Have you found YOUR tribe?

by WizardOfWords on August 21, 2014

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I’ve always been a joiner. I belong to numerous organizations, including Toastmasters International, the Professional Writers’ Association of Canada, The Writers’ Union of Canada, and the Manitoba Writers’ Guild. There are other organizations I may have belonged to and have left and may rejoin. I feel a bit like my interests and loyalties are in a state of transition.

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I’ve made dear friends (such as the gals pictured with me above – we are all members of PWAC) and have learned from them and others in each of these organizations. But there comes a time when our needs and interests change and we must move on, as maintaining memberships in organizations in which you are not active is costly and counter-productive.

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A new tribe that I’ve recently become immersed in is the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Finalists. We have formed a group on Facebook, and are supporting one another’s efforts as we wait for the big day on September 1st, when we hear which of us have been chosen as winners in each of the categories. Right now, we are all one big happy family–sharing tips, tricks, enthusiasm and support. I’m not sure what will happen after September 1st, but right now, we are one big happy family that is engaged in constant dialogue.

I’m also a member of numerous groups on LinkedIn, and have made many friends and forged some great relationships via that platform. Some of these groups are vibrant, and really feel like a tribe. And of course, our personal friends and family members are a different kind of tribe we also belong to. Each of these tribes holds a piece of our heart and has made us the person we are today.

Have you ever thought about your life in terms of tribes, or is it something that we writers (and bloggers) seem to do more than others? Let’s talk about tribes, and the ones that have most influenced our lives.

And please join me back here the week of September 1st for our next new post. I’m really hoping I’ll have something to celebrate with you …

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accepting the Versatile Blogger Award

by WizardOfWords on August 4, 2014

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Many thanks to Chris Nash for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award! Chris knows me via the Travel Blogged group on facebook, and so he nominated my travel blog for the award in his post.

But as it is this blog where I talk about the muse that leads my writing and inspires my blogging, I’m responding to Chris’s nomination here.

The first thing I am asked to do is to share with you 7 things about myself that you may not know.

1. I am about to make my television debut on the Blog Town program on Shaw TV here in Winnipeg. Really excited about that, as I’ve been blogging since 2009 and now have three blogs. Stay tuned for the date the show will air. We’re taping the segment on Saturday.

2. I sprained my ankle 10 days ago and am still suffering from it. Having a sprained ankle really cramped my usually active lifestyle, and even my ability to host friends and family as I love to do. But I continue to ice the ankle and keep my feet elevated, and slowly, the ankle is getting stronger and the size of the swelling is reducing.

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3. I am walking on Cloud 9 these days (albeit lightly!) as I await the announcement of the Readers’ Favorite Awards on September 1st. My book, “Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate” has been named a finalist in four non-fiction categories.

4. Chocolatour is actually my 4th book project, and I’m currently researching the second volume of Chocolatour which will focus on the best chocolate of the Americas and the Caribbean. You’ll find my other projects listed on my Amazon page.

5. I absolutely adore cats and am smitten with my cat, Jimmy, who is one of the spunkiest cats I’ve ever had. And one of the most handsome! (And no, those aren’t freckles on his nose, they’re mosquito bites – taken earlier this year when the bugs were really biting!)

Jimmy

6. I am extremely passionate about travel. To date, I’ve visited about 30 countries, and have plans to visit Seattle, Miami, Mexico and Guatmemala in the next 6 months, with hopefully … a return trip to the Hawaiian Islands in the not too distant future as well.

7. I really value and appreciate my close friends and family and am anxiously anticipating the visit of my cousin Esther on August 18th, and my friend Pat on August 28th (both Manitobans now living in Vancouver.) We enjoy living at a lakeside resort and welcome such visits during the summer months when there is no better place to be!

Now that you know a bit more about me, I’m asked to share the links to 15 blogs that I follow or admire. 15 is a bit more than I care to list as the sore foot restricts the amount of time I can sit at my desktop computer, but I will share 10 of my favourites with you, and ask that you visit the blogroll on the right side of this blog’s homepage for a much longer list of amazing bloggers.

Here are some of my favourites for their writing skills, creativity, passion, personalities and more.

Suzanne Fluhr is a spunky blogger who focuses on boomer travel at http://www.boomeresque.com/.

Michele Peterson writes about travel with food in mind at http://michelepeterson.com/.

Debra Yearwood blogs about communications strategies at http://commstorm.com/.

Jacqueline Gum always tells it like it is at http://jacquelinegum.com/blog/.

Christine Peets is a versatile writer and blogs about things she cares about at http://christinepeets.wordpress.com/.

Suzanne Boles does not blog often, but when she does, it’s worth reading: http://suzanneboles.wordpress.com/.

Susan Cooper is one of the most supportive bloggers I’ve met. She blogs about food, wine, and more at http://findingourwaynow.com/.

I love Tim O’Callaghan’s writing style and his global adventures. You’ll find his blog at http://flattiresandslowboats.com/.

Agness Walewinder is a young lady from Poland who is having the time of her life travelling the world. You’ll find her blog at http://etramping.com/.

I wouldn’t have this blog or the strong web-presence that I do if it weren’t for Sherryl Perry, whose knowledge of blogging and how to keep up with the web can be found on her blog at http://keepupwiththeweb.com/.

I hope you’ll visit these bloggers and see what they have to offer.

And please join me back here the week of August 18th for my next new post. Cheers, and happy summer!

 

 

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I think that everyone who knows me and/or reads this blog, knows that I like to focus on the positive. I rarely rant or let negativity occupy my thoughts. But I’d posted the following on facebook last night after a nasty encounter at one of our local healthcare facilities with a health care ‘professional’ and based on the […]

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how to deliver an award-winning speech

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Those of you who have been reading this blog for a long while know that I love Toastmasters and have been an active member of Toastmasters International since 2001.I had the pleasure of attending the District 64 Toastmasters Spring Convention in Winnipeg on April 25 and 26, 2014. The highlight of the conference for me […]

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book review: Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight

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I don’t do a lot of book reviews on this site, but couldn’t resist the opportunity to review this one as the topic of chocolate is so close to my heart. And Lord knows … I eat a lot of chocolate in accordance with my research for Chocolatour, so learning how to better manage my […]

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