Delighted to meet you!

I’m woefully behind on participating in Ms. Kimberly’s September Sapphire Even Day Blog Challenge.  Shameless plug (and payment of penance):  click on her button at the bottom of my sidebar and see all the topics in the blog challenge!  

Now, Kimberly started the challenge on September 2.  Here I am, more than a week later, dragging my blessed assurance into her blog challenge.   Is that shameful or what?  Mercifully, Kimberly has extended grace so that I can still participate. 

Kimberly’s debut blog challenge topic is an “introduction to one’s blog.”  It’s a chance to say to readers, old and new:  “Delighted to meet you!”  

I have an “About” page on Embrace the Struggle that provides a quick intro to the blog, but I figured a “who-what-where-why-when” approach could give new readers a better sense of what Embrace the Struggle is all about.

PicMonkey Collage blog intro


I’m Alison, an island girl!  LOL!  I was born in England of West Indian parents, grew up on the island of St. Kitts and now live in Maryland, USA.  I’m a Christian who loves writing, editing, praying, organizing, social media, decorating, reading, and good music.   I also love meeting new people, so . . .  welcome!


Embrace the Struggle doesn’t really fit into a niche, which is fine with me.   😉   Gives me leeway to write whatever I darn well please.  I’m a niche-less blogger!  But seriously… The name “Embrace the Struggle” sprang from a line in an El DeBarge song called “Joyful”  that goes:  “I’ve learned to embrace the struggle whether I lose or I win!”

Philippians 4:11 talks about being content in whatever state we’re in, and that, to me, is a huge part of being able to embrace the struggle:  accepting the reality, praying about it, taking necessary action, and then keeping it moving!  


Well, here, of course!   😆   Feel free to follow me here on the blog, but you can also hit me up on Twitter and Facebook and my favorite addiction inspiration, Pinterest.


I started blogging  to express myself creatively and to be able to share experiences and describe how I get through them in God’s strength.  I write to encourage women to tackle the challenges we all face in life joyfully, prayerfully, and fiercely.  Posts here can veer from the silly to the serious, but the goal is always to encourage, inform, exhort, inspire, educate, and–every now and then–to entertain.  


I normally post on Thursdays and Sundays.  Thursdays are for my main post of the week, and then on Sundays I link up with Deidra Riggs’s Sunday Community, where we share a combination of a photo, a quote, or a Bible verse.   But sometimes (like with this post and guest posts that I’ve done), I post mid-week. 

And I blog monthly with The Exodus Road, a coalition focused on rescuing victims of human trafficking and sexual slavery.  

I hope to bring back my Saturday Soup series at some point, too.

All right, guys; there you have it!  Roam around in the archives and check out some of my earlier posts.  I’m delighted to meet you all!


  1. Alison, I’m so excited you linked up for the challenge. Blog name is from El Debarge song. Love that inspiration. I learned so much about you with this post. Thank you for sharing.
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  2. Okay this is the second time I saw this blog challenge and I’m very interested. I love the format tht you used for an introduction!
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  3. Great to learn more about you Alison. I never would have guessed the name of your blog came from song.
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  4. Love the pics Alison. I also love learning more about you with blogs like this.
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  5. I love reading more about you! I don’t really have a niche blog either. I suppose I am niche-less with touches of parenting, writing and photography. Yes, photography. I think your title alone invites people right in and it says something strong and proud.
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  6. Thanks, Tamara! i sure hope it delivers on the sense of something strong and proud. I’d say you are right in your description of your “nichelessness” (I just made up a word!). You’re a multi-hyphenate blogger!
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  7. Hey boo! Nice to reacquaint! Learned some tidbits and understand your post schedule and goals now! Glad to be partying with! Better late than never 🙂
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  8. Nice to meet you… Again! I had no idea that the title of your blog came from an El DeBarge song. Alison, you are just cool as a fan… Love the pics!
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    • ROTF re: “cool as a fan.” Girl you keep me laughing! So grateful for our friendship.

      Yeah, El is my boo. Still going “grrrrr” that he was a no-show at the concert in DC in 2011. Same for Anita. What’s up with that? Okay, maybe we need to be their management team. That should whip stuff into shape with the quickness, no? LOL

  9. Hey Alison,

    Girl we need to get together before we pull up roots and leave town. We are so close but yet so far. Since we are going on the open road in an RV I’d like to start a blog about that. Maybe you could give me some pointers? Love you Marilyn

  10. So now I’m going to be reading your blog with an “island girl” accent. Nice to meet you through some extra words. I am going to roam in that Alphabet Soup post that showed up at the bottom. That’s cute – what widget is it?
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    • The widget is nRelate, Kenya. I really like it, as it chooses the posts at random and gives readers a handy tool to catch up on other posts without going to the archives or using the search button. Plus, there are about 10 different formats available. Most people do the “You Might Also Like” edition. You know I had to do something a lil’ different…

      LOL re: you reading with an island accent. Yeah mon. Irie. Cool runnings. I’ll quit before the patois police come and ticket me.

  11. I’ll have to check out their offerings. Thanks. I used linkwithin which is fine. I love how yours looks on the page. LOL @ Cool Runnings.
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  12. I love connecting with women that have the same goal as mine, to encourage and uplift women. I enjoy your blog and I think I may join The Sunday Community.
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  13. Whitney, you should definitely join. I think you’d be a great fit and you would enjoy the interactions and the wisdom over there. So cool to be in sync with other bloggers!
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  14. Hey Alison! So nice to meet you darlin’! LOL! Found out some great new facts about you! Better late than never, but never late is better! I’m sorry Alison…I just had to say it! Bahahaha! As IF I can talk …girl I haven’t even started the challenge yet! I like the fact that you’re a niche-less blogger! And who doesn’t love El, right(he’s a distant cousin of my husband)…ikr! Thanks so much for telling us a little more about yourself and thanks for linking up!! Have a wonderful weekend my friend!
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    • DWL at your comment, Michell. I definitely have to try out “Better late than never, but never late is better!”
      Such a small world… your hubs is El’s cousin. Wow! Have they ever met?
      Looking forward to your post(s) in the challenge, Michell!
      Have a great weekend,
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  15. This was really an awesome intro for me as I am a new reader. It’s so nice to meet a fellow believer in the blogging world. I enjoy meeting new people as well. I look forward to reading more of your posts 🙂

  16. I enjoyed reading this post – my sweet friend!
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