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Featured Blogger: Stacey Archer – Walk in Her Shoes…

10/03/2011
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“Our lives find meaning as we view ourselves as participants in God’s unfolding story.” ~ Anonymous

Featured Blogger: Stacey Archer - Walk in her Shoes... for a little while.

Featured Blogger: Stacey Archer - Walk in her Shoes... Psalm 23 project.

One of the first things I noticed about Stacey when we connected online was her fascination with shoes. Shoes are in her blog name, Walk A Mile In My Shoes, a single red shoe sits on her blog masthead, and lots more are in the background of her twitter page… You see, I love shoes too so I can relate. But there is more to Stacey Archer.  She is an accomplished photographer, a woman of faith, a sports fan, friend, traveler, craft-maker and more. In addition to shoes, she loves jewelry, makeup, and Coach purses. If you were to visit her at home, she’d probably whip up a delicious dish and soon have you watching a hockey, football or baseball game.  She has a beautiful smile and her heart is as big as her smile; she sponsors two children; a boy in Peru, and a girl in Brazil, through a charitable organizationCompassion International.

When I sent out the call for bloggers in the Daily Post Challenge to join in and be featured, Stacey stopped in and I’m glad to feature her as this week’s “Get To Know” blogger. Stacey works as a service coordinator for developmentally disabled young adults; ages 12-24. She helps her clients, in collaboration with their parents, to set goals and obtain supportive services; she also provides advocacy skills for them in their schools and communities. After her clients complete their education, she assists them in transitioning into the next phase of their lives by helping them decide What’s Next: Be it through a day program, a job in the community or a sheltered workshop. Every day, she comes to her job with compassion and care; listening and remembering that until we walk in another person’s shoes, we cannot claim to know what is best for them. Join me in welcoming Stacey Archer.

What is your fascination with shoes or are they just symbolic to the name of your blog…? A combination of both. They are fitting/symbolic to the blog I write but I also do love shoes. I have a lot of them, but always want more 😉
Where did you grow up and why do you blog? I grew up in a very, very small town in upstate NY. I moved out when I was about 18 and left for college; still only about 1 ½ hours from home. I moved to Los Angeles five years ago. I started my blog last fall, but only posted occasionally. I always wanted to have a creative outlet to get my thoughts/feelings out, but never got into the habit of carrying around a journal (probably because I would lose it). Some friends started a blog and suggested the idea to me, so I set one up. Then the Daily Post Challenge got me more into blogging. I use my blog to not only get my thoughts/feelings out, but to write poetry, share pictures and recipes, meet fellow writers/bloggers and improve my writing.

“May the love hidden deep inside your heart find the love waiting in your dreams. May the laughter that you find in your tomorrow wipe away the pain you find in your yesterdays.” ~anonymous

Featured Blogger: Stacey Archer - Walk in her Shoes... Lady in white

Featured Blogger: Stacey Archer - Walk in her Shoes... balloon in shadows

What is most important to you/about you? My family, friends and God are most important to me. They get me through each day; through the good and the bad. I try to live my life following Christ’s example. Even though I do make my share of mistakes, I try to learn from my mistakes and strive to be a better person.

What motivates you to get out of bed? Right now, my work and my paycheck… In this economy, I am thankful for having a job and I work to do my best each day to help my clients be as independent and as successful as they can be.   Also, I enjoy each day and look at it as an opportunity to learn and grow in some way and, when possible, to help others.

Featured Blogger: Stacey Archer - Walk in her Shoes... by a trolley

Featured Blogger: Stacey Archer - Walk in her Shoes... antique car..

How would you like to be remembered? I would like to be remembered as someone who was compassionate and put others above herself; someone who was passionate about life and living it; someone who followed Christ and loved with her whole heart.

You may connect with Stacey through her wonderful blog; Walk A Mile In My Shoes;Facebook fanpage; NetworkedBlog; and via her Twitter handle @MsStaceyArcher. Again leave a comment below to welcome our blog friend — Stacey, and then click over to visit her and support her blog.  🙂
What are your thoughts? Do share? If you’d like to be featured, leave a note and let me know how to reach you. Thank You! 🙂

Positive Motivation Tip: Until we walk in another person’s shoes, we cannot claim to know them. Walk firmly in your own shoes, focus on your goals and know thyself first.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Featured Photos are courtesy of/taken by Stacey Archer

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

33 Comments leave one →
  1. 10/03/2011 11:51 pm

    Wow..thank you so much Elizabeth. I feel very humbled and honored 🙂

  2. 10/03/2011 11:54 pm

    It was joyful and an honor to feature you. Thank you too! 🙂
    Elizabeth

  3. 11/03/2011 12:41 am

    Enjoyed the interview, Stacey.
    Wonderful photos.
    Thanks to both of you.

    I sponsor a young Buddhist girl, Sasikala, in Sri Lanka, through Childreach. It’s wonderful to hear about the changes in her village ~ from better latrines to safer drinking water to improved school supplies.

    • 11/03/2011 11:54 am

      that’s awesome Nancy! I love hearing about all the changes with my “kids” and their villages too.

