One Lovely Blog Award

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Thank you, Michelle, for the nomination I did say I would get to it… so here I am albeit 4 months later :-).

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Here are 7 facts about me, not already known from elsewhere on here.

  1.  I am a romantic. There, I said it.  Much as I’d like to deny it, a review of my poems suggest otherwise.
  2.  I am a realist. Often accused (shock horror!) of being unimaginative, I do like to base my reality on reality. Doesn’t mean I can’t change it.
  3.  I am a dreamer. These dreams when pursued through real actions, become goals and achievements. That’s my theory anyway. 🙂
  4.  I am a pragmatist. There are certain things that we can’t change. We do have the choice to change our perspectives. We can choose to step out of ‘the game’.
  5.  I am conservative. Yes, I am working on this… to shift a bit more towards the other end of the spectrum.
  6.  I am contrary. Enough said.
  7. I don’t like labels and loath being pigeon-holed. Something within me goes a little mental and I go sassy. Warning!

I have ‘labelled’ myself I know but only for ease of reference.  We all seem to have an idea what these labels mean, do we not?

These 5 blogs are interesting and diverse, and well-deserving of this Award.

Poetry and creative ‘things’   Geetha Balvannanathan’s Blog

Some wit and humor   But I Smile Anyway…

An ISFP blogging about love and all things    Doodles and Scribbles

Something beautiful (I would classify as for audience 18+)  Siren Whispers

Writings from another culture   Hot Cup of Kaapi

Do visit and explore these sites!

 

– FlorenceT

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Real people in blogosphere?!

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This post is about connection and community, the one I have found here on blogosphere. It is a social experiment in hindsight, and these are my observations and purely subjective :-). But before I go there, some qualifications. I did not have any preconception of what or how a friend ought to be. I have no need for a friend to behave in a particular manner. How should friends behave to be classified as friends? Not wasting my time on this never-ending search for answer.  So when I got to blogosphere, I am perhaps a little more open to different conceptions of friends.

However it is, the friends I have in blogosphere are significant; these are the people with whom I share a common interest or two – blogging, books, writing, the search for self and self-expression… I get to see an aspect to them which they choose to share, as I with myself, and that is enough. The self is constructed at the contact point, the boundary of you and I. We are each different, somewhat, depending who we are in contact with at any moment of time. So what is the true self, I am not particularly fussed… so long as the parts we show are genuine parts 😉 Most importantly, these are people who by their very presence are living proof that I am ‘normal’. Okay, I am not that keen on being normal, however the sense of belonging and acceptance is comforting, don’t you think?

The connection I have with friends on blogosphere are measured by the familiarity of what and how we do things. It is also measured by the support – through their words which I value, and their actions.

Creating this blog was purely pragmatic – to get into a habit of writing, to hone my skills – to express myself without the formality of professional or legal or academic writing. I was tired of self-editing in my head and not producing much. Blogging was my solution. I also wanted to write about something that is meaningful to me, hence Meanings and Musings was born. For a short while I had another blog called Rambling On, which was created for me to experiment with different forms of writing, as I didn’t want to ‘taint’ Meanings and Musings. Ha, that was a beginner’s ‘idea’ which was discarded not too long after, along with the Owl profile picture. I must admit, kinda miss that owl :-). Little did I know I would find a community of like-minded people.

So a few lessons I have learned in my short time in blogosphere:

  • There are real genuine people in blogosphere.
  • At the same time, we must hone our lie-detection skills and bullshit radar. Caution is not a bad word.
  • There is always something to learn from somebody, whether they are friends or not; irrespective of whether you agree with their modus operandi or their personality or their views and opinions.
  • Every post is someone’s perspective. There is no universal truth or the correct way. Or is there? 😉
  • Kindness, humility and grace get you a long way in blogosphere (and in life). So does professionalism.
  • It takes all kinds in blogosphere (in everyday living too) – and the old adage of ‘birds of a feather’ has a ring of truth in it .

Though it may take time, explore blogosphere and find your nest, your herd, your crowd, your people… there, is your connection and belonging. And your community with a voice.

I wrote this post in response to an award for which I was nominated by Sue Vincent – the Blogger Recognition award. Thank you! Here is a link to the originator of the award – Eve Estelle.

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I am required to nominate 15 blogs. I am struggling with these as some of you may know, I have been somewhat busy so I’ll *cheat*. These 5 bloggers are inspiring indeed. Check out their blogs!

Greg from Potholes in the Road of Life
Michelle from Chasing Life and Finding Dreams
Josh from My Friday Blog
Melissa, the Aran Artisan
Rowena from Beyond the Flow

– FlorenceT

 

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Sisterhood of the World

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A humble ‘thank you’ to Colleen of Silver Threading for her generosity in nominating me for this award.  I figure Colleen has worked out my affinity to the Sisterhood beyond being born female. 🙂

As kindly requested by Colleen (while she gently breaks all the rules 🙂 ), here is a brief summary of myself.  This is tough..what else to disclose that I haven’t already done so here in Meanings and Musings (as well as Rambling On)?

