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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sharing The Love

Illuminating Blog Award

On my latest Blog post, I had the beautiful surprise of being nominated for the Illuminating Blogger Award by Miss Rambler from The Risible Rambler. This lady loves writing and she does it so well!! There is a wide variety of posts on her Blog that very often bring a smile to your face and to your heart.
The Illuminating Blogger Award is given “for illuminating, informative blog content” (according to their site).

Now, the rules of receiving the blogging award are the fllowing:

1. The nominee should visit the award site (http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/) and leave a comment indicating that they have been nominated and by whom. (This step is so important because it’s the only way that we can create a blogroll of award winners).
2. The Nominee should thank the person that nominated them by posting & including a link to their blog.
3. Share one random thing about yourself in your blog post.
4. Select at least five other bloggers that you enjoy reading their illuminating, informative posts and nominate them for the award.
5. Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog, including a link to the award site (http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/).

I had many ideas of things I would want to mention in this post but then I decided that I would take the opportunity to tell you about the influence a particular song has had on my life.
As a child, I didn’t have a single word of English yet, nothing at all, but I used to talk in French to my virtual friend that I created in my mind, and I used to ask her to keep me company and help me to cry. I also used to say (without understanding the meaning of what I was saying) “Can’t they hear me crying? Can’t they see I’m dying?”. Not only that, but my favorite melody was Adagio. It used to bring tears to my eyes. Many years later, I heard a song by Louise Tucker from her album Midnight Blue on the radio. The song is called Graveyard Angel. The song’s music is based on Adagio. I don’t know the lyrics now except two things she says “can’t you see I’m crying, don’t you know I’m dying”. Since that time, listening to the song Graveyard Angel takes me to another world. I searched for the full lyrics but didn’t find them. I can’t listen to the song and write down the lyrics because when the song is playing I am ABSENT, however hard I try to concentrate. If anyone of you know this song, or if anyone of you can get the lyrics for me. I would be so grateful.

I have now to nominate 5 Bloggers …..

  1. Heal Now and Forever and Anxiety Shmanxiety Blog  author Jodi Aman
  2. Cauldrons and Cupcakes author Nicole Cody
  3. Gems of Delight author  Lisa
  4. My verbally Abusive marriage author Kellie Jo Holly
  5. Bringing Along OCD author Tina Barbour 


Reader Appreciation Award

I have been following Roxy's Blog  Adverse Universe  for some time, and I love her very informative, well written posts about Eating Disorders and her path to Recovery. I had the very nice surprise to see that Roxy has very kindly nominated me for the Reader Appreciation Award, and I would like to thank her so much for that.

It’s true that I don’t suffer from an eating disorder, but I think that everyone has his own struggle, and we don’t necessarily have to live through an identical situation in order to understand one another. Love is not conditioned by our struggles in life.

Here’s what I have to do!
1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.
2. Answer these 10 questions, below, for fun if you want to.
3. Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy. Or you pick the number.
4. Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate.
5. Pay the love back with gratitude and a link to the blogger(s) who nominated you.

The Questions: 

1. What is your favorite colour?
I would instantly reply Blue, although the shade which attracts me is Black

2. What is your favorite animal?
Dogs – The two dogs I had in my life are the only ones who showed me unconditional love. They would listen to me, feel my pain and comfort me.

3. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?
Fresh Fruit juice, any kind except Guava

4. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter?
I prefer Facebook because I like to have direct contact with my online friends.

5. What is your favorite pattern?
Swirling colours

6. Do you prefer giving or getting presents?
I love both, but I certainly prefer giving presents. I like to receive ONLY when it comes from love and not because the person feels obliged to offer something on a special occasion. The gift has a great value in my heart even if it’s just a smile. About giving presents, I don’t like to do it in standard occasions. I like from time to time to just send a gift that shows my love to the person.

7. What is your favorite number?
My favorite number is 4. I don’t know why, but it has always been. I used to say I wanted 4 children and to die at 44 (which is this year). It might seem silly but I like the fact that my birthday is on the 22nd (2+2 = 4) and I’m 44. I feel that is special.

8. What is your favorite day of the week?
I really don’t have a favorite day in a week. My favorite day is the one I can spend ALONE relaxing, doing nothing except what I want to do.

