To our total delight, we learned we were awarded The Versatile Blogger Award and the Shine On Award.
First we want to thank Alison and Don at Adventures in Wonderland for nominating us. They are kindred spirits to us because they also like to wander. They say,
“We sold our car and apartment, sold or gave away all our stuff, and set off to discover the world. And ourselves…We will continue traveling until it’s time to stop – if that time ever comes.”
Both awards asked us to share 7 interesting tidbits about ourselves. Here goes …
2. We give names to all the cars we’ve owned. Betsy, Beanie, Cecil … and now Snick (short for “Snickerdoodle”)
3. Terri walked 172 miles in London one week. Since it’s her favorite city, she was bound and determined to do every self-guided walking tour she could find.
4. We sat beside Francis Ford Coppola in a London Fish and Chips Shop.
6. Terri was a tap dancer as a kid. In her final performance (age 10) her costume came untied from around her neck, fell down, exposing very little. Mortified, she ran off stage and has not tap danced since.
7. We saw a grizzly bear and cubs – while waiting for a bus! At the Glacier Bus Stop in Juneau, Alaska we heard a commotion nearby. A huge grizzly bear emerged from the brush, swung her head warily, then fixed her gaze on us. Oh great! Then she motioned for her 2 gangling cubs to cross the road. With a final glare at us, she disappeared into the woods behind them. Whew!
These awards also asked us to share some of our favorite bloggers with you! So please check these folks out. They will make your day!
THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD* shines the spotlight on bloggers who are adept at creating and handling change – whether it’s their life or the lives of others. They’re versatile! We chose the following blogs to inspire you to realize your dreams:
Tricia A. Mitchell – The first photo I saw of Tricia, she was paddling a round basket boat. Now that’s the definition of versatile! She believes in the power of citizen diplomacy, and is now on an international sabbatical to help make the world a better place.
The Expat Almanac – Louise and Tom are intrepid. Their blog is the “saga of two people who have abandoned everything that is comfortable and secure, who have packed one bag each and are embarking on an adventure without end.” We love these two!
Live Blissful – This beautiful blog documents one young woman’s transition to a vegan lifestyle. Her recipes are incredible with fabulous photography. We were charmed … and you will be too.
Travel Relapse – Joseph planned for 4 years, saving for the adventure of a lifetime. After many twists and turns, he finally took the plunge … and now he’s living the adventure in Europe. If you want to know how to turn your travel dream into reality, here’s your inspiration!
Counting Down From Zero – There’s just one word for Kortni – awesome! She’s decided that it’s not things that make her happy, it’s people and time she cherishes. She chronicles her family’s journey to be car-free, debt-free … and be sure to ask about her chickens.
THE SHINE ON AWARD* highlights bloggers who are shining stars in the vast array of available blogs. We chose the following blogs as shining-star, smile-inducing folks who will earn your respect … and return visits.
JUMP FOR JOY! Photo Project – Eyoälha (Eee-YO-Lah) has a grand vision. She wants to create an art photo book of 1,000 photos of people jumping for joy around the world and a photography exhibit that showcases a select few of the best JUMPING images. You will love it.
Life Out of the Box – Quinn and Jon gave up their lives in California to move to Nicaragua to start a business that gives back to the community. These two twenty-somethings have an incredible tale that will blow your mind.
Thoughtful Pop – Mitchell is a stay at home dad with two wonderful daughters. “When he’s not cooking, cleaning, dancing, reading, teaching, playing or protecting his eyes and groin,” he’s writing about his whole experience in all of its ridiculousness.
Global from Home – Elise is a study abroad advisor who has traveled extensively, and now wants to explore the world around her within a 30 mile radius of her front door. Check out her 100 Global from Home Ideas.
Transplanted Tatar – This creative blog specializes in travel of the hidden-treasure, off-season variety. It’s filled with weekend escapes, wanderings, wildlife, and festivals. So much to choose from … so little time!
Wander One Day – Jen grew up in a family that loved to travel – and it rubbed off on her. Today she’s married, travels every chance she gets, and has a great 5-point travel philosophy.We also love her postcard collection, and you will too.
Restlessjo ~ Roaming at home and abroad - Jo claims she “can’t be still for too long, unless of course it’s sunny and I’ve got a good book. I love to travel and to explore our world.” And she will take you on a marvelous journey out there, just embracing life.
So there you have it. Enjoy!
Terri & James
* P.S. These are the Recipient Guidelines for both awards. Please feel free to adapt!
1.) Show appreciation of the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
2.) Add the award logo to your blog.
3.) Share 7 things about yourself.
4.) Nominate 5-10-15 or so bloggers you admire.