Christmas Award Bouquet


Last month Otrazhenie has been nominated for the Sister / Brother Hood award for “the artistry in words”. Thanks a lot, Meticulous Mick, for that nomination. Much appreciated. Meticulous Mick has an amazing eye for spotting and capturing beauty in everything. Check out beautiful photos on his blog.

The rules and questions for this award are provided below:

~ ~The Rules ~ ~

  1. Provide a link to and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
  2. Answer ten questions.
  3. Nominate 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to read.
  4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know they have been nominated.
  5. Include the award logo within your blog post.

~~Ten questions to be answered~~

  1. Your favourite colour …. Blue
  2. Your favourite animal …  Dogs and Cats
  3. Your favourite non-alcoholic drink …. Pure fresh cool water after long tramp on a hot day – nothing can beat that
  4. Facebook or Twitter …..  Hm, wordpress 🙂
  5. Your favourite pattern ….. Leaves in the bush, clouds on the sky and waves/ripples on the water
  6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? I was never good in getting presents, but love giving them, especially to children.
  7. Your favourite number … 9
  8. Your favourite day of the week … Friday
  9. Your favourite flower …. Love any wild flowers still growing in the wild. 
  10. What is your passion? …..Meeting interesting people and talking to them; Having fun with children, learning new things and travelling.

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The second award in this bouquet – The Sunshine Blogger Award – has been given to Otrazhenie by Donna.  This award is passed on by bloggers to fellow bloggers who “positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere. Very pleased, Donna, that you found my blog inspiring.

Rules of the award…Each person who gets an award is asked to answer this series of questions. In this way, others may know a little more about the blogger.

  1. Where would you most like to travel to?  Anywhere where there are interesting people.
  2. Do you have a sweet tooth?  No, not really. Love berries and fruit more than sweets.
  3. What motivates you to keep you blogging?  Interesting conversations with other bloggers, my visitors and followers.
  4. Who is your favorite comedian?  My children.
  5. What is your favorite outdoor activity?  Long walks with interesting people.
  6. Who was your favorite teacher and why?  Hm, can’t name one. I had lots of ‘teachers’ in life, including my best friends, favourite writers and poets, some of my followers and visitors – I learn a lot from their comments to my posts.
  7. Do you own any pets? Not any more. 😦 May be, one day will get another one.
  8. Most embarrassing moment in your life? (That you are willing to share.) Way too many to be shared, which is not surprising taking into consideration my usual daydreaming. 🙂
  9. Where are you from? I don’t like associating myself with a particular place. My soul belongs to New Zealand, with regard to my physical body,physical location does not matter much for me.
  10. How much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood? Can’t tell anymore, as my tongue got all twisted in knots 🙂

My nominees (for one of these awards – the choice is yours 🙂 ):

Enjoy!!! 🙂


Super Bunch of Awards for my blogo-family


Last August my blog received a Super Bunch of Awards from Ajay, a very kind friend with compassionate heart and beautiful soul. Check out Ajay’s personal opening to the world at

I would like to pass this bunch of awards to all members of my blogo-family. Thanks for all your kind words and insightful comments. My blog would not be the same without all of you.

As Richard Bach once said, “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.” Thanks for sharing your thoughts, bringing joy into my blogo-journey and treating all my posts with respect.




My July Bouquet of Super Awards!


My dear friend Ajay brightened the gloomy chilly winter days in my part of the world with a beautiful Bouquet of Super Awards. Thanks a lot, Ajay. I always appreciate your kindness and encouragement. Your blog posts warm my soul even on the coldest and most miserable days.

I would like to share this bouquet with all bloggers, who need a bit of inspiration, light or warmth in their lives. Be kind to yourself and no matter how gloomy your day might be, try to find a ray of sunshine in your life. It is always there for you, even though sometimes it might be obscured by dark stormy clouds. 🙂



Semper Fidelis Award


This is a very special award that I received from my guardian-angel in the blogosphere Ajay. Ajay is a truly amazing blogger, who created a marvellous online palace of treasures with the most beautiful images and throught-provoking quotes. Check out his collection at if you have not done that already.

Ajay, it is a great honor for me to be part of your ‘pack’. May we never howl alone in life.

The Rules:

  • Add the Semper Fidelis Award logo somewhere on your blog.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Nominate 5 bloggers who’s loyalty and friendship you value and you consider being part of your ‘pack of wolves’ on WordPress.
  • Post something special for each one of your nominees  and dedicate it to them. This can be a quote, saying, poem, picture, anything you think that would fit that person.
  • Let the nominees know that you’ve nominated them.