9. What is your favorite flower?
I love all flowers but my favorites are jasmine and gardenia

10. What’s your passion?
My passion is connecting with people, discussing different subjects, or sitting in silence. I mainly love to help others who suffer. My dream has always been to become a therapist.

The Nominees I will mention below may choose to not participate in this award process. I’ll of course leave it up to them, but I do encourage you to check their Blogs

These are some of the blogs I enjoy reading most

  1. Eating Life Raw author Leah Griffith
  2. Bella Bleue Healing, Health & Inspiration for your Life author Erin
  3. Inspiration from the Little things author Irene
  4. Martha's Daily devotions author Martha Orlando
  5. Navigating Cyberloss author Casey B
  6. Live Law of Attraction Linda Armstrong
  7. Writings on Body Image and Identity author Lisa Rosenberg
  8. A Year of Making a Difference author Louise Gallagher
  9. Memoirs of Me
  10. Nelmitravel author Nelieta
  11. Healing Morning author Dawn
  12. I Take Off the mask author Joyce


I didn't give an explanation on the content of each Blog i have nominated, but I really recommend you check them all.



Happy reading, Many Thanks and Love to all!!






46 comments:

  1. Congrats to the award. :-) I don't know the song you mean unfortunately. But I did enjoy reading your answers here, and I will definitely check out your nominees. :-) Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thank you so much my friend!! I hope you'll enjoy reading the Blog I nominated!!

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  2. Congratulations on the award, Nikky. You're really good at connecting and networking!

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    1. Thank you very much Corinne. I wouldn't be able to do anything without the support I get from you all <3

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  3. Wonderful, Nikki! Enjoy your award - you deserve it!
    And, thanks for mentioning my blog, too. :)

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    1. You're welcome Martha!! Your Blog is great!

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  4. Please leave me now I'm crying
    Please leave me now I'm crying
    Please leave me more than your words
    Voice felt but never is heard
    Heart lonely I know so well
    Like a Graveyard Angel

    Please leave me now I'm crying
    Please leave me now I'm crying
    Please leave me more than your tears
    Cold silence leads me to fear
    No stories left to tell
    Of the Graveyard Angel

    Thank you!
    Love,
    Jodi

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    1. Nikky, THANK YOU for nominating me for the award! Lovely to know that my words resonate with you! Many blessings, Lisa
      www.barefootbarn.com

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    2. Thank you very much Jodi for giving me the lyrics. After all, I liked the fact that it doesn't say exactly what was stuck in my mind. Love you <3

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    3. Lisa, I love your Blog and all what you post!! Thank you <3

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  5. I love reading your blog too, Nikky! It is so raw and honest that I feel that I'm actually being let into your life. Thank you because your blog inspires me. :-)

    And congratulations to your new awards! You deserve to be appreciated because of your sincerity. Much love to you, Nikky! <3 <3 <3 God bless :-)

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    1. Thank you Irene!! It feels so nice to be appreciated, and I never felt as happy as when I see all the love spreading in all the Blogs and among bloggers!!

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  6. Congratulations Nikky - truly a perfect award that suits your blog to the T :)

    You know everytime I read your blog one thing that strikes me the most is your strength which I must admit is infectious. I admire the honesty with which you present various aspects of your life. It makes me feel the world is really a small place.

    Thank you so much such a sweet gesture, m truly touched!!

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    1. Thank You so much my friend!! I finally started to see and realize I must have been strong to go through it all, and that only happened thanks to the support of you all <3 Much love

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  7. Congratulations Nikky on your two awards! What a great accomplishment for your site. I will take a visiting trip around the blogs I am unfamiliar with this weekend. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you very much Mary for your visits and support. I hope you will enjoy reading the Blogs mentioned. I certainly like reading yours!

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  8. Congrats! Thanks for showing me some new blogs to take a look at too! Hugs.

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    1. Much love to you!!! Happy reading and hope you'll enjoy it!!

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  9. Congratulations, Nikky, on your awards-- You deserve them! And thank you for nominating me for the award. I appreciate it!

    I love your blog. I always leave here deeply touched and reminded of the power of love.

    I will be checking out the other blogs you listed.

    Love,
    Tina <3

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    1. Thank you Tina, and congratulations to you too.
      I love having you in my life, in my new family. I love your visits and comments. BIG HUGS

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  10. Congratulations on your award Nikky! Thank you so much for the nomination, I really appreciate it!

