Well, even though I’ve gone “award free” it seems I’m the recipient of such a nice honour I’m unable to refuse. Many thanks to Illustrated Moment for presenting me with the first-ever Illustrated Moment Award. If you haven’t checked out this blog, you absolutely must! Its author is so full of talent you won’t even believe it. Illustrated Moment covers subjects of all kinds and the accompanying illustrations are always perky and lots of fun! Here’s one of my favourites on 10 steps to becoming an awesome writer!
Lately, the blog author has begun a second blog titled “Illustrated Health” and has been focusing on a much more reasonable…indeed enjoyable, approach in educating people about various health conditions. Sounds dead boring, doesn’t it? And truly, when the first video was posted, I saw it and cringed thinking, “OMG, I really don’t want to watch a video about health issues.” But ever the dutiful follower….I clicked on it anyway. Thought I’d watch just enough to leave a clever comment and be done with it. But I was totally sucked right in! Immediately, I had an interest in a health issue and even came to understand how conditions like this happen!
So impressed was I that I even encouraged Illustrated Moment to get these videos into real production and make some major bucks with it. But no…..Illustrated Moment wasn’t interested. Illustrated Moment apparently chooses to educate others with no ulterior motive! Amazing. Anyway, if you haven’t already, you really do need to check out this unique and informative blog!
Along with this award comes 5 questions, of course. I’ll do my best.
1. Why did you first start blogging?
This is covered in my About Page, but basically I never heard of blogging until I was encouraged by my writing group to set up a blog. I was actually astounded to find all you wonderful people on here in this world I had no idea of!
2. Which post did you have most fun writing?
Post I had the most fun with definitely has to be The Shepherd and the Assassin. It wasn’t much fun to live, but actually writing it out to share on here was quite amusing.
3. Everyone has a favourite memory – which ONE word would you choose to describe your favourite lifetime moment?
Really? Everyone has a favourite memory? I don’t know that I can say that I have a favourite memory….There are so many good memories in my mind. But in thinking of them collectively, I think the one descriptor that holds through all of them has to be laughter. My best memories are all of my best people and remembering shared joys along the way.
4. Do you have a blogger in mind to nominate for The Illustrated Moment Award? introduce them to us!
It seems the Illustrated Moment Award is awarded to “those among us who brighten the blogosphere by making the effort to build a supportive and wonderful community.” How nice to be appreciated! And yes, I definitely have a few people that actually read my blog and make wonderful comments because they want to and not because I read one of their posts (another amazing thought!). It is with my great pleasure that I introduce to this award, Marissa Bergen over at Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth. Marissa has been my #1 commenter since I’ve come to WP and she most definitely fulfills the requirements of creating a supportive blogosphere. Always, she is one person I can count on to give me feedback on a post (and generally, it’s very positive feedback which I consider a lot from someone with creativity like hers). Her blog is definitely a highlight in anyone’s day. Marissa doesn’t jump on board with these awards and chain posts like I have in the past, so I’m not even asking her to answer any questions. But I do just want to recognize her as the awesome member of WP that she is!
5. What’s your spirit animal?
Okay, I’m going to admit now that I had never heard of a “spirit animal” before this question. However, after a quick Google search and an even quicker online test, I can now report that my spirit animal is a deer. I was a little put off by this at first I can tell you. I had hoped to have something really cool like a tiger or even a cute bear or something, but in reading the description of the deer totem, I have to say I can see traits in me that match this. I don’t know that I agree with the whole idea of this spirit animal thing (based on the fact that mine is a deer), but certainly some areas are there.
Traits of the deer totem include: Gentleness, ability to move through life and obstacles with grace, being in touch with inner child, innocence, being sensitive and intuitive, vigilance, ability to change directions quickly, magical ability to regenerate and being in touch with life’s mysteries.
Gentleness? Not generally a word I would associate with me. I do have the capacity to be gentle and certainly there are times I am gentle, but my gentleness is not the most obvious of my traits.
Moving through life/obstacles with grace? Um, again, not so much. At this point, it’s more of a lumbering gait.
Being in touch with the inner child? Now this one is a definite! This is me. I definitely prefer my small side to being the adult all the time. I’m very approachable to children and enjoy their company immensely probably because I still approach things myself with such a childlike innocence. I’m shocked to the core when I see horrible things in the news and I mostly enjoy movies that have a happy ending without a lot of tension.
Innocence? Definitely. My husband is still surprised by this. Oh, I try to be cagey and suspicious, but really, I don’t generally look for motives in other people and I’m shocked when I find out things aren’t as they seem sometimes.
Being sensitive and intuitive? Again, spot on. Definitely sensitive and easily hurt and I’ve had quite a few experiences that go well beyond intuitive. So yes, this one is true for me.
Vigilance? Yes. If I need to be aware of something (and being a control-freak I always need to be aware of what’s going on) then I’m on top of it 24/7. No question on this one.
Ability to change direction quickly? Yep, it’s definitely there. Though I do absolutely abhor change, if need be, I can be quick-changing to get done what needs done.
Magical ability to regenerate? Um, not sure if this means limbs or not, in which case I would have to say no. But if we’re talking emotional stuff, then it’s there. I’m not quick to heal after a hurt, but I do somehow find a way to keep on going…….
Being in touch with life’s mysteries? I don’t know about “in touch” with them, but I’m always pondering life’s mysteries and trying to make sense of them. I am very open to new ideas and love discussing things we don’t yet understand. So yes, this one I guess holds true too.
So there you go….award questions answered and my thanks again to Illustrated Moment for the recognition but indeed the honour has been all mine!