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Kerry Kijewski

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.

Canadian Born

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.

Her Passions

  • 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.

Born Blind

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.

My Hopes

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.

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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.”

Bio:

Kerry Kijewski - writer
Kerry Kijewski – writer

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

Ways to Connect with Kerry

Websites
https://kkherheadache.wordpress.com
http://www.theinsightfulwanderer.ca

Facebook and Twitter:
https://www.facebook.com/herheadacheblog
https://twitter.com/kkherheadache
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Theinsightfulwanderer/628853310546231
https://twitter.com/TheIWanderer

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21 thoughts on “Guest blogger: Kerry Kijewski

  • February 14, 2015 at 2:08 am
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    Hi Kerry,
    It was nice to learn about you. You are quite interesting. I, too, love literature and libraries. I had to chuckle when I read about how you wouldn’t mind living in a library. I’ve always felt at home there. I am legally blind and cannot read regular books, but I thank God for my Kindle Fire. Because of it, I am able to read again. I am also a blogger. I’m new at it, though. I look forward to reading some of your articles.

    Take Care,
    Matt Harris

  • February 14, 2015 at 3:15 am
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    Hi Matt,
    It’s interesting how many people do like to read literature and books in general, like you guys! I notice that whenever I put up a post about books on my author page, people flock to it. I think it’s an escape and go-to for many people! Some, like do prefer libraries to home! 🙂
    Amy

  • February 14, 2015 at 11:01 am
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    Ann of Green Gables was one of my favorite childhood books. At the time, I never thought about the nationality of the writer. I agree–books are wonderful. Through reading, or in this case, listening to the words, you can escape your present circumstances.

  • February 14, 2015 at 12:56 pm
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    Right on, Francene! I loved Anne of Green Gables, too!
    Amy

  • February 14, 2015 at 5:23 pm
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    Hi Kerry and Amy 🙂

    Loved this post! You are such inspirational writers and I really enjoyed your story Kerry, thank you for sharing 🙂 The best of luck to both of you!

  • February 14, 2015 at 8:54 pm
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    Becoming a librarian was a childhood dream I never accomplished. I would have lived in the local library as a child if they had permitted me! I enjoyed reading about Kerry and her experiences. I visited her blog, too.

  • February 15, 2015 at 4:00 am
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    I’m glad you are able to express yourself through writing Kerry, and I do hope you are able to realize your dream of becoming a travel writer some day. All the best! 🙂 <3

  • February 15, 2015 at 4:40 am
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    Hi Alana,
    Wow! Imagine if the library had sleepovers! LOL
    Glad you check out her site! She will be featured next Friday as well.
    Thanks,
    Amy

  • February 15, 2015 at 4:42 am
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    Hi Elly,
    Thank you so much for commenting and hope you are doing well!
    Amy

  • February 15, 2015 at 5:34 am
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    Hey there Matt:

    Thanks for reading and commenting here.
    🙂

    Well yes…either a library or a bookstore. Either one would work. I find it sad that bookstores are losing popularity. Hope not for good. I love how technology has improved and let reading remain possible for so many, but there’s just something you don’t get from an ebook, something special about a braille book or print, which I still miss every day.

    Take care and I would be happy to check out your new blog. If I can answer any questions about blogging, as much wisdom as I have accumulated in one year at it, I would be happy to.

    Kerry

  • February 15, 2015 at 5:41 am
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    Hello Francene:

    Yes, I am extremely proud that Montgomery was Canadian. I have yet to travel out east to her home on Prince Edward Island, something on my travel bucket list, because it sounds like such a magical place. I wish more of the world knew how beautiful, with all our wide open space and breathtaking scenery, Canada truly is. I hope to travel and write about it, but there is just something special about the world of Anne.

    Thanks for reading and sharing your love of books. I believe literature of all kinds can bring people together.
    🙂

    Take care.
    Kerry

  • February 15, 2015 at 5:44 am
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    Hi to you as well Joan.

    Thank you for your kind words and for reading my guest post here with Amy.

    Take care
    🙂

    Kerry

  • February 15, 2015 at 5:59 am
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    Hey Alana:

    Oh, I know that dream. I loved the quiet bookish atmosphere of the library. glad to have found a kindred spirit in that, someone who can understand.

    🙂

    Thank you so very much for reading this post on Amy’s site and for then visiting my own blog. I appreciate that you took the time to do that.

    🙂

    Take care and it was a pleasure to meet you here.

    Kerry

  • February 15, 2015 at 6:02 am
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    Hi Elly,

    Thank you for the best wishes. I am glad you could visit Amy’s blog today to read this.

    Pleasure to have met you.

    Kerry

  • February 15, 2015 at 6:05 am
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    Oh and to Amy, of course.

    🙂

    Thank you so much for featuring me here this week and next. I truly appreciate the exposure, with your readers here.

    I love discovering new bloggers and readers and look forward to checking out everyone’s sites and posts who have taken the time to comment here today.

    I love wine and mousse.

    😉

    I look forward to seeing my post next week. Travel is something I believe we can all relate to dreaming of.

    See you next week and again here.

    Best.

    Kerry

  • February 15, 2015 at 4:47 pm
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    What a fun interview! Thanks for giving us all a peek into such a fascinating life. 🙂

  • February 15, 2015 at 10:49 pm
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    Thank you for sharing your life and dreams. I’m glad you experienced so much love in your family because it is what enables you to shine and help others.

    Looking forward to part 2.

  • February 16, 2015 at 4:13 pm
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    Hi Bethany:

    Wow. Thanks so much for calling myself and my story fascinating.

    🙂

    I am glad you were able to visit Amy’s website to read my post. I enjoy sharing what I have to say with others.

    Glad to have met you and have a great week.

    Kerry

  • February 16, 2015 at 4:17 pm
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    Hello Sara:

    Pleased to meet you.

    🙂

    I am glad you enjoyed my guest post here.

    Yes, my parents and family have been my greatest supporters and champions in life. I learned empathy from them and wish everyone had what I have had.

    I am looking forward to part two on Friday also. I look forward to sharing my love of travel and the world here then.

    Hope to speak to you again at that time or hope you will return to read and enjoy.

    Have a wonderful week.

    Kerry

  • February 16, 2015 at 4:46 pm
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    It was my pleasure, Kerry. 🙂
    I’ll have your post to you by Thursday!
    Amy

  • February 21, 2015 at 2:01 pm
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    Hi Kerry and Amy, I don’ t know how I missed this post but I’m so glad I found it. You are amazing and I’m so glad I’ve had the pleasure of meeting you albeit virtuallly.

    Amy, great post!

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