How do you give back to your community?

I was blown away when I watched MADD Canada’s latest PSA entitled “Impact — Victim Support“. Its goal is to let the public know that MADD Canada has victim support services available. MADD Canada’s mission isn’t just to stop impaired driving. It’s also to support the victims of this violent crime. The organization and its hundreds of chapters and volunteers across Canada offer support to those who have lost a loved one or who themselves have been injured in an impaired driving crash.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

It’s timely that I watched it now because while you are reading this, hubby and I are embarking on a 5-hour drive to Windsor, Nova Scotia to take the weekend-long Level II training to become MADD Canada Victim Service Volunteers; otherwise known as a VSV.

VSVs are there to offer support to victims of impaired driving. To become a certified VSV, hubby and I have to undertake two levels of training. First, we had to complete an online training course that took about 10 hours to complete and was designed to increase our sensitivity and knowledge of victims’ issues. We had to receive a “gold” standing to be invited to take the next level of training, which we did – woot woot.

Level II, which we are taking this weekend, is an advanced face-to-face training course. Once we successfully complete this training, as well as meet other screening requirements (criminal background check etc), we will then officially become MADD Canada certified VSVs.

As VSVs, our role in the community will be to provide emotional and practical support either face-to-face or over the phone to victims. As requested, we will offer victims support such as information, a list of relevant resources, advice on how to obtain accident and/or collision autopsy reports, guidance on communicating with crown attorneys, investigating officers, probation officers and/or parole officers and other services as appropriate to victims. We might also be asked to assist victims with the criminal justice process and civil litigation such as court accompaniment or helping them to write a victim impact statement.

As well, we’ll be able to bring them information on many of MADD Canada’s national services such as the National Memorial Wall, traveling wall and On-line Tributes as well as the National Conference for Victims of Impaired Driving and the Annual Candlelight Vigil.

I can’t tell you how inspiring it is to think about giving back to others in the same way that we were supported as a family. It’s sort of like coming full circle. To have the opportunity to offer support to someone in a time of tragedy is both an honor and a privilege.

Keep your fingers crossed that we pass…especially now that I put it all out there.

How do you give back in your community? During times of crisis or tragedy, what kind of support have  you benefited from and/or has surprised you? If you have lost a loved or were injured by an impaired driver, what kind of support has really helped you? I’d love to hear your thoughts…

On August 1, 2009, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my stepson’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and on the Web.

Text MADD to 45678 to donate $5 today. Report impaired drivers – CALL 911.

More blog deliciousness here:

  • World building intimidates me but Fae Rowen’s post on Writers in the Storm on with world building techniques made it sound way more doable!
  • After reading Patricia Sands interview post with Nicky Wells, I am dying to read her books!
  • FAB guest post by Tamara Ireland Stone on Janice Hardy’s blog about using writing prompts. I definitely filed this one away to use.
Advertisements

Music video showcases the violent ripple effect of impaired driving

I was surfing YouTube today and came across Simple Plan’s music video for their “Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)” song. I’ve heard the song a million times but not being a music video buff, had never seen the video or, to be honest, really paid deep attention to the lyrics and the story.

Until today.

At first I thought it was someone’s compilation put together to the music. Then I realized that no, the song actually tells the story of a car accident on a rainy night. A drunk driver crashes head-on into a car driven by a young girl, who dies. The drunk driver survives, uninjured. The story, told through the lyrics and powerful music, brought me to tears.

I was blow away by how the band incorporated the impact on all the unseen victims. When the cars collide, people in everyday activities are violently thrown into walls and through windows. In this way, the video truly captured the intense, devastating and violent ripple effect that drunk driving has beyond the people in the vehicles.

To quote Simple Plan’s description, “When an accident happens, there are more victims than people think, and many lives are changed forever…Parents, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, grandparents…everybody feels the impact.Source: Wikipedia 

So very true Simple Plan. Thank you for your contribution to creating awareness.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If for some reason the video doesn’t play, you can catch it here.

