The Sunshine Blogger Award

Welcome to Real Life. Happiness is being nominated for an award!

Why did you start blogging? To inspire. My blog is called Real Life. Some would say our work-eat-sleep-repeat existence is real life. And I guess it is, because survival is real. But I want more, don’t you? God’s planted this something more desire in our hearts.[1] Jesus came to give us an abundant life. That’s the life I’m talking ‘bout. My blog is a reminder, an invitation, an inspiration to an extraordinary Real Life in Christ.

Who is your favorite blogger? I’ve listed a few below. Most recently, the wife of a blogger friend launched her own “my life with girlie” blog about their special needs daughter. Her posts grow my heart.

What keeps you going and motivated? God gave me a passionate desire to encourage others. That’s why I write. I didn’t start writing until my late 40’s. So, my skills aint the best, and I get discouraged. Still, I love it. When I write, I enter that parallel universe where I lose all sense of time and place. It’s pure joy.

A Cleveland Blizzard!
What is your weirdest habit? I just did this. When I pull up to a curbside mailbox and get out to deposit mail, I leave my car door wide-open. I once locked myself out of my car—still running! Luckily, it happened on a summer day close to home. I fear it will happen again—cell phone locked inside during a Cleveland blizzard!

What is your favorite cuisine? My favorite meal is a Carrabba's filet. I gorge myself on their fresh-hot Italian bread slathered in olive oil and herbs with my salad. When my steak arrives, I’m pretty full and take half home.

What is a personality trait you would like to change in yourself?  Perfectionism. I struggle to balance my desire for excellence while giving myself lots of grace. I’ve grown. But still have a long, long way to go.

What are the first three things you always notice in a person? How easily they smile, how positive their disposition, and how actively they listen.

Which is the best book you have read to date? The Bible hands down. Books by George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish poet, preacher, novelist) make me think about God in new and fresh ways even though he’s been dead a century. Jane Eyre is a perennial favorite!

How do you deal with negative comments or hurtful feedback? I’m terrible at accepting criticism. It’s the perfectionist thing. I usually feel better after I vent to God—and often a friend, too. Once I calm down, I try to discern whether there’s merit to their words. If yes, hopefully grow from it.

What is your goal in life? To love well. For a long time, I struggled with love. I didn’t feel worthy of God’s love. (The perfectionist thing again.) He broke through and convinced me. Today, I feel securely loved. I want others to feel securely loved, too.

My nominations for "The Sunshine Blogger Award":

[1] “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end” Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV.


  1. I could absolutely see me as locking myself out of my car and leaving it running. Congrats on the award!

    1. My writer's excuse... I'm often lost in thought. So, I do things without thinking.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'm heading over to check out your blog, Nicole.


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