Inspiration: Blogging for Peace

This post is a two-fer.

My blogging doppleganger, Rutabaga the Mercenary Researcher, recently nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  She wrote a great post about blogging and friendship, and how strange and wonderful it is that we get to know such personal details about each other through this online world we inhabit (click the link to read her post–it’s funny and thoughtful).

A virtual pat on the back

It inspired me to comment, to comment quite a bit. Below is just a little excerpt… she thanked me for my “succinct” insight, which I can only guess was a joke:

It helps satisfy a craving for mental stimulation, and it partly satisfies the need for connection, but I don’t think we can really get what we need without in-person human interaction. We’re apes, after all.  

This is a whole new phenomenon, isn’t it?

Like you said, it’s similar to pen-pal type correspondence, except that it took days/ weeks to get a response through the mail. Now, the response can be immediate, which, together with the little notification icon lightingup, creates a habit loop that can lead to compulsion, and also lead to frustration when there isn’t immediate gratification.

In other words, we all just want to be loved and know that we have a place in this world.

Now it’s my turn to nominate folks for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, which brings me to the two-fer:

Kozo at Everyday Gurus has started Bloggers for Peace in an effort to do something actively to promote peace. Read all about this effort to blog at least once month about peace, how to link up, get the badge, etc.

You can be a Blogger for Peace, too!

So, this is my blog post for peace–in an effort to share some of the peace that these Very Inpiring Bloggers have brought to me through their friendship and encouragement, I nominate:

Kozo at Everyday Gurus (natch)

Gina at Professions for Peace who always inspires with wonderful quotations, images, and gentle encouragement. It is ALWAYS exactly what I need to hear. Thank you Gina.

From Professions for Peace

Zully at Spiritual World Traveler who is on an inspiring journey of reflection and growth, and takes lovely pictures. I’m just getting to know her, but I learned about her through my final nominee,

Rufina at Being Rufina~Sharing Life’s Plate in Small Bits and Large Bites Rufina has used her blog to track her journey of self-discovery and change. It began with eating healthier but has become so much more than that. Rufina has been with me since I started blogging, and was one of the first bloggers to reach out to me and offer encouragement. Her support and insight have meant so much to me, and inspired me to be a better blogger and better human. Thank you, Rufina!

And now that you’ve been nominated, here is the way to pay it forward:

Very Inspiring Blogger Award Rules

  1. Display the award logo on your blog. Done
  2. Link back to the person/s who nominated you. Done
  3. State 7 things about yourself. See below
  4. Nominate other bloggers for this award and link to them. Done

Seven things about me:

1. I am supposed to be picking up my first-grader in two minutes. Ooops. Gotta go.

2. I just ran 10 blocks to the school and then walked back. I loathe that. (Or at least I used to. My kid goes to a much closer school now, allowing me to live up to my ideals.)

3. I am doing my part to raise the next generation of neurotic navel-gazers.

4. I’m not a runner. I do practice yoga, even though my yoga mat is toxic.

5. I am plagued by premature navigation.

6. I am plagued by self-doubt.

7. bake a lot of muffins. Vegan muffins. I am changing the world one vegan muffin at a time.

Okay, so, go on now.

Go be inspiring. Go create a little bit of peace for yourself, and for all of us, in your blogs.

We are windows and mirrors to each other.

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  One thought on “Inspiration: Blogging for Peace

  1. January 11, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    What a wonderful post :) Good for you for receiving this award, and bless your heart for nominating my blog, and for your very kind words. Thanks for the chuckles with your clever writing, and I say kudos to you, changing the world one vegan muffin at a time! Hugs xo ~Gina

    • January 12, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Thanks for your constant loveliness, Gina.

  2. January 11, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Thanks for the wonderful “hat tip!”

    Rufina is pretty awesome! I hope you get the opportunity to meet her face to face. Her presence is truly calming! xoxoxo

    • January 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      You are most welcome…and I hope so too.

    • Rufina
      January 17, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      Thank you! It would be even better for all three of us to connect at the same time. Maybe at a women’s week-end?? ;)

      • January 17, 2013 at 9:25 PM

        Some day!

      • January 18, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        How about Michelle’s retreat? I have to get the final details!

        • Rufina
          January 18, 2013 at 5:29 PM

          That’s exactly what I was hinting at! ;)

  3. January 11, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    I honestly can’t think of a poop-related comment to make. I lose already! Nice post, by the way.

    • January 12, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      Well, poop, Ross. That’s just poopy.

  4. January 11, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    “I am supposed to be picking up my first-grader in two minutes. Ooops. Gotta go.”—Haha, this is so me. I’ll think, “Oh, I have time for one more blog post before I go pick up my son.” Before I know it, I’ve got only a few minutes to make a 10-minute trip. :)

    Congrats on the award!

    • January 12, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Time flies!!! Luckily they hang out in the classroom so there is some buffer time, and she didn’t know I was late.

      This is my little poem for walking home:

      The sun is out
      The sky is blue
      And walking home
      Is good for you!

      • January 12, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        A good song for today in Ohio, considering it’s almost 60 degrees outside. Gorgeous and all the snow is gone. I suppose in reality that’s not good–global warming and all–but I sure loved it!

  5. January 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    {{{Hugs}}} Kylie. Congratulation hugs and hugs of gratitude. Thank you for your nomination, thank you for this wonderful post for peace, thank you for your blog. I’m laughing right now because I have to run and pick up my son in 7 minutes. Looking forward to a year of peace, sharing, smiles, and laughter for all of us and our children.

    • January 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Hugs to you too!!

  6. Rufina
    January 11, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    My little notification flag just lit up as I was sitting here! :) And led me to this. And then my surprise at your very kind words. Thank you so much Kylie! Thrilled and honored, that’s what I am. Yes, I knew I loved your blog from the very start. Happy 2013, and here’s to developing an even closer connection over the coming year.
    xoxoxo Rufina

    • January 11, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      Glad to provide a happy surprise. Have a wonderful weekend :)

  7. January 11, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    I was SERIOUS about your comments!! But I love being a doppelganger ~

    • January 11, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      Heehee

      Maybe I should have gotten an MLS instead of an MPH after all!

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