Starlight Blogger Award

Thank you, J. (Salvageable), for your nomination. It means a lot that you would think of me for this award and I’m so sorry that I’ve kept you waiting this long.

This Award is created to highlight and promote Inspiring Bloggers.
This Award is created to highlight and promote Inspiring Bloggers.

This award is created to “celebrate the creative bloggers who have truly inspired others through their beautiful and original content, imagery, art, abilities, and wonderful personalities.” Thank you for thinking of me and my blog for this award.

The rules are as follows: The recipient (if he, she, or they choose to accept) should thank the nominator, answer three questions from the nominator, and then nominate six more blogs for the award.

Questions:

  1. What is your favorite part of the holiday season? It’s hard for me to choose one favorite part of the holiday season, I love so much about it. The atmosphere, the positive attitudes, watching the world come together for a united purpose and celebration… Though I suppose my favorite part may be the quiet reflection that’s encouraged at the end of the year. With everything aglow around us, we can sit in the silence and focus on what truly matters, who we really are, and our purpose for living. That’s my favorite part, that our eyes are turned from the world and to our Savior and the thoughts of our own souls.
  2. Of all the posts you have written, which one do you consider the best? This is a difficult question for me. I don’t know that it’s the best, but for now I’ll go with One Sided Me. It came at a time when I was just coming to some important realizations about myself and I was met with love, support and understanding.
  3. What is one book you hope to read (or reread) in the next month or two, and why? Dune. Because I’ve been wanting to read it for years now and I keep reading part of it, then putting it down and starting over. This time I want to actually finish it.

If any would like to accept this award the questions I’m asking are:

  1. In what area would you like to see the most personal growth in the coming year?
  2. What’s your favorite piece of art and why?
  3. What do you think is the most compelling aspect of a story? (The world, characters, plot, etc.)

My nominees:

Ally

Kattie Kate

Lauren Zazzara

Marissa

Seven years

VTNessa

 

Blogger Recognition Award

bloggerrecognitionawardIt has taken me entirely too long to post this. Back in August Ally nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. I want to give a huge thank you to Ally (not only for the nomination, but also for your patience). She is a great blogger and all around wonderful person. Be sure to check out her blog!

The Rules:

Post an image of the award
Thank your nominator
Nominate 15 blogs (I’m going with 9)
Comment on the blogs so they know of their nomination
Write a brief description about your blog
Write 1-2 pieces of advice for a new blogger
Provide a link to the original BRA post

A brief description of my blog:

An INFJ travels through life in the context of her mind collecting beautiful tidbits and rambling about it along the way.

Advice for new bloggers:

  1. Read Ally’s advice. No. Really! Okay, first tip. Use your own personality. Don’t try to mimic, imitate, or sound like someone else. Be you! The art of being genuine is very important for building connections.
  2. Get involved in the community. Ally already said it, but I believe it’s very important. There are so many awesome bloggers out there, and what makes this community so special is difficult to capture in mere explanation, you have to feel it and experience the connection.

My Nominations in no particular order. 🙂

Kattie Kate

Marissa

VTNessa

7 years

Insanity bytes

Salvageable

Hannah

Authentically Aurora

Lauren Zazzara

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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First, I would like to offer a huge thank you to Mrs. Spike. She is an incredible woman, and I’m honored to be chosen for this award by her. If I could nominate her back, I would. But since I do not believe that’s in the rules, I will settle for saying thank you.

Second, another huge thank you to Abby for a second nomination! She’s new to this blogging world, so if you would visit her blog and show her some love, she is certainly deserving! 🙂

I feel so self indulgent doing these sorts of posts, but I am truly grateful for the support of some truly extraordinary people.

Seven Facts About Me:

1. Up until a few months ago, I used to have lucid dreams fairly often.

2. When I was little I was scared to be in the bathtub while it was draining because I thought that alligators would come up through the drain and eat me.

3. I’m fairly short, at just a little over 5 feet.

4. I absolutely love brushing my teeth and my hair; both are so relaxing.

5. I could live on avocados and papaya (separately, I’ve never tried them together).

6. I used to love making videos, but haven’t done any filming in years.

7. I keep an inspiration/idea journal that I try to keep as close to me as I can at all times.

My Nominees for Very Inspiring Blogger (In No Particular Order):

Ally ~ Welcome To My Little Piece Of Quiet

Kattie Kate

CHRISTian Poetry ~ By Deborah Ann

Marissa

The Midnight Station

Annette Rochelle Aben

See, There’s This Thing Called Biology

The Whispering Pen

Georgette Ann ~ A Walk On The Bright Side

 The Artistic Christian

The Rules

  • Post the award on your blog
  • Thank your nominator because they’re awesome
  • List 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 other blogs for their awesomeness (yes, I only did 10…)
  • Post the rules so people know them

I’m also happy to say that this is my 200th post! Thank you everyone so much for reading along and supporting me in this journey through my thoughts and life. Love and blessings to you all!

All The Awards

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I would like to start by extending a huge thank you to Rose for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog award!

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And also another huge thank you to Marvelline for nominating me for the Liebster Award!

I greatly appreciate the thoughtfulness of both of you considering my blog worthy of the awards. I also wanted to apologize to both of you that it has taken me so long to respond.

Now, this is the second time I’ve been nominated for these awards. There are some wonderful bloggers I would consider to be well deserving of both of these awards, but I know how much pressure they can be. So I will leave it to you as to whether you wish to accept the awards and therefore nominate YOU! Yes, all of you! You are all wonderful! Take one, or take both if you wish. I will leave that choice to you!

The One Lovely Blog Award consists of 7 facts about yourself and nominating 15 other bloggers. The Liebster Award includes 11 facts about yourself, answering the 11 questions from your nominator, asking your nominees 11 questions of your own, and nominating 11 bloggers with under 200 followers.

