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Readership Award April 29, 2013

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I’ve been nominated for a Readership Award 🙂 Thank you, Combat Babe!

 

Readership Award

 

This award is a really unique way to give thanks to loyal readers. Defining what makes a good reader is half the fun in accepting the award, the rest of the fun comes from announcing 14 nominations. The award acceptance rules are listed below:

  • Display the logo on your page
  • Finish the sentence: “A great reader is…”
  • Nominate 14 readers you appreciate
  • Inform the readers with either comments or pingbacks.

 

A great reader is someone who comments on your posts (or “likes” them) because they’ve actually read what you have written and want to send their encouragement or opinion. Great readers give you the energy to blog again and again, they genuinely appreciate (and reciprocate) your honesty, and if you met in real life you’d more than likely be their friend.

 

My 14 nominations:

Clementine Morrigan

Still Scared( but getting angry)

Julia Jasmine Sta Romana

Helen (anothermother)

kp (Kim of Afternoon Storm)

rb

A New Free Life

Johannah H.

Melanie of Deliberate Donkey

Combat Babe (it doesn’t say that I cannot nominate my nominator)!

Change My Body, Change My Life

Rohan

Alone but Strong

Wealthy and Loved

 

 

To my nominees,

 

Thank you for your nonjudgmental compassion, for your empathy, for your positive energy. Thank you for enlightening me. Thank you for listening. Thank you for responding.

 

Always,

Jet

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Beautiful Mama Blog Award March 18, 2013

A huge THANK YOU to Julia of Wailings of a Work at Home Mom who nominated me for the Beautiful Mama Blog Award! Julia continuously reminds me that one of the greatest joys of motherhood is reliving your childhood with your children. I always thought I’d be a wonderful mother because I could empathize so well with children. I was a great babysitter, the coolest camp counselor, and the biggest clown all-around. I thought I’d never lose my playful spirit, my outgoing persona, my zest for adventure. I may not have lost those pieces of me, but they’ve certainly been suppressed by the negativity of the past eight years. I want to enjoy life the way I used to; back when I was making life and life wasn’t making me, back when I saw beauty in the simplicity of things, as children do.

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Rule of the Award:

  • Click the above image and use it in your acceptance post.
  • List three things you love about motherhood.
  • Nominate as many moms as you like and let them know of the award

 

Motherhood is amazing for a zillion reasons, but if I have to narrow it down to three…

  1. Pregnancy and Birth-  no matter how discomforting, trying, grueling, intense, or any million types of difficult these stages can be, they are also amazing, sacred, awe-inspiring gifts from nature. Nothing humbles me more. I cherish the sacrifice, and in those hours, days, months, I am the strongest woman I’ve ever been, fueling my passion to become the strongest mother the world has ever seen.
  2. Watching them grow– It’s bittersweet to watch your babies growing so quickly into the unique people they’ll be. Part of you wishes they could be babies forever, part of you wants them out of the house for all but holidays. They are so beautiful, you hope to capture every quirky grin and cute costume and milestone. They are so beautiful, and you cannot help but to think of the future, when people will desire them, and you hope you’ve taught them well enough to choose wisely.
  3. Learning from them– Being a mother has taught me an enormous amount. From how I behave when I’m disappointed to how to unconditionally love someone. But I’ve not only learned emotional lessons; teaching them forces me to learn things, pleasing them forces me to try things, keeping them safe has given me the drive to create harmony in our household, and they constantly inspire me to be the best mama I can be.

 

Other mama bloggers who deserve this award (even if they’re not blogging about being mothers):

 

Thanks again, Julia!!!

 

Very Inspiring Blogger Award February 15, 2013

Filed under: Mama Moments — Jet @ 12:27 am
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My thanks go out to the ever so phenomenal Combat Babe for gracing me with yet another blogger award. I must admit that half of my awards would not exist were it not for her passing on to me her nominations. I humbly accept both the award and the honor of being given another nod by such a wonderful woman.

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The Rules of the award are as follows:
1.) Display the award logo on your blog.
2.) Link back to the person who nominated you.
3.) State 7 things about yourself.
4.) Nominate 15 bloggers for this award.
5.) Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back.

