calls, “my Niagara Falls.”
Kerry is a veracious reader, writer, lover of literature. She has a Certificate of CreativeWriting and big plans for her two blogs. She writes fiction, memoir, essays, interviews, and reviews and she wants to grow her travel blog. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her literary-themed cat and dog: Lumos and Dobby
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