Three Day Quote Challenge Day Three


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Go Confidently In The Direction Of Your Dreams, Live The Life You Have Always Imagined. This was a present from my mum and dad last Christmas and it’s on the wall by the other side of my bed. I look at it often and it directly represents where I am at in my life.
Write More Happiness In to The World. I don't own the Copyright to this, it lies with the calendar company.
Write More Happiness In to The World. I don’t own the Copyright to this, it lies with the calendar company. Every Year I buy myself a motivational/inspirational calendar, so that each month I am inspired and motivated to achieve more in my life and career.
Create The Life You Love.
Create The Life You Love. This is in front of my TV and I can see it every day to motivate and inspire me. I don’t hardly ever watch TV these days, so it’s perfectly placed in my viewing range. I bought it as an early Valentine’s Day present for myself this year.
These are quotes from my Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy To Get Back Into Work: -An A-Z ‘How To’ Guide:
“There are no rules, other than the ones we set for ourselves.”
“Defy normal, throw away the rule book and create your own.”
Thanks once again to my long term blogging friend danbalva for nominating me for this awesome 3 day Quote challenge! This is day two, and the quote above was at a business show I went to in London, in front of their luggage storage area. Check Dan’s awesome blog out at https://hurdlestohappiness.wordpress.com
These are the Rules for this award:
  • Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
  • Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.

4 others I nominated – 3 and a bonus nominee, can’t do this challenge because of the time it takes, I understand. Because I am late with this post due to my time being massively stretched, if any of the nominees in this post or any previous post, can’t take up the challenge, that is fine, but I won’t be nominating anyone else, because I have a back log of posts that I need to get out to you asap and a pile up of work.

Here are my nominees for today:

https://sewingfeet.wordpress.com This lady was a former student of mine and has an amazing blog, check it out.

https://utesmile.wordpress.com Ute makes every day a smiley day – check out her inspirational blog.

http://kattermonran.com Al is inspirational and a fantastic photographer, check out his blog.

https://blogmethisblog.wordpress.com Kim, or Courtney as you may know her, is a writer too. Enjoy checking out her blog.

I told one of my bloggers I would ask someone else to do her quote challenge, hence why there is 4 that I nominated today. It’s coming up to 4am and I am going to call it a night for tonight; I have my day job in just a few hours time and I have to prepare for Snow’s birthday later today, that is tomorrow (15th of October); she will be a big 3 years old, and we need to have a piggy party and record a video for you.

STILL TO COME TO THIS BLOG:

SNOWS BIRTHDAY PARTY

A BLOG AWARD – NOMINATIONS

MY INTERVIEW FOR AN ASEXUAL WRITERS AND BLOGGERS DIRECTORY THAT WILL BE SPLIT OVER MULTIPLE POSTS – 30 QUESTIONS THAT REALLY GET INSIDE MY WRITER’S MIND AND REVEAL A LOT MORE ABOUT ME PERSONALLY.

VLOG POSTS FROM MY WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/QUIRKYBOOKSTV CHANNEL.

Until next time – stay quirky and write soon.

Sandra

 

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Three Day Quote Challenge: Day Two


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Thanks once again to my long term blogging friend danbalva for nominating me for this awesome 3 day Quote challenge! This is day two, and the quote above was at a business show I went to in London, in front of their luggage storage area. Check Dan’s awesome blog out at https://hurdlestohappiness.wordpress.com
These are the Rules for this award:
  • Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
  • Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Here are my nominees for today:

Notapunkrocker https://notapunkrocker.wordpress.com If you love quirky – check her blog out – and watch out for the lego!!

Brenda Davis – http://friendlyfairytales.com If you love fairytales and magic, check out her blog.

swo8 https://swo8.wordpress.com If you love Blues music, you will enjoy her blog, check it out.

