Liebster Award? Thank You!

One of my favourite things about blogging is the support and friendship received by fellow bloggers from all over the blogosphere. I’m part of a wonderful blogging group called Big up Your Blog. It’s a drama free group where everyone loves to help each other. No meanies allowed and everyone plays by the rules. (Even fabulous people need rules.)

I have to say, I was thrilled when Shelley Wilson, mega blogger and author – find her HERE on her author blog and HERE on her motivational blog – nominated me for the Liebster award. No big deal? Excuse me, but I’ve been DYING to get nominated to take part in one of these fun posts that bloggers share with each other. So thank you Shelley. You made my day!

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What is it Exactly?

The Liebster award is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The idea is to welcome new bloggers into the blogging world and help them to get noticed. However, it seems that anyone established or starting out can be nominated.

The word “liebster” originates from Germany and has several meanings;  welcome, sweetest, pleasant, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, valued, cute, kindest and endearing.

The blogger who nominates you asks 11 questions and then in return you nominate 5-11 bloggers with your own 11 questions. Lorraine from Wording Well explains in more detail.

There is no obligation to accept, but since it’s nice to be asked, it’s nice to keep it going. 

Here’s what Shelley wants to know from me

Q1 Have you met any of your internet friends in real life?

No. I have yet to meet my internet buddies in real life. Some day hopefully!

Q2 What’s your favourite TV show? What character would you be from that show?

I don’t watch much TV but if I see the Big Bang Theory on, I’ll stop what I’m doing to watch it. Sheldon just cracks me up! I’d love to be Amy but in real life I’m more of a Penny.

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Q3 What’s your favourite kind of blog post to write? (Book review, personal post, fiction, etc.)

I like writing about fun with friends as it makes me laugh. I enjoy writing the light-hearted personal posts on my fledgling blog, Tasheenga Writes Here. It’s just for fun!

Q4 What are your most and least favourite things about blogging?

The thing I love most about blogging is the camaraderie between fellow bloggers. I also love the buzz I get when I hit publish!! My least favourite thing? Time. I wish I had more of it. I try to squeeze too much into my life but that’s not such a bad thing I suppose.

Q5 Is there a genre you wouldn’t read? Why?

I like some science fiction but I’m not a fan of steampunk. I tried reading it a couple of times and I just didn’t enjoy it. 

Q6 Which of your own blog posts is your personal favourite? Why?

My all time favourite post is ‘Come Dine With Me Please – Part Two’. My friends and I play Come Dine With Me, and this was Jackie’s night in our 2016 competition. It’s my favourite one because it was such a fabulous night. I believe that fun with friends is the best therapy.  We don’t take each other too seriously and just enjoy a good laugh and having the banter.

Q7 Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and do they help/hinder your blogging/writing? If no, what would be your ideal pet?

My six year old is allergic to cats, dogs, horses and cows. So my husband is my pet and don’t get me started on whether he helps or hinders my writing!! A bit of both to be honest. But he’s brilliant and I adore him!! 

I’m a cat and dog lover. My daughter has the most beautiful cat who I wish lived with me!

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Meet Malibu

Q8 What’s your favourite type of takeaway food?

King prawn biryani. Nom Nom!!

Q9 What would be your ideal career? Why?

A professional spa goer! Getting paid to visit spas and then write reviews about it. Why? Because I love spas and I don’t get to go enough. And I love writing!

Q10 Which author do you like to recommend the most?

Terry Tyler. I haven’t read all her books yet but I recommend her to all my friends and anyone else I chat to about books.

Q11 Who’s your go to band/artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?

André Rieu! Love him!


And now I would like to nominate the following bloggers for the Liebster award;

  1. Caroline Cunningham at Wild Star Landing
  2. Jean Reinhardt 
  3. Claire Wong
  4. Katie – better known as Fatty McCupcakes
  5. Lorna at Gin and Lemonade
  6. Krystal Long
  7. Diane at Yes This Moment
  8. Gabe Burkhardt at Almost Unsalvageable
  9. Kerry Manning at Fabulicious Fifty
  10. Kate Ennals
  11. Sarah Whiley

And here’s my questions;

  1. When are you at your happiest?
  2. If you were to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, whose would it be?
  3. What’s usually the first thing to pop into your mind when you wake up each morning?
  4. What’s your biggest regret in life? If any!
  5. If you were to be reincarnated as an animal, what animal would you like to be and why?
  6. What’s your favourite smell and why?
  7. Are you a slow writer or can you whip up in a good post in a couple of hours?
  8. What household chore do you hate doing most? Or is there one you actually enjoy? 
  9. What colour dominates your wardrobe?
  10. What’s your laugh type? Quiet & Polite, loud & boisterous, more of a chuckle, or a musical ha ha ha ha?
  11. Are you a romantic?

