Sunshine Award

What a lovely time to go through my comments to realize that I’ve forgotten to respond to this blog award! In the midst of all this snow that just got dumped on us, I get to look at the “Sunshine Award” and think about how much I already miss the warm sunshine! Thank you Nimmi!

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I’ve taken a little bit of an unplanned hiatus. I will be posting a major update before Jan 1st, 2016! So stay tuned. But for now… the award!

Rules for the award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate a few other bloggers.
  • Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated.
  • Notify the bloggers on their blog.
  • Put the award button on your blog.

Questions for me:

  • Which decade do you miss the most?  Would it be weird to say the 80s, even though I was only born in 1986? (Go ahead and do the math — yes I will be 30 in April.) I can hardly say “I grew up in the 80s” since I only had a whopping four years in it, but I’ve always said that I would love to have been a teenager in the 80s. I love 80s music. I love record players. And as weird as it will be to say this since I do online blogging, I do miss NOT constantly being connected to social media. Besides, I’ve got the perfect hair for the 80s!
  • To which poet do you feel most connected to? Shakespeare hands down. No question about it. I didn’t really appreciate much of his work until college. In fact, I never really enjoyed poetry at all prior to college. I didn’t “get it.” I couldn’t exactly pinpoint the time where I realized I loved poetry and when it clicked, but over the years, I’ve had a deeper and deeper appreciation for Shakespeare. I love his work. He can make me cry and laugh, and usually at the same time. He writes about a lot of real emotions that so many people would be able to connect with, but don’t because his style is different than modern day poets.
  • Your spirit cartoon character/TV show artist? I don’t watch a lot TV so i’m not entirely sure how to answer this one. Well… okay, so I DO watch TV, but not with spirit cartoons. I can’t even pick a favorite TV show so picking a favorite PERSON is really hard. One of my favorite shows, which had their series finale early 2015, is Revenge. I loved the series and the main character Emily was one of my favorites.  She was a very strong female character, which was why I probably loved her so much.  I’m currently watching Quantico, Once Upon a Time, Pretty Little Liars (don’t judge), Game of Thrones (hurry and start again please!), and Nashville. I gave up on Scandal, Blindspot, and Black List. And not because I didn’t enjoy them, but because I was already watching so much TV that I had to stop watching something! Also, I couldn’t pick a favorite character from any of these though. I suck at favorites. Oh, I guess another TV show I loved was Breaking Bad! Walter White’s character had amazing development throughout the series.
  • Your favorite indulgence when in stress? Lately it has been using my adult coloring book! I love love love it. Running used to be my ultimate form of relieving stress. I had fallen off the bandwagon with that over the years, but since this last June, I have gotten back up and running and it feels amazing! 
  • How has your blog helped you the most? My blog has has helped me connect with so many different types of people from around the world. I love being able to interact with other bloggers online.! 

Other Bloggers:
1. Jonas’ Essential Matters
2. kidscrumbsandcrackers
3. Daisy in the Willows
4. But I Smile Anyway
5. The Cultured Traveler

Until next time,
XOXO
Megs

“Inspiring Blogger” Award

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Aquileana nominated me for the Inspiring Blogger Award. I feel so honored that someone thought my blog was inspiring enough to nominate me for me! Thank you so so much! It’s the blogger community that makes me keep writing! Love you all!

The Award Rules for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award are:
1) The nominee shall display the respective logo on her/his blog and link to the blogger that has nominated her/him.
2) The nominee shall nominate ten (10) bloggers she/he admires, by linking to their blogs and informing them about the nomination.

Miss Lauryn Marie: In My (Not So) Humble Opinion
Yajaira Hernandez Trejo
Bethany: Journey of a Rose
JcCee Watkins Barney
The Liberated Polyglot
Dre Dee: Pole, Yoga, Fitness
KJ Grace: With a Cup of Tea
An Inspired Life
1ntothem1nd
Diary of anew: Trying to start over – if possible

“Sisterhood of the World Bloggers” Award

sisterhood-of-the-worldI was nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award by Kristin with Beauty Marks. I am so incredibly thankful to have been nominated for this award. It means the world to me knowing that someone liked my blog enough to nominate me for an award.

The rules are as follows:Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site. Put the Award logo on your blog. Answer the ten questions sent to you. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer. Nominate seven blogs.

1. What do you hope to accomplish with your blog in the next year? My goals aren’t to gain followers or to become famous. I just want to blog about my life so I can look back through it in the years to come and look back on what I’ve been through to reflect about my life. I just hope to update more often that I usually do so I have more to look back on other than a few sporadic posts throughout the year.

2. What prompted you to start blogging? I’ve always been a writer at heart. I get ideas in my head of what I want to write about and I need to write them down or I’ll go nuts thinking about it. IT’s more of a therapeutic thing for me. I need to get certain things off my chest, or just to document my life. I needed an outlet so I started my blog.

