My blog has been awarded with recognition a while back. I’m still a newbie so I’m very flattered and feeling rather chuffed, I’m grateful. I’ve seen that I’m supposed to be saying that “I’m Humbled” but that would be a inaccurate. Maybe that is something that famous people are taught to say? I just think that if one becomes arrogant for such petty reasons you won’t be able to fix that attitude by SAYING that you feel humble. Before I write a novel about my wording in my response to this award, let me try a bottom line: I trust those who know me well enough know that I’m feeling chuffed and flattered and it hasn’t made me any less (or more) humble.
This award comes from within the blogging industry and is awarded by the people and peers who have an in depth understanding of what goes into this job. For many bloggers, this “job” remains a hobby. Other bloggers have turned their writing and creative passion into their full time gig, among other things like: managing the social pages and working with the brands, managing a few people, parenting the little joys who are also sometimes monsters, the grocery shopping, the house, you get my vibe. It can at times appear to the audience that bloggers and Influencers don’t really work. When one looks at the social feeds of successful International Lifestyle and Parenting Bloggers who travel with babies it can at times appear as if they are paid to just lie on the beach and play with their kids. Yes, they get paid to travel and play with their kids, in return for that they advertise the stuff they use. It’s very time consuming. Love and effort, passion I tell ya!
When one is doing a job that doesn’t really feel like a job, it’s just what we love you know? We still have bills though, we are aspiring artists.
I have awarded recognition to the following South African Bloggers (in no particular order):
1.) A Zesty Life by Yolandi
I recognize and award Yolandi because she inspires me to make some DIY changes to our humble abode. We already started this and I want to do more. She transferred her home office into a beautiful black, white and gold sanctuary. They also moved from George to Joburg which I think is cool because it’s usually the other way around and they seem to be making it work for them. The attitude and vibe I get from her is so cool. You make your life and happiness you know. Create it.
2.) Making Mountains
Belinda Mountain reviewed a book called The Park in April when I just launched my blog. Her review was honest and passionate. Spoke to me in a big way. This book is about the exceptions of Motherhood and challenges of making mommy friends. I’ve only just started reading it, and it’s worth it I tell ya.
3.) MammaChef Jozi
Super cool and easy to understand recipes for a lousy cook like me. She also put up a printable meal planner recently. How cool?!
6.) drizzle and dip
I loved Sam Linsell‘s post about her stay at the Oyster Box Hotel. Her passion for food and drink is almost tangible. She speaks about her experience in the service industry with such endearment. She had me reminiscing about that camaraderie when I worked as a waitress. Her photos also take my breath away.
8.) 3 Kids, 2 Dogs and 1 Old House
I enjoy Cindy Alfino ‘s writing. I think this was maybe the first blog I ever read? Before I even had my own biological child. She recently wrote about her first ever mommy-daughter date and nearing the end she writes about how her daughter whispered; “This is the best day EVER” – that was me, in tears, to the bedroom.
9.) Cape Town Curly
Amanda Cooke recently (I think?) wrote about how she broke the news about her pregnancy (at age 26) to her parents. The profound respect for her mother is admirable. I am ashamed to say it’s a feeling I don’t share but can relate as I feel that intense level of respect for my late father.
10.) Becoming you
I am inspired by Kathryn Rossiter‘s post where she featured a guest who spoke up about PTSD and the anxiety disorder that comes hand in hand with that. It is one of my aspirations to speak up about my own PTSD and the mental illness/anxiety disorder that follows and how I have overcome this with the tools I put in practice to manifest an abundant life despite severe trauma in the past. The hypervigilance never goes away though and at times (with sleep deprivation especially) flash backs can return when other little, even miniature trauma strikes.
I was awarded recognition by Olivia’s New Life and I am deeply inspired by the way she embraces change and is pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor in her 30’s. Medicine is a passion of mine too, not so much to become a doctor but it is an aspiration of mine to do a Pharmacists’ degree, not to practice but to bring balance to my qualification and 19 years of experience in Marketing and Business Development.
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With Love and Gratitude,
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