I am going to give you a bonus nominee – my good friend Ralph who always tells his story in photos/pics with words he puts to them, focusing on some ‘naughty’ stuff – I am asexual and personally sex and naked repulsed, but still find his posts hilarious, so check his blog out. I am not sure if he will take part, because he doesn’t accept blog awards and has a very specific format he likes to stick to on his blog, but I would love to see what awesome quote pics he would come up with, so I am going to nominate him anyway and hope he obliges me: http://bluefishway.com

I forgot to mention yesterday, that I recently received a blog award. I am about two years behind or more, with my blog nominations for awards I have been given in the past. I have given Paula my word that I will be nominating for the award she gave me, very soon.

So why the delay, and why am I finding it so hard to have time to visit people’s blogs?? The simple answer is time.

To put it in perspective for you, I have had 9 or less hours sleep in the last three days. It’s really tough when you are relentlessly pursuing your dream.

I have 16 live fully functional websites for different parts of www.worldofquirky.com  that I have to manage – check it out to learn more.

I also have to manage 9 Twitter accounts and 11 Facebook business pages, as well as a personal one – please click through on the widgets and like my pages and follow me on Twitter, it would be awesome to have your support there too.

And – I have an active LinkedIn account and more than one Google+ account I have to manage. Plus my www.youtube.com/quirkybooksTV  channel – please subscribe if you haven’t done so already, I really need your support.
On top of this, I work a full time day job 5 days a week, and therefore spend almost every evening and my days off, working on my businesses in some way. Even many breaks at work I am on my social media, doing something connected with my businesses.

I haven’t mentioned my emails.

Some times I find it hard to just have time to post something here, even though I love blogging and interaction with you.

And sometimes, I feel myself subconsciously holding my breath; because I haven’t got time to breath.

I know I have a life purpose and mission that I intend to be working on every single day. I was born to help you to develop yourself both personally and professionally, to achieve your goals, ambitions and dreams; all the while embracing your quirky, individual self. I was born to show you, you are gorgeous in your own right, and to help you to believe and have confidence in yourself, no matter what. I was born to show you, it’s okay to be you – you are very beautiful and special, just as you are.

I was born to help asexuals to feel not so alone; to pave the way for asexuality to be recognised and accepted globally as an orientation; to free people from the isolation and fear they feel as a minority population.

I was born to be quirky, not normal, and off the planet different.

What were you born for??

Stay quirky and write soon

Sandra

Blog of the Year 2013 – Twice more


Hi everyone

I know I said I would most likely not be making any more award nominations until February next year, but since this is a 2013 award, I feel I must do this post.

I have been nominated twice by Al from http://kattermonran.com for Blog of the Year 2013. Taking my total up to 3 stars. Thanks Al.

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Blog of the Year Award 3 star jpeg

 

The blogs that I have nominated for the first Blog of the Year Award are:

  1. http://suewestwood.wordpress.com
  2. http://utesmile.wordpress.com
  3. http://babyjill7.wordpress.com
  4. http://sherrimatthewsblog.com
  5. http://friendlyfairytales.com
  6. http://carolynhughesthehurthealer.com
  7. http://marthareynoldswrites.com

The blogs I have nominated for the second Blog of the Year Award are:

  1. http://sheridegrom.wordpress.com
  2. http://mischez2001.wordpress.com
  3. http://transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com
  4. http://playfulkitty.wordpress.com

The instructions for this award are simple:

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 via this link: http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5-You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page.Click the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear

Share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

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!

Stars

Yes-That’s right-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.

Please note, that any other type of awards I may gratefully receive, I will not be able to make my nominations for, until February next year, due to having to finish my book.

Write as soon as I am able to.

Sandra

Today is a lovely day


Hi everyoneOne Lovely Blog

I was honoured to be given another One Lovely Blog award on November 13th 2013. This time my award was from Sherri Matthews at http://sherrimatthewsblog.com.

When Sherri made her nominations for this award, this is what she had to say:

“My nominees for this award are lovely blogging friends that I’ve met fairly recently whose blogs have greatly inspired and blessed me very much.  Please do visit them. I’m so happy that we met and for the wonderful conversations which I hope will continue for a long time to come”.

What beautiful words from Sherri. I have to say, that since talking with Sherri via this blog, I have found her to be an extremely supportive, kind and welcoming person. She seems to have a lot of love in her heart and time for other people. She is a joy to know. Please visit her blog, I am sure you will be given a warm welcome.

ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD RULES: 

1. I need to thank the person who nominated me.

2. Share 7 things about myself that you still may not know

3. Nominate 15 bloggers.

4. Notify the nominees that I have done so.

5. Put the logo of the award on my blog site.

7 Things about me:

  1. I like wearing Disney PJs.
  2. I feel warmer wearing PJs than ordinary clothes – quirky I know.
  3. I love being called quirky.
  4. I recently bought the domain names quirky-books.com and quirky-books.co.uk. It will be several months before I build websites for these, due to other project that I am working on.
  5. I love eating salted popcorn whenever I go to the cinema.
  6. I have an Odeon Premiere Club card to get discount off cinema tickets on a certain day of the week.
  7. I can get discount cinema tickets to Vue cinemas through work. They can’t be used on 3D movies or in certain cinema venues.

My nominations:

  1. http://bbanublog.wordpress.com
  2. http://walkingrunningstumbling.wordpress.com
  3. http://syl101.com
  4. http://madelinescribes.wordpress.com
  5. http://writingstraight.com
  6. http://hilalachmar.wordpress.com
  7. http://shras789.wordpress.com
  8. http://photographyofnia.com
  9. http://paulaacton.com
  10. http://scullyspeaks.wordpress.com
  11. http://goodguyswag.com
  12. http://canadianwritersabroad.com
  13. http://kindnessblog.com
  14. http://emiliajordan.com
  15. http://diedreblake.wordpress.com

Congratulation and have a lovely day.

Write soon

Sandra

 

Double awards – Dragon’s Loyalty Award and The WordPress Family Award


Hi everyone

I am catching up with my blog award nominations.

On the 2nd of June 2013, I was awarded The WordPress Family Award for a second time and a new award to add to my collection,  the Dragon’s Loyalty Award, both from Sheri at sheridegrom.com. Please check out her awesome blog.

Wordpress Family Award X2

The rules for the Word Press Family Award are:

1. Display the logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate 10 others who have had an impact on your Word Press experience and family.

4. Let the 10 family members know you have awarded them.

My nominations are:

1. http://bluefishway.com

2. http://hutchagoodlife.wordpress.com

3. http://sherrimatthewsblog.com

4. http://blessedwithastarontheforehead.wordpress.com

5. http://mikesfilmtalk.com

6. http://babyjill7.wordpress.com

7. http://bookmust.wordpress.com

8. http://utesmile.wordpress.com

9. http://mischez2001.wordpress.com

10. http://friendlyfairytales.com

Thanks to all I’ve nominated for the Word Press Family Award for making my time on WordPress.com amazing. Thanks to every one who follows and comments on my blog, I appreciate all of you.

The rules for the Dragon Loyalty Award are:

  1. Display the award certificate on your website.
  2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented you with the award.
  3. Present the award to 15 deserving bloggers.
  4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post.
  5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

My 15 nominations are the 10 bloggers I listed above and the 5 new ones I list below.                                               DRAGON AWARD

  1. http://authorstephaniethomas.wordpress.com
  2. http://bbanublog.wordpress.com
  3. http://carolynhughesthehurthealer.com
  4. http://turquoisecompass.com
  5. http://eyedancers.wordpress.com

Seven facts about myself:

  1. I played the recorder whilst in primary school but stopped because I couldn’t keep up with the group.
  2. I like listening to Floorfillers albums, morning and night.
  3. Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue were my favourite singers when I was a little girl.
  4. When I was a little girl, my favourite actor used was Fred Savage from The Wonder Years.
  5. I have kept a dressing gown that I used to wear when I was about 15 years old – Why? Because I like the fact I can still fit into it.
  6. Yeas ago, I was given a dog called Pepi by a man my dad did work for. His wife was not too happy.
  7. My favourite flower is a rose.

Congratulations to all of my nominees, enjoy your awards and I look forward to reading more about you.