You might be surprised to see such a wolfish award. In traditional stories passed from generation to generation wolves were always depicted as stupid and evil. Is there anything good about them? The most remarkable about wolves is their social cooperation. Wolves live and hunt in packs of around six to ten animals. All of a pack’s adults help to care for young pups by bringing them food and watching them while others hunt. This social cooperation and very strong ties within the pack makes them so special and so human-like in a sense.

From Pack of Wolves

This award has been created by Patty. Below are a few words from Patty about this award:

“Semper Fidelis is Latin and means Always Loyal. Loyalty means the world to me. I am very loyal myself, but I’ve got major trust issues as well. And I think trust is very important if you are sharing so much of yourself with people you meet through the internet. So I am working on that! :)

Why the wolves? Because wolves have very strong ties with their pack. Like a family or a great group of friends. And I just love them!

This award stands for the loyalty and love between friends.”

My ‘Pack’:

Ajay is my guardian-angel in the blogosphere, who watches my blog closely, provides very insightful comments and encouragement. His kind words and thoughts inspire my posts and warm up my soul.


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Advocatemmmohan does not accept awards. However I still would like to include him in my pack as he was one of the first bloggers who followed my blog and provided lots of encouragement with his ‘Likes’. When I think about Advocatemmmohan, the following words come to my mind: Justice, Wisdom, Love and Peace.

Love%20Peace%20Justice%20logoFrom Justice of the Peace

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Cristi is one of my loyal followers who has been following my blog almost from the start. You can find the most beautful pictures from all corners of the world on his blog Simple & Interesting. When I think about Cristi, the wanderer comes to my mind – the person who is always looking beyond. I wish you lots of happy wanderings in your life, Cristi.

From Wikimedia

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Ivonprefontaine – one of the most amazing teachers I’ve met in my life. A real transformer of human souls. Check out his inspirational and empowering posts at .

From 50 Teacher Appreciation Quotes

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Eddie Two Hawks completes my pack with his blog about all life and Mother Earth that contains pictures, philosophies and perceptions born in the minds and hearts of many through the ages. Visit his blog for inspiration and self-discovery.

From A Better Tomorrow Starts Today – Save Mother Earth!


My Second Award Bouquet with 5 awards!!!


This month I got my second bouquet of awards from my dear friend Ajay. Thanks a lot, Ajay. I always appreciate your kind thoughts and soft words. Your beautiful posts always brighten my days and inspire me to blogging.


1-Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you and link him/her to your blog.

2-Nominate 10 other bloggers.

3-Copy, paste the award logos on your blog.

4-Answer the questions given.

Here are the questions and answers:

1-What is the meaning of life?

I think, every living being would have a different answer to that question. I see my purpose in life in spreading light and happiness to make this world a better place for my children.

2-What is happiness all about?

Being true to yourself, having peace of mind and living in a circle of kindness to each other.

3-Why did you start a blog?

Hard to say. I had lots of thoughts buzzing in my head for years and when I ran out of space in my head, they all just exploded into this blog that very quickly turned into addiction. I see this blog as an extention of my mind and soul that connects me to the intricate and delicate web of other thoughts and feelings in the blogosphere.

4-What is more important in your life: relationships or fame?

Relationships with the people I love and care about. Fame has no meaning to me at all.

5-What is the one thing you like about blogging?

Meeting amazing people, sharing ideas and thoughts, enjoying beautiful images and clearing my mind of all the stresses of the everyday life. Blogging defintely made me a happier and more relaxed person. It provided me with a constant stream of positive thoughts and feelings, that help to go through any turmoils of life.

6-What is the best decision you ever made?

Not letting anyone else to hold the pen, that writes the story of my life. That comes with taking full responsiblity for whatever might happen in that story. If things go wrong, I have no one to blame and have no regrets. This is my story, and this is my life.

7-Do you believe that unconditional love really exists in any kind of relationship?

I believe that love can only be unconditional. Only ‘likes’ can be conditional.

8-Do you believe in Karma? If yes then what are the good and bad Karma according to you?

I believe that if you spread love, kindness and happiness it will come back to you. It is like smiling: if you smile to other people, often people will smile back to you.

9-Do you believe in rebirth or afterlife? If yes, then why?

