I’ve never trusted my own views or perspectives on anything, until recently. I have always had longings, instincts, feelings to perform tasks, act on ideas, or follow certain life paths. But I always let two things stop me fear and lack of self-esteem. The two worked hand in hand to thwart my efforts toward self-improvement, or simply acting on an idea.
I am notorious for procrastinating. A friend of mine once said that procrastination is simply fear getting in the way of our dreams. That same friend taught me to conquer my fear and live fearlessly, without regret, to follow my heart. Action conquers fear and the only way to live your dreams is to push past the fear. The times in my life, when I lived fearlessly, when I followed my heart, always ended up being the some of the best decisions of my life.
My blog, The Purple Almond, is one of those decisions. I followed my heart when I started this blog, which took a huge leap of faith. And I’m so glad I did. I’ve learned so many things starting this blog and beginning to live fearlessly, but I’m going to share three of them with you today.
When I started receiving awards shortly after beginning my blog, I was truly shocked. When I post articles, I am always following my heart and posting what I love. I have never felt that what I was doing was anything special. After all, I was just being myself. I am still amazed and humbled by my brilliantly talented fellow bloggers when they nominate me for awards. That hasn’t changed and is the case with my three newest awards. For each of the 3 awards below, I’ve included an inspirational video, which highlights one of the three things I’ve learned since starting my blog.
Since this is going to be a long post, I’ll get to it.
Before that I’d like to reach out
to the bloggers who nominated me and say:
I’d like to thank Keith McArthur at My Instruction Manual., who nominated me for this award. I first met Keith when he asked me to be a founding member of the Facebook group Self-Improvement Bloggers Alliance (SIBA). Keith’s wonderful blog includes inspiring posts, quotes and books. Here is his blog description in his own words:
“In April of 2017 I got a second chance at life when my sister gave me a kidney. I’m determined not to waste this precious gift. My Instruction Manual is my exploration of how to be happy, healthy, connected, organized, inspired and fun.”
Thank you Keith! I am so grateful to have received this award from you! Thank you for thinking of me.
The rules of the One Lovely Blog Award are simple:
7 Facts About Me
Thanks again to Keith! You are amazing! I’m excited to be a part of SIBO and trying to get it off the ground.
“Welcome to a small corner of my Greek Heritage. Growing up in New York from Greek parents, was a challenge of its own…but the traditional food, tastes and aromas that my mother cooked always travelled me back to Greece.”
Thank you so very much Sophie! I am so very grateful for this nomination. You are amazing!
Here are the rules for accepting this award
This is how I started my blog:
I was the blog writer at a credit union a few years ago. When I quit the credit union to go back to school, I missed blogging. I decided to start my own blog, passing on the information I learn along the way.
New Bloggers Advice:
I’d like to pass on a huge, sincere and heart felt THANK YOU to Nisha at InspiresN. Nisha’s blog posts delightful recipes, inspiring quotes and beautiful photography. Here’s a bit from Nisha:
“InspiresN is dedicated to some of the things that I am passionate about and inspires me . Here I shall feature my tried and successful recipes , memorable and favorite clicks, lessons learned in photography with tips and tricks .( I am a beginner in photography and hope to better as I click and explore) and quotes.”
Nisha…THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! I am honored you thought of me for this wonderful award. It’s a first for me. Thank you again!
Questions from Nisha:
My questions for my nominees:
(THE 15 BLOGGERS BELOW ARE NOMINATED FOR ALL THREE AWARDS!)
Okay everyone! There you have it! I hope you enjoyed everything. Please give all of the phenomenal bloggers above a visit and a follow! Have a wonderful day everyone!