When I started blogging, I really had no concept of what a blog was. I just started and kept going, watching and learning as I went. Somewhere after the first year, I noted bloggers often give other bloggers love in the form of award nominations. I’d seen the badges on their side bars and thought how wonderful to be nominated and celebrated and acknowledged like this. And secretly, I guess I thought it would never happen to me.
The trick to having friends is to be one. The key to being a part of a community is to join them and value whatever comes your way while showing up and being a friend. I have committed to those practices as much as I have to writing a blog. That these were and still are necessary to my soul development is undeniable. And behold, last week Claire HM, poet and blogger of the Claireylove blog, nominated me for a Liebster blog award. She’s very talented, sweet, and wise. Soul sisters from different mothers.
The mechanics of this passing of the Liebster Award torch are as follows. Claire has asked me ten questions which I answer and then I return the karmic blog love and nominate 10 more bloggers for the award asking them ten questions of my own.
Or simply, here are The Liebster rules:
- Link back and recognize the blogger who nominated me
- Answer 10 questions asked by the person who nominated me.
- Nominate 10 inspirational bloggers for the award.
- Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
- Notify your nominees
Claire’s Questions For Me
- What is your first memory of writing?I think my first true writing memory was the pen pal letters to my friend Nalisa who had moved away to Tennessee after fourth grade. I so looked forward to receiving her letters and to decorating the envelopes with rainbows colored with markers and sending them off. My journal writing started later at 12 and I became an avid journaller for the rest of my life. My natural voice evolves into my writing style just like that in the letters speaking about what I’m thinking and what excites me. The intimate space between friends.
- What is the one book you wish you’d written?I was immediately frozen by this question. My husband answered for me with, “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker, as I have made reference to one particular scene several times. And I thought that was as good an answer as I could ever come up with. The themes of humanity, cruelty, and the endurance of the human spirit tied in with some of the richest characters ever. Genius.
- Is there a line of poetry that blows you away every time you read it? I am regularly impressed by many things in life that I read but honestly, I haven’t any time to read much but blog posts, some social media and group posts. Having my blog and a two year-old restrains my time terribly. I imagine my elder years will be spent catching up on all the soul expanding poetry I’ve missed all my life.
- Do you pray?Not in the traditional sense. I like to take time to consider and write about what I think about life and self betterment, humanity, hope and my faith in the future. My feeling is that however and whatever you pour your thoughts into is praying so my consideration of the well-being of my life and my children’s lives is a type of prayer.
- Tell me about five scents that are heavenly. – Coffee brewing in the morning means hope and renewal– An apple pie baking in the oven is always my birthday wish
– Bread baking, even just a stroll down the bread aisle at the store, is like a forbidden high
– Fresh pine boughs when the Christmas seasonal magic has finally settled into my heart
– Coconut suntan oil reminds me of my teen years “laying out” and obsessing over boys
- What’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you – in a library ? I discovered I was a writer. I walked in looking for a way to connect with myself, with the world, intimidated by all those voices of published people around me. And I told myself to keep going. I was on a mission. Within the stack of books I checked out that day, I found a particular book that gave me permission to write what I had to say in my voice. And that was the moment I was empowered enough to be a writer, something I had been dying to be inside for many years.
- What do you think is most surprising about your reading habits? That I no longer read. Where I once always had a book going, I can no longer find the time or permission to pick one up and become enthralled. Baby’s bring very stringent routines and that mindset is hard to break. One day I keep saying.
- Winter boots or summer sandals? Discuss. Being so pale and needing a pedicure to enjoy my feet is a drawback to naked toes and legs. That plus shaving. But I never wear pantyhose because I’d rather the breeze on me than my legs to feel suffocated. Conversely, tights and cute boots hide all the flaws of humanity and age and can make even an old lady look kinda cute and youthful. Can’t decide.
- How are you planning to spend your winter evenings? Probably no differently than we do now. Making food and eating at the table with the family. Then watching movies or reading books to my two-year old. Grabbing a few minutes to write or enjoy a few tv or blog reading moments for myself ALONE before I pass out and do it all over again.
