I was given the "Thinking Blogger" award by Mary from "Across the Pond" over the weekend. I'm honored to know that my little blog is one that makes Mary think, or anyone think for that matter, and that Mary enjoys visiting and being a part of it. That really is the main thing that we get out of this blogging community I think, the chance to be part of something that we otherwise wouldn't; meeting people we would have never met, people from across the world with similar interests. That right there is changing people's lives, it certainly has changed mine.
I'm not embellishing when I say that truly, my life is better for having a blog, better for knowing you. In an email exchange with Kim from "Vintage Pretties" she said, "having a blog is one of the best things I've ever done for myself". I hope you don't mind me quoting you Kim, but I think it really sums it up. I've noticed a happier me since I started my blog. I've notice a more positive me, a more creative me, a more caring me. I've said before in an earlier post that I was a happy person before, but I've noticed a change in myself, a change for the better. The trivial and insignificant things don't get me down any more because there's just so much to be happy about. And when I look at all of the people that I have connected with over the past couple of months since I've been blogging, it's almost overwhelming, the emotion and gratitude I feel. Thank you so much Mary for the award, and thank you to everyone that reads my little blog and leaves supportive and kind comments. I'm a better me, a better mom, wife, daughter, and friend because of you (wiping of tear and sniffle of nose).
And now the tough part, narrowing down five blogs that make me think. I think I'm going to change it up a bit and just name three. The reason for that is that if I go beyond that it's just too hard - there really are so many blogs that make think...and smile every day.
Alecia Paulson from "Posie Get's Cozy" really started it all for me. If I hadn't read her article in the February "Romantic Homes" magazine and related to her so much, I never would have started blogging. It's just that simple. She intrigued me and made me curious. When I started reading her blog I was blown away by the incredible honesty, her openness, and the humor and creativity that she brought to every post. Her writing is amazing and I couldn't get enough, and since Alecia doesn't post multiple times a day every day of the week (you should really consider that Alecia :o) I had to look for more. And oh did I find more. It was like a door opening, an awakening. Thank you Alecia.
Amber from "The Shabbee Chick" delights me with each and every post. Amber is so funny, and is such a good writer and conveys her thoughts, ideas, and inspirations with such clarity. There have been many posts written by Amber that leave me nodding my head in solidarity and whispering, "Amen sister". Thank you Amber for making me think. I truly look forward to your posts and reading what you have to say. Please keep those wonderful ideas and opinions flowing. I will certainly be there to read them.
Cherry Menlove from "Tales from Pixie Wood" has had me entranced with her clever and witty blog since I first stumbled upon it shortly after creating my blog. I read each and every word of Cherry's posts knowing that I'm learning something, whether it be social issues such as the environment and Fair Trade for British Farming; or domestic skills like baking, cleaning, crafting, and decorating. Cherry has such a great writing style that lets you feel you are one of her confidants. And even though I was new to blogging and I'm just one of many, many people who frequent her wonderful blog, Cherry takes the time out of her very busy schedule to visit me and leave me comments. Thank you Cherry for making me think...and laugh (always laughing).
This is Evy and me.