Daily Journey Journal #44: Inspirational Blogger Award


Last week during a particularly stressful and exhausting day at work I happened to glimpse at my blog reader during a short break and noticed a new comment waiting for me. That comment, from Ronovan at RonovanWrites, changed my whole day. He had just nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I was and am so happily surprised by this nomination. Ronovan is a fantastic writer and to be nominated by him is an amazing honor and compliment. Thank you so much Ronovan for the nomination and all the encouragement in your comments.

Award Guidelines

1.Thank and link to the amazing person who nominated you.
2.List the rules and display the award.
3.Share seven facts about yourself.
4.Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated
5.Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

I’m going to share my facts in a journal-style, and as such, I apologize ahead of time for the continued discussion of rain. Rain is playing heavily into my life right now.

Seven true facts about me (as of this moment)

  1. Running is my magical remedy for almost anything. As I mentioned in a previous post, a typhoon is raging somewhere close to where I live in Korea and it has brought on an onslaught of rain, grey, fog and wet. Running, while more difficult and less appealing in the rain, has become even more essential for me during the last few days of melancholy weather as it supplies me with smiles, happiness and endorphins, all of which make me a more positive person. Today was the first day I was able to get out to run in a small window of relative dryness since the weekend and it was much needed.
  2. I detest rainy, grey weather. And I mean, detest it! While it can make me feel more inspired and creative, I have to battle the depression that sets in after three days without full sunshine. Today is day four of such weather and it has been a rocky day emotionally.
  3. I love drinking coffee out of glass jars. There is something so simply marvelous, so comforting in drinking that bitter brew of energy while the heat slips through the glass and into my hands. It makes me feel calmer, more open to the things happening in life (even the rain) and relaxing. Sipping coffee in a glass jar allows me to just slow down and think.
  4. I love stories about India. Ever since I was a little kid I have wanted to visit India and while I have not made it there yet, I hope to one day to visit the colorful world of the novels I love so dearly. Yesterday I spent the majority of the morning  escaping to the India captured in the pages of The Mango Season, by Amulya Malladi, while it dumped rain outside.
  5. New things are addicting to me.  Especially when they aren’t things I have previously considered doing. The idea of starting something new or doing something out of the ordinary fills me with such excitement that I want to stop everything else in my life to do that thing. In this moment I am filled with a sense of excitement because I found out today that we will have our first vacation at the end of the month. A and I are seriously considering going to Taiwan to meet up with a friend and now I am so excited that I just want to buy a ticket and hop on a plane right now. What could be better than a trip?!
  6. Fog is fascinating. Maybe it was growing up in a place that rarely saw fog, but I love watching the clouds creep down the mountainside or hover around the top. Yeosu is right on the coast and yet it is mountainous which means that on any given day, rain or shine, there is a strong chance of fog playing on the hillside. (And, to find a positive of this typhoon, there has been some awesome fog watching the last few days).
  7. Honesty is inspiring. Sometimes being truthful, especially about how I feel, is difficult for me. I am always torn between wanting to tell the truth, yet remain tactful and keep all those around me happy. Often I will bite my tongue instead of saying how I feel or telling my honest opinion, Being honest makes me feel lighter and likewise, I love when people are honest about themselves, especially about what is happening with them on a personal level.



Recently I have begun to follow so many new blogs and I have not yet had time to explore all of them. As such, I will start my nomination list tonight but add to it at a later date!

  1. Writing in Whispers ~ Oyinkan Braithwaite is an amazing writer and her blog is full of inspiration, from her stories to her poems to her fantastic how-to posts. I like her voice and the energy in her writing.
  2. Because I can… ~ Pavanneh writes with such an honest, unique voice that reading her work is a true pleasure. She is an incredible part of my blogging community and I enjoy our conversations here and there.
  3. Millie Anne Lowe ~ Several weeks ago MillieAnne started a series of short stories called The Serial Killer of Bush Street which I have become addicted to. She is a fabulous storyteller and a master at hooking readers.
  4. Lyrallya ~ Lyrallya’s 365 Day Journal Challenge was the inspiration for my own 365 journal challenge. I like seeing her posts pop into the reader every day and the way her journal entries mesh with the other lovely content on her blog.
  5. A Girls with a lot of Gut ~Leslie has already been nominated for the award and while I am just now beginning to explore her blog, my first impression left me in awe. Her honesty, openness, and the community she is building are beautiful.
  6. Eden’s Captures ~She has such gorgeous photography and I love the layout of her blog.It is quite visually stunning.
  7. Food Like Cake ~ What could be better than a blog full of amazing, mouth-watering baking recipes complete with beautiful pictures? I can’t wait to have an over to try out some of Chloe’s recipes.


For now, I am going to sign off as it is nearly 1 a.m.! Thank you again to Ronovan and to all the amazing bloggers out there that I am so fortunate to have met, connected with or stumbled upon.




