I spent most of December trapped in my own unique bubble that included Christmas planning, bone scans and physical therapy, family events, finishing editing projects, and parenting. Oh, and the unexpected purchase of a car. Christmas planning resembled a counter-offensive by the Penguins of movie Madagascar: it looked insane on paper, but somehow it all worked. But as December progressed, blogging kept sliding down the To Do List and finally landed between “Send out Christmas cards” and “borrow mom’s oven to bake cookies.”
The Christmas cards went in the mail…January 3rd. The cookie dough is still in the refrigerator.
So here I am – making good on a long overdue promise to pay it forward to some fellow bloggers.
In December, I had not one but two bloggers present me with a Liebster Award. This award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers who deserve more recognition. I’m still a rookie, technically, and am learning as I go so I very much appreciate the cyberlove!
The bloggers who made my heart grow three sizes and brought tears to my eyes with their kind words were my fabulous friend Karen C.L. Anderson, who shares the power of self-acceptance with courage and conviction, and Kim Koning of Wrestling the Muse, a multifaceted author of dark paranormal fiction and suspense as well as poetry. This blog wouldn’t exist without Karen’s encouragement, and I am honored that Kim finds my writing uplifting and true to the blog’s intentions.
The Liebster Award comes with a few small rules:
- Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
- Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
- Give your top 5 picks for the award.
- Inform your top 5 by leaving a comment on their blog.
- Post the award on your blog.
But even if you don’t actively present awards like this, make sure you show your support for your favorite bloggers – newbies or veterans – by commenting and letting others know about them. We all appreciate the encouragement, and it’s something I pledge to do better this year.
And here are the bloggers I have enjoyed following over the past year for their humor, their passion, their honesty, and their creative spirits:
Latisha Williams/Frugalicious Diva: not only can Latisha show you how to eat healthy and feed a family on a tight budget, she will encourage you to embrace abundant living.
Catherine Linard/Voices from Spirit: Catherine and I were close friends in high school, and after graduation we lost touch and walked our separate paths, only to reconnect 20 years later and find we’d been on very similar journeys. On her journey, she has reconciled science and faith and helps others live whole and centered lives.
Tracey/Snagglewordz: “meeting” Tracey is a testament to the power and diversity of the blogosphere. I never would have met this funny, Wholehearted writer from New Zealand any other way. I love her voice.
Isadora/Inside the Mind of Isadora: ….it’s a creative, elegant place to be. Poetry, photography, orchids, and jewelry on a sunny beach. (Isadora, I know you’ve already been graced with a Liebster…but it’s worth repeating).
Feliza Casano: I met Feliza (at least, virtually) through our local NaNoWriMo group…and in a couple weeks, I get to meet her in person! Feliza is energetic, insightful, and I am in awe of her business sense as a writer…and she is going to write circles around us. But first – college graduation! 😀
I’m thrilled to have made the acquaintance of many exceptional writers, photographers, motivators, and artists over the past year since launching this blog. Keep speaking your hearts and minds! Happy 2012!
“Creativity requires courage.” – Henri Matisse