Have you experienced the ripple effect of impaired driving or someone else’s poor choices and decisions? I’d love to hear your thoughts…

On August 1, 2009, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my step-son’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), YouTube, and on the Web.

More blog deliciousness here:

Recover lost items easily and support MADD Canada

I don’t know how many times I’ve done it. I don’t know how many times hubby, my Mom or friends have done it. You’ve likely done it yourself a time or two. You know…lost your keys, wallet, or cell phone. One time hubby and I found someone’s iPhone 4 on the ground outside a retail store. Happens all the time; you get into a conversation and before you know it, you’ve walk away from a table and left your phone behind and BAM…it’s gone. Sucks!

Well have I got the solution for you!

MADD Canada has teamed up with ReturnMoi Lost & Found to offer a way to recover these items easily and quickly with the MADD Canada Lost & Found Recovery Tags. How uberlicious is that?!

(www.returnmoi.com/maddcanada/)

These little tags can be attached to your cell phones, wallets, keys, laptops, sports gear – just about any portable item you can think of. When you receive your tag, you go to the company’s website and register your information (and can offer a reward for returned items if you so choose). If the item is ever lost, the tag gives the person who found it an easy way to get it back to you. All they do is call the 1 800 number or visit the website on the tag, punch in the ID number to reported it found and then ReturnMoi arranges to have the item returned to you, free of charge.

Shut the FRONT DOOR?!

Nope…it’s true!! And this little treasure isn’t open to just the Canadians; ReturnMoi is international so whether you live in Canada, the US or the UK, you can get yourself MADD Canada Lost & Found Recovery Tags and protect your precious portables.

I know what you are wondering; there’s gotta be a cost.

Yes.

For $10 a tag, you get LIFETIME coverage and 50% of all the sales of MADD Canada Recovery Tags is donated to MADD Canada. So in essence, you pay $5 for a MADD Canada recovery tag with lifetime coverage and make a $5 donation to MADD Canada. Does it get any better?!? I don’t think so…

Not to mention, the super cute MADD Canada Lost & Found Recovery Tags are branded with the MADD Canada logo and the Campaign 911 message so not only would you be safe guarding your portables AND making a donation to MADD Canada, you’d also be visibly promoting MADD Canada’s message to drive sober to all who see it (these people are freaking branding ninja masters…love it!).

Oh…and as a special offer right now, ReturnMoi will supply a second tag (same as one purchased) at no cost.

MADD Canada Recovery Tags can be ordered at: www.returnmoi.com/maddcanada.

ReturnMoi, founded in 2007, is one of the world’s largest lost and found companies. They have an impressive recovery rate of over 80% and have produced over 1,500,000 recovery tags protecting customers’ valuables from all over the world.

Here’s a little information video:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I have a tag on my car keys and on the back of my Blackberry as does hubby. Now to order a couple more for the laptops and the camera!

Ever lost a set of keys, wallet, or something else super valuable? What would you have done to get it back? I’d love to hear your thoughts…

On August 1, 2009, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my stepson’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), YouTube, and on the Web.

More blog deliciousness here:

The latest (and greatest) around the blogosphere…

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Social Media Out Loud:

Write Out Loud:

  • A really poignant post of discovering yourself in your writing by the Hack Novelist. I loved it and I think it summed up quite wonderfully why we take our writing so personally!
  • Jami Gold did a great guest post over at Girls with Pens on how to make the most out of a scene. Whether you are a plotter or a pantser, this post will have appeal. I printed it off as another resource (my file folder is getting huge…)
  • Jenny Hansen serves up some writing gold with her post on how to use track changes in Word (she includes screen shots and everything…such a techie!). In my professional capacity, I’ve become quite a track changes pro and we’d be lost without it. I absolutely agree with Jenny on this one, a huge tool for writers.
  • I thought Jody Hedlund’s post on handling contradictory feedback was spot on! What…you mean not everyone’s gonna love my book? She provided fantastic examples to illustrate her point and when I read them, and put myself in her shoes, I could only imagine the sense of contradiction you’d be left with as a writer. Her advice was amazing!
  • Kristen Lamb gave us another FAB post on amping up our stories by working hand-in-hand with our antagonist. I loved how she gave concrete examples of different types of antagonist. It really helped me sink my teeth into the concept.

