“The sunny soul brings sunshine everywhere.” Hugh B. Black
Much to my surprise, and as 2011 was winding to a close, I was most generously honoured, with not one, but with two, Sunshine Awards.
In accepting these awards, I have agreed to jump through a few “happy hoops:”
(You need not, as you accept my thanks)
- Thank the person who gave you the award. (You can skip this one with me!)
- Answer 10 questions. (The giver can make up new ones. It could get interesting!)
- Pass the award on to 10-12 Sunshine-worthy bloggers ( It’s hard to keep the list to 10/12!)
Here’s the list of 10 questions:
- Favorite color: Today it’s silver-white and shimmery in honour of the beautiful sparkling snow
- Favorite animal: don’t have one
- Favorite number: 13 – Nothing is bad luck when you believe in yourself
- Favorite drink: can’t pick just one. hot homemade cocoa, Tetley tea, Winter Wonderland martini
- Facebook or Twitter: Twitter – made some amazing connections
- My passion: writing, helping others, learning
- Giving or receiving: Giving IS receiving!
- Favorite day: Today!
- Favorite flower: wildflowers
- Favorite food: don’t have one. Love flavorful food of all kinds. Almost anything NOT bland or boring!
Ok… now that that’s through, on to the next hoop!
My deepest gratitude to Betsy Cross of Betsy Cross Blogspot. Betsy is a beautiful and fun-loving soul who dances her way happily through life. Between sharing her life with a wonderful husband and 9 children, she still somehow she finds time to write and encourage purposeful living. She is truly extraordinary!
Much love and appreciation for Deeone Higgs of Releasing Me Today. Deeone is a bright spark that encourages others to celebrate every small victory. He inspires others to release and to let go of anything that holds them back from soaring. His posts about personal growth are empowering, revealing, and thought-provoking. Deeone is a rare gem and a treasured friend.
I am truly thankful to these two very special people for
having faith in me and for giving me such an amazing gift.
As for me, I started blogging in October, grateful to at least be following my calling. And then, somehow, life got busy and I strayed from it, and in a way, from myself. It means so much to me, and as silly as it sounds, it makes my heart soar to know that my words have made even a small difference.
I, shamefacedly, admit that I have a long list of blogs that I plan to check out. So for those of you who are not yet listed, it is likely you will one day be.
In addition to Betsy and Deeone, and in random order, here is my own Sunshine Award List. As is my way, I have chosen to deviate from the prescribed formula, and have included some chats that have become an important part of my weekly journey:
Aaron Biebert of 8pm Warrior is passionate and eternally optimistic. He truly cares about making a difference in the world and invites all warriors to join in and make the world a better place.
Joe Bunting of The Write Practice is an amazing writer. I only recently discovered his blog and find the prompts both relevant, and encouraging. His recent Manifesto “14 Prompts” oozes with inspiration. I absolutely adore his writing style! I also appreciate his desire to help others polish their own writing skills and to follow their own dreams.
Al Smith of The Care Movement lives a life of gratitude not “attitude.” He believes in miracles, and to me, he is one! He is caring, open-minded, generous of spirit, and always inspiring. He simply wants to Inspire and Influence Positive Change in the world, one person at a time – and he does!
Daniel Newman of Millenial CEO always amazes me with his honesty, kindness and integrity. He is leader of great strength and character. His posts are insightful, challenging, occasionally ironic, sometimes amusing, but always valuable. He believes in accountability and authenticity, and he embodies both in all that he does and is.
Lolly Daskal, founder of Lead From Within, has a giant heart, a profound grace, and an awe-inspiring strength. Her #leadfromwithin chat is held on Tuesday evenings at 8pm, and should you attend, you will leave changed. Lolly is a visionary that is dedicated to nurturing others and spreading love. She challenges others to live and lead from within, honouring each other’s differences and strengths. She is a bright light – a beacon of hope, leading with kindness and compassion. Lolly has a truly beautiful soul.
Kumud Ajmani of #SpiritChat on Sunday mornings at 9am offers an encouraging sanctuary to explore your spiritual growth. He is loving, kind and non-judgmental. He engages in conversations that take you to unexpected places and that provide an opportunity to shift your thinking. Always a lovely Sunday morning at #spiritchat!
Angela Maiers, founder of the #youmatter campaign, is a passionate speaker and educator that makes us all believe that those two little words #youmatter, really can change the world. I know it’s changed my life. Her blog posts are equally as brilliant and her ideas seem to spread like wildfire. She is a champion of learning and leadership, and is changing the world. Inspired by her commitment, I am happily doing my own part and changing it right along with her. Angela, YOU matter!
Joanne Cipressi of #Inspirechat on Thursday mornings at 11am is a passionate, motivational, empowerment coach that helps others heal. She has a huge heart and genuine concern for others. She is thoughtful and supportive. Her #inspirechat and her blog posts are always a highlight of my week.
Tara Markus of #ubusensations on Tuesday evenings at 7pm is absolutely dazzling! She celebrates every moment of life and encourages others to embrace their sensational selves. Her giant heart and spectacular smile can be found in every wonderful word. She shines brilliantly!
Marie Wikle of Spreading Joy never ceases to amaze me with her incredible kindness and generosity of spirit. She reminds others of the joy of giving. She encourages others to do “what they can, when they can, and with what they can,” to daily make a difference. Marie is truly a blessing.
YOU ALL MATTER
Thank you to each of you for your sunny souls and for being who you are. You make the world a better place. You have moved me, and you have enriched my life immeasurably.
May 2012 bring you all much joy and success!
Shelley Lundquist is an international best-selling author, motivational speaker, and Self-Mastery & Success Coach who uses her intuitive gifts and powerful transformational breakthrough processes to empower audiences all over the world in leveraging the unlimited power of their own potential.
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