Thanks to A Very English Yogi for the Liebster Award and his prompt for 11 more blogs.
In honor of the German origins of the word liebster — “my dearest, my favorite” — I nominate a lovely “Martha”-type blog from Germany: elfenpulver.blogspot. I like the blogger’s graphics, beautiful photos, and sayings such as: “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.” Reading this blog teaches you that Google translation still needs a lot of work — no matter, the text becomes as whimsical as the art.
Living in the present is part of the appeal of journeytojoy, another blogspot, with positive messages for all generations. Tony Anders, a Colorado tax controller, launched this blog to share what he’s learned about being a “more positive, joyful person, living each day to the fullest and staying connected to my soul.” I like his self-description of being an “artisan of the human spirit.”
Marianne Irvine challenges us to a 100-day gratitude challenge in her grandeurvision.wordpress blog. I’m inspired by her motto: “Be a channel for love. life. presence.” I’m also inspired by her search for better health, as she manages chronic pain and rheumatoid arthritis. Irvine explains that her blog is an exploration in “the Meaning for my Life.”
I didn’t know anything about Australian bush flower essences, but Christine Grzona, a nurse and accountant, convinced me of their relaxing powers with her gateways-to-inner-peace blog. She offers lots of tips on emotional healing, and includes her daily gratitude prayer.
In honor of A Very English Yogi, I also nominate the Give Back Yoga blog, because it’s yoga for veterans and others in need of peace of mind. Read this blog and donate, to help young returnees searching for ways to heal after war.
Who can resist a blog with “best break-up songs” and non-traditional Valentine’s cards? Great graphics, great imagination by Meghan Laslocky of Oakland, CA at “the little blog of heartbreak.”
A Buddhist described as a “lightly seasoned and still percolating dharma student and practitioner” has been blogging since 2006 at “full contact enlightenment.”
It takes courage to write from Bhutan about “finding beauty in everyday life.” At Rikku Writes, blogger Riku Dhan Subba finds wonder in snowflakes and spring blossoms.
Another blogger, Jolene — “mom of Aidan” — won a Canadian blog award for her descriptions of how to live well, with chronic illness and pain. I especially like her blog title: Graceful Agony.
David Friedman of New Jersey posted a video on YouTube to convince us all to be kinder to each other. There’s more at his “intentional acts of kindness” blogspot.
Lastly, check blog4change, a collection of mini-blogs aimed at improving communities, honoring friends, family and neighbors, and keeping an open mind.
The Liebster Award poses 11 questions for each winner:
1. Why were you inspired to begin blogging?
2. What did you discover by blogging that you didn’t know before?
3. What’s the best thing about blogging?
4. Do you strive to inspire others with your blog?
5. Is there a downside to blogging?
6. Name the most surprising country or contact you’ve made through your blog.
7. What is your favorite/favourite blogging topic?
8. What would you blog about if you could post about anything?
9. What’s holding you back from doing that?
10. If you could offer advice to new bloggers, what would that be?
And, in keeping with the spirit of my blog,
11. Name one thing for which you’re most grateful.
Thanks to all these bloggers for time well-spent, reading your words of inspiration, and lingering over your photos and art. Just reading your blog is encouraging!