30-Day Challenge, Day 30

    Sheila BergquistThe wire and I are up close and personal on Day 30 of the 30-Day Doodle Challenge.
    Thirty days ago I posted my first formally drawn doodle. Today I’m posting my last (as to this Challenge). Today’s choice, like the others, was a selected Avatar doodled in the spirit of growing, pushing boundaries, and getting outside of my comfort zone. 

    Sheila Bergquist and I met through Twitter. (I seem to have the Twitter thing going pretty well. My mentors Tammy Bleck and Julie DeNeen both agree my next step ought be Facebook. Tammy adds Linkedin as well. [Step at a time.] However, as this 30-Day Challenge has shown, I am actually capable of “growing, pushing boundaries, and getting outside my comfort zone.” Way outside. So who knows, maybe FB & Linkedin are on the horizon.)

    Sheila Bergquist AvatarBack to Sheila. Originally her Twitter profile linked to her cat related website, which includes the tale of how she wound up with 25 cats under her care, along with general stories, insights, and videos of her feline friends.

    Around the beginning of the year, I happened upon a second site of hers. (I believe it was through her Twitter profile or perhaps a tweet pertaining to wishes for the New Year.) Sheila uses her second site as a place in which to work through the loss of her parents, the unexpected and sudden loss of her brother, and the realization that with his demise, she has no immediate family. (Her distant relatives indeed being distant — some 2000 miles away.) For the first time in her life, Sheila finds herself totally alone. While aloneness (and other drastic life changes) can be terrifying — paralyzing even — it also affords you the chance to discover what you’re capable of.

    Any challenge, be it of the doodle variety or being-alone-for-the-first-time-ever, will be scary. You’ll doubt yourself. Your abilities. You’ll wish you were anywhere but where you are. Still, you will be shocked to find out that, contrary to what you thought, you’re capable of doing more — being more — than you ever thought possible. (Amazing what exceeding your perceived potential and expanding your range of possibilities can do for you.)

    Thank you one and all for joining me on this incredible 30-Day Doodle Challenge.

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    Sheila Bergquist - January 30, 2014 - 12:30 am

    Tana, I am literally sitting here with tears in my eyes and my mouth wide open! Thank you so much for this…I just can’t believe it! I am truly, truly honored to be featured here. Thank you and much love.

    Michelle Abbott - January 30, 2014 - 1:35 am

    Congratulations on completing the challenge, Tana. It’s become part of my morning routine to check in & see your latest doodle.

    Tana Bevan - January 30, 2014 - 3:58 pm

    Sheila — Glad you like. Seemed a good way to end the 30-Day Doodle Challenge. *smiles*

    Tana Bevan - January 30, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    Michelle — I was so nervous going into the Challenge. Then I hit my stride. Now it’s, “What do I do now?” Haha. Glad it’s been a Good Thing & Little Happy for you.

    Star Hunter - January 30, 2014 - 9:54 pm

    But January has 31 days. Please say we have one more avatar doodle on the way!

    Tana Bevan - January 30, 2014 - 10:18 pm

    Alas, it was but a 30-Day Challenge, Star. Not 31. However, as you know from reading the blog, every post does indeed have a doodle (if not more). Yay Doodles!