Sunshine Blogger Award

I am honored to have received the Sunshine Blogger Award nomination from two lovely bloggers; Lauren, of Lauren M Hancock Poetry and Prose, and Ahiri, of AhiriCreates. Thank you, Lauren, and thank you, Ahiri.

I’ve been following Lauren for a while now, and love the poetry and prose that Lauren creates; and, though I’ve only been following Ahiri for a little while, I am truly blessed to have found Ahiri’s site, which is full of inspirational content. Both, amazing bloggers! If you’ve not yet checked out their sites, please do so. Thank you.

Alright, here we go. Rules first.

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.
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Lauren’s Questions

  1. How do you deal with regretful situations?
    1. I don’t spend a lot of time in a regretful state today. However, that was not always the case. At one time, regretfulness was a state I spent a lot of time in; yet, I was unaware, which means there was quite a lot of pain. Today, if a situation occurs that feels not so good, I inquire right away, and if there is something I need to take action on, I do so immediately. 
  2. What is a joyous moment for you?
    1. The birth of my two beautiful sons. Both moments that were completely joyous, and paradoxically so, stressful! They are amazing young men.
  3. When you’re inspired to write, is it in a frenzy or a controlled manner, how do the words flow onto the page?
    1. Depends. Sometimes the words just pour out; and they might start pouring out when I’m driving, which can be challenging! I’ve learned to take notes throughout the day as insights occur. At other times, the process is more gradual. Meaning, I’ll have a concept in mind, will pull up a document, and see if anything comes. Usually the words do come; yet, sometimes they don’t. I’ve learned both are okay.
  4. What is the most important object in your life, and what significance does it hold for you?
    1. Hmmm. I have some photos and artwork in my apartment, which all hold significance for me. Pictures of the boys, spiritual and devotional pieces, and then a piece of artwork a good friend of mine made for me. The significance is that there is a person or concept behind each pic or piece of artwork that I love, and they hold a special place in my heart.
  5. Are you a coffee or a tea person?
    1. Tea, please. 🙂
  6. What would be your ideal way to enjoy a Sunday?
    1. Meditating, writing, walking, enjoying time with people I love.
  7. Name one hobby that you enjoy and why.
    1. I love to write! Hahaha. Alright, something other than writing. Let’s see. I love to hike and work in my garden. That’s two!
  8. Share a treasured memory of yours?
    1. The one that comes to mind was a family trip we took in 2013 to the east coast. The boys were much younger then, and we spent 10 days in Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York. As a west coaster, I’ve not spent as much time on the east coast, and I love it. We had a grand time.
  9. Name a favourite song of yours from a musical.
    1. I Dreamed a Dream, Les Miserables.
  10. Would you consider yourself an extrovert or introvert?
    1. Both! I love people, and love being around people; yet, as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), I have a deep internal life, which is very important to me. Meaning, I need time away from everyone and everything. Time to pause, breathe, and reflect. 
  11. And does this affect the way you write for your blog?
    1. Oh, yes, absolutely. For me, internal processing, introspection and contemplation, the stillness and quietness of our beingness, is where creativity and innovation reside. 
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Ahiri’s Questions

