Time to brush the snow off this keyboard and respond with this post regarding two wonderful awards handed to me these past few weeks.
Award #1 is called “The Harmony and Peace Award”, and was presented way back on Boxing Day by Prajakta of the blog “An Armchair Perfectionist“. Prajakta is one of my blogger friends who comes from Incredible India. Her blog has a way of making me feel at home, and in fact, she is also a runner, which is pretty cool. 🙂 Thank you so much Prajakta. It is an honour to receive this award. 🙂
The Rules are simple:
- Give this award to seven bloggers who have added Harmony & Peace, Love & Beauty and Positivity to the world you live in.
- Let them know that you nominated them.
- Acknowledge the blogger from whom you received this award
- Display your award on your blog, because you have earned it!
- Continue to live in Harmony & Peace
Here Are 3 of My Nominees:
1. “Walking the Walk” (34 Followers) I was following Henrik’s blog, even before I started blogging myself. In his blog, you will find the details of his epic journey of hiking The Pacific Crest Trail from Canada, all the way to Mexico, 4,000 kilometers, 5 million footsteps. AMAZING narrative and photography. He just completed it late December 2014. 🙂
2. “Journey of My Thoughts” (47 Followers) Coming from Incredible India, Sahasra’s other 2 languages besides English are Telugu and Hindi. The title of her blog is very fitting. She has a very transparent, tender heart that comes across in her writings. 🙂
3. “e180451” (14 Followers) When it comes to technology, I am still very much in the dark ages. So it was very exciting when this blog “found” me. Must have known I needed some help…lol. But I am learning lots reading the posts here. 🙂
I am going to stop at 3 nominees and name 4 more on the next award. My own little thing I like to do, is give the shout outs to bloggers with under 50 followers. (nothing in the rules about it, something I choose to do to help these small bloggers). They are wonderful blogs, but just have not been discovered. A month ago I did “A Very Inspiring Blog Award“, nominating bloggers with under 50 followers. In that month alone, one blogger went from 13 to 31 followers, another from 31 to 64, which would WELL OVER be 1200% per year. Wouldn’t it be something if banks paid that return on investment…lol! It was so exciting to witness that growth in readership! (and to see many of my readers in the comments of those blogs. 🙂
Award #2 is called “The Very Inspiring Blogger Award” (2nd time), and was presented by my Montana, USA blogger friend Ashley from “The Girl In Long Shorts“. Ashley was one of my earlier followers. She is a very gifted writer, doing freelance work, and is a contributing writer for Elite Daily. Not only that, she is in the process of writing a book titled, “30 Days to Happy”, set to be released on March 1st. Ashley, it is such an honour to be presented this award from someone such as yourself. THANK YOU! 🙂
Here are the rules for accepting this award (purely voluntary):
Thank the person who nominated you by linking his/her blog and display the award logo.
Nominate several other blogs. Link their blogs and inform them about the nomination.
Mention three things that inspired you the most this week (you can talk about last week’s inspiration too).
1. The 1st thing that I must say is the inspiration by the MANY comments from my post “My Secret Valley“. We may be just one person from our little corner of the world, but together and collectively, we CAN and WILL make a difference, in preserving our forests for future generation.
