Blogger Recognition Award

It was lovely to receive a blogger recognition award last week from Tracey Bratton who writes at www.mbs870.com.

Thank you Tracey!

This award is given to bloggers by other fellow bloggers and, having just passed the 1 year mark of blog writing, it was really wonderful to receive this recognition and take a moment to think back on all I’ve written about over this year.

It was also a time to quietly say to myself ‘I’m proud of you’ and ‘you’re doing well, keep on going’.

When nominated for this award, I was asked to give a brief story of how my blog started, share two pieces of advice to new bloggers and select other bloggers I want to give this award to. I thought this would be a good chance to reflect back on this past year – it’s been quite a ride!

Why I started blogging

I started blogging at the beginning of 2016 as a way of documenting the Local Government Challenge, a competition I was involved in through work. Soon after I started my blog, I realised that writing my thoughts and feelings down is a really great way of sharing the thoughts and feelings I’m often too shy or self-conscious to share with other people and of getting to know myself more. Blogging’s akin to how I find it easier to share  when walking or driving in a car with someone else…without having to look someone in the eye, it’s easier to be honest and speak my truth.

Since I started blogging, I’ve learnt to accept myself more, embrace my feelings and have been able to let go of a lot of things from my past. I think it’s fantastic!

Two Pieces of Advice to New Bloggers

I’d say it’s really helpful to establish a routine. I always post on Saturday mornings and having this commitment allows me to consistently blog.

If you’re writing a blog about personal topics like mine, my advice is that you write your blog as if you were for your eyes only. Some posts will get really big response rates and some will be viewed by very few people…if you’re writing for other people, it’s really easy to start thinking ‘what do other people want to hear from me’ and when you write from that space, I find the writing to be less authentic. When I write my blog for myself, I’m always satisfied with the result and I think my writing is better.

Bloggers I’d like to nominate for the Blogger Recognition Award:

The Richness of a Simple Life

Three boys and a mom

Witchy Wisdom

Steve Chapman

From a Loving Place

So thanks again for the nomination, Tracey, and here’s to another year of blog writing!

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Unstoppable

This post was written to participate in the Daily Post One Word Prompt, just because I felt like it 🙂

I have felt unstoppable during a few moments of my life. Like a bolder rolling down a hill, gaining momentum and power.

When I visualise these moments, it brings such a deep, rich memory of joy and happiness, that feeling of being invincible. One moment that is particularly clear took place during the shortlisting of the Local Government Challenge late last year. Continue reading

Reflection

On my way up to Derbyshire for the second Local Government Challenge, I read Heather Storey’s post about lessons she learnt from the first challenge. It was a great reflection on what she might do differently and, besides reminding me of the unsuitability of my footwear choice (wearing suede shoes for an outdoor-based challenge – eeek!), it really prompted me to reflect on what I will aim to do more/less of in future challenges.

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