Versatile Blogger Award for New Bloggers – Part III

I have blogged at WP since September 2014. I was generously awarded by some wonderful people and that gesture always made the beginner-me feel privileged, and well taken care of by the more experienced bloggers. I have always posted about it, according to the mentioned ‘rules’. This time is different, as I have invented new rules. Here they are:

First rule: I am going to give back the generosity received. I will acknowledge beginners bloggers, whom my friend Carl from The Old Fellow Goes Running has nominated, so that we can give them a head start on the blogosphere. You will see some names here to check out. I totally trust his judgment.

Here Are 2 of Carl’s Nominees and his reasons to choose them:

“1. Rubber Hobos (49 Followers) At the end of 2010, Donna and her husband sold their home in Pennsylvania, bought an RV, and never looked back. This blog is about their journey, where they have been what they have been doing. The photography is beautiful.

2. Looking Closer (10 Followers) This is a very fitting name for this blog by Elizabeth, who has a beautiful sense of being in tune with nature. Living in an area surrounded by marshland containing lots of animal habitat, instead of keeping her photos, research, experiences and thoughts to herself, she offers to share them to us the reader. Thank you Elizabeth!”

Second rule: I am going to write a post not about me, but those who awarded me, and will introduce them to you.  I was awarded a Versatile Blogger by three fellow bloggers. The first one is Restart Urgently Needed. The other two are: April ‘s Perspective and Author S.B. Mazing.  I dedicated a separate post to each of them. This is the last one; I dedicate it to Author S.B Mazing.

This post is about a Swiss Blogger turned expat in Australia, where she lives with husband and kids.

I came to know her via her first blog A Mommas ViewThere she shares her thoughts about homeschooling, health and fitness, being an expat, kids and just life in general. It is her personal Lifestyle Blog! I have followed her blog since I started blogging at WP, when we meet at the Blogging University courses. I enjoy reading the varied themes and reflections she brings for discussion. Her blog feels like a cosy and welcoming living room. She shares the work of other bloggers, hosts many events,  and remarkably cares about making that a good experience for everyone.

She started the new blog Author S.B.Mazing determined to fulfill her dream of becoming an author and publishing books.  I respect her determination and dedication in pursuing her dreams, and invite you to join me in wishing her the best of luck. I am looking forward to reading her books. But please check her blogs too!

And who is she?

“I grew up in a little town all the way in the back of a small valley in the Swiss Alps. Luscious green in summer, snow covered in winter. It was usually a quiet place which turned into a busy ski resort during the winter month. I loved it. It offered you so much. You kind of got a piece of both worlds.

My dad was always around as he was much older and I loved spending time with him. He taught me a lot about nature and told us all kind of made up bedtime stories, which we loved. My mom was my best friend and supported me in almost every decision I made. She loved reading my little stories, the ones I started writing the moment I knew how to write. Sometimes I think she would have loved to write herself.

Today I am a mom of two myself and my kids and my husband are the most important part of my life. They complete me (if you can say that). My husband is my Soulmate and I am so glad we found each other. My family makes me a mother but also keeps that little girl inside of me alive and kicking.

I used to work in a job where I was writing. But it was not creative writing. I always loved it but I knew I wanted more from it, I needed more.

It took me a long time and a big move, from one side of the world to the other, to finally have the courage and start a blog (not this one) and write again. Write what I want to write about. And by doing that, I got the courage to finally sit down and start writing my Trilogy.

I guess like everything, it is a work in progress and you need to get to the point where you feel comfortable enough to jump into the unknown and just do it.

So here I am. I know that I am a writer as I am writing and everyone who writes is a writer in my eyes. Am I an Author yet? Maybe not. But I am close to it. Soon my books will be available and when the first one is ordered I will feel comfortable calling myself ‘Author’. And I am definitely a dreamer. You need to be a dreamer to be a writer or an author.

I am a writer, an author and a dreamer. I am a woman, a wife, a mother and yet still a little girl at heart. Living in a country I am not born in, speaking and writing in a language that was not my first…”

Thank you S B Mazing.

