Versatile Blogger Award

Spring is almost here and I am so happy about that. Back in January, while my heart was dreaming of a wonderful fresh new year, I picked up the flu virus, and it hit me like a ball out of the park, a bowling strike (all pins down), and as most would say, a ton of bricks. I was out of the game for a couple of weeks, and though I’ve slowly recovered, it’s taken me some time to get my head back in the blogging game. Thank you to those who have encouraged me and shared desires to read my posts.


So I would sincerely like to thank Fiona at Sunshine, Raindrops and Tea in the Garden because it was her nomination of my blog for the Versatile Blogger Award that has spurred me onto writing my first post in some time. I am honoured to be chosen, and while I usually worry that I write about too many topics, this one time I feel affirmed in my wanting to share about multiple parts of my life.

The Versatile Blogger Award was created to celebrate blogs who have unique content, strong writing, and beautiful images or photographs. There are 3 rules: thank the person who has nominated you and share the link to their blog (as a courtesy), share 7 facts about yourself, and nominate ten blogs you love. Here I go!

Seven facts about myself:

1. I love my cat’s black spots (on white) because I believe she is a dalmatian cat, even though everyone tells me there are only dalmatian dogs.

2. I started running last August, and while I am only running 5 km so far, I am training towards a 10 km race at the end of April. Running has changed my life.

3. I am a Librarian, and most proud to be so because this is Freedom to Read Week, and I believe all people from all places and walks of life should have access to all the books and information they want.

4. One of my favourite spots to travel is Scotland. I will go back again some day. This is largely because I am a true lover of the rain and feel most at home when it’s raining.

5. I live in a community house, where we live as family and support those with mental health, addictions, poverty, life struggles and more. It means for them living with love and support and stability, instead of doing life alone. Love is how we get through.

6. Some day I want to own an RV and travel the world (or at least Canada). Life on the road while blogging sounds incredible.

7. I can’t get enough of dogs. They are kindred spirits. I see them in dog parks and on outdoor trails or my neighbourhood streets, and they all get big hugs if at all possible.

Ten blogs that I nominate for this blogging award–I hope you enjoy reading their blog stories:

Warm Tea & Cozy Sweaters
The Thankful Heart
Farm Sweet Farm
Urban Cottage Life
Dreaming of Guatemala
The Running Princess
The Death Project
Little Chalet Farm
2 Cats & Chloe

Enjoy the sunshine today and enjoy your blogging. The human connection through writing can be powerful and very connecting. I hope you are inspired.


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Some stories from home, some from travel adventures (usually in autumn), some happening in community, friendship and faith, and some about the vulnerable, lonely and excluded. To honour them because they have changed me for the better and taught me how to love more fully and be loved more fully. Some days are great, some good, some not always good. But overall, it's been a beautiful journey so far, and I feel more like myself every day. -- Debra, writer / photographer / blogger / traveller

4 thoughts on “Versatile Blogger Award

  1. Love this Debra– Good to get to know more about you. I’m really curious about your Community House. Is it a set of apartments or all you all in one big house?? What is your role?? How does it all work? It seems like a wonderful noble way to live. Wish we could sit down and talk about it… Blessings, xo

    1. Hi Rhonda, thanks for your interest in my community house living. I love to talk about it. I live in a duplex house, 4 men on one side, 4 women on the other. On both sides, we live with some house members who have lived in shelters, struggled with poverty, or who face mental health struggles, depression, loneliness, etc. The idea is that as ‘healthier’ folks live with them to support and love them (we live as family) then they are more successful at relationships and stable living themselves. I don’t do it as work, I do it as part of my everyday life. It blessed me tremendously! ๐Ÿ™‚

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