I’m always amazed by the talent and creativity of song writers. They have the ability to lift our spirits and transport us to the most amazing and far away places without leaving the confines of our kitchen or car. Their lyrics tell inspiring stories that teach us a wide variety of lessons.
Bloggers also have the power to lift others with their words. When we write from our hearts we can say something that speaks to others. It can resonate with what somebody is experiencing at that very moment. When we take a few moments to comment on someone’s blog, to compliment a wonderful post or share words of encouragement we can have a positive impact on somebody else’s life. I believe we can provide the motivation somebody needed just at that very moment. Maybe it can be the song their heart needed to hear!
I know one thing for sure, your comments and feedback often makes my heart sing… such as,
“You know what I think Marie? I am glad you are in the club, because not only can you share what you love, but you embody love and kindness, which might pass to one person. Hugs my friend.”
…thank you Donna @ https://windkisses.com
Marie, I love how you write “My illness does not define me as a person.” So powerful. And empowering! The way you share your challenges, gives me perspective about my own. You are teaching us all. And for that, I will always be grateful. (This is who you are! A teacher. A writer. A muse.) Andrea xo
…thank you Dr.Andrea Dinardo, Thriving Under Pressure
I’ve also found that blogging has boosted my confidence in my writing ability, and connected me to other terrific writers! Thanks for this post, I think it spoke to many of us!
..thank you Ann Coleman
And to all of you who take time to read, like and share encouraging comments…thank you!
And above all continue to sing your song among the blogging community and beyond!
Shelley at Quaint Revival nominated me for a blogging award a while back but like I said it takes me a while to get my response together!! Shelley, is relatively new to blogging and has overcome her apprehension of going grey, being over 50 and using technology. She shares gems from everyday life and amazing photos too! You can check out her blog here
Just like in my last post on Blogging Awards I’m again bending the rules and responding but not responding at the same time. It’s was a lovely feeling to be included in Shelley’s 11 nominees and I’d like to thank Shelley for considering me and my blog Create Space as worthy of nomination.
What struck me about this award nomination was the imaginative questions Shelley asked and I felt that after all her effort to create these questions, I should at least answer them!
Questions from Shelley:
1.If you were forced to run out of the house right now and could only grab 2 things, what would you grab?Without hesitation I would grab my husband & children…(not by their hair mind!)…you see, possessions don’t bother me. I’m lucky to live in a comfortable home but I could turn my back on possessions at a minutes notice…family is everything!
2.If you were on the board of WordPress what would your top 2 suggestions of ‘change this now’ be?1. I would give bloggers the opportunity to select the most humorous and fun blogger’s post daily for Discover. 2. I would ensure that the Discover team interact with bloggers in the comment section, encouraging discussion and facilitating learning.
3.What was happening the moment you last laughed until you cried?Myself and my husband were in a novelty photo booth at my cousin’s wedding, posing for crazy photos!
4.Imagine that you’ve been asked to give a speech about your life story, you don’t know who is in the crowd, you’re standing at the podium waiting for the curtains to open, they open up and you look out at the audience and see the perfect crowd – what age group would they be and why? 1-9 year-olds; 10-17-year-olds; 18-30-year-olds; 31-60-year-olds; 61-100-year-olds.My perfect audience would be the 18-30 age group mainly because I wish somebody had told me at that age a few of the things that I know now! How much easier life would have been!
5.If you couldn’t write blogs, what would you choose to do to express your creativity?I’d bake homemade tasty treats and I’d hold tea and talk sessions all around the world!
6.If you could bottle up your favorite moment forever, what moment would it be?Every morning when I awake my fibro/fatigue’s negative thinking says “Oh no…I have to get up and I have to do this, that and the other… and I can’t possibly function”… but my favourite moment is when my hard-earned and still learning POSITIVE THINKING overrides it saying “No! I don’t have to do…I’m blessed and privilleged that I GET TO DO…” and because I’m so blessed to have so many other favourite moments everyday, if i was to bottle all of those I’d need a brewery to store enough bottles!
7.If you were given the opportunity to meet the creator of a techno-device that you used to use, (one that now has been replaced with a new and improved version), what creator and device would it be?It would have to be the creator of the tape recorder and tape cassettes as they played a huge part in my teenage memories and my use and love of music to enhance my rural teenage life!
8.Do you learn more from regrets or opportunities?I’m a fan of gratitude and living in the moment…so regrets are not something I often have and I believe we make our own opportunities!
9.What are your top 2 tips for a person thinking about starting a blog? Firstly I’d say, don’t think about it…just do it today, if you wait until the perfect time…you’ll be waiting! Secondly make sure you are enjoying whatever you post about and also enjoy and learn from other bloggers’ posts.
10.Are you at a point in your blogging life that you’ve found your voice?I think my voice is perfectly good for who I am today and I feel it is more than what it was a year ago and I know without doubt that my voice will have changed and flourished even more by this time next year!
11.Stand in the middle of the room you’re in right now, close your eyes, spin around 3 times. Steady yourself, open your eyes, describe the first item you see in 6 words (only 6 words)! The first thing I see is… family…….and that’s easy to describe…it is love, welcome, kindness, laughter, support and possibility!
If any of Shelley’s questions resonate with you please let me know! I would love to hear from you.
“This life is for loving, sharing, learning, smiling, caring, forgiving, laughing, hugging, helping, dancing, wondering, healing, and even more loving. I choose to live life this way. I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, ‘aw shit, he’s up!”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
I came across this wonderful quote today which to me simply exudes life and sums up what living is all about. I had the pleasure of sharing lunch out with some of my students today and what a lovely experience it was…all of the above and more! My heart and soul left that gathering, dancing and singing and I’m so grateful for the wonderful people I have met on my life journey and for the experiences that open up to me!
Is your life packed with living? I would love to hear your thoughts!