Finding Inspiration And Choosing A Winner

A few weeks ago, I received one of the nicest emails from my blogging soul mate Stephanie with a completely unexpected request: she asked me to guest post on Simply Stephanie for her Inspiration Week.

I was completely touched that someone would put their blog in my hands and allow me to share more than a comment’s worth of space on their site.  This being my first year blogging, I had never really thought about what it would be like to guest post.  With blogs being so incredibly personal, how could anyone give someone else the reins and write for them?  How do you essentially substitute for a fellow blogger while staying true to both their blog and your style?

I was surprised to learn just how easy it was.  The trick is: be yourself.  With little more than some basic pointers, I set out to complete my first guest post and even got it in days before it was due (college professors from my undergraduate years are dumbfounded).

And today is the day!  Check out my guest blog here and don’t forget to browse through the other Inspiration Week posts by Laura of Not So Skinny Genes, Melissa from the Existential Detective, and Amber from Arbitrary Ambrosia.  It’s been an absolute pleasure to share the blogging stage with these awesome ladies and thank you Stephanie for the honor!

I also have another bit of news for you all.  I have a winner to announce of the Blog-Warming Giveaway, Take 2.

I’m going to be completely honest with you all, I had a heck of a time trying to pick between the contestants.  How could anyone choose between how observant children are, how they teach us to appreciate the small things, or how they accept people for who they are without trying to change them?  Each and every one of those sentiments was spot on and goes to show us that kiddos really are that special.  I honestly just couldn’t decide who would be the winner of the giveaway.  So, I didn’t.

Yes, I took the coward’s way out fairest choice: a winner chosen at random.

*I’d like to give a shout out to my co-worker (and future city council member) for helping to chronicle the selection process and pick the winner.

Congratulations, Stephanie of Simply Stephanie!  Yes, that’s right.  Stephanie, whose blog is featuring my guest post today.  And yes, I was surprised too (if it hadn’t been confirmed already, I think this really proves that we are blogging soul mates 🙂 ).  If you could please email me your address, I’ll get your prize out to you by next week.

I want to thank all you ladies for playing and Wonderlings, I  promise there will be more giveaways soon.  I love being a Giveaway Fairy and sprinkling the world with gifts!  Seriously, you all should see me at Christmas… it’s obscene.

But so much fun.

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