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May 28, 2014 / diannegray

The Life Enthusiast Chronicles with Dianne

The lovely and talented Britt Skrabanek posts a monthly series called The Life Enthusiast Chronicles. This month she has featured yours truly. Head on over and check it out 🙂

Britt Skrabanek

Last month blogger gal pal Kate Johnston revealed her passion for wolves, encouraging us to take a moment to think about how much we could save if we all fought for something wild. In my series, The Life Enthusiast Chronicles, fantastic humans from all over uncover what makes them passionate about life.

Today I’m stoked to bring you—all the way from Australia—Dianne Gray. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Dianne through the blogging universe. Along the way I have found a fellow writer with a heart of gold, someone I look up to very much. So far, of her many novels out there, I have only read “The Everything Theory”…and I was blown away. Beyond the amazing award-winning author that she is, Dianne is a terrific human who has a knack for making us laugh and cry as we read her blog which explores the beautiful transitions of life. She’s a Life…

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  1. Minuscule Moments / May 28 2014 7:35 am

    Enjoyed reading bout your amazing journey Dianne, you rock this world my friend.


    • diannegray / May 28 2014 7:45 am

      Thank you so much, Kath. Life’s road can be very bumpy sometimes, but the smooth bits make it all worth while! 😉


  2. nrhatch / May 28 2014 7:52 am

    Wonderful share, Dianne. I knew most of your story . . . but reading through it all at once hit me in a different way.

    You have bounced back from a heaping helping of adversity with brilliant strength and sparkling wit!

    You rock!


    • diannegray / May 28 2014 8:02 am

      Thank you so much, Nancy. I actually didn’t realise until I wrote it all down how bad things were and how everything happened at once. I think I just went through the motions at the time and dealt with things the best I could. Sitting back now and looking at it like that was very cathartic for me. I don’t think I had the time to process it all before this and I cried a lot when I wrote it! Oh dear – I’m glad it’s out of my system now 😉


  3. Bonnie / May 28 2014 8:16 am

    Dianne, how great to get to know you a little more; what a series of challenging moments and events to have to go through in such a rapid successsion. Wishing you hadn’t had to endure so many big bumps, but shows what a strong woman you really are- and you are so happy and positive – truly a life enthusiast!! Glad to know you a little more through this and makes me appreciate for you even more the RUC and restoring it to it’s glory! 🙂


    • diannegray / May 28 2014 8:34 am

      Thank you so much, Bonnie. It was a very rough road, but when things like this happen it really helps us to appreciate every moment we have because life can change so quickly!

      I hope you’re well and enjoying the summer months 😉


  4. Ruth Rainwater / May 28 2014 9:18 am

    Wonderful, Dianne! Being thankful for small things is such a blessing when we hit one of those major bumps in the road.


    • diannegray / May 28 2014 9:36 am

      It sure is, Ruth! Those major bumps can knock us around a lot. I hope you’re feeling okay my friend xxxx


      • Ruth Rainwater / May 28 2014 10:05 am

        I’m doing okay. I have my up days and my down days, but we all have those. I’m glad y’all are doing well, too. 🙂


  5. Jill Weatherholt / May 28 2014 9:22 am

    Amazing Dianne, you are amazing. I love that photo of you…I’m trying to think of the actress you remind me of, but it’s escaping me.


    • diannegray / May 28 2014 9:40 am

      Oh, an actress! What a lovely compliment! Thank you, Jill 😀


  6. EllaDee / May 28 2014 10:00 am

    It is great to see your story shared via The Life Enthusiast Chronicles. Most of us can do with a little perpsective reminder from time to time that life is good, bad and so-so, and it’s how we deal with it that makes the difference.


