Our acceptance speech…it IS award season after all!

I’ve recently been posting about my trips into Hollywood and it IS Academy Award season! It’s also true that at particular junctures in my life I’ve been symbolically awarded one of those little statuettes—apparently I have a flair for the dramatic. But in the spirit of the award season, our little blog has actually been given two very delightful recognitions.

I want to first say that the outcome of being singled out for any positive acknowledgement is a certain boost to confidence. Every time someone tells me they enjoy what we have to say in our little blog I just smile and shake my head a bit. The pleasure we in turn receive from that feedback is a continual surprise. I have always thought that I am primarily an intrinsically motivated person not particularly requiring a lot of overt attention, but recently it has occurred to me that perhaps that isn’t as true as I’ve thought. For one thing, I do have a lot of regular encouragement and support in my family, and with the addition of good friends perhaps I have more than my share.

This has been a thought I’ve been chewing on…so many people I know do NOT get their fair share of encouragement. And we all do need it, not matter what we’re doing. So upon accepting our recognitions let me also take the opportunity to truly thank Meg of Meg Travels for the Awesome Blog Content (ABC) Award. We feel both honored and encouraged. Given the eclectic nature of some of our ramblings we are truly delighted that Meg considered an award highlighting our “content”–we humbly thank you for the gold star!

And I really encourage our blog friends to travel over to view Meg’s wonderful site. I read her rich posts to enjoy the benefit of vicarious trips around the world–even a virtual pleasure trip is going to help you breathe lighter!

The guidelines for the award begin with Alyson of the Thought Palette. And as part of accepting the award I’ve added the ABC award logo and complied with an interesting alphabet challenge! Instead of sharing specifically about ourselves, I think we do quite a bit of that in our blog, we’ll list some words that fit very nicely into our overall theme of promoting wellness. Here are some genuinely POSITIVE words:

A affirmative J joviality S stillness
B bright K kindness T thankfulness
C charitable L laughter U unwavering
D delight M meaningful V vibrancy
E encourage N nutritious W willingness
F friendship O optimism X x-cellence
G genuine P positivity Z zestfulness
H harmony Q quietude
I imagination R refreshment

And I would like to pass the award on to three blogs I have enjoyed specifically for their positivity! It’s difficult for me to choose favorites from among the many wonderful blogs, but I’ve chosen three for the way they support and emphasize well-being!

Let me introduce you to Elizabeth at Mirth and Motivation and Deepali at Wellness Kriya. I also really enjoy Melissa at West Coast Nest. I first found her blog thinking we “shared” the west coast…she’s sharing life from Vancouver, and has a really lovely and visual blog. I always breathe lighter after reading each of these three wonderful authors!

And, hold onto your party hats! Meg also passed on The Candle Lighter Award. How lovely to be associated with this award conferred because of our positive and uplifting posts! We gratefully accept this award and will hold on to it for just a little while before passing it along. But we will!

Receiving acknowledgement from you, Meg, means a great deal. We are always so pleased just to find some lovely comments in our inbox and to know that those who read our posts come back again! Drawing even more attention to us is the icing on our party cake. We thank you kindly!

With much appreciation, Debra –and I gladly share this recognition with my dear friend Beth and the girls!

38 thoughts on “Our acceptance speech…it IS award season after all!

    1. Thank you, Sharyn. I enjoyed making the list of words and have considered making a small list to carry around and remind me to focus on these attributes a little more often as an antidote to the barrage of negativity we seem more easily pulled towards. I’d love to be identified as someone who clearly lives these words…I’m practicing! D

  1. Debra, I am certainly honored to be mentioned as a recipient to the ABC award. Thank you so much! I have enjoyed reading yours and Beth’s adventures. Your posts make me smile. There is something that connects all of us in the blogging world. It is uplifting to receive support from fellow bloggers. I loved your alphabet – my favorites are optimism and laughter! Isn’t that what life’s about? Blog on…..