Life Out Loud:

  • When I read Kait Nolan’s post on why it’s necessary to dare to fail so that we dare to live, I was inspired and touched. It’s so true. If we live too cautiously, afraid to take a chance, we’ll never really experience Life Out Loud and our true potential.
  • Do you know a child with special needs? What have you taught your children about how to treat others with special needs? I read a touching post by Stacy Green on how she helped her daughter see and engage with special needs children in a loving and open way. It brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful!
  • And, with that, have you HEARD of Toronto’s Famous People Players?!?! OMG, you have to go check out Patricia Sands’ blog where she does a feature on this fantastic theatre troop that’s been entertaining audiences for over 20 years. Watch the video – totally uber!
  • Shopping for Christmas and no idea what to get your man? Well friends, Marcia Richards has combed the Web and found YOU some delightful little Xmas gift ideas that are SURE to put a smile on his face. PantyGrams, need I say more?!?!?!

Laugh Out Loud:

  • Piper Bayard and Holmes will have you rolling over in a huge giggle fest when you read their holiday survival post. Some damn fine advice guys!
  • I wasn’t sure whether to put Lani Wendt Young’s post under writing or laughing. It’s a cute and funny post about why writers hate Christmas. Cracked me up but you know, I could totally see it! While you are there, for God’s sakes check out her left hand bar and click to watch her book trailer for Telesa: The Covenant Keeper. It’s ahhhhmazing! I LOVED IT! You can also watch it on YouTube here. Wowzers!
  • And for my grand finale of laughter, did you SEE Jenny Hansen’s post on coffee-snorting holiday videos. OMG it’s HYSTERICAL!!! And…practical too because we finally get an answer on how to distinguish togs from underwear…thanks for that Jenny!
  • If by chance THAT wasn’t enough (by god you should all be on the floor after those videos…if you aren’t, check your pulse), check out Tameri Etherton’s blog for a delightful little dish of LMFAO’s video Sexy and I Know It! Now those boys know how to work the tog! I wonder if they’d teach hubby?!?!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s line-up of fantabulous blog posts. Stay tuned for next week’s. I promise to go and spend oodles of time (time away from friends and family I’ll have you know…) to bring you this do-or-die information…My god…you guys must really love me!!

Got any ditties of your own to share? Let me know and maybe they’ll be featured as part of next week’s line-up…

FAB posts on blogging, tweeting, writing, living and laughing…

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Blog/Tweet Out Loud:

Write Out Loud:

  • Since I am planning to embark on writing women’s fiction, I got a ton out of Roni Loren’s guest post by Sierra Godfrey on creating the all important dark moment. The post was super helpful on making sense of structure elements I’ve been reading about.
  • Jami Gold offered a fantastic gem on what makes a story feel realistic that’s a definite must read.
  • You HAVE to go read Shéa MacLeod’s guest post, the Phoenix and the Darkness, by Lizzy Ford. Lizzy is another of the amazing Indie Chicks: 25 Women 25 Personal Stories and her post is powerful and left me a smidge speechless. I was enthralled with Lizzy’s story and her writing. You will be too.
  • Jennifer Eaton had a very serious scare for any writer. Go read her post and then go back up your stuff!
  • Kristen Lamb puts together another winner with her post on the importance of the antagonists. I hadn’t ever thought about it that way but it MAKES sense! I am just starting out and I am going to follow this little ditty to the letter. Besides, I think it’s one character profile I’ll have a blast doing.
  • Jody Hedlund did a great guest post on Writers in the Storm about 4 steps she uses for organizing plot ideas into a novel. I loved the post. It was practical advice that I think will totally work for me. Add a little of Kristen Lamb’s advice and any writer would be well on their way – I know I hoped to be!
  • I thoroughly enjoyed Kathy Owen’s post this week on how writing is like putting up your Christmas tree. I loved the parallel she made and how she tied it all together! Great analogy!

