I was walking across the Taco Bell parking lot when my phone buzzed. I almost ignored it because I was so excited to get inside and eat what I had been craving all day! I briefly glanced down at my screen anyway and saw I had received a message from TRAVELCONTENTS.COM. They were nominating me for the blogger’s SUNSHINE AWARD! Say what?! You can imagine how I celebrated the moment. Beefy burritos galore!
The Sunshine Award is given to a blogger by another blogger who they find inspiring. They are recognized as creative, positive, and inspiring to others in the blogosphere! My heart melted into a puddle. I was so touched to know that my passion was doing some good in someone else’s life. The power of 1 imperfect story continues to amaze me daily you guys. I absolutely love helping other people make healthy changes and bringing all their authenticity to life! It’s so fulfilling.
Thank you TRAVELCONTENTS.COM for valuing my work and offering me this award, which I am so honored to accept! The fun part about accepting these awards is that I receive a list of questions that I get to answer and reveal some of my secrets to my readers! Who doesn’t love hearing a secret, right? Let’s see what Travel Contents hit me with!
1. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BLOG?
I’ve always had a burning passion for helping people get back on their feet, believe in themselves, and live a life that is deeply fulfilling. Through my own messy story of getting bruised up, knocked down, and pulling myself back onto my own feet, transforming my own losses into a victory, I decided that by speaking my truth and sharing my story may be a game changer in someone’s life. That alone inspired me to invest myself into building a haven where others can come and listen in on the part of my life that I never had shared with anyone before.
2. DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF SUCCESSFUL?
I believe that success is defined differently by each person. For me, I do consider myself successful. I have conquered fears, won internal battles, mastered areas within myself that at one point I thought I could never do, set and surpassed goals within myself and my life, and have developed myself into someone I am proud of. I have fallen in love with me, cultivated quality relationships, and have created a life I am passionate about. I like my own company, love investing in myself, and am living free of regret, shame, and unforgiveness. I am successfully learning with each passing day how to lead a more fulfilling life and love sharing my messy stories, mistakes, short circuits, and learned lessons with authenticity for others so it can bring value to their lives. I am still learning, still messing up, but strive to grow in humility as well as other virtues a little more each day so that I am better able to accept my humanness, imperfections, and vulnerabilities, and love all of it so that I am able to love others better.
3. WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO YOU IN LIFE?
The most important things to me in life are God, people's’ souls, and selfless love. This is what my passion is rooted in. I pray that by sharing who I am, imperfections and all, it will help someone out there reconnect with the beauty and value in their own soul and become so anchored in it that they fall in love with Who created it, fall in love with all of themselves, and create a fruitful life that reflects all that they were created to be.
4. HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH STRESS?
The first thing I do is breathe. This relaxes my body, lowers my blood pressure, slows my heart rate, and overall calms me physically. Then I pray. This opens the floodgates to peace. The graces and spiritual strength that comes from prayer washes stress away. It provides me mental clarity, a gentle spirit, and feeds my emotional health. Once I’ve had a needed intimate conversation with God and feel good about things, then I either go workout, dance in my kitchen to uplifting music, play with my puppy, or take a walk outside in the fresh air. After I’ve gotten out of my head and gave my entire self a dose of good life then I sit down with a loved one and have a healthy conversation about possible solutions to whatever problem I was stressing over.
5. WHAT WOULD YOU DO TODAY IF THERE IS NO MORE TOMORROW?
I would receive the sacraments and surround myself with everyone I love.
6. WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST GOALS AND DREAMS?
My biggest goals and dreams are to make it to Heaven and bring as many souls along with me as possible! I want to stand before God one day and honestly say that I used all my gifts and talents He gave me for the greatest good. I want to be able to help others experience a bit of Heaven here on earth by being God’s instrument in people's hearts and helping them kindle intimacy with Him. I want to set an example of discovering one’s identity in Him and the transforming power this has in one’s life when one anchors them self in Him. I desire to learn as much as I can, grow as much as I can, and help others live the most thriving and fulfilling life possible. I dream that each person will be awakened to their own powerful free will and use it for the greater good. I pray that we all learn how to detach from what is not important and to invest ourselves in what is so that we live the rest of our days refining ourselves for what is to come.
“The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” Romans 8:18
7. ARE YOU RIGHT OR LEFT-HANDED?
I am right! Always ;) jk
8. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST STRATEGY THAT WORKED WELL FOR YOU TO GET MORE TRAFFIC TO YOUR BLOG?
Just being myself, sharing my messy story, being vulnerable, authentic, and openly honest about myself has been the best decision about my blog. I think it is important to share my humanness, realness, and not hide my imperfections behind a mask. I like people getting to know the real me and I like getting to know real people.
9. ARE YOU A FULL-TIME BLOGGER? HOW DID YOU GET INTO BLOGGING AND WHY?
Since I am a graduate student I am very invested in my studies so that I learn well and excel in my courses. This can be time consuming, but I don’t like to look at it as though I am lacking in any investment toward my blog. I believe I give 100% to my blog as well as 100% to my studies. Both are important to me.
I like to summarize my taking the plunge into the blogging world as a fusion of my beloved passions in life that set my soul on fire. I wanted to create a platform that could bring all of me to life and I could serve as a testimony to my readers that it is possible to transform any hot mess into living the life they dream of. It has been a journey so worthwhile! I have connected with amazing people from all over the world who have given me so much support and encouragement. The most rewarding part about this leap of faith is when someone reaches out to me and confides that I got into their heart, they feel better about themselves, and that I made an impact on their life. That gives me tears of joy! That is why I do this. To make a difference in someone's life. I couldn't be more grateful for the kindness others have shown me since I decided to share my story.
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?
I always tell people my favorite color is sunset haha I absolutely love curling up with a cozy blanket and going outside to watch it bring beautiful closure to no matter what type of day I've had. The beauty of the sky always leaves me in awe and I live for moments like that!
11. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST SERVICE A BLOGGER CAN PROVIDE TO HIS READERS?
I believe the best thing a blogger can give to their readers is their authenticity. Being real, being human, being raw, being vulnerable, and just being themselves is POWERFUL. This alone can provide heaps of value in the lives of the readers!
No more questions for me! Now I get to nominate the lucky ones!
INSPIREME NOMINATES THE FOLLOWING BLOGGERS FOR THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD 2018:
QUESTIONS FOR NOMINEES:
1. What is your name and its meaning?
2. What is the best way to cheer you up when sad?
3. What is your life motto?
4. What is your favorite childhood memory?
5. If you discovered a new planet what would you name it?
6. What does your dream life look like to you?
7. If you could be the best at anything in the world, what would it be?
8. How do you spend your free time?
9. If money were not an object where would your plane be headed right now?
10. Who is someone you look up to and why?
11. What was your greatest life lesson?
Thank you Sunshine for taking the time to come join me in my little corner of the world and read about this happy moment for me! I hope your day is just as sunny, lovely, and giving you a little special something to smile about. Hoping to see you pop around again soon!
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