Awards Without the Rules

Awards without RulesI am proud to say that I have recently been nominated for the Liebster Award for the second time…for that reason I am accepting this lovely award without the rules.ย  First, I am honored to have been nominated by one of the most beautiful writer/bloggers. Her work is as she promises– Emotional.ย  It takes you into the shadows and then brings you back to the light.ย  If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Balroop Singh’s, Emotional Shadows Blog, then you’re missing out…her poetry is provocative. Her posts are full of emotion and encouragement. If you’re feeling down and you go read one of Balroop’s posts, your spirits will be lifted.

Thank you Balroop for this wonderful nomination. I am like you, tweaking the award rules ๐Ÿ™‚

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That said I wouldn’t want to avoid answering your questions…some of my answers might surprise you, dear readers.

Balroop’s Questions:

Q: One unfulfilled dream.

A: Publishing my novel. I have two unfinished novels that I hope to finish and get published

Q: What is your definition of success?

A: LOVE. I know that may sound trite but I really am a believer. If you have it you can do most anything you desire.

Q: What is your most precious possession?

A: A ring my boyfriend made for me. He bought the tools and created the ring mold. It took many tries to finally get it right and I guess it’s a metaphor to me. Don’t give up until you’re absolutely happy with the result.

Q: A loving childhood memory.

A: When we were kids we would go to the outdoor rink and skate in the evenings. I was barely old enough to go with my older brothers and sister. Once, they left me at home (probably because I wasn’t allowed to go) and I snuck out and found them. The rink was really close to our house. I may have gotten in some trouble that time.

Q: Who has influenced you most of the time?

A: Authors. I’m an avid reader since childhood and found their words prominent in my mind.

Q: What can make you laugh instantly?

A: Usually a favorite comedy movie or series. Lately, I’m really enjoying Mike & Molly and The Middle.

Q: If you have lost your way in a maze of underground parking, how will you locate your car, without modern technology?

A: Color. I always remember the color of the floor level. Next the number. They always show you that so you can’t miss it.

Q: What according to you is the major reason of bullying?

A: Insecurity and jealousy.

Q: What is your biggest regret?

A: Getting married too young. I wish I had waited. For some reason I wanted to prove I was grown up but I think it more grown up to wait and enjoy your 20’s to find yourself and be selfish ๐Ÿ™‚

Q: What advice would you give to a new, young blogger?

A: Write from your HEART and your PASSION

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keep writing…

As I said, I’m tweaking the rules. I’m not going to tag any other bloggers this time.ย  Although it’s lots of fun, I found the last time that many bloggers don’t care for awards and may not even respond…so all the writing and linking seems kind of pointless. Instead please visit my About Meย  (My Party)page, scroll down where you will find a list of some of my favorite bloggers.


AND…since I received this Award on my Birthday; a few pictures to share with you.ย  My 50th Birthday celebration…we took the kids and went off on a little road trip to end of the world…a little surf town called Tofino on the West side of Vancouver Island…it was gorgeous. We drove through the Rain Forest en route and took a walk through there…we stopped at Long Beach for some fresh air before checking into our hotel. Yes, we also all went surfing together. I’m working on the video which I will post to youtube soon!

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Alana on the ferry to Nanaimo
surfer kids tofino
Post surf. taking off the sticky wet suits.

randy and i tofino

Cathedral park
Look at the roots on that tree! The guy in the middle needs to turn that frown upside down.

Luke and JDaniel tofino

ย L: JDaniel, R: Luke

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L to R: Alana, Me, JDaniel, Luke


If you like my photos check out MonkeyPic, where you can edit your pics to your heart’s content. I should have edited out my second chin. Bad angle…must speak with my Beau about snapping unflattering photos.ย  Meantime…getting an Award makes me feel a little like this…

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image source: Erin Smith Artist

Thank you again, to Balroop Singh for the lovely Award nomination for my little blog. Don’t forget to visit her! Thank you to my Dear readers for reading, sharing my content and leaving comments here at lisathomsonlive. I am so grateful for your support and for you being a part of this little community PARTY.

Leave a comment, I LOVE ’em!

