Time for ‘thank you’


I am finally here to accept  writenlive of Read Write Live’s Liebster Award.  Once again, thank you.  For a novice blogger, it is always gratifying :-).

Now to get on with it…


Here are my answers to writenlive’s questions:

1. What do you look like?
My gravatar says it all.

2. Which is your favourite inspirational quote?
We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.” Jean Paul Sartre

3. What would you love to eat on a vacation?
Anything and everything of the local cuisine.

4. Which is your preferred holiday destination-beach or hills?
Sun, sand and sea… Maldives is a fantasy 🙂

5. What makes you happy?
The world which exists in my mind.

6. What figures first on your to-do list?
My to-do list.

7. Name your favourite book.
Wow, this is a difficult one…This book stands out as one that inspires – ‘The Invitation’ by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

8. If you were asked to donate to a charity, which one would it be?
I donate to a few – the one close to my heart is Médecins Sans Frontières

9. Which do you prefer for company-children or pets?
None, and if I have to choose then pets, specifically cats.

10. Do you like poetry?
I didn’t before, but recently discovered a fondness  for it, both reading and writing.

11. Which is the biggest obstacle you have faced in your life?
Gender stereotypes.


Well, I have a few people to nominate for this award.  However, I am loathed to lay down the ‘rules’ to them.   I reckon I’ve broken a few of the ‘rules’ myself, so no judgment here.   Now I will merely list the ‘usual’ modus operandi:

1.  Link and thank the person who nominated you

2. Answer the questions asked of you

3. Pick a few bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate

4. Ask them a few questions

5. Let them know by commenting on one of their posts


Here are my nominees:

Write beside the Sea

Mad Meandering Me

Profane Light


The Dark Night Chronicles


So here are my five questions for the beautiful nominees above:

1. Which beverage is your perfect pairing to a book?

2. Which is your favourite inspirational quote?

3. If you are not you, who would you want to be?

4. What is your favourite song? How did it become your favourite?

5. Three words which best describe you.


– FlorenceT

Very Inspiring Blogger award

Thank you Meredith http://meredithlbl.com/2014/06/07/inspiring-blogger-award/ for the nomination. I finally got round to ‘accepting’ this award so here goes.

11 Things about myself – see ‘About Me’ page.

To answer your questions:

1. What 3 items would you want if you were marooned on a desert island?

  • magic music player the keeps on playing
  • magic book that ‘refills’
  • magic espresso machine that makes coffee on demand

2. What or who, or both inspires you?
My children inspires me by being who they are.

3. What book/s are you reading?
There are piles – depending on my mood. Most recent – ‘Soulmates’ by Thomas Moore; and ‘Kurt Vonnegut Letters’.

4. What dream place would you choose to live?
Anywhere where I am free to be Me – that’s my home.

5. What word do you hate?

6. When did you start blogging, and of course why?
Started about a month ago – to put down the thoughts coursing through my mind, the emotions through my veins – and should they bring inspiration or comfort to another, then I am doubly pleased.

7. What is your go to food; eat to live, live to eat?
I do enjoy food so a ‘live to eat’ person, and my go-to food is comfort foods which remind me of home.

8. What’s on your bucket list (on paper or in your mind) that you’ve already accomplished?
Don’t have a bucket list per se. I desire and am open to new experiences – each one adds meaning to my life – till the end of my days.

9. If you could choose anyone to be your mentor, dead or alive, who would it be?
Wow, tricky one – Maya Angelou, Hilary Clinton, Deborah Harkness and Emma Thompson, all rolled into one?

10. Tell us your most embarrassing moment.
Can’t think of one – probably because I have been too cautious to be in embarrassing moments :).

11. Tell us your proudest moment.
The moment I realized that I am an intelligent – mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and highly capable woman, and stopped apologizing.

My nominations
I nominate the following for being inspirational:


To accept this award, the nominee must
– must give a link back to the person who nominated them.
– answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you
– provide 10 facts about yourself
– choose 10 more people and ask them 10 questions.

Here are the 11 questions from me to you:
1. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
2. What is your favourite leisure activity?
3. Which artist (visual art, performing arts, music etc.) inspired you most?
4. Which job would you never do?
5. What musical instrument do you play?
6. What was the last book you read and when?
7. How many hours do you need to sleep each night to function optimally?
8. What is your most detested vegetable?
9. If you could live your life over again, what would you change?
10. Have you ever ‘loved and lost’?
11. What is the one quote that has resonated and stayed with you?