Eleven: Honored And Remembered

Today is a day of recognition and gratitude.  The darling Laura of Not So Skinny Genes and dazzling Stephanie of Simply Stephanie Blog have bestowed upon me another blogging award.

I am incredibly honored to receive this from two of my favorite blogging buddies.  Thank you so much, girls!

Fittingly enough on this date, the recipient of the award is to answer eleven questions, award eleven other blogs, and ask eleven new questions.  I love that this award allows the givers to dig a little deeper and learn what they want to learn about their favorite bloggers.  Since I was nominated by two gals in the same day, you all get double the answered questions.  As if you didn’t already know enough about me!

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Who Moved My Blog?

When it comes to change, most people are reluctant.  There is a certain fear associated with exchanging the known path for the unknown.  Questions run through the mind: Where will it lead?  What might happen if everything you know is suddenly thrown into a spiral where up is down and black is white?

Folks react differently to change.  They get angry and sulk.  Denial sets in.  Some fall into a depression, sad that their known world is no longer known.  Some jump for joy, thrilled that the monotony is over.

Business leaders see this all the time.  They have to prepare their workforce to make sure any transition is seamless and understood by their employees.  My organization is currently undergoing a consolidation with a sister organization.  This week, we got our first look at our department’s new structure.  Some people were upset, having to work for a new manager and in a new position.  Very few were happy with the proposed change.  Others, like me, focused on the fact that having a job in the new organization was more important than where that job fit within the new structure.

Maybe I’m callous when it comes to workplace change or maybe I’m more comfortable with the challenges of working with different people in a different environment.  I am not as bothered as many of my co-workers are with this new stage in the organization’s life.  But I get it.  These people have been doing one job for decades and want to ride out their last few years before retirement with no pressure to perform any other tasks than the ones they can do with their eyes closed.  There is a certain comfort in the stability of knowing what to expect in day-to-day life.

But some things are easy to change.  Who hasn’t wanted to change their hairstyle, their outfit, or even their blog?

And that gets me to my big announcement.  After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to make a few changes around here.

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In Vulnerability, There Is Hope

Inspired by the ever-intuitive Rian over at Truth and Cake, I have been encouraged to jump off the proverbial bloggers’ bridge and be 100% vulnerable by sharing something deeply personal.  But before I do that, allow me to gather the courage share why I’m baring my heart and soul like this.

Rian’s post really made me think about what I want to achieve on Defining Wonderland.  It’s hard to just put a blog into a box and be completely sure of the messages you want your readers to take away from your posts.  I want my Wonderlings to be amused, inspired, encouraged, and comforted by the stories I share and the questions I pose.  Now, I doubt all of that will be accomplished in each and every post, but I hope to at least keep folks coming back for more.  I accept that some posts may be good, some may be great, and plenty others will probably bore you to tears, but that is the risk every writer must take.  It’s a rather solo endeavor, this blog-keeping, but I don’t feel as though I’m alone with all of you out there commenting and posting on your own blogs.  It’s encouraging and keeps me going when my creativity and motivation take a nosedive.

Ok, I think I’ve stalled long enough.  The truth is…

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“Did I Really Earn This Or Did I Just Wear You All Down?”

When Sandra Bullock won her Academy Award for The Blind Side, she gave a speech that was thoughtful, moving, and humble.  She radiated grace and everyone was thrilled that America’s sweetheart had finally won the accolades she deserved.  I am not quite as graceful when it comes to recognition.  My inner self breaks out into a happy dance and shouts, “I won!  I won!  I won!”  So when I received my second award in three weeks, I just about embarrassed myself at work when I squealed with delight.  Thankfully, no one was around to witness it.

The Oscar of the blogging world?

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You Like Me, You Really Like Me!

As many of my darling readers know, this is the first blog that I have ever felt gave me any kind of purpose and I have been so encouraged by the comments I have received and inspired by the blogs I follow.  A writer for life, I rarely share my work with people, but through WordPress, I have found that I should have been doing this a long, long time ago.  I love knowing that my words have reached dozens of countries around the world.  Simply put, I can’t stop now!

Today I received some fantastic news that has me grinning like a Cheshire Cat.  I have been awarded my first blogging honor by the fabulous folks at Mother Sugar.

*squeal*

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Why I Waste My Time Blogging

A month or so ago, I had a conversation with a woman in her late-50’s/early 60’s about the internet.  The topics ranged from protecting one’s personal information to hours wasted on social games and networking sites.  Then she said something that caused the wrinkle between my eyebrows to deepen and the corners of my smile to fall: “And then there’s blogging… what a waste of time.”

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