Write soon

Sandra

 

quirkybooks – Is Shining Brighter Than Ever Before – Two Shine On Awards


Hi Everyone

I am pleased to announce that I have been awarded the Shine On award twice in recent weeks. One from Oasien at http://oasien.wordpress.com and the other is from Alastair at http://kattermonran.com

As always, with any award, there are rules to follow, so here they are:

1.) Show appreciation of the blogger/s who nominated you and link back to them in your post.  Done.

2.) Add the award logo to your blog. Done.

3.) Share 7 things about yourself.

  1. I love films with robots in them.
  2. If I have the choice to see a movie in 2D or 3D, I always choose 3D, I love it.
  3. I prefer a MAC to a PC and I recently upgraded my Mac operating system to Mountain Lion.
  4. For those of you who missed a blog post, I am going to St James’s Palace on the 15th of July, to celebrate CSV’s 50th Anniversary. (Community Service Volunteers.) In the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
  5. I am a Health Buddy for CSV. My job is to spread health messages about taboo topics, encouraging people to go for screening and work towards the 5 Ways To Wellbeing.
  6. I am also a member of BID (Be Involved Devon) that is part of CVS (Community Volunteers Services.) We have meetings relating to Mental Health organisations and the NHS.
  7. I have written 2 articles for the BID newsletter that featured on the 5 Ways To Wellbeing page.

4.) Nominate 5 – 10 or so bloggers that you admire. As I won it twice, I will nominate 10 people.

womenmakingstrides.com

subhanzein.wordpress.com

hopeoflight.wordpress.com

galuri85.wordpress.com

mikesfilmtalk.com

ladylovelyblogger.wordpress.com

bbanublog.wordpress.com

lanternpost2012.wordpress.com

followmyfreedom.wordpress.com

thedailygraff.com

5.) Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know

6.) Optional questions – Here are my 7.

  1. Do you prefer whipped cream or clotted cream?
  2. Do you prefer land or sea?
  3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  4. If you could be any animal what would you be and why?
  5. What is your favourite children’s book and why?
  6. What is your very favourite blog and why?
  7. What is your favourite book ever and why?

I look forward to reading the answers to my 7 questions from the above nominees. Congratulations to all of you and may your blogs continue to Shine On.

Write soon

Sandra

Best Moment Award


Hi Everyone

I have been awarded the Best Moment Award for my About me page on this blog.

I want to thank http://www.momentmatters.com for this honour that you have bestowed upon me.

I will post my acceptance speech below and pass on this beautiful award to some others. So many wonderful blogs choose from. I will post the rules below and make my nominations.

Best Moment Award, web awards, blogging awards, winners, nominations

Awarding the people who live in the moment,
The noble who write and capture the best in life,
The bold who reminded us what really mattered –
Savoring the experience of quality time.

RULES:

Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded.

Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners notify them the great news.

RESOURCES:

  • What makes a good acceptance speech?
    • Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way
    • Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling
    • Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives
  • Get an idea from the great acceptance speeches, compiled in MomentMatters.com/Speech
  • Display the award’s badge on your blog/website, downloadable in MomentMatters.com/Award

ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

I accept this award with gratitude and heartfelt appreciation.

For any person who takes the time to look at my blog, I am truly grateful.

For every person that likes my blog, I am thankful.

When a person leaves a comment on my blog, I am inspired to continue blogging.

For each person who interacts with me, I am elated.

For any person who Follows me, my face lights up with pleasure.

For every blogger who shares their knowledge, wisdom and thoughtfulness, I am blessed to be in your company.

Every moment in life is precious, so make sure you do everything you can to cherish and enjoy it.

THE WINNERS OF THE BEST MOMENT AWARD ARE:

  1. kattermonran.com
  2. lesleycarter.wordpress.com
  3. inspire1life.com
  4. landoffun.wordpress.com
  5. utesmile.wordpress.com – Your 2nd
  6. carolynhughesthehurthealer.com
  7. mikesfilmtalk.com
  8. suewestwood.wordpress.com
  9. galuri85.wordpress.com
  10. darlenecraviotto.com
  11. margekatherine.com
  12. subhanzein.wordpress.com
  13. thetruthwarrior.wordpress.com
  14. jenowenby.wordpress.com
  15. ofmessesandmirrors.wordpress.com

Don’t forget to celebrate with your followers! Tweet your success with hashtag #MomentMatters. Congratulations, winners!

