If you haven't figured it out yet, I'll just admit it: I can be sickeningly sappy. At work, I get all serious and business-like when needed. In front of my kids and husband, I get all silly or 'mummy-ish'.
And, in the face of amazing love, support and encouragement from incredible sources - I get sappy.
And, that's what I am right now. Just unashamedly sappy.
You see, I can't begin to express how I feel about the incredible comments, messages, and emails that I've been receiving from many of you over the last few days since I shared my news. I really appreciate you all for taking the time to offer your sincere support and encouragement. I am so, so grateful.
Other than these very kind words, I've also been receiving some wonderful offers of help --- and even opportunities. Many of them are quite exciting. I'm definitely exploring all of them. And, looking forward to the possibilities.
And, as an extra bonus, just shortly after my last post, I was contacted by Fast Company to let me know that I've been included in their latest feature of "Most Influential Women in Technology". Listed, of course, in the Bloggers section. At first, I thought the private Twitter DM was a mistake. I even asked them if they weren't mistaking me for someone else. But, when I found the link, sure enough, I found myself listed there - together with the likes of Heather Armstrong (of Dooce), Elisa Camahort Page, Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone (the BlogHer folks), as well as Gina Trapani (of Lifehacker), among a few others. It's always an honour to be mentioned alongside these incredible women.
Definitely a nice way to be acknowledged and encouraged.
And very, very sap-worthy.
Oh, and another thing that got me all sappy the last few days: Jade Craven's post, "25 Awesome Lessons I Learnt from Shai Coggins" (Thanks again, Jade! I learned a couple of awesome things from your post too.)
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.