Life Out Loud:

  • I just ADORED Piper Bayard’s post on spreading the moxie. Essentially, you need to know what you want in life and then not be afraid to ask for it and go after it! Sometimes, it just works out! Her post inspired me to go after what I want – no excuses!
  • I loved Nancy J. Nicholson’s post on recognizing that sometimes the shortest distance between two points isn’t always a straight line. Sometimes taking a break, walking away, and letting the frustration slip away will only help your creativity blossom.
  • Did you SEE Marcia Richards NEW blog DESIGN!?!? Like O.M.G.! It’s totally up my alley and I love it! She also did a wonderful post on the history and meaning behind advent calendars. I had no idea. I love how she made her own that created ahhhmazing and meaningful family memories!
  • Friendships are sooo important. And if you are traveling around the world, making new galpals can be a great way to experience the real culture of the area. Patricia Sands made friendships that will last a lifetime half way around the world and got a real taste of France.

Laugh Out Loud:

  • TELL me…ASSURE me that you all read Jenny Hansen’s post on how her secret coffee concoction led to her friend Clair being…well…propositioned!!!! By a married man no less. He drank the coffee and lost his mind! RIOT! And the hubby and Jenny had a portmanteau-off in the comment section with Jenny pulling out the win (in my humble opinion…lol).
  • Have you seen what The Bloggess has been up to lately? She scored an enormous, wearable taxidermied wolf and then…she wore it to the opening of Twilight with a friend who dressed up like the Volturi – OMG the photos are hysterical! Seriously funny!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s line-up of fantabulous blog posts. Stay tuned for next week’s. I promise to go and spend oodles of time (time away from friends and family I’ll have you know…) to bring you this do-or-die information…My god…you guys must really love me!!

Got any ditties of your own to share? Let me know and maybe they’ll be featured as part of next week’s line-up…

A little linky love for US turkey day

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my US peeps. I hope y’all have a wonderful day with family, friends, and lots of love and good food. Here’s to continued health and prosperity to all! Being Canadian, we celebrated ours in October.

Blog Out Loud:

  • If you haven’t been over to visit Annette Gendler’s blog to see her new design, go check it out today. The digs are beautiful. She’s got a gorgeous, bright, happy header; a quote that sort of sums her up; and a fabulous layout and white background. It’s all changes she learned and implemented from Kristen Lamb’s blogging to build brand course. Great job Annette – I love it!
  • Have you thought about doing vlogs on your blog? I just watched/read this post by Darren Rowse from ProBlogger on the benefits of posting videos on your blog and I gotta tell you, I am kind of sold. I am really looking forward to his upcoming vlogs on the “how tos”. I know Amy Shojai uses a lot of vlogs at the end of a number of her posts that I find really effective. Another of my favorite bloggers, Lindsay of Designer Wife, does vlogs and I’ve always enjoyed them. In both instances, they make the blogger seem more real and personal. Maybe I’ll do a little intro video on mine? Hmmmm…you?

Write Out Loud:

  • Loved this week’s post by Roni Loren on 3 things you can do now to prepare for published authorhood. I like it because I totally believe on what you focus on, grows. So, if you are focusing on what life will be like when you are a published author, then that is what will come. It was also practical advice. My fav tidbits; find balance and let go of guilt.
  • Patricia Sands gave a shout out to the recent, amazing success of self-published author Torre DeRoche. I went and read the whole story on Torre’s blog and it’s an inspiration. Essentially she self-published her book on her blog September 7 and by November 11 she landed an agent, four major publishing deals, and a movie deal. Shut up! She’s a walking success story for the power of social media!
  • Kristen Lamb has been giving us a steady stream of tutorials on structure (thank you Kristen) and this week she delved into the mastery of scenes. As she points out, it’s easy to get lost when dealing with a structure as complex as a novel so she gave us a nifty tool to keep everything straight.
  • Join me in sending a huge congratulations to Angela Wallace on the release of her self-published book Elemental Magic. I love the cover and the book description – sounds like a FAB read. Go check it out!

