As we close out 2015, I am honored to have been nominated to receive the Sunshine Blogger award by my blogging friend, Jan Stone.
Thank you Jan! I have to share that because of connecting to Jan via our blogs, a country and ocean away (I live in the Pacific Northwest, US, and she in England), I met up with a fellow blogger a mere hour from my home. And at that blogger’s house, we Skyped with Jan, so I was able to say hello, live and in person!
Inspired by Jan’s sharing a song, when I think of Sunshine, this is the song that pops into my head:
Now the rules for sunshine blogger award:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you for the award.
- Display the banner /sticker /logo on your blog.
- Share 7 facts or things about yourself.
- Nominate 5 bloggers that you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.
Here are a few things about me, in case you didn’t already know:
- I’m a former merchant ship’s deck officer (navigator) and small boat captain. (Hence my user name of mariner2mother).
- These days, my primary job is mother to Little Man, whom I write about from time to time. He’s been one of my biggest teachers, and is now officially taller than me, so I’d better come up with another nickname for him.
- Our home is in the lush green Pacific Northwest of the United States. The reason it’s so green around here is it’s literally a rain forest. Yes! Not all rain forests are steamy and hot. In fact, I live in one of the cloudiest and wettest areas of the country.
- My first and foremost hobby/ passion is taking photographs, mostly of nature. There is so much beauty around where I live that opportunities abound. My home is at the foot of the Cascade Mountains and is about a 35 minute drive to Puget Sound, the nearest ocean. Rivers and lakes abound, with a small stream and a tiny river transecting my yard.
- After having woken up spiritually almost six years ago, I’ve had quite a ride discovering how I connect to spirit, how I receive intuition, and learning to trust it all.
- My biggest passion these days (next to taking pictures) is identifying and healing things in my life that aren’t working for me. I’ve learned that a huge amount of our behavior is driven by subconscious programming that is usually developed when we are very young. And chronic diseases we develop can often be attributed to beliefs we carry. Using a variety of energy healing methods, we can dissolve programming that is doing us harm, and I have.
- One of the things I haven’t blogged about is my love for music. I am the daughter of a professional musician and I studied the violin starting at age 8. I played through high school and half way through college, performing concerts, participating in orchestras, and more. But when my career headed to sea, my violin was kept safely at home. Even though I don’t play my violin much these days, I am constantly playing music in my home and car, and most definitely sing along.
Now the tough part, nominating only five bloggers that I admire.
I’ll begin with the first blogger I connected with, Darla, who writes She’s a Maineiac. Her dry, witty sense of humor from Maine (a former home that I dearly miss) drew me in immediately.
Next, a blogger who is geographically closest to me is Dawn Quyle Landau, who writes Tales From The Motherland, Straight Up With a Twist, Dawn’s writing skills leave me green with envy, and have garnered her a well deserved place as a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
The third blog I want to share is The Sisterwives because it shares raw and honest, unashamed, uncensored, and unafraid stories from a conglomeration of very talented women writers.
The fourth blog is one of a handful of blogs I try to never miss. And if I do miss a few posts, I’ll usually binge-read to get caught up. Lipstick and Laundry, Celebrating Imperfection One Pile at a Time is the creation of Michelle Terry, showcasing her talents in writing and photography.
And finally, another blogger I very much admire is Kristine Rodriguez of Candidkay , who beautifully shares her journey through life’s ups and downs.
Now that I’ve fulfilled the requirements of receiving this wonderful award, I’d like to share three blogs that bring more than sunshine into my life, they bring light and truth directly from source.
John Smallman channels Jesus in his regular posts in Jesus Through John. The messages are always of and from love. And with the audio available, I often press play and just listen.
Bob and Cynthia co-create the blog Ask the Council. Cynthia brings through the eternal wisdom of The Council, while Bob poses questions sent in by readers of their life struggles and queries. These days, session recordings are posted so you can hear them in action.
Taryn Crimi writes Angelic Guides, sharing angelic wisdom on a variety of topics that include the journey of the soul through life and death, the telepathic language of the heart, and a new breed of humans: what to expect from the children incarnating now. I am particularly fascinated by their take on the new breed of humans because I believe Little Man is one.
I sincerely thank everyone who frequents my blog and especially those who have cared to comment along the way of my journey. You all make the ride a richer one. Here’s to a peaceful 2016.
What a great start to 2016, Sue!
I enjoyed the song and as sunshine is in short supply over here it was great to share yours.
I knew most of the facts about you, but the music was a surprise. I do hope you’ll keep playing from time to time.
I look forward to discovering some of the bloggers you have nominated and mentioned, and to continuing to admire and enjoy your own voyage through life.
Thanks Jan. Lovely to have you along!
What a fabulous post! Happy New Years!
Thanks and Happy New Year to you, too.
Thanks for sharing some thoughts about yourself and for recommending these blogs, including our own. Much appreciated. Best of luck to you, not so little man, and the rest of your loved ones in 2016. -Bob.
Thank you Bob. I so appreciate what you and Cynthia do for everyone.
I used to live in Olympia and was in love with the rainforest all around me. The moss growing on the trees was so beautiful! But yeah, it rained. All the time. Which is why it was so lush and green. (I actually love the rain.) Thanks for the nod and Happy New Year to you and your Not-So-Little-Anymore Man.
You’d love the woods on our property. Lots of moss on some trees. Around here, the maples we have are very different from the New England variety (we have big leaf maples and vine maples) and moss loves to grow on them. And licorice ferns grow from the moss, up the sides of the trees. We finally got a little break from the rain for the past few days: clear and cold, in the 20’s. Nice to see the sky again.
Thank you so very much for the mention! I enjoy your blog as much as you enjoy mine, and am honored you’d choose me as a voice you like to return to now and again. I think #5 is what originally connected us, and as I continue my spiritual journey, I look forward to many more “conversations” in the ether. Wishing you a prosperous and happy 2016!
You’re very welcome. Yes, I think #5 is what originally connected us. It’s been an interesting ride! (So far!)
Violin? Wow, I had no idea. I play some piano, but not for years.
Love Michelle’s blog too. 🙂
Happy new year, Susan!
Yep! Violin (and a little bit of viola) just like Mom. Happy New Year!
Thanks so much Susan. You’re the best, and I’m so glad we found each other through blogging! Your blog is really a ray of “sunshine!”
Thank so much Dawn. I’m glad you enjoy my little corner of the world.
Sue – I so appreciate your words and your curiosity, especially. Thanks for opening my eyes to new possibilities.
Thank you Eli! I’ve had such an incredible education over the past few years about life and I feel compelled to share what has helped me to feel better. I love what a different perspective can do.
Perspective is tough to change, and sometimes it just takes time.
You definitely radiate sunshine, my friend.
Thank you!! There are definitely dark and difficult times, but finding my way out is part of it all. As I think it is for everyone.