Award ceremony – July 2019. Receiving and giving.

*NOMINATION NO. 1, 2 and 3*

(See page 1 for thanks and intro.)

FROM: Writerinretrospect, who is a wildly talented poetry writer. She is also always up for philosophical debate and is wise beyond her years.

FROM: Seekingdivineperspective, who enriches my blogging with wise, inspirational and fascinating faith-related posts.

FROM: JGC, who blogs about an array of topics, including (but not limited to) motivation, blogging tips, pop culture.


1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. List the rules.
3. Share 5-10 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate other bloggers.

RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME (for Writerinretrospect):

  1. I suffer from an undiagnosed case of misophonia. Certain sounds drive me berserk.
  2. I do not like talking about myself unless a specific topic arises. Otherwise, I will not bore you with random things that mean something to me, but might not to you. [Queue the slow clap.] That is why this question (random facts) is very difficult for me.
  3. I am the one who introduced my family to sushi. Most of them love it. Even those who I did not think would.
  4. I have never had grilled pineapple. Supposedly it is really good. I just never had the chance to try it.
  5. I always try to do as much as I can, but since society does not seem to care as long as you do the bare minimum, I will only give you 5 of the 5-10 facts about me.


  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate other blogs to receive the award and compose a set of questions for them to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Seekingdivineperspective’s QUESTIONS and my ANSWERS:

  1. If you were only allowed one last chance to post a message on your blog, what would it be about? I know that my answer should be something profound. Something that would enrich the reader’s life. But I know myself. The only reason why this would happen (as the last post) is if I had learned something absolutely life-changing and then vanished because I was given everything in life that I wanted. I know… I’m a work in progress.
    Instead, it would probably be a simple announcement that I was leaving and an explanation so that other people can have closure. (Like I am that important…)
    There is a slight chance that I would come with some sort of insane story about being chased by a serial killer. Or chasing a serial killer. Or something like that. Just so that people would be left confused and curious.
    “The mysterious disappearance of Goldie.”
  2. If you had an hour and the freedom to do anything at all, what would you spend the next hour doing? You know questions like this always take you by surprise. For me, there is no simple answer. What does it mean an hour? Is that an hour before I die? My answer should not matter regardless. And what does freedom mean? Do I have unlimited resources? Do I have super powers? I like to know the exact rules before I start playing. If I could teleport, I would summon a couple of people and go zip-lining and then diving. Those activities make me feel free.
  3. Besides where you’re living now, where would you like to live? I seem to be able to feel “at home” anywhere I choose to. I consider that to be a blessing. I have ALWAYS wanted to live in Australia. I was finally able to travel to that phenomenal continent last year and enjoyed every minute of being there. I think I would easily adapt to that lifestyle.
  4. What is your pet peeve? How much time do we have?
    People who are flaky/ not punctual
    I do not want to expel more negativity at this present time.
  5. Who was your favorite teacher, and why? There were a couple of them throughout the years. Most were rather mediocre. One or two I strongly disliked (did not happen often). Some stood out and made a huge impact on me. Those people were very strict and demanding. But very fair. They knew who could do better and they pushed them. Pushed me. Always demanded more. And I took it as an opportunity to grow.
  6. What quality sets you apart from the crowd more than any other? Honesty and rationality. I consider this to be a great combo for which I also look for in others. Unfortunately, this combo in me proves deadly too often (people do not like it).
  7. What was the first “secret” you remember sharing and did the other person keep that secret? I was never into secrets. Although, I am aware that as a kid, I must have shared some. Secrets leak most of the time, so why bother?
  8. Which day of your life, if any, would you like to relive, if you could? I think every day brings something to our life. We complain a lot about life, but when faced with a question like this, you realize that there are quite a few days you would not mind going back to. I cannot choose a particular day. There are so many special ones.
  9. What was the most painful experience you’ve ever had that turned out to be a good thing in the long run? In no way is this “good”, but my mom’s illness and passing have taught me SO MUCH. It is like someone finally flipped that light switch in my head.
  10. What is the #1 thing on your bucket list? I do not have a bucket list. I do what I want. And I don’t want much. I have not gone sky-diving. Maybe that?
  11. Who is your role model? I never had one. But I do cherry pick traits from various people I meet along my journey.


(Since she did not post a set of her own questions, I will default to the questions that she was asked.)