Life Out Loud:

  • Elena Aitken did a fantastic post on the importance of finding your inner athlete. What I loved most is that she helped me realize that I don’t have to be a pro on the court or the next swimming champion to be an athlete. My inner athlete is any size, shape and weight. She’s just a fitter, more active me.
  • Have you been to Nice, France? I haven’t. But when I visited Naomi Bulger’s blog, I took a most spectacular trip through her outstanding photography. Go get swept away!
  • For all you single gals, Jenny Hansen wrote a fantastic post on how she put a dating disaster record behind her with the help of a dating committee and landed herself a prince. You can to! Also, be sure to check out Jenny’s post on why she’s thankful for the military (there’s a book give away involved).
  • Jillian Dodd never ceases to impress me with her Philanthropy Thursday line-up where she encourages us all to be more philanthropic in our lives. And she reminds us that philanthropy doesn’t have to be donating to charity, it can be anything from helping a neighbor, lending an ear, or giving a thoughtful word. And Jillian puts her money where her mouth is. She donates 20% of the proceeds from the sale of her book, That Boy. In October, she donated $780 dollars to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the University of Nebraska Foundation. That Boy donations total $2010. Isn’t that amazing!
  • With the holiday stress on the way, we need all the help we can get to stay positive and upbeat. Angela Orlowski-Peart put together 11 simple, and practical, tips on staying positive that I know I’ll put to good use!

Laugh Out Loud:

  • I am sure you are all regular visitors to Noa Gavin’s blog but if not, you have to go check out these two posts. I nearly died watching the video her and a couple of friends made on brainstorming for shows for TLC – RIOT! Then she did another hilarious post on rules for DisneyWorld. Seriously? I nearly died! Just the laugh I needed this week.
  • Paige Kellerman was in true form when she wrote her letter to Kim Kardashian with some wonderful marital advice. I nearly peed myself.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s line-up of fantabulous blog posts. Stay tuned for next week’s. I promise to go and spend oodles of time (time away from friends and family I’ll have you know…) to bring you this do-or-die information…My god…you guys must really love me!!

Got any ditties of your own to share? Let me know and maybe they’ll be featured as part of next week’s line-up…

Link love abound!

Better late than never. It’s still Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Blog Out Loud:

  • Blogging is hard work. We can all suffer disillusionment and burnout. I think Roni Loren did a great post on the life cycle of a blogger. It helps to recognize that even if you go through a period where you are down on blogging (or way up, like moi) that there’s ebb and flow to it and we just gotta hang in there.

Write Out Loud:

  • Have y’all seen Amy Shojai’s series on media tips? They are fantastic. The last one has what I consider to be some of the best tips yet. With over 10 years in the biz, I can tell you, she’s hit the nail on the head. Check it out and be sure to scan through for the rest of her posts on the subject. Wonderfully useful!
  • Patricia Sands did a wonderful interview with writer Torre DeRoche that is a must-read if you haven’t already seen it. It also includes a wonderful post by Torre on her journey to find the strength and determination to finish writing a book. I think you’ll all love it!
  • Have a little fun and check out Jennifer Meaton’s blog and her post on Wordle. I hadn’t heard about it until Jennifer introduced me to it but how cool! You load something you’ve written into it and it gives you a visual representation of the frequency of your words; the bigger the word, the more you used it. I think this would be very useful if you are looking for repetitive words in your books.
  • Shea MacLeod was invited to be a part of the recently released Indie Chicks: 25 Women 25 Personal Stories. It’s an amazing story how the book, which features personal stories from each women as well as excerpts from their novels, came to be.
  • I loved loved loved Roni Loren’s guest post Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: Plot Building for the Character Driven Writer by Ashley March. Having just started out with the plotting thing, and been SUPER excited because I am an UBER planner, I was devastated when things didn’t just jive. How do I know what would come next, I don’t know what that character would do?!?!?!?! The pantsing/plotting technique Ashley describes in this post sounds like the exact mesh of plotting and simultaneous character development that would work for me!

