The Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Thanks so much Ms. Ethel Duck! Your blog Diary of a Recovering Codependent is truly inspiring. I am honored to receive this award from you.

This award isn’t like the others and is special to me because it acknowledges being a loyal fan and reader. I do pride myself in trying to keep up with reading the blogs of my peers. It’s challenging at times; but I feel it’s so important to show my respect and support.

If it weren’t for the support of my readers, I am not sure I’d be blogging still. It’s their loyalty that keeps me sustained.

Here are the rules to accepting the award:

1) DISPLAY THE AWARD CERTIFICATE ON YOUR WEBSITE
2) ANNOUNCE YOUR WIN WITH A POST AND LINK TO WHOEVER PRESENTED YOUR AWARD
3) PRESENT 15 AWARDS TO DESERVING BLOGGERS
4) DROP THEM A COMMENT TO TIP THEM OFF AFTER YOU’VE LINKED THEM IN THE POST
5) POST 7 INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF

I apologize for bending the rules; but, it was impossible for me to list only 15 and very difficult to stop at 20. Whether you frequently like my posts, or comment in times of need; I thank each and every one of you that has stopped to read my words.

Here are but a few of you:

1) https://poemsandpoemes.wordpress.com/

2) https://alittlecolorneverhurtsblog.wordpress.com/

3) https://kneal1.wordpress.com/

4) https://aunnielauren.wordpress.com/

5) https://ultimatesolace.wordpress.com/

6) https://mariabrinkley.com/

7) https://postcardsfromasemi-madwoman.com/

8) https://dianereedwiter.wordpress.com/

9) https://randomsbyarandom.wordpress.com/

10) https://meredithlbl.com/

11) https://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com/

12) https://myambivalentexistence.wordpress.com/

13) https://inspiredstoriesandpoems.wordpress.com/

14) https://learningat40.wordpress.com/

15) https://theexceptionaleveryday.wordpress.com/

16) https://livinglearningandlettinggo.wordpress.com/

17) https://triumphantwings.wordpress.com/

18) https://cherished79.wordpress.com/

19) https://andrewmferrell.wordpress.com/

20) https://indelibleme2.wordpress.com/

The next part of accepting this award is to list 7 interesting facts about me. I’m not sure what constitutes interesting; but, here goes:

  1. My name: I am named after the Virgin Mary. Maria is the greek version of Mary. I also don’t have a middle name, because it’s greek tradition to use your father’s name; but, my mother protested. My greek last name is Kritos; however, when my grandparents came to America it was misspelled in translation and became Kriton. I use my mother’s maiden name Fairbrother. I always thought Maria Fairbrother would be a great name if I had made it as an actress.
  2. When I was 8yrs old, I decided I wanted to be a movie star. A dream I carried well into my adulthood.
  3. I attended both Modeling and Acting school. I worked as a model for many years, hoping it would lead me to an acting career.
  4. When I was 22yrs old, my movie star ambitions derailed; and I became an exotic dancer. I climbed this career ladder for 16yrs, and worked as a burlesque style showgirl traveling across the country.
  5. I was 25 when I moved to Hampton Beach, Nh. to perform in a Hypnosis show based on Star Trek. My hypnosis partner would later become my daughter’s grandfather. We also traveled to La to perform in Star Trek conventions where I had the oppurtunity to meet some of Star Trek’s cast members! Seeing Hollywood disillusioned my movie star dreaming heart. It was not as glamorous as I pictured.
  6. When I moved to Hampton Beach I also opened up a new age shop with my mom. It was called Mystic Visions. My mom did psychic readings and I made and sold candle, soaps, jewelry and more. These were very happy days.
  7. I met my (hypnosis show) partner’s son and fell in love. At 29 yrs old, I moved to Alaska in hopes of beginning a new phase of life. My relationship didn’t work out but a week after I came back home I found out I was pregnant! A new phase of life indeed!!!

