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Spreading The Joy ~ Liebster Award Nominee

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I’m a Liebster Award nominee

Yes!! A few days ago, I got in my email my favorite king of new messages, it was WordPress letting me know about new comments. So happy I was when I red the comments from Prithi Srikumar at  mindurspirit and from the lovely The Infertile Princess saying that they had nominated me for the Liebster award.

So happy!!!!!!!!!

Thank you really thank you, your words mean so much happiness for me! Mostly because I love to write in my blog (even if I don’t do it as often as I’d like)  and knowing that I connect with people makes me happy!

Following the rules of the game and happy to share the happiness I am making a few lists below…

Liebster Award Rules:

  1. List eleven random facts about yourself
  2. Nominate eleven bloggers for the award
  3. Let them know about the nomination
  4. Answer the eleven questions you were asked when you were nominated
  5. Ask eleven questions for the new award winners to answer

So, here you go the random facts about myself in no particular order:

  1. I love chocolate. It might sound a bit cheesy, but I do.
  2. My 16 year old companion is sleeping next to me, as most of the time. She is a Chow mix and I absolutely love her!!!! She and I understand each other even if people think I’m crazy.
  3. I love art. Looking at works of art or making some myself. From drawing, painting, sculpting, etc…
  4. I’m transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. The more I find out, the more I want to change.
  5. I am currently an apprentice at Elephant Journal an online publication dedicated to the mindful life. If you haven’t check it out, you definitely should.
  6. I am a Nutritionist.
  7. I love writing. It is one of the outlets I love the most.
  8. I enjoy working out. There are times when I go running because I love the feeling of wind splashing on my face, but other times I enjoy endurance/strength training. As long as I feel I’m pushing myself I enjoy it.
  9. I love to practice yoga. Eventually I’ll take a teachers training.
  10. I enjoy cooking—but not in the summer. Other times I enjoy preparing my food and try to make the time to do it.
  11. I’m super happy to be writing this post—even thou it’s taken me a lot more than I expected haha

Blogs I nominate:

Questions from Prithi:

  1. What is your best asset/skill?  ammm, I would say that I’m a good listener and supportive. 
  2. Who do you look up to and why? I look up to many people, I get inspired by them in different aspects of life. My mom would be one of them, she is a strong woman! 
  3. What is your dream job like? Working at a Hospital in the Pediatrics wing, but also writing and teaching yoga.
  4. What do you do to relax? I like to go to open spaces, like the beach or somewhere with trees and water. Dancing always makes me feel energetic too. If it is not possible when I need that relaxing time, I sit inside my closet and either write, draw or just be there for a while. 
  5. If you had to live the rest of your life only on one cuisine (e.g. Italian, Mexican, etc…) what would it be? Mexican!!
  6. Which famous/renowned person would you most like to meet one day? Leonardo Da Vinci 
  7. What is your motto/philosophy for life? Feel alive and enjoy every day.
  8. What is your favorite food? It is hard to pick just one, but I would say pastries and bakery stuff!!
  9. Which book that you have read has changed your perspective in life or inspired you greatly? I think every book I read leaves its mark on the way I see my world afterwards, but naming one would be The 4 agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. 
  10. Which hotel/resort stay was your most memorable? I don’t remember the name haha but it was in Chiapas Mexico, next to waterfalls—beautiful. 
  11. Beach paradise, cultural immersion or urban shopping delight? Which is your most preferred vacation experience? Beach paradise for sure!! 

