Happy new year dear readers! As promised here is my follow up on on my nomination of the blogging award. The lovely Mary from http://maryswordsandpictures.com has given me the honour. I love reading Mary’s blog she has a beautiful way of expressing the written word. So there was a list of questions I was to answer and answer them I did! I found the questions to be poignant and thought provoking. So thank you Mary for stretching my old grey matter.
Very Inspiring Blog questions
1.Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog as a creative outlet for myself. I have stacks of writing, journals, and poetry and when I was looking at it all, I thought I wonder if I could put this in a blog? It’s also a very cathartic form of therapy for me.
2. What is the book that you have read that has touched you the most?
Oh there’s so many to choose from as I’ve been an avid reader all my life. The one that stands out for me is The Boy Who Saw True. This was written by an extraordinary man who remained anonymous, and only allowed his diary to be published by his editor Cyril Scott after his death. He was a young clairvoyant as a child, and the book tells his story of his gift. A very fascinating read indeed! As I’m an empath I read this in my 20’s and I finally understood myself after years of searching for answers.
3. If you could eat dinner with a famous person who is still living, whom would you choose?
I would choose Pope Francis, he has set the world on fire with his way of thinking. Not just Catholics, but all walks of life. He has opened the doors of a Catholic Church that’s more accepting to homosexuality, divorced and remarried Catholics, and to common law couples that live together. His quote that he made last year “God is not afraid of new things. We are making every effort to adapt ways and methods … to the changing conditions of society,” he said. “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge them?” His mind, heart, and spirit fascinates me. And I believe he is the game changer that the world in crisis, has been needing.
4. Where is the one place you have visited that gives you complete calmness?
That place resides in my meditations when I find my quiet place listening to Deepak Chopra’s calming voice. A physical place would have to be in a beautiful forest walk in Fernie, BC, Canada in my hometown. I hear the rushing water of the Elk River and the kinetic energy it flows with, and I’m at home in my heart. Looking at the mountains moves me to tears and inspires me to write poetry.
5. Are you a bucket list person. If so name one thing on it?
I am a bucket list person and one thing I really want to do is travel to Ireland and Scotland. It’s the land of my ancestors birth and their voices call to me to walk in their footsteps. Celtic blood runs strong in my veins and I love hearing stories of Celtic folklore.
6. What is the goal for your blog?
I honestly just want it to read, shared, and understood. I’m planning on submitting my writing with other websites and freelancing into being paid. I also have book ideas or short novels that I’m going to dust off, edit, and shop around. It’s been my long term goal for awhile, but I’ve had some encouragement from some very wonderful people so I’m going for it!
7. What is a day well spent to you?
A beautiful day would be getting to sleep in, which doesn’t happen very often in my world! I would spend the morning reading and writing then have a fabulous breakfast that went right into lunch. Then I’d pack up a picnic lunch and spend the time exploring with my family. We’ve only been in our new town for six months so there’s lots of places to go adventuring. After that we’d have a fabulous dinner of Italian food, strawberry shortcake for dessert and board games fun until bedtime. I would put my sons to bed with stories, cuddles, and prayers, then I would fall asleep in my loves tender embrace counting our blessings.
8. How do you start your day?
I wake up between 6:30-7:00 am and get my kids ready for school. We have a healthy breakfast, get dressed, and walk to school. After we drop off my oldest than we come back home have some play time and then some reading. We might go off to play group, run errands around town, or go for a walk. Lunch time rolls around and I get some laundry done, and then it’s school pick up time. We love that walk as the sun shines and my kids tell me wonderful things about their day. Play time, quiet time, dinner time, and homework time occupy the evening and then it’s bedtime. If there’s hockey, meetings, or theatre practice than those are all included in the evenings plans.
9. What is your favourite holiday and why?
My favourite holiday is the one that just passed Christmas. I love all the magic that little children are wrapped in when Santa and his elves are busy working away to fulfill their wishes. I love to keep Christ in Christmas as well. If we’re staying home I would make a cake with my kids to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. Every year on Christmas Eve my Mom would read my sister and I the story of baby Jesus’ birth. This is a sacred tradition I carry on today with my own children. I used to attend midnight mass as well as a child, and the joyful memories I have of that are so precious to me.
10. Are you where you want to be professionally and if not, what will you do about it?
I love what I’m doing now with my transcription work. I’m planning on writing more about that soon, as the project I’m helping with is so dear to my heart. Before I had my second child I was teaching prenatal fitness and that encompassed a seventeen year journey of my fitness career. I would love to get back into teaching in some degree. I would need to update my certifications since they have lapsed. As for now I’ll see where my writing adventures will take me.
11. What is your favourite quote?
I love Maya Angelou as a poet and Joseph Campbell as an author. So I have to use them both as my favourites. These both resonate with me.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“Live your bliss for the universe will open doors, where there were only walls.
Now it’s time to nominate the bloggers that have inspired me. Drumroll please….
1. The Brain
I was fortunate enough to guest blog for the beautiful Brain back in October for her Cherish the Moments topic. It was my first time seeing my words on another blog page without being reblogged. I’m still so thrilled and grateful to have that honour. She writes from her heart and her brain is overflowing with wisdom and creativity. Please check out her blog, and both of her Facebook pages that I’m happy to co-admin with her on called the Smell of Books.
2. Sweet pea 2 love
This lovely woman has offered me such encouragement and kindness with my life and my writing, I’m so very grateful. When she pops in to read my blog and connect in her loving caring way my heart just soars. A very talented writer who’s fiction made me feel so connected with my beloved Mama. Follow along on her journey you won’t be disappointed.
3. The Heart of Sassy Lassie
This lovely Lassie is new to the blogging world and has a Facebook page as well dedicated to her Scottish heritage and providing entertainment. I’ve gotten to know this lovely lassie through her beautiful writing of her heart rendering blog. I look forward to each time she posts and what topic she wants to discuss with her flair and care of the written word.
I’ve been blessed with meeting this incredible Dynamo of a woman. I had the pleasure of being a guest blog spot for her last week. Stay tuned as she will be guest blogging for me soon. She has a Bachelor of Sciences in child studies, majoring in Early Childhood Education and a Masters of Education with a concentration in teaching and learning. I would love for her to be my son’s teacher. As I can feel the love she has for her craft. I love her passion for all things education, creativity, inspiration, and children. She has an amazing blog and Facebook page that’s centred on the power of early childhood education with peace, love, and education, being the focus. While sharing the journey of autism in her family, and the gift that is her son.
5. CS Mommy
I discovered CS Mommy in a blogging group that we belong to and we clicked and became fast friends. She’s primarily a food and beverage blogger but also writes about topics that are important to her. She captured my heart when I read her view on the outcome of controversial shooting that took the world by storm. She’s fun, funny, and a creative genius in the kitchen. Her 25 Holly days posts kept me full and entertained throughout the Christmas season. Be sure to check out her blog and click that Top Mommy Blogger button to raise her up the ranks.
Well that’s my list of nominations, now they have the choice to accept and follow up with answers to the excellent questions which I’ve borrowed from Mary and her nominator Shelby. The rules are simple thank your nominator (which would be me) and then answer the questions then make your own nominations of 5 blogs that inspire you. While displaying the picture of the Inspiring Blogger Award in your post.
Or if you wish to just accept my nomination with a tip of the hat thank you, you can do so as well. Happy new year to these fantastic bloggers and to all my dear readers who light up my life and heart with your kindness. ❤️