Laugh Out Loud:

Life Out Loud:

I hope you enjoyed this week’s line-up of fantabulous blog posts. Stay tuned for next week’s. I promise to go and spend oodles of time (time away from friends and family I’ll have you know…) to bring you this do-or-die information…My god…you guys must really love me!!

Got any ditties of your own to share? Let me know and maybe they’ll be featured as part of next week’s line-up…

Links out loud: blogging, writing, laughing and life

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Blog Out Loud:

  • Some of you may have notice, I’ve updated my Gravatar photo to a real life photo of myself. I also updated my twitter profile picture to match. I had been pondering the idea for some time and after reading Angela Orlowski-Peart’s post on the importance of your profile picture, I took the plunge. Read it – you will to!
  • Kristen Lamb did a great post on what numbers matter and what ones don’t. And then she followed up with this one (where she also features YOURS TRULY in your mash-up of awesomeness…eeekkkkee…thanks Kristen, we are totally BFF). Read them both. It’ll help ease your worries about the number of followers you have and let you know what really does matter.

Write Out Loud:

  • Awhile ago, someone mentioned to me in my comments that I had a great voice for chick lit. Until then, I hadn’t really thought about a genre for my WIP. When I started investigating, I got confused over what constituted chick lit and what was women’s fiction. Well this week, Roni Loren featured guest contributor, Sierra Godfrey, who interviewed Roni’s agent Sara Megibow  (if you were able to follow THAT…gold star for you!) on just that topic! Thank you ladies because now it’s clear!
  • One of my favorite bloggers, the Hack Novelist, wrote a great post this week about the importance of getting honest feedback from objective folks for your novel. Fantastic read and he makes a poignant argument!
  • Do you…and be honest here (this is NOT a trick question) know the difference between editing and proofreading? Because…there is a difference. A big one. If you aren’t sure, be sure to swing by Nicole Basaraba’s blog where she featured a fantastic guest post by the uberlicious Jenny Hansen who breaks the editing/proofreading mystery down for you.

Laugh Out Loud:

  • Need a laugh? Heard about twitter’s latest and hottest hashtag the #pantypeeps (long live the #pantypeeps)? Well…head over to Jenny Hansen’s blog to get the low down on that and so much more (hand-knit g-strings in fun fur, and…the truth behind Thunderwear). I promise, you’ll be in mass giggles!
  • Paige Kellerman had me giggling with her post on making do and tightening the old purse strings now that they are down to one income. I am not sure how the glued-together-envelops will make for toilet paper but it’s unlikely to be a hit. Although, I give her an A for effort! LOL!
  • Ummm…Noa Gavin has a stalker…and she did a video about it. O.M.G funny!

Life Out Loud:

  • I read the most heartfelt post this week. Stacy Green’s brother (age 50) has been battling stage 4 throat cancer for nearly eighteen months. His story is one of inspiration! He is a hero in his spirit and his positive attitude. He is a living reminder to all of us to cherish life. As Stacy said “Life’s too short to waste time being angry or hiding behind our fears. Embrace them and move forward.” Ain’t that the truth Stacy?!?! In her brother’s honor, I hope you will join me in living large!
  • My good friend and ROW80 Sista Nancy Nicholson did a wonderful post this week about preparing for life’s next steps. In the sailing business, it’s all about being as prepared as possible and then…well…just going for it. Life is much the same, isn’t it!?!?! Great post Nancy!
  • Take a morning stroll with Patricia Sands through Antibes, France. I guarantee her photos will sweep you off your feet!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s line-up of fantabulous blog posts. Stay tuned for next week’s. I promise to go and spend oodles of time (time away from friends and family I’ll have you know…) to bring you this do-or-die information…My god…you guys must really love me!!

