What is that sound? That is just me clapping for myself while doing a little dance. #multitasking
Jokes aside, this bright and beaming award has really put a big smile on my face. Thank you Zee Southcombe for nominating me!
Zee is the brilliant master mind behind the blog Making Happiness. Check it out HERE.
I stumbled across this blog on Google+ where she invited people to send send in guest-posts for her blog.
She kindly accepted my little piece on Happiness/Gratefulness (link to guest-post HERE) and I've been following her blog ever since. In Zee's own words: "Ultimately, the purpose of my blogging, my fiction writing, and my teaching is to encourage critical thinking for positive change."
How could you not follow a blog like that?
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Now. To the practical part of this award. According to the rules I have to give 11 random facts about myself and nominate 10 other bloggers. (And let them know they have been nominated.)
First things first. Here are my 10 nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award:
Buddhist monk, photographer and author Matthieu Ricard has been declared 'the happiest man in the world.' He clearly has something to teach us. His brain scan reveals that he has the largest capacity for happiness ever recorded. What is his secret? Listen to him speak about happiness in this inspiring Ted Talk
Ted Talks are an incredible way to learn about new topics and meet interesting people.The Ted Blog is equally full of fascinating articles, posts and ideas. It is such a great venue to get up-to-date on what is happening in the world, in a positive way. I always feel like a better person after visiting this blog.
Blogger Jessica Elliott has a special talent for finding not-so-cute babies in old paintings. The weird/scary/ugly/unusual looking infants featured in this blog is made even more funny with Jessica's honest and brilliant comments. Why would anyone paint babies looking like that?
Who doesn't love the Honest Toddler? The twitter feeds, the book, the blog, I am such a fan. Tweets like: 'There are no more carefree nights and weekends. You signed up for a child not a mobile phone' - is to die for. The blog is equally fantastic. This toddler must never grow up.
Deanna Dahlsad has gathered a huge range of kitchen and household tips dating back to a time when being thrifty, practical and economical was a way of life. Some of the tips might seem crazy, but they actually work. No need to re-invent the wheel, just do what grandma did.
This is a unique food blog. Jack Monroe is a writer, journalist and campaigner for poverty. Back in 2012 she lived on a shoestring budget of only £10 a week to cook for herself and her son. She started posting her recipes and wrote openly about hunger and poverty. This year she won the Fortnum & Mason Award for 'inspiring and encouraging people to explore, enjoy and experiment with food'.
This food blog makes me want to give up writing and bake all day long instead. Can someone please pay me to do that? Where does Michelle come up with all these delectable recipes? And why is she so thin? When I first found this blog I had no choice but to close the laptop and put on an apron. I can't wait to try the Katherine Hepburn Brownie recipe.
I always like to read about people who are actively working on improving their lives in a meaningful way. Shelley Wilson's blog is about just that, written in a personal and reflective style. She is also a fellow NaNoWriMo winner. Hurrah for us!
This blog is a rear treat. It's about two priests, with a feminine outlook on the world. After all, celebrating the Eucharist with a slipping bra strap adds perspective. Rev Laurie Brock and Rev Mary Koppel are pure gold. Writing=brilliant. Topic=interesting Uniqueness=210 point.
Blogger and poet John Lavan has a poetry project to write 99 modern sonnets, each inspired by one of the 99 beautiful names of God from the Sufi tradition. What a wonderful project. I have just discovered this blog, can't wait to go back and read all the poems.
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11 Random Facts About Me:
- I like getting older
- I love walking in the rain
- I always bake my own bread
- My name means Fortress
- I don't always comb my hair
- I love spicy food
- I can't sleep when it's a full moon
- I've known my best-friend since we both were babies
- I wish my voice was deeper
- I would like to own an owl
- I actually celebrate Valentine's Day