Accepting the Very Inspiring Bloggers Award

I would like to thank Phoebe from Musings of  Puppydoc for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Bloggers Award.

I was so stoked to receive this award because after all my trials and tribulations, I would like to be able to inspire others to claw their way forward when they go through periods of adversity. If you are ever going through a phase of darkness, know that the sun never sets. That it’s always shining. It’s just they we don’t see it.

Three favourite quotes which have inspired me through times of hardship are:

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Calvin Coolidge

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

― Kahlil Gibran

The last quote came from our son’s pre-school teacher. Early childhood had some difficult moments, particularly due due my debilitating health which saw me hospitalised for 7 weeks when Mister was 3 and Miss was 18 months old. Initially, I would cynically snigger to myself that tomorrow would just bring more of the same but the reality was actually quite different. One day actually could be quite different to another.

“Tomorrow is another day.”

The Sun Set Byron Bay

Sun Set Byron Bay

Three things which have inspired me this week or in recent times are:

1) I heard TV interviews with the hostages who survived the terrorist siege in Sydney’s Lindt Cafe in Martin Place and I was incredibly touched and moved by their courage, survival skills and endurance. There were so many inspirational stories but I was particular moved by the thoughfulness of Marcia Mikhael who calm down two of the younger hostages when they had panic attacks and talked through through some relaxation and meditation techniques to calm them down. She also swapped places with them and moved from a very good vantage point where she could have escaped to being next to the gunman.

2) The outpouring of grief and compassion after the terrorist attacks in Martin Place, Sydney and in Paris. It was inspirational to see how good triumphed over evil.

3) I have signed up to be a part of a global blogging movement called #One Thousand Voices Speak for Compassion. where we will write a post about compassion on 20th February, 2015 …the International UN Day of Social Justice. Read more here

You will find that many of the bloggers I have nominated live with chronic and serious medical conditions and refer to these on their blogs. I am inspired by their courage though great adversity and the love and encouragement they share.

There are also a few dog blogs on the list. These largely involve stories of dogs who have been rescued and lovingly given a new life yet still carry the emotional scars. There is also a blog about a therapy dog.

Here are the rules for accepting this award (purely voluntary):

1.  Thank the person who nominated you by including a link to his/her blog in your response, and display the award logo on your site.

2.  Nominate 15 other blogs (more or less). Include links to their blogs on your post, and inform them about the nomination.

3.  Mention three things that inspired you the most this week (you can talk about last week’s inspiration too or before that).

My nominations for the VIB award are as follows:

Miniscule Moments of Inspiration:

Bruises You can Touch:


Yvonne Spence –

Lizzi Rogers –

Poetry Photos and Musings Oh my!

Butterfly Mumma:

Monika and Sam the therapy dog: Tails Around the Ranch:


Behind the White Coat :

#1000 Voices for Compassion:

Rachel Mankowitz:

Such Small Hands:

Ali Isaac Storyteller:

Sirena Tales:

Jackie at Lethargic Smiles:

I am Not A Sick Boy:

Max the Dog:  ….Max has inspired me with his very cute doggy looks and I now want to visit Hawaii.

Love & best wishes,


17 thoughts on “Accepting the Very Inspiring Bloggers Award

  1. roweeee Post author

    Thank you very much and congrats to you as well. You realy have a beautiful, compassionate heart. I think you’ll really appreciate most of the blogs I nominated. Many of the blogger are like me in the sense of living with and overcoming fairly severe health scenarios and I found their blogs very touching and inspiring! xx Rowena

  2. roweeee Post author

    Thank you very much, Fabio. It really is quite magical watching the sunset at Byron Bay behind the rugged volcanic peaks of Mt Warning xx Rowena

  3. Minuscule Moments

    Rowena congratulations on the award I am honoured you would think of my little space and I thank you. I have stopped accepting these awards for awhile now. But I do appreciate you nominating me and I will go and check out all the other sites you have mentioned here. Thanks again. Kath.

  4. roweeee Post author

    You’re welcome for the nomination, Kate as your blog and your heart is truly inspirational. Looking to further installments xx Rowena

  5. roweeee Post author

    Patty, I just added you to the list of nominees. I find it hard to remember everyone’s blog name etc and your blog certainly inspires us. I also think your blog is a good fit with the other blogs I’ve nominated so hopefully we’ll all hook up from time to time and spur each other on xx Rowena

  6. maxwellthedog

    Aloha Rowena and mahalo from Maxwell for the kind words. Congratulations on your award which is very well-deserved for a blog that is funny, informative, inspirational and just a good read. Thank you for nominating our silly little dog blog. We’ve never accepted awards. I don’t really know why. Maybe we are just highly aware that we deal in silly stories and ephemera and are not comfy with too much attention – just a little from our good friends and regulars like you. But we appreciate and are humbled by the nomination, so thanks again!

  7. roweeee Post author

    You’re very welcome. I’m just sorry that you have had to live with such heartache but what you are doing supporting other families through your blog is so commendable. I read a quote from Zig Ziggler last night: “It’s not what happens to you that matters. It’s how you respond to what happens to you that makes a difference.”- Zig Ziglar I replied to get them with a baseball bat. Sometimes, you’ve had enough of being nice!!!

  8. roweeee Post author

    You don’t actually deal in silly stories and ephemera. I thought very carefully before giving you that award and you were actually a late addition but your blog definitely cheers me up and I think Max is like an online therapy dog. Humour is very important for anyone but when you are going through adversity, it is particularly so. There’s something about Max’s irresistible clean-cut cuteness that just gives me a lift. Your content is also well researched, thorough and gives a really good walking guide to Hawaii that is really interesting. It comes to life. I have referred your blog to teachers etc and we’re looking at doing some dog writing in my son’s class. There are a few battlers in there and ironically my son really struggles with writing and English and is great with maths…which is my trouble.
    I can also see from your post about going to the doctor that you might like avoiding the limelight in general. I am a total extrovert and shame of all shames I lap up all attention, praise, awards quite shamelessly…but I also pass them on.
    I hope you and the AJF have a great Valentine’s Day. Geoff and I are stocked up with Lindt Balls. The kids put a bit of a dampner on it and our oven/stove is currently broken and Geoff and I will be driving the kids back and forth from water scouts. They’re out sailing and kayaking today and our daughter has musical theatre in between. Bilbo is having his fur clipped as in shaved off this afternoon. We’ve done it once before to help with the heat but the moulting fur got stuck and Lady gave him fleas when she arrived and he seems to have an allergy and has been pulling out his fur. I think he’s off to the vet next. None of us are looking forward to Bilbo’s clip. He gets nervy, narky etc. and she can’t blow dry him. Not a good subject. Wishing you a less complicated Valentine’s Day! xx Rowena

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  10. pattyalcala

    That is a great quote and so true. I know that everything that I have been through has made me strong and confident enough to do what I am doing now. Thank you for your support.

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