Award ceremony – November 2019. Receiving and giving.

This month has been challenging for me in terms of blogging. Last year I took part in NaNoWriMo, so I was not writing on WP that much. This time around, however, I decided not to participate, which meant I had no excuse for abandoning my blog. So I did not.

Even though I was prepared for the seasonal change, I think my body and brain could not be deceived. Successfully bamboozling either one simply does not happen. They know better. Change, I feel it in my bones. While I have been trying to keep the seasonal affective disorder at bay, it still showed up once or twice. It was gone before I knew it, but the aftertaste would linger.

A project at work sounded like a great way to flex my writing muscles until my boss turned it into a nightmare. I started hating writing. Blogging became less than enjoyable, and I often felt like skipping a post. No one would notice, anyway. Because of that, I decided to quit blogging for an unspecified while.

Just kidding. I mean, it was all true until the last sentence. No, I am not quitting. Not just yet. And why is that? First of all, I realized that I will not let others make me hate what I love. Not if I can help it. So I decided to take it easy at work and detach as much as I can from the writing project. Ghostwriting without any compensation or acknowledgment is not for me. (No, it is not part of my actual job.)

The second reason why I am still here is the same reason for this whole post – YOU.

Every time I would open WP and see those fantastic comments of yours, my heart melted a little. You have sparked so many ideas in my head. You have supported and motivated me. You have helped me see things from different angles.

Aside from interacting with you on my blog, I enjoyed visiting your sites. It is incredible to see that some of you might be going through similar tribulations and how you handle them.

I might say it every month, but it does not make it less real:

I am so glad to have you be a part of my WP community. You give me joy, you give me strength, you give me inspiration. I so appreciate you and I hope you feel it. Remember that you can always reach out to me here or via my Contact page.

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As you might should know, I have been awarding an award of my own every month of this year since March. I am not sure if I will keep it up next year or not, so you might want to put your best foot forward in December for the potentially last installment of the Brain Stormer Award. Click on the above hyperlink for rules.

The word stormer is defined as “something particularly impressive or good of its kind” in the Oxford Dictionaries.

Some people have asked me: “What do I do with the Brain Stormer Award when I receive it?” The beauty of it is that you do not have to do anything. It is not meant to be like all the other blogging awards. It is just a nod towards you. A gesture of appreciation, if you will. Engaging in conversations is something I like to promote, hence this award. If you want to, you can write a post and brag about the award, but there are no rules, no requirements.

There is always so much fun and wisdom to be found in your comments. You guys are amazing!

We will now break for commercials so that I can review all of the comments made in the month of November. Once we are back, I will announce this month’s winner.

Welcome back! As promised, …

The winner of November’s Stormer Award…

Is…

Sarah @ Heartstring Eulogies

Thank you for every single one of your comments!

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Stay golden,

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  1. SAD is tough for sure, I think I told you before, that is why I go to Florida for 10 to 12 weeks. Sorry your writing project at work was not what you expected and it got you down. I enjoy visiting your blog, even though it is often long after you originally post. Keep Golden, Goldie and do what you love to do.

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    1. Why? Because of my appreciation for my readers? I definitely am grateful for you and all the rest.

      I know I can always count on you, which means a lot. It’s humbling to read your words.

      Btw, I watched “Founder” – a disheartening story. But it shows the reality of the situation. Dog eats dog. You have to be persistent. No matter how talented you are, if you don’t do certain things, the world might never know about you…

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        1. I appreciate it. Everything I write comes from the heart. However, I think that we all feel more sentimental at times.

          Sad indeed. A motivating movie for some and quite the opposite for others.

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  2. I’ve just come back to WP after taking most of Nov off for NaNo. This was one of the first posts I saw — it was great to read, I always enjoy reading your posts! I hope you’re feeling better, and that work isn’t too crappy! I know how a bad work environment can really hit you hard. Glad to know you’re not quitting, any time soon! I only joined WP back in the summer, but I’ve found an awesome community on here — and you’re part of that!

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    1. Thanks, Joshua! I found myself wondering what was up with you, but as I was busy, I never got to check. Did you successfully complete NaNo? I have to catch up on your stuff and the BlogBattle entries from other participants.

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  3. Ah this is both unexpected and humbling. I’ve been trying to engage in more substantive conversations and somehow you’re one that always gives me something worthwhile to say. It’s been a pleasure reading you and getting to know you. Thank you for this award. I’ll cherish it.

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  4. Oh, I’d miss you if you were gone. I’m sorry work was a frustration. I don’t miss that part of work-life at all. People, though, I miss them.

    Winter is a challenge. I have a seasonal affective disorder light that I put on my desk next to the computer. Full-spectrum light for periods during the day. It helps somewhat, especially if you live somewhere that the light takes a winter break as well.

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    1. I was slightly surprised by your confession regarding missing people. I cannot say that I would miss them if I was to work from home/stop working. But then again, maybe it’s because the grass is always greener… Have you always been a people person?

      Light is definitely helpful. However, I feel like my body cannot be deceived sometimes. It knows it’s winter and I’m supposed to feel a certain way.

      Thank you for your supportive words.

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      1. I’m not a people person, per se. More people adjacent. I like being around them sometimes; I like having the option to join in or not. Working at home, the only person I can interact with is myself and sometimes, I’m really annoying.

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