Monthly Archives: January 2014

THE INVENTIVE BLOGGER AWARD

the inventive blogger award

If there’s someone I feel I can’t than enough, it’s VicBriggs from shards of silence. At this point I’m not even sure saying thank you begins to describe what I feel. When I found out she had nominated me for this amazing award during the holidays, I just went speechless; I didn’t know what to say. I feel so honoured that she finds the time to read my posts and so far has nominated me for two prestigious awards. THANK YOU VIC! I send you many hugs.

Five things I love about blogging:

It’s fun- I’ve made new friends from different parts of the world and for me that’s a big plus since I’m more of an introvert.

I love writing and blogging has given me the chance to share my thoughts with a big audience.

I get to learn new things from different blogs, and I find the whole process incredible because it broadens my view.

Interacting with different people has helped me understand many things because in a way blogs are essentially an insight into people’s minds; how they perceive things and what their perceptions are based on.

I’ve always loved reading and in the blogosphere there’s so much to read. I get a front row seat to see the amazing talents people have. Even though I don’t always get to read as much as I’d want, I must say it’s a really wonderful experience.

 My nominees:

Susan Irene Fox is a follower of Jesus, new Christian and a delightful woman who describes herself as an unfinished human. On her blog she shares her experiences and motivates anyone in need of some uplifting.

Kimberly Jo Cooley. Her passion is creative writing. Her blog Abundantlifeinitiative represents her journey into embarking on her journey into writing full time. There you will find her wonderful pieces; a blog on her writing process, and other interesting things such as book, music, and clothing/store reviews she’s a part of. She is writing a novel, poems and short stories. She also has a passion for the memoir form and enjoys writing non-fiction pieces as well.

Andrea is driven by a fear of getting to 50 and wishing she’d done more. She loves photography, capturing unique moments that can be shared and appreciated by others. She loves to figure out the world and why people do the things they do. Andrea seeks fulfillment and stimulation in everything she does. When she’s not being challenged, and gets bored, she gets ill. She feels like she’s dying on the inside. She started her blog I like the smell of new things when she was spiraling into a heavy depression as a result of extreme stress and exhaustion, and it helped her to have an outlet to write the truth about what seemed to stress her. Since then she’s continued to document the highs and lows of living her life.

Susan Mae Detera, on her blog gasm travels talks about her photographic journey and her experiences which give her that ‘gasm’ feeling. She realized that it is not just traveling that gives her that ‘gasm’ feeling. In her travels, she also explores other things…like food, culture, arts and other adventures that give her the same kind of exhilarating feeling she gets from traveling.

Hence, she also has foodgasm, artgasm, winegasm, eyegasm and any other ‘gasm’ feelings she experiences during her travel.  She has captured, through her viewfinder, all the things, places, nature, wildlife and moments with local people that brought back this ‘gasmic’ feelings of comfort and pleasure. Her blog will show you images from her travels that gave her these ‘gasmic’ feelings.

Elixir of memories. Her love for photography began in 2008, when she went for a holiday with her family to Kerala. She couldn’t stop being awed by the beauty of the place and was frantically trying to capture it all in her camera. Since then she has loved taking pictures of even the tiniest things that make her happy. It may look insignificant to some, but for her those tiny little things are what make up her life. She particularly loves black and white photography with a splash of color as well as Macro photography.

Ann Friend’s blog, afriendofjesus2013.com is a place for anyone who wants to know more about the Word of God, developing a deeper and personal relationship with Jesus Christ or get encouragement. Her blog is a site anyone looking for daily inspiration would want to visit.

Ajaytao, describes himself as an extremely introverted guy, who will never open up to anybody until he feels deeply intimate with that person. Since being diagnosed with cancer he’s decided to open up and share his thoughts and feelings with the world. On his blog he shares everything he’s so passionate about, be it Pictures, Books, EBooks, Poetry, Religious Text, Quotes etc. etc. He says “Everything is just directly what I liked from my heart.”

Directions for you to accept the The Inventive Blogger Award

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the The Inventive Blogger Award.

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3. Include in your blog post *FIVE* things that you enjoy about blogging.

4. Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badge!)

5. Come over and say hello to the originator of the “The Inventive Blogger Award” via this link: http://DonCharisma.org/2013/12/24/christmas-awards-the-inventive-blogger-award

6. And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award, and then proudly display the award on your blog.

Congratulations to all the nominees.

 

2nd LIEBSTER NOMINATION

Liebster Award

Yet again, I have been nominated for another Liebster Award by hanatelige.

Thank you Hana!

She loves reading, but when she can’t find the kind of stories she wants to read, she writes her own. She also shares some of her random thoughts on various things in her life, hence the name of her blog: Follow That Rabbit.

Liebster Award nomination rules:

1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.
2. You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.
3. You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award with fewer than 200 followers.
4. You must come up with 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees.

These are my answers to HANATELIGE’s questions:

1. Why did you start your blog? Long before I started blogging I was still writing, about memorable experiences so I wouldn’t forget them, but mostly I wrote about painful stuff because I found writing therapeutic. Then I figured, if I shared my experiences with a bigger audience I could help atleast one person out there and that way I wouldn’t feel like my suffering was all for naught; so I started my blog.