 

Seven things about me:

  1. I am STILL pregnant. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made a vow to be patient and I’m sticking with it. It’s just so difficult to get anything done while I’m waiting for Baby to come. I want to meet her so badly! I’m only four days overdue so I need to calm down, I know, it’s just…ugh! When will she be here?!
  2. I love being a mother; my children are the most precious pieces of my existence. Every day I strive to be a better mother than I was the day before.
  3. I value liberty.
  4. I feel guilty for admitting that I still have my feelings for my husband. What he did to me was wrong, hands down, but…
  5. I’m very hard on myself about pretty much everything. This can be a good motivator, but it also leads to my self-loathing.
  6. Say what you will, but I’m going to own a mega yacht someday.
  7. I have a really hard time asking people for and accepting their assistance. I’ve always been the helper, the doer, the giver, the people pleaser, the shoulder to cry on. Now I need help, but I don’t want to bother anyone.

 

My 15 nominees are:

  1. Clementine Morrigan
  2. Moved by Faith
  3. Sufey
  4. Jessica Chasmar
  5. Pyjama School
  6. Should I Stay or Should I Leave Him
  7. Not Your Victim
  8. Grapes, Gripes, & Gratitude
  9. Alone But Strong
  10. Bruised Woman’s Blog
  11. Kate Surfs
  12. Deliberate Donkey
  13. The Love and Life Project
  14. A New Free Life
  15. The Late Blooming Artist

 

May all of my nominees know how inspirational I find your stories, and how appreciative I am that you share them. Thank you!

 

Sunshine Blogger Award November 30, 2012

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This week has been an exceptionally hard one for me, but just as the doubts started rolling in I was given the Sunshine Blogger Award by the ever so thoughtful (and witty) Combat Babe. Some may think these blogger awards are silly, but to me there’s no such thing as a meaningless show of appreciation. This award encourages me to maintain the qualities that compelled Combat Babe to award me: to keep my head up, stay strong, and continue being the best mother (and blogger) that I can be.

When given the Sunshine Blogger Award you must follow a small number of rules to both accept the award and pass it on to others. These are copied/pasted straight from Combat Babe’s post (funny side note: When I looked at other bloggers who have received this award the rules are different. I suppose it’s a bit like playing that childhood game, telephone):

 

                      Sunshine Blogger Award Rules

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 5 things about yourself.
  4. Pass the award onto 6 other bloggers and link to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back.

 

Here are the five things about me:

1) Boston is my favorite city, and where I attend graduate school.

2) I’m enamored by chubby things (baby cheeks and thighs, penguins, bunnies, groundhogs, anything cuddly and squishy and round).

3) I’ve only had one notable winning streak, but I love playing poker.

4) I did NOT vote for Obama (or Romney). But yes, I did vote.

5) There are so many things I wish I could tell you (blog about), but I cannot…not yet. It’s just not safe to say all that I would like to say here at the moment.

 

I must admit that I don’t follow very many blogs at the moment. I’m sure that there are some really awesome, well-written, inspiring, humorous, and all-around entertaining blogs out there, but I don’t have much time to go searching for them these days. I’m giving this award to the bloggers who make me happy to read them for various reasons.

 

In no particular order, I would like to pass the Sunshine Blogger Award on to:

1) Chew Out Loud – for always making me salivate and encouraging me to try new things

2) Moved by Faith – I cannot say her entries make me smile as they’re mostly about Domestic Violence, but she gives great insight to current victims and wonderful support to survivors.

3) Patrick Latter of Canadian Hiking Photography – He probably doesn’t acknowledge these awards, but I absolutely love his photography. The unique people, places, and scenes he captures are mesmerizing.

4) Alone but Strong – Another single mother taking it one day at a time, and being honest about the struggles.

5) Kate Surfs – I haven’t been reading her blog very long, but I’ve learned a few things and I always benefit from that. Also, her children are ADORABLE!

6) The Other Baby Blog – As this is a blog run by a group of individuals, and since it is not simply a blog, but a professional link to their book, I doubt that they’ll accept this award, but…I love their posts. I’m happy to see that I’m not the only one who challenges Western society’s take on child rearing, and it’s another blog I look to for learning new things.

 

My thanks go out to Combat Babe a million times 🙂 This award could not have come at a more perfect time.

 

Liebster Blog Award November 23, 2012

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I am so grateful to have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by Combat Babe and I accept it graciously!

Maybe I am one of the rare few who cannot muster any sarcasm toward being nominated for a chain-email-esque award, but…it feels good to be awarded something and I need all the good feelings I can get!

 

When you’re nominated you are supposed to answer 11 questions that your nominator chose for you, then you are to nominate 11 other bloggers (who have less than 200 followers), and you are to give them 11 questions to answer as well. The cycle continues.

