Saturday, September 11, 2010

Mental Duck to Mental Swan Award.....


It has been six months since Renee left us..I have been feeling the loss deeply of late again. So I thought it would be a good time to offer us my little award to a few more wonderful folks here on the blogs.

This award has been in the past and is again dedicated to Renee as she was the inspiration for it. I repeated 2nd grade and was thereafter labeled as the slow one in the family. Despite graduating with honors in high school and being on the deans list in college..I was still the slow one. I was in my 40s before I realized I was not so slow and well, pretty smart after all. During a discussion one day with Renee about how this had kept me from doing so many things in my life she said to me...
"Sarah, you have gone from Mental Duck to Mental Swan."

I can only say that this had a profound effect on me..her words! So this award is dedicated to all of those who are just finding their beautiful big swan wings and those who encourage others to find and spread them. Thank you Renee for helping me find mine!!

This award is not one to be passed on...it is a gift from me to you and I hope you will honor me by taking it! I have been watching you amazing women support up each other and this is my small way of saying thank you! Here is to Renee..Cheers hon!!

The Mental Duck to Mental Swan Award is given to two amazing groups of bloggers;

1. To Bloggers who encourage and nurture others bloggers to explore and grow in their creative, spiritual or mental lives.
2. To Bloggers who are blooming and growing creatively, spiritually or mentally in their lives & sharing it on their blogs .

In no particular order...
Cinner
What a joy this woman is...supporter and encourager! I have been supported up by this wonderful woman and cheered on! Despite her own struggles..she makes my own life better..thank you hon!! Adore her!
SassyratpackAnother creative soul who never fails to pop in just when I need her..ever commenting and making me smile! Even when I am hiding..she seems to find me! Thank you hon!! Yup adore her too!
LissaLOne of my wishcasting buddies...this girl is funny..ok wicked funny and I swear she must be a long lost sister..cause we are always on the same page. Supportive an sweet..yeah I adore her too!
LinneaYet another Wishcasting buddy - another ...who never fails to say just what I need! Popping in to support me and keep me going..another sweetheart I adore!!Thank you hon!!
ChristineChristine has been one of my blogging buddies from the beginning..and that is saying alot! This amazingly creative woman inspires me in huge ways and is always there with a sweet word..even when I am hiding from the world! Thank you hon...yeah I adore her too.
Shamsi This amazing dancing woman is one of my big support system buddies..always there to encourage and cheer me on..did I say cheerleader..well she is mine!! Youtube this one..amazing!!! I know..yup adore her too!!
UmbrellaladyI have a couple of new folks here..at least kinda new to me..here is one of my favorites..sweet and supportive and amazing. Even when I don't get around the blogs..she never fails to pop by and make me feel cared about! Creative and I have come to adore her too!!
Patee Last but not least..Patee...a creative soul I have know for quite a while..we have been arting together since I started online..she has been a dear friend. Ya just have to go see the amazing dolls she creates..wowza!! But...she was also very dear to Renee..I know the loss has been hard for her..and I wanted her to have this from both myself and Renee..cause Renee would have wanted her to have it too!! Yup she is much adored too!!

So from me to you...thank you all for being the amazing swans you are!!
Hugs and love, Sarah

17 comments:

sassypackrat said...

I'm a little teary eyed. I happily accept this lovely award. It has come at a perfect time in my life when I feel like I am finally stretching out my wings. I'm quite amazed that you picked me!

I'm just now learning from my blog followers and twitter friends that the things I say and do have a positive affect in their lives and that really just blows me away! It's really hard for me to express what this freely given piece of love means to me. The clumsy little girl who was the "dumb" one, the annoying child, the pushed aside for the favorite son thanks you for this lovely award! XOXO

Debra She Who Seeks said...

All are worthy swans! RIP, Renee.

Snap said...

Congratulations to all the winners! I know how much this award means to Sarah and I've been honored and blessed to receive it also. Well done all.

Pattee said...

OH Sara you don't just don't know how much this means to me....

You have totally touched my heart today.

You have been so there for me all these years and I love you ~

I have a card Renee sent to me here by my computer that I look at many times a day and it says:
Dear Pattee,
I am thankful that you are here. I am thankful that we have met. You have made a difference in the world and I love you dear Pattee. Love Renee xoxo

She changed my life as well...
From one mental swan to another...

Hugs~Pattee

Doreen said...

what a nice thought and sentiment she has passed on to you and many others. congrats on your award Sarah!

Christine said...

I am honored that you thought of me for this award! Thank you so much!!!

Cinner said...

Sarah, congratulations on the award and thank you so much for passing it to me.Renee touched a whole lot of peoples lives, and this award really means alot to me. Thanks again, be well. hugs.

umbrellalady said...

Sarah - Thank you for your very generous award - I am honoured to accept it. You don't realize how much you brighten my days and inspire me with your incredible photographs and art. You are such a lovely person.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Although I didn't know Renee well, I think this would make her very happy.
xoxo jj

Linnea said...

Oh, wow, Sarah.

I did not know Renee at all -- I was just starting to know you as she was in her last days. But I know she meant a lot to you. I am humbled and thankful (and a little misty-eyed, too) that you chose me as a recipient. I am also pleased that I've been able to be a source of encouragement and comfort to you.

Thank you so much. I will post this with joy!

Phyllis said...

Hi Sarah,

I just LOVE your little witch art in the previous post!!

The Girlie-Queue said...

Aw Love... Thank you - of course I accept! Of course I'm not a cheerleader for people who don't totally rock already!!!! Thank you so much for always sharing so honestly and just how you DO KEEP ON SWIMMING!!! Thanks so much for being out there and being you in all of the ways you are. This is *The Juice* in life.. in friendships...♥ Big luvnhugsnmushiness♥♥♥

deb said...

I miss Renee, even though I only knew her for a short time.
She made everyone feel one of a kind, and part of a community, all at once.
A true angel.

What a lovely thing to do ... this award. I'll have to check out these wonderful creative and encouraging women.

Laura said...

such a beautiful and deeply meaningful award...

I'm sorry that you are feeling so much sadness Sarah and yet, what a gift to have such a deep and lasting friendship...one that transcends time and space? Renee is smiling and gently wiping your tears, I'm sure of it.

gentle steps,
Laura

Laura said...

such a beautiful and deeply meaningful award...

I'm sorry that you are feeling so much sadness Sarah and yet, what a gift to have such a deep and lasting friendship...one that transcends time and space? Renee is smiling and gently wiping your tears, I'm sure of it.

gentle steps,
Laura

Laura said...

such a beautiful and deeply meaningful award...

I'm sorry that you are feeling so much sadness Sarah and yet, what a gift to have such a deep and lasting friendship...one that transcends time and space? Renee is smiling and gently wiping your tears, I'm sure of it.

gentle steps,
Laura

LissaL said...

Thank you so much for this beautiful award. Congratulations to the other recipients. I am hoping that you got my email as I was unable to comment earlier (then i got sick)