Blog Awards – Paying it Forward

by Naomi on January 13, 2012

in Blogging

Poppies in a bunch

It’s time to spread the love around the blogosphere and celebrate 2012 with some online gratitude :-)

First and foremost, heart-felt thanks to Amy Nora Doyle at Souldipper (based in Canada) for her gift to me of the Liebster Award (meaning Favourite):

This is passed on with a request to recognise the blogger who gave it to you, along with 5 of your own favourite blogs.

My personal blogging journey, which is rapidly approaching 3 years now, has been so inspired by other bloggers around the world that I can’t limit my list to less than 8 (plus Amy of course). Each of these special virtual friends have contributed ongoing inspiration, delight, love, beauty, insight, perspective and laughs out loud on countless occasions. I recommend them all for a fabulous global Blog Tour! Here they are, listed in alphabetical order for the sake of fairness:

Cindy Taylor at The Only Cin (South Africa)

Jamie Dedes at Musing by Moonlight and The Cat’s Meow (USA)

Kate Shrewsday at Kate Shrewsday (UK)

Lance Ekum at The Jungle of Life (USA) – who has also contributed a guest post on blogging tips here

Linda Brits at Tokeloshe (Canada)

Lin Eleoff at Lin Eleoff (USA) – a.k.a. The Worst Mother

Nancy R. Hatch at Spirit Lights The Way (USA)

Tammy McLeod at Agrigirl’s Blog (USA)

The sun-kissed poppies above were part of a recent birthday gift from my brother to my mom, and so lovely that I couldn’t resist taking a photo of them. In the true spirit of paying it forward (one of the greatest gifts of photography), I’m sharing them especially for these wonderful bloggers, a number of others who I’ve not included but appreciate immensely, and of course, all of you readers.

THANK YOU to each and every one of you for everything you do to make blogging such a blessing!

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Lance January 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm

You! You…are too, too wonderful (don’t stop, though!)!! Thank you!

I’m so grateful that our paths have crossed – and I look forward to the day when when we can turn this virtual connection into an in-person connection (hmmm….maybe that means I have to plan a trip to S.A.!!!!)


Naomi January 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm

You’re so welcome, Lance – THANKS again for everything πŸ˜€

Now there’s a plan: an S.A. trip…awesome! I have no doubt that Sandy from Hills of Africa would love to help you plan one, and we would love to host you here…just say the word!


Cindy January 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Thank you so much, Naomi, I feel so lucky to have met you on the blogs and then in ‘3D’. You rock my socks :) xxx


Naomi January 15, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Thank YOU, Cindy…it’s been a total treat to follow your fabulous blog and meet you too! SO sorry to have missed your ‘3D’ birthday recently, but glad you had a ball and hope to get together again before too long πŸ˜€ XO


nrhatch January 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Great list, Naomi. Love the poppies!
Here’s to blooming where we are planted!

Blogging gives us a way to share what we’ve learned with the world . . . while opening our hearts and minds to others.

Write on!


Naomi January 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Cheers to that, Nancy…and to writing on! Thanks again for everything!


nrhatch January 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Thanks to you, too! AND I love your new avatar . . . that “thinking cap” looks good on you!


Naomi January 16, 2012 at 9:01 am

LOL! I’ve never thought of it that way, thanks Nancy πŸ˜€


Kate Shrewsday January 13, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Naomi, thank you so much: I have read and enjoyed your beautiful site, and benefited from your irrepressible enthusiasm for life for almost two years now. Thankyou for including me in this amazing bunch of people: I am extremely honoured.


Naomi January 15, 2012 at 8:46 pm

The pleasure and honour is mine, Kate! THANKS again for everything…and isn’t it amazing how time flies? As it does when you’re having fun πŸ˜€ Each visit to your blog brims with fun and brilliant writing. I learn something fascinating every time, thank you!


Tammy January 14, 2012 at 3:05 am

Dear Naomi,
I feel so blessed to be amongst this esteemed group. Thank you so much for the award and your blogging friendship.


Naomi January 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm

My thanks to YOU, Tammy…you’re a shining light and ongoing inspiration in the blogosphere :-) I sincerely appreciate your friendship too, XO


kathy lloyd January 14, 2012 at 6:08 pm

My word…is Tokeloshe in Canada now…sometimes I think I live on another planet!


Naomi January 15, 2012 at 8:48 pm

LOL…love your turn of phrase, Granny πŸ˜€ I’ve only connected with Tok since she’s been in Canada, and that’s quite a while now!


Ollin Morales January 28, 2012 at 3:53 am

Congrats! I love Agrigirl!


Naomi January 30, 2012 at 6:32 am

Thanks, Ollin…me too!


sonsothunder January 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm

These are all wonderful blog sites…Yours has always been a blessing too.
Bless You


Naomi January 31, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Thank you so much, Paul :-) Sorry to have been scarce lately, but I’ll visit your fabulous blog again soon!


Tokeloshe February 2, 2012 at 1:25 am

Congratulations, the award is very well deserved!

Thank you for including me amongst blogs that rock πŸ˜‰
Thank you for sharing your sun-kissed poppies.


Naomi February 3, 2012 at 9:24 am

Thank you, Tok, and you're most welcome! I'll be over to your blog soon to be inspired by your creativity :-)


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