Very Inspiring Blogger Award from Be Inspired.

Very Inspring Blogger Award


Sometimes things come out of the blue. For me most of the do. Yes I can make a joke or two. But I only will get by with a few.

One of those out of the blue moments occurred when I received this particular Very Inspiring Blogger Award from Be Inspired. In all honesty from the site I believe I will be enjoying digger deeper into what is to be found there. Then on top of that to know who nominated this particular site makes it even more interesting, StantonSunshine.

I encourage you all to visit both sites to see why they received their nominations. I don’t think it will take you long.


1.Thank and link to the amazing person who nominated you.
2.List the rules and display the award.
3.Share seven facts about yourself.
4.Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
5.Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.



I’ve decided to do my seven facts a little different than usual. Since this is the Inspiring Blogger Award I wanted to share some facts that I hope might inspire someone reading. And if you do go to my page and read my work, just know some of it is just getting things out of my head to get rid of it. That’s the great thing about writing, getting rid of the clutter.


The Facts:


After high school I didn’t go straight into college. I worked for a few years at various jobs. Once I was ready, I was ready. I made the Dean’s List and all of that type of thing. I mention this because some people feel pressure to immediately go to college or some feel that it’s been too long to go to college. You’ll know when.


I didn’t have the greatest biological father. A lot of people can say that. For some it may pretty much destroy their lives. I ended up with a great step-father, who I refer to as my father now. But as a result of those early years I have a love of children, not necessarily wanting to throw myself into the middle of a bunch of 1st Graders, but I love to see happy kids. Whenever I would work in a classroom of young ones the inevitable would happen . . . the lap time. Of course I would then stand up the rest of the day. I know I may look like a big teddy bear, but there are some things you just have to be aware of these days. But I’m good with kids even though I say they’re not my specialty in the education field.


The first girlfriend I had basically was using me to make her ex-boyfriend jealous. It didn’t last long. I wasn’t happy about it, but as time went by I realized some people aren’t worth the memories.


Prayer works. I know it does because I’ve seen it in action. People say things happen by coincidence. No, not so much. I’ve prayed specifics and they’ve happened. I’ve prayed for things doctors have said would never happen, and they happened. I know God doesn’t always answer us the way we want Him to, or sometimes people don’t realize the answer has been given, but it’s there. I didn’t become a comic book artist. Does that mean God didn’t answer that prayer? No, it means He said no, or it might even be a ‘wait’. But I turned to writing.


I am drawn to those who need help in some way. It doesn’t start out as such but somehow over time I discover I am in a new friendship for a purpose. Again, I don’t believe in coincidences. I may help that person to the point of mental and physical exhaustion, but I will help them. And I know that the friendship will probably move on and away at some point but I like to hope I leave the person in a better way than when I stumbled upon them.



I was about three months away from being diagnosed as diabetic when I had a fall that changed my life. I was already on high blood pressure medicine so add being diabetic to that and wow. But the doctor was giving me a chance. After the checkup I then had the fall. There was nothing I could do with my life at that point but I knew somehow that I needed to lose weight. At the next checkup after the accident I was no longer prediabetic, and I no longer am on high blood pressure medicine. I set my mind . . . no, I changed my mind to know I could do something and I did it.


I have Fibromyalgia and Migraines, along with Osteoarthritis. I’m in my early 40s. I face a future without the ability to work, and judgments of people who see a healthy me and wondering why I am a lazy bum. I blog. I share whatever comes to this odd mind of mine and somehow some of it speaks to some people. I can stop when the pain gets too bad. I don’t get paid in money, but I feel I have worth. As for being a lazy bum? It’s kind of funny. I would kind of like to wander around their home one day unannounced and see how perfect their home is and their life is. The people that count in my life understand me and that’s all that matters.



What makes some qualify as an Inspiring Blogger to me? I believe for one I have to be able to connect in some way to the person behind the blog. There also needs to be something more than just talent. I look for sincerity behind the mirror that is my laptop screen.

