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I’m Still Here, Writing Quietly

26 Jan

Dear Reader, Dear Friend,

First of all – Happy New Year! May 2013 bring you peace, fulfilment and joy.

It’s been over a month since my last post and I am sorry for this silence. I hope you have been well since we last ‘saw’ each other.

It’s been almost two months since I’ve been struggling to find time for blogging amongst all the other tasks that have sprung up in my daily life. I have recently moved house, I have more and more work at my new job, I am making many plans for the near future. Unfortunately, there are times when we are obliged to prioritise some activities over others.

However, I am proud to say that I have kept up my early morning writing habit. I wake up every day at 7 AM (6 AM was just too early in these dark and cold winter times) and write three pages of anything that comes to mind.

In these early quiet mornings I often think about Love Out Loud and all the wonderful blogs that I haven’t had a chance to read in the past month. And I wonder about the future of my blog: will I have time to keep it up? Is it an important part of my life? What does it give me that should encourage me to keep it up? Is there any way in which I can improve it?

For the moment, I don’t have answers to those questions, but I hope that you will bear with me and I promise I will have the answers soon.

In the menatime, here are some posts that I read today from my favourite blogs. Their beauty and depth reminds me why I miss the WordPress world so much:

Stained Glass – Lady Fi – It’s been a long time since I haven’t seen such beauty where I live.

How to Make Hard Decisions – 6 Months to Live – It’s the reminder that I needed at this time in my life.

3 Years – Express – You are Self! – A message about the power of faith and change.

Gratitude Jar – Love is the Answer – Keep track of all the wonderful things that happen in your life in 2013.

How to Lasso Your Dream Goal – Soul + Sermon – A kick in the ass!

And the sun has risen in the time it took me to write this post and read your interesting articles.

Happy Saturday to you and see you very soon, I promise!

With all my love

We Love Toe Mail!

1 Jun

Love Out Loud’s toes were featured in the awesome blog ToeMail, which posts photos of toes in wonderful places and in original situations from all over the world.

Intrigued? Check out the photo here.

I will be away for a week, so I wish you all a great week and I look forward to catching up on your posts when I get back!

Peace and love

Versatile Blogger Award

11 Jan

The last week of 2011 brought me a wonderful gift: Princess Nadie of Nadie’s Brain and Kate from The Phoenixplains chose Love Out Loud for the Versatile Blogger Award! “I am just like you in love with love so I had to give this to you,” said Princess Nadie. Thank you very much to both Princess Nadie and Kate – it makes me extremely happy that there are other people who are guided and inspired by love. And thanks to the blogosphere we are able to share this inspiration with each other.

After accepting the Versatile Blogger Award, the winner must:

1) Thank the person who gave the award and link back to them in your post.
2) Share 7 things about yourself.
3) Pass this award along to 15 blogs.

So, seven things about me:

  1. I started my first diary at the age of eight.
  2. At the age of nine I was part of a team of children in my school to write a musical for our end-of-year show.
  3. Poetry was my passion in my late adolescence – I wrote over seventy pages of it in my last years of school.
  4. The most interesting and fun thing that I have ever studied is probably scriptwriting.
  5. I once wrote to my favourite writer by e-mail…and got a reply!
  6. Someone you’ve heard of has sung one of my songs.
  7. If I could have any writer’s talent, I would choose Pushkin’s.

Seeing as the Versatile Blogger Award is exactly what it says in the title – versatile – each nominated blogger can choose any 15 blogs that they enjoy reading. So my choice of the next Versatile Blogger Award winners is as follows:

1) Spirit Lights the Way ~ “Be Here Now”

2) Lisa Rivero ~ “Writing life in the 21st century”

3) Natalie Cuts Forth ~ “Accessing your intuition”

4) A Clean Surface ~ “Simplicity, organization, inspiration, minimalism, humor…and reality”

5) Power Strength Grace ~ “Empowering, fresh and inspirational guide to well-being”

6) Life’s Maze ~ “Life’s full of mysteries and changes; here we talk of some of them”

7) The Quiet Voice ~ “Life, books and pop”

8) Six Months to Live ~ “Life is what you make it. What could you do in 6 months?”

9) Healing and Living ~ “Because anyone can achieve happiness”

10) 365 Life Photography ~ “A picture a day stops the memories from fading away”

11) Cherie Roe Dirksen ~ “Pushing the boundaries of inner truth and creativity”

12) Sparkle Me Zen ~ “A sparkle zen to enrich, encourage or enlighten”

13) Daily Health Boost ~ “Your daily dose of inspiration & motivation for keeping up a healthy and happy lifestyle”

14) The Soulful Contrarian ~ Soulful and Contrary

15) Seasweetie’s Pages ~ “One woman on a quest for peace, joy and the write words”

Dear blog authors – please allow me a few days to get in touch with all of you by email to let you know about this nomination. Thank you for your understanding.

Liebster Blog Award

5 Dec

Dear Friends,

There is a wonderful piece of news that Iwould like to share with you.

I have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by StrawberryIndigo, whose blog My Life in Color always reminds us of the important things in life. The Liebster Blog Award is given to a blog with less than 200 followers who deserve a little more recognition.

This is my first blog award and you cannot imagine my joy! StrawberryIndigo accompanied her nomination with the following words: “I have been reading your blog and I think highly of it. You send such a beautiful message. I enjoy your writing and your positiveness”. It is these words that make this nomination so special.

I started Love Out Loud with the wish to share positive messages and ideas with others. I made one rule for the blog: to only share positive things. This is because I wanted to create something that would always remind me that no matter how many negative or frustrating elements there are in our day, we can always find something positive to express.

In Love Out Loud I speak from the heart. I do not have any ‘goal’ for my blog, apart from writing about things that inspire or help me in everyday life. The Liebster Blog Award nomination means a lot to me, because it makes me see that the beauty and wonders that I find in life are also appreciated by the people with whom I share them. It makes me see that we can share and give so much by simply being ourselves.

My blog has taught me a lot, but it is also my fellow bloggers who have been a huge source of joy and inspiration for the past eleven months. Books and newspapers couldn’t teach me half of the things that I have learnt from you. By reading about your values, dreams and fears, I have learnt more about life than by reading any philosophy manual.

I am extremely grateful to have discovered many wonderful people through the blogosphere. I may not know your name, your nationality, your hair colour or the sound of your voice, but I can assure you that your blog has brought HUGE changes into my life.

The rules of the Liebster Blog Award state that I in turn must nominate 5 blogs with less than 200 hundred followers for the award. Here are my nominations:

http://expressyouareself.wordpress.com/

Reflections on life and how to bring honesty, fulfilment and joy into our own.

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http://fearasacompass.wordpress.com/

Every post makes me stop and sigh. Wow, what wisdom!

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http://rewritinglife.net/

A sophisticated writer with a unique and captivating voice.

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http://jeangreyphoenix.wordpress.com/

A beautiful mix of photos, videos, quotes and thought-provoking reflections.

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http://cinquefoille.blogspot.com/

Each post fills me with hope, comfort and love.

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Thank you to all fellow bloggers for your eternal inspiration!