I was recently nominated for a blogger award by the fun loving Shelley at Quaint Revival Here and just a day or two ago I was nominated for another blogger award by the warm and wonderful Darren at Arty Plantsman. Here

Now I’m not sure if it’s part of my fibromyalgia/fatigue that causes me to struggle and become overwhelmed by the list of rules and the mountain of work involved in a blogger award or if it’s something that is the case for more of you bloggers?  So while I want to acknowledge the nominations even though I’m breaking the rules a little by responding yet not responding to these blogger awards; what really mattered to me was how Darren at Arty Plantsman introduced my blog and the reason why he nominated me…

Basically his words mattered to me and I’d like to share them…”Marie from Create Space has shown a great deal of insight and understanding of my journey and is always such a lovely and supportive friend. We are close to each other in age and share much of our outlook. Marie quite recently took a leap of faith and changed careers, becoming an adult education teacher. Many of the things she writes speak volumes to me about what a great teacher she must be. Her warmth, intelligence and understanding shine out.”

… Now if you told me over a year ago that by becoming a blogger I would gain new insights not only about myself but also about the lives of so many other bloggers and that my life could be enhanced in so many ways…I’d never have believed it!!  But now I know that… blogging changes lives!

So thank you Darren, for being unique, creative and sincere! Thanks for being someone who has overcome difficulties and now is not afraid to take on new challenges and give old challenges a second go; read about Darren and resilience at its best here

He shares his talents and insights alike, with an infectious sense of humour!

The ‘Growing Self Blogger Award’ is the brainchild of Roda at ‘Growing Self’.  Roda is a connector and her blog is filled with amazing photos, critters, flowers, colours and warm words which encourage self kindness, growth and personal development!  Check out her positive and engaging blog Growing Self Here

And here are a few great blogs you might like to check out:

Susanbriscoe at The Death Project…Susan and Roy are powerful, they celebrate life…facing death positively and fearlessly! Here

Brenda at Brenda’s Thoughts…celebrates humanity. In her words “I’ve seen the very worst of humanity, but I have also seen beauty.”  She really engages with her followers and her comments are like finding a sister you didn’t know about up until now! Here

Alyssa at Fight Ms Daily…celebrates life with the challenges of MS…she is a reminder that no matter how difficult a day is there is always a ray of hope and her kind and affirming words to be found! Here

T.S. at CrazyWriterof6…celebrates challenge…proof that moving forward with resilience is possible! Here

And finally thanks to all of you for blogging and sharing…keep writing…keep inspiring!

Much love,

Marie xx

Ps. I received a likes notification… Out of curiosity can anyone tell me why 1337 likes is a figure that should be celebrated?  I got and expected a 1,000 likes notification… but why such a random figure?

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