On the heels of receiving the Versatile Blogger Award, I’ve been nominated for three more blogging awards by Alison from Adventures in Wonderland! Alison and her husband, Don, are traveling the world, creating their own adventures. Considering that they are in their 60’s/70’s, they are living proof that it is never too late to live your dream and see the world! They are an inspiration to me! Please go check out their wonderful blog! Thank you, Alison, for your recognition and for considering me for the following awards:
Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award
Here are the rules for this award:
1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
2. Answer a few questions about yourself.
3. Nominate 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to read.
4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and let the recipients know that they have been nominated.
5. Include the award logo within your blog post.
1. When was a time in your life when you took a chance (something risky)? I moved to Spain, on my own, shortly after college, with no return flight, plan, or agenda. I wanted to improve my Spanish speaking skills and become fluent, so I searched the “roommate wanted” ads in the streets of Seville and moved in with a couple of random Spaniards, who became great friends! It was a terrifying but hugely gratifying experience. I grew so much personally and became much more confidant and independent.
2. When have you surprised yourself? After Mom died, I felt very hopeless. Life lost much of it’s meaning. Even though it was a slow process and has taken the better part of 17 months, I’ve relearned how to love life and found ways to cultivate inner strength that I never knew I possessed. I took Mom’s advice, listened to my heart, and decided to start following my dreams. I know she is proud! I just wish I could talk to her about all of it!
3. What’s one activity that gives you great satisfaction? Blogging! It may seem like the obvious answer (as I’m writing this on my blog), but combining my passions of writing, reflecting on travels and culture, and reaching out and conversing with others on those topics- it’s truly a dream-job. Here’s to hoping to make it a full-time job soon!
4. You’ve been granted the opportunity to meet anyone who has ever existed. Who would that be TODAY (because I understand that you might be in a different mood tomorrow) and why? Aung San Suu Kyi. She has long been a hero of mine, as an instrumental force for democracy and freedom in Myanmar (Burma). She’s the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a plethora of others. Aung San is like the female version of the Dali Lama or Ghandi! A seriously cool lady! (If you’ve never heard of her, watch The Lady).
5. What do you believe the most interesting/unique thing is about yourself? (You’re allowed to cheat by asking someone, if you don’t know!) Hmm. I was having a conversation with a new friend the other night here in Nashville (my current home). He seemed somewhat impressed with my background: undergrad in Anthropology and Geography and MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University in Washington DC, along with my work history ranging from contracting at the State Department’s Information Resource Management Bureau to working on an international team at The Nature Conservancy on Global Protected Areas. It’s a funny thing to me. In DC, I was such a small, tiny fish in a huge pond. Everyone and their mother has a masters degree. People with Ph.D’s are lining up for free internships. It’s a super-charged intellectual, policy wonk mecca, saturated with over qualified and talented individuals. It’s one of the most competitive places to live and work, which was simultaneously intimidating and exhilarating. I felt constantly challenged, humbled, inspired, and motivated. At the same time, I always felt very “average” for DC. There were so many who were brighter, bigger, better. Back to the conversation the other night, there aren’t a lot of people with my kind of background in Nashville. Instead, there are so many talented and creative musicians and motivated entrepreneurs and health care professionals. But the pond here seems to be a little bit smaller. So maybe my academic and professional background is a little more interesting and unique here than it was in my previous city….
Pirate’s Admiration Award
Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho, a pirate’s life for me….. The pirate capitan Managua Gunn gives this award to very few swashbucklers he’d include in his band of blogger pirates. I’m tickled pink, matey, to be included in Alison’s circle, and I get to pass this award on to other bloggers that inspire me, so if ever I’m completely adrift in Blogger Sea, I’ll have my own band of pirates to rescue me.
Best Moment Award
This is my second nomination for this award; how exciting!
Awarding the people who live in the moment,
The noble who write and capture the best in life,
The bold who reminded us what really mattered –
Savoring the experience of quality time.
Rules of the Moment Matters Award
1. Repost the award and award description.
2. Give an acceptance speech.
3. Pass the award on, and notify the nominees.
My previous acceptance speech resonates with these awards, as they are all about bloggers supporting other bloggers:
Blogging, I am learning, is all about community. As bloggers, we must support, champion and learn from each other. While I’m a fairly new (and part-time) blogger, still learning the ropes and striving to grow and improve this site, I am nonetheless genuinely appreciative of the support and encouragement I’ve received from my friends and other bloggers.
I nominate the following talented, inspirational bloggers for these three awards:
For those bloggers who don’t respond to awards, no sweat! I just want to let you know that you are an inspiration to me and wanted to share your blog with others!
Be sure to check out these fabulous blogs. Thanks, as always, for stopping by and reading!