Versatile Blogger Award for New Bloggers – Part II

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I have blogged at WP since September 2014. I was generously awarded by some wonderful people and that gesture always made the beginner-me feel privileged, and well taken care of by the more experienced bloggers. I have always posted about it, according to the mentioned ‘rules’. This time is different, as I have invented new rules. Here they are:

First rule: I am going to give back the generosity received. I will acknowledge beginners bloggers, who my friend Carl from The Old Fellow Goes Running has nominated, so that we can give them a head start on the blogosphere. You will see some names here to check out. I totally trust his judgment.

Here Are 2 of Carl’s Nominees and his reasons to choose them:

“1. My Alpine Obsession (19 Followers) The last time is have climbed technically goes back to 22BC (22 years before children). I still love reading up on climbing a lot, and was more than delighted to cross paths with this blog. Please check it out. You’ll climb along on some epic ice and rock routes in the 2014 Trips/Adventures. The year 2015 is a clean slate, but will be no doubt be filled in, starting with a trip to Switzerland in February. 🙂

2. Child’s Eye View Blog (20 Followers) I really wish I had resources like this after my dad’s sudden death when I was 15. Author Ashley holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and works as a clinical therapist. Focusing on addressing grief and depression in children, adolescents and young adults, I find the posts very helpful for myself in my own world, as well as being a valuable resource to reach out to others. :)”

Second rule: I am going to write a post not about me, but those who awarded me, and will introduce them to you.  I was awarded a Versatile Blogger by three fellow bloggers. The first one is Restart Urgently Needed. The other two are: April ‘s Perspective and Author S.B. Mazing.  I will dedicate a separate post to each of them.  This post is about April’s Perspective.

April E. Sutton is an American writer/journalist with training in Broadcast Communications and Psychographics. She lives in the southern tip of Ohio together with her husband. She appreciates the opportunity to know different perspectives and viewpoints. This is an interest developed while living in several locations throughout the US, expanded while visiting England, Germany and Japan, as well as through conversations with people from many other countries while hosting them in her country.

I came across April’s blog while during the Blogging University courses. Her posts are delightful; you recognize in her writing style, that she is someone who not only knows, but welcomes wide angles and varied viewpoints – when addressing any subject – making her posts more enticing. I invite you to visit her blog and explore her versatile perspectives.

Now,  a little introduction using her own words:

“I am a generalist with extensive interests. I appreciate the domestic arts and crochet and sew. I love the fine arts and belong to a Creative Cluster made up of artists from a variety of disciplines: a painter, photographer, designer, fabric artist, writer, and an active searching creative. I am an avid reader, and frustrated by my lack of feedback on my writing efforts, except by my friends who love it, and my family who don’t get it.

My Blog is my Perspective on what is happening around me, commentary on current news, social issues, personal issues that could apply to anyone. Just as any newspaper has a lifestyle and entertainment section, so does my blog include lifestyle and entertainment. The entertainment is my attempt at poetry, and fiction writing.

A nice benefit of sharing blogs is getting to know about people, and their world, that you would otherwise never even meet. I have now had contact with people from around the globe.”

Thank you, April.

Versatile Blogger Award for New Bloggers – Part I

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I have blogged at WP since September 2014. I was generously awarded by some wonderful people and that gesture always made the beginner-me feel privileged, and well taken care of by the more experienced bloggers. I have always posted about it, according to the mentioned ‘rules’. This time is different, as I have invented new rules. Here they are:

First rule: I am going to give back the generosity received. I will acknowledge beginners bloggers, whom my friend Carl from The Old Fellow Goes Running has nominated, so that we can give them a head start on the blogosphere. You will see some names here to check out. I totally trust his judgment.

Here Are 3 of Carl’s Nominees and his reasons to choose them:

“1. “Walking the Walk” (34 Followers) I was following Henrik’s blog, even before I started blogging myself. In his blog, you will find the details of his epic journey of hiking The Pacific Crest Trail from Canada, all the way to Mexico, 4,000 kilometers, 5 million footsteps. AMAZING narrative and photography. He just completed it late December 2014. 🙂

2. “Journey of My Thoughts” (47 Followers) Coming from Incredible India, Sahasra’s other 2 languages besides English are Telugu and Hindi. The title of her blog is very fitting. She has a very transparent, tender heart that comes across in her writings. 🙂

3. “e180451” (14 Followers) When it comes to technology, I am still very much in the dark ages. So it was very exciting when this blog “found” me. Must have known I needed some help…lol. But I am learning lots reading the posts here. :)”

Second rule: I am going to write a post not about me, but those who awarded me, and will introduce them to you.  I was awarded a Versatile Blogger by three fellow bloggers. The first one is Restart Urgently Needed. The other two are: April ‘s Perspective and Author S.B. Mazing.  I will dedicate a separate post to each of them.  This post is about Restart Urgently Needed. 

