Photo by Richard Marks
I'm so happy you stopped by and I can't wait to share my incredible journey with you.
I'm a blonde, cheerful, incredibly optimistic, open-minded wife, mother, writer, speaker, friend, blogger, sun worshiper, fitness fanatic, fan of the crap, Ms Wheelchair Hawaii, 1st Runner Up Ms Wheelchair America, recovering codependent, survivor, thriver... oh yeah, and paraplegic.
September 22, 2012, was the best day of my life that took a major detour. I was on an ATV, went off the trail, flipped over and broke my back, damaging my spinal cord. I am now a T4 complete paraplegic, with a complete zest for life!
Through my blog, you will discover more about me and my life experiences which many of you can relate to regardless of a disability. Through my sincere descriptions and deep feelings, you will hear beautiful stories of purpose and bright silver linings. You may even learn some tips for all of you fellow Spinal Cord Injury survivors, mothers and anyone else struggling with challenges big or small.
As I began toying with different ideas for the name of my website, I kept my focus on my goal to one day walk again. The name Vertical Blonde blossomed, and yet slowly something magical happened. My immediate need to walk began to subside as I rallied behind my desire to inspire others, and the Vertical Mindset was born. Today I am charged up as I urge all of my readers and followers to live Vertically.
Remember to see over and beyond your hurdles, keep your focus up while using those hurdles like stepping stones towards your goals.
The name Vertical Blonde sums me up - I'm on an upward journey to sit tall, stand up for myself and others, and elevate my life through my circumstances - all with great platinum locks. Join me and let's get VERTICAL!
I once wrote, "I want my life to be good enough to make into a movie, which means appreciating the good, bad and even the ugly that life throws at me". Today I am eating my words while I aim to elevate my life through my disability and discover a strength I never knew existed.
It has become very clear that my commitment to be vertical again is so much more than standing - it is a mindset and a way of life. Join me as I share my story, and I hope you feel inspired to LIVE VERTICALLY.