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Awarded The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Awarded The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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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: http://marieabanga.com/2014/06/10/gosh-very-inspiring-blogger-award/

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: Meeting June my Jamaican Heroine Series 1 and June my Jamaican Heroine series 11

Marie is an inspiration to me. I’m happy to accept this award from her. Thank you Marie for this kind gesture.


Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award


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 adriennesmith.net. 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 teachgoodstuff.com. 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. 



About June

June Whittle is the founder of Miraculous Ladies, an author, freelance copywriter and professional blogger for hire. She works with small businesses, bloggers and individuals. She is also an author of a self-help and autobiography book “Deep Within my Soul: Hope after abuse”. Miraculous means extraordinary and Lady is a polite or formal way of referring to an amazing woman. That's you. You're a beautiful, strong, incredible, dynamic and powerful woman. Live your dreams. "If you can dream it, you can do it." ~ Walt Disney


  1. Congratulation June.
    You truly are a star!



    • Thank you so much Donna. I appreciate your comment. Have a great day. 🙂

      June Whittle June Whittle


  2. Dear June,

    I am always happy to be among the first people to comment on your post. Thank you for all, you so deserve it too. Now l know some more about my dear friend and l promise you an ice cream treat when next am in London. Wow, now l am hopping over to your nominees and who knows, we may as well become friends too right? l have you for reference 🙂 and the saying back home is that: my friend’s friends are mine too 🙂
    Marie Abanga recently posted..My father doesn’t know me it seems!My Profile

    Marie Abanga Marie Abanga


    • Hi Marie,

      Thank you for giving me the award in the first place. Yes, now you know more about me. And I look forward to the ice cream. But my favourite ice cream is made in Jamaica. 🙂 Maybe we can visit there together someday?

      I hope my friends will give you a warm welcome. They’re lovely ladies.

      Thanks for stopping by as usual Marie. It’s always appreciated. 🙂

      Have a fantastic day.

      June Whittle June Whittle


  3. Oh I forgot to mention how envious l am of your starbucks win 🙂
    Marie Abanga recently posted..Smile “)My Profile

    Marie Abanga Marie Abanga


    • Oh Never mind. When you come to London again I’ll treat you to a Starbucks coffee. 🙂

      June Whittle June Whittle


  4. Hi June,

    Congratulations indeed, and you certainly deserve this wonderful awards. And thank you so much for the kind mention and nominating me – you made my day! 🙂

    It brought back good memories of my earlier days when I was given the versatile bloggers award and the sunshine award when I initially started blogging, and now this one from you – I am indeed humbled and honored to receive it.

    It’s so nice to know more about you and yes, there was a similar list I had shared in those awards too, just as the rules indicate. It’s been such a pleasure knowing you and I am so glad we connected.

    Thanks once again for this honor. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
    Harleena Singh recently posted..The Best Gift You Can Give Your Dad On Father’s DayMy Profile

    Harleena Singh


    • Hi Harleena,

      You’re welcome. 🙂

      It was a pleasure to give you this award. I’m glad you accepted it. You deserve it. This is my way of saying thanks for your kindness and the emails you sent when I needed advice. And for everything else.

      I believe some people are meant to meet each other. And You’re one of the people that’s meant to be in my life. If it wasn’t for Oni and the article I had to write, we wouldn’t have met. And I’m so glad we connected as well.

      Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the weekend. 🙂

      June Whittle June Whittle


  5. Hey June!! I’m so honored to be mentioned in your blog post. Thank you so very much!

    I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you over the past year and am looking forward to connecting with you more. Perhaps, we’ll meet in person one day!

    And, thanks for sharing a few insights into who you are. Some of them I knew, others I did not. I’m glad you found joy in teaching. I did a free blog workshop on Saturday and really loved teaching again. It was fantastic!

    Thank you again!
    Jennifer Kennedy recently posted..It’s My Blog Anniversary + We’re CelebratingMy Profile

    Jennifer Kennedy


    • Hi Jennifer,

      You’re welcome. 🙂

      It would be lovely to meet up with you. If you’re ever in London, let me know. Or if I travel to America, I’ll give you a shout.

