The Dazzling Blogger Award, designed by Helen at Crispy Confessions, recognizes bloggers who excel in at least one major area of blogging: writing skills, engagement, social media marketing, or content. A big thank you to my friend Suzanne at Happily Decluttered, who has honored me with a nomination.
Suzanne is super-organized and shares tips to help the rest of us reach that pinnacle. In addition to loads of practical ideas, her writing is brimming with love for her family and Nature. She does a monthly Happiness Highlights post that demonstrates what a rich life she is creating. I urge you to visit her site, and let her know I sent you!
The Official Rules of The Dazzling Blogger Award
- Thank the person who nominated you for the award & link back to their site.
- Provide a link back to Helen, the award’s designer.
- Answer the seven questions asked.
- Compose seven questions of your own.
- Nominate & notify seven more people.
- What is your favorite hobby and how did you get started?
Creating new dishes in the kitchen. I seldom prepare the same meals, and I’m always on the lookout for new ideas. I think this originated during the many months I worked in the kitchens of Esalen, Omega, and Ratna Ling, all holistic retreat centers.
- What is your favorite meal to cook?
Veggie burgers. We have burger night twice a month, and I have found so many great ways to make them. The leftovers get broken up over beds of romaine with red onions, brown rice, and avocado – my favorite salad!
- Do you live by any piece of advice or motto?
I am blessed and I am grateful.
- What was the highlight of your week?
Getting together with a friend I hadn’t seen in months for hours of talking and laughing and sharing plans for travel.
- What is your favorite board game?
- Have you read any good books lately that you would recommend?
I’m about 100 pages into Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Distinguished Teaching Professor & Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at SUNY College of Environmental and Science Forestry. I’m enjoying it so much that I’m already considering how I might share its ideas. The author’s message is erudite with paradigm-changing potential, but her stories of the “old ways” are sweet, gentle, and communicate directly to the heart. I feel everyone should read it, and its precepts should be taught to young children.
- If you could pick one chore that you could snap your fingers and it would magically be done, which chore would you pick?
The “big clean” of our house, which involves a deeper-than-daily cleaning that is done once a week.
- During the pandemic, have you learned of any new places you want to visit?
- In what way would you say the pandemic has changed your life the most?
- What is your favorite season of the year, and why?
- What wild animal do you admire the most?
- Do you grow/care for a garden, flowers, or trees?
- What is your favorite outdoor space?
- Do you have a mindfulness practice?
As for nominations, in a world of fantastic bloggers, I hereby nominate the first 7 who tell me in a comment below they’d like to participate. Or, if you’d like to answer one or more of my questions without fully participating, that’s ok too.
Thanks again, Suzanne, for the nomination!