Well, I was an advocate for women in domestic violence/abuse situations.  While no longer actively working in that space, I remain passionate about assisting and empowering women.

I presently have 15 books stacked by my bedside – all in varying stages of ‘read’.  This is not unusual, thus making me a ‘mad woman’ as I’d like to refer to myself at times.  Recently I owned the word ‘nerd’ for myself, perhaps ‘eccentric’ would be the next one?

Here are the bloggers which I am nominating for this award:

The Obscured Dreamer

Kim of Poetry on a Roll

BWSBL of Battered Wife Seeking Better Life and Your Path to Peace

Kate of Dazzling Whimsy

Krystina of Going for Om

So nominated bloggers, these are not ‘rules’ though it would be a great pleasure to know you better.  So do provide us with ‘interesting facts about me’, that is not already on your blog.  Then, pass this award onwards to bloggers whom you wish to welcome into the sisterhood!

– FlorenceT

 

Time for ‘thank you’

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I am finally here to accept  writenlive of Read Write Live’s Liebster Award.  Once again, thank you.  For a novice blogger, it is always gratifying :-).

Now to get on with it…

 

Here are my answers to writenlive’s questions:

1. What do you look like?
My gravatar says it all.

2. Which is your favourite inspirational quote?
We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.” Jean Paul Sartre

3. What would you love to eat on a vacation?
Anything and everything of the local cuisine.

4. Which is your preferred holiday destination-beach or hills?
Sun, sand and sea… Maldives is a fantasy 🙂

5. What makes you happy?
The world which exists in my mind.

6. What figures first on your to-do list?
My to-do list.

7. Name your favourite book.
Wow, this is a difficult one…This book stands out as one that inspires – ‘The Invitation’ by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

8. If you were asked to donate to a charity, which one would it be?
I donate to a few – the one close to my heart is Médecins Sans Frontières

9. Which do you prefer for company-children or pets?
None, and if I have to choose then pets, specifically cats.

10. Do you like poetry?
I didn’t before, but recently discovered a fondness  for it, both reading and writing.

11. Which is the biggest obstacle you have faced in your life?
Gender stereotypes.

 

Well, I have a few people to nominate for this award.  However, I am loathed to lay down the ‘rules’ to them.   I reckon I’ve broken a few of the ‘rules’ myself, so no judgment here.   Now I will merely list the ‘usual’ modus operandi:

1.  Link and thank the person who nominated you

2. Answer the questions asked of you

3. Pick a few bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate

4. Ask them a few questions

5. Let them know by commenting on one of their posts

 

Here are my nominees:

Write beside the Sea

Mad Meandering Me

Profane Light

MyTwoSentences

The Dark Night Chronicles

 

So here are my five questions for the beautiful nominees above:

1. Which beverage is your perfect pairing to a book?

2. Which is your favourite inspirational quote?

3. If you are not you, who would you want to be?

4. What is your favourite song? How did it become your favourite?

5. Three words which best describe you.

 

– FlorenceT

Liebster Award

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Liebster AwardThank you, Andy of The World of Andy Lawson for this nomination.

Here are the rules (as usual *sigh*):

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award
  • Display the banner/sticker/logo on your blog
  • Answer the questions the award giver asked
  • List 11 facts about yourself
  • List your nominees

Here goes nothing:

    1. If you could travel anywhere, for free, where would you go? And why?  I would travel to every nook of this planet – to explore its magnificent beauty – nature and landscape, its architecture, its people, etc.
    2. If the bank made a mistake, and put sixty thousand dollars in your account, what would you do?  I would return it asap, yes boring I know.
    3. What are your thoughts on legalizing marijuana? That kinda depends on the context of why it is being legalized. That’s my way of saying ‘I am conflicted’.
    4. What is your favorite childhood memory? Weekend ritual of family ‘excursion’ to the beach.
    5. What did you want to be when you grew up, and what do you do instead? Wanted to be a lawyer, am a lawyer.
    6. What happened on the best workday you’ve ever had? I was ‘in the zone’, in ‘flow’, and accomplished many things.
    7. What was your favorite thing that your mother used to cook for you? Rice porridge – still one of my best comfort foods.
    8. Do you believe in soul mates or love at first sight? I believe in soul mates and attraction/lust (not love) at first sight.
    9. If you could go back in time, and change one thing, what would it be? I would dedicate more time to find and create myself.
    10. Are you married? And if so, describe your proposal.  Yes, and I proposed, enough said.

