The Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

I am delighted and honored to receive a Sunshine Blogger Award! I want to thank my highly valued and respected Twitter friend Shaun from Project Palm Tree for the nomination.

This award showcases one of the best aspects of “my” Twitter community – the unselfish gift of support. When one succeeds, we all succeed!

I encourage you to support Shaun from Project Palm Tree, everyone he nominated and my nominees (see below) by following them on Twitter, subscribing to newsletters or podcasts. They have lots of great content and positive energy to share!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger award is peer recognition for bloggers who inspire “positivity” and creativity.

The rules are:

  1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you for a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

My Answers to 11 Questions Posed by My Nominator Shaun

Q 1 What is the book that you have given most as a gift, and why?

Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness by Edward Abbey

To most people the desert appears stark and unappealing. But through his beautiful prose, Edward Abbey helps us see and appreciate the beauty and soul of the desert southwest – an inspiring land worth protecting. Desert Solitaire is also a life metaphor for the rewards of looking beyond the superficial.

Q 2 What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months?

A pair of Foster Grant sunglasses! Up until this pair, I was constantly replacing my sunglasses because they broke so easily. I have abused this pair since I got them and they have proven to be indestructible. This saves money, time and frustration.

Q 3 What is the kindest thing ever done for you by a stranger?

At first I didn’t perceive this as a kindness but many years ago, one of my co-workers commented about my weight which hurt my feelings. After work, I went home and looked at myself in the mirror. I had to admit that she was right. So I decided to lose the weight. I began running in 90 degree heat and 90% humidity. I was barely able to last 1/4 mile on my first run. But I persevered and within a couple of months ran my first 10K!

When I think back to that day, I realize that when someone offers constructive criticism it is a gift. People who go out on a limb to say something well intended, don’t do so unless they care about you. If I ever saw this person again (very unlikely) I would thank them from the bottom of my heart for changing my life for the better.

Q 4 How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success?

One of the most fortuitous things to ever happen to me was getting fired. I learned a lot about personal responsibility, accountability and honesty. It motivated me to do better – to be better. And if success is the best revenge, then I’ve had my revenge!

Q 5 Are you an Early Bird or a Night Owl?

I’ve always been an early bird. Getting into the office early helps me get a jump on the day!

Q 6 If you could have a giant billboard anywhere with anything on it – metaphorically speaking getting a message out to millions or billions – what would it say and why?

Education is the key to a better life.

Q 7 What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?

The original Pink Panther movie. I convince my wife watch it with me every year.

Q 8 Savory or Sweet?

I can’t imagine life without potato chips.

Q 9 In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?

That less is more.

Q 10 In the last five years, what have you become better at saying no to? 

No to all “isms” – ageism, racism, ableism, sexism, et al.

Q 11  Pineapple on Pizza?


My Nominees

  1. Doc G from DiverseFI
  2. CarolineCarr from Find Your Oomph
  3. Jackie Cummings Koski from Money Letters 2
  4. Gina from The Frugal Convert
  5. Lisa from The Give and The Get
  6. Mr. and Mrs. WoW from Waffles on Wednesday
  7. Kathe Kline from Rock Your Retirement
  8. Joe from Retirement Wisdom
  9. Caroline Adams from Caroline Adams Coaching
  10. Two RNs from Debt and Cupcakes

Questions for My Nominees

  1. What was your first job?
  2. How did you acquire your financial literacy?
  3. Are you an introvert or extrovert and do you see it as a net positive?
  4. Who or what inspires you and why?
  5. If you had 3 wishes to make, what are they?
  6. What would you tell your younger self?
  7. If you have a car, do you name it and if so what?
  8. Dogs or cats?
  9. Which teacher or class had a big influence on you?
  10. Why did you start writing and/or podcasting?
  11. Do you think social media is a good thing?

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