  1. Do you think your blog has made someone’s life simpler?
    This almost had me laughing. My writing? Making someone’s life simpler? I do not think so. That was my first reaction. Even though I hold myself in high regards, I seem to often diminish my accomplishments. I am in awe how some people can toot their own horn for absolutely nothing. So you know what? I re-thought my answer. I cannot know for sure, but throughout the years, I did post some “how-to” posts. The sole reason behind the BT series is to make everyone’s life simpler. To do the research and then put it in one place. But you tell me how you feel.
  2. How many books have you read so far this year, which ones are your favorite?
    I would like to say 15. There could be a couple more. The number is definitely not impressive, but that is more than I read last year, so to me that is progress. Another blogger recommended “Fatherless” by James C. Dobson to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The third installment “Godless” was exquisite, too.
  3. What has been your biggest challenges since you started the blog and how did you overcome it?
    The challenges never stop. Staying motivated and coming up with fresh ideas is definitely a recurring challenge. However, I think the most difficult thing for me is finding an audience for my writing. How do I deal with that? I regularly read and comment on posts from people I follow. I can only hope that every now and again it sparks some interest in them. Oftentimes I will scan the comment section of other people’s post and check out the sites of the people who comment in a relatable way. When I have some extra time, I go and browse through the latest posts (I do this by going to Search and typing “ALL” in the search bar and then sorting by date.). I do not browse by tags or categories, because I do not want to narrow down my interests. While I respect and value my readers’ opinion, I write what feels right to me and then look for an audience. That’s supposedly backward, but that is how I am. I might change and develop, but I do not want to blog just to have a big audience. 
  4. What motivates you to get up in the morning?
    Bills. I have to pay them, which means I have to go to work. A potentially depressing answer, but that is the truth. I guess what motivates me really is the desire to live and to do so in a somewhat comfortable way (having food and shelter).
  5. What are your best three quotes?
    As I have mentioned before, in one of my #MondayMotivation posts, (motivational) quotes do not stay with me for long. However, last year I did a series of posts which served as quote-related challenges. Please feel free to browse through at your leisure.
    Quotes challenge. Day 1 of 3.

    Quotes challenge. Day 2 of 3.
    Quotes challenge. Day 3 of 3.
  6. What do you think is more effective, EQ or IQ?
    In order to use EQ, one might think that you need IQ. From my personal observation, EQ is more important than IQ.
  7. How do you think we can make the world a better place?
    By being better humans. Better to ourselves and better to those closest to us. If we all work on our micro-environment, the macro-environment will follow suit and improve as well.
  8. Who is your blogger bestie?
    There are quite a few with whom I connect on a regular basis. If you would like to meet some of them, be sure to check out the those who nominated me and whom I nominated.
  9. Where are you blogging from?
    The US of A.
  10. Any tips for beginner blogs?
    Every 2nd Tuesday of the month I publish a new question which is then answered by the community. The answers are posted the following month. If I was a newbie, I would definitely start there. –> Here <– is the latest installment. It also contains links to all the previous ones to make it easier on you. (See? My blog does make people’s lives easier. Or so it is intended.)
  11. What’s your best blog experience?
    As cliche as it may sound – meeting all of you. Because of you, I share my thoughts and experiences. Because of you, I learn about different points of view.






  1. Please share 3 things about yourself.
  2. What has been your biggest blogging challenge so far and how have you overcome it?
  3. Have you had any blogging highlights that you would like to share with us?
  4. How are you trying to impact others with your blog? (Please try and narrow it to one thing that is the main goal of your writing.)
  5. What are you most proud of accomplishing in your life?
  6. How could I improve my blog?

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19 thoughts on “Award ceremony – July 2019. Receiving and giving.

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  1. Nonsense! You can’t bore me. I tend to be one who likes trifles: it’s the little details that make up the building blocks of what we are. I enjoyed reading all of your answers; Quite a bit, actually. Can’t believe you don’t have a favorite Marvel character though… “Controversial” indeed!

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  2. OMG, you sly devil. You just made my Friday. This is awesome and I can’t say how appreciative I am that you thought of me like this. I value our friendship and I am always happy to see that little comment notification show up after one of my posts or my comment on one of yours. Thanks, friend, you’re the best and I look forward to our writing friendship future. BTW, it is a mystery..I think. Lol

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    1. I was wondering if you’d notice. I like not informing people of such things. Keeping my readers on their toes. You know? 😉

      The thing about stories is that sometimes you cannot be sure where the story will take you. You might start it with one thing in mind, but then as you go, you take a different turn and you arrive at a different destination that you were aiming for.

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  3. Honesty is something I love (rationality and me don’t usually like each other, it’s a work in progress)

    Keep blogging about what you love. I know it’s often said otherwise and I think they’re wrong. You have to love what you write and want to share else it’s just boring.

    I had what else to day but I’ve forgotten…

    Love, light and glitter

    Happy Wednesday

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