These are in no particular order:

Brett of Brett’s Future-A recent addition to my family of Reader Friends, Brett and I share some similarities, partly being of comparable age and insanity of having done the corporate world angle to now venture into the world of words.


Hannah at Inked Roses-I met Hannah during Writing 101 for Blogging University. I have to say that I’ve seen her comment and pop up from time to time around my blog and there is always a sense of honesty in her likes. I enjoy that. Revisiting her site for this award I am blown away by her storytelling.  Her Writing 101 material is dead on and she shared things in a way I couldn’t.  A great writer with a delicate touch. I want that, but I’m heavy handed and plodding. I admire her. I want her to do more. I want to see what else she can do. That wanting inspires me. Know what I mean? If you don’t want more are you inspired?


KiwiBee at Snap Thoughts-Life is an adventure for this young lady. I admire her exploring her world. Looking at her blog more for this award I am more inspired than when I first selected her. An American in Paris? No, try South Korea. From Wyoming to South Korea? Read her About to find out. I love journal entry style she uses, and the photography of the country she now lives in. Her and her fiance also have another blog together Korea Bound that I am about to start looking into.


Dazzling Whimsy– I’ve followed her blog since she began and the inspiring part is how it has become a bright and shining spot to escape to. Her photography is of everything around her with beautiful flowers and daughters, and yes the daughters are little girls with brown and or hazel eyes. So of course I was sucked into that world. Take a look at her articles and you see a Mom who loves her kids and apparently does everything possible to give them the best life she can. Who isn’t inspired by that? Also she doesn’t just share a photo she also gives a story behind it. I like that for an occasional change if the is a real story to tell. She has the stories.


I am supposed to nominate many more, but over the course of time I’ve been through many and I follow so many blogs that it’s difficult to keep all of them sorted properly. My apologies but at times the combination of concussion recovery and Fibromyalgia take their toll and now is one of those times. I will nominate others at another time perhaps once things are better but for now I believe I have given quality blogs for you to take a look at. They are different from each other and I believe you will find enjoyment with each.


Much Respect



Most Influential Blogger Award-From Obscured Dreamer


A truly influential blogger nominated the RonovanWrites site for this award, ObscuredDreamer. She really is influential in many ways, and does so much good for people. I just write and get out of the way of myself, where she actual goes out of her way to help people.

Much Much Admiration and Respect


Here are the guidelines for acceptance – really very straightforward.
To accept this award, the awardees must do the following:
1. Display the Award on your Blog.
2. Announce your win with a blog post and thank the Blogger who awarded you. Do not lump this award with any other award in a “basket”, “bouquet” or “collection” etc., I would rather you didn’t accept the award.
3. Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award.
4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded with a comment (or a pingback).
5. Include an embedded video of your current favorite song (YouTube has almost everything, just copy and paste the link into your WordPress editor). If a video is not possible you can embed a SoundCloud track.

In no particular order, but I always mean to put them alphabetically, here are my nominees. Each is influential in their own way and for their own reasons, both to me and their many other Followers.

Much Respect and Admiration to them all.

























Char Lesie



Young and Twenty


Very Inspiring Blogger Award-From Tesscarr

I put this out over the weekend but I wanted everyone to see the people I chose for nominations. To those selected you can make your own badge to give to the next people and if this one does not fit with your blog then let me know. 🙂 This was just how you all make me feel.



It continues to amaze me that anyone would find me inspiring, especially enough to nominate me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. But for some reasonTess of ITYPEMORETHANITALKdecided to honor me. The truth is she’s the one that is inspiring; law student and blogger? Wow! So, what if she thinks she may want to go more literary . . . don’t we all at some point? Follow her and read and maybe you’ll find out she might be wanting to go in the right direction.

I wonder if she’s thought about working in publishing or an agency.

Here are the rules for the award:

1.Thank and link to the amazing person who nominated you.
2.List the rules and display the award.
3.Share seven facts about yourself.
4.Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
5.Proudly display the award…

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award-From Tesscarr





It continues to amaze me that anyone would find me inspiring, especially enough to nominate me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. But for some reason Tess of ITYPEMORETHANITALK decided to honor me. The truth is she’s the one that is inspiring; law student and blogger? Wow! So, what if she thinks she may want to go more literary . . . don’t we all at some point? Follow her and read and maybe you’ll find out she might be wanting to go in the right direction.


