When I started my blogging journey, I didn't really know where it was going to go. A few years ago, I started a life blog called Ramona Q. Creations, where I blogged about crafts I had made.
I did it for about 2 months, but I wasn't really into it. I LOVE LOVE to craft, but blogging about it just kinda didn't appeal to me. At the time, I only had my personal instagram account. I would post pictures of my family, friends, and just stuff.
Fast forward 2 years-Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 4:31pm. I had just returned from a run. I went upstairs and checked my phone. My phone spoke words that I was not ready to hear. My brain couldn't comprehend what I had just found out. My body went into a shock that I can't describe. A very close family friend, a 2nd mother figure in my life had passed away. I mourned and am still dealing with losing a very close person in my life. #itsnoteasy. This lady was such a wonderful person who radiated the best sunshine. Her laugh, her pearl earrings, her gentle words, her love for life radiated to the world. She also had a love for children's literature. We would chat about different books all the time. Another friend asked me, "Courtney, what was the name of that one book you told me about." Lights started to flash!! I should totally recommend books for my teacher friends and parents. I started it on my personal insta, but I wanted to reach more people. Ramona Recommends quickly got herself another instagram account. Soapbox moment- I really don't like how you have to log in and out of your different accounts! Insta developers I hope you are listening! :) I believe starting Ramona Recommends was an angel message from my pearl wearing friend. It has given me a new outlook on life. It makes me so happy to sit at my computer (for hours) and plan my different book debuts, create lessons, read other blogs, meet new friends, and know I am blessing someone's need. I am doing a special recommends because yesterday I received a gift that I will cherish forever. I received my friend's favorite book from her husband and daughters. It was their family favorite and read year after year. The teacher in me is super excited because it has ALLITERATION on each page. It is funny, about cooking, and just plain fabulous.