The Beauty of Shared Gifts

by Aileen

little treeI received a special award this week. It’s The Beautiful Blogger Award. Jane Barefoot Rochelle of  Teeny Tiny Pieces surprised me with this lovely gift.

Jane is a writer and a painter. She writes about the art of self-care and being mindful of the power that we possess to help ourselves. She has a great story about where the name, Teeny Tiny Pieces, came from.

In her blog posts, her words create worlds that we readers can enter into and journey through; there is something magical and whimsical about her although she’s also grounded and strong. I hope everyone finds the greatness of her writing.

It is an honor to receive this award from such a beautiful and inspiring writer and blogger, thank you Jane!

Part of receiving the award is to share 7 things about me that my readers don’t know. This was a bit of a challenge, because I feel I say a little bit about everything and I wanted to choose some things that I have never mentioned.

7  things you don’t know about me

1. I raised $30,000 for my favorite non-profit organization by creating and performing a one-woman show and donating all the proceeds. It took 18 kaizen months to put it together.

2. My favorite animal is the elephant. They captivate and amaze me …so giant and yet so gentle, with beautiful ears that are remind me of a fairy’s wings.

3. I love red fluffy pillows so much that I have a pillow sanctuary.

4. When I was a teenager, I worked as a janitor for a local newspaper. I loved cleaning the offices at night and singing at the top of my lungs when no one was around.

5. I rode a motorcycle for many years to overcome my fears.

6. My first performance was at age five. I played the role of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln.

7. Things randomly fly out of my hands for no obvious reason. My husband thinks it’s my super power.

Another part of receiving the award is to choose up to 5 beautiful bloggers to pass on this Beautiful Blogger Award. It was a very challenging decision to choose only five when there are many, many beautiful bloggers to whom I would have liked to give the award.

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I pass the Beautiful Blogger Award on to these 5 beautiful bloggers:

Angela Artemis, Powered by Intuition: Angela continuously reminds me of the importance of listening to my intuition. She has taught me how to strengthen my intuition and gain insight from my dreams. I can hear my inner-voice more clearly than ever before and I am ever grateful to her for this gift.
In-case you haven’t yet met Angela, here are a few of her wonderful posts:
Never Miss an Opportunity Again! Learn to Listen To Your Intuition
Want Intuitive Guidance? Start Remembering your Dreams
Intuition: You Don’t Have to Scare The **** Out of Yourself!

Jean Berg-Sarauer, Virgin Blogger Notes – Jean inspires me to have a bit more patience in my blogging process. She’s a phenomenal writer and she shares her vast knowledge with her readers. She’s unique from other “how to blog” sites because of her humorous and inspiring style. I have too many favorite posts to mention but a few to get you started are:
How to Love Blogging When it Doesn’t Love You Back
How to Serve Up Tasty Blog Content
… and all time favorite post from Jean is, What My Father Taught Me About Blogging

Dina, Blog.web6.org - Dina is my technology guru. I’ve written a post about her amazing tutorials and I give her information to others on forums. I loudly praise her work! Here’s another reason why Dina is amazing, if you don’t find what you’re looking for on her site you can send her an email and she’ll respond! I’ve emailed her for help on specific issues and she replies with great instructions. She even contacted me to tell me my site was down. She’s really a true gem. I hope every one subscribes to her extremely helpful site

Preeti, Happy Heart and Mind – Preeti is a smart, insightful and inspiring blogger. She’s gone from engineering to becoming a teacher, home schooling her children …and she’s a fellow Gemini! I became hooked on Happy Mind and Heart when I came across her no spend challenge. it’s a five post series and very encouraging for  those who want to live with minimal spending. I love frugality and love finding people who make it a fun challenge rather than a sad deprived necessity. Another favorite read of mine is her post,What if you had a Golden Touch?

Emma, Graceful Balance – Emma shares pearls of wisdom on Graceful Balance. She now drinks water with lemon, instead of coffee and I hope to one day join her in this healthy ritual. She’s inspired me to think about eating for the seasons and giving new seasonal flair to my salads. She writes about health, balance and great living. One of the best ways to become familiar with her site is read her 7-link challenge post, it’s a nice tour through her archives and you can get to know her.

I do hope you take a moment and explore these beautiful bloggers, visit their blog sites and enjoy the gifts they share.

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Dina September 29, 2010

Aileen,

I have just received your email now, thank you so much for picking me :)

I am learning new stuff myself while giving other beginner tips.

I will definitely post The Beautiful Blogger Award. It is a great idea too to share and love others.

Greetings and Thanks!
Dina.
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Aileen October 1, 2010

Dina, your site is full of incredibly helpful information – so much of what I learned comes from your tutorials. I want everyone to know about your site!!!
:)

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Dina October 2, 2010

Thank you for this! xoxo
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Jane Rochelle September 30, 2010

Aileen, this is such a lovely post! It’s a great reminder of why you were on my list of Beautiful Bloggers. Thanks so much for your kind words … thanks most especially for being part of my journey.

I love the pillow sanctuary, and the elephant-ear fairy wings! What a sweet image! I’m thinking of the elephant that really put on a show for us when we went to the zoo last weekend … yes, fairy wings indeed.

Take special good care, dear Aileen,
Sending love and hugs,
Jane
Jane Rochelle´s last [type] ..10 Posts That Helped Me Let Go Of Fear And Pursue My Dreams

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Aileen October 1, 2010

How fantastic you were at the zoo last weekend!!!!