  1. What’s your reason behind diving in the ocean of Blogging?
    1. When the pandemic first started, I began to look for another creative outlet, as work at that time was a little slower (that, as you all know did not last long), and it had been several years since completing my graduate studies, and I was longing to write. Write about my practical experiences. Thus, blogging started for me. It’s been an amazing experience, and I love blogging more today than ever before.
  2. The most favourite book of yours and WHY SHOULD OTHERS GIVE IT A TRY?
    1. Ah! This is a hard one; I’ve read so many books. Hmmm. I’ll need to choose two. Here we go.
      1. The Bhagavad Gita
        1. Why?
          1. The Gita is one of the most profound books I’ve ever read and experienced. I use the concept experience intentionally, as the relationship to the concepts and content within the Gita to everyday life is profound. For me, reading the Gita is an experience of life, all aspects of life.
      2. The House of Spirits
        1. Why?
          1. First, it’s a book I’ve read recently; second, because Isabel Allende is a master of language. The House of Spirits, though quite violent in parts, is one of the most elegantly written books I’ve ever read. 
  3. Tell us something which a lot of people think about you is true but actually isn’t that true
    1. When people learn what I do for a living, working in Educational Leadership in higher education, they sometimes assume I followed the “traditional” pathway through school, which is not true. I spent 16 years in the private sector before going to University at 33, and didn’t finish my degrees until I was 42! 
  4. Which do you favour the most: Solo travelling or Group/Family travelling?
    1. I’ve not done a lot of solo-traveling; yet that is now changing. As I wrote about in a post a couple of weeks ago, I have a three-year plan to visit places I’ve always wanted to see and experience – Europe, India, and Japan, which starts next year! 
  5. One of the most impractical imaginations of yours you wish could be somehow fulfilled?
    1. I am living out all of my dreams and creating the necessary activity to realize the ones on my imaginations list! The one that comes to mind most right now, is living in another country. That will likely happen in the next 5’ish years; and, I would like that country to be India. 
  6. Is there anything you still regret for, that you’ve done?
    1. I’ve worked through a lot of regret in the past 4 years; so, today, there is nothing that I am present to that I regret. However, I am always discovering new aspects of myself. If regret does arise, I inquire into the regret, and work through the pain, whether that be grief, sadness, remorse, or whatever other emotion may be there. 
  7. What are you: Mountain person, beach person or a forest lover?
    1. Ha! All three. I really do love all three; and, I also love the desert. Each of these landscapes hold a different experiential promise. And, I’m lucky enough to have lived in all three environments for considerable amounts of time. Alright, now that that is clear, the beach is my absolute favorite! 
  8. Any moment/incident when you felt “Right now, I’m the luckiest one on Earth”
    1. Right now! Seriously, I consider each moment precious, a divine gift on this beautiful planet, getting to type into this document about myself, acknowledging two lovely bloggers for nominating me for this wonderful award. Lucky, indeed! 
  9. What’s your next short term goal you’re working on?
    1. Regaining more range of motion in my left shoulder. As I’ve written about before, I was diagnosed with a frozen shoulder a few months ago, and have been in PT since that time. It’s slow going, yet my range is much improved and the pain has subsided a bit, which is great. 
  10. Which is that place, you already have visited and wanna visit again?
    1. New York City, for sure. Though I’ve been there before, it’s been a long time, and I would love to spend time there exploring all there is to experience. Growing up in Los Angeles, means I have a special place in my heart for large metropolitan cities; and, though I’ve not lived in a large city for, well, over 13 years, the diversity and cultural richness of larger cities resides in my heart.
  11. Do you believe in ghosts?
    1. I love this question, Ahiri! There is no way for me to not believe. Meaning, I have the visceral understanding today that we, as human beings, know so little of all that is knowable, so to not believe in ghosts would be folly. 

Wow! That was so much fun. I would like to once again thank Ahiri, of AhiriCreates, and Lauren, of Lauren M Hancock Poetry and Prose. Ahiri and Lauren are inspirational bloggers, and I do hope you will check out their sites.

As you all know, I don’t nominate individual bloggers for awards, as you are all inspirational and deserving. Therefore, I choose to invite each of you to respond to either Lauren’s or Ahiri’s questions if you would like.

Alright, have a beautiful and blessed coming week everyone!


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Golden Bloggerz, Brainstorm, Liebster, and Aesthete Award Nominations

I am again relegating my diary entry this week, in favor of honoring 4 inspirational blogger’s for nominating me to 4 different blogging awards. Ready? Good. Here we go.

Golden Bloggerz Award

I would like to thank Ace, of Fearless Free Soul for nominating me for the Golden Bloggerz Award. I connected with Ace through Diana’s blog, and am so glad I did. Ace’s blog is full of inspirational writings, videos, music, artwork, and more. If you’ve not yet checked out Ace’s blog, please do so, thank you.

What is the Golden Bloggerz Award?

The Golden Bloggerz Award was created by Chris Kosto to motivate and reward all the amazing bloggers who work hard every day to serve their audiences and deserve some recognition.