Got any ditties of your own to share? Let me know and maybe they’ll be featured as part of next week’s line-up…

Shut the front door – I wonder another blog award!

Poor hubby had to put up with me nerdjacking the entire conversation on our way to the camp this weekend about the blog award I won. To his credit, he listened with enthusiasm and congratulated me appropriately. But y’all in the blogosphere would understand a little better. I won a Liebster Award!

Break out the champagne! Woot woot!

I have to admit, I’ve been seeing the Liebster Award being awarded to my some of my uberlicious blog friends here and there and I was happy for them! Seriously…I was!!! I mean, I am!!! They rock and deserve the honor. But at the same time, I wondered “why not my little blog?!?! What do have to do to get your attention people???

And then voila, my good friend and ahhhmazing fellow blogger Tameri Etherton bestowed the honor on me. Thank you!!! I am gushing and blushing…again!

Tameri and I met at writer social media guru Kristen Lamb’s Blog to Build Your Brand course (another round starts in October/November – I HIGHLY recommend it). I gotta just say it straight up, Tameri rocks my world! Her trashy TV recap posts are a highlight of my week because she covers ALL of my favs. And her whimsy Wednesdays are always filled with something hilarious. It’s one of my go-to blogs for great content!

According to the uber fabulous Barbara McDowell, the Liebster Award originated in Germany and Liebster means “dear, sweet, darling, beloved.” The point of the award is to help bring a little more attention to blogs with fewer than 200 followers (what??? You mean I don’t have 200 followers yet??? Hmmmm!?!?!)

Winners of a Liebster must:

  1. Post the award on your blog and show thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them via the award graphic. Check out the award in my right hand menu, it now links to Tameri’s fab blog!
  2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog or send them a shout out on Twitter. It’s all about spreading the love.
  3. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the Internet – other writers (and bloggers).

Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The five blogs I would like to honor with a Liebster Award are bloggers who make my blog world a way better place to be in. I love to read, comment, tweet and follow their blogs because they rock. The content is well written, fun, and informative. And the reciprocating support and the blog luv they shower on me fills my heart with gratitude and joy.

Now, I can’t be 100% each of these blogs has under 200 followers part but I am going with people I believe fit the criteria and that I read, adore, and want to promo. And I tried to find ahhmazing bloggers I love who hadn’t already received the Liebster honor. So, without further ado, I would like to award and congratulate the following bloggers with a Liebster Award:

  • Patricia Sands, author of The Bridge Club, is traveling around France and since we all can’t be there with her to experience it in person, she shares her journey with each of us through her blog. Filled with gorgeous pictures and amazing sights and stories, you’ll think you were right there with her. Merci Patricia!
  • Kate Wood will take you back in time to the glorious days of the ancient Celts, Picts, Druids, Boudicca, and King Arthur. She is captivated by history and legends and you will be to once you start to follow her blog. Take a cup of tea when you sit down with Kate. It’ll just feel right.
  • Diana Murdock, author of Again, writes a blog with posts that are intimate, extremely well-written, and often prompt me to think beyond the ordinary; to dig a little deeper. I love them. She writes from her heart and soul and you won’t be sorry you visited her.
  • Kait Nolan, author of Red (which I just finished – it rocked) and the Mirus series, posts on writing, life in general, and on Operation Goddess in Training. She’s funny, poignant and writes straight from the heart. The blog is easy to read, well written and chalked full of great content. I guarantee, once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop.
  • Wordbitches, with a name like that how could I not honor them with a Liebster. This blog rocks my writing world with amazing posts from three amazing writers (Leanne Shirtliffe, Elena Aitken, and Trish Loye Elliott). These writers use this blog as a means of accountability to their writing goals. Their posts cover a gamut of topics but are all mostly related to the real-world experience of writing with great tips, tricks, and ideas. Keep up the good work ladies!

There you go award-winning fellow bloggers! Enjoy your well-deserved honor! Now go spread the luv!

%d bloggers like this: