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What we think about Sandra…

About a month ago, I posted 5 things I like about myself.

It was an exercise I had been nomitated into doing, and I thought it was a great way to give my own self a little pat on the back. We all need that from time to time, right? And if we can’t like stuff about ourself, how can we expect others to like them too?

One of my nominees, Sandra from What Sandra thinks had trouble with the challenge, which didn’t surprise me, at all. It was in fact one of the reasons I wanted her to try it out.

Sandra is a wonderful woman. I haven’t known her for a very long time, but I’ve been following her blog for a while, and I had the chance to start having private conversations with her lately.

Through our discussions, I discovered a warm and loving woman, very caring, and always wearing her heart on her sleeve. I love having a chat with her, and I really admire her way with words. Sandra writes fiction stories that leave you wanting more, and beautiful, sensual poetry too!

But the downside is that Sandra can’t see for herself, how amazing a person and an artist she really is. Chronic back pain that doctors can’t seem to cure, yet, personal struggles, and poor self esteem are slowly dragging her down a negative spiral.

I find that sad. Really sad that a gorgeous lady with such promising talent can’t see what I see.

So I asked a couple of fellow bloggers to help me out! I sent them a short series of questions about Sandra, to show her what people thought and liked about her. I had initially planned to put all of the feedback in one post… But the answers were so lengthy that it was impossible to keep it all together.

Instead, I decided to ask them to post their own self-interview, and to let me link them in this post. Throughout the evening, a couple of posts will add to this one, as a kind of virtual group hug! I really hope Sandra will feel all the love that was put into this little project, she wasn’t aware of.

The posts are starting to come out… Here we go!! Keep the love coming, Lovelies!!

Meg Sorick

Suze

J.R. Vincente

Marquessa

Diane

Rob

Sonofabeach96

 

Dear Sandra, you should have seen this a while ago… I am sorry it took me so long to wrap it up. I hope all the good words will warm up your heart and put a smile on your face. Life sure isn’t easy or perfect, but people care greatly about you! I hope you’ll feel it!

 

One of the lovely people who accepted to work with me on this, is Miriam from Out an’About. Miriam couldn’t publish a post of her own today, so I am attaching her “interview” to this. If you know Sandra too, and want to join the cyber group hug, feel free to write a post about her, and let me know in the comments… I’ll link you in with great pleasure 🙂

If you don’t know Sandra yet, pay her a little visit, you won’t regret it!

 

Enough said, now… Here’s what Miriam had to say  🙂

 

-How did you discover Sandra’s blog?

I can’t quite remember how I discovered Sandra’s blog, but I was early into blogging and hadn’t as yet followed many people. Straight away I connected with her honest, straight forward, no bullsh*t writing. Her no holds barred style somehow struck a chord with me and was refreshingly down to earth.

– How long have you been following her?

I’ve been following Sandra since early 2016. I’d been blogging for less than a year and really enjoyed finding her space, her poetry and musings and connecting with her.

– What do you enjoy the most about “What Sandra Thinks”?

There’s a lot I enjoy about Sandra’s blog. The scope and variety of her writing amazes and impresses me. I remember her early Friday Fiction posts, which I always looked forward to. Secret Admirer was one series that I got particularly addicted to. She had me so invested in the characters she created that I couldn’t wait for the end of the week to come around.

I loved her posts on music and her sensual poems which sparked the romantic in me. I often laughed at her Perks and commiserated with her Moody Mondays. Sandra has a way of both making me laugh and then tugging at my heartstrings, sometimes in the same post. And, I’ll be honest, there’ve been many times when I’ve wanted to shake her out of her down moods, but at the end of the day she’s honest and that’s what having a blog is all about, voicing our truth.

– What do you like the most about Sandra herself?

I love the fact that she’s herself and doesn’t try and be someone else. She’s honest, seems to have a wicked (if somewhat self deprecating) sense of humour and I’ve got a feeling she’d be a fun and loyal friend.

– What would be one of your favorite posts from Sandra?

There are so many, I wouldn’t know where to start. But for anyone who hasn’t read her Secret Admirer series, here’s the very first post that she wrote.

https://whatsandrathinks.com/2016/04/29/fiction-friday-23-secret-admirer/

I also really enjoyed her ever so seductive story on The Massage

https://whatsandrathinks.com/2016/03/25/fiction-friday-18-the-massage/

I’ve enjoyed so much of her poetry.
“Pushing clouds away
You have mastered the weather
… just to give me sun”.
She can say so much with so little words.

– What would you tell Sandra, if you two were talking over a cup of coffee?

Ah, that endless cup of coffee! I know how much Sandra loves her coffee, not to mention her sweets. I think I remember promising her a wickedly rich chocolate cake many years ago for her birthday.

Anyway, if we were chatting over coffee, I’d tell her that life is not so bad. I’d tell her that it’s never to late to go after what you want. I’d tell her that sometimes when we think life sucks it’s really just the way we’re looking at it. There’s always, always something to be grateful for, even when we think there’s not. Mostly, it’s the way we look at life. Even when things seem hopeless, we can choose to focus on what we HAVE, whether it’s our health, our phone or computer (that allows us friendships and access to amazing bloggers!) or that sinfully delicious food, chocolate and coffee!

Sandra’s always so hard on herself so I’d tell her the truth, that she’s talented, that she’s a great writer and artist and an awesome person. I’d tell her that she needs to start being her own best friend.

– What do you wish for Sandra, in the future?

Sandra, I hope that whatever you do in the future, you find love, happiness and contentment. I wish you a life filled with friends, laughter and a job where you feel fulfilled and valued.