    • diannegray / May 28 2014 10:11 am

      You’ve hit the nail right on the head – as my mother has always said, ‘it’s not what happens to you in life, it’s how you deal with it that is important’.
      Great minds think alike! 😀

      Things can change or go very wrong in a short amount of time so it’s good to appreciate and be thankful for everything we have every day 😀


  7. bulldog / May 28 2014 3:36 pm

    Wow … what can I say?? Kudos to you, what a life story… I stand in awe of you …


    • diannegray / May 29 2014 6:57 am

      Thank you for going over to read Britt’s post, Rob! I’m sure a lot of people have times like this (or worse) but it’s good to know we can make it though to the other side! 😀


  8. the eternal traveller / May 28 2014 9:22 pm

    You couldn’t write this story as fiction and get away with it, but here you are living it every day. It’s great to read that your husband is well now and as you know, I’ve enjoyed following the transformation of the RUC. Best wishes Dianne.


    • diannegray / May 29 2014 7:00 am

      Hi Carol – yes, a publisher reading the story would say ‘ease up!’ LOL (which is what I kept saying!).

      I’ve been meaning to ask you – how did you get the Google+ tag on your page? I’ve been trying to do it but can’t figure it out.


      • the eternal traveller / May 29 2014 6:43 pm

        Go to Settings, click on Sharing. There will be a list of social networking sites and you just click connect. Then every time you publish a new post it will automatically be posted to that site. I’m thrilled that I know something techno…you’ve made my day Dianne!


      • diannegray / May 30 2014 5:43 am

        Thank you! 😉


  9. Britt Skrabanek / May 29 2014 1:35 am

    Thanks again for being such a gorgeous Life Enthusiast, doll! Hugs!!!!!


  10. Denise Hisey / May 29 2014 10:28 am

    I loved the before & after pic when you posted it and was delighted to see it again! 😉
    All your trials have strengthened you for strong character writing I’m sure.


    • diannegray / May 29 2014 1:56 pm

      They certainly have, Denise! Great point 😀


  11. Janna G. Noelle / May 30 2014 11:54 am

    Good stuff, Dianne; that’s a great profile of you, and great picture too!

    I forgot to tell you that I read The Everything Theory over Easter and I couldn’t put it down! I had a five-hour plane ride and usually fall asleep, but your book keep me awake and engaged the entire time. I plan to write a proper review for it on Goodreads, but I just wanted to let you know. I’m so curious about the research you did for the book, and how many of those conspiratory elements were true!


    • diannegray / May 30 2014 12:14 pm

      I’m thrilled that you liked the story, Janna! Yes – a load of research went into it. Initially I wrote the story as a skeptic, but the more I looked into these things the more they intrigued me and I ended up gaining a lot of knowledge that I wouldn’t normally have learned! I think about life differently since I wrote that book. Strangely enough, snippets of information have been coming through the media recently about ancient sites and updated theories that push back the timeline of humans. These are emerging from mainstream science, so obviously more evidence is becoming available and therefore harder to ignore. I absolutely loved writing this book and it’s such a wonderful feeling when I get comments like yours! 😀


  12. restlessjo / May 30 2014 4:45 pm

    I loved it! 🙂 And Britt, too.
    Have a happy weekend, Dianne. And thanks for the joy you bring.


    • diannegray / May 31 2014 9:49 am

      Thank you, Jo – I hope you have a happy weekend as well!


  13. danniehill / Jun 1 2014 1:39 am

    You are quite a woman! I know living on a farm will be great for your entire family. I’ve lived on a small farm in Thailand for 10 years– now back in the States and wondering why– and it was and is a way to stay in touch with yourself


    • diannegray / Jun 1 2014 7:49 am

      Living in the country is wonderful, Dannie! It really does help you to keep in touch with yourself and instead of just ‘existing’ you feel like you’re ‘living’!

      Thank you so much for stopping by to say hello! 😀


  14. cestlavie22 / Jun 2 2014 10:43 pm

    Wow this is pretty awesome! I love when bloggers feature each other. Great learning about you!


    • diannegray / Jun 3 2014 6:54 am

      Thanks so much! It’s really nice when people are interested in featuring other bloggers. I was a little hesitant at first to do this, but I’m glad I did now 😉


  15. bluebee / Jun 20 2014 8:52 am

    Really love this post – left my comments over there 😃 Also love the then and now photos.


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