2. My 2nd inspiration are the people that go above and beyond. Been a rough couple of weeks, dealing with a gum infection that got spread deep into the jawbone from a long run. I haven’t written in over two weeks, and have struggled with reading and commenting on other’s blogs. And I haven’t even run. It’s been that painful. In all reality I should get be getting dentures. My mom got them at 32, my sister got hers much earlier than I am now. It is what I have inherited. And no matter how meticulous I am with my oral hygiene, when my body gets run down, I get infection in my receding gums, every one to two years. But dentures scare me. What if they fall out when I am running in a race, and the runner behind me trips and falls trying to avoid them, which in turn cause a major pileup up of runners who crash together in a heap. Enter my inspiration. My dentist normally closed his offices at 4 on a Friday. As normal his staff all went home, but a week ago he waited alone an hour for me until I got off work. Now that’s going above and beyond, in fact he never even charged me. I really don’t like taking medications of any kind, but the bloke who invented antibiotics is a genius. With the prescription my dentist gave me, my infection is now gone! 🙂
3. This last inspiration is more than an “‘Inspiration of the Week”. I feel it is more like “Inspiration of the Year”. With my gum infection, for two weeks there was no running, no gym, for fear of pushing the infection even deeper. I laid very low when I was off work. And last weekend I read an entire book, (yes, you read that right, I read ANOTHER book). What an inspiration, (not that I read a book), but what the book was about, and the connection I have made. The book is called “Kilimanjaro, A Time to Creep, A Time to Soar”, and authored by Nina Spencer. The book was given to me by a friend and neighbour, who knows the author. Nina had beautifully signed the book for my wife and I. On top of being a gifted writer, Nina is well known as a popular international keynote speaker. She is dubbed by the National Post as “One of Canada’s leading motivational speakers”. Nina had never even camped, up to when she signed up for Kilimanjaro, but here she was, about to climb one of the 7 summits of the world. During last weekend, as I read, it was if I myself was training hard for 7 months, and then it was if I myself arrived in Africa for a 9 day epic climb up an down the highest mountain in Africa. It was that well written. It was WONDERFUL and EXHILARATING! I found Nina’s contact information, and thanked her for the inspirational read, and for signing the book so beautifully. For a person of such high renown, I wasn’t sure what response I would get. It was INCREDIBLE. Nina is not just a gifted author, and a very much in demand keynote motivational speaker, she is a very “down to earth”, caring, personable human being who took time out of her busy schedule to write a lengthy response to my e-mail. We have since e-mailed back and forth several times and are even “following” each others blogs. On her website, http://ninaspencer.com/, Nina has several articles and blogs written, including her one about Kilimanjaro! Thank you Nina! 🙂
Let’s keep running! Here are my nominees for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award! 🙂
1. My Alpine Obsession (19 Followers) The last time is have climbed technically goes back to 22BC (22 years before children). I still love reading up on climbing a lot, and was more than delighted to cross paths with this blog. Please check it out. You’ll climb along on some epic ice and rock routes in the 2014 Trips/Adventures. The year 2015 is a clean slate, but will be no doubt be filled in, starting with a trip to Switzerland in February. 🙂
2. Child’s Eye View Blog (20 Followers) I really wish I had resources like this after my dad’s sudden death when I was 15. Author Ashley holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and works as a clinical therapist. Focusing on addressing grief and depression in children, adolescents and young adults, I find the posts very helpful for myself in my own world, as well as being a valuable resource to reach out to others. 🙂
3. Rubber Hobos (49 Followers) At the end of 2010, Donna and her husband sold their home in Pennsylvania, bought an RV, and never looked back. This blog is about their journey, where they have been what they have been doing. The photography is beautiful.
4. Looking Closer (10 Followers) This is a very fitting name for this blog by Elizabeth, who has a beautiful sense of being in tune with nature. Living in an area surrounded by marshland containing lots of animal habitat, instead of keeping her photos, research, experiences and thoughts to herself, she offers to share them to us the reader. Thank you Elizabeth! 🙂
I hope you have a chance to look up these excellent bloggers (all under 50 followers), from these 2 awards.
Thank you for still running in another LONG blog post. Just want to close with something that has been on my heart a lot lately. It has do with human slavery. Even though slavery and human trafficking was said to be abolished 150 years ago, there are more human slaves today than any other time in history. In the website War International, it states about human trafficking, “It’s the fastest growing arm of organized crime all over the world, effecting more than 800,00 people per year”. In total there are currently 27,000,00 people trapped worldwide.
With no means of escape, these people would never have the opportunity to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, or climb Kilimanjaro, or go for an RV journey across America, or simple enjoy nature in your back yard, and write about it in a blog. In my case, they could never run, simply for the love of running (unless it is running to try and escape).
One of my favourite Christian bands is Tenth Avenue North, which is trying to bring awareness of human trafficking with this song called, “For Those Who Can’t Speak”. To give you a little assignment while watching, try and figure out why lights are being turned on and blinds opened.