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One year of Frida

Sunday, August 19, 2007 by Marianne Elliott

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Blue truck cab, still life in Chaghcharan, Ghor. 17 August 2007.

It has been exactly a year since I entered the strange and wonderful world of blogging. To mark this anniversary I have created a new list in the sidebar – Frida's story in brief.

My intent was to select 12 posts, one per month, to summarise the story of Frida so far. But it seems that was far too symetrical an idea for my stubborn self and instead here you have it – Frida's notebook in 13 posts.

In August 2006 Frida is introduced.

By November she is self-medicating with bromazepam. What went wrong?

In December she herself is not sure yet – but she's functioning, and talking about torture with district police chiefs. So maybe all is well?

At 4.00am one January morning the pieces of the puzzle start to fall together, and Frida sees where things went wrong.

Later that month, one afternoon in Herat, she discovers that her spirit can literally soar free of all the darkness that has been dogging her when she looks at the world through a camera viewfinder. Frida's flickr page takes life.

Also in January, Frida pens a tribute to the two women who got her started in blogging and to many others who travel regularly through the magic of the inter-web and drop some inspiration and goodness on Miss Frida.

In February Frida uses a Sunday Scribbling prompt to write her little heart out on the subject of Goodbyes. That is one of my all time favorite posts. Then Frida turns decidedly prosaic to tell tales about what she does in a good week at the office (in Badghis) – this is one of my favorite posts about my substantive work in Afghanistan.

In March, while lying on her yoga mat one morning, Frida begins to understand the benefits of letting go – and so begins the climb up out of the dark winter into the light.

In April Annie's efforts finally pay off and the kids in Ghor finally get their woolies!

In May Frida has lessons in letting go all over again, it seems this country won't let her leave until she really gets this simple lesson.

In June Frida retreats into yoga and then under the ocean for a few weeks before re-emerging with a remewed commitment to be the change she wants to see in the world.

By July Frida has moved to Ghor and gives a radio interview which captures better than any post here ever has the real reasons why she does this work and just how lucky and happy she really is to be doing it.

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14 Responses to "One year of Frida"

  1. lacithecat says:

    My dear,
    Its been hectic today and I have just walked in and found such a lovely email and then a post from you! Yeh! Smile … What a year and we are blessed that you found blogger in so many ways.
    If I had a glass of wine I would lift a glass (but we can do that soon enough)
    x

  2. HiK says:

    Happy Anniversary! Your goodbye post is my favorite also. So beautiful.

  3. MInerva says:

    I have just discovered your blog and thought I’d let you know that you have one of the best blogs I’ve come across. Your Goodbye post was simply heartbreaking; it reminded me of the many goodbyes in my life as well. I have taken the liberty to add you to my blog’s Interesting Reads. Keep on blogging!

  4. MInerva says:

    I have just discovered your blog and thought I’d let you know that you have one of the best blogs I’ve come across. Your Goodbye post was simply heartbreaking; it reminded me of the many goodbyes in my life as well. I have taken the liberty to add you to my blog’s Interesting Reads. Keep on blogging!

  5. tiny noises says:

    what an amazing summary! i don’t know how you narrowed it down to just 13, you’ve had such beautiful posts and such a transforming year. goodbye was one of my favorite as well, it looks like your fans agree. can’t wait to see what the next year looks like. . .

  6. Mandi says:

    What a great idea and happy blog anniversary!

  7. sassy says:

    Hi, it’s the first time I’ve stumbled in here but I just want to say I luvluvluv the blog and will be back !

  8. Mélanie says:

    Happy birthday , Joyeux anniversaire , feliz cumpleano , عيد ميلاد سعيد to Frida’s blog
    Mélanie

  9. Happy Anniversary…having only just recently found you, it would seem i have some catching up to do.
    and so i’ll go and begin…

  10. Mardougrrl says:

    Happy anniversary! I am so glad I found your blog…your words matter more than I can say. xoxo, M

  11. ceanandjen says:

    Happy Anniversary!!! Your Blog, your stories, YOU…amazing…always.xoxo

  12. susanna says:

    Holy moly! What a summary! It reads like a fascinating biography and/or an award winning movie. Maybe a trip to Cannes is in your future? Can you believe the journey that you are on in your life, Frida?!

  13. Paris Parfait says:

    Bravo – a toast to your first year blogging and to the incredible, inspiring woman you are. xo

  14. Diana says:

    Its an amazing life you are leading. I check in once in a while and am awed by your journey. You are everywhere I would love to be, be can not. From reading some of the posts, I know you have carried the world on your shoulders and sometimes staggered, but you keep walking. Again, amazing. I hope everything you need comes to you when you need it.
    My blog is passworded – I have to issue an email invite – come by if you wish.

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