- Which song best reflects how the year is turning out for you so far?
The Beatles’ Getting Better
“I used to be cruel to my woman I beat her
And kept her apart from the things that she loved
Man, I was mean but I’m changing my scene
And I’m doing the best that I can”
And here’s my questions for my nominees:
1.) Did you have that point at almost a year into blogging when you thought of giving up but then chose to keep blogging? If yes, why did you continue?
2.) How many posts do you like to have written and scheduled ahead of time? Or do you?
3.) When do you do your best writing?
4.) Are you really irked when you are told you have a typo published in your piece? Do you tell other people when you see one in their posts?
5.) Is there a book that you’ve read twice ?
6.) What habit would you like to give up that impedes your creativity?
7.) How has the blogging/online community given you?
8.) Do you have a muse or a furry friend that is a part of your writing routine?
9.) What’s your favorite social media platform and why?
10.) What would you tell your younger self?
And without much more adieu, here are my nominees for the Liebster Blog Award.
- Jennifer Mullin of The Fiery Redhead blog – Living in New York, Veggie, cat lover, Food, Wine, Photography, Joy
- Tori Mears of the Toris Tales blog – A regular gal writing extraordinary things from her heart and building a community called the Kindred Soul Village.
- Sam Wheatley of the Wheatley Writer blog – Mama, writer, and a life coach in training, she’s all about Empowerment. And self-love.
- Bobbie Pinto of the Even If Nobody Reads This blog – San Francisco writer, collaborator, card enthusiast, traveler, eater, sweetheart.
- Kathy Bosin from her A Chesapeake Journal blog. Living on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland in a community on the water and photographing and writing her life. My first blogger bestie.
- Michelle DeSpain from The Late Bloomer Revolution blog. Funny gal with such a lovely soul creating a new life. Teaching a happiness E-course!
- Bethany Brooke from Bethanibrooke.com – Mama, souls speaker,writer, family and Kindred Soul Village community maker.
- Heather Serody from her Big Girl Life Blog . Mama, yoga lover, healthy living, writer, Philosopher, and soul sister. Florida.
- Sabrina Wolf from her Wolves in London blog . Mama, photographer, sewer, knitter, and landscape and plants enthusiast. London.
- Andrea Hamann on her Strongsoutherly blog from Norfolk Island in the Pacific. Artist!
I owe a lot to these women on this list. The’ve shown up for me and recognized me and generally are all really devoted amazing ladies. So visit them and tell them I sent you. Congratulations to all for the wonderful jobs that you all do.
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Congrats Shalagh and thank you! I’m grateful and honored by your support!
Oh Kathy, I was just preparing an email to send and tell you. You are welcome!
Yay. Go Liebsterette . Loved reading your little snippets. Do you have a kindle? I love a real book however like you finding the time to read with small kids and needing sleep is hard. But with my kindle I can read in the dark just before I fall asleep. Takes me ages to read one book but at least I am still reading something. I love your description in the library also. So exciting to rediscover you are a writer !!
No tablet and yes, I do remember when i used to bring my books to bed for a page read before I passed out. I think it may be time to do that again. No tablet. I actually slept passed 7am today. Catch up. That is a true story about the library am I’m thinking the book was something like Write The Way You Speak.A guy with a Jewish sounding name. Great book.
I am so honored! Thank you for thinking of me, Shalagh. You made my day. 🙂
You’re the hardest working gal in show business Michelle. You are welcome.
Hey soul sister! So thrilled you’ve taken up the baton, accepted your award and written these soulful answers. Pleased to get to know you that bit better. Now keep on writing! xxx
Thank you so much for the opportunity Claire to be officially folded into our beloved blogging community. I can’t stop writing.
Why thank you! The feeling is mutual. Who knew this online world would facilitate and nurture such relationships!
You are very welcome. I certainly hadn’t any clue that I would have made friends like this. Kind of crazy in a good way.
Love to you,