 

So without further ado, the questions answered:

1. What was your most embarrassing moment as a child?

  • But really there were so many! If I must choose only one I will say the time I was in 7th grade and our school principal was telling my P.E. (gym) class that our teacher wouldn’t be in that day. I loathed my P.E. teacher and said, louder than I’d meant to, “Yes!” What I hadn’t heard from the back of the gymnasium was that my P.E. teacher wouldn’t be in that day because her mother had passed away. Oops. I was considered heartless for a little while.

2. When your bubble’s invaded by an intruder (read: a stranger), how do you react?

  • Depends on the intruder. My daughters? I steal a hug or a kiss. A man? These days I get a little nervous and avoid eye contact. A woman? I smile at her while sizing her up…it’s a habit.

3. If you were a musician, what genre of music would you want to be known for?

  • Classic rock (had that been my era), but these days it’d be indie rock or alternative rock.

4. Would you tell the Goblin King he had no* power over you or would you agree to let him be your slave? (If you haven’t watched The Labyrinth, you should. You may understand the question a little better.)

  • “I can never remember that line.”

5. Which century would you have liked to live in* and why?

  • If I could be born in a different century, but still be the same person? Well then I’d have to choose this one unfortunately. No time-hopping for me. This happens to be the best era for being African-American. For being anybody really; the world is so mellow right now compared to how things used to be.

6. Vampires or Werewolves? Elaborate. (Elaborate — to explain why you’d choose one over the other. It doesn’t matter if they’re real or not using that as an excuse to not answer lacks wit and creativity. You disappoint.)

  • Vampires are incredibly sexy. Kiefer Sutherland in The Lost Boys – is that elaboration enough? I wouldn’t mind being bitten by him 😉

7. If you weren’t/aren’t a parent and there ever is some Apocalypse, would you want to survive it? (Replace apocalypse with epic war, it makes sense. Therefore apocalypse makes sense whether I say ‘some kind’. This may not be true in Writing 101, but again this is my Blog, my rules.)

  • I am a parent, but I’m answering this one anyway. HELL YES I’d want to survive it (granted I still had full function of my brain and extremities and my children all lived through it with me). Why not? I’d have nothing better to do.

8. What is Meatloaf not willing to do for love?

  • That.

9. What does your dream life look like?

  • I’m standing on a balcony, wearing all white. My outfit flows with the wind. I’m looking out at the ocean. I am happy. I have some drink in my hand and it’s afternoon. I am alone, but not lonely. I am confident, and fulfilled.

10. Out of everything that makes you you, what do you think does it the most?

  • My honesty.

11. You have to make up 11 questions for 11 different people, is that hard for you?

  • On three hours of sleep everything is a little difficult. I’ll try to make the most of it though!

 

Now, for my 11 nominations (So sorry if you already have over 200 followers; I have no clue how to check your stats):

1. clementine morrigan

2. clotildajamcracker

3. belly button blues

4. Pyjama School

5. Not Your Victim

6. Grapes, Gripes, & Gratitude

7. Rantings of an Amateur Chef

8. Fighting for Autumn & Ivy

9. iGameMom

10. Deliberate Donkey

11. A New Free Life

 

11 questions to be answered by award recipients (those I’ve nominated):

1. If you’re a parent, what has been your favorite part of the journey? If you’re not yet a parent, what do you think you’ll enjoy the most?

2. Boxers of briefs? (Women, what do you prefer to see men wearing? Or…taking off?)

3. What was the best thing about being a child?

4. Would you consider yourself to be religious? Spiritual? Elaborate.

5. If you hit a parked car do you A) Look around, see no one in the vicinity, then speed away? B) Get out, check for damages, then leave a note? C) Call the police regardless of witnesses or noticeable damage?

6. Blind Faith or Derek and the Dominos?

7. Are you sick of this yet?

8. What is something you used to do/watch that you’d be embarrassed to admit you used to enjoy?

9. What’s your sign? Do you exhibit the characteristics of your sign? (No fair saying that you don’t know your sign’s characteristics, look them up and then answer).

10. Back when you did drugs (don’t lie, you’ve tried them) which was your favorite? Okay, okay…for those of you too shy to admit it, what is your favorite alcoholic beverage?

11. What is more important, your safety or your liberty?

 

That was fun 🙂 Thank you again Combat Babe! Congratulations to everyone who has been awarded the Liebster!