Respect & Repeat

I’m finally starting to see through the “blog fog”. After journaling my own thoughts for years and aspiring to one day publish, I began this site with low expectations. Not on you the reader, but for myself. I had lost confidence in beginning new challenges. The feeling of defeat seemed to creep into my mindset. And then I became a part of the WordPress community. The salve of encouragement and the daily dose of comradeship has soothed the sting of our new reality.

Encouragement is the trait that seems to naturally be a part of me. Isn’t that what we should be in life? Encouragers? We all have gifts and talents. And it seems the blogging community, in addition to sharing their own writing talents, thrive in encouraging others. No, my writing isn’t going to be everyone’s “cup of tea”. No, my beliefs may not align with everyone. But yes, we are all human~and the kindred spirits seem to congregate.

The Liebster and Ideal Inspiration Blogger Awards

There are many opinions about awards. And for the sake of time, I understand. When I think back to my first year teaching I remember fondly the veterans who helped me build on the small steps of success (and oh boy, do I recall those who taught me quickly, and a bit painfully, how NOT to motivate others). For me, accepting these awards, as I begin my life in the blogosphere, is an important step to recognize other “newbies” and respect the chain of gratitude.

In a struggle to find balance between the layers of current life and create a writing routine, the acceptance posts can seem daunting. Yet, I believe them to be the jumpstart to fertilize the rich soil of dreamers like me. So to those of you that have thousands of followers and are following me, thank you. I’m humbled. And to those that have just started and have fewer followers, be encouraged and thank you for joining me. With time, and faith, connections will occur. It’s only human.

I want to thank Janet @ endless-rivers.com for nominating me for the Liebster Award. It is really humbling~sincerely it is. Janet has been a wonderful supporter and I encourage you to check out her site. You have to know her story! It’s truly an inspiration. You must know how she became an overcomer. 💚


RULES
• Thank the blogger who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
• Answer the 11 questions given to you.
• Share 11 facts about yourself.
• Nominate 5-11 other bloggers.
• Ask your nominees 11 questions.
• Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post

Answers to Endless Rivers questions:

  1. What is your greatest life lesson so far? I’ve had so many. Keep going, keep my faith, ultimately God has me.
  2. What’s your favorite Car Karaoke song to sing? All of them~but rap! Music is my life 🎶
  3. Name one habit you would like to quit, and one you would like to start? Stop apologizing so much and start a habit of writing more each week.
  4. What has been your greatest challenge in the past month? Life hasn’t altered too much in regards to social distancing. However, not falling into the fear among the masses has been challenging. I keep faith and reality in my holsters at all times.
  5. Share one thing you’ve never shared before about yourself. I love counting things. It’s weird.
  6. What are you most afraid of? Distracted drivers and hate
  7. Have you ever been mistaken for someone else? Yes! I’m a twin!
  8. What’s missing in your life? Being near my kids and grandchild. But I know they’re in my heart and Im thankful for technology. Otherwise, I’m beyond blessed.
  9. What is the number ONE thing on your bucket list? Visit Jerusalem
  10. Would you rather camp or do a five star hotel? Camp!
  11. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? I’m an ambivert. I had to be extroverted in my career and can handle small spurts. But I love my alone time and do not like big crowds.
Thank you Rising Star ⭐️

It is such an honor to humbly accept the Ideal Inspiration Award from Rising Star ⭐️ @ idealinspiration.blog He is truly a well of positivity! From resources to help your site, to beautiful pictures, and ways to just do daily life and /or grow your business! Please check out the site.

Answers to Rising Star’s questions:
  1. What is your best inspiration source? The Bible and my journals. There are many inspiring authors/bloggers that I read that inspire me.
  2. What is the main purpose of your blog? To encourage and inspire, but also to share a bit of my RV life and legacies in my own family.
  3. What inspires you to write? Simply stories of faith and also deep thoughts about the human mysteries.
  4. How often do you write? Not enough right now! But I try to publish once a week.
  5. What is your best time of creativity? It hits at different times and a lot while I’m trying to sleep. Lol.
And my nominations are (insert drum roll)…

Each and every person on this list has impacted me. If you need encouragement please visit them. Nominees, do not feel pressured to accept. I only want you to know the impact you’ve had on me.

In lieu of answering 11 questions choose 11 words that describe you (it could be a noun, adjective, verb,….any word that is YOUR word). For example, two of mine would be music and nature. Thank you to all of my followers and readers. You truly make the blogosphere ~and this writer~feel encouraged.

Have faith 💚

Dogma

“Dogma means the doctrine of belief in a religion or a political system. The literal meaning of dogma in ancient Greek was “something that seems true.” These days, in English, dogma is more absolute. If you believe in a certain religion or philosophy, you believe in its dogma, or core assumptions.”

http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/dogma

There’s a lot of dogma being dished around. For me to love others and treat everyone as I wish to be treated is my own personal dogma.

It was March 4th. My pup, Finley, was sitting in my lap staring at me like usual. Me? Well, I was still reeling from the media coverage of Super Tuesday. If you’ve read my post, “In the Middle”, you might have an idea of my thoughts in regards to politics. The word dogma was stuck in my mind. Quarantining myself forever might be the best option if my mind will not allow my brain to learn new information and adjust my understanding of the world around me.

I will not waiver on my beliefs of a man named Jesus. Nor what he sacrificed for me~or how I want to live, teach, and forgive as he did.💚 But to be pushy, arrogant, or down-right judgemental, ahem~too dogmatic, will only hurt myself and others. It would defeat what I believe my purpose to be. When uncertainty is present, we may not feel in control. That’s ok with me. The best thing I’ve done in life is let go of control.

How open-minded are we as a society? As humans are we collectively helping one another through paying attention, experiencing new learning, being non-judgemental, and reaching out? How can we problem-solve if our mind is frozen? And unable to apply new understanding to become better decision-makers?

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma-which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

~Steve Jobs

Pardon me as I display a wee bit of dogmatism on this post. Finley River, my pup, is the reason I hold true to this dogma~dogs are the perfect companions for us imperfect people. It’s a fact that dog IS God spelled backwards. 😏💚

Any other dog lovers and owners out there? Cat owners, don’t be offended by my dogmatism. Every animal has its place in the world 💚

Have faith 💚

I’d like to take a moment to thank a fellow blogger and writer for his encouragement~http://beetleypete.com Check out his page! And his dog, Ollie 🐶💚