      Well done on the workshop. You’re a natural teacher anyway Jennifer. I’m sure your students enjoyed the session with you.

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a great evening. 🙂

      June Whittle June Whittle


  6. Hi June,

    This award is truly amazing; I accept. As you know I have recently discovered the wonders of blogging and am addicted. It has increased the website traffic and my blog entitled Breaking News has generated new visitors/customers.

    June Whittle – I would like to nominate you as a Very Inspiring Blogger too. You are a truly inspirational woman of the world; mum, proud grandma, freelance writer/blogger devoted to motivating and encouraging other Miraculous Ladies.

    The other 14 nominated Very Inspiring Bloggers shall be posted shortly on my blog – Breaking News along with my 7 facts about myself. Thanks again!

    Clover Jean Entertainment


    • Hi Clover,

      It’s good to see you here once again. I’m glad you’ve accepted the award. You deserve it. I know how much work you put into blogging and your entertaining business. I’m happy to hear it’s working out for you. 🙂

      Thanks for nominating me again. I’m honoured Clover. I try my best you know. I love to help others and that’s why I started Miraculous Ladies.

      Let me know when you’ve written about the other 14 nominated bloggers. I would love to read it.

      Enjoy your evening. 🙂

      June Whittle June Whittle


  7. Hi June,

    Well congratulations yourself on being nominated and you are very deserving. I really enjoyed hearing more about you so thank you for sharing that part of your life with us.

    I’m also very honored that you’re nominating me as well. I know you could have chosen so many other people to include in this so I am truly touched.

    I’m so glad we met each other and I have Harleena to thank for sending you my way. I love the opportunities we have to meet so many wonderful people like yourself and I’ve enjoyed getting to know you. I know you will go places June and I am eager to go along for the ride.

    Thank you again young lady and you have a wonderful weekend.

    Adrienne recently posted..The Worlds Best Blogging AdviceMy Profile



    • Hi Adrienne,

      Thank you so much. I’m a private person but blogging has helped me open up a little. Back in 2011 when I was thinking about starting a blog, I was scared. I knew that once I started, the world would know all about me. I couldn’t hide anymore. I suppose it’s to do with my sheltered upbringing. I’m a country girl. Lol!

      Adrienne, you deserve this award. I didn’t think twice about choosing you. You inspire me. I love the way you’re always learning and improving your blogging experience. And I appreciate your generosity. You always share such valuable information with us.

      I’m glad we met too, thanks to Harleena. Thank your for your support and encouragement Adrienne. It means a lot to me. I know you believe in me. I won’t let you down. 🙂 You’re always welcome to come for the ride. Together we will give our best and help others.

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely weekend Adrienne. 🙂

      June Whittle June Whittle


  8. Hi June
    Much impressed to read 15 facts about you. It is good to know you are living your life as you want. This is the secret of happiness to enjoy full liberty and accept both sweet and sour realities of life.
    You were nominated second time for this award though you could not have delivered acceptance speech on first one. What does it show. It means you deserve more than such awards that is why recognition is first exploring you then you are accepting it. This is not fate of many people still who have even burnt midnight oil to succeed.
    A big congrats on this great achievement and wish you more and more success in your life.
    Mi Muba recently posted..How to create money making infographics?My Profile

    Mi Muba


    • Hello Mi,

      Thank you so much for your comments and for stopping by. I agree that when you live your life as you want to it comes with accepting the sweet and sour realities of life. I’ve tasted both, many times. Only by accepting them can you learn and grow.

      I love the way you explained about accepting the awards. As for burning the midnight oil to succeed, that sounds like my life.

      And thank you for your well wishes. I also wish you lots of success in your life. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

      June Whittle June Whittle


    • Hi Marie,

      It’s good to hear that you’re back and all is well. Thanks for nominating me for another award. That’s kind of you. I appreciate you thinking of me.

      Have a good day. 🙂

      June Whittle June Whittle


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