I wonder if she’s thought about working in publishing or an agency.

Here are the rules for the award:

1.Thank and link to the amazing person who nominated you.
2.List the rules and display the award.
3.Share seven facts about yourself.
4.Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
5.Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.


My Seven Facts to Share: (I didn’t even try to be interesting.)

1)      I recently spent 10 months believing I was a year older than I am. No, I’m not that off in the head, it was just the concussion’s fault. You can talk to it later.

2)      I write my poetry with my eyes closed so I can’t interrupt what is going on. Get out of the way of the heart and the brain . . . just type.

3)      My writing career came about from wanting to be a comic book artist. I listened to my parents and instead of taking Art in college I became a History teacher, although I love that as well.

4)      I am into Apologetics or what is also known as Defending Your Faith. This is basically believing the Bible is what the Bible is. I have listened and read various evidence for and against. I don’t listen to the whacked out Bible debaters who really just compromise and I don’t listen to the whacked out extremists the other way. I listen to those with well thought out reasons and respect them for their thoughts even if I don’t agree. (Pardon the used of the phrase  “whacked out”.)

5)      I am a Foodie in that I love the experience of food, not just the eating of it.

6)      I recently lost 70 pounds in 6 months. (Apparently I haven’t been experiencing food very often.)

7)      I like to make homemade pizzas with veggies on them, but veggies like zucchini. (With these final two facts I must be hungry at the time of the writing of this.)


My 15 Nominees are: (In no particular order)

Zareen of Orange Shoes Talking

A great writer in many ways but the honesty and heart of one of her articles is what really finally made me be a true fan. Follow her here on Twitter.


Cataline of Obscured Dreamer

Yes, she’s a great writer but again, with me, heart is what really inspires me to be a devoted follower. This lady has it. Follower her here on Twitter.


Cielo of Ways of Life

She has a way of putting humor with relevancy in her writing. She hooks me in and then punches me at the end and I have to laugh. This young lady has been a recent and wonderful find. She pushes me to examine my own writing and want to have more fun with it. This particular article just had me and like I said at the end I died. Follow her here on Twitter.


Dyanne of Her Other Lovely Sides

Dyanne is not new to blogging, she’s been around. I not only enjoy her presence here in our WordPress community but also her support on Twitter. There is something uplifting about her favoriting or ReTweeting something I put out. She inspires in many ways but those moments can just keep you going at times. Follow her here on Twitter.


Cyril at Cyril Bussiere

Great writing and a very supportive Follower. I know authors sometimes don’t like to necessarily receive Blogging Awards but I give them anyway as a sign of appreciation. He has a book available on kindle. Follow him here on Twitter.


Name? at Behold the Infinite

Would I like to know her name? Yep. But her writing tells me enough. Strong in her thoughts and what she believes in. Do you really need to know anything other than that? That’s really the meaning of a name, right? One of the most generous Followers in providing comments to my articles and honest ones. There has been a good relationship built on creativity and honesty. A recent article actually played off well on one of mine without even there being a plan. I greatly enjoyed it. Twitter? Alas, no. I wish. Then again maybe she does and just refuses to share it with ME!



Jenn of jennspoint

What to say about Jenn? I’ll let her tag line say it for me. “Life is a series of transitions. It’s not about where you are right no. It’s about which direction you’re going. Smile, and drink a frappuccino.” This lady has such a background. And she is such a great follower on Twitter. She is a bright spot in my day. Follow her here on Twitter.


Vashti of Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Vashti writes about her progress of writing her books but also shares heart in some of her other offerings. I always enjoy the looks into the woman behind the books. Again, author with a book available here, but I am showing my appreciation any way. Of course you must follow her here on Twitter.



Amber of Amber’s Deep Thoughts

Amber is a poet. She always has lovely things to write about and even works with friends to set her work to music or maybe the other way around. I love the photos she uses because they are always very well chosen and very light feeling. Twitter? She probably keeps that secret. Bummer.


