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A Very Humbled Gal Got a VIBA!

What is this VIBA, you ask? I decided my title was too long, so in order to make things easier for all of us, I made an acronym. Because who doesn’t like those?!  Trust me, if you deal with any government entity, you get inundated with them! 🙂

V.I.B.A.Very Inspiring Blogger Award



My fun new blogging writer friend,  Sara DeLaVergne has nominated me for this special award and I’m stoked!  Like she says on her own nomination, “It’s an honor to be called inspiring, and I’m glad I get to share this with everyone.”  Ditto is one of my favorite words for a reason. 🙂  I’m humbled and thankful for the nomination, Sara!  Merci beaucoup!

One of the rules is to list the rules, so I will do that at the bottom of this post.  Next is that I should share SEVEN facts about myself.  That is the #7, seven-a-rooni, seven-a-roo.  It must be like one for each day of the week?  Maybe I should give one on each day of the week?  That might be a fun way to fulfill that rule!  Oooo, I like it!  Maybe that’s not in the spirit of the rules, soooo I guess I’ll list them all here.  OH, maybe you could just come back and look every day! 🙂


Here are my seven facts for your perusing pleasure:

Uno) I do not actually speak Spanish.  I know, shocker.

Dos) I grew up in S.E. Alaska from K-7th grade and LOVED the place. I especially loved derby season when I would get to go fishing for salmon with my dad and his buddy. I swam at the beach, in the ocean, multiple times and did not get hypothermia. I actually enjoyed science in seventh grade because Mr. B was an awesome teacher!

Tres) It took me three months to write 95,000 words.  It will take me a lot longer to edit them. I still love each word, even though some must go!  Sometimes the cuts break my heart a little.

Cuatro) Since I started writing the “Great American Novel”, I have completely neglected housework.  For instance, my husband has decided that a shelving system must be erected in order to name-code spaces, so each person can take care of their own laundry after it has been washed and dried.  Piles of laundry all over the place seem to be a problem. At least he doesn’t have to hunt for short socks…haha

Cinco) I’m a loyal friend.  This doesn’t mean I’m always around and always able to help out, but when I’m truly needed, I’ll bend over backward to make sure I’m there for you. Family and friends matter.  People matter.  All it takes is a phone call, not a Batman-style light to get my attention!

Seis)  I had to look up how to spell SIX in Spanish.  What on earth does that say about me?  If it is nothing of import, I suppose I should list a fact…I love symmetry and order.  They are beautiful to my eyes.

Siete) I have only been out of the US to go to Canada.  I suppose you might include the Bahamas, but I really don’t think that counts. Besides, I couldn’t even see while snorkeling. I had to take off my glasses.  Bummer.  Since then, I’ve had LASIK.  I guess I need to go back so I can actually see the colorful fishies!


 Now I get to give you some amazing nominations for more VIBAs!  These Very Inspiring Bloggers are all people I enjoy reading at least once a week.  I hope you find a few you can be inspired by, too!


 Ronovan Writes

is a man who is always thinking and go-go-going! He covers all kinds of inspiring ground on his blog. Ronovan  does interviews, reblogs, writes stories and poetry. He also hosts a few Haiku challenges each week that are fun to participate in when one has the time!

Dazzling Whimsy

tells stories with pictures.  The photography is wonderful and the descriptions/stories that go along with each one are enjoyable, too! They inspire my mind to see vividly.

A Slice of Life

is one place where you can go and hear about real life goodness, be encouraged and always leave smiling.

On the Heath

is full of poetry to make your mind think and your heart feel.  Most of them are short, quick reads and always worth it!

Afternoon of Sundries

The title says it all!  This mama just tells it like it is but with flare!

All About Manners

is so fun!  The posts here are about anything related to manners and lots of fun kids stuff.  You’ll find nursery rhymes and jokes, too!

Happy Lifeaholic

is organized with posts on history, mystery, myth, tales and so much more.  Again, a great title for one who enjoys life!

Princess of the Light

is a fellow author who is a delight to converse with (even if only a little). Plus the book looks worth a read! I hope to be seeing more in the future.

Two Wise Gals

area couple of ladies with lots of life-advice and encouragement for one and all.

Max Reynolds

is all about photography.


is a couple who have recently been married, but their blog chronicles their travels and the adventures they have together.

Alzheimer’s: Through My Mother’s Eyes

is a blog dedicated to helping spread the word about caring for family members with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. You can find out more about Suzette’s book there, too.

Pretend to Be Nice

is so much fun! These two women who blog together seem to be night and day in personality, but they are friends who compliment each other’s style so well.

Nicholas Hughes

is another great writer friend.  He’s in the editing stage of his first book, which I am super-stoked to have him complete so we can all read it. His blog is full of dry humor and fun insight.

Paul Thomas Bell

is a man on a mission.  I would say he wants everyone to know that all the crazy things that happen in dating aren’t all that crazy. Or not, you’ll just have to go read to find out the real story. Trust me, you’ll be amused, too.

Notes From Dawn

is full of silly stuff as well as interesting product reviews!  I’m always thankful for people who take the time you help us out!

Sara already nominated this guy, but I’d put him in my Inspiring Blogger category, also:

It’s my Interworldweb Author Friend: J. A. Merkel


The Award Guidelines are as follows:

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.

15 thoughts on “A Very Humbled Gal Got a VIBA!”

  1. Thanks for the mention, Rachael. I re-nominated you cause you’re just that cool 🙂 Honestly though, you’re an awesome blogger and you certainly inspire me!

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      1. I’m stoked about the nomination, Job! We’ve got a good friendship going here that I hope will last the rest of our lives. I say that because you inspire me, too. I know that you are a great supporter and always encourage people to push past their comfort zone, do new things, and follow their dreams. 🙂 Thank you!

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  2. Congratulations on your award! You deserve it and I’m so happy for you. I’d also like to thank you for nominating me for this award. I already have this award, but I feel so honored that you would think of me as one for your nominations. It was so kind of you to do this for me. I hope you have an amazing day!


    1. Thank you and you are most welcome. I did see you’d already received it, but I wanted everyone to know how much I appreciate your blog. I hope you have an amazing day, as well!


      1. Oh, dear Rachael. That makes your nomination even more special. You have made the tears well up in my eyes, seriously. Thank you, my friend. You don’t know how much this means to me – even more than the usual nominations. I can’t thank you enough. Blessings to you, dear Rachael. Hugs, Cindy

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