I don’t know. I tend not to believe anything blindly. I’m in favour of critical thinking. And if it is something that can’t be proved or unproved, then I’m happy to leave it as it is, no matter whether we are talking about the existence/non-existence of God, rebirth or afterlife.

10-What is the best moment of your life?

Like Ajay, I love children and every moment spend with them is the best for me.

My nominations:

As the saying goes, “Don’t wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your soul.” Therefore instead of passing the ‘flowers’ to a few nominees, I decided to spread the ‘seeds’ to all my visitors and followers. Choose 1 award from this bouquet, start your own award ‘garden’ and spread the seeds of your kind thoughts and feelings further into the blogosphere. 🙂

SeedsFrom Best Quotes 4 You

Inner Peace Award

Inner Peace

A few days ago I received the most peaceful award in the blogosphere: the Inner Peace award from beautiful Tatiana. Check out Tatiana’s blog PoeticPradoxOfLife for a healthy dose of inspiration and motivation.

This award is very special to me as it reflects the essence of blogging: supporting each other in finding inner peace. I find writing and reading blogs very soothing and relaxing, as it helps my soul to have a break from the every day routine of life. I was lucky to come across a lot of amazing blogs in my relatively short blogging journey. It is impossible to name them all, so I’ll just list a few of my favourite blogs that keep my little candle burning:

I would like to share this beautiful award with these bloggers as well as bring a little bit of inner peace to all my followers, visitors and friends.

inner-peaceFrom Breathing Peace


Gratitude awards


A few days ago I have been nominated by Theresa for the Gratitude Awards. As Theresa says in her award post, one of the great benefits of exchanging awards is that it helps meeting new interesting bloggers in the blogosphere. Theresa’s Soul Gatherings was one of such new blogs that I came across last week and enjoyed a lot. Visit Soul Gatherings and enjoy the stories, quotes, images and other Theresa’s ‘soul gatherings’.

And now -THE RULES:

1-Display the award logo on your blog.

2-Link back to the person who nominated you.

3-Answer 7 questions.

4-Nominate (no limit of nominations) other bloggers for this award and link back to them.

5-Notify those bloggers of the award requirements.

In keeping with nomination guidelines, here are my answers to the 7 questions:

1) If you could create your own planet, what would it look like?

It would be a very colourful one with lots of laughter, happiness and songs and no misery at all. Only smiles.

2) If you could visit one nation you have never visited before, what nation would that be?

I can’t choose one as there are so many cultures I would be interested in visiting. However ‘Global Citizens’ are the ‘nation’ that appeals to me the most: people, who feel the ‘oneness’ of all human beings on this planet; people, who freed themselves from the ‘us vs. others’ stereotype.

3) Have you ever taken a long-distance train trip?

I’ve done a few long-distance train trips when I was a child. I lived in Russia at that time and travelled by train to Ukraine to spend summer holidays with my grandparents, uncles, aunties and numerous cousins. The whole trip took between 36 to 48 hours and required changing the train a few times.

4) What is something you would collectively change about humanity?

Theresa answered that question so well, that I simply quote her: “More tolerance, compassion and understanding of others, recognizing that we all have far more in common than differences. Hopefully, that would bring more cooperation and working together for the needs of the many, rather than the needs of the few. Peace.” That reflects my thoughts 100% – I would not be able to put it better into words.

5) What is your favorite song?

Lots and lots and lots. Like different styles and genres from opera to folk and pop music. Among my favourites is a beautiful song called ‘Smile’ by Nat King Cole. I got it embedded at the end of this post. Hope it will make you smile 🙂 .

6) If you could meet one person who is still alive, who would you choose to meet?

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama – again, totally agree with Theresa on that. I would also love to meet Osho. Unfortunately, he died a few decades ago, but his thoughts are still alive. I have a few of his sayings on my blog, e.g. :

7) If you could choose one symbol to represent you, what would that symbol be and why?

A smile – big, happy, infectious and real, with joy sparkling in the eyes (not one of those Hollywood/Bollywood mock ups).

A smile

Hm, it looks like now we got to the nominations bit. I always find it very hard to select bloggers for award nominations, as there are so many wonderful bloggers to choose from. Therefore I decided to nominate any of my followers or visitors, who made someone smile today. However there is a catch – if you want to accept this nomination, you need to add a comment to this post with a story of that smile: either a story of how you made someone smile today or any other ‘smiling’ story. 🙂