After celebrating my birthday last Tuesday, I have had a sunshiny week despite being a little under the weather. Much to my surprise, my good friend Joy Page Manuel showered me with more sunshine by passing on the Sunshine Award, the icing on my two birthday cakes and a welcome excuse for me to recognize some amazing bloggers who have been influential in my online life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Joy!
Winning this award was the icing on my sunshiny cakes this week!
This prize is awarded to “bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blogosphere.” If I had a mission statement, it would be something along those lines!
As an award winner, I have two responsibilities:
- I need to pass the award on to 10 other inspirational bloggers and let them know.
- I also need to answer the questions below.
Ten More Thoroughly Inspirational Bloggers You Should Check Out
- Bryce Christiansen at Balanced WorkLife — Bryce inspires me with both his writing and his warmth throughout the Internet.
- Fred Tracy at Personal Development with Fred Tracy — I love Fred’s insights on life and happiness.
- Harleena Singh at Aha-Now! — Harleena’s positivity is contagious and her blog is filled with practical info that we can apply to our lives.
- Dayle Fraschilla at I Shall Be a Toad — I admire Dayle’s honesty and humility in all that she writes.
- Diana Simon at Browsing Rome — Diana has been an inspiration to me as a blogger, travel guide, and friend.
- Adrienne Smith at AdrienneSmith.net — Adrienne’s blog and writing style is always a breath of fresh air because of her enduring positivity and energy.
- Janet Callaway at JanetCallaway.com — Janet is an expert at providing new ways to view life and business.
- Tambre Leighn at Coaching by Tambre — I look up to Tambre both as a coach and as someone you can rely on for inspiration.
- Bonnie Copeland at My Rivendell — Bonnie knows all about uplifting others and encouraging us to reflect on our lives.
- Akos Fintor at AkosFinter.net — We need more Akos’ in the world with his straightforward, tell-it-like-it-is approach to life.
Random Facts About This Sunshiny Blogger
My trusty stuffed penguin has traveled with me since my first solo trip to Japan in 2006.
- Favorite color? Pink and yellow, although you wouldn’t know it from my typical clothes that are all about the blacks, grays, and whites!
- Favorite animal? I absolutely love penguins and arctic animals such as polar bears and harp seals. I also have a collection of stuffed cows, but I don’t find cows so attractive in real life. =) When it comes to pets, I’m a new cat lover and I have always dreamed of one day having a black Labrador Retriever.
- Favorite number? I really like the concept of Pi, an unending number that never repeats. Its complexity brings to mind the complexity of being human.
- Favorite drink? Strawberry bubble tea. To me, one of the major downsides of Huancayo is that there is absolutely no bubble tea here, not even the yucky powder kind.
- Facebook or Twitter? I prefer Facebook because I can engage in deeper conversations than what 140 characters allow. Truthfully, I’m only on Twitter around once a week these months.
- Your passion? I’m passionate about life and love.
- Giving or getting presents? Both! The more collectivistic life here in Peru seems to be all about giving and receiving gifts, advice, favors, you name it. I’m a horrible gift giver and am working on giving more meaningful gifts.
- Favorite day? My life is so lacking routine these days that any day can become my favorite day. Last week, I scheduled myself a full day off for my birthday for the first time in a long while (when you work at home, it’s so easy to just work every single day). I’ve decided to give myself more days off randomly!
- Favorite flowers? I don’t know much about flowers at all, but I really liked the flowers I discovered in Huancavelica in the rural Andes that I could clip to my hair. Does anyone know what they’re called?
Do we have anything in common? =)
After a week apartment hunting on the Peruvian coast, I was so surprised and ecstatic to return and find myself nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by five of some of my best-est blogging friends! What a way to put a smile on a blogger’s face! Wow! I’m sending heartfelt thanks to:
Here’s what winning this award entails:
- I need to pass the award on to 15 other bloggers whose blogs I’ve recently discovered.
- I also need to share 7 things about myself.
Fifteen More Versatile Bloggers You Should Befriend
- Sonia Marsh at Gusty Living — Sonia is an inspiration and an expert when it comes to blogging for authors.
- Chris Jones at Pedestrian’s Guide to Fredericksburg — No stranger to the world of publishing and blogging, Chris has been a mentor and a great friend to me.
- Hilda Wong at Girl In Your World — Hilda has such a crazy sense of humor and her blog posts always make me smile.
- Paula at The Geeky Shopaholic — Paula is an amazing writer and a kind soul.
- Lynda Mee at Living Balanced Lives — I love the concept behind Lynda’s fresh, new blog.
- Lisa Vooght at Flash Fiction — Li is such a captivating writer of fiction and she’s one of only two fiction bloggers I regularly read.
- Knikkolette Church at Your Social Media Mogul — Knikki is a social media goddess and I’ve already learned so much from her in the short amount of time we’ve known each other.
- Adeline Yuboco at LifeAndLeisure.com — I loved Adeline the minute I met her and even more so when I found out that she blogs about my native country, the Philippines.
- J.D. Meier at Sources of Insight — When it comes to new ways to think about our world, J.D.’s your man!
- Virag Pentek at Escapist Mom — I so relate to Virag’s international life experiences.
- Katrina Moody at Kat’s Cafe — Not only is Kat a stellar writer, but she’s also a loving friend who makes a difference in the lives of those she meets.
- Meghan at Lady in Lima — Meghan’s a fellow expat in Peru who identifies with me on so many levels.
- Adam Sokoloff at AdamSokoloff.com — Adam is full of wisdom, insight and creativity.
- Evelyn Lim at Abundance Tapestry — Evelyn’s blog and life story are thoroughly inspirational.
- Kenya Lynem at Psychic Jazz — Kenya has such a generous spirit and her positive energy is contagious.
Seven Things You Might Not Know About This Versatile Blogger
- I’m proud of my Chinese name: Luy Ping Ping. My surname, Luy, means “thunder” and Ping means “ice.” Other than a stint in Chinese school when I was younger, I still haven’t had a chance to use it.
- My uncle taught me to float and swim in the salty Filipino ocean during one of my summer vacations. I used to visit my relatives in the Philippines every summer as a child.
- Autism runs in my family. One of my cousins with autism doesn’t speak. She communicates with pictures or by making noises that sound like words.
- I speak to my kittens in Spanish motherese. It involves a lot of the following words: “Hola” (Hi), “Bebito” (Baby) and “Amorcito” (Love). You should try saying different combinations of these words to your babies and/or pets. I know you’re trying it right now! Don’t forget to coo, use a higher pitch and draw out the vowels!
The only thing I’m anal about in my home is having the toilet paper facing downward. This way, I don’t have to look for the end. =P
I like my toilet paper facing downward. =P
- When I need to tell left from right, I often quickly envision my hands in my mind. The left hand can make an “L” with the forefinger and thumb when my hands are facing away from myself. Am I the only kid who was taught this strategy? =P
- Even though I’ve traveled quite a bit, I don’t particularly enjoy traveling or sightseeing. I prefer to make a cozy nook for myself and settle in.
Do we have anything in common? =)