Monday, September 6, 2010

Bloggy Award Fun

I’m very pleased to be the recipient of the two latest Bloggy Awards that are out there floating around, the Cherry on Top Award and the Happy 101 Award.

Cherry_Award  Happy_101

Many, many thanks to the lovely bloggers who awarded me:

Ginny @ Java Joggers, who takes lots of gorgeous pictures and has terrific giveaways (which I would like to win one of these days…hint, hint!)

Michelle @ Fitness Diva, who didn’t actually name me personally, but I’ll pretend like she did.  ;-P

Char @ My Life’s a Marathon, who is putting in some amazing kilometers Down Under right now – go, Char!

Marcia @ Running Off at the Mouth, who cracks me up and is a huge inspiration to me.

LMC @ Running Over 40-Something, who always has something positive to say.  I love that!

Alma @ The Average Woman’s Running Blog, who really raises the bar on that word “average!”

You’ve all read the rules on these awards by now – what would you change, what makes you happy, etc.  I definitely fall into the “I wouldn’t change a thing” camp, not because I’ve led a charmed life (HA!  As if.), but because I’m really happy where I am now.  Oh, sure, I’d love to undo about 15 years of really stupid decisions that were the result of low self-esteem, but how else would I have learned some of life’s painful – but necessary – lessons?

So, rather than dwell on what can’t be changed, let me tell you about a few things that I wouldn’t change for the world, because they make me happy:

  1. My Kids.  Sure, that’s an obvious answer, but they’re pretty fantastic.  :-)
  2. The Hubs.  Ditto.  I’m a lucky, lucky girl.
  3. My dog and cat.  Really, you can’t be unhappy when there’s something warm and furry in your house that just wants to be loved.
  4. Coffee.  Need I say more?
  5. Halloween.  We go nuts for Halloween around here.  This is a picture from last year and yes, that’s my real wedding dress.First Trimester Awards and Halloween 028
  6. Running, riding my bike, and even swimming…slowly.  Even the bad days of training make me happy because I’m still out there doing it.
  7. Changing seasons.  It doesn’t matter which ones, honestly, I just enjoy the sense of anticipation in the air when something new is coming.  Yay for football season, I’m so excited about Christmas, thank goodness it’s getting warmer, and bust out the swimsuits and margaritas – I love it!
  8. Going out to lunch (or maybe a night out) with my girlfriends.  There’s always plenty of laughter!
  9. Kayaking.  This one is brand new to me.  We’ve had an inflatable raft for the last two summers that has been tons of fun, so we bought a kayak a few weeks ago.  For somebody who doesn’t truly love to be in the water, I get an enormous kick out of being on the water!Kayak Fun 013
  10. BLOGGING!  When I started mine, I thought it might be sort of a fun little vanity project, but “meeting” all of you has been better than I could have imagined.  You make me laugh, you inspire me, you challenge me and you encourage me to dream big – thanks for that!

So, let’s pass it on:

Laurie

Whitney

Kristin

Becka

Suzy

Heather

What makes you happy??

15 comments:

ajh said...

I may have to try kayaking one of these days. I have only been once but my colleagues go nuts over it.

Java Joggers said...

Now that's a great Halloween picture, and EXCELLENT repurposing of a wedding dress! Congrats on your new water toy -- I love kayaking!

Char said...

Kayaking is fun. I've been twice now - once at the Gold Coast where we got to snorkel and feed fish and the other time was on a Glacial lake near Mt Cook in New Zealand. Both times were amazing.

Teamarcia said...

OMG you're a girl after my heart--I love nothing more than a huge Halloween bash and dragging out your wedding dress in the name of excellent costume is AWESOME!

Middle Name Marie said...

Your Halloween pic is too funny! I am already planning my costume :)

MCM Mama said...

That Halloween picture ROCKS! Love it.

Great list too.

Heather said...

Love the Halloween pic. Thanks for the tag!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Aww...I love this post and LOVE how you changed the question! :)

Tortuga_Runner said...

What makes me happy? Optimism, positivity and happiness. I have been combating negativity both self generated and the negative nelly's around me. Thanks for keeping your spirits on the up and carrying us with you.

Laurie said...

I love love love halloween. What a great costume! I've always wanted to find a reason to wear my wedding dress again... hmmm, maybe I'll have to copy you.

Thanks for the award. :)

Laurie said...

Oh, I forgot... I also like your new background. :P

Emz said...

What an awesome. Awesome. Awesome idea.
Love this post. Love how you changed it up a bit.

LMC said...

Congrats on the awards, you deserve them! I love your list. Right back at ya with #10! I absolutely love that you used your wedding dress for the Halloween costume. That's just awesome! Have a great week.

The Green Girl said...

I just went kayaking for the first time last weekend - I loved it!

gmontalvo13 said...

hey there! love the new layout!
cute pic! halloween is one of my faves!

i remember when you first started blogging! :)
i feel the same way about it!