I hope that your blog continues to grow, as it deserves to, and that your shop skyrockets in success and you make an exorbitantly huge amount of money so that you can do whatever your heart desires, travel to the most exotic beaches in the most gorgeous islands and live the life you want. Don’t laugh, it can happen!

I know it’s cliché and you don’t like cliché but you only live once, so go after what you want my friend. Life is yours for the taking.

Love, Miri

 


P.S. Big big big big thanks to the people who participated to this. Thank you for your time, your patience and your kindness! I really appreciate your generous involvement! Muuuah!!

39 thoughts on “What we think about Sandra…

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Suzanne! xx

      She is a pretty amazing lady 🙂 I can’t heal her back or pay her bills, but if I can bring a wave of love her way, I’ll do it gladly!!

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  1. I don’t know what to say. I am speechless. And even when I have trouble writing, I am never speechless. But I really don’t know what to say right now. ‘Thank you’ isn’t enough… not for you or for Miri.

    And what am I going to say to anyone else who posts? ‘Thank you’ won’t be enough then either.

    For a long time, I have known that I’m not always easy to talk to… to ‘deal with’… when I’m down. I often wonder if I would be able to deal with me if I were someone else. I don’t even know the answer. I would like to think I could. But I know I am stubborn and have a lot of trouble changing my negative ways of thinking. And I give you (and everyone) a lot of credit for sticking with me. I know it can’t be easy. Except when I’m funny…

    (Okay, I guess I came up with something to say… but I still don’t know how to thank you…) ♥ ♥ ♥

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    1. This is (in part) why I couldn’t talk yesterday night… I was working on this when we were writing to each other 😛

      It’s only the beginning…. Take the love! It is all I ask for, Gorgeous 🙂 xx

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      1. You made me cry. But in a good way. I can’t believe you did this. No one has ever done anything like this for me in my life. I don’t know who else you’ve involved in this, but I hope I don’t miss any of them… even though I don’t know how to thank anyone properly.

        You are an amazing friend to do this for me. I am so touched. ♥

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      2. I wanted to take time and do it better, but I felt you needed it now 🙂 I hope it helps lift your spirits a little, Gorgeous!!

        You’ll see you had something to say and you won’t miss anyone, since I’ll link in all the posts 🙂

        Enjoy, it should go on all evening long… 😉 xx

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      3. 😉 With a litte luck, the post will come up gradually… and not all at once! Take time to read what people have to say… Everyone is sincere and I didn’t have to bribe anybody.

        If anything, if I had had more time, I would have gathered more people for the Sandra Fest!

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      4. You may be overestimating the number of people you could gather! I am still in shock about all of this. I have been reading… and I’m so overwhelmed that I really cannot find words… I hope no one thinks I’m ungrateful. I just need some time to pull myself and my thoughts together.

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  2. This is so wonderful and I love love love what you did here for Sandra. You saw an opportunity to brighten someone’s day and to make a difference. You are a superhero. The timing of it makes me smile as my own Celebrating “YOU” is starting this week. It running on the same pretenses and I think it wonderful to empower and celebrate each other. Way to go my dear friend and what a beautiful thing to do.

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, dear Rhapsody 🙂 I just hope that altogether, we can help Sandra feel better about herself… She deserves to know she is a great lady!

      I am very curious about your Celebrating “YOU” project… I can’t wait to see what you are planning… When will it come out, exactly??

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      1. I posted the introduction yesterday to see if there was an interest. Wednesday (tomorrow) two posts will go out. One to fine tune things now that it is decided that it is a go. The second is a weekly post introducing this weeks featured person and the actual celebration post will go out every Friday. 😉 I’m very excited about it and just like Sandra, I hope we can empower and help many more people to feel beautiful and realize their contributions. Thank you again for doing this, hugs xoxo

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      2. I’ll come and check it out!! This is very exciting 🙂 I love the idea!

        You are such a kind soul!! With all you have to handle offline… To take time to do this! You are just amazing!! xx

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      3. Thank you so so much. Your support and words mean everything and I know it’s a subject close to your own heart. Something that is important and something we need more of. It’s a small token if we have the means to make a difference and if brighten someone’s day, it all was well worth it.
        Sending hugs and love your way and a huge thank you.

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  3. wow! Just followed one of Miriam’s links and Sandra has exceptional talent … kept me hanging on every word!
    With that level of talent and her amazing family this lady already lives the life that so many want .. she either needs medication to lift her out of her funk or to check her attitude as she is the only thing holding her back 😉
    Cyranny you are a dream, a loyal and kind friend – we are all blessed to know you!

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  4. Catherine, thank you so much for allowing me to be part of this. I absolutely love what you’ve done here and I think this is such a kind and thoughtful gesture. I hope Sandra soaks up all the love from her blogging buddies because it’s all genuine and she truly deserves it.
    Sandra, thank you for the private message. I meant every word I said in this post. Believe in yourself my beautiful friend. You’re an amazing woman. Big hugs from across the miles. xx 💕

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  5. I don’t know Sandra, I haven’t had the pleasure of her blog yet but I shall have a look.
    That being said I can relate to her predicament here. I know I couldn’t think of five things either. So I know the feeling

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  6. Wow, you are incredibly sweet and thoughtful to do this for Sandra. I feel like Sandra is family to me. We became fast friends and I feel so lucky to call her my friend/sister! This just shows her how much she is loved. Thank you for doing this for someone so exceptionally beautiful inside and out. Thrilled to meet you and to now follow you! Hugs!

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