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Liebevoll recognition with the Liebster Award

I know I’ve been very quiet as of late.  Truth be told, I’m experiencing some … erm … inspiration difficulties. In short, my creative well is a little dry at present.

Do I have a plan of action you may ask?  Well, I know that I have to firstly stop feeling sorry for myself and secondly, most importantly, write something – anything!

The best advice is often for free

I follow many talented writers, and thankfully, the advice given by these individuals is free for all.

Their advice on overcoming writer’s block is simply to write something – anything.  To entice the creative writing juices, you have to start somewhere right? To this end, I’ve set my timer for 20 minutes, and that’s what I’m doing:  I’m writing something with the hope that I can clear this writing blockage.

Feeling the love by fellow bloggers

Liebster Blog Award 2013Knowing that your writing is appreciated definitely helps.  So thank you Marci Wise for nominating my Teatart blog for the Liebster Blog Award.  Marci is one such talented author and columnist that I regularly follow, and I regard her site as truly motivating (http://marciwise.com).  Thank you again Marci for the recognition.

As part of accepting the Liebster Award nomination, I have to answer the ten questions posed by Marci to me and the other nominees.  Here goes:

How would you sum up your blog in a single sentence?
My Teatart blog is about sharing life’s poignant experiences and lessons with those who are in, or will encounter one day, similar scenarios (I certainly wish someone had shared this kind of information with me when I needed it the most!).

If you could have dinner with two people, living or dead, who would they be and why?
This may sound clichéd, but I would really want to sit down and have dinner with Jesus.  I have so many questions, and I really want to understand how to love without expecting anything in return – who better to ask than the ultimate sacrifice?  The second person I would love to have dinner with is Stephen King. He is a true artist, whether you enjoy his genre of writing or not.  I’m sure a few pearls of wisdom shared by this man would be enough to guide any amateur writer into writing greatness.

Do you have a saying or a personal motto?
“What comes around goes around”.  The wheel turns in life, albeit sometimes a little too slowly.

If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you’d spend money on?
A beach home.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?
Cheese, because everything with cheese just tastes better.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Learn to love yourself.

What do you do to cheer yourself up when you’re feeling down?
I eat.  When I feel down, I crave all the feel-good carbohydrates.  Add shopping to the list and you have a plump, broke comfort eater.

If you could change one thing to help the environment what would that be?
I would make recycling compulsory.  We have a long way to go with the recycling issue in South Africa.  Legislation needs to be changed and resources need to be allocated to the issue to make it possible and easier for people to recycle their waste.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
I am a klutz and a scatter-brain for the most part.  I attract embarrassment, so it’s hard to pinpoint just one incident. One recent embarrassing moment involves warmly greeting and hugging a perfect stranger because I thought it was someone else.  It turned out to be the person’s sister who looked, in my opinion, almost identical.

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My mom.  She has gone through so much in her lifetime and yet still manages to stay upbeat and level-headed.

Now it’s my turn to nominate

I in turn nominate the following blogs for the Liebster Award:

I Am Lovely

Lost Companion

The Big Book of Dating


Ohh, honey!

That precarious gait

Serene and sweet

Find Fabulous


Black Box Warnings

My questions to you are:
  1. What goal motivates you to keep writing?
  2. How would you describe your blog in one sentence?
  3. If you could be any one superhero, which superhero would you be?
  4. Which food would you eat everyday if you could?
  5. What charitable cause is close to your heart?
  6. When are you more productive:  morning, mid-day, afternoon, evening?
  7. What has been your biggest writing achievement to date?
  8. If the world was overrun with zombies, who would you choose to be in your group of survivors?
  9. What piece of technology can you simply not live without?
  10. Who inspires you?
Don’t forget that for all Liebster Award nominees, there are a few simple rules:
  • Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
  • Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award that has less than 200 followers.
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them

Addictions can be good

I’m tickled pink! My fellow blogger, Being a Beautiful Mess, nominated me this week for “The Addictive Blog Award”.  I’m even more humbled by the fact that little Teatart could be nominated by such a thought-provoking blogger such as Beautifulmess.

The Addictive Blog AwardThe rules of the “The Addictive Blog Award” require that I thank the person awarding me and share my story on why and how I started blogging. Beautifulmess, you are truly extraordinary.  Thank you for sharing your intimate experiences with such honestly and wit.  You continue to inspire me.

As to why I blog, I can only say that writing has always been my first love. From an early age I have written stories and expressed my emotional trials and tribulations through poetry. Without writing, I would be incomplete.  Blogging is simply an extension of my writing.  It provides me with an outlet to share my life in the hope that others will be able to relate to my story and be encouraged (as I am by other bloggers).

Truth be told, when I started blogging only recently, I had a concrete plan on what I would be writing about and who I would be communicating with.  Plans are good, but I’ve quickly learnt that blogging is somewhat of a painter’s canvas – the picture changes as the artist continues painting.  My blog, Teatart, is exactly that:  my own ever-developing artwork.

Since I started Teatart, I’ve had the honour of interacting with so many motivating bloggers.  Whereas I felt alone as a former cheater, a divorcee, an insecure thirty-something woman and a sex-starved wife, I now feel part of a larger community of caring writers, poets and photographers who aim to make a difference, no matter how small, to other people’s lives.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The following bloggers, in no specific order, are my nominees for “The Addictive Blog Award”:

  1. Recovering Wayward Spouse’s “And you may ask yourself … well … how did I get here?”
  2. Chris Martin Writes
  3. Find fabulous
  4. Rgonaut’s “I whatever”
  5. The drunken cyclist
  6. A dog with Fleas
  7. Deep Fried Yankee
  8. Project: Expansion
  9. Daddy Drinks
  10. Matt on Not-WordPress
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