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27 Replies to “Awards Without the Rules”

  1. Oh Lisa, huge congrats on your award! Yes, Balroop does have a fantastic blog as well. I always enjoy Q and A posts from a blogger that I follow so this one of yours is fantastic – as they all are ๐Ÿ™‚ Your definition of success was so perfect. I think loving yourself first and that then allowing you to truly being able to love outwardly are huge in life. I’m always jazzed when I read a post from one of my blogger friends and they mention a place I’ve actually been to. I was in Tofino in 1984 before my step father’s own self-created Outward Bound trip to Northern B.C. (I wrote about it). I’m very happy all of you were able to get together and I loved the pictures. Have a wonderful week! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Love thyself first, great advice Mike! I want to read your post about the Outward Bound, B.C. trip! Thanks for sharing and commenting. Have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thanks for sharing your answers and congrats on Liebster Award, number two!!

    p.s. I love surfing! I didn’t realize you surfed, too. <3 Happy, happy, happy day, and looking forward to the video!

    1. Thanks, Jane! Oh, I wouldn’t call what I did that day ‘surfing’. It was more like kneel surfing at best and flopping around in the water like a chubby sea lion. You’re probably an awesome surfer so I should steal some of your video footage and add it, pretend it’s me…I finally rode a wave. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I was nominated once and that badge is on my blog. I meant I took your badge for “The Great Escape” and put it on my blog. Sorry about that. I should’ve clarified. ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. That’s great, Chrys! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have know way of knowing if people take the badge…so that’s great thanks for sharing it!!

  3. Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for honouring the award, you are right, many bloggers whom we nominate don’t even respond. I am so grateful for you, having written such a wonderful post in response to my nomination.

    It is such a compliment to upload your lovely pictures of a special birthday along with this post, you are so sweet! And I must say you have a benevolent heart which exudes so much warmth and radiates through your choice of words. I feel humbled.

    Your answers put a smile on my face, especially the childhood memory…how innocent and secure children are, far away in their own land of confidence!!

    Sending love and hugs to my ‘Super Girl’!

    1. Hey Balroop, thank you for your kind words!! Your questions were fun to answer. The hardest one being #9 as I hate to focus or even think about regret. I wouldn’t be honest though, if I said I had none. Thanks again, Balroop and I hope my visitors will pop on over to Emotional Shadows as they will be in for a treat ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks, Kim! Ya I’m kind of late on discovering The Middle but I actually like it more than Modern Family (almost :)). Thanks for stopping over and for your ongoing support, Kim xoxo

  4. Happy Birthday you!!!! What a sweet way to start a birthday!!
    I love that your boyfriend made the ring. I have two engagement rings. My husband had one made but it turned out hideous. He didn’t have the heart to return it so he took the diamond from that ring and bought a new band and had the stone put in it. I will admit, the first ring was poorly constructed but I would have worn it anyways ๐Ÿ™‚
    Get to publishing those books lady!!!
    (PS. I still have your questions to do…because I’m super lazy like that!)

    1. Hi Kim, haha don’t worry about the Q & A thingy. That’s a cool ring story you have. Your hubby sounds very sweet. Yes, I will get to those novels–thanks for the encouragement!

  5. Congrats on your well-deserved awards! And what thoughtful and honest questions. I think I’m with you on the novel thing, but I don’t have any written. Mine would be non-fiction. About photography, anxiety and more. I think.
    The B.C. trip looks positively dreamy.
    I like the car underground maze question. I tend to have a photographic memory so I wonder if it would serve me well!

    1. Hi Tamara, Thank you and I think you should write a book especially on photography. Your photographic memory probably comes in handy for different things ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Hey Lisa! Congratulations on the award and thank you for sharing some of your “her-story” with us! It’s always fun to read about some of the others we’ve connected with on blogs. And Happy Birthday too. It looks like you were having fun and enjoying yourself. AND LASTLY–publish those books! I sat around on my novel for about 10 years and finally a year ago just decided to do it myself on Amazon. Honestly, it was such a good feeling to finish it and get it out for others. YOU CAN DO IT TOO! Once that’s done you can keep going with others. Let us know when it’s out ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Kathy

  7. Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for honouring the award, you are right, many bloggers whom we nominate donโ€™t even respond. I am so grateful for you, having written such a wonderful post in response to my nomination.

  8. awwww, happy happy birthday to you! looks like you had a wonderful time with the family ๐Ÿ™‚ I also love your skating story–sounds like something I would have done (and how convenient that it was so close to your house!)

    Also love that your bf made you a ring–very symbolic ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Happy, happy birthday! What a wonderous celebration to spend that time in nature with such a nice group! Love and hugs for a happy and healthy year, full of love! xoxo

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