Daily Journey Journal #37: weekly gratitide

gratitudeFor today’s I would like to pause the flow of thoughts and craziness in life to express my gratitude to several bloggers who have made my week wonderful. The blogging community is full of positive, encouraging, inspiring individuals and I am fortunate to have met you all. Thank you for such inspiring posts, positive words of encouragement, interesting pieces of work and for creating such an uplifting atmosphere. You are amazing!

I would especially like to thank Oyinkan Braithwaite and Ronovan  for nominating me for the Liebster Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger award, respectively. These are great honors, particularly coming from these two amazing and inspiring writers. Oyinkan writes a blog called Writing in Whispers where she showcases her beautiful work and inspires others through her posts about different poetry forms. I was so fortunate to come across her post about Pantoums which tuned me into her blog. If you are looking for some creative writing to read, a story to get your imagination going or some guidance for trying a new style of poetry, stop by Writing in Whispers. You’ll thoroughly enjoy every second you can spend there. Ronovan keeps a blog called RonovanWrites  where he shares his fantastic writing as well as tips and hints for becoming a better writer. Ronovan is an incredibly positive and helpful blogger in the community and had a wonderful writing voice. Each time I read one of his posts it feels as if he is talking to me. If you’re looking for a mentor blog, varied writing styles or guidance about different writing forms, RonovanWrites is the place to go. Stay and while and get lost in the stories.

Before I leave off, I would also like to thank Pat at Lemon Lime Follies for all the encouraging comments the last few weeks. It has been so fun to talk back and forth. Thank you!

Have a happy Friday!



Day 24: Round up

One of the greatest strengths of photography is its ability to transport viewers to different places and times. As a kid, National Geographic was my favorite magazine for this reason. There was nothing like turning through those glossy pages and breathing in the colors, cultures, stories and lives captured in the images. This joy helped inspired my own love of taking pictures, for while they aren’t quite the professionalism of National Geographic, they capture my own stories and memories. For day twenty-four’s assignment, I decided to focus on photo galleries, particularly with a travel theme. Having just returned from a short trip to Hiroshima, Japan, where I experienced a devastating history through photographs and in turn took my own images of the city’s amazing ability to heal yet remember peacefully, I was curious to see where fellow bloggers have been visiting recently. My perusal of the Word Press reader gave to me some beautiful gems.

One gallery took me to an Abbey to explore the ancient stones and structure. In this post Katie shows us the beautiful Newstead Abbey. I especially love her close up shots that give a different perspective of the Abbey. Another gallery took me to new streets, new life, new people. In this post, Ron gets personal with his pictures from Zagreb which feature a variety of people doing their daily tasks. Taking pictures of people, especially strangers is something I am working on and I really admire the casual feel of his images. While the first two galleries featured beautiful color images, I stumbled across this gallery of images on Life in Pictures capturing some beautiful black and white images by Andre du Plessis. The images are stunning in their contrast, emotion and ability to turn the every day into a work of heart. The last gallery I found was a reminder that while great adventures happen far from home, sometimes the greatest travel happens right outside our own doors, as evidenced by Quotidian Diary’s recently post.

Thank you to these four bloggers for letting me share in their journeys. I loved seeing these new parts of the world through your eyes.




Day 11: Be a Good Neighbor

Day 11 of the Blogging 101 challenge asked us to visit several blogs and leave comments. Over the past few weeks I have begun following many blogs, but haven’t had enough time to really explore them. Thanks to this challenge, I made some time and wandered into the amazing wonderland of thoughts, creativity and inspiration from so many amazing people. Here are a few of the blogs and posts that I especially liked and commented on. Commenting is still something I am becoming comfortable with, but minutes after leaving a message on some posts I received a reply which led to a few short conversations. That was super encouraging and fun. I feel lucky to have met such a kind, open and inspirational group of bloggers.

Remind Your Mind – a blog about self-awareness and seeing life as it is.

Euphonic Charity – I especially like this post because the author had to deal with a tough situation regarding a comment on her blog and the positive manner in which she handled it was really inspiring. Rude comments happen in real-life and virtual life, and it is nice to see how positively and eloquently such situations can be handled.

A Day in the Life – I liked this post because it was a creative sharing and an example of the cool ways photography can be played with to achieve different effects.

This, That and The Other Thing – I stumbled across this post after seeing the post on A Day in the Life. I liked seeing all the different ways that photographers played with the same image and the different emotions each version created.

Sunday Stills– And, because I loved the previous two posts, I found my way to the blog which started the chain of posts I spent so much time admiring. I really like this photo challenge because of the communal yet individual aspect.

Spirit Grind – a beautiful blog about spirituality, among other topics. I like the uplifting and encouraging message of this post.

Thank you to all these great bloggers and their beautiful work. I am so happy to have stumbled across your blogs and posts.