I have been a little tardy in sharing this with you, for which I apologise… Whilst I was away on holiday a notice popped into my inbox that I had been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by the lovely Janie Leeds, whose blog Authentically 50 I follow, love and frequently engage with. In fact Janie’s life situation – age, divorce, outlook – often aligns so closely with my own, I wonder if there’s something spooky going on… she could sometimes actually be blogging my life 😉 Anyway, THANK YOU Janie for the nomination, and for those of you who are interested, here’s what the Versatile Blogger Award is about:
According to the Versatile Blogger blog site, bloggers are invited to nominate fellow bloggers based on “the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page”. Wow.
Then, there’s this:
RULES OF THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD:
(1) Thank the bloggers who nominated you and share their links
(2) Nominate at least 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.
(3) Also inform them about their nomination.
(4) Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know
Well, number (1) is a tick, and I heartily recommend that you visit Janie’s blog, whether or not you’re 50 and embracing life’s changes… it’s an engaging and (as the blog title says) authentic read. Link above.
Number (2) – Here are some of the blogs I frequently visit / subscribe to / recommend / love. Please take a look and enjoy their writing:
- Fanny the Champion of the World – The subtitle of this blog tells you all you need to know – Recently widowed. Losing a breast. Swears a lot. That should actually read Has lost a breast now. Fanny is so open and honest about what she has been / is going though, it really is THE most amazing blog which makes me want to laugh, cry and be thankful.
- Thriving under Pressure – I discovered this blog when its author, Dr Andrea Dinardo, followed my blog. What? A psychology professor from Canada following my blog??! I love the way blogging opens borders and connects you with people from around the world. I subscribe to this blog which sends me frequent nuggets of inspiration to keep my focus positive.
- Of Snailmail, Books & Vanities – Paardje writes the thoughts of a “once independent career chick who gave up everything to become a trailing spouse”. She has taken us with her on her discovery of living as an expat and being what she describes as a “clueless SAHM” (haven’t we all been that??)
- Hurrah for Gin – this, I guess, is a pretty high profile blog now. Katie is on Facebook and her blog theme is so popular there’s even merchandise in the offing. I like to read this to remind me that turning to alcohol due to feelings of being a totally inadequate parent is *totally* normal 😉
- fiftyfreeandsingle – this blog belongs to the brother of another friend. Here’s his description of why he started the blog: At fifty years of age my ideas of who I was, the things I believed in along with the people I cared most about dissolved, left or were discarded. I took myself to the darkest of places, I opened my eyes wide and began to look for the light, in myself and in the world. I have spent the last two years looking, I intend to carry on doing exactly the same thing for as long as life allows me. He’s been a bit quiet of late, but I hope that’s because he’s found some light in his tunnel…
- Susannah Conway – Susannah describes herself as a heart-centred entrepreneur. She blogs, and runs a variety of online courses. I’ve followed the ‘Unravelling’ course and I do her annual ‘Find your Word’ course at the beginning of the year. Her blogs feel very open and authentic and I’m glad to be connected with her.
- kicking MS out – this blog belongs to a friend of mine, who suffers (suffered?) from MS and went to Mexico earlier this year for HSCT (hematopoietic stem cell transplantation), an intense chemotherapy treatment for MS. It aims to stop the damage MS causes by wiping out and then regrowing your immune system, using your stem cells. Brave lady. Read about her journey.
- lynnebarrettlee.com – I’m lucky enough to know Lynne. She lives in the same village as me, I’ve been a student at her novel writing workshop at Cardiff Uni, and she’s been kind enough to share a cuppa and offer me her advice on getting my work to publication (even if I haven’t got round to following it yet!!). Great writer. If you like her blog, try her books?
- Notes on notes – this one’s a bit different. As well as writing, one of my other passions is music… classical music to be precise. I’ve played the flute since I was 7. Phil, whose blog is Notes on notes, is a music teacher and pianist. He has accompanied me in concerts (plus the 44th of my 50 brave challenges) and also many of my flute students for their exams. He writes very scholarly-ly (is that a word??) on things musical.
- Newsletter diaries – Noreen lives in Cardiff and has blogger as beamazingtoday and queenofamazing. She’s a pretty awesome human whose posts contemplate all the sorts of stuff that a lot of us are dealing with in our minds and lives. You can subscribe to her Newsletter Diaries if you like 🙂
- CardiffGirl – hmmm, there’s a bit of a Cardiff theme to these last few nominations… and unashamedly so, because (a) they’re great blogs and (b) it’s a great place! Cardiff Girl’s Blog is all about the fabulous things to do and amazing places to eat in Cardiff. Blogger Katie is an ex-Creative Writing student of mine… no wonder it’s so well written 😉 Great pics too.
As per the VBA rules, I will send each of these bloggers a note to let them know I nominated them. I’m sure there are other blogs worthy of mention (and if I remember them I may add them later!)
And so to the seven facts about me that my readers may not know…:
- I believe in angels, and can tell you of at least three instances in my life when I believe my guardian angel has communicated something important to me.
- Between the ages of 13 and 18 I learned the flute with the same teacher as taught possibly the world’s most famous flute-player, James Galway.
- I have two kids, both born as water-births – what an amazing experience, and I can’t think of any more perfect way to have brought them into the world.
- I have a degree in French from Oxford University.
- I have Supra Ventricular Tachycardia (SVT). Which basically means that sometimes my heart races… and I mean races!
- When I was about 6, I fell and grazed my knee. A tiny piece of gravel got embedded under my skin and I can still see it there 45 years later.
- I got caught up in a drugs bust when I was 21, because I was sharing a house with a do-gooder rookie police officer who overheard me talking about my boyfriend and mistook him to be a wanted local drug-dealer… 😮
So there we have it! Thank you again Janie for the nomination, and I hope my readers become your readers.