I want to thank you all so much for coming over and helping me celebrate with my 500+ Followers Giveaway. I cannot believe I am now up to 665!!! You guys have all made me feel so special. The random winner of my box of goodies is Cami @ Creating Myself. Congrats Cami!!! (I'll be sending you an email shortly) And now for the bonus prize.... You guys just blew me away with some of the most heartfelt answers ever. It was obvious to me how important Blogland is to many of us. It was VERY hard to choose a winner as there were quite a few comments that really spoke to me. I have chosen three to share with you all. All of them describe exactly how I feel about blogging.
Sharon @ Shardon Exclusives said
"What I love about blogging? Let me count the many ways, I can create and you pat me on my back..bloggers encourage not criticize..they inspire not draw me down...they care, really care..when there is a hurt we pray for one another...we are supportive of each ones talents and encourage us to think outside the box.... On and on and on...there are tremendous souls who give and give and keep on giving. I struggled with getting started but now I can not remember life before my blogging friends came into it. Thank you so much for this opportunity to express a fraction of my heart, Sharon"
Cheryl @ Basic Living said:
"I love blogging, though I've only been doing it a short time, like you, for so many reasons. Obviously I love the friendships and support you develop from your interactions with other bloggers. I love the whole concept of people being willing to "wear their hearts on their sleeves" so to speak. People can be so closed in "real life" sometimes, but in blogland, people are willing to reveal themselves in a more intimate way than imaginable. I love that! My favorite thing about blogging, however, is it's not just something I DO. It has become an extension of who I AM. Does that make sense? Blogging causes me to really THINK about the way I live life, because I know I'll probably be blogging about it later. That doesn't mean I do things just so I'll have something to blog. No. But knowing that I will be blogging, sharing the most authentic part of who I am (through my words and artful creations), I want to LIVE fully. I want to create with passion. I want to be the best version of ME I can. If something can inspire one to live daily life with such purpose, it must be a truly wonderful experience. I just read on someone's blog the other day (sorry, can't remember whose!) that according to an 1800 something version of Webster's Dictionary, Romance means "a style of living". That so spoke to me because that's how I want my life to be... ROMANTIC. That doesn't mean I want roses and candy and hot passionate sex (though I'm certainly not knocking those!), but it means I want to live in a style that feels true, authentic, and inspiring! Blogging inspires that in me. "
and lastly Rose @ Bella Rosa said:
"Karen amor, what a beautiful and sweet Giveaway! I love visiting you and seeing what new beauties you have created and you like so many of my favorite blogs not only nourish my heart, but you inspire me with your beautiful creations...you ask why I love to blog...it is this reason above and the fact that even when I feel I have nothing to add of beauty for my own blog...I can visit all of you and replenish my creative...wanna be heart...When my heart is hurting from life's losses, I know visiting you all makes my heart stronger as do the comments that the wonderful friends I have made here leave on my own blog...it is like a huge group of friends that helps to pick you up with love and support, who share not only their beautiful creations and how to's but also their beautiful hearts...where else can you come in your pj's with your hair sticking out every which way and if your like me, still have remnants of yesterdays make up and yet...you and my other sweet friends never complain as I visit and laugh, cry or just think while I visit your wonderful blogs, I can come back as many times as I like and go back through your older posts and no one minds when I ask my silly questions about all your how to's and I am so thankful for that...I thank you and all my other wonderful friends in Blogland for this every time I visit and leave you smiling. Besos to you Karen, for always making my visits so special :) Rose"
As I said it was very hard to choose a winner so I just put three numbers in a box and picked one. So, Rose... you win the bonus prize! It's not much but I do hope you enjoy it!
I hope you all have a wonderful and HEALTHY week, as I have had a nasty cold for the last 3 days and I don't wish that on anyone!