For each of my nominees, I have carefully selected a page of theirs for the Best Moment Award.
Write soon
Sandra

How To Put A Blog Award On Your WordPress Blog


Hi Everyone

I have recently been asked for the third time, how to put a blog award on a WordPress Blog, so rather than email you individually I have decided to put the instructions in a post. I hope you can understand them and follow them. I have a Mac and have tried to make the instructions applicable to a PC aswell.

I have written these instructions as if the person were trying to put the One Lovely Blog award on their blog but if it’s another award then you just use another award instead and give it the appropriate title.

I have broken the process down into two stages. There may be quicker a way of doing it but I am no tech genius so if you have a quicker way then please share it. Let me know how you get on and what you found difficult to understand.

Stage One:

In WordPress, under Posts, click Add New, to create a new blog post. Give the Blog post a relevant title and click on the Draft save button.

Go to the post in which you were nominated for the award. To do this you can either open a new window or click on the comments symbol in the top right of your dashboard then click on the post link and go to it. Scroll down the post until you come to the image of the award. The simplest way to make the award visible on your post is to highlight the award and hold CTRL and click on C to copy the image, then go back to your blog post and hold down the CTRL button again and click V to paste it directly into your post. Alternatively, highlight the award usually by right clicking on it and save it somewhere such as your media library, my documents or downloads folder, remember to give it an identifiable name, such as One Lovely Blog Award and the format should be jpeg.

If you haven’t been able to copy and paste it directly into your blog post then you will need to upload the image from where you saved it. Click on the Add Media button under your Post Title, find the image you want from the folder you put it in and highlight it, then click the upload button.

Stage Two:

Left click on the image in the top left corner and click on the little picture icon that says Edit Image. A new box will appear. You can change the size of the image. If you need the image to fit in with your sidebar width, you may have to play around with the sizes in the Advanced Settings screen by clicking on the Advanced Settings tab. In the normal Edit Image mode you can choose to change the alignment of the award. You can give it a title – One Lovely Blog Award and it’s best to type this in Alternative Text too, to enhance your SEO. You can write a caption in the caption box such as “I Won” if you want to.

Very Important – In the Link URL section, click the Link to Image option and this will come up with a long code, highlight the code and hold CTRL and click on C to copy it. Then click on Update to save the settings.

Click Save Draft to ensure you have saved the image into the post.

Go to Appearance in your Dashboard and click on Widgets. On the right hand side you will see a list of Widget Areas and to the left you will have a list of Available Widgets. Go to the Image Widget and click on Add. This will bring up two boxes, one is asking you for information about the Widget. Here you can input the following:

Widget Title = One Lovely Blog Award

Image URL is usually the URL address that you would re-direct people to if they clicked on the image. You may want to do this if you have another site that you would like your followers to visit.

Alternative Text: This is for SEO, I would just type One Lovely Blog Award the Image Title is usually the same and I don’t necessarily use that aswell.

The Caption is what else you want to say, such as “I Won”.

You can change the Image Alignment and the size. To be honest, sometimes I find it easier to make the adjustments in this screen rather than in the previous one.

Very Important – Put your cursor in the box under Link URL and hold CTRL and V to paste in that code that you copied from the previous screen.

Finally, decide what Widget Area you want the award to be in and click on the arrows to choose its position. Then click Save Widget. If you don’t save it, you will have to repeat this process again.

If your Widget Area Positions are full then you will either need to let the image over-ride something else or choose to have a page for your awards.

Ensure you click on the Read Blog option from the drop down menu under your name in the top right of your dashboard, to see if you have successfully put your award where you wanted it to go. You may have to go back and change the size if it is not in alignment with the other widgets displayed in that area of your page.

As you probably know, it’s polite to follow all the blog rules and to do a blog post regarding your award. This will encourage more traffic to your site and increase your followers.

I hope this is helpful?

Write soon

Sandra