Blog of the Year Award 2013

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpegHappy Tuesday, everyone! It’s a dark and snowy day here in Toronto. But I’m feeling quite ecstatic as Jessica over at Turquoise Compass brought a bit (Ok…buckets) of sunshine to my day! Thank you Jessica for nominating me for the Blog of the Year 2013 Award. I started blogging on September 10, 2013 (just 3 months and seven days ago) and it’s been such a rewarding experience. I started this blog as a way of coping with unemployment and uncorking my bottled up feelings. I’ve always had a huge fear of rejection (working on kicking this fear to the curb) and this blog has made me more confident in putting my thoughts out there. I’m so happy I decided to take the plunge!

Blog of the Year 2013 Award


1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3. Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4. Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.

5. You can also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page.

6. And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award-and then proudly display the award on your blog- and start collecting stars!


There are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once-this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ’1 star’ award- and every time you are given the award by another blog- you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs- and even if they have already been given the award by someone else- you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum of 6 stars! You can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award- or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award 6 times!

You can find all the badges and banners and information you need via this link: ‘Blog of The Year 2013′ Award Badges.

Congratulations to all the nominees. Enjoy your award!

The blogs I nominated for the Blog of the Year 2013 Award (in random order):

Project Light to Life

Feet from Shore

A Beautiful Little Adventure

Our Life in 3D

A Spoonful of Style

The Fashion Huntress

JJ Begonia

Read, Sugar

Peace Love Lauren


Myriad Dreams

The War in my Brain

Fibro…Dealing and coping through laughter and tears

Tamina’s Turn

Treats & Travels

Love Always Hannah

Thanks for joining me on my journey over the past 3 months! It’s been quite the eventful ride!

Best wishes for 2014!

Shine On Award

shine_onHappy Monday, friends! I was surprised and delighted when I signed into WordPress this morning and saw that Jessica from over at Turquoise Compass nominated me for the “Shine On Award”! Want to travel the world but don’t know how to begin? Hop on over to Jessica’s blog for informative travel posts complete with breathtaking photos from all the places she’s been. She inspires me to live out my dreams! Thanks soooooo much for the nomination, Jessica and keep shining on.:)

Shine On Award


1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. Share 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 (more or less) other bloggers for this award and link to them.

5. Notify those bloggers of nomination and the award requirements.

7 Things About Me

  • I’ve got an unhealthy fear of bugs! (No Fear Factor for me)
  • I meet at least three new people on the streets of Toronto every day. (apparently I’ve got ‘talk to me’ tattooed across my forehead)
  • My middle name is Marie.
  • I’ve got a weakness for oysters. (I once had 40 in one sitting)
  • I’m allergic to shellfish.
  • I put a lot of energy into helping others and sometimes forget to take care of myself.
  • I’ve finally learned how to say ‘no’.

And the award goes to…

Feet from Shore

Life in 3D

Project Light to Life

A Beautiful Little Adventure

Read, Sugar

A Spoonful of Style

Treats & Travels




The Fashion Huntress

Love Always Hannah

Peace Love Lauren

Tamina’s Turn

Fibro… Dealing and coping through laughter and tears

Myriad Dreams

Notes by Natalie

It’s been a little over 3 months since I started this blog and I honestly never thought it would touch this many people. Thank you all for stopping by, reading, and commenting. It means the world to me! Don’t forget to spread the love and don’t ever stop shining! :)

Sunshine Award ~ Keep smiling, keep shining!

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you. – Walt Whitman


It’s pretty cold and gloomy here today and I was feeling a bit under the weather until I received a really sweet comment on one of my posts. Kelly of 365 Days of Thank You nominated me for a Sunshine Award! Kelly has made it her mission to thank 365 different people who have helped her become the person she is today. This is such an amazing idea. Her post The “C” Word really hit home for me! I was shocked by how similar our experiences were from diagnosis to surgery to recovery. It’s such a blessing to be able to connect with someone who also fought and beat thyroid cancer.

I started this blog just a little over a month ago to share my experiences, both good and bad. At first, I wasn’t sure if I had much to say but as it turns out I really do! I enjoy writing every day and it truly has been a blessing. I’m grateful for everyone who reads my posts and finds them interesting and “inspirational”.

Now it’s time to spread the sunshine!

The rules are:

1. Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post
2. Link to the blogger who nominated you
3. Answer 10 questions about yourself
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers to receive the award
5. Link to your nominees and let them know you nominated them.
6. Answer the 10 questions at the bottom and create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

So 10 Questions About Me:

1.  What famous figure, living or dead, would you like to share a meal with?

Hmmmm… tough question. I would have to choose Nick Vujicic. He is so inspirational. Nic was born without arms or legs but he refuses to let his physical condition limit his lifestyle. He’s an author, musician, actor and motivational speaker. It would be such an honour to sit down and have a conversation with him. And Nic, if you’re reading this, feel free to contact me:)

2.  If you were an instrument in an orchestra, what would you be?

I would definitely be a violin.

3.  What is your favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor?

Ben and Jerry’s isn’t my top ice cream pick. But my favorite ice cream flavor in general would be….do I really have to choose?! Ok fine.. I guess it would be Amaretto:)

4.  Favorite way to travel: plane, train, or automobile?

I love traveling by train! I used to take the VIA Rail from London, Ontario to Toronto at least once a month while at university. I love watching the lush greenery go by.

5.  Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts?

Starbucks all the way!

6.  How do you “pay it forward”?

I really love volunteering! Right now, I spend a great deal of time volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society. I just want to use my cancer experience to help others.

7.  What must you have on your iPod?

I actually don’t own an iPod right now. I still listen to *N Sync a lot and Justin Timberlake. I’m also a huge oldies fan. I love disco, 80’s freestyle and every Prince song there is.

8.  Why do you blog?

I blog to share my experiences with others. If reading about my experiences helps someone out or makes someone smile, I’m happy. It’s also been a great outlet for me. My mind is always going a mile a minute and instead of driving my friends crazy with my ramblings, I just write everything down. They still read my blog though:)

9.  Where do you go when you want to get away?

When I want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, I usually take the ferry over to Toronto Islands. It’s like being transported to a different world. I love walking along the boardwalk and watching the sailboats go by. It’s so serene.

10.  Best movie, ever?

Ahhhhh… this is the most difficult question anyone could ever ask me! I have so many favourites…but if I had to choose just one it would be Life as a House. Kevin Kline is such an amazing actor! I’ve watched it a million times and it never gets old. I’m a real softie and I love movies that make me cry.

The bloggers that bring a bit of sunshine to my days are:

Peace Love Lauren

Put the Kettle On

A Spoonful of Style

1 Quest to the Next

Five Degrees of Chaos

Turquoise Compass

Read, Sugar

Feet from Shore

A Beautiful Little Adventure

NYC Expeditionist

Joanna Loves

10 Questions for My Nominees:

1. What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever experienced and how did it change you?

2. What’s the number one thing on your bucket list?

3. Why did you start blogging?

4. If you could witness any historical moment, which would you choose?

5. If you could meet one person in the world who would it be and why?

6. What sound do you absolutely love?

7. Best book you’ve ever read?

8. If you won the lottery today, what is the first thing you would do?

9. Favorite vacation spot?

10. What was the last movie you watched that made you cry?