Sam’s blogging life begun after a Cancer diagnosis and her online space has evolved into a celebration of life. Baking your cake and eating it too if you don’t mind!
Sammie is an interesting lady and always is looking into the sunshine. She is a go getter and life grabber. I know many a blogger who love Sam being in their community hence I wanted to introduce her to you.
First things first, let me make you a cocktail. What will you have?
A Bloody Mary, please because I figure it’s one of my five a day and if it comes with a celery stick, that’s two! Oh, and when it comes to Bloody Mary’s spicy is nicey!
What is The Annoyed Thyroid and how did it come about?
The Annoyed Thyroid is my happy place and a little corner of the inter webs where I blog about baking, travelling, keeping cancer at bay and living life on the bright side. In 2011, I got cancer twice. I experienced what I called the word tsunamis the second time around and started to blog as a way of emptying my brain. Turns out blogging is cheaper and a lot more fun than therapy. Who knew? The Annoyed Thyroid started off quite the cancer chronicle, but as I’ve travelled along the road to recovery, I like to think it’s deliciously inspiring.
Was there a big moment for you that lead you down the path you are on now?
It wasn’t a big moment but big things have happened because of it. My second cancer diagnosis and surgery were whirlwind fast, but after that I had a lot of time to think. And one of the thinks I had was that I wanted to blog. I really needed somewhere to empty my thoughts (apart from my psychologist’s office) and I guess I wanted someone else (apart from my psychologist) to hear them too. Cancer can be a very lonely business. I could never have imagined where that blog would take me, not in a million years!
Who or what inspires you?
At the risk of sounding twee, life inspires me. Waking up to enjoy each new day is about as much inspiration as I need. However, I do love surrounding myself in real life and online with inspiring women and I feature those in my weekly Friday feature “She’s so inspiring.”
What does a day in the life of Sam Colden look like?
I work almost full time. It’s like a daily tour of duty. As a result, I spend a lot of time doing the things I love out of hours and barely a day goes by that I don’t blog, exercise or make a mess in the kitchen. I’m definitely more of an early bird than a night owl and I like to make every day count.
What are you most looking forward to in 2015 or what goals do you want to reach?
I want to get to grips with my counselling course, run another half marathon, battle my bulge and attend my first big blogging conference. Most of all, I’m looking forward to a healthy year with as few doctor’s appointments and the best test results possible!
Any quirky facts you would like to reveal?
- I once met Coldplay and nearly became their personal astrologer.
- My old friends call me Mandy, my new friends call me Sam, my students call me Teacher and my mum calls me Samantha. It’s amazing I don’t have an identity crisis.
- I got married in a pink dress.
- I spent a year on a kibbutz and as a result, I have a passion for falafel and can speak pigeon Hebrew.
- I’ve seen “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” about 30 times. I’m not bored of it yet.
- I’m tone deaf but love singing. And I can’t dance. It’s like I’ve had a rhythm bypass.
- I’ve never made a pavlova or lamingtons. This is something I need to rectify immediately.
- I can’t drive or ride a bike. I am the eternal pedestrian.
Here is an invisibility cape – what are you going to get up to for the day?
I’ll hang out in the changing rooms of the Sydney Swans. Just for the celebrity gossip, you understand.
3 things you are… and 3 things you’re not…
I’m grateful, happy and desperate for a dog.
I’m not grown up, co-ordinated or a tofu lover.