11 facts about myself – what else is there to say… 🙂

  1. For a short period in my life, my hair was streaked purple.
  2. I did not have long hair (meaning anything below the shoulders) until i was 20.
  3. I was a tomboy all through my childhood, and then a feminist ever since.
  4. I caused quite a sensation when I took the solo dance at a local concert.  I was a minor celebrity (using contemporary term) for at least the next 10 years.  I was 6 when I did the dance :-).
  5. I cannot go past a bookstore without dropping in and browsing.  Try getting me out of one!
  6. I have always had the knack of creating a private space anywhere for my reading pleasure.
  7. I don’t need much sleep – I’m so lucky ‘cos then I can read for as long as I like. Well now, it’s read and blog.
  8. I am a coffee ‘addict’ in the morning and a green tea enthusiast in the evening.
  9. My first ‘serious’ adult fiction was ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ by Agatha Christie. I was 8.
  10. I did not become interested in reading Fantasy books until I got my hands on ‘The Magician’ by Raymond Feist.  I have read this book 4 times – it is that fabulous!
  11. My grandmother passed away  25 years ago, and I still miss her. She who showed me gentle strength, who taught me to be true to my convictions, who demonstrated unconditional love and grace.

My nominations:
This is where I am going to break the rules.  I will update this post as soon as I have ‘undertaken the research’.

Phew, that’s done for now…

 

Very Inspiring Blogger award (2)

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Thank you, Ronovan of ronovanwrites for the nomination. Following the rules:-

Here are the rules for accepting 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.

Seven facts about myself (which I have yet to reveal, and will now!):

1.  I enjoy working with young people, they inspire me by their resilience, tenacity and courage, to be better at what I do.

2.  I believe there is a book (or two, or three…?) in me, so blogging is my foray into finding my voice.

3.  I play the piano – I’d like to believe, reasonably well.  It is stress-relief.

4.  I am a visual person and like to see things in their place – whether it is in a certain order, or construct, or composition.

5.  I have a (great) tendency to take on too much in my life… thank goodness, I am not a perfectionist while I’m at it!  Can’t say life ain’t interesting 🙂

6.  I still haven’t figure out what I want to be when I ‘grow up’ – a writer perhaps?

7.  I am a ‘foodie’ – loves trying out new and  different foods.

My nominations:

This is the part that I struggle with, because of the limited time I have.  There are so many fantastic blogs in blogosphere, and it’s so difficult to pick! Oh, did I just say I am not a perfectionist? 🙂

So, let me begin with these:

The courage and vision of Embracing a Wounded Soul  http://beledbyreason.wordpress.com/about-me/

The wounded, dark and talented Eye Will Not Cry  http://eyewillnotcry.wordpress.com/about-2/

The searching and reflection of Irasia at The Fickle Heartbeat http://thefickleheartbeat.com/about/

The courage and tenacity of darkyblue at 50 Shades of Me  http://darkyblue.wordpress.com/a-little-about-me/

The constant seeking disregardeddreams http://disregardeddreams.wordpress.com/

A geomancer who blogs and not just about feng shui http://lawsonandy.wordpress.com/about/

The prolific KB at The Mirror Obscura http://themirrorobscura.wordpress.com/k-a-brace/

The confident steps of Single Strides http://singlestrides.com/about-me/

That’s it for now…

Very Inspiring Blogger award

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This is indeed meaningful to me… a 2-month old newbie in the world of blogging.

Thank you Meredith Inspiring Blogger Award for the nomination. I finally got round to ‘accepting’ this award so here goes.

11 facts about myself:

1. I have an insatiable need to speak my mind, so blogging is my way of not making a nuisance of myself.

2. I am unconventional (I’d like to think so but most probably not? ).

3. I don’t like to see suffering.

4. I can’t live without music.

5. I can’t live without books.

6. I dream of a cottage by the sea where I will spend my days writing and watching/listening to the waves.

7. I believe, ‘Life happens!’

8. I also believe each of us has choice in how we respond.

9. “Solitude and quiet” is my refuge.

10. I love to sing.

11. I am a sucker for a good quote 🙂

To answer your questions:

1. What 3 items would you want if you were marooned on a desert island?

  • magic music player the keeps on playing
  • magic book that ‘refills’
  • magic espresso machine that makes coffee on demand

2. What or who, or both inspires you?
My children inspires me by being who they are.

3. What book/s are you reading?
There are piles – depending on my mood. Most recent – ‘Soulmates’ by Thomas Moore; and ‘Kurt Vonnegut Letters’.

4. What dream place would you choose to live?
Anywhere where I am free to be Me – that’s my home.

5. What word do you hate?
Hate

6. When did you start blogging, and of course why?
Started about a month ago – to put down the thoughts coursing through my mind, the emotions through my veins – and should they bring inspiration or comfort to another, then I am doubly pleased.