None of these intriguing tidbits beat the fact that at 38yrs old, I lost my mom and had my nervous breakdown, leading me through the most interesting journey of my life. I am grateful you are all here with me. 🙂

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thanks so much to Charitha Subramanyam for nominating me to receive The Sunshine Blogger Award! Please visit her blog to follow her “adventures.”

The rules for accepting this award

1) Thank the person who nominated you.

2) Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you.

3) Nominate some other bloggers for this award.

4) Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated.

5) Notify the bloggers you have nominated.

Here are Charitha’s questions :

1) Given a chance what is that one thing you would change about yourself ?

I’d like to say that I wouldn’t change a thing, because it has taken me an entire life to try and accept myself the way that I am. I guess it would be to change my lack of self love. 

2) What is that one thing you are proud about yourself ?

For most of my life I’ve beat myself up; but, I’ve learned to be proud of myself for even just being here on this earth still. After all I have survived, it is a miracle that I am intact.

3) What is the reason behind the name of your blog ?

Labeled Disabled represents not only the fact that I am on disability; but, the feeling of being labeled (&forgotten). I hate the fact that we humans label and categorize everything and everyone! It’s part of my journey to break free from the labels and move beyond the disability.

4) Which is the last movie that you watched ?

Frances, Excellent movie portraying the story about Frances Farmer, starring one of my favorite actresses Jessica Lange.

5) While answering these questions which site is open on the other tab of your browser?

Yahoo Mail

6) What is that one thing… if you loose ..will drive you crazy ?

My compassion

Here are my nominations;

1) https://andrewmferrell.wordpress.com

2) https://acuriousmind2013.wordpress.com

3) https://diaryofarecoveringcodependent.wordpress.com

4) https://indelibleme2.wordpress.com

5) https://kneal1.wordpress.com

6) https://dobetteralways.wordpress.com

7) https://lunareport.wordpress.com

8) https://christinastrigas.wordpress.com

9) https://eyewillnotcry.wordpress.com

10) https://proudlybipolar.wordpress.com

11) https://kelzbelzphotography.wordpress.com

12) https://cherished79.wordpress.com

These are my questions:

1) Who is the person you admire most? This person can be anyone; dead or alive, known personally or a celebrity, superhero, etc.,

2) What has been your most difficult challenge in life?

3) What has been your biggest accomplishment thus far?

4) What motivates you to blog?

5) What annoys you most?

6) What brings you joy the most?

 

The Encouraging Thunder Award

My friend Darren Scanlon of The Pen And The Page nominated me for this award last month. I had been feeling pretty down and this news helped lift me back up.

Thanks so much to you Darren! If you haven’t checked out his blog, you really should. From poems to protests, his blog always entertains!

Part of accepting this award is to explain why I blog. Initially, it was just to share my story and hopefully inspire a few people along the way. The mission is the same, only more pronounced.

It took me two years and a blogging course to move beyond my About page. My journey has been overwhelming at times; but it’s led me to finding my authenticity, and believing in who I am.

This award and the continued encouragement I receive helps me get through the tough times and persevere. I am determined to really open up and share what I’ve been through and where I am going; because now I know for a fact that I am inspiring people. That is why I blog; to know that my words helped another person.

Mental illness still has such stigma and people who suffer with it have an impossible time to believe they are good enough and strong enough to survive. I am here to tell them they can!

I have met many wonderful peers here and by reading their stories of survival, I am inspired. Here are my nominations for the Encouraging Thunder Award.

https://kickingstrokesassinwords.wordpress.com/

https://hastywords.wordpress.com/

https://diaryofarecoveringcodependent.wordpress.com/

https://thissickfoundation.wordpress.com/

https://hopeworkscommunity.wordpress.com/

Thank you for reading and sharing!

Rules for accepting the award

Post it on your blog.
Add the Encouraging Thunder logo.
Grant other bloggers the award.
Mention your purpose in blogging.
Thanks the person who nominated you .