A very big thank you to Samantha for nominating us for this award. Samantha is a dear friend and gifted writer whose gem of a blog samanthamurdochblog we can highly recommend for stories about cats, dogs, crystals and life in general.
About the Award
The MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award is an award given by bloggers to bloggers for quality content, originality and presentation. The intention of this award is to encourage connectivity and support in the blogging community and to increase exposure for individual bloggers.
If you have been nominated for the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award and choose to accept, write a blog post about the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award in which you:
- Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog and take a moment to positively promote the person who nominated you.
- Display the award on your blog by adding it to your post and/or displaying it using a widget (save the image on your computer and upload it to your blog post).
- Use the tag #MyUltraAward when you create your post.
- Answer the following MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award questions.
What is your name?
Where are you from?
I live in Scotland and I was born in The Netherlands.
How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I have been blogging since March 2016. I started the blog to show how much fun rescue dogs can be and how rewarding it is to adopt from a shelter. I wanted to show this through stories, photographs and poetry and focus more on the relationships between the dogs and how they connect with the people we meet on our walks. The blog is evolving as we go along and so far I am enjoying the journey.
What are you most proud of?
Moving to London with a suitcase and a head full of dreams at the age of eighteen. It changed my life forever.
What are your blogging goals?
Whippets live in the moment and love running free. To stay true to the spirit of the whippets this blog is free of goals.
How do you spend your free time?
Hiking, walking, writing and painting in the warmer months. Walking, reading, writing and catching up with friends once the snow arrives.
5. Nominate 1-8 blogs that you feel deserve the award and provide links:
Reymon de Real Photography, a beautiful photography blog.
The Snow Melts Somewhere, a wonderful travel and photography blog.
A Lil Bit Of Everything, a great blog showing art, poetry, photography and much more.
My Choice 360, a beautiful poetry blog by the lovely Ismath.
Haiku Out Of Africa, beautiful haiku by Lize Bard.
Please know that you are under no obligation to accept the award, just know that your blogs are loved and appreciated!
6. Provide five random facts about yourself (optional).
I have already provided 29 random facts about myself in previous Award posts so for this exercise I am going to select five random books from our shelves, open them at a random page and see what happens.
The first book is ‘Dewdrops On A Lotus Leaf’, Zen poems of Ryokan translated by John Stevens. The book fell open on page 78 and the following catches my eye: ‘A perfect blend of wisdom and foolishness is the key to happiness’. This sums me up quite well!
The next book is ‘The Magical Path’ by Marc Allen and it fell open on page 195. In the middle of the page it says, in bold letters: ‘If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.’ I have heard the same message in so many different ways and I am a great believer in thoughts creating our reality.
Next is ‘The Essential Rumi’, translated by Coleman Barks. The book fell open on page 109, with the poem ‘The Guest House’. This made me smile because one of the meanings of my name is ‘hospitality’. The first line catches my eye: ‘This being human is a guesthouse. Every morning a new arrival.’ I love this idea and I can imagine that the whippets welcome a new arrival of experiences every morning as well. Very apt for us and for our blog!
The next random book I selected is ‘Every War Has Two Losers’ by William Stafford and it fell open on page 89. The first lines that catch my eye are these: ‘If you don’t know the kind of person I am and I don’t know the kind of person you are a pattern that others made may prevail in the world and following the wrong god home we may miss our star.’ I bought this book in 1993 and his words ring as true to me today as they did when I first read them.
The final book I randomly selected is ‘Between Here And There’ by Sinead Morrissey and it fell open on page 45, showing the poem ‘Night Drive In Four Metaphors’. The line that catches my eye, reads: ‘Two worlds split open to each other, stars spilling from each.’ That is a beautiful image to end on, as I continue to live in hope that peace will prevail.
Selecting lines from books that have influenced me in some way feels very profound and I hope you enjoyed my random selections.
7. List these rules in your post.
8. Inform the people/blogs you have nominated and provide a link for them to your post.
A very big thank you again to Samantha and lots of love to all you wonderful bloggers.
Photograph taken by Xenia Tran, edited in windows photo editor.
Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: Outdoor Action.
Daily Prompt: Profound