It’s more than a little interesting to consider all the knock-on effects of any new given thing we choose to do, or to stop doing, or to change. For instance: we left England because we wanted to spend a year volunteering, without the hassle of balancing work alongside our donated time. We also wanted to explore new career opportunities, to see if there was anything in those new roles we wanted to hold tight.
One of the more unexpected outcomes was the direction Chris and I have taken in our careers. I had no plans at any point from roughly the age of 16 to try to write professionally, and yet here I am. Chris had given up on the world of IT more or less right after the Dot Com Crash in the early Naughties, and yet here he is.
And, of course, there’s this blog – What If and Why Not – a question and a statement and a quest, I suppose – the brainchild of a childless-by-choice couple, born out of a need to update friends and family, to make sense of the crazy decision we’d just taken, and, eventually (particularly for me), to write. What we didn’t expect was the community that would form around us: bloggers we’ve come to admire and respect and learn from constantly, readers who would make a point of reading us virtually every time we posted. We didn’t expect that perfect strangers thousands of miles away would be able to raise our spirits, give us food for thought, empathise and propose solutions.
One such extraordinary character can be found here on WordPress. She goes by Colgore on here, but I’m pretty sure most folks call her Coleen. She’s a yoga instructor by day and a word whittler by night (or the other way around? I’m not sure. Time differences, you know), and she absolutely. Cracks. Me. Up. She also makes me think, and she also comes over here to What If and Why Not to make us feel good about what we’ve got going on. What she’s got going on is called Prana and Peaches, and for whatever reason, she digs us enough to have nominated us for a bright and shiny:
Apparently, with the Reader Appreciation Award come four responsibilities:
- Identify the awards and who gave them to you. (See above)
- Post the Logo on your blog. (Ditto that)
- Share 7 items about yourself. (See below)
- Nominate 5-10 other bloggers to receive this award, and notify them on their blogs (Ditto #3)
Alors, in accordance with the prophecy, SEVEN banging facts about Ann:
- I do not like using capitals. I do it only to please all of you (particularly you, Mom).
- I am an ethical vegan and I have invariably conflicting opinions rattling around in my brain about everybody else eating meat.
- I used to think I spoke pretty good Spanish. Now I can’t remember if that was just my ego talking or if I’ve really forgotten it in my quest to learn French. I intend to re-open that book as soon as this one’s nailed.
- I genuinely love humans through and through and through again…people excite me and frighten me and amaze me and delight me, and I have the highest hopes for humanity. Having said that, people can also seriously piss me off.
- I am tremendously insecure, and I compensate for it by talking too much. I think writing might be helping with that.
- I do not plan on having children. There are lots and lots of reasons for this. One of these days I’m going to get around to writing about the ones I’m comfortable sharing.
- Sometimes my brain thinks incredibly stupid things, and my heart has to remind my brain to shut the fuck up and stop being dumb. Most of the time it works out alright.
And now, without further ado, my nominees are:
the humble Humanist (Ron was the first blogger to win my heart. He writes from an unapologetically Humanist perspective. He digs deep, makes us think, and offers unquantifiable amounts of wisdom.)
Max Zografos (Rethink the world as you know it. Fight Club meets Jivamukti Yoga. Greece meets England. Sensory overload meets conscious minimalism. And some geeky tech stuff to boot!)
Coming Out Crooked (How to describe this? Beautiful, engaging, naked, inspiring, inspired. If you’ve got issues, reading this blog might give you the strength to start addressing them. Just, wow.)
Amanda Green Yoga (Truly moving posts about yoga as it relates to Amanda’s day-to-day experience. I learn so much from her, particularly about all the theories I’ve never studied properly!)
Thinking (This blog’s a bit new, so not tons of material just yet, but give it time. Anyway, a single post takes one time to ingest. The force is strong with this one.)
Finally, thank you, Coleen, for this lovely nomination…For those of us who’ve taken our worlds and turned ’em topsy-turvy on purpose (what if? why not?), it can get pretty lonely sometimes. But it’s so nice to feel this new love our fellow bloggers have to give! Mwah!