Restart Urgently Needed from Backtowhatever,  is an impressive blog and I want you to know the author, Becky and her blog. I started reading her blog and could not stop. I read all posts I could in one afternoon. Why? Besides being a highly intelligent 28 years-old woman, and PhD in Sciences,  she is also a gifted writer. She shares mind-blowing experiences, as a survivor of the Yugoslav Wars of 91-99.  She was only a child, witnessing atrocities and bloodbath, losing loved ones, losing all possessions, losing her childhood. The child forcefully becoming an adult at a very fast pace.

Her story deeply touched me. Every one of her words, painfully removed a protective layer which lied deeply over my heart; a layer that used to protect me from accepting the fact that human beings will destroy each other, if they can.

Becky and some of her family members, overcame incredible hardship,  and they are now living in Switzerland.  You need to read her blog to know more. I for one, am grateful for her generosity to share so much with us, and to give us an opportunity to become aware of the cruel and destructive reality of that war, as opposed to the one we saw. It is a war that happened recently, and there are wars still happening now, as I write to you.  Reading about it serves a noble purpose to awake us from a state of numbness from current world’s conflicts. Here is what she says in one of her posts:

“I do not write just like that, because I think that I would feel better. I am the least important person in all of this. I write because I want others to feel, to know, to understand how much human beings can destroy. I write because we can do better, we can open our eyes and leave all that behind. We could be so much more… But it’s up to us.”

Thank you, Becky.

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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Deborah Drucker from Notes Tied on the Sagebrush  nominated me for this award. Thank you Deborah, I’m honored to be one of your choices. Join me in following her delightful blog, where you will find depth of thoughts, reflections and much generosity, which is amply shared in her writings about life in these topics: California, Nature, Food and Family, Fiction, Film Reviews, My Life, Current Issues and Blogging.

Rules:

  • Provide the link to the person who nominated you.
  • Add the reward logo.
  • Answer the questions your nominator has asked.
  • Nominate 5 other bloggers and let them know via comments.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions.

My Questions from Deborah:

1. Who in the world would you like to meet? The bloggers I befriended in the last 3 months and know only virtually. 

2. Where in the world would you like to travel or do you have a favorite place you have already been? I would like to hike the Himalayas and Kilimanjaro. 

3. What kind of trips do you like the best? By car, boat, train or plane? By plane. It gets me faster to the destination. 

4. Do you think letter writing is a lost art and do you like to receive letters? I think it is. People can communicate faster with each other online and that discourages writing letters. I hardly ever handwrite anything, not even my shopping list, which I do with notes on my iPhone.  I like to receive letters but nobody sends them anymore; even my 83 years old mother uses electronic communication.  

5. What woman do you most admire past or present? My friend whom I mentioned before on the post A Triumph of Human Spirit

I nominate five wonderful, different people, from different parts of the world. They touch me in totally different ways, and yet I strongly connect with all of them, and for that they are in for the Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award:

Lia from New York, USA –   Lifestyles with Lia Sharing heartwarming, upbeat views of New York in images and words and her life in the city. She will always put a smile on your face; her comments will stay with you forever as they are thoughtful and generous.

Frances from Lagos in Nigeria – Imanikingblog Sharing her faith in life, God and her beloved family.  I can feel the vibes and see her smile from here. I admire her positive, loving and caring attitude.

Desley from Australia – Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist Sharing stunning photos and personal views with wider angles and tempered with a fine, warm, human touch; all from her journeys around Australia and the world.

Estelea from Paris, France but living in Cebu, Philippines – Estelea’s Blog Sharing views using broader and deeper lenses, spiced up with warmth, she’s someone who recognizes the beauty of culture diferences.

