Let it Shine!

What a sweet surprise it was to receive the Illuminating Blogger Award from Dr. Sherry E. Showalter at “Keepin’ it Real”, especially during this self-imposed hiatus!  Thank you, Dr. Sherry. I humbly accept this honor.

My favorite definition of the verb illuminate is “to make illustrious or resplendent”. Doesn’t that sound so…well, illustrious?  I’d like to think that I am simply Continue reading “Let it Shine!”

Inspirationally Speaking…

ImageI was pleasantly surprised to see that I was awarded the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by fellow blogger, Jueseppi “J.B.” Baker, at The Obamacrat.Com.  Before I could even compose a gracious or humble acceptance, I learned that Dr. Sherry E. Showalter at Dr. Sherry E. Showalter Keepin It Real, had also awarded me with Continue reading “Inspirationally Speaking…”

I’m Feeling that Liebster Love! And the Award Goes to…

I was completely taken aback yesterday when I was awarded the Liebster Award by fellow blogger, Coco Rivers.

Coco, the honor is all mine!

Coco’s blog, Streams of Consciousness is quite impressive. Coco says:

I love words, in all forms and all languages. Writing is a passion that has governed my life since I was 14 years old. As with all great passions, it leads and you follow. Mastering my wordplay is a lifelong endeavor, a labor of love. Loving the road less travelled, I have taken a circuitous route to find my Voice and so prize my arrival even more.

You never know what Coco is going to write about, and that’s a good thing! Whether she’s bringing us up to speed on the political circus, raising awareness on many levels, indulging our erotic senses, or just making us think about “Things that make you go hmm…”, Coco is always on point. In addition to being an awesome writer, traveler, and amateur chef, she is also a professional landscaper. Who knew? A true renaissance woman, she is. Go Coco! 🙂

As per the guidelines for accepting the award, I’d like to award a Liebster Award to five other blogs that I love to read. They are:

Of Wine and Words – hosted by Christopher Smith. I had the pleasure of meeting Chris via a Twitter connection and fellow blogger. His profile bears the following:

writer. poet. artist. comic. smart aleck. and a hundred more facets to my personality.”

Chris’ arsenal of vocabulary seems unlimited, though his pieces are shorter than those found on your traditional blog. The words in his poems and haikus seem to dance off his tongue and onto paper, evoking such powerful imagery, that it seems to engage all senses at once. Let’s just say, he has quite a way with words!

Sparks in Shadow, hosted by Kathleen Harris, or Ré, is up next. In her words:

I like to laugh, I want to write, and I hope to spark and share conversations with those of you who meet me here. I like to be alone. I hate to be alone. I’ve never met a contradiction without wanting to give it some study. I used to think I was average. I’m not so sure about that anymore.”

I affectionately refer to Ré as “LadySparks!” because she “sets it off” by taking her writing to the next level each time.  She is an empathetic soul and kindred spirit; a true gem, as are her “tiniest stories”, which find a separate home at  Words One Hundred. I also think that LadySparks! has a special gift in her choice of photos. It seems that the photos are just waiting in the wings for her stories to come along.  (Ah shucks, this counts as two awards! Oh well. Yay me!) 🙂

The fourth Liebster Award goes to Over-Standing!!!, hosted by Caesarina “Ceez” Paul. Ceez hails from the Nature Island of Dominica, in the West Indies, which is also my birthplace.  She is a recent graduate of Midwestern State University, and is a first generation university student. Ceez recently added the title of author to her list of accolades, with her recent publication of “What’s On Your Mind? – The Diary of an Esteemed Woman“.  At the core of all of her writings, which are largely informed by her faith walk, is a young woman who is deeply aware and remarkably grateful.

Last, but not least is The Handicapped Kitchen, hosted by Trevor who “loves to bake” is his Peruvian kitchen. Trevor says:

“Ever since I was a kid I was always intrigued by what my mom was doing in the kitchen. I have plenty of memories watching her force her 1960’s mixer into submission…Living in Peru has actually peaked my interest in baking even more. … So, I’m spurred on by my homesickness to try to create, as close as possible, smells and tastes from home in my Peruvian kitchen…If your kitchen is 80 square feet and you’re using your metal water bottle as a rolling pin, then you hardly need an explanation.”

Trevor’s blog whets my appetite each time because I know that he pours love into his culinary creations.  Check out his recipes for Monkey Bread and Buttermilk Cornbread.  Hungry yet?  I don’t know about you, but food that feeds the soul never leaves me hungry!

Liebster is a German word that means beloved or favorite. The Liebster Award is an award from fellow bloggers given to up and coming bloggers that have less than 200 followers.

These are requirements that you need to fulfill should you accept this award:

  • Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
  • Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
  • Give your top 5 picks for the award
  • Inform your top 5 by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Post the award on your blog.

You Rock, Fellow Rockstars!

Thank You!

By the looks of it, at least according to WordPress stats, it’s been a great year for writing! As I can see it, there’s still much that remains unwritten. However, I am confident that the epiphanies and inspiration will continue to unfold, and that the pen will follow suit. I am trusting the discernment that has been placed in me to know when and what to write. I rest firmly in the knowledge that this gift is one to be used wisely and authentically – to uplift, demonstrate, empathize, mobilize, discover, and heal – and one not to be taken lightly.

I’m amazed in the freedom that I find when I write! There is a remarkable fluidity and a sense of empowerment and engagement that I feel when I am at my best writing self. At those times, Spirit calls me to my highest self, requiring me to be fully transparent. I look forward to more of these moments, and the ongoing metamorphosis.  I especially look forward to taking this journey with you.

In the meantime, I would like to thank you for a fabulous 2011! I am touched that some of the material written here touched you enough to reflect, rejoice, pause for a moment, and sometimes comment. I’ve appreciated all of it, as it increased my connection and intimacy with fellow bloggers and readers. This connection sometimes made all the difference, and let me know that what was poured into me in the first place was much bigger than me! Whoa!! 🙂

The Universe reciprocated in kind, and for that, and you, I am ever grateFULL!  In the meantime, write I shall! 🙂

Click here to see the complete report for a year in review at Life As An Art Form. It highlights the most frequented articles, number of articles written, commenters, and some other interesting tidbits!

I look forward to more writing, increased connection, and greater things in 2012! As long as I have breath of life, I will always be expectant! Happy New Year!!!