The Versatile Blogger Award
Terry has nominated me for this award. What is versatile? Variation, able to do many things in various areas.
This is quite an honor to me to think that someone thinks I am versatile. I have been trying to blog on different subjects and I have stopped fighting the urge to bring in and share personal views and opinions here but still I feel like sometimes it is more of a personal advice, lesson learnt or challenge that I am sharing in my blog and much less of things that would garner me such a great honor. Thank you Terry.
These are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:
- Display the Award Certificate on your website
- Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
- Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers
- Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post
- Post 7 interesting things about yourself
Tara: Come Alive
I love that she’s gone on a journey to find herself and has come out the other side with something so amazing.
Jerri: Life on Earth
I love that she’s facing life head on, with a sense of loss, of happiness and an infinite amount of humor.
I love her eye for detail and her choice of subjects. I love how the colors pop out or recede into the background. Her photos are just amazing.
I discovered her blog after she left a comment in mine. Amazing woman who is living it up and blogging about how to do just that.
I don’t know how she does it, I couldn’t have but she does it with grace, humor and a lot of grit.
Thoughts of a Lunatic 🙂
A lot of painful honesty here. Takes a lot of gut to be able to bare it all. My hats off to this blogger.
3 daily delights
I love my daily dose of optimism.
Dan Pearce: Single Dad Laughing
I love how he’s evolving, being truer to himself and doing it all with a lot of grace, humor and pure courage.
(I will be adding more bloggers, just need a little bit more time).
7 Interesting things about myself that I did experienced recently:
I love my girls lunch at work. One day I caught us complaining about our days and noticed how that negativity was really getting us down. So we took a break and instead played a new game that I have come up with. Stop. Breathe. Go around the table and for each person pick one characteristic/trait/luck etc etc that you wish you had too. Everyone gets a compliment and are usually very pleasantly surprised. The whole mood changes and its just positivity all around.
My usual way of dealing with depression is to either let go and become a sloth or to just go out and work like a maniac. The most recent episode was harder to deal with but I think I am emerging out of it with a better understanding of myself and a greater respect for my own needs to set firmer boundaries around my relationships.
I notice people and their double agendas/faces/games/standards a whole lot more now than I did before. Some of the games are just plain pathetic and some of the farce is just too sad. If more people could be really honest to themselves, they could cut down a lot on the energy they spend on their lies.
People only really understand as much as they have themselves experienced. Some people have a gift for empathy and understanding, while some are just morons who claim to understand but then shows you how they really don’t get it by the way they behave. This realization actually makes me more honest in that I am more likely to say now that “I’m sorry but I have no context from my own life through which I would understand what you are going through. But I think I get how you are feeling about this (whatever ‘this’ is). And regardless of whether I get it or not, I will be there for you (or I can’t really be bothered to deal with this – depending on the person)”. Is that rude?
I used to be the kind of person who wants to do more. Now with most things – I want to do less of it. I want to spend less of my energy on the things I don’t enjoy/like/need to do and I conciously try to spend my energy on more of the things that I DO enjoy/need/want to do. Where my focus goes, my energy flows and the money follows 😉 I am still a recovering type-A personality, I just focus it more on the things that pleases me. Simple example – I pay most of my bills online (cuts down on standing in line at the bank) and I digitalize most of my paperwork (easy search function saves me hours of going through files).
Realizations that keep hitting me on a very frequent basis these days:
My life is my own, no else is going to walk in my shoes, therefore no one else should be dictating how I live it.
Be kind whenever possible, it is always possible but don’t forget to be kind to yourself first.
I deserve my own love and acceptance, I am never going to be perfect and that’s perfectly ok (This is actually still a work in progress).
I cannot live with regrets and I sure don’t want to die with regrets. It is always the things that we haven’t done that we will regret far more than the things we did do. I need to keep encouraging myself to do things that I want to do, specially those that scare the crap out of me.
Well I think that’s enough honesty for one day 🙂