Blogger Appreciation Award

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Thank you Orang-utan Librarian for listing me as one of your favorite bloggers and bestowing this award on my blog. It was really sweet and made me feel as if someone had bought me a bucket of my favorite ice cream just for me. Thanks girl! 😀

I’ll pass this award on to some great bloggers I follow on here. I’ll only select a few. Here are who readily come to mind…

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

Another award I’m late with (embarrassed smile). I’m slowly but surely getting caught up, y’all. I was nominated by Tabby at A Universe for Books. Thanks girl! 😀

The Rules:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

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Real Neat Blog Award

I am so late with post (sorry!!!), but I’m trying to get caught up now on award posts. Better late than never, eh.

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Well, I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award last year by Sarah at Brainfluff. Sarah is a sci-fi writer and she also reviews lots of sci-fi and fantasy books as well. Check her out for some recommendations!

And thanks again Sarah for nominating me for this award. I really do appreciate being nominated for these blog awards because I think they highlight people’s efforts on here.

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Weekend Reads #65: I get a start on my New Year plans

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend. Today’s post isn’t much of a discussion; it’s more of an “update on my life” sort of post, I guess; or a review of a artsy thing post…I dunno.

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One of my plans for this year is to do things that I’m interested in and I did so this weekend. I took myself to a dance performance called Red Bull Flying Bach, which was pretty awesome. The performance combines break dancing with classical music for a spectacular show that was entertaining.

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Reflecting on 2016: Blogging

Well, I was hoping to get some insight into my blogging progress in 2016 from the annual WordPress report, but it seems that WordPress will no longer publish them. (For more info, see this support forum.)

Then I tried doing my own infographic, but gosh! It took a while to decide on what to feature, get the stats, and then format the infographic so I didn’t bother. I can see why WordPress decided to no longer do it, but if they can find an easier way that isn’t as time consuming, that would be great.

I’ve decided to present the same sort of information usually included in the annual reports but without the graphics and fireworks (I miss the fireworks 😥 ) and comparison to the Sydney Opera House because I don’t know how to calculate that and I’m too lazy to try. (I’m too lazy to do a lot of things today, actually.)

Anyway, I keep improving each year. The more time I put into this blog, the more I’m rewarded with increased views and interactions.

I got a huge boost in visitors and views back in 2015, which reflected my efforts to post more and interact with other blogs. And since 2015, my stats have increased to

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Reflecting on 2016: Life

Since getting my first job in 2012, I started assigning themes to my new year. For 2012, the theme was Hope because with getting a job, I hoped that my circumstances would improve and I would be able to manage my student loan payments. I forgot what the theme was for 2013, but for 2014 it was Progress. I wanted to build on what I attained in 2013 and continue to move forward.

For 2015, I wanted to Improve. I did well professionally in 2014, but not so great in my personal life. I needed to improve my health, relationships, and finances, and though I tried, I failed miserably in some areas and by the time 2016 rolled around, I was so angry with myself that I constantly berated myself for my failures. By reading Pema Chödrön’s Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better, I learned that such internal dialogue isn’t healthy and that failures can help us to improve. Sometimes they are blessings in disguise, but it’s all a matter of Perspective, which was the theme for 2016.

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Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas to All!!

It’s my favorite holiday of the year: Christmas! 😀

This year, I’m celebrating the holiday on here by featuring this cool illustration that I found on Deviant Art. It was created by Sandara, who does some really cool fantasy pieces (you can see more of her work here).

This one is entitled “Cosfest Christmas.” It seems that she entered it for an art contest. Though it doesn’t say Christmas outright, I think it contains the Christmas spirit: the feeling of unity and sense of enchantment in the air. It also calls to the child within us all, which I think tends to come out when Christmas comes around. Everything is lighter and happier at Christmas. 🙂 Such a wonderful holiday and this illustration does a great job of capturing how I feel about it.

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