Name? I’ll just call her Radiating of Radiating Blossom

Radiating does just that, she radiates beauty with her photography and words and always seems to have something show up just at the right time for me to maybe pull myself up before I slip all the way into that Lost Mind of mine.


Douglas of MOOREZART

Talented doesn’t begin to describe this man. His art is amazing. This particular piece hit me like an anvil and creative scenes for stories began popping into my mind. Follow him here on Twitter.


Cristian of Cristian Mihai

The only thing to say about Cristian is that he creates and keeps creating. I’m jealous of one his age so far ahead of me. Yes, he has books. And yes you need to follow him here on Twitter.


Meike ‘Hubi’ of Hubilicious

She’s German, educated at a French University and lives in California. Do I have to really say more? Yes, follow her here on Twitter.

Megan of Megan Elizabeth Morales

Megan is inspiring for her work, her life, her heart, and just for being a beautiful person in every way. I’ll leave it there and you find out the rest. She has two books on the way with one out this Fall I believe or August? Please ‘like’ her facebook author page to show support. You know we all need that presence for agents and publishers. I liked it as me and with my own author page.


Oscar at Hokeah Oscar

A man that lives what he writes, writes what he lives, and does it all with his heart for his people.  And of course he’s published.


Much Appreciation for the Award

Much Respect for my Nominees



Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Luccia Gray…I cannot believe such a classy and amazingly talented lady would think I was inspiring, but she somehow ended up putting my name on her list. Wow.  Definitely go to her site and look around…and learn. Thank you very much Luccia, Ma’am.

Very Inspring Blogger Award

And here are the things to know:

1. Thank and link the amazing person(s) who nominated you.

2. List the rules and display the award.
3. Share seven facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.


Seven Facts About Myself:

1)      I’m a Gemini. I had to include that because Luccia’s first fact was that she also was a Gemini. If you have ever read any of my offerings you can tell that I am definitely two minds about my writing. I’m polite, courteous and encouraging to others and then destructive to myself and my own writing at the same time.

2)      I am a former History teacher who was mainly a World History specialist or so I was told. I took courses in Nazi and Facism as well as two courses on African History and a French Revolution class. Yes I know that Marie Antoinette’s brothers got Louis drunk and had him circumcised. And oddly I took a Bosnian and Serbian class?

3)      I have a method of writing that I don’t employ often myself and I really should. I have tried it. I write a scene in detail as far as feel and everything about something I know and then change aspects of it to turn it into fantasy or science fiction or paranormal. I just change the names of things, and a few details, but leave language and how people speak and act toward each other. I’m writing an article on it now.

4)      I am fascinated by other cultures. Especially very old cultures. Obviously this is the Historian in me.

5)      I love beautiful colors. One of the things I enjoy is watching the birds outside my window at the bird feeders. There all kinds and colors. When that darkness starts creeping into my writing those birds can take it away at times.

6)      I am a recent cat lover, or I should say certain cats lover. I love Kitty and Spunky especially. If you snoop around my site you will see them there. Spunky has two siblings but they will be going to other homes eventually so I am trying not to get attached. Although Fluffy, the dark one, is difficult not to want to hold.

7)      I had a fall in my home within the past year. I ended up with amnesia, long and short term. I don’t remember 99% of my past but through things I have typed over the past 20 years on my computer I have a lot of notes to read through. I am light and sound sensitive and cannot watch TV, listen to music, or read books. I just write all the time.


Here are my nominees for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

I would like to say this. I know there are plenty of other people that should receive this as well and I would put them here, cheating like Luccia did, but if you read number 7 above you know there is a problem sometimes.

MareEastern Great photographs of more than just scenery. I often write a poem inspired by the photograph of the day. She also writes about her love of Scotland and her cats.

Long And Luxe A very positive and always encouraging person. Always has something upbeat to say. She’s groovy. J

Be Led By Reason New to our WordPress community but with a lot of deep feelings to share and some great photography and history of Hawaii as well.