3. Do you think a good writer has to be a good reader? Yes I do. The best writers read a lot. A lot a lot. How else would you know what to do and what not to do? You need to verse yourself in the writing world in order to know what works for you and what doesn’t.

4. Tell me about your happiest moment. In the blogging world? It would be when I hit 500 followers on my blog. Never in a million years would I think that many people would want to follow my blog nad read about whatever I had to say. When I started, I hoped for maybe 100 people to follow me, but so many people in WordPress are supportive of other writers. That’s what keeps me here.

5. What inspired your latest post? I am a part of Blogging 101, which inspired the last post. We had to write to our dream reader I chose to write about my best friend.

6. Now, go back to your first post, has your writing style changed at all? Oh absolutely! My first post was actually a quote, but my first REAL post was written Dec 2011 while intoxicated and about an ex. It was a poem titled “Back to September”, however, I now write more of blog posts instead of poetry. I should really get back into poetry.

7. Do your friends & family read your blog? It’s all public and everyone knows I write, although I don’t announce it on my personal Facebook, which is where most people find updates about my life. So friends that I have on Twitter and my mother read my blog. I’m not afraid to have them read anything anymore. I used to be, but not anymore.

What’s your favorite meal? Mexican food. Hands down!!

What is your biggest motivation? Being able to connect with other bloggers and give them advice.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? This question has always been tough to answer. My life has taken some major turns over the past couple of years, and I would have never guessed that this is where I would be only two years ago. So if I had to guess if this is where I would be five years ago? No. Not where I would guess… although NOT complaining. I love where my life is at. So Josh and I are moving into our house the beginning of February… we have a few projects that we want to do with the house, so I’m hoping we will have those done within five years. I’d like to have run away and get married to Josh by then. I’m hoping to have enrolled in a Master’s program for writing.

My Nominees

1. “Don’t Read This.
2. “My Gap Year In Stockings”
3. “Red Shoes”
4. “Totontotopdating”
5. “The Singing Optimist”
6. “Passive Aggressive Abuse”
7, “Starting Over as Ms.”

Everyone can answer the same questions that I have. 🙂

Enjoy.
xoxo
Megs

One Lovely Blog Award

I was nominated for the “One Lovely Blog” award by Raven Haired Girl. Thank you so much for this award!!

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The rules are as follows:
* Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
* Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post.
* Share 7 facts/or things about yourself.
* Nominate about 15 bloggers you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.

I’m so very grateful for every time I’m nominated for an award. I have to keep coming up with new facts about me!! So this is the challenge I made for myself. I will first share what I’ve already posted from previous awards (so you know I’m not cheating. =D ) And then I will post the facts for the award I was nominated for.

From the Dragon’s Loyalty Award
1. I refuse to watch ANY scary movies.
2. You’ll never see me without polish on my toes.
3. I’m the oldest of four (two sisters and one brother).
4. My socks never match.
5. I pour more coffee than I actually drink. I think I just like the smell.
6. I started this blog four years ago today (Happy Anniversary to me), but it took me two years to finally publish something.
7. My lucky day is Fri the 13th.

From the Versatile Blogger Award
1. My Favorite color is Orange.
2. I don’t know how to properly curl my own hair.
3. I type over 60 wpm. Last time I checked was YEARS ago and it was 68 – I feel like I’m faster now, BUT the fact I want to share isn’t the speed of what I type: I don’t use my pinky fingers! I definitely do not type correctly. But hey, I’m still efficient and fast!
4. I prefer Smart water over any other brand.
5. I HAVE to wear a cami under everything. I feel more secure.
6. Coffee choice as of late: grande no whip 3 pump mocha.
7. Music I’ve been listening to lately The Veronicas and Taylor Swift!

And finally, the seven facts for this award: One Lovely Blog Award
1. Changed my coffee choice since the last award. It’s now a Grande Hazelnut Latte.
2. I commute from Kenosha to Chicago for work – so roughly 2.5 hours a day is taken up on a train. (But this is when I catch up on all the blog postings from the bloggers I follow!)
3. I just hit 300 followers on my blog today. I’m SO excited!!
4. I ripped my last pair of contacts about a month ago so I’ve been wearing my glasses. Not sure I even miss my contacts anymore.
5. I’m a really good listener – at least I’ve been told I am! I’d tell you to ask the people who are talking to me about break-ups, but I’m not going to mention who they are. 🙂 So you’ll just have to take my word for it.
6. I’m a closet vegetarian. I’ll go months and months without eating meat, then I’ll be okay for a while, then I’ll go back to eating meat again. I’ve been back an forth since I was a child.
7. I would LOVE to have a sugar glider as a pet. They are SO cute! But, that isn’t possible at the moment. (And in case you don’t know what they are, look here. And be prepared for the cuteness!!)

