Blogger Recognition Award

I was awarded by one of my absolute favorite and inspiring bloggers. I feel truly honored to be chosen amongst fellow bloggers. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, Oristel, Keep Moving On. Thank you for nominating me, sharing your stories, and always encouraging others!

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If you want to participate in the Blogger Recognition Award, here are a few simple rules:

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

2. Write a post showing your award.

3. Tell a brief story about how you started your blog.

4. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.

5. Choose 10 other bloggers to nominate.

6. Comment on each blog letting them know they’ve been nominated, and provide a link to your award post.

How My Blog Started?

My story isn’t grand or anything extraordinary. A close friend told me about WordPress over a year ago and quite persistently begged me to start blogging. I would often scoff at her, because who in the world would read my thoughts? I joined January of this year and sincerely wish I would have listened to my dear friend sooner. I enjoy reading everyone’s posts and sharing my tidbits of my life with you.

My Advice to Fellow Bloggers:

Stay true to yourself, you will save yourself from so much heartache. Having lived a rebellious life, I have had to find my road to “there”, to myself and my happiness. You will not find happiness anywhere in the world or any person in the world, until you find happiness with yourself.

MY NOMINATIONS: 

1. My Struggling Heart
2. A Real Messy Beautiful Twisted Sunshine
3. Wanderlust – A new chapter
4. Heart Breathings
5. Little Fears
6. With the help of words…!
7. little word studio
8. The View From My Window
9. Freed Within The Mind
10. Shattered in Him

Successful

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“Happiness is the highest level of success.”

If I am having a bad day, there is one thing for certain to cheer me up. A visit to the barn!

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He earnestly listens, not only my words but my emotions.

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He is quick to tell me when he does not agree with me.

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He also finds me entertaining.

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Without fail, he is successful in making me happy.

“The bond between a horse and rider is inseparable.”

The Year of Amusement

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I could not think of anything better than sharing my story about starting the New Year, with a 3 day dilemma.

My husband bought me a new phone during one of those crazy end of the year sales, as my other one had just bit the dust a couple of days after Christmas. After all the hustle and bustle of the day, I sat down on the couch and programmed the new phone. Realizing I had spent about 20 minutes playing on it, I shuffled off to bed.

The next morning, when everyone went outside to play with their toys from Christmas, I stayed inside to do some much-needed cleanup. After a while, I sat down to take a break and noticed my phone was blinking, I had a notification. I opened it and went to Facebook to check it.

Not even 30 seconds later, a notification banner pops up from my Gmail account. Title reads, “Unrecognized device. Is this you?” I skim through the e-mail and go back to Facebook and check my settings. There I see “someone” had logged into my Facebook account, where an alert was sent because said device was not recognized on my account.

OK, no big deal. Quick change of the password, I log back in. I heard the dryer buzzer go off, so I swiped out all of the active apps on my phone and went back to my duties. A while later, I hear my phone buzzing. Another notification. Again, I go and check it out. Roughly a minute later, another email pops up about an unrecognized device. Now I was becoming really confused. Was this a prank? Was someone legitimately trying to hack my account? Who has that much time in their life to repeatedly hack one’s account? I once again repeat all the steps.

Now mind you, this goes on for 3 days. THREE DAYS.  The first day, I was confused. The second day, I was becoming increasingly agitated. By the third day, I was just plum ticked off. For the life of me, I could not understand how this “person” could figure out my new password, when it took me probably 15 minutes (each time) to come up with it!

I finally decided to just browse around in the settings and see what  I could come up with. Eventually, I came across the section of, (yes, you guessed it), unrecognized devices. That very moment a lightbulb went off…and I busted out in hysterical laughter.

I had forgotten to link my phone to my account! I did not think of that because I don’t use the actual app, I use the browser. I laughed so hard I was snorting, my stomach hurt, I had tears rolling down my face. Here I thought for 3 days I had a stalker/hacker, when it was really just another ditzy moment for the books. My family definitely has gotten a kick out of this. Almost 3 weeks later and I’m still the laughing stock.

Huh, another 3. 😉

 

Aesthetic Seasons

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Appreciation of beauty.

I decided to go with photographs I have taken at various places. It has taken me awhile to choose just a handful, when there is so much beauty in the world.

I am so blessed to live in the Appalachian Mountains. Every curve is another breathtaking view.