Jhack from Manila, Philippines – When My Brain Farts Sharing personal and diverse ideas with authenticity, fun and warmth. She is a talented young woman, full of energy and a big heart – the modern version of superwoman and power blogger – who always surprises me with her ability to work day and night, read tons of books, have a life, and blog everyday, not missing any event.

Don’t forget to check their blogs!

My Questions for Them:

1. What do you like or dislike about this time of the year?

2. Do you know how to cook and can you share a typical and delicious recipe from your country?

3. What is old/aging for you?

4. Did you know any of these nominated bloggers, and if not, would you check their blogs now?

5.Are you mad at me because I nominated you for this award and you have extra work to do now?

 

Liebster Award

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Although in conflict with accepting award nominations, without running the risk of looking vain, I decided for the second time, that it is the gesture that counts; and to never say ‘no’ to an act of kindness and appreciation.

So…thanks The Hot Mess Blog for nominating my blog for this award.

The Liebster award has german origins. The word “liebster” has several definitions: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, sweetheart and boyfriend.

It aims to discover new bloggers and welcome them to the blogosphere. Bloggers award other bloggers. Here are the rules for accepting the Liebster award:

Post the award on your blog.
Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.
Write 11 random facts about yourself.
Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers.
Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions.

11 random facts about me:

1. I am not a fan of football (or soccer for the Americans out there).

2. I dislike any form of radicalism, extremism, and dogmatism, being it in religion, politics or whatever.

3. I never take ‘no’ for an answer.

4. I cry with romantic and sad stories, from the news to ‘B-movies’.

5. Even if am reading a book or watching a movie, which I start to dislike, I go till the end.

6. I start my day eating yogurt and a mix of cereals and seeds, self-prepared at home.

7. I love tea without caffeine. But I drink also coffee. Yeah, it can happen.

8. I am 1.63 cm high; shopping clothes in the Netherlands is sometimes challenging. Have you ever heard about the average height of the Dutch?

9. I am a stepmother of a lovely 15 years old teen; if I would have had a kid of my own, I would have liked her to be my daughter.

10. My husband is my soul mate and the person I love the most; I am sure we met in another life.

11. I don’t respect people who think that their opinion is always right, know it all and will never change. I’m yawning…

My nominations (sorry, if you have been already awarded and have more than 200 followers):

1. Nothing to Rite Home About

2. Sappy as a Tree

3. Oxygen4thejourney

4. Of Itchy Feet and Beyond

5. Perspectives On…

6. My Chordoma Journey 

7. The Professor and Her Garden

8. Write Out of the Darkness

9. The Girl About the Country 

10.  Notes Tied on the Sagebrush

11. debooWorks

My 11 answers:

1. What is your favorite sport? I have many. Race biking, hiking, windsurfing.

2. What is the best song you have ever heard? It is a classic that makes me cry. Music of Grief and Sorrow Bach #3 Aria.

3. Have you ever been to a concert? If yes, which one? The most recent was ‘Cold Play’.

4. Do you like animals? Yes, but not to live with me.

5. What is your favourite movie? I don’t have a favorite and like countless ones.

6. What is the actor/actress that you would really like to meet? None. I would have liked to meet Mandela and Martin Luther King.

7. If you had 1.000.000 dollars what would you do? I would invest like that: 30% in a social entrepreneurship businesses, which focus on children’s education. I would spend some on a one-year round the world trip. The rest I would invest through the banking system (unfortunately we have to live with them).

8. What is your dream vacation? Hiking the Himalayas.

9. If you could speak a language, which one would you choose? My French is unpolished; French is the most beautiful languages of all.

10. What is the TV show you can’t live without? News…global, local.

11. Why did you start a blog? To share observations of life events that touched me – experiencing them, reading about some, or hearing of stories from other people was occupying a lot of gray cells in my brain and I had to share.

My questions:

1. Are you afraid of the dark?

2. Do you care about recycling garbage?

3. Are you happy?

4. If you had to say the truth or protect a friend, which one would you choose?

5. Are you addicted to social media?

6. Do you have a dream?

7. Have you ever been in love with a friend and never told her/him?

8. Tell us the funniest thing that has happened to you.

9. If you could choose another place, where would you live?

10. Don’t you like gossiping?

11. Would you let me know if you rather not be awarded and why?

One Lovely Blog Award Nomination

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If you  read the ‘About’ page of my blog, you know what kind of blogger I am, but to those who didn’t, let me make it very clear: I am most definitely not a professional writer.

