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The Lighthouse Award


My sincere thanks go to Kate Loveton at ‘Odyssey of a Novice Writer’ for nominating me for the ‘Lighthouse Award’! Kate has an absolutely fantastic blog full of wonderful posts documenting her journey towards becoming a published author in her own right. For those who have not already found her blog, click here to be transported to somewhere fantastic – I promise that you won’t regret it!

I now have to follow the required rules for accepting this award nomination which are as follows:

• Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
• Write a post and link back to the blogger that nominated you.
• Inform your nominees of their award nominations.
• Share three ways that you like to help others.
• Nominate as many bloggers as you like.
• Have fun!

As is traditional, I would like to pass the award on to the following fantastic blogs that I think are deserving of a little extra recognition:

I could nominate dozens more blogs but then that would make this a very long blog post, so I shall leave it as five. Please know that, even if I didn’t nominate your blog, the fact that I am following you means that I love your work. If those nominated wish to pass up on the award that is totally fine, there’s no mandatory participation required! 🙂

I now have to state three ways in which I help other people. Bare with me, this one may be a toughy….

  1. When I first started writing (approx 18 months ago), a couple of more experienced writers took me under their wing. These people kindly and constructively pointed out a few technical areas that needed a little work and helped me to iron out the creases in my prose, helping me to become a better writer. I very much live by the mantra of ‘paying it forward’ and so I do my best to be supportive and welcoming of the new bloggers, writers, etc. that I come across. Even if it is a quick ‘hello’ or acknowledgement of their blog or their work, I think small things such as these go a long way to making folks feel more welcomed and accepted. It’s a harsh old world out there, especially in the writing game!
  2. I hold doors open and let those more needy take my seat on the train/bus/underground. I have been brought up to be respectful of others, being polite, gracious, and helpful where at all possible. Sometimes it only takes a smile to a stranger to make their day. I once gave up my seat on the tube in London to a heavily pregnant lady because no one else would, she thanked me continuously until I got off at my stop yet looked at me as if I had three heads. I find it sad that folks are shocked when a stranger attempts to do a kind deed for them. Holding doors, giving up seats and generally just being polite to people should be the norm rather than the exception to the rule.
  3. Old ladies take advantage of my height when I’m shopping in supermarkets and often ask me to pass them items from the top shelf (no, not those kinds of items!). I have an elderly next door neighbor who often asks me to come round to complete odd jobs for her (such as re-tuning her TV, putting her Christmas tree and decorations up, watering her garden when she’s away, collecting her mail…..you get the point!). I’m a sucker for an old girl and would rather spend time with aging folk who might not otherwise have anyone to talk to or spend time with. Plus, some of the older folks I know can tell stories that would make even the most worldly of people’s eyes bulge! 😯

I hope my three examples have not given you the impression that I’m the second coming of Mother Teresa, I can assure you that I can be a cantankerous and rather grumpy so-and-so at times. I am certainly not perfect and would never profess to be, but I do try to treat others as I would like to be treated myself.

I rather feel that this acceptance post has turned into a preachy sermon. My apologies if it has, I blame Kate Loveton for nominating me! 😆


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More Awards!


I just wanted to mention that I have been nominated three more times for the ‘Versatile Blogger’ award and would very much like to thank Kate@ Odyssey of a Novice Writer, Mishka Jenkins@ A Writer’s Life for Me and Audrey@ Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister for very kindly nominating me.

As I have already completed the acceptance process once, I will be passing on nominating other bloggers. All of the people that I follow should be aware that I think their blogs are great! 🙂


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The Liebster Award


I am very happy to announce that I have recently been nominated for the Liebster Award. Many thanks go to orthodoxmom3 for the nomination. If you have not already visited her fantastic blog then I recommend you do so, her blog is orthodoxmom3.wordpress.com

In order to accept the award, I must do the following:

  1. Each nominee must link back to the person (blog) that nominated them
  2. Answer the 10 questions which are given to  you by the nominator.
  3. Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have LESS than 200 followers.
  4. Create 10 questions for our nominees to answer.
  5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

The questions that I have been set to answer by orthodoxmom3:

