So I am beyond honored to have been nominated for my first blogging award!  Can’t even really express what it means to know that my words here have real meaning for anyone but myself!  Thank you soooo much to for nominating me for the “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award”!


Since this is my first time doing this, I will TRY to follow the “rules” here 🙂  10 questions were sent to me to answer:

  1. Since you are all writers, what is the best compliment someone could give you about your writing?
    The biggest compliment really is just to know that what I have to say is being heard and that it means something to someone else.  Even though I actually do know all the “writing rules”, I tend to type whatever comes out, so I don’t care much about my “writing” here, so much as I care about being able to express myself and having someone understand that.  The best compliment is all the wonderful people I have met through this blog!
  2. What’s the wisest thing you have ever heard anyone say? Who knew this one would be so difficult to answer?  I couldn’t think of something off the top of my head so I sorta cheated and looked through my pinterest quotes.  AND I CAME UP WITH SO MANY!  BUT in all my life there is one thing I remember my mom telling me when I was very young and it has stuck with me through probably 30 years.  I’d forgotten to do something sort of church related and I felt terrible.  My mom said “Don’t worry.  God knows the intentions of your heart.”  And while God has come to mean a lot of different things to me over the years, those words still give me peace when I feel doubt about things.  God knows the intentions of my heart.  And if my heart is true, then I am ok.  So thanks, Mom ❤
  3. How would you describe yourself? Hmmmm.  Colorful.  Creative.  Intelligent.  Needs Repair but Still chugging along!  Nerd/Geek.  Completely obsessed or totally indifferent.  Still searching.  Curious.  Empathetic.  Caring.  Deeply emotional.  In my heart of hearts, I’m amazing.  That scares the shit out of me.
  4. What would you regret not doing in your life?  Surviving.  Making the pain mean something.
  5. Where do you find peace? Music, art.  Chai with a friend.  The arms of someone who gets me.
  6. What are you grateful for? Family.  My husband.  Color.  Bellydance.  Music.  Beauty in life.  A roof over my head.  Having my basic needs met even though there may not be a lot left over sometimes, there is always enough. 
  7. If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be? You are fucking awesome.  (I wouldn’t have believed it back then, but I wish I’d known.  I wish I hadn’t disliked myself so much.)
  8. What stresses you out? Not meeting my own expectations.  Not being the person I see in my head.  Feeling guilty about what I don’t accomplish.
  9. In one word, what is standing between you and your biggest goal? Fear?
  10. What inspires you?  I’m inspired by a lot of fictional characters.  The “hero’s journey” or the search for humanity.  Love.  Finding hope when there is nothing left.  Music, TV, books, even people once in a while show these characteristics. It gives ME hope. 

Whew.  So the next part is to nominate seven other blogs for the award.

Refractory Ramblings From The Darkside – I just love every part of her. 

Christian Girl with a Death Wish – I’m new to following her blog, but have loved every last thing she has shared so far.  Highly recommend following her if you are struggling with depression and the as she writes “the fight to survive and thrive”

Safe. – Great blog about living with major anxiety.

Rhodeside Attractions –  I discovered Kim Rhodes through Supernatural, but found she has one of the most amazing blogs ever.  There were a few blogs that inspired me to blog myself- her’s is one of them.  I read it start to finish in one day and fell in love.  I REALLY think most of you who enjoy my blog would also love her and encourage you to check it out. 

Inflamed & Untamed – A GREAT blog and resource for those with IBD.  She’s super informed and her blog is full of information if you are living with IBD.

Another Hope Entirely – … I know Kyra isn’t here anymore, but I had to list her here.  More than anything she wanted her voice to be heard.  I hear people say all the time that they don’t understand suicide or other aspects of mental illness.  I think her blog tells a story that should be heard and maybe those struggles can be better understood.  Kyra fought hard.  Kyra always had encouraging words for the rest of us and I feel like the best thing that I can do to honor her is to encourage others to read her words and hear her voice. 

Mark Watches / Mark Reads / Mark Does Stuff – I’ve mentioned this site before, and I don’t know if I’m cheating since this award is for a “sisterhood” but I just have to include it, because honestly, reading and watching his reviews is seriously one of my happiest places each week.  I LOVE this site.  Obviously it appeals to the geek in me, but one of truly great things he’s created is a community that respects each other and learns from one another.  I’ve had my eyes opened to SOOO many different views and ideas about the WORLD.  He’s an excellent writer, his stuff just makes me smile, and I have to take this chance to thank him and to maybe send a few people his way.  So check it out!

Ok.  Wow.  Now I get to think of 10 questions for my nominees to answer.  I’ll try not to make it too hard.

1- If there were only 5 movie or TV series you could watch for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?

2- Same question as above, but 5 books or book series (like, Harry Potter counts as 1, not 7)?

3- What is your favorite creative outlet?

4- What cause or causes are you most passionate about?

5- Is there one belief or thing about yourself that you would consider your foundation?  When everything else is gone, what keeps you going?

6- What makes you laugh?

7- What is your biggest fear?

8- What is beauty to you?

9- What do you wish people were more informed about or willing to converse about?

10- What is most important to you?

So, if you’ve been nominated and choose to participate, here are the “rules”:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  • Put the Award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the ten questions sent to you.
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate seven blogs.

And if you don’t choose to participate for whatever reason you have, just know that I appreciate everything your writing has brought into my life.  Thanks forever!

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kmaramarie
    Feb 27, 2015 @ 20:12:42

    oookay. So I haven’t figured out how to email all of you I nominated yet. If anyone knows, clue me in k?? I know a couple people have emails listed on their site, but not everyone does. Hopefully you will all just read my post and see your site!

    Liked by 1 person


  2. CC
    Feb 27, 2015 @ 22:04:11

    Thank you kmaramarie…
    This was beautiful..a beautiful post. You are one of my favorite blogs and people…very deserving of this award.
    So very beautiful that you nominated Kyra and your words for her.
    Lovely, lovely post, just like you.
    Thank you for the nomination as well.
    I sent you an email.
    Much love to you, CC

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  4. Safe.Amanda
    Feb 27, 2015 @ 23:46:18

    Thank you so much! I feel so honored that my posts have helped you 🙂
    What a beautiful tribute to Kyra, I had no idea she was gone. Such an amazing woman.

    Liked by 1 person


    • kmaramarie
      Mar 01, 2015 @ 23:45:53

      Yeah. Broke my heart to read that she was gone. But I have to believe she is at peace after so much struggle.
      Your blog is wonderful! I can empathize SO much with your struggles with anxiety. My anxiety and depression has kept me from work many times in life and has interfered with so much else- so thank you for writing about your experiences- both the ups and the downs!



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