Sober Is The New Black Another new member of the community. This young man is doing something unique here in the WordPress family. He is chronicling his life and a battle. You need to go check it out to see what I’m talking about. Give him a LOT of support. Seriously.

Suzie81Speaks A lot of you know Suzie. She blogs like a mad hatter and has a very professional style. She’s someone you want to check out to see how things are done for the type of blog she does. You’ll enjoy it. Speaks about life and makes it relevant.

Inside The Life Of Moi If you haven’t already visited then the first thing you are going to do is smile. Her header photo is excellent and unique and it is a perfect reflection of her blog style. A slice of life blog in a relevant way. A very, very fun and enjoyable time to be had.

Freebird A very honest blog about very topics but some you get a peek into the life of India. I love the phrasing of the articles which adds authenticity to it all and the culture discovered is something you don’t get just anywhere.

Serins Sphere Very honest reader of your blogs. Writes about life and a lot more. Namibia. I would be shot if I didn’t mention that.

Forgotten Meadows One of the most prolific poets around. An encourager and also one that pulls other poets in to unite a community.

Chapter TK/ A very honest blog. A slice of life blog that expresses opinions but also wants the other side of the story. Wants feed back and wants to really know.

The Fickle Heartbeat Irasia at the site is great to read. Enjoyable and the layouts and photo choices make it an easy for me to look at. This is about relationships. So why do I follow? Writers need to know a lot of things. If you’ve read some of my things every now and then I mention following for inspiration. Sometimes you just need to hear what you know in a different way or hear something new entirely you can play off of.

The Showcase A slice of life from India. Yes, I love the blogs from India. I’ve found there are a more similarities than differences. The style is different than that of thafreebird site.

Lesie’s World The first thing I noticed about this site was the strength of the photo of the owner. I just knew that whatever came out of this person would be something I wanted to read and I was right. Learn a bit of Jamaica from the real thing, but also about everyday things. I just hope you’re ready to read the accent. It’s a blast.

Nubian Waters Enthusiasm. That’s what I get from this site. We all want to blog but this one just puts it out there in real language and heart. Whenever you get that moment of why am I here you can go to this site and remember.

A Blog To Regret Poetry in motion. Variety in style. I look at the picture of the owner and the style of the content matches perfectly. I enjoy it here because it lets me know that my changes in style are okay. I’m nowhere near this level but I know it’s alright to experiment at times.


It would be nice to follow through with the rules above. It allows for connections and recognition for some blogs we might not ordinarily see. That’s up to you individually.

Much Respect


Liebster Award


For some unknown and humbling reason Maria at, a wonderful site by a wonderful lady showing her many talents has nominated me for a Liebster Award. Visit her and Follow her everywhere as I do. I would like to thank her sincerely because of what this award is given for. So, Maria, Thank You Sincerely.


Now I am to provide 11 random facts about myself, my apologies in advance:

1)      I was born to fruit pickers in the orange groves of Florida

2)      I hiccup whenever I cough

3)      I learned how to stop my bike when I was little by running into trees

4)      I’m allergic to the sun (see the irony of number 1)

5)      I love the beach (see the irony of the above and number)

6)      I love old movies, but can no longer watch them due to an injury

7)      I used to sing lead in a praise band for the youth group at my church while I was their Youth Director

8)      I can’t sing

9)      I believe tortillas are the universal edible plate

10)    I write poetry but don’t know how to

11)    I am an introverted and very but love encouraging and complimenting people who deserve it


Now for the questions I must answer from Maria:

1-      When did you start blogging?

I believe by looking at my first post it was April 17 of this year.

2-      Why are you blogging?

Blogging is a therapy for me in many ways as well as a way to share my thoughts and creations. I also enjoy meeting people from around the world and discovering how more alike than different we are.

3-      What was your favorite subject in school?

History thus becoming a History teacher.

4-      Do you think cloning is ethical?

Cloning a sheep is one thing but if attempting to clone a human it is entirely different.

5-      Do you trust your government?

