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The One Lovely Blog Award

Wow! Evidently, I have been nominated to receive the One Lovely Blog Award! This is by far the most prestigious award I have ever won for the work I have been doing on my blog for a little less than a year now. It also happens to be the only award I have won–but I am absolutely thrilled to accept it! Thank you to Yulia at Transition to Balance (http://transition2balance.wordpress.com/) for nominating me!

There are five steps that one must follow to accept the award. They are:

  1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you
  2. Post the award image on your blog
  3. Share seven facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award
  5. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated

So, I have taken care of the first two. Here are seven facts about myself:

  1. I am married and have two daughters, Zoe (7) and Ellie (2). Daughters are quite a challenge, but they also bring me a great deal of joy!
  2. I am a teacher. I love watching light bulbs come on–especially when the students turn them on by themselves.
  3. I have been practicing aspects of Zen Buddhism for almost a year and a half. Although I know I am not supposed to expect results from the practice, I can’t help doing so. And sometimes I even see results (less road rage, more positive energy, fewer negative thoughts, being less judgmental). Other times, not so much. I guess that’s why they call it practice.
  4. I love baseball. I love everything about baseball. Baseball is life!
  5. Since I got turned on to jazz about four and a half years ago, I have listened to almost nothing else. I especially love the Second Great Quintet of Miles Davis (Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams). And it’s interesting to me how much jazz, baseball, and Zen have in common.
  6. I started Zen Soapbox to see if it was possible to discuss the social and political issues of the day in a reasonable, thoughtful, non-judgmental, and positive manner. You tell me how I’m doing so far.
  7. I am trying to say “yes” more often (think Jim Carey in “The Yes Man”). Recently this led to my coaching my daughter’s softball team because they couldn’t get enough volunteer coaches. It was quite an enjoyable experience and I can’t wait to do it again!

Enough about me. Now, it’s time for me to nominate fifteen other blogs for the One Lovely Blog Award. As I was putting together this list, I noticed that a.) I could only come up with a list of 12 and that, b.) most of them (though not all) were Zen-related in some way. Taken together, these two observations lead me to conclude that I need to get out more. In the blogosphere, I mean. 🙂

These are all very lovely blogs, from which I have learned something, by which I have been inspired, or both.

Transition to Balance (http://transition2balance.wordpress.com/) – Honorary mention. She has already won the award.

The Daily Buddha (http://thedailybuddha.com/)

Zen Being (http://erranttranscendentalist.wordpress.com/)

istopforsuffering (http://istopforsuffering.wordpress.com/)

Mindfulbalance Blog (http://mindfulbalance.org/)

The Heart of the Matter (http://skyeblaine.wordpress.com/)

Standing in an Open Field (http://standinginanopenfield.wordpress.com/)

Zendictive http://zendictive.wordpress.com/

Sky Diaries http://skydiaries.wordpress.com/

The Zenful Blogger (http://zenfuldance.wordpress.com/)

oneBREATHmeditation (http://onebreathmeditation.wordpress.com/)

Namaste Consulting, Inc. (http://namasteconsultinginc.com/)

As I mentioned, this is my first blogging award, but several of the blogs I follow have won one at one time or another. The thing I like most about these awards is that I get exposed to some really cool blogs that I might not otherwise discover. So I’m hoping that someone reading this will explore and enjoy these other fine blogs as I have.

Happiness and peace!


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4 thoughts on “The One Lovely Blog Award

  1. Reblogged this on Namaste Consulting Inc. and commented:
    Very honored to be nominated for this award by Zen Soapbox. Great blog with a lot of to offer on the subject of Zen!

    • ZenSoapbox on said:

      Thanks so much for the reblog (and the kind words)! Sorry I didn’t respond sooner; wordpress tagged this comment as spam and I didn’t see it until just now. I did notice the reblog. Thank you again!

  2. Congratulations on the award!!! 🙂 And thank you for pointing out these other wonderful blogs..I explored and loved all of them! 🙂 Namaste!

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