…and questions from The InfertilePrincess

  1. If you can live anywhere in the world where would you want to live? I want to live in Spain or Italy eventually.
  2. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do with your winnings? Build an animal rescue paradise.
  3. What brings you comfort? Reading, yoga, drawing or making art in general.
  4. What is your favorite holiday and why? My birthday, because I take myself to special dates the whole month! other than that Christmas, I like the feeling of getting together.
  5. What is your best memory for 2013? Reconnect with my dad.
  6. If you had one wish what would it be? Have an animal rescue property. 
  7. Do you prefer apples or oranges? Oranges!
  8. Are you following my blog? Of course!
  9. What is your favorite beverage from Starbucks? (can you tell I am a fan?) I’m not really a Starbucks fan, but I like a red tea they have, I don’t know the name because I’ve had it probably two times, but it’s really good. Do you know the name of it? 
  10. What do you do for a living? Go to school and work.
  11. In 20 years, where do you want to be in life? Be and feel in balance, living consciously; Making my dream job come true (described above) and traveling.

And now, here are my questions for my nominees (which I would like to know, but you are not obligated to answer them, no hard feelings ;))

  1. What is your life philosophy?
  2. What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
  3. Who is your favorite artist?
  4. Other than you, who do you love the most?
  5. If you could change one thing in the world, what would that be?
  6. What keeps you motivated?
  7. What is your favorite book or work of art?
  8. Why do you write?
  9. What is your favorite food?
  10. What dreams do you have/are you working on?
  11. What is your favorite place to be?

So, there it is. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to do this! It’s been great to connect with people here!!

Gabbi

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What was the one experience that completely changed your life? What happened? How did it change your life?

Life changes, oh yes it does. I recently read a quote saying that nobody gets out of this life alive. It got me thinking of the time —not long ago, when I used to wonder why other people’s lives didn’t change as much as mine did in a matter of a second. I have come to a point where I understand it better.

Although at the time I looked around to the people I knew and even though they had been trough hardships, I felt like my reality was turning non-stop, in a moment in my life where I was truly happy.

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When I was prompted to write about a life changing experience I can think of a few, but I’m going to tell you about the one that has put me where I am siting today.

Almost two years ago, my mom separated my dad, moved to the other side of the country with her sisters; three days later she was diagnosed with an advanced breast cancer. A battle hard to fight.

My sister and I decided to move with my mom to be with her and support her. We flew back to get rid of what had been for me 22 years of life in a home full of memories.

My sisters and I called our friends to help us, however not many showed up. This was one of the lessons learned, I gotta say that it hurt, but now I now my real friends from then. To the ones that showed up I am forever thankful. I have a friend who I still talk to who was with me from the very beginning of this awfully rough roller coaster, this is the kind of friendship I wish I had now where I am, but as I learned from then, things don’t always go as planned.

We sold most of the stuff, some other things we gave away and some others people took away taking advantage of the situation; another painful lesson learned.

Anyway, we spent three days getting as much stuff in order as we could, saying goodbye to the unconditional friends. Tears were shed and hugs were given. We headed to the airport and off we went to a new cracked life.

We started living with my mos’s sister. Started her treatment. The count of days without speaking to my dad had unfortunately begun.

This is a bittersweet story; my mom thankfully has beaten cancer and is still recovering, Things with her sisters took a sour turn and this relationship was also broken, then fixed and then bent again.

From that coast of the country I collected unimaginable great memories, a few friends but most of all I gain my mom!

I had the chance to live in one of the most beautiful cities right in the beach, I used to love going to one of my favorite places ever, the Pier and the night fairs.

After a few months, I started talking to my dad again and eventually decided to move back with him because I couldn’t handle knowing him by himself and needing someone.  My mom and him also got together again.

We moved to the other side of the country and there we were on the road again, with my 16 year old dog and everything else behind. Again.

We are nowhere near perfect, everyone has their issues to work. Everyone still have covered wounds and buried feelings from that time, but I am making everyday count.

I don’t want to lose the true friends I got. I want to seize every moment and every person in my life NOW. That is all I have. Material things are just things and the spirit is what I want to nurture.

From this time, there are countless stories that come to my mind right now, but I think I’m going to let it up to here from now, maybe later on I can share more from this lessons learned.

Thanks for reading! And let’s live for today!

Send you love and light 🙂

Gabbi