No, I wasn’t in prison!
When I reconnected just less than a year ago, I discovered an entirely new world – the blogosphere.
At first I was enamored by the practical side of blogs. Whatever I needed to know, I could find a blog about it.
Then I gloriously stumbled upon the web of love. It all began with the indefatigable Tess Marshall at The Bold Life.
The Web of Love
If you haven’t met Tess yet, let me introduce you to this extraordinary and spirited woman.
Tess Marshall is “…a wife, mother, entrepreneur, speaker, author, workshop and retreat leader, spiritually-based, fear shattering, calculated risk taker, obsessed with being happy, courageous and bold, witty, big-hearted, loving, passionate, runner, world traveler and ADHD hyper human being.” She’s also a counselor and coach.
When I wrote a guest post for The Bold Life called Be Wisely Selfish, I suddenly became interlinked with her wild and woolly community of joyful love-obsessed bloggers. This led to more wonderful encounters of the extraordinarily positive kind. Thanks to these brilliant new interconnections, my life is constantly suffused with love.
Surround yourself with love. It’s easy to do in the blogosphere. It’s a powerful medium for expressing and receiving love, joy, compassion, kindness, and clarity. This bedazzled web of love has the power to transform the world around us. Of course, the point is not just blogging about love, but to genuinely be of help to others. To do the best we can to be loving in our thoughts, words, and deeds.
Now Tess has kindly bestowed upon me and 4 other fabulous female bloggers who are changing the world the “Beautiful Blogger Award.” Thank you, Tess. I am so moved by your acknowledgment. And I appreciate being part of the fun.
7 things about me
As part of receiving this award, I am asked to share 7 things about myself. Here goes:
1. I was born in the windy city – Chicago. I’ve also lived in California – Orange County, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco. Then there was a stint in upstate New York near Albany followed by time in the South of France. I now live on the Big Island of Hawai’i.
2. Going to the library was one of my favorites activities as a child. I felt the calling to be a writer and as a teen I devoured Writer’s Digest. But life took a different turn. I became the Executive Director for a nonprofit. Years later, I actualized my childhood dream by becoming a freelance copywriter.
4. I have an aversion to exercise. I have to push myself to do Qigong and Yoga, but always love the experience and the result.
5. A few of my favorite movies: Harold and Maude for its humor and life lessons. Ms. Congeniality for its hilarity; I seriously thought I would bust a gut. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring for its beauty and profundity.
6. I believe in healing. It may not always be possible to heal the body, but we can still heal the heart-mind and spirit.
7. The Dalai Lama is my role model. I aspire to actualize his ocean of compassion and wisdom in my very own being. It’s possible – for me and for you – because we all have the same essential nature – the fundamental heart of goodness.
Sharing the love and the fun
Now the fun and hard part. It’s my turn to pass the Beautiful Blogger award on to five other bloggers, but only five. There are far more than 5 bloggers that inspire, delight, educate, and inform me. I hope you will visit my blog list to discover more of them.
Here are 5 beautiful bloggers who regularly light my fire. The envelope please…
- Lynn Fang at Upcycled Love – for the beauty of living in harmony in nature.
- Raam Dev at Raam Dev (dot) com – for the beauty of living simply
- Kathleen at Cooking in Mexico – for the beauty of nourishment
- Gail Brenner at A Flourishing Life – for the beauty of insight and wisdom
- Lori Popkewitz Alper at Groovy Green Livin – for the beauty of a healthy and green lifestyle
Now its your turn Beautiful Bloggers to tell us 7 things about yourself and to pass the award on to up to 5 bloggers of your choice. Have fun!
Dear readers, I would love to know if you have you found love and joy on the internet?
Stayed tuned: I will continue the series on Changing the World: Advice from the Dalai Lama with my next post.
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