STARLIGHT Blogger Award

The joyful and effervescent Ritu of the blog, But I Smile Anyway, has nominated me for the STARLIGHT Blogger Award! Thank you so very much, Ritu!  Please take time to visit her blog, if you haven’t already!!!

This Award is created to highlight and promote Inspiring Bloggers.

Nominations Rules: Nominate your 6 favorite bloggers! When nominating others for this award, please consider how these blogs truly touch your soul with their work, like light emanating from the stars.  These bloggers who inspire with their internal light are considered a true STARLIGHT Blogger.

The rules:

1. Thank the giver and link their blog to your post.

2. Answer the 3 questions given to you.

3. Please pass the award on to 6 or more bloggers and notify them of their nominations.

4. Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog, and never alter the logo or change the rules.

Questions to answer:

1.  Do you believe in the Afterlife?

Yes, I do believe in the Afterlife.

2.  Which “star” is your inspiration?

Katharine Hepburn for her modern and independent spirit as well as her wit, tenacity, and drive.

3.  Which song would you use as the soundtrack to your life?

I don’t know if I could narrow it down to just one song.  I’d probably choose a couple from the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers album called, Anthology: Through the Years, namely:  “Runnin’ Down a Dream” and “Learning to Fly.” I chose these songs, because they speak to me about the journey of life.  I like how the metaphors of driving down a road, weather, and flying are used regarding life’s ups and downs as well as encompassing the lessons of faith and perseverance.  I also really LOVE the note of optimistic defiance in the lyrics.

I think most of us can identify with the metaphor of life as a road in the song, “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” We start out on a sunny day, believing in our goals and dreams and that “anything is possible.”  And, as we’re heading down the road of life, we run into those people or circumstances that are stumbling blocks rather than stepping stones.  Then the “sky grows dark, the rain is unstoppable, and there’s no sunshine.” Things are difficult.  What are you going to do?  Pull over and give up or “put the pedal down,” having faith that “there’s something good waitin’ down this road.”  To me, this song epitomizes perseverance:  believing in yourself and your dreams and never giving up or giving in to obstacles.

I also chose “Learning to Fly,” because I’ve always been a sensitive person.  In the past, I’ve allowed negative people and circumstances to really bother and beat me down at times.  I remember truly feeling despair regarding these situations.

Years ago, I remember my dad telling me, “You’re going to have to get some grit, girl!  Pull yourself up by your boot straps.  What are you going to do?  Are you going to let this drag you down, or are you going to rise above it?  It’s your decision.”  Well, when you put it like that, I reckon I’m going to rise above it!  All I have to say is there’s nothing like getting a little, no-nonsense pep talk from your Southern dad, whose hero was John Wayne, to set you to rights. 😉  All kidding aside, he was right.  And, it’s some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten.

So, to me, “Learning to Fly” is about letting go of negative people and/or circumstances–navigating those clouds, rising above it, and persevering.  It’s been an ongoing process, but I’m finally learning to fly.

“Falling down is part of life.—–Getting back up is living.”


“Runnin’ Down a Dream”

by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

My Nominees:  This is a compliment to you.  There is no obligation.
Here are your questions:
1.  What is your earliest memory?
2.  Do you write thank-you notes?
3.  Tell us one thing people might not know about you.
Many thanks to Ritu for this honor.
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  1. Katherine Hepburn, absolutely. What a great woman.
    Happiness is a choice. People say all the time that I could never be happy without this or that, but in fact, I was, and could be again. I can find a way to be happy. Pain is temporary. Anxiety fleeting. Misery comes and goes, but in the meantime, I’ll run down a dream, fersure. Hope gives me wings.
    Great post! 😀

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  2. I’m with you I love Katherine Hepburn. her has a spirit to be admired. I’ve always loved her and Carry Grant in 1938’s Bringing up Baby. Oh and Philadelphia Story… And African Queen, Adams Rib 😀

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