  1. What was your favorite book as a child or young adult and what made it your favorite? – I don’t really remember reading that many books when I was a child and none that really come to mind either. I do have fond memories of reading the Children’s Illustrated Bible and I often read that when I was growing up. I can still even remember the smell of the pages as I opened it.
  2. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment in life?  – Still being here. There are times when I didn’t think that I would make it this far. I’m glad I have though.
  3. What is your idea of a perfect day or night? – Good food and good company – who could ask for more?
  4. What do you consider your biggest challenge in life? – Every day is a challenge, but in a good way. There is always something new to discover, some new skill to learn. When life stops being interesting then that will be the day that I know I want to go.
  5.  What is your favorite food?  – I’m a big fan of many different cuisines but perhaps one of my favorite dishes has to be a classic chicken tikka masala curry. I like foods that are both fruity and spicy and this dish fits the bill nicely.
  6. What is your biggest dream or goal you are working on or wish to reach? – I have aspirations of one day becoming a published writer and this is something that I am working on with great gusto this year. In January alone I have pushed myself further than I ever have before. My hope is that at the end of it that I will have achieved at least part of my goal and not just a peptic ulcer….
  7. Give five words that describe a best friend.  Do you have one?  Tell about him or her if you wish.
    – I have a wonderful best friend who means the world to me. How to describe her in five words? Loyal, honest, honorable, sweet and funny. She’s great, one in a million and my best friend – and she knows who she is…..
  8.  What’s the one place in the world you would want to visit?  Why? – Pennsylvania, because my best friend lives there 🙂
  9.  If you won several million dollars in the lottery, what’s one thing you would do with it? – Buy my mother the house she’s always wanted, put money away for my cousin’s little ones, buy the people who mean the most to me at least one item that they have always wanted.
  10.  Tell one more thing about yourself that isn’t here and isn’t obvious by reading your blog. – I work with people who have disabilities – both learning and/or physical, I also specialize in diet, fitness and nutrition as well as working with people who have a number of complex and enduring mental health issues.

Here are my nominations for the award – these are all fantastic blogs that I recommend you check out if you have not done so already:











And finally, the ten questions that I would like my nominees to answer:

  1. Name someone – living or dead – that you aspire to be like and explain your reasons why.
  2. What is your earliest childhood memory?
  3. Are you still in contact with anyone you went to school with?
  4. If you had one day left to live, what would you do with it?
  5. Name three people – living or dead – that you would invite to a dinner party and explain why.
  6. What is the biggest lie you’ve ever told?
  7. Has anyone ever told you that you look like a celebrity – if so, who?
  8. Who or what was the first thing you thought of when you woke this morning?
  9. What is the worst film you’ve ever watched and what made it so bad?
  10. If you found $10 on the street, what would you do with it?


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Versatile Blogger Award


Huge thanks to Gaurab for nominating me for the versatile blogger award. If you have not already done so, please check it his fantastic blog ‘Processing the Life’ here: http://processingthelife.com/2014/01/06/versatile-blogger-award/

As is always traditional, I now have to tell you seven things about myself. This is my fourth award and so some of these ‘facts’ may have been used in previous award acceptance posts. My apologies if this is the case; I am but a boring person with not many fun facts about myself to share….. 😆

1. I’ve challenged myself to write every day during the month of January. Some people may call this drive and determination, while others merely see it as an act of stupidity and a sure-fire way to make oneself ill.

2. I love me a good cup of java and simply cannot face the dawning of a new day without one.

3. I’m planning to grow my hair as long as I can this year, preferably until it is approximately halfway down my back. I’m six feet tall, do the maths….. 😆

4. I am planning to join a local writers group within the next few months.

5. I will take part in NaNoWriMo this year. I shall compete if it is the last thing I do!!

6. I will probably have given myself a hernia or a nervous breakdown (possibly both) by the time NaNoWriMo is done.

7. My iPad is my best friend – technologically speaking. As much as it may surprise some of you, I do have actual friends who are living beings. A shocking thought, I know…..

And now here are my seven nominations. Please check these blogs out if you haven’t already, I guarantee you’ll love em!









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