7-in-1 Award Nomination

I’m honorereaderappreciationaward2_1d to be nominated by author and blogger Diana Jackson for the 7-in-1 Award – a collection of seven shiny awards all rolled into one.

The blog-o-sphere is full of great people with wonderful stories to share, and discovering these gems is one of the best parts of the blogging experience.

cracking-crispmouse-award-sammy-cat_1Last year my Internet travels brought me to A Selection of Reflections where Diana posts real stories about real people. Her articles consist of interviews and guest posts, as well as tales taken from the life of Norman Campbell. I’m glad to have discovered Diana’s website and grateful for the opportunities she’s given me to be one of her guest bloggers.

Here are thshineon1_1e rules for the Seven Awards:
1. Display the logo on your sidebar
2. Link back to the person who nominated you
3. State 7 things about yourself
4. Nominate 15 (or so) bloggers for this award
5. Notify the nominees of their nominations

7 Things About Me
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1. I climbed telephone poles in the Army.
2. I’ve dressed the dead.
3. I love cats and think dogs are a bit silly.
4. My least favorite thing to do is exercise.
5. My favorite desserts involve chocolate.
6. I think a rainy day is the best kind of day.
7. I’m a terrible cook, but I love to eat.

My Nominations:
Many of the blogs I follow combine encouragement
with wrthe-versatile-blogger-award_1iting advice, and most of my nominations for the 7-in-1 Award reflect that.

♦  The Gray-Haired Hipster: living proof that you CAN teach an old broad new tricks!
♦  Snapshots: Writing Your Story – thoughts on words, writing, and storytelling with Alice Carney
♦  Kathy Pooler: hope matters; we are all enriched when we share our smost-influential-blogger-e1364230844577_1tories 
♦  777 Peppermint Place: from writing posts to snippets from ordinary life
♦  Patricia Woods: encouraging practical solutions
♦  Lisa-Jo Baker: surprised by motherhood; believes motherhood should come with its own super hero cape

♦  Kathi Lipp’s Project Blog: humor, hope, how-to’s; fun and simple steps to better living

♦  The Procrastiwriter: because you could be writing right now

♦  Kristen Lamb: sharing about writing and life; she reminds us We Are Not Alone (WANA)

♦  Positive Writer: create work that matters

♦  Writer’s First Aid with Kristi Holl: to ease the pains of the writing life and help make your writing dreams come true

Thank you, fellow bloggers, for your encouragement on the journey of life and writing. I appreciate the time you take out of your days to share your stories and musings, and so many lessons learned.

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

very-inspiring-blogger-awardWe’re honored that Jackie from The Crossover blog nominated us for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Please check out her blog (here) where she reflects on the lessons she’s learned in life, especially from the game of basketball.

The rules for accepting the award are:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Here are 7 things about me: 1) I love playing in the rain; 2) my favorite color is blue; 3) houseplants never live more than a few weeks under my care; 4) I could eat cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; 5) I enjoy watching war movies; 6) I don’t mind bugs and snakes; and, 7) I do mind spiders and sharks.

Below is my list of 15 blogs that I’d like to nominate for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award (I’ve included blurbs from their websites but that isn’t a requirement of the award). The list is divided into two categories: Writing and Life/Faith. I follow many blogs and it was difficult to whittle down the list.

Inspiring Writing Blogs:

  1. Molly Blaisdell at Seize the Day, http://mollyblaisdell.blogspot.com/ – “Explore the art and craft of writing with a healthy dose of inspiration for artists of all kinds.”
  2. Fran Guenette at Disappearing in Plain Sight, http://disappearinginplainsight.com/ – “My philosophy is that writing about writing is writing about everything….”
  3. Robin Kalinich at Ink and Alchemy, http://inkandalchemy.blogspot.com/ – “Writer, artist, chemist. Madly in love. My goal is to encourage, inspire, and transform – one creative endeavor at a time.” Featuring artists and writers.
  4. Marcy Kennedy at http://marcykennedy.com/blog/ – “I write novels that encourage people to keep fighting. I want to let them know that no one is beyond redemption and that, in the end, good always wins.”
  5. Peter Mallett at http://peterdmallett.wordpress.com/ – “Writing in color because life is more than black and white.”
  6. Janalyn Voigt at Live Write Breathe, http://livewritebreathe.com/ – Great writing advice for writers on living with passion, writing well, and remembering to breathe.
  7. http://storywritingstudio.wordpress.com/ – “The StoryWriting Studio wants to come alongside writers, to create a network of aspiring and experienced writers, who desire to share their dreams, their discoveries, and even their failures.”
  8. Telling Herstories: The Broad View at http://storycirclenetwork.wordpress.com/ – “We’re a group of women writers sharing our passion for the art and craft of life-writing.”

Inspiring Life/Faith Blogs:

  1. Annie at Eyes Wide Open, http://ambirkelo.wordpress.com/ – “Looking up and living in God’s truth.”
  2. Lisa-Jo Baker at http://lisajobaker.com/ – “I think motherhood should come with a super hero cape and a cheerleader.” Encouragement for women and mothers.
  3. Cole Bradburn at http://colebradburn.com/ – “I’m a leader, a writer, and a doctor of chiropractic. My mission is to help people live well through asking better questions, challenging accepted norms, and empowering self-responsibility for their lives.”
  4. Marcus Brotherton at Men Who Lead Well, http://www.marcusbrotherton.com/ – “Great leaders inspire action, and by looking at their lives (and inadvertently at our own), we are invited to discover what it means to go forward, live nobly, and lead well.”
  5. Mary Demuth at http://www.marydemuth.com/ – “My deepest dream is to see stories – mine and others – change lives as they’ve changed mine. Although I write both non-fiction and fiction, I’m especially fond of the latter because of the power of story.”
  6. Jeff Moore at My Everyday Power Blog http://everydaypowerblog.com/ – “Imagine a world where people didn’t give up on their dreams, followed their hearts and lived with passion and excitement. How would this impact our life? What enormously positive impact would this have on our families…our world.”
  7. Andrew Toy at Adopting James, http://adoptingjames.wordpress.com/ – “With this blog, I hope to enlighten you with truths about adoption and a myriad of other topics. I want to entertain you with book and movie recommendations. And I want to stimulate your mind and your heart toward topics on religion and Christianity.”

Thank you again, Jackie, for the nomination.