The Rules

  1. Place the award logo on your blog.
  2. Mention the rules.
  3. Mention the award creator and link to their blog.
  4. Thank whomever nominated you and link to their blog.
  5. Tell your audience three things about you.
  6. Answer your nominator’s questions.
  7. Nominate 10 people who deserve this award.
  8. Ask the nominees 5 questions of your choice.
  9. Let the nominees know of their nomination by commenting on their social media or blog.
  10. Share links to 2-3 of your best/favorite posts.
  11. Three Things About Me

Three things about me

  1. I live in Oregon.
  2. I love the sun.
  3. I work in educational leadership.

Ace’s Questions

  1. What does freedom mean to you?
    1. Freedom is being uninhibited by oneself and others. Being able to live the fullest life possible free from constraints, either created from within, or without.
  2. What’s one thing you do without thinking?
    1. Hmmmm. There are so many! Driving, meditating, writing, living, and loving. 
  3. Favorite childhood memory?
    1. Running around the backyard in the first home my parents owned. I think I was about 5. I have this vivid memory of watching the movie Rocky, and then running around the backyard, singing the movie’s the theme song. A lovely memory.
  4. If the whole world could hear you for three words, what would you say?
    1. Love each other.
  5. Do you think perception or belief comes first?
    1. All thinking and feeling emanates from mind. Perception therefore is a precursor to belief, just as belief is a precursor to perception. A paradox, just like the whole world, and all of life.

Favorite Posts From My Blog

I consider all posts my favorites, so here are three recent posts.

  1. hearts fill again
  2. breathe, then, breathe again
  3. Haiku #30

I want to thank my dear friend, Ace, again for the lovely nomination. A wonderful connection to a powerful and inspirational blogger!

Brainstorm Award

I would like to thank Filarance, of Words of Me for nominating me for the Brainstorm Award. I actually cannot remember exactly how I found Filarance’s blog, yet, I do know that I am so glad that I did. Filarance’s blog is full of wonderful writings, fun games, and riddles, riddles, riddles. A lovely blog, and blogger. If you’ve not yet checked out Filarance’s blog, please do so, thank you.

Rules

  1. Thank the one who nominated you
  2. Tag your post with #BrainStormsAward and follow BrainStorms if you are willing!
  3. Display the BrainStorms Award logo.
  4. Display the rules on your blog post.
  5. Talk a bit about your blog, why you started it, what you write on and your goal for your blog.
  6. Answer the five questions you have been asked
  7. Nominate five other amazing bloggers
  8. Ask them five new questions
  9. Answers to Nabeeha’s questions

Filarance’s Questions

  1. What would your ideal day be like?
    1. Living, loving, laughing, reflecting, contemplating, and being in action.
  2. Most uplifting song?
    1. Oooooh. I am currently listening to one right now! It’s called Guilty, by Yonaka.
  3. Do you have any pets.
    1. Though I do enjoy animals, I do not have any animals right now.
  4. What’s your favourite flower?
    1. Lilies.
  5. Tea or coffee.
    1. Tea.
  6. What do you hope readers take away from your blog?
    1. Inspiration, hope, and love.

I would like to thank my dear friend, Filarance, again for the wonderful nomination. Another wonderful connection, to yet another wonderful blogger.

The Liebster Award

I would like to thank Laura, of Lotus Laura for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I started following Laura’s blog pretty early on in my blogging journey, and am so glad to have continued to watch Laura’s blog grow and develop. Laura’s blog is full of, well, all kinds of writings, creativity, history, food, and much more. If you’ve not yet checked out Laura’s blog, please do so, thank you.

Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and give a link to the blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  3. Nominate between 5-11 other bloggers.
  4. Ask your nominees 11 questions.
  5. Notify your nominees once you’ve uploaded your post.
  6. Questions for me:
  7. Name one place you really want to visit someday.

Laura’s Questions

  1. What is your favorite planet and why?
    1. Earth. It is our home.
  2. What do you typically eat for lunch?
    1. That iterates often. Right now, I have a black rice, quinoa, veggie, and avocado-bowl.
  3. Which time period in history interests you most?
    1. I am quite fascinated by all history, and am particularly fond of Ancient History.
  4. How do you deal with writer’s block?
    1. Keep writing. Always, keep writing, even if it does not make sense.
  5. What’s one healthy choice you make every day?
    1. Choosing healthy food.
  6. What’s the last animal you saw and how did it make you feel?
    1. This week, my neighbor’s dog. Happy.
  7. Someone hands you a camera and tells you to take a picture, what do you photograph?
    1. Nature. Probably the ocean.
  8. Top three favorite music genres?
    1. Classical
    2. Musical show tunes
    3. Punk Rock/Hip-hop
  9. What would you tell your childhood self?
    1. You’re doing your best – keep doing that.
  10. What background noise helps you write best — music, TV, podcast, nature sounds, other, or silence?
    1. Writing to music. 
  11. Are you a dancer?
    1. Not officially, yet I can dance.

