- Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.
- Answer the 10 questions below, for fun if you want to.
- Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy. Or you pick the number.
- Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate.
- Pay the love back with gratitude and a link to the blogger(s) who nominated you.
It’s been just over a year since I began blogging. As of this moment, I have 49 followers, 96 posts and 4,653 hits. Wow!
To say that I appreciate being appreciated is a) An under-statement and b) POORLY WORDED!
I’ve never received an award before, so this is going to be a nice juicy first-award post.
I’m one of those people who so often feels forgotten, invisible and unappreciated, so my joy in receiving this little appreciation jewel is wrapped up in a lot of feelings from the deprivation of my past.
Hee hee! I am such an emotional NERD sometimes! Hence, the original name that is unfortunately, still stuck in my blog address, ‘heartjunky’. (I go by Underground now, but have been unable to change the address of my blog …)
The person who nominated me:
Bold Kevin. I met Bold Kevin through his site Mental Health Writers Guild. He and I have had several little conversations around various posts of ours, and he is one of those rare folks who is articulate, emotionally intelligent, compassionate, insightful and humourous, all in one person. My favourite post of his so far is the one about not wearing his underpants on the outside — a metaphor and a post I have emailed to several of my friends who struggle to remember this about themselves as well. And the picture STILL cracks me up.
The process of nominating others:
Of course, I have taken the task of compiling a list of blogs to nominate very seriously (no, really?). The endeavor has inspired me to sort through all the blogs I have been following, un-follow the ones that are inactive or even no longer available, and re-assess my criteria for following a blog in the first place.
I am also one of those people who is easily overwhelmed in social situations and often forgets the names of people I meet within seconds of meeting them. Apparently, the same goes for blogs! In blog land, however, the potential for confusion is 3X greater, because the names of the blogs are never the same as the names of the bloggers, not to mention the name in the address of the blog — ! It takes a long time, and several interactions for me to remember a blogger and any of the dialogues we have had in the past.
So, part of this process for me was also to review all the little conversations I have had with people since I began blogging, and catch up with the blogs I have not had time to visit regularly, which is basically all of them! The thing is, there are so many fantastic blogs out there that I cannot possibly keep up with all of them. And, to be really honest, in the spirit of what brings us all to this blogging land, part of my ‘condition’ is that I am often overwhelmed just by the blog in my own head — !
I also have to acknowledge that there are dialogues that have moved me deeply from people who’s blogs I have a harder time relating to. This is a list of the blogs I am most moved by, posted with a call-out to all those in blog land, trying to heal, speaking out, connecting in ways rarely possible in person. I love us all. Blog Long and Prosper!
Where did they go?
Also, it seems a common experience that people I have connected with and/or had wonderful dialogues with have simply disappeared. Where did Penny go, for instance, over at her blog the healing book? or Sarah, at low flying crow? I have been deeply moved by my dialogues with them, and I hope to see them again here in the cyberworld.
And now, without further delay:
So, now, this morning, I feel wonderfully clear and caught up with the blogs I have come to adore so far on this blogging journey, and will nominate them here, for the Reader Appreciation Award (in no particular order):
- Living with Mental Illness (Meredeth) — clears the cobwebs in my mind like sweet orange with her articulation, compassion and insight. Meredeth is extraordinarily fearless and honest in her writing and rigorous in her exploration of DID and her desire to heal. Deep inspiration and insight nectar here.
- like water on a rock or off a duck’s butt … (junemoon) — the ordinary is extraordinary when you have been to the ends of the earth and back. This blog is like a soothing cup of tea, or a mindfulness meditation with gems of delight in every single post I have read. On the lighter side, but just as deep as anything else in the profundity of ordinariness that joonmoon finds and expresses so eloquently and artistically.
- Writing Thru Complex PTSD (Amy Jo)– her post about her relationship with her mother left me so speechless with awe, I did not event ‘like’ the post or write her to tell her how moved I was. Sometimes, I am so enthusiastic, I come across as a complete nutcase and scare people off. So I just clicked the follow button.
- Mandi A. Stores (Mandi) — a fellow bpd with a similar monstrous appetite for truth to my own, completing and journaling the experience of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). If it was available to me here in BC, I would be doing it right now this instant.
- Blooming Lotus (faithallen)– that brilliant nectar of intelligence, emotional intensity, artistry with words and illuminating articulation (the sweet orange). Everything on this blog seems to stir my heart deeply.
- onbeingmindful (Shelly)– My experience of Shelly is fearless and objectively curious as only a brilliant student of mindfulness in recovery could be. Put this together with articulate, compassionate and intelligent and I get more of the brilliant nectar here. She is also journaling her experience with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, which I continue to be interested in (also not available to me here in BC on disability).
1. what is your favorite color? orange, green, brown, purple
2. what is your favorite animal? squirrel, bunny, horse
3. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? gingerbread syrup, fresh ginger, cranberry juice, orange juice, and club soda with a cinnamon stick in it. Being allergic to alcohol, I appreciate this question particularly!
4. What is your favorite genre of music? folk, alternative.
5. When you want dessert, what is it that you are craving? Kozy Shak rice pudding, Oreo Cookie icecream or dinosaur candies from the bulk food section.
6. How long have you been blogging in General? I’ve been blogging for just over a year.
7. What is your most favorite TV show? if not TV, movie? CSI, Six Feet Under, SYTYD, The Amazing Race
8. Do you think you will pass this on to anyone? Of course! It’s been fantastic to think about who, appreciate my fellow bloggers and reflect on my own blogging experience.
9. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? Giving, by far. WAY more fun for me.
10- What is your passion? dancing, drumming, singing, writing, graphic design, bonfires, and ancestral / family legacy exploration.
Thank you for being here with me, everyone!