Awarded The Very Inspiring Blogger Award
Marie Abanga kindly gave me the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. This is the comment she left on my blog:
Dear June, I know you are yet to do an acceptance speech of the previous award, but l couldn’t help but nominate you for yet another. Seriously, l am not giving up on you and you could read my own acceptance post to find out why:
I met Marie last November. One of her friends pointed her to my blog. We’ve developed a great friendship since. She even calls me from Brussels for chats. Marie also wrote two posts on her blog about me: and
Marie is an inspiration to me. I’m happy to accept this award from her. Thank you .
The rules for accepting The Very Inspiring Blog award are:
- Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
- List the rules and display the award.
- Share seven facts about yourself.
- Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
- Optional. Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.
Seven facts about me
1. I was born in a beautiful town (St Catherine) in Jamaica. I grew up with my gran, two sisters and two cousins. We lived in a modest house surrounded by luscious open space. We were poor but rich with love and happiness. My gran told us lots of stories about life. She knew how to make us laugh.
2. As a little girl I was brave and daring. One day I followed my cousin by climbing a massive tree. When I reached the top I was greeted by a huge iguana lizard. It refused to move out of my way. The lizard trapped me at the top of the tree for hours. After that day, I wasn’t scared of lizards any more.
3. I love eating ice cream and dark chocolate with nuts. The best ice cream I’ve tasted is the vanilla one made in Jamaica. It’s got a delicious creamy texture. Hmmm… I could eat it all day.
3. I adore my mum. She’s a beautiful, bubbly lady. But we didn’t spend a lot of time together. She left me in Jamaica with my gran when I was 4. We met again when I was 13. And we parted again when I was 20. If I could turn back the clock, I would have chosen to grow up with her. I believe every girl needs to have her mum for support and guidance. The missing years left a big gap between us. Even though I see her more often, the gap is still wide. But I’m just happy she’s in my life now.
4. I’ve been a single mother for many years. For the first few years it wasn’t my choice to bring up my girls alone. Fate shaped it that way. I went through 2 bad marriages. In the end I decided it was best (for my sanity and peace for my daughters) to go solo. It was a struggle. After a while I accepted the fact that being single was not a bad thing. I started loving the single life. And I still do.
5. I decided to fulfil a long-term goal in 2007. I quit my job as an Attendance Officer. I went to university to complete a Teacher Training course. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. Teaching gave me a new perspective on life. It improved my confidence and made me feel alive. I met some fantastic people. A few students told me I changed their lives. It was worth it, just for that.
6. I’m living my dream of being a freelance writer. Writing has always played a big role in my life. It started in the 80’s when I was married. I went through lots of stress because of physical abuse and infidelity. As the tears flowed, my pen got busy. I wrote poems as a relief for the pain I felt inside. That was my healing therapy.
7. I became a Christian after losing 3 generations of men in the year 2000. First, I lost my dad to prostate cancer. He died within 4 months of being diagnosed. Two months later, my ex husband committed suicide. And 7 months later, my first grandson died of cot death. He was only 2 weeks old. You can imagine the grief and heartache I felt. I turned to God for comfort and strength. That was the beginning of my Christian journey.
According to the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, I’m supposed to nominate 15 other bloggers. But I’m going to bend the rules a little. I hope that doesn’t disqualify me.
These are the bloggers I’m nominating:
1. Clover Jean at cloverjean.com. Clover is my best friend. She’s a lady with a smooth, silky singing voice. She moved to Amsterdam many years ago to pursue a career in entertainment. She’s a singer and comedienne. One of Clover’s highlights was performing for Desmond Tutu. What a lady! She recently released a new album. If you’re ever in Amsterdam and need some entertainment, check her out.
2. Harleena Singh at ahanow.com. She’s a lady with a passion for helping others. It’s clear from her blog. I met Harleena when I was a team member of Writers in Charge. I interviewed her for a post I was writing then. I visited her blog after the post went live and left comments. She came to my blog and left comments as well. She featured me in a post, 20 Inspiring Women Bloggers of Aha!Now. She sent me a long detailed email. Harleena has been supportive and encouraging.
3. Adrienne Smith at . She’s a warm and cheerful lady. Her blog is full of useful and practical advice. I met Adrienne was last year when I was thinking about becoming a freelance copywriter. Harleena Singh introduced me to her. Adrienne gave me some great tips. Our relationship started from then. She’s always ready to help. Adrienne is a faithful supporter of this blog.
4. Jennifer Kennedy at . She’s full of good energy. Her blog is packed with inspirational teaching ideas about running an eCourse. She writes with passion and fun. I met Jennifer through a comment she left on Adrienne’s blog. Since then we’ve commented on each other’s blogs. We also communicate by email and Skype. Last week, Jennifer had a competition to win an eCard for Starbucks. And guess what? I won it. Yaaay! She also encourages and supports me.
I’m blessed to know so many wonderful people, including you. My blog would be a ghost town without you. I’m also sharing my award with you for being a faithful reader and supporter. Thank you for being there for me.