    • 13/03/2011 6:38 am

      Great that you do… 🙂
      Over the years, I have sponsored different kids from countries around the world. It is a wonderful way to give back.
      Thanks for stopping in! 🙂
      Elizabeth

  4. 11/03/2011 12:42 am

    Thanks for featuring Stacey this week Elizabeth, you did a great write-up on her; now we know her a little better. She sounds like a warm and genuine person who gets a kick out of helping others – someone I would like to meet in person. She is a very talented photographer and I enjoy reading her blog and seeing her new photos.

    • 11/03/2011 11:55 am

      Thank you Barb! I appreciate your kind words. If you are ever in the Los Angeles area let me know.

    • 13/03/2011 6:39 am

      I really enjoyed it and Stacey was so gracious about my last minute questions to her… She’s joyful!
      Thanks for stopping in! 🙂
      Elizabeth

  5. 11/03/2011 1:53 am

    Hello Stacy, it is formally nice to “get to know you.” Your photo is outstanding and so beautiful. You light up the world. I do not have a shoe fetish but admire yours. I can understand Coach bags, as my bf use to do “security” at a store in Chicago IL. Elizabeth really did a great job with this interview. Here is my poem in thoughts.
    Stacy has so many shoes
    she has a color for each day of the week
    No outfit is without the proper hues
    It’s like her open heart that we truly seek. © 2011 Jackie Paulson

    • 11/03/2011 11:53 am

      great poem…thanks Jackie!

    • 13/03/2011 6:40 am

      Neat poem Jackie! I had fun with Stacey and I will say I did with each of you too! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping in! 🙂
      Elizabeth

  6. 11/03/2011 4:46 am

    Great to ‘meet’ you Stacey. This is a beautiful write up and is a wonderful insight into your life. I love your outlook on life – so inspiring. Best wishes, Julie

    • 11/03/2011 11:55 am

      Thank you Julie 🙂

    • 13/03/2011 6:41 am

      Isn’t she delightful? Glad to see you again Juls!
      Thanks for stopping in! 🙂
      Elizabeth

  7. 11/03/2011 6:59 am

    “Until we walk in another person’s shoes, we cannot claim to know them…”
    – a good symbol and concept: thanks for featuring Stacey’s way of life!

    • 13/03/2011 6:42 am

      Shoes have so much symbolism to them and I love wearing them too… I was even thinking, it would be nice to have as a photo challenge! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping in! 🙂
      Elizabeth

  8. 11/03/2011 8:25 am

    Great interview. Thanks for letting us get to know Stacey better. 🙂

    • 13/03/2011 6:43 am

      Rose, It was a lot of fun too..
      Thanks for stopping in! 🙂
      Elizabeth

  9. 11/03/2011 8:41 am

    Nice interview! I’ve been following Stacey on her blog for a little while now but it’s nice to know some more things about her! Also, great initiative of featuring a blogger each week and get the world to know him/her!

    • 13/03/2011 6:45 am

      I appreciate your comment and visited your lovely blog too. If you’d like to be featured, just drop me an email and I’ll send the questions to you! I enjoyed your blog and will visit again!
      Thanks for stopping in! 🙂
      Elizabeth

  10. 11/03/2011 9:18 am

    Thanks, Eliz…wonderful interview and post on an obviously wonderful person. 🙂 Hi, Stacey…I’ll hop over and meet you later today. Absolutely LOVE your photography!!!!! The character of who you are definitely shines in every photo. 🙂

    • 11/03/2011 11:56 am

      Thank you Vivian. I look forward to getting to know you 🙂

    • 13/03/2011 6:47 am

      She was a fun interviewee… I appreciate your comment ViV!
      Did you send me your stuff yet? 🙂
      Thanks for stopping in! 🙂
      Elizabeth

  11. 11/03/2011 12:04 pm

    I truly admire Stacey for her work with developmentally disabled young adults. That cannot be easy. We need more people like Stacey in the world to make it a better place.
    Great interview Elizabeth.

    • 13/03/2011 6:48 am

      So true… It is challenging work and Stacey is excellent at what she does… I agree we need more compassionate people in the field.
      Thanks for stopping in! 🙂
      Elizabeth

  12. 11/03/2011 1:14 pm

    This was a very fabulous interview, it not only gave me inspiration for my own thoughts, but a realistic view of who Stacy is, but who she is as on the inside and outside. I felt I was walking in her shoes as I read her story. She has chosen the line of work, in the right direction, as she has plenty to offer in her loving and caring nature. 🙂 Very good interview, Elizabeth. The ways you added depth into her character was beautifully accomplished.

    • 13/03/2011 6:50 am

      Glad you enjoyed it Penny. I enjoyed the shoes part too because I love shoes myself and I was curious about her interest…
      I look forward to yours. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping in! 🙂
      Elizabeth

  13. 13/03/2011 8:11 am

    What an inspiring feature. Thanks for introducing another interesting blog to visit. 😉

    • 22/03/2011 5:54 am

      Thank you Dee,
      I’ve been swamped with offline demands and fell behind in my comment replies… Hope your exams go well. I’d like you to join in too. 🙂
      Best,
      Elizabeth

  14. 27/03/2011 7:32 am

    How can you not love a gal with a big heart?! Awesome to meet you! Great photos! 🙂

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