Now, on to the facts and questions!

1. I’m not very good at coming up with facts about myself.

2. 18 facts about me seems like an awful lot.

3. I’ve thought about going to school for psychology, but I’m not sure yet if that’s the direction I want to go.

4. There’s nothing like unwinding at the end of the day with a nice cup of tea. Or beginning the day with a cup of tea and a little quiet time. I guess I like tea to be the bookends of my day.

5. I’m married to an INTP.

6. I’m so obsessively organizedly disorganized it isn’t even funny. Often I’ll skip out on cleaning because once I start, I won’t stop and can’t get anything else done.

7. People from all walks of life tend to open up to me, seemingly out of nowhere.

8. Ricotta cheese sounds pretty amazing at the moment.

9. So do cream puffs. They are my weakness.

10. I have crazy food cravings all the time. Friends have joked with me that when I’m pregnant I’ll have absolutely no cravings at all, since it’s the exact opposite of how I am now.

11. On the topic of children, I’m not sure that I want any, at least not biological. Yet I so badly do. I guess we’ll see what the future holds.

12.  I love rain, but not the dreary weather.

13. I’ve never traveled outside the US.

14. I care very deeply about others, even those I don’t know.

15. However, I have no problem slamming the door when someone is treating me, or those I love, in a negative or destructive way.

16. The above is separate from boundaries, those are an entirely different matter.

17. I love to recycle. Not for any environmental purposes or anything like that, but because it’s just so much fun finding the little recycling label and sorting them!

18. Sometimes I wish I lived in a world without all the distractions of modern society.

 

For those of you who accept the Liebster award, I will re-ask the questions provided by Marvelline, because I just thought they were so very interesting!

  1. What topics make you want to talk for hours? Oh so many things! Deeper, heavier topics. I love talking about psychology, theology (when done in a constructive manner), philosophy, ponderings of the world and all its complexities, the inner worlds, MBTI, other worlds… But it all depends. I tend to like my space in my own mind. I talk to myself for hours! So good luck competing with that. When I’m with myself I can have engaging thoughts, (almost like) conversations, and yet I don’t even have to say a word.
  2. What are you looking forward to today? My husband coming home. I haven’t seen him in a few days, so I’m pretty excited about that! (Though I have to say, the introvert time alone has been fantastic.)
  3. If you could just live the way you absolutely loved to, what would your life look like? I wish I knew. I’m trying to figure that out right now. I’m coming out of a kind of dark place right now, so I’m still not entirely sure who I would be without the weight of that fear.
  4. What are your hobbies other than blogging? Well, I love writing in general. Photography, cooking, walking, just sitting and thinking. Showering. Yes, warm showers are definitely on that list.
  5. What is an unsolved question that you have? What does it mean to love your enemies when they’re emotionally abusive? What does loving your enemy look like when they are emotionally abusive and demand your love and devotion? Where is the line drawn? (Though I think I’ve found a partial answer to this question.)
  6. What person do you admire deeply? Why? Brooke Shaden. She is so amazingly positive, inspiring, and encouraging. And she creates other worlds in such a pure and simple way, adding depth and complexity that many others would so easily overlook.
  7. What ticks drive you crazy with other people? Winking. I just can’t stand it.
  8. If you had to move to a different town right at this moment, which one would it be and why? I’ll have to get back to you on that.
  9. Standard questions: Favorite book, favorite movie, favorite song / music? Ouch. This one’s really tough for me. I don’t know that I have favorites. My preferences are so heavily influenced by my moods, primarily because the above influence me so strongly. So it depends on whether I want something that resonates with my current state of mind, or if I want to alter it. And that varies greatly. For books and movies I typically prefer fiction, something with an interesting world and/or characters, something that really makes me think or escape into a different reality. Musically speaking, I like such a wide range that it really depends on what I’m using it for. Music isn’t a background thing for me. Even when I was a kid, I’d get so caught up in the song/music that I’d lose track of everything else. However, I’ve been able to harness those feelings and use them to my advantage, so it depends on what I’m wanting to do.
  10. Do you collect anything? I collect keys. Not the typical kinds that we use today, but the more vintage ones. Real or not, I think they’re beautiful and there’s so much meaning behind them. I’d like to say that I also collect teacups, but I only have a few thus far. Same with a few other things. I also collect words from others that really resonate with me. I treasure those things in my heart, and so often they’ve served as a voice of truth, warning, or realization.
  11. What’s your favorite drink? Honestly… Water. I really don’t drink much of anything else. Well, tea of course, but without water we wouldn’t have tea. So there.

Alright everyone, now it’s your turn! Thanks again to Marvelline and Rose! Be sure to check out their blogs! Have a wonderful day!

The One Lovely Blog Award

one-lovely-blog-awardFirst off, a huge thank you to Ally for the nomination for the One Lovely Blog Award.

The One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for those newer and up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and also to help the new blogger to reach more viewers. It also recognizes blogs that are considered to be “LOVELY” by the fellow bloggers who choose them. This award recognizes bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to CONNECT with viewers and followers. In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines:

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 15 or more bloggers you admire and inform the nominees by commenting on their blog.

Here are seven facts about me:

  1. Comfortable silence is essential for me to feel close to someone.
  2. My greatest desire is to help others know they’re not alone.
  3. Sometimes I’m more introverted than I’d like to admit.
  4. My thoughts work in images that are difficult for me to explain, although they make perfect sense in my mind.
  5. I love the band RED, though it took some convincing from my brother.
  6. I can be very opinionated, yet open-minded about a lot of things.
  7. I hate making small decisions, but I feel more secure making the big ones.

My nominees for the One Lovely Blog Award are below (in no particular order):