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All post and stories are the sole property of Velvet Over Steel aka Coreen Trost. I write and create post in order to help others, so share as you want. I just ask that you link back or give VOS credit. Some of the stories are going into a book in progress. Thank You ALL.. for your support and help!!
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." ~ John Quincy Adams

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Blogger of Note (BON)... from 'Words of Wisdom'

Great Inspirational

I am very Happy and Honored that my blog has been selected for "Blogger of Note" by Sandy and Pam @ Words of Wisdom!  It is being featured on Wednesday, November 24th.  The day before appropriate because I am very thankful!  Thank you Sandy & Pam for this honor and a special thank you to Vanessa @ Optimal Optimist for the WOW nomination! 

To my regular followers, please visit Words of Wisdom and see the truly inspiring blogs they feature 3 times a week.  You will love what you find!

To those who have found my blog through Words of Wisdom (WOW), Welcome and Thank You for your visit!!  I hope you read, comment and get inspired!!

As part of being selected, I was to pick some recent blog post to feature here today.  For many reasons, I am going with post that I poured my heart and soul into recently.  I hope you enjoy them and I also hope that featuring them again will help give someone new to my blog... the insight, strength, hope or the inspiration they may need today.  

Hoping that Autism Awareness brings Compassion and Understanding

What does Love mean to you?

Living a Lie

She is crazy... but she is Smart

Silencing the Violence of Verbal Abuse

When and How to Leave Unhealthy Relationships

Waiting for the 'One'

Knowledge Changes Things

Betrayal Has Many Forms

For those of you that don't know, I'm an Asperger Syndrome parent and advocate. I'm also a domestic abuse survivor and single-parent... although I only have one of my three awesome sons still at home.
I had wanted to write about my life experiences for a very long time. Finally, with the the encouragement and support of great friends who believed in me, I started writing 'publicly' almost a year ago when I started this blog. It has been my therapy and passion every since!

I have enormous compassion and understanding for others, which has lead to my passion for helping people most of my life through various jobs, church and community service. With this blog and my writing about my own life experiences, I've been able to connect with so many people. Guiding parents to special needs resources and giving others the strength to leave bad relationships, heal and move on. This experience of helping others through my blog has been more rewarding than I ever imagined.

Thank you all for visiting my blog!

Blessings & Many Hugs,
"If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you." ~ T. Alan Armstrong
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  1. Congradulations! Your blog really deserves it. You are a strong and brave person, and your life experiences have helped make you this way.

  2. congrats...that is awesome! well deservd...

  3. Awesome .... an abuse survivor and a single mom. Props to you! You're awesome. Congrats! on the good blog news.

  4. Congratulations on having your blog featured! May you grow stronger each day with God's help!

  5. Congrats, Coreen... You definitely have a 'blog of note'.... I always enjoy it.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you... Hope you have a great day/week.. After tomorrow, I'm taking some time off from blogging.

    God Bless You.

  6. PROUD of you!! Congratulations!! very very happy for you!

    with loads of love and a warm hug... sush

  7. Congratulations! If anyone deserves this recognition you certainly do.;))
    If I do not get a chance later on, I would love to wish you a lovely Thanksgiving,

  8. How wonderful Coreen ~ good for you ~ very exciting! It's truly a beautiful thing that you have been brave enough to share your experiences to help inspire and give hope to other people. Outstanding!

    I will for sure pop over and visit Words of Wisdom.

    I wish for you a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving for you and your family Coreen!
    xo Catherine

  9. Congrats!!! Well deserved for sure!!!

  10. Thank you to every one of You!! I couldn't write about what I do if it weren't for your encouragement, friendship and support!!

    A Very Happy Thanksgiving to you All!!!
    Blessings, Love & Many Hugs,

  11. Oh congratulations my friend I can think of no one more deserving. Your uplifting posts have brightened my day, lightened my load and just made me smile on to numerous to mention occasions.

    What a treasured day it was when I found you. :D
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  12. Congrats! You do have a blog of note! Love your post, again.

  13. It is always a pleasure to share thoughts and ideas with you. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. Congrats to you!

    I'll head over to Words of Wisdom and read what lovely things they have to say about you.

  15. I clicked on the link and today's featured blogger is post isn't up yet, will go back later and check it.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. very nice! You certainly deserve this award!!

    happy thanksgiving to you!

  17. Sprinkles, I don't know what happened??? They told me to put My post up, just like they told me too, the night before (23rd) and that it would post automatically on the 24th. Maybe they forgot which one of them was to put mine up before leaving for Thanksgiving. Oh well... Thank you for the nice comments anyway, Everyone!!! Love ya ALL!!

  18. That last quote made my heart break open it's glass case and want to come out there and hug you! Passion is the key! {This post reminded me of the post with your story. You're a strong, remarkable woman! Go girl!!! I am sooooooooo inspired by you!}

  19. Congratulations Coreen!!!

    I'm honored to be a BON with you in the very same week :) I admire your amazing attitude and your kind heart... especially with what you've been through... You definitely are an inspiration to so many people... I used to volunteer at a domestic violence shelter and my heart broke fort he women that kept going back...

    Not only did you survive that - you are such a strong woman and mother .... your children are blessed to have you and you are to have them!

    Congratulations again - and I hope you have a very blessed Thanksgiving!!


  20. Wow. I empathize with your trials. We write powerful stories when we have such experiences that try us. Our mettle is being tested.

    Congratulations on the award. It looks like you deserve it.

    I'm bookmarking this page to come back to the links.


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