Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well – Voltaire
Sometimes, blogging can be tough – especially when you first start out. But, as with so many things, you largely get back what you put in. We are all trying to make our own way in this life, but it´s all the sweeter to pause along that journey, from time to time, not only to appreciate the efforts of other people, but also to accept and be gracious in receiving recognition from others.
It´s their encouragement that keeps each one of us giving our best and striving to do even more.
Please scroll down for random facts, fabulous moments and mantras!
In December 2012, this blog was voted third most popular Expat Blog in Spain via ExpatsBlog.com
I was featured as BLOGGER OF THE MONTH in September 2012 by EasyJet Holidays
Awarding the people who live in the moment,
The noble who write and capture the best in life,
The bold who reminded us what really mattered -
Savoring the experience of quality time.
Nominated by restlessjo
Nominated by The Sophomore Slump
Nominated by Loethen Art Designs
Nominated by Eat, Travel, Photograph
Nominated by My Sardinian Life
Nominated by Canadian Travelbugs
Wonderful Team Member Readership Award - nominated by Dream Big, Live Large!
Nominated by Chasing Butterflies: Sunshine and Freedom
I can´t always find the time to comply with the rules that accompany each of the nominations for Awards, but I hope that in the spirit of encouraging my fellow bloggers, you will accept this as my thanks for the many generous awards and comments you have shared with me.
I am truly grateful.
So, in the time-honoured tradition, here are some random facts about me:
Some things I love: roller-coasters (the faster the better), pub quizzes, cars, floating in a swimming pool after dark watching the stars, cooking with fresh ingredients, fountain pens, motorbikes, cilantro, walking barefoot on the beach, fairy lights, classic rock music, fresh flowers, Random Acts of Kindness, handwritten letters, driving fast, baby animals, Greek yoghurt and freshly-laundered sheets on my bed.
And other things I dislike: arrogance, tomatoes, bad weather, spiders, cheap shoes, racism, gin, having cold hands, climbing ladders, bullies, clowns and blue cheese.
Ten fabulous moments in my life:
I´ve done many amazing things but a few that stand out are:
Swimming with dolphins on the island of Curacao in the Caribbean
Sailing along the length of Doubtful Sound in New Zealand
Cuddling a tiger in Thailand
Teaching English as a volunteer in Cambodia
Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
Riding on the Star ferry across Hong Kong harbour
Marvelling at the sheer grandeur of the Grand Canyon
Riding elephants in Thailand
Drinking a Singapore Sling in the Raffles Hotel, Singapore
Gazing at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel inside the Vatican in Rome.
BLONDE – It´s a hair colour NOT a personality trait!
Every woman dies, but not every woman truly lives.
I introduced the CBBH Challenge as a good way of introducing new blogs to each other, (a kind of “Blog Cocktail Party”, if you like), with the chance to comment and follow, but without the necessity of having to rack your brains each week to think of “25 things to do with a Custard Creme”; “what piece of advice I would retrospectively give to my teenage self”; “which celebrity I have a crush on” or “why I think I´m on this Earth”. (No disrespect intended to any awards/tags that demand answers to such questions)!
Thank You Image from Flickr CC: woodleywonderworks