7. What is your go to food; eat to live, live to eat?
I do enjoy food so a ‘live to eat’ person, and my go-to food is comfort foods which remind me of home.

8. What’s on your bucket list (on paper or in your mind) that you’ve already accomplished?
Don’t have a bucket list per se. I desire and am open to new experiences – each one adds meaning to my life – till the end of my days.

9. If you could choose anyone to be your mentor, dead or alive, who would it be?
Wow, tricky one – Maya Angelou, Hilary Clinton, Deborah Harkness and Emma Thompson, all rolled into one?

10. Tell us your most embarrassing moment.
Can’t think of one – probably because I have been too cautious to be in embarrassing moments :).

11. Tell us your proudest moment.
The moment I realized that I am an intelligent – mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and highly capable woman, and stopped apologizing.

My nominations
I nominate the following for being inspirational:

http://otrazhenie.wordpress.com/
http://magicalportal.wordpress.com/
http://insidethelifeofmoi.wordpress.com/
http://bobandemily.wordpress.com/
http://makeyourmarkonlife.com/
http://justbehindthedoor.com/
http://krjefferson.wordpress.com/
http://djstevepinex.wordpress.com/
http://livinglearningandlettinggo.wordpress.com/
Home
http://fillefrancofun.wordpress.com/


To accept this award, the nominee must
:
– must give a link back to the person who nominated them.
– answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you
– provide 10 facts about yourself
– choose 10 more people and ask them 10 questions.

Here are the 11 questions from me to you:
1. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
2. What is your favourite leisure activity?
3. Which artist (visual art, performing arts, music etc.) inspired you most?
4. Which job would you never do?
5. What musical instrument do you play?
6. What was the last book you read and when?
7. How many hours do you need to sleep each night to function optimally?
8. What is your most detested vegetable?
9. If you could live your life over again, what would you change?
10. Have you ever ‘loved and lost’?
11. What is the one quote that has resonated and stayed with you?

Namaste!

Very Inspiring Blogger award

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Thank you Meredith Inspiring Blogger Award for the nomination. I finally got round to ‘accepting’ this award so here goes.

11 Things about myself – see ‘About Me’ page.

To answer your questions:

1. What 3 items would you want if you were marooned on a desert island?

  • magic music player the keeps on playing
  • magic book that ‘refills’
  • magic espresso machine that makes coffee on demand

2. What or who, or both inspires you?
My children inspires me by being who they are.

3. What book/s are you reading?
There are piles – depending on my mood. Most recent – ‘Soulmates’ by Thomas Moore; and ‘Kurt Vonnegut Letters’.

4. What dream place would you choose to live?
Anywhere where I am free to be Me – that’s my home.

5. What word do you hate?
Hate

6. When did you start blogging, and of course why?
Started about a month ago – to put down the thoughts coursing through my mind, the emotions through my veins – and should they bring inspiration or comfort to another, then I am doubly pleased.

7. What is your go to food; eat to live, live to eat?
I do enjoy food so a ‘live to eat’ person, and my go-to food is comfort foods which remind me of home.

8. What’s on your bucket list (on paper or in your mind) that you’ve already accomplished?
Don’t have a bucket list per se. I desire and am open to new experiences – each one adds meaning to my life – till the end of my days.

9. If you could choose anyone to be your mentor, dead or alive, who would it be?
Wow, tricky one – Maya Angelou, Hilary Clinton, Deborah Harkness and Emma Thompson, all rolled into one?

10. Tell us your most embarrassing moment.
Can’t think of one – probably because I have been too cautious to be in embarrassing moments :).

11. Tell us your proudest moment.
The moment I realized that I am an intelligent – mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and highly capable woman, and stopped apologizing.

My nominations
I nominate the following for being inspirational:

http://otrazhenie.wordpress.com/
http://magicalportal.wordpress.com/
http://insidethelifeofmoi.wordpress.com/
http://bobandemily.wordpress.com/
http://makeyourmarkonlife.com/
http://justbehindthedoor.com/
http://krjefferson.wordpress.com/
http://djstevepinex.wordpress.com/
http://livinglearningandlettinggo.wordpress.com/
Home
http://fillefrancofun.wordpress.com/


To accept this award, the nominee must
:
– must give a link back to the person who nominated them.
– answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you
– provide 10 facts about yourself
– choose 10 more people and ask them 10 questions.

Here are the 11 questions from me to you:
1. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
2. What is your favourite leisure activity?
3. Which artist (visual art, performing arts, music etc.) inspired you most?
4. Which job would you never do?
5. What musical instrument do you play?
6. What was the last book you read and when?
7. How many hours do you need to sleep each night to function optimally?
8. What is your most detested vegetable?
9. If you could live your life over again, what would you change?
10. Have you ever ‘loved and lost’?
11. What is the one quote that has resonated and stayed with you?

Namaste!