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    1. You're welcome Nelieta!!Congratulations to you too!

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  11. Enjoyed your post today and congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Galen, I enjoyed your visit :)

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  12. Nikky, thank you for the very kind recognition you've given to me for Healing Morning. And most importantly, congratulations to you for receiving two special awards for your own work!! :)

    - Dawn

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    1. I love your Blog Dawn! Thank you so much for the support!!!

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  13. I was surprised to read more in this post. When I first visited it yesterday it was kind of short :P

    CONGRATULATIONS NIkky! I've seen many kinds of awards but everytime a new one comes out, it's always exciting :)

    I love your choices too :)

    You will be what you truly wish yourself to be. If you find that your calling is to be a therapist, so shall you be :)

    Lots of love :*

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    1. You made me happy Melissa!!
      Thank you so much for saying I can still become a therapist. I feel I'm too old for that, but who knows? maybe if I'm free one day i can do it at least as a passion not for a living!!

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  14. Well-deserved awards, Nikki... Congratulations!! :)

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    1. Thanks Punam!! Much love to you <3

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  15. Congrats on the awards Nikki. You deserve each one!
    I love these the most because I learn more about the woman behind the powerful words.
    xo

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    1. Thank you Kimberly!! I love also to connect with you, and get to know you better :)
      Much love to you <3

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  16. Nikky, Many congratulations on these new awards, as always much deserved. And thank you so much for nominating me! (I've been out of the loop, because of helping out with the school play which opened yesterday.) Much love,

    Lisa

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    1. Thank you very much Lisa and congratulations to you too. I understand sometimes we are so busy and don't find time to catch up with everything. It's been now 48 hours that I'm stressing with all the email notification for new blog posts and i wonder where will I bring the time from. Love you <3

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  17. Hi Nikky,
    I am so touched that you thought of me and humbled by your sharing your award with me. Life provides us with unexpected blessings and connection, and I am blessed to cross paths with you. I also want to congratulate you for your awards...they are very well deserved! Your stories of truth and honesty grace our lives, and you are a true witness of strength.
    Blessings and thank you, Erin, Bella Bleue

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    1. Hi Erin, I have joined your Blog recently and I directly felt home, as If I know you since long ago. I'm so happy you are in my circle of friends here. Congratulations on your awards too :) Much love <3

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  18. Hugs, Nikky! Congratulations! :D I didn't realize Jodi had written the lyrics and checked out several lyric sites to find them and was just contemplating listening to the song and writing them down, when I scrolled up to find you already got them :)

    This is a great post with introductions to wonderful blogs. Thanks for connecting!

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    1. Thank you so much Vidya. Yes, Jodi found them on a website. I"m glad the lyrics are not exactly what I thought they were :)
      I'm glad to see you here Vidya, thank you so much. Much love <3

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  19. Je me porte très bien, et toi-même ? How did you end up visiting a french blog ?

    - G.

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    1. Salut Guillaume!!
      Ta question me fait sourire : How did I end up visiting a French Blog? I always ask myself how did I ever started a Blog in English???? I bet my English teachers would never believe me if I told them that!!!
      Moi je vais tres bien. Je passe souvent par ton Blog :)
      En fait je visite juste deux Bogs en Francais. Tous mes amis sont anglophones et toute la communauté des ecrivains que je suis en train de rencontrer ecrivent en anglais :)
      Passe un bon wweek end! On se verra peit etre bientot a Montreal!

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    2. Bonjour,

      Heureux de savoir que j'ai des visiteurs anonymes !

      Si je comprends bien, tu es une francophone montréalaise ? ;-)

      Es-tu écrivaine toi-même ?

      Bonne journée.

      - G.

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    3. Mais NOnnnnnnnn, tu n'as pas deviné!! Je t'ai envoyé un email!!

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  20. Got it. Ton ''Live Traffic Feed'' te dit d'où viennent les utilisateurs.

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  21. Hi Nikky,

    Congrats on your nomination to the Illuminating Blogger Award. It is always nice to be recognized from fellow bloggers. Great to see your list of blogs. I love dogs as well. My little companion is right here beside me as I type this comment. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Cathy!

      I went yesterday with my colleague to a place where she could adopt a dog, and I was so temped to bring one for me too :(

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