Three weeks ago I signed up for the 30-day Blogging101 course by WordPress, because I wanted to learn all tips and tricks from the pros, and make my blog user-friendly, look better and more interesting to my readers. You know, there are many people who don’t go beyond a fast view and ‘like’ click; but there are others who drop by and read regularly, and for that they deserve better than amateurism, as they already have to cope with me.

What I didn’t know is that this course would give me much more. I am now part of a committed and engaged community of talented and creative bloggers, true writers, from whom I learnt every day much more than I had ever expected.

I started to follow new fantastic blogs and have been also honored to be followed by great people; their comments over my posts have been inspirational lessons, which I use to improve the blog, and get new ideas. I am impressed by the high level of writers on the blogosphere and humble to reaffirm that I am truly an amateur writer.

And that is why today I was surprised to be nominated by my fellow bloggers Deborah Drucker and Terri to the One Lovely Blog award. Thank you Deborah and Terri for the compliments and recognition.  And congratulations for having been equally and deservedly  nominated for this award.

I googled for information on this award but could not find its origin.

The One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for those newer and up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and also to help the new blogger to reach more viewers. It also recognizes blogs that are considered to be “lovely” by the fellow bloggers who choose them. This award recognizes bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with viewers and followers. In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award. Done! 
  • Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post. Done! 
  • Share 7 facts/or things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog:

7 Facts About Me… beyond my About page:

  1. I am addicted to anything black chocolate. Pure, on cake, as a dressing, ice cream, with passion fruit, oranges, all berries…
  2. I do like human beings. Strange? No, I know many people who don’t. My preference goes in this order: my family, friends, writers, (good) colleagues, (nice) neighbors, and the rest of humanity.
  3. I love yoga and race biking and do both often. Yin and Yang balancing out the Gemini in me..I was born in May, and yes, I am a Gemini; I do many things at the same time and sometimes it doesn’t work!l
  4. I am very focused and concentrated while reading, writing and working on a new idea;  I forget to eat, move, sleep, until the job is done. I become deaf too; don’t try to talk to me… Oh yes, I don’t recommend this to anyone. It may cost you a few visits to the masseur or acupuncture.
  5. I have countless cook books and follow many sites and blogs for recipes, as I appreciate good food and like experimenting new things. I have been lately favoring Thai and Middle Eastern cuisine.
  6. I am in love with kitchen utensils and gadgets.
  7. I love bonsai and orchids, and some say I have a green finger; I have once planted a tree; I guess I still need to write a book though to be a complete human being.
  8. Rules are rules…I should stop here…what a pity, I was getting to the juicy bit. I will keep it for a new award…

The 15 Bloggers I admire: 

  1. Andrea Transforming Mommy is a community blog where you immerse on heartwarming, deep and delightful posts about faith, family, fantasies, fashion, finance, food, friendship and fun.

2. Terri Webster shares great perspectives on life, work and leisure.

3. Trablogger Breathtaking Travel and Photography. Must see.

4. Estelea Beautifully written reflections on motherhood from a French lady on a sabbatical year in the Philippines.

5. Wendy Barron is a consummate writer who delights us with Bookish Hijinks for Fun& Profit.

6. A Momma’s View from a Swiss lady who emigrated to Australia and shares interesting thoughts about her life as an expat, family and life in general.

7. Lifestyleswithlia Italian-American uncovering moments in life that makes her (and us) smile.

8. Perelincolors Travel advice and impressions of a colorful world. Amazing photos and journeys. Must see.

9. Victo Dolore Behind the White Coat beats a real human heart, is a family practice physician and blogger who takes your breath away. No problem, you have a doctor.

10. Silver Threading Lifestyle Blogger’s journey into retirement brings reflection with a smile.

11.  Imaniking is France’s blog about life, love and laughter (lots of).

12. The crafty lady in combat boots from a retired US air force sharing life and fantastic experiences.

13. Saturday Night Stitch Fervent passion about knit, sew and crochet. Mum of 5!

14. Jet Set Brunnete The musings of a twenty something travel addict.

15. I prefer deep blues and sea foam greens is a blog from a British, tea-loving teenager sharing whatever springs to mind.