To a certain extent but as with any government there are secrets that we are not aware of and in that I tend not to trust, especially in this current time.

6-      If you could travel in only one continent, which would you choose?

This is a difficult one for a History person to answer. I think I would pick Asia. It is so diverse, ancient, and has great people.

7-      Do you judge people by what they wear?

No. I don’t judge them by what they don’t wear.

8-What is the one thing you want to change about yourself?

To remember.

9-What is your favorite dessert?

My grandmother makes a pineapple coconut cake that I love. Tastes great and it’s made by her.

10- If you could have one super power what would you want it to be?

The power to change hearts from darkness to light.

11- Who is your favorite writer?

This is unfair! It all depends on the genre, but if I were to truly be honest…I would say God.


Determining who to nominate is difficult. There have been so many nice people in the community that have encouraged me. I wish I could nominate them all. I should keep a list of gratitude.

But the following are the ones I have chosen this time. Each has been supportive in some way, if not in actual personal words then in their posts and kindnesses through them. Also there is inspiration and learning found from each one.





If you would like to know more about the Liebster Award please visit the URL below


The 11 questions for my nominations are as follows:

1-What has surprised you the most about blogging?


2-What inspires you to create each day?


3-If you were writing or imagining the ideal man what qualities would he have?


4-If you were writing or imaging the ideal woman what qualities would she have?


5-What movie brings your imagination to life?


6-What food or dish would you like to try?


7-What is your most embarrassing talent?


8-What is your favorite word?


9-What is love?


10-What is freedom?


11-What city on another continent would you like to visit?



Sunshine Award


Sunshine and HeartReceiving the Sunshine Award as someone “who positively and creatively inspires others in the blogsphere” was a surprise and honor. I am so amazed that Lisa at Underground Energy chose me as one of her nominees when she has been the positive and inspiring one.

Now it’s time to share 10 pieces of random information about myself.


I can’t listen to music

Or even watch TV

Due to an accident

That happened to me



They say eight hours a night

To snooze where we lay

But all I can manage

Is about three hours a day



Who says you need to know

The ingredients for a recipe

Cooking is an art

Let it flow with no list beside me



Chocolate and peppermint

Wonka and other candy

But the sweetness I like best

Is that of a red ripe strawberry



People are People

So why should it be

You and I should get along

So awfully

(Okay, this one’s not mine, but do you know who it belongs to?)



Some readers liked old Job

Some, David who killed the guy that was tall

But of all those in the Bible

Paul was my favorite of all



In a truck or convertible

Some friends like to hang

But for me best of all

Is the classic Mustang



I love sushi

But tacos are my favorite dish

Because some don’t like

The idea of eating seaweed wrapped fish



You can take the Stones

You can take Zepplin

But when I saw McCartney

Now that was heaven



Put me on a rocket

Or roll me down a hill

But I freak out

On a Ferris Wheel


Now here are my 10 (Okay more than 10 because I cannot pick just 10) nominees for receiving the Sunshine Award. Each has inspired me creatively and positively on several occasions. I know some already have this award but the point is I want them to know they are continuing to be that inspiring influence in a person’s life. Well, that person being me primarily…and I assume others…because well they have more Followers than I do. (Am I bitter about that? Nooooo…no I’m not.) 😛 I don’t expect previous recipients to redo all of the requirements, I’m realistic.

Click each one to find out about their site. It’s likely you are already being inspired by them, just under their site titles.

Charlene Oldham

Jenna Willett

Kristin Bergene

A Blog To Regret


Radiating Blossom~Flowers & Words

RV or better known as Arvhee

Active Army Wife

Naomi Boshari


Shawn Bird



Allison Marie

Mara Eastern

Maria Saif

Akriti Mattu



Each will in turn receive a comment from me on their site about the award notifying them of receiving it and to see this post for a basic idea of what to do next.

Here’s how the nomination works:

* Use the logo above in the post or I have seen personalized versions, which this is one

* Link to whoever nominated you.

* Write ten pieces of information about yourself.

* Nominate ten fellow bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogsphere.”

* Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them of the award.