I would like to thank my dear friend, Laura, again for the wonderful nomination. Another lovely connection, to yet another wonderful blogger.

The Aesthete Blogger Award!

I would like to thank Lauren, of Lauren M. Hancock Poetry and Prose for nominating me for the Aesthete Blogger Award. I quite literally stumbled onto Lauren’s blog, and am so glad that I did. Lauren’s blog is full of inspirational, elegant, and beautiful poetry and prose. Just lovely. If you’ve not yet checked out Lauren’s blog, please do so, thank you.

Rules

  1. Use the official logo/graphic of the award and display it on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Show some love to the one who nominated you!
  4. Mention the creator — Ashmita at the Fictional Journal —  and link it back to the original post.
  5. Tell me something about this world that you admire.
  6. What is your favourite form of creativity?
  7. Nominate 7 lovely people and notify them by commenting on their posts; spread some love!
  8. Ask your nominees 4 questions.
  9. Share something you created. (can be anything!)

Tell me something about this world that you admire

  1. Kindness, given out to people, just to do so.

What is your favourite form of creativity?

  1. Some of you that have been following me for a while know I love whiteboards. I love the feeling of being present to an insight, approaching a gigantic whiteboard wall, and getting out all of that insight. It’s beautiful. A caveat. The past 6-months I’ve been present to poetry, as you all know, and I love the process of the blank page (just like a whiteboard) and getting that insight onto the page. Also beautiful.

Lauren’s Questions

  1. What is it that most inspires you to write?
    1. The insights I get – from all of life. Human beings, nature, love, despair, really the human condition on this beautiful planet.
  2. Would you alter a pivotal moment in your life that would alter your life to a completely different path or remain on your current path of life?
    1. I would not. I believe with my heart and soul that the life I’ve lived has been exactly as it was supposed to be lived, is being lived, and will be lived. 
  3. What is your most treasured memory?
    1. I have two.
      1. The births of both of my beautiful sons.
      2. Meeting my beautiful ex-wife.
  4. What is an achievement you are proud of?
    1. Going back to University at 33 and completing two degrees over an 8 year period.

I would like to thank my dear friend, Lauren again for the wonderful nomination. Another excellent connection, to yet another wonderful blogger.

Alas, you all know I don’t nominate individual bloggers, as I find all of you inspirational. If you would like to answer any of the questions that either of the 4 lovely bloggers have asked me, please do so. You’ve each earned every award that has been detailed here. 

Alright, one more thanks to each of these powerful bloggers. Thank you, Ace, Filarance, Laura, and Lauren. I appreciate each of you. You inspire me.

Have a wonderfully beautiful week, everyone.

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The Liebster Award

The Global Aussie

Alright, as a novice blogger, I only really learned about these blogging awards in the past couple of months. How, prey? Well, from you of course. 🙂

Now, I’ve been nominated a couple of times alongside some fantastic bloggers, of which I am honored to share nomination space, by, for instance, Soni, of Soni’s thoughts. An amazing and talented writer, artist, and singer.

This is the first time, however, that I’ve actually written a nomination post. Fun!

The Liebster Award nomination? Yep.

From Laura, of Lotus Laura. Another amazing blogger. On Laura’s blog I’ve read about spirituality, music, food, and much, much more. Wonderfully talented. Thank you, Larua, for the lovely nomination.

Alright, Laura, and friends, ready? Good. Here we go.

Rules

  1. Thank the person that nominated you and put a link to their blog
  2. Answer the questions given to you
  3. Nominate 2-6 bloggers and notify them of their nomination
  4. Create 11 new questions, or use the same ones below

Questions from Laura

  1. Do you have any nicknames (or childhood nicknames)?
  2. What’s your favorite type of weather?
  3. How would you describe your style of writing?
  4. Do you prefer music or TV/movies?
  5. What’s a good meal you’ve recently had?
  6. Are you currently working from home?
  7. What’s your favorite planet?
  8. Are you looking forward to Christmas?
  9. Do you think much about the future?
  10. Do you prefer to be serious or joke around?
  11. What is your current mood?