The Rules

I’ve found that the rules vary slightly but they’re all similar!

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the person asked you.
  • Answer the 11 questions the person asked you.
  • Nominate 5-11 people (comment on their blog to let them know).
  • Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions.    
  • List these rules in your post.
  • And most importantly…….

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Tears Make a Rainbow.

Your Rainbow.

When you’re blue and full of grey

A bit of colour can change your day.

 

Behind those tears you’re trying to hide

A rainbow is glowing and bursting with pride.

 

Your tears will heal and make you strong,

So look for that rainbow to help you along.

 

It smiles and it sings deep in your soul

It’s magical colours dance and cajole.

 

There’s a rainbow inside you

It’s not hard to find,

Just close your eyes and focus your mind. 

A heart of Rainbow

The Simple Things That Make Me Smile!

A few days ago I read a simple but inspiring post on a blog that I discovered recently – Another 30 Thing That Make Me Happy! – and I was smiling while reading it because it reminded me of lots of things that make happy.

I think it’s an exercise everybody should do occasionally.  No matter how bad your day is going, surely you can think of many things in your life that make you happy, or at least make you smile.

Write them down and allow yourself to smile your biggest smile and feel grateful for all that you have. Rather than fretting about the things you don’t have.

Try it and let me know how you get on!

Here are 30 Things That Make me Smile!

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The Whisperings of Nature. Book Review.

Tranquility in Poetry & Nature!

‘The Whisperings of Nature’ is an endearing little poetry book written by Caroline Cunningham. This is Caroline’s first published book of poetry and it represents her ‘stepping into the light’ with her written work.

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What do you think of Robin’s Mental Health?

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I can’t help wonder about this person’s mental health! Robin (not her real name) is very active on a particular social media platform. She is not one of these people who uses social media to make life appear wonderful, (when in reality it’s pretty crap). No photoshopped selfies that make her look like a plastic version of herself. No happy family photos of days out, girlie nights in, her latest successful attempt at cooking a delicious gourmet dinner and no location check-ins! Continue reading

A Healer Working in The NHS! Wendy’s Story.

Hello everyone,

My name is Wendy and I’m here to tell you about how I went from being a cynical non-believer, to an accredited healer working in the NHS. I hope you enjoy my story and most of all, I hope some of you feel inspired by it.

My Story.

Thirty six years ago my dearest friend Elaine lost her husband while he was carrying out his duties as a fireman. Rescuing a cat from a tree, would appear to be one of the easiest and straight forward tasks expected from a fireman, so it’s hard to imagine how it can result in him losing his life.

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“Angelic Thinking” by Andrew Marmion – Book Review.

‘Angelic Thinking’ is a fantastic little book written by Angel Healer, Andrew Marmion. Andrew shares with his readers some very personal information about his life. He tells how he spent years living every day in mental agony because he was destructively attached to his emotional past.
By practicing the Mental Cleansing and Refurbishment Exercise, which is the main content of this book, and because of his friendship and guidance from the angels, he changed from being a victim to being a healthy self-loving positive person.

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Moon Mná Journal for Women. Did You Get Yours Yet?

One of my favourite Christmas presents this year is this inspiring diary-journal that I received from my daughter who knew as soon as she seen it, that I’d love it. It’s similar to keeping a gratitude journal, but what I love most about this one, is its emphasis on the connection between the Irish ancient women and the moon.

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“Get Your Sh!t Together” – Book Review.

My Book Reviews

Self-Help and Motivation.  

‘Get Your Shit Together’ by Ruth Field, is a no-nonsense approach to sorting out all that stuff in your life that always has to get done in the end anyway. The crappy things that wreck your head and holds you back from doing all the things you WANT to do – the things you enjoy.

I was attracted to this book by the title and because it promised to show me how to get more things done in less time. I was having one of those muddled up weeks and nothing was getting done. The prescription for a simpler life is learning how to release your ‘inner bitch’ (apparently, we all have one) and become a fearless superwoman.

It urges you to take a good hard look at how you deal with life’s challenges and unexpected events. And just as importantly, the simple stuff that some of us turn into problems by not dealing with them early on. By her tough talking attitude, Ruth Field will have you shaking in your boots! If you have even a hint of laziness in your bones, she’ll shame you into getting off your butt and just doing whatever it is you whinge about never being able to do. She doesn’t listen to excuses folks, and it’s hard not to agree with a lot of what she writes! There are various little exercises throughout the book that can help you organise your time and get motivated. Don’t skip the very valuable exercise on page 148!

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