My 15 Blog Nominations
(in NO particular order)
1. John H. Howard: Chronicler of randomness; author of fantasy, horror, and more.
2. AWAY FROM THE NOISE: Inspiring Positive Simplicity
3. Esther Newton – Writer and Tutor
4. toofulltowrite (I’ve started so I’ll finish)
5. Edgy Thinking: Everything I see
6. talkw3rds: Poetry, Urban Affairs, and Politics – An awed combination.
7. ZOE AMBLER – AUTHOR: I go bump in the Night
8. Beaded Quill: Writing across two hemispheres
9. serendipity413 ~ Dream as if you’ll live forever
10. Vera Dulce Blog
11. Ambling & Rambling: Scattered thoughts and general musings
12. Hope* The Happy Hugger: Life, love, happiness and most of all, kindness…
13. MaLessa Swann
14. Moondustwriter’s Blog: penned with moon dust
15. Ripples N Reflections

And if you want to know even more about me, I did an interview on my social media platforms.

 

Versatile Blogger Award!

I am so excited to announce that my blog was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! I am so honored!versatile-blogger

I was nominated by Chethan NT a while ago, but I never posted about it, nor did I nominate anyone else for it!!

The philosophy behind the award:

“When you consider nominating a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them. Honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then!”

Here’s the rules:

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  • Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Seven things about me (And just so you know that I’m not cheating by writing the same seven things, here was a previous award where I had to list things about me: Dragon’s Loyalty Award:

1. My Favorite color is Orange.
2. I don’t know how to properly curl my own hair.
3. I type over 60 wpm. Last time I checked was YEARS ago and it was 68 – I feel like I’m faster now, BUT the fact I want to share isn’t the speed of what I type: I don’t use my pinky fingers! I definitely do not type correctly. But hey, I’m still efficient and fast!
4. I prefer Smart water over any other brand.
5. I HAVE to wear a cami under everything. I feel more secure.
6. Coffee choice as of late: grande no whip 3 pump mocha.
7. Music I’ve been listening to lately The Veronicas and Taylor Swift!

And if you want to know even more about me, I did an interview on my social media platforms.

Here are my nominations for all NEW bloggers that I’m following – there are some other amazing bloggers that I nominated for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award – check them out too!:

(Listed in NO particular order)

1. Bear Tales
2. Shawn L. Bird
3. Everywhere Once – Photos
4. The Sound of Summer
5. Something Like a Storybrook
6. littlegirlstory
7. The Political and Social Chaos Blog
8. The Call of the Pen
9. idealisticrebel
10. Never a Worry
11. Six Degrees of Photography
12. Sincerely, Kim
13. Raven Haired Girl
14. The Hilarious Pessimist
15. inspiration in progress

Enjoy!

xoxo

I Received the “Dragon’s Loyalty Award”

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I’m happy to announce that fellow blogger and friend Kelsey Hoff has awarded me the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. She award me back in December, but I never followed through with the directions. Better late than never! DragonsLoyaltyAward

The philosophy of the award is:

The Dragon’s Loyalty Award is an award for the loyal fan/commenter, whether the recipient is a fellow blogger or just someone who follows and comments regularly.

There are some rules that one must follow in order to fully accept the award and they are as follows:

1. Firstly, display the Award on your site (see Award page or sidebar!) You earned it and you deserve it!
2. Link back to the person who gave you the award in your acceptance post;
3. Nominate 15 well-deserving bloggers for the Award and let them know the wonderful news by sending them a message on their site;
4. List 7 interesting facts about yourself.

My nominees for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award

1. My mother. She doesn’t have a blog for me to link to, but she’s been reading my crap since I knew how to write. Love you mom.
2. My boyfriend. He doesn’t have a blog to link to either, but he reads my posts religiously, even before we were together. He can post it on his Reddit account if he wants. Ha. 🙂
3. Kelsey Hoff
4. Mark Stratton
5. Lauren Kovac
6. Danielle Rose
7. Katie Saesan
8. Sarah Tickanen
9. Lauryn Marie
10. Cody Denneau
11. Daile
12. Emily Harring
13. R.K. MacPherson
14. Nate St. Pierre
15. And because I don’t have a 15th, this will be dedicated to the people who religiously follow me on my Facebook page, but don’t have a blog. Thank you! You guys deserve this award!

Seven Facts About Me

1. I refuse to watch ANY scary movies.
2. You’ll never see me without polish on my toes.
3. I’m the oldest of four (two sisters and one brother).
4. My socks never match.
5. I pour more coffee than I actually drink. I think I just like the smell.
6. I started this blog four years ago today (Happy Anniversary to me), but it took me two years to finally publish something.
7. My lucky day is Fri the 13th.

(And if you want to know more, I recently did an interview on my social media platforms.)