#CPChatNow Recap for 01-22-2014


Next Live Twitter Chat: Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Due to family issues I couldn’t partake in this week’s live Twitter chat #CPChatNow. Certain circumstances however leave me timing in from my brief hiatus here to bring you your regularly scheduled #CPChatNow recap. Looking over the Twitter discussion I see I missed a friendly, fun, and insightful conversation.

Humorous banter about the weather started early.

#CPChatNow Weather Banter

Now as John happens to mention I am in Tucson, Arizona. So I can confirm his weather report.

Meeting John in person

Arizona Sunrise January 22nd

Clouds begin to depart during Tucson, AZ’s Wednesday morning sunrise.

Those surrounded by snow did try to enjoy the situation, although CP turns said task into a challenging endeavor.

Sledding and Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy should definitely prove a hot topic this March in Atlanta, GA.

Cerebral Palsy Conference

Handicap This also entertained an interview request.

Handicap This Interview Inquiry

Moving on, the need for better public transportation became evident.

Accessible Transportation

The term “disability” received focus.

The word disability

Until next week, remember you can always join the conversation on Facebook too!

#CPChatNow Facebook Page


Please Excuse This Brief Hiatus

Please Excuse This Brief Hiatus

Don’t expect new posts in the next couple weeks as I am taking a brief hiatus from posting here. My regular Off Balanced blog schedule will resume starting Thursday, January 30th with the #CPChatNow recap for Wednesday, January 29th.

In the meantime I encourage you to visit my blog’s archives to the right which date back to November 2011. Or if not done so already, for your reading pleasure download my memoir Off Balanced to your Kindle or Nook. Thank you.

#CPChatNow Recap for 01-08-14


Next Live Twitter Chat: Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Imagine a community where members empower each other, support one another, and remain welcoming to everyone. You just pictured #CPChatNow! 🙂 With each passing Wednesday the community strengthens and lives become increasingly enriched. Don’t simply take me at my word though. Let these highlights from last night’s live discussion demonstrate the above.

Place your anticipations to rest.

#CPChatNow Recap Anticipation

We (@johnwquinn, @HandicapThis, and I) enjoy hosting these chats in-part because the chats allow us to better connect with our audiences.

Listening to John's Audio Book

Plus we receive the chance to celebrate your success.

Celebrating Success

Through supporting each other, personal growth occurs.

Empowering Another

Such personal growth happens because we discuss powerful topics.



Some join in seeking practical advice.

Practical Advice

Others desire factual information.

Factual Information

Overall we keep a positive tone which can involve sharing laughs.

Are you a cougar?

Please join us next week. You don’t have to have cerebral palsy to chime in.

All are Welcome


Live #CPChatNow Twitter chats take place every Wednesday at 8pm EST/7pm CST/5pm PST.

Not on Twitter? Join in using the #CPChatNow Facebook page.

Tracking New Year Resolutions- December ’13 Recap

With New Year Day passing Wednesday another cycle completes and a new one begins. Now I’m talking about the process where the change in calendar year renews optimism and hope. Resolutions often accompany these positive sentiments. Yet said resolutions always seem to become forgotten by the time March rolls around.

Not for you and me! Today’s post marks the end to my monthly 2013 New Year resolutions tracking. Next week I’ll embark on a yearly overview and in two weeks publicize my 2014 New Year resolutions so I can face the public accountability all over again. First though, let us revisit December 2013.

Resolution #1- Utilize My Youtube Channel Via Vlogging
Specific Goal- Vlog Twice a Month
Accomplished? YES

After three months where I accomplished resolution one in the month’s last week, I finally avoided the last minute pressure. Inspiration for topic ideas really helped me here. Seeing how last month marked two years since I released my cerebral palsy memoir Off Balanced to the Kindle and Nook, a reflection felt appropriate.

The live Twitter chats #CPChatNow John W. Quinn, Tim Wambach, and I started hosting in December led me to my second video’s subject matter, “Cerebral Palsy & Building Self-Esteem.”

Resolution #2- Post Here on a Weekly Basis
Specific Goal- Post every Friday
Accomplished? YES

If you subscribe to my blog (button located on the right hand side under my picture), you know I surpassed resolution two. Overall I published six new posts in December. Exciting happenings motivated me, namely the emerging #CPChatNow, serving as a panelist on Parent to Parent of Georgia’s webinar “Finding Your Way: Transitioning from High School to College,” and conducting the first Off Balanced book giveaway.


My most loyal companion for 13-and-a-half years, Dakota

Resolution #3- Keep to Due Dates
Specific Goal- Don’t Receive Any Inquiries About ETAs
Accomplished? NO

Despite the aforementioned success, December also proved a difficult month. On December 4th we put my dog Dakota to sleep. Like I share in my Handicap This December team post “My Dog Helped Me Embrace My Disability,” Dakota meant a lot to me. Her loss affected my productivity for about a week. Factor in the holidays too and I ended up missing two deadlines. The first for an article I’m writing for The Mobility Resource and secondly a guest blog opportunity for Joe Reddington. I’m determined to soon make up for my December failures.