    1. Thank you, Deepali. You were one of the very first commentators to encourage me…I appreciated your comments and knew you were reading even when you traveled. I love your posts and have passed them on to others friends many times. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to more formally recommend your site. 🙂 Debra

  2. congratulations! it’s great to see my ABC award being passed on and enjoyed by so many blogs – and each time I get to find another great blog to enjoy!
    loved your alphabet too – especially kindness laughter and vibrancy!
    off to check out more of your blog now….
    best wishes and congrats again

    1. Clearly you are a very positive and encouraging person, Alyson, and it is great to also make your acquaintance! I enjoyed passing along the honor and look forward to following the links that emanate from your wonderful blog. Following the dots and finding new and interesting leads is truly delightful! Thank you for stopping by! Debra

    1. Thank you, John. It is so interesting how connections are being made and new blogging friends come together, don’t you agree? You are certainly one of the most generous and encouraging bloggers out there! D

  3. Bravo! I, too, enjoyed your alphabet list and will spend some time a bit later on the blogs you mention here. What fun it is, this blogging thing, and how grateful I am to spend some time here.

    1. It is fun, Penny! And I’m fairly sure you are similar to me in the realization that the whole exercise is bringing people together who never would have otherwise met and find the pleasure most surprising and fun! I sometimes have to curb my enthusiasm when sharing with friends who don’t blog and probably wonder what happened to me! LOL! Debra

      1. I know exactly what you mean, Debra. I know I’ve been “talked about”, tee hee, in corners when friends think I’m not looking, but, here we are from California, Wales, Great Britain, the prairies and plains of the Midwest . . . I’ve grown so much from the experience and have had some interesting encounters along the way.

        You’re the best. Enjoy the day!

  4. Congratulations on your award,Debra. I haven’ been following your blog very long, but I can see already that it is well-deserved. love your speech and your alphabet.

    1. Thank you so much, Perpetua. I think I originally found your site through comments on Penny’s wonderful blog, and I have been captivated by stories and photos of your life in Wales. The encouragement we all receive is definitely achieved through all the adventurous connecting, so I am so glad we met! Debra

  5. Congratulations to you Debra and to Beth. I love your blog too and I am grateful to be included on your list of favorite blogs. Thank you for your all around generosity. Much appreciated! 🙂

  6. Congratulations, Debra. And Beth! Richly deserved. I often wish I could award people something for the amazing comments they leave with me, too: every day your writing adds something new to my thinking.

  7. Dear Debra and Beth, congratulations on your two awards. Having followed your blog for several months, I can attest to your positive attitudes. I also always look forward to hearing from you when I post because your comments are so encouraging and complimentary and positive. You truly deserve your awards.


    1. Thank you so much, Dee. I think that there is something quite lovely in finding ways to encourage one another and contribute to a wider circle of friends. There is so much heartache and negativity in each of our spheres that I am so appreciative of the opportunity to find ways to enjoy one another’s company!Debra

  8. Hello All- Beth here (the girls are happily sleeping–Mae-be really does have a good snore! Oh those short Boxer noses 🙂 ) Since I am not sleeping & the WI-FI is working I just wanted to say how very much I appreciate the encouragement and heart-y welcome into the blog-o-sphrere. And first and foremost a big ‘shout-out’ to dear Debra- who is one of the most creative souls I know! As you could tell from the ABC list she does have all of those qualities and more. So- on to more good ‘reads’ and here’s to more yummy blogs. It really is such a treat to give you our posts and we both look forward to reading yours!! So, I thank you for awards and encouragement. Blessings, Beth & two snoring furbabies 🙂

  9. Pam

    Many…Many Congrats! I’m so pleased and gratified for you…to see that so many also appreciate your voice…as I do. Sending love.

  10. Congratulations on your ABC Award!
    You may be interested to know that I have now set up a Facebook group for all bloggers who have been given the ABC Award – a place for you to meet new bloggers, and share and support each other. You can join the group here:
    Please also let any other bloggers, that you know have been given the award, know about this group too – then we can all ‘spread the word’
    I have also set up a Facebook page – the ABC Award – where you can now add links to all of your blog posts and writing – share your work with a new audience, gain new readers, and find out what other ABC Award bloggers are writing about.
    You can find the page here:
    Just ‘like’ the page and get started – and do let all your blog readers know about this page – I believe that all of our blogs can only be improved by letting our readers know about other blogs – that way you will also have new readers discover you too!
    Happy blogging – and congratulations again on the ABC Award – you’re awesome!

    1. How fun, Alyson! I will definitely check this out. And in just a week or two I’m going to acknowledge a couple of other awards, and at the time I will definitely share a link to this page with my post! It’s so wonderful to have the opportunity to connect with others in a variety of ways. It has really enriched my sense of personal “well-being”–and it’s fun! Debra

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