1. Do you have any nicknames (or childhood nicknames)?

Hm. I don’t think so. Unless you count the variation of Jeff and Jeffrey, which, of course, are not nicknames proper. Thus, I would say no, no nicknames.

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2. What’s your favorite type of weather?

Ah, yes. Well, growing up in sunny Los Angeles was great in that, well, it was sunny all the time. Yet, what you miss in that kind of environment is the beauty and majesty in seasonal changes.

Right, right, the question at hand. Here we go.

I LOVE the time of year where I currently live, when we shift from summer to fall. We still get lots of sun, which I love, and the temperature cools down a bit, which is also nice.

3. How would you describe your style of writing?

A good question. Let’s see. I think it is always changing. At one time, I would have described my writing as academic. You know, very mechanical. Yep. True. Not so much today, however.

I am learning that I can write in a more relaxed style and still investigate, with all of you, of course, intellectual topics. Hm. For today, I would describe my writing style as relaxed. Tomorrow? Don’t know. 🙂

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4. Do you prefer music or TV/movies?

LOVE this question. Alright, so I adore, and I mean, adore music. This one, then, is really easy. I much prefer music over the other two. Though, I will add here that I do enjoy a good movie, or television show.

5. What’s a good meal you’ve recently had?

Hm. Well, they are all mostly cooked by me at the moment, due to the pandemic. Meaning, that I am not really eating out right now. Okay, ready?

Here’s one I’ve been preparing a lot lately. And, I love it.

Many of you may know that I am practicing a vegan diet today and have been for, well, over a year now, so protein? Yep, you’ve got to be creative.

Alright, so my son taught me how to cook lentils, which I love, in such a way that they end up cooked through, yet a little crunchy. They are an amazing substitute for the protein in street tacos, which are one of my absolute favorite foods. Delicious.

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6. Are you currently working from home?

Yes and no. I am now going into the College M-F, with some exceptions. However, I do still work at home when and as needed.

7. What’s your favorite planet?

I always liked Saturn and Jupiter as a child. They just seemed so huge compared to the Earth, and were so majestic in their own ways. That’s fun.

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8. Are you looking forward to Christmas?

Mmm. Yes and no. I am looking forward to the holidays generally, as I do every year, yet, due to my father’s passing last year, and the pandemic, it will probably be a little rough this year.

These are the moments where I am truly grateful for technology, like Zoom and Skype, which will be a nice way to connect with my mother and sisters in Los Angeles.

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9. Do you think much about the future?

Fun! My answer will not surprise most of you, as I’ve written quite a lot on this topic.

I believe that we create our future in each and every moment. Yep. Every action we take, connected to a future self we know ourselves to be, means that we are creating tomorrow today.

Therefore, I believe the future lives in the present moment. In that way, you can say I think about the future a lot!

10. Do you prefer to be serious or joke around?

Another fun question! Might depend on who you ask, and when you ask them. Generally, I would say that I am both. That is, when focused, I am serious, driven, and determined to create a new and more equitable world and future.

At the same time, however, I am full of life, love, and laughter. Therefore, it is possible to see me in one moment, super focused on the task or project at hand, and in the next, laughing until I fall out of my chair. Really. Just like that.

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11. What is your current mood?

Mmmm. A lovely question. Phew. I would say that right now, I am filled with both hope and optimism about the future. And?

At the same time, I am also filled with sadness and grief. Sadness about just how hard everything is right now. Really hard.

And, grief for many of the local small business owners that will have to once again pivot their business models, if possible, as the entire State of Oregon is now in a 2-week freeze. Yep.

And, you know what? It is okay and perfectly normal to be filled with both hope and optimism, and grief and sadness. Yep. Perfectly normal.

That was fun. 🙂

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Alright, that’s just about it. Just about. Nominations?

Well, like some of my blogger friends, I just cannot fathom nominating one person. Really. So?

I nominate each of you for the outstanding contributions you make daily. For being a source of light, in what can sometimes be darkened times.

You all inspire me greatly.

The questions?

Well, if you choose to accept and post about your nomination, please feel free to use Laura’s questions. They were super fun to answer.

Thanks again to Laura for the nomination, acknowledgement, and support; and, thanks to each of you for your continued support.

Be well everyone, and have a wonderful rest of your day, and Sunday.

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