Courage

So, I’ve been nominated for the “Three Quote, Three Day” Challenge.  I’m not sure if that’s the actual name or whether it’s just gotten lost like Chinese whispers but anyway, you get the idea.  One quote a day for the next three days.  This has probably been my favourite nomination so far, mostly because my phone is stuffed full of quotes that I’ve screenshotted or saved.  Now I have to narrow it down to my top three!  It’s made harder because it depends what mood I’m in.  My favourites change constantly.

Before I get too lost trying to pick one, I want to thank the very talented The V-Pub for the nomination.  If you’ve got a spare couple of minutes, check out his blog.  It’s great!

Anyway, today’s quote I’m posting is this.

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There is a couple of reasons I chose to post this.  Firstly, I love that it’s so simple yet so true.  When we’re little, we’re told stories of superheroes battling baddies and saving the world, all without fear.  While that too is courage, it isn’t real.  Plus, if you had magic powers like that, you probably wouldn’t be too terrified.  So I guess it actually isn’t all that courageous at all.  No, the best kind of courage is when you’re stuck in a terrible situation/event/drama and all you really want to do is run away, or build a pillow fort and hide in it with a scribbled note in pink crayon stuck to the doorway “leave me alone!”.  Instead of doing that though, you get up out of bed, pull on your shoes and face the issue with a brave face and a strong mind.  You get through it.  You survive it.  It doesn’t matter if it wasn’t fun, or if it hurt, or if you wished it had never happened.  The fact that you got up and got through it is courage.  It’s admirable.  It’s brave.  To anyone who has done that today, or yesterday, or anytime – you rock!  And to anyone having to face it in the future – you can do it, I know you can.
The second reason I chose this was because it seems appropriate.  It’s the first quote I put on my Instagram account and the first quote I set as a “favourite” in my iPhone.  And now, it is the first quote posted in this challenge.

The second part of this challenge is to nominate 3 bloggers.  As I’ve seen one blogger just do three and leave it at that, and another do three per day, I’m not sure which is correct (again, Chinese whispers happening).  To make it seem more matchy-matchy, I’m gonna run with three per day.  I love giving shout outs to different blogs, so this works okay for me.

Today’s nominations are:
Solo Mama Life
I Am Just Audrey
Kaboodle Mum

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s quote!  (It’ll probably take me that long to chose the next one ;))

-JD

Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated by startwithsparkles a little while ago (thanks heaps!).  Any sort of award or recognition is always a nice surprise, especially since this blog is relatively young compared to most people’s.

The basis of this award is simple – write seven facts about yourself, and nominate fifteen people who you think deserve this award.  If you want to read up on it some more, click here.

1. I’m currently sitting on my comfy couch in comfy clothes, watching a rerun of Bones (one of my favourite shows ever), loving that it’s a Tuesday but I don’t have work because it’s a public holiday.  Yay for getting paid today to do nothing!
2. I hate chores just as much as I did when I was fourteen, and I still avoid them at all costs.  Today, I have washed the dishes, mowed the lawn and washed the bedsheets.  That is some kind of miracle for me!
3. Today, I placed my first ever order for Lite N Easy.  At the moment I’m just doing dinners, and I’ll just eat healthy for breakfast and lunch.  I’m surprised by the versatility of the menu options – coming from a fussy eater, that’s a great thing!  I’m just hoping the food tastes good and not like frozen dinners usually do.
4. A house is slowly being built next door to mine, and it’s actually quite educational.  I’m seeing how an empty lot turns into a house, one step at a time.  Given I’m going to be building my own soon, this education is going to come in handy!
5. I’ve only started drinking alcohol within the past year, and I’m only beginning to learn what drinks I do and don’t like.  My new current favourite is Strawberry Midori.  Mmmm, so good.
6. I can’t even deal with the fact Christmas is a month and a half away.  Didn’t 2015 just start?
7. My absolute favourite thing about summer is the smell of BBQs in the evening.  It reminds me of childhood, and trips to Bunnings, and all sorts of fun gatherings that I’ve been to which involved standing around (or near) the outdoor cooker.  Plus, BBQ’d meat always tastes better than cooking it normally.  Always.

My fifteen nominees are:
Mommy Blogger Bliss
Audrey Driscoll’s Blog
Still Chasing Dreams
Time No Matter
Lyrics and Chocolate
Tess Can Do It
a2eternity
Not a Punk Rocker
Banded Carolina Girl
the V-Pub
ScaleSimple
KaboodleMum
Simple Living Over 50
Dazzling Twilight Firefly
Crazy Phat Mommy

If you’ve got some time to kill, I suggest having a look at these bloggers! 🙂

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