I am so lucky. I started this blogging journey earlier this year and I’m on cloud 9.
First, I had talked about in an earlier post how I had interviewed a friend of mine this weekend for Small Business Saturday. I submitted the article to one of the local newspapers and they almost immediately posted it to their website. That was one of those moments where I thought, “they liked it? They really liked it? Somebody liked my work! Awesomesauce!
I’m also glad because I hope it also brings my friend Jeannie a lot of business this holiday weekend. She runs such a wonderful framing shop, she supports the arts and she has a heart of gold. She deserves the utmost success.
Now for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. In the blogosphere, you come across some of the most incredible people. Janine awarded me this honor and I have to express my gratitude toward her. I am completely humbled my this woman who blogs, writes articles, juggles two very young girls, a great husband, and extended family living in the house with her. Add to that, she just endured Hurricane Sandy and found a way to still schedule blog posts, comment on others’ blogs and all around just “be there.”
I also have to say that without fail, she also comments on every post I do and I don’t have any idea how she does it. Any blogger I know that posts more than once usually won’t get more than one comment a day from me because there are so many people I like to comment and follow. She does, too, but still manages to find time to come to my page and offer her insights.
So, thank you Janine. You have made me feel so special and it’s moments like this that make it all worth it.
I’m supposed to reveal 7 things about myself before I pass this award on to other women bloggers.
1. I question why it’s 7 things I’m supposed to reveal about myself. Why not 5 or 3 or 13? Or why isn’t it “reveal 7 secret desires.” I just had to laugh and poke a little fun at that requirement.
2. I once worked for Mary Kay for about a week. I decided I was a very bad candidate for it when I hated to wear make-up and they couldn’t make me wear it, and my eyes puffed up and peeled from the mascara. Then the lipstick made my lips burn and peel off in sheets.
3. I believe in following your dreams. I believe in this principle so much that I would be willing to quit my job to blog, hub and post products to Zazzle full time. Oops. I already did.
4. I like strange smells. It’s true. Scotch tape? They should so make a perfume out of that. The vinyl smell on a new shower curtain? I like that, too. Carbon copy paper? Yep. The pages of a newly printed book, the glossy cover of a new magazine, magic markers after they’ve dried on the paper. Before you think I go sniffing this stuff, I promise I don’t. I think I have a medical condition called: ilikethesmellofplastickitis.
5. I have optic hyperplasia. It’s a fancy way of saying the optic nerve didn’t develop in my right eye. So, I’m blind in my right eye since birth. I only see the world in two dimensions, but I feel like that really gives me an edge when it comes to photography and artwork. My world looks just like it does in photos. My right eye doesn’t track and it sometimes freaks people out. That, in turn, makes me really self-conscious. This is another reason that you won’t see very many self-portraits of my face up-close. But, I’m the first to make fun of myself and use the nickname “Cyclops Cyndi.”
6. I’m left-handed, but I cut with my right hand. I can’t use a computer mouse with my left hand. I chew on the right side of my mouth, and kick with my left foot. I’m a very right-brained person and can claim that I’m in my right mind.
7. I like to do something called “oil pulling” every morning. It’s an ancient Ayurvedic remedy, akin to modern day flossing, but you basically swish coconut, sunflower or some other similar oil in your mouth for 20 minutes before eating in the morning. It feels like I just walked out of the dentist’s chair because my teeth are smooth, it keeps my teeth extraordinarily white, and it’s purported to ward off heart disease (which runs in my family) and fight free radicals in the blood. I can buy into that idea especially after hearing that people who regularly floss tend to have less heart disease.
So there you have it: 7 very random things about me.
As part of this award, it’s my job to pass it on. I really wanted to think upon whom I would bestow this award and I can think of two people:
Terrye and MissOlive.
- Terrye: has a special place in my heart. More than once, she has given me leads to different freelancing possibilities and knows how to boost my confidence enough when I don’t see it in myself. She recently gave me the idea that I should do a write up for small business Saturday and submit it to the local paper. When I did that, they actually RAN the article – TODAY. I have been so thrilled at the possibilities that this entails and I’m incredibly grateful to Terrye. Not only that, even though she’s moving from Montana to Arizona right now, she’ll have an idea for her next blog post: she has to pass on this award. Hehe. That’ll get ‘er postin’ very soon.
- MissOlive: Here is another person that I befriended over at HubPages. She’s someone to whom I’ve bounced ideas, shared dreams, and she’s helped to boost my confidence, too. With her inspiration, I have endeavored to take her advice to heart and though she’s a busy teacher, wife and mom, she always has big ideas and I know that she’s going places. She’s got Latin roots like me, so I completely get it when she says things like, “we’re cooking pozole and the whole family is coming over.” That doesn’t just mean a couple brothers and sisters. It means parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends close enough to consider themselves family to eat a hominy soup.
So what do these two do with this award?
First, they’re supposed to thank the person that gave it to them (it seems weird to say that, by the way). Second, they need to put the logo in the post, tell 7 things about themselves and pass the award on to other women bloggers.