Thank you for sharing the award with me – and for sharing this blogging journey!

Have a spectacular weekend!

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Jean Sarauer September 30, 2010

Aileen, what a beautiful post and thank you so much for this award. I read your lovely words while enjoying morning coffee (don’t tell Emma lol) and so enjoyed getting to know you better through your ’7 Things.’

Thank you for this award and thank you for bringing your special light to the blogosphere!
Jean Sarauer´s last [type] ..Why and How to do a Quarterly Report for Your Blog

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Aileen October 1, 2010

Oh I do know about enjoying morning coffee, especially on those wonderful cool crisp mornings ahhhhhhhhh.

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Andrea DeBell - britetalk September 30, 2010

Hi Aileen! Congrulations!! I’m amazed with how much money you raised with your act. That must have been some great act. Sorry I missed it. Any change of a rerun. :)

I agree with you on your beautiful blogger selection. These are all amazing ladies. Loving blessings!
Andrea DeBell – britetalk´s last [type] ..The Sexy Art of Touch

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Aileen October 1, 2010

Thank you Andrea. I’m not sure I’ll bring the act back, I don’t plan to but life often has it’s own plans that it shows us :)

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The Exception September 30, 2010

Okay, Number 1 is just awesome!! What a challenge and an accomplishment. Just awesome!
Thanks for the information and for the links – It is always fun to check out new and different sites!
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Aileen October 1, 2010

It always fun to discover new great sites. I love finding new ones form other bloggers :)

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Katie Tallo September 30, 2010

Aileen, I loved learning new things about you. We have the “things fly randomly out of my hands” in common. When I first met my husband, we were sitting on the sofa in his living room and a glass of red wine flew out of my hand for no reason, all over his recently deceased grandmother’s carpet. He married me anyway so I guess it is a super power of sorts. Lovely that the beautiful blogger award is surfing it’s way across the most beautiful blogs I know. Well deserved.
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Aileen October 1, 2010

OMG that is hilarious! – but I can imagine it didn’t feel funny at the time – and on such a special carpet – oh I feel that one. Glasses of wine have flown out of my hands, I was even fired from a waitressing job because of it. It’s great to know someone shares my super power. Perhaps one day we’ll discover how to use it for good causes :)

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Preeti @ Heart and Mind September 30, 2010

Aileen,

Just saw your email, Thank you for this beautiful award to share with other beautiful ladies! I know all of them except Dina and Jane, and I am sure I will get to them too.

You are truly beautiful lady with beautiful heart!
Preeti @ Heart and Mind´s last [type] ..Why learning from history is cool- fun Part III

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Aileen October 1, 2010

I’m happy to have been able to pass it along to you Preeti :) I think you’ll enjoy both Jane ans Dina’s sites !!

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Angela Artemis September 30, 2010

Aileen,
Thank you so much. I’m so honored and touched! I’m also honored and thrilled to be listed among such esteemed company. I’m familiar with four of the exceptional blogger, except for Dina. I will certainly visit her site now.

I also loved learning the 7 fascinating things about you! Someone told me recently my totem animal is an elephant – I shall have to learn more about them. I love that you think their ears look like angels wings too.

Thank you again!
Angela Artemis´s last [type] ..Do You Know What Your Pet Wants

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Aileen October 1, 2010

How wonderful to have the elephant as your totem animal! I’m happy to introduce you to another great blogger, Dina. She’s a technical wizard.
:)

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Clearly Composed October 1, 2010

Thank you so very much, Aileen. What a truly delightful surprise to find myself in such great company. I love the idea of sharing the love with bloggers who move us in some way. I share the pillow love with you too! I just looked around and there are 10 in sight right now. Off to share this award with some of my favorite writers out there. Thanks for giving me this chance to do so. Best for your weekend. :)
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Aileen October 4, 2010

Yay, you’re a pillow enthusiast!!! They really can create a world :)

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Keith Davis October 3, 2010

Hi Aileen
We know all your secrets now or did you hold back on the interesting stuff?

Things randomly fly out of your hands?
That’s an interesting one.

Some great sites there for your Beautiful Blogger Award.

Congratulations on your award – well deserved.
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Aileen October 4, 2010

Yes my secrets are now revealed :)

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John Sherry October 5, 2010

And very well deserved Aileen. After all you share your inner gifts with the world in this blog. What you give out comes back to you. The Universe has spoken! Be blessed.
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Aileen October 8, 2010

John, you are simply fabulous!

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Kara October 5, 2010

Oh my goodness…you have no idea how much I LOVE the idea of a pillow sanctuary. As a closeted pillow lover, I am now going to embrace the fantastic idea of yours, and have my own pillow sanctuary.

Thanks for sharing! I now have a brand new hobby, which will bring me much happiness.

I look forward to reading more of your blog.

Kara
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Aileen October 8, 2010

I’m thrilled you’re a pillow lover too. They can be powerful – heal wounds, create worlds, make inspiration happen, provide a retreat – Pillows are Powerful :)

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Farnoosh October 6, 2010

Aileen, congratulations!! I got this same award in March and linked the post I wrote up here to the site for you to see…..it was so fun, so exciting and yet I didn’t have half as many interesting facts as you. Things flying out of your hands huh?
Keep up your fabulous work on this lovely space here…..!!
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Aileen October 8, 2010

I liked your post and enjoyed your 7 facts. I really liked your ritual for new clothes and shoes and having them settle into the closet before their debut.

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