2. What is your favorite video game? Honestly, none.

3. What’s the first thing on your bucket list? Why? Making someone smile; because if I strive to make those around me happy by being a good friend, helping those in need etc. then I’ll also be happy because when all’s said and done, only a life lived for others is worth living (Albert Einstein). And again, there are too many problems in the world. Instead of piling up on them I prefer doing all I can to better someone else’s life, to lessen their problems.

4. Would you want to live forever (at the age you are now)? Why or why not? Definitely not. Currently I’m in my twenties and relatively I feel much wiser and in a better place than when I was in my teens. I’ve achieved a lot so far and believing that God’s with me all through, I have faith that I’ll appreciate my thirties, forties, fifties…more because each day brings its own experiences and going through them all is what makes us see the beauty of life. On a lighter note though, I once watched this movie-Tuck everlasting; it’s just scary and boring being stuck in one year while the rest of the world, including loved ones age and wither away. The loneliness would be unbearable.

5. Favorite quote. Or one that makes you think. ‘Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life’ –Confucius. I’m of the opinion that if people got jobs they loved; jobs they could do for free, there wouldn’t be abominable actions like doctors’ strikes which leave many innocent lives lost in their wake.

6. Why do you like your favorite food? Sometimes I’m not too sure I have a favourite dish. But currently I’m into spaghetti and minced meat because it’s awfully delicious and very easy to prepare.

7. What’s the first book that you remember loving? Deceitful lover: by Helen Brooks. I still remember how I felt that Sunday afternoon when I read the last page. It was just …intriguing. After that I became hooked to all mills and boon books; couldn’t keep my hands and eyes off them.

8. What instrument would you most like to play? Piano. It has always been my lovely instrument of choice. But sometimes I wonder how it would feel to play a harp… I find it fascinating.

9. Favorite thing that happened in 2013. Seeing things through the eyes of faith. During Easter last year  I went through some experiences which strengthened my faith as a Christian and afterwards, all through the year I went through some pretty challenging moments, which I feel my faith helped me overcome.

10. What are you most excited about in 2014? I’ve got some incredible plans of my own, which have me all psyched up, but based on previous unachieved resolutions, this year I’m letting God take the wheel. So I’m excited about what plans He has in store for me this year.

 

HERE ARE THE BLOGS THAT I’M NOMINATING:

http://findingevey.wordpress.com

http://panicyesterday.wordpress.com

http://finkling.com/

http://oldfashioncouple.wordpress.com

http://sleepinthegarden-official.com

http://angiekw01.wordpress.com

http://yvonnesmusings.wordpress.com

http://cindyshea.wordpress.com

http://insightfuluseless.wordpress.com

http://tessbalexander.wordpress.com

 

MY 10 QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES:

1)      What’s the most memorable thing anyone has ever done for you?

2)      If you had one wish, what would it be?

3)      If you went back to 2013, is there anything you would do differently?

4)      What do you like most about blogging?

5)      If you had to make a documentary, what would it be about?

6)      What inspires your blog posts?

7)      What’s your favourite book?

8)      Describe yourself in three words.

9)      In a movie you’ve watched, who was your favourite character, and why?

10)  What makes you happy?

Congratulations to all the nominees.

 

 

The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

wise men

This past Sunday was the last day of Christmas; that of course is according to the church calendar, when we celebrated the solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. Epiphany is a word connected with light. And as seen in Isaiah 60: 1-6, Jesus is the light of the world:

Arise, Jerusalem, and shine like the sun;

The glory of the Lord is shining on you!

Other nations will be covered by darkness,

But on you the light of the Lord will shine;

The brightness of His presence will be with you.

Nations will be drawn to your light, and kings to the dawning of your new day.

The word Epiphany refers to a revelation, or a manifestation of something. In this case, Jesus was revealed to the world as the light of the world. It’s based on the events narrated in Matthew 2:1-12. This feast was traditionally celebrated on 6th January, but on occasions where the day falls on a working day, the church has moved the celebration to the Sunday before or after 6th.

Some men who studied the stars, commonly referred to as Wise men, had travelled far from Persia, Asia and Africa to see the new born king. The bible doesn’t really specify they were three. King Herod, who had heard of their arrival called them to a secret meeting and instructed them, “Go and make a careful search for the child and when you find him, let me know so that I too may go and worship him.”

They left and followed the star, which went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. They went into the house and when they saw the child with his mother Mary, they knelt down and worshipped him. They presented him their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, which have been interpreted by Christians to symbolize the state of Jesus as a King, Priest and Human (that He would die but not waste away, hence becoming the risen Christ). It’s from their gesture that the Christmas tradition of giving gifts originated.

After seeing the child, they left via a different route as God had warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. The bible shouldn’t be read as a history book; it’s full of signs: the wise men were led to Jesus by a star that shone from the East, but in real sense He was the actual star and the wise men, we’re told, didn’t go back the same way they had come. This could be interpreted as: when one meets Jesus they never go back the same way they had come; He gives a new beginning.

In my house we haven’t taken down the Christmas decorations yet, but it’s safe to say Christmas is officially over. I feel I have an inexplicable love for Christmas. Sometimes I feel if Christmas were a person I would marry him, just so I could wake up to him everyday; so it would be Christmas everyday. The good thing though, is that we recently celebrated the nativity of our Lord, and it doesn’t have to end there just because party’s over and life’s back to normal. We can choose to live the lives we had before Christ’s birth or, like the wise men, we can take a different route and become changed people.

I wish you all a HAPPY and PROSPEROUS 2014.