Friendship Friday Blog Hop 455

Friendship Friday

Welcome to Friendship Friday!

Welcome to Friendship Friday at Create With Joy – a week long blog party where we invite you to:

  • Share what’s unique about your blog and spotlight your favorite features!
  • Link your favorite posts, projects, giveaways and blog parties.
  • Chat with us in the comments – we’d love to get to know you!

You may share as many features as you like! Please include the Friendship Friday button on your blog and a link back to our site so that your readers can find us and join the fun!

(To grab the Friendship Friday button, simply right-click on the button – save it to your computer – then upload it on your post and link it back to our site.)

Friendship Friday is the place to make new friends, to grow rich relationships, to explore new blogs, and to expand your social networks! Who will you meet this week? Whoever it is, have fun connecting with one another – building friendships is what this community is all about!

Make A Difference (Right Where You Are)

Bloom Where You're Planted

One of my favorite inspirational quotes of all time is “Bloom where you are planted.” From the moment I first heard this quote, it’s inspired me to look for ways to use my gifts to make a difference in the world, regardless of what’s going on in my life.

This week, I’d like to introduce you to three bloggers who exemplify this principle. As you read their stories, note how each of these bloggers are making a difference and blooming where they’re planted simply by sharing their lives, sharing their passions and sharing their truths (without letting shame get in the way!)

Thackery - Animal Shelter Volunteer Cat

First up is Kevin at Animal Shelter Volunteer Life – a selfless friend who spends countless hours helping the cats of PAWS – a privately-funded, no-kill, non-profit shelter – find forever homes. This month he’s advocating on behalf of Black Cat Awareness Month and letting us know that no cat should ever be denied the chance to be loved and adopted because of the color of their fur. Sleek and beautiful Thackery exemplifies the beauty and mystery a black cat can add to your home. If you ever have the chance to adopt a black cat, I highly encourage you to do so!

Disability Myths 93 Don't

Next is Lisa – a chronically ill Christian who’s been blogging at Chronically Content since 2013. Lisa writes about the challenges of living with a chronic illness, how it impacts every aspect of your life, and how to set goals, overcome challenges, and celebrate victories in the midst of adversity. Anyone living with a condition that doesn’t go away can certainly relate to that! What I love about Lisa and her blog is that even in the midst of her challenges, she continues to advocate for those who also need information and resources. If you or a loved one is dealing with chronic illness, be sure to check out her Invisible Disabilities Awareness Week post.


Finally, Malaysian blogger Veronica Lee at Of Mice And Ramen tackles a topic that’s still considered taboo in many cultures – suicide. She shares how the recent death of the 23-year old son of a mutual friend of hers and her sister has profoundly impacted their lives and the lives of those around them. As she so aptly writes, “Suicide never really steals the life of just one person… we just didn’t recognize the signs.”

Beneath The Surface

In a year when we’ve all been on lock-down due to Covid-19 and a season when the holidays are upon us, arming ourselves with information about the warning signs to look for might just save someone’s life. For more information on this topic, check out our article “Are You At Risk For Depression?”, which includes information about Kristi Hugstad’s book Beneath The Surface: A Teen’s Guide To Reaching Out When You Or Your Friend Is In Crisis.

Beneath The Surface Quote

It’s always fun to share the fabulous things that our community is creating but sometimes, we need to look at the things that are lurking beneath the surface of our lives. I hope that you’ll take a moment to visit each of our Featured Friends – to leave them a meaningful comment – and to congratulate them for being a Friend Of The Week at Friendship Friday at Create With Joy?

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21 Responses to “Friendship Friday Blog Hop 455”

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting! I’m linking up with WOULD YOU RATHER See Trump or Biden Win the Election?

  2. Ellen Pilch says:

    Great choices, I already follow 2 of these blogs and I will check out the other. Thanks for hosting. Have a nice weekend.

  3. Veronica Lee says:

    Thanks for the mention!

    I hope sharing my story will help others who find themselves in similar situations.

    Happy Weekending!

  4. Maggie says:

    Kevin’s beautiful photographs have helped so many cats find forever homes! Including Thackery who went home from PAWS this week.

  5. Thanks for hosting, happily pinning and posting

  6. Brian Frum says:

    I don’t know Veronica and Lisa but they sure seem nice! I can tell you I’ve met Kevin and his wife Tracey and spent some time with them and they are truly wonderful people totally dedicated to PAWS and the rescue kitties. I really feel fortunate to count them as friends. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  7. Amy Johnson says:

    They sound like very worthy blogs indeed. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the link up.

  8. Yes, that phrase “Bloom where you’re planted,” is sooo good. Thank you for the reminder that this can be as simple as sharing our lives with those around us. And, thank you for the introduction to some amazing bloggers who are doing just this.

    I appreciate the chance to connect and share in the link-up too. Wishing you an amazing week!

  9. Maggie says:

    Kevin’s beautiful photographs have helped so many PAWS cats find homes!
    He’s a kind and generous catman.

  10. Marielle says:

    I love the “Bloom where you’re planted” quote. As a family that has moved around a lot, that has been an encouraging mantra. You shared great examples today of people doing that. Thanks for hosting, and have a great weekend!

  11. meowmeowmans says:

    Thank you so much for including us, and being such a great friend, Ramona. We’re really blessed to “bloom where we’re planted,” and to be able to volunteer at PAWS and advocate for the cats there. We’re excited to check out Lisa and Veronica’s blogs. I’m off to do so now. Hugs to you, Roy and Magellan.

  12. Thanks for the recommends, I knew about Kevin’s blog and am a fan, but the others are new to me.

  13. Thanks for hosting an awesome and fun party – hope your week is warm and wonderful!

  14. Timmy Tomcat says:

    We have been to two of those three and one regularly. Those are great and we will try the third.

  15. Three wonderful blogs to share with three clearly very great folks behind them.
    Have agreat week.

  16. Lydia C. Lee says:

    Great post! Going to track down that book. Sounds good!

  17. tyson says:

    thanks for share.. its very informal


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