Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Major gratitude and graciousness is owed to EverydayGurus for considering me and this blog inspiring enough to receive an award. It’s my first, so forgive me a certain amount of giddiness.

EverydayGurus is an excellent blog, and, frankly, if you don’t believe me, it is but a matter of clicking the link and seeing (reading?) for yourself. How many times have you been out and about and met a stranger or an acquaintance or someone to whom you haven’t spoken in a while and in only a brief conversation you find yourself thinking wholly anew about that which you once thought? How many times have you seen a sign or your eye caught a glimpse of a random piece of urban/street art (also known as ‘graffiti’) and were suddenly filled with emotion at what you had just read? That is inspiration, that is the beauty within human nature and the human condition. The beauty and inspiration of what Kozo (EverydayGurus) does is he captures all of that on his blog. His blog apotlights regular people, your average Jane and Joe, the people you otherwise may not hear about or know of, and the incredible things they do and can teach and show the rest of us. They (We) are all everyday Gurus, Kozo says, and we all have something to inspire another with, the original social network! Thank you again, Kozo. πŸ™‚

Full Disclosure:
Okay, there are some conditions (no worries, really good ones!)–

1. Display the award logo on your blog. [Check]
2. Link back to the person who nominated you. [Check]
3. State 5 things about yourself. [See below]
4. Pass the award onto 6 other bloggers and link to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by pingback. [see below]

Five Things About Me:

  • 1. Everyday I spend time oustide walking around in the woods. I have favorite rocks (actually giant boulders, really, or, egotistical pebbles, if you will) where I sit and often come up with the ideas that eventually end up as posts on this blog.

    2. For about 7 months I lived outside, by choice. Like outside, outside, as in out of doors, in the wild, sleeping on the ground beneath the stars and open sky, animals invading my provisions (talk about pesky neighbors!), walking miles everywhere, carrying everything I owned in a pack strapped to my back. It was one of the best journeys I’ve ever embarked upon in my life. I’ll never forget what I saw and the amazing people with whom I encountered and spoke.

    3. I love reading comics. Everything from Jhonen Vasquez to Robert Crumb to Alan Moore. I’m always looking for 60s and 70s comics (especially of Robert Crumb) and comics by Harvey Pekar.

    4. I have read many, many books. My curiosity takes me to neurology to quantum mechanics to psychology to philosophy to technology to jurassic park. Three of the most brilliant minds that I have stumbled upon are Alan Watts, Richard Feynman and Nikola Tesla.

    5. I often have many projects I’m working on simultaneously. Currently, I am juggling three videos, a soundscape, more binaural beats, a gregorian chant/dubstep mix, two photomanipulations, another collaboration (that I just finished actually–to be posted soon!), and some others.

Six Bloggers who have been very inspiring for me:

  • 1. PhysicsForMe — If you are a follower of astronomy, physics, cosmology, and other areas of science, you will love this blog. This fellow takes some of the most up to date and upcoming discoveries occuring currently in the world today, and blogs about them, complete with links and diagrams. I follow this blog to keep me abreast on all my favorites in science. This blog can be highly technical, so it is not for the faint of heart, but it is definitely well worth the read, even if you’re only slightly interested in what happens in the universe.
  • 2. Just Dharma Quotes — I love quotes, and this blog has some of the best. All the quotes are along the lines of philosophy and buddhism, and there are some right inspiring ones among them, often times more than one. I can’t really go through this blog on my reader without liking just about every quote. This blog probably has many of your favorites, check it out.
  • 3. Carla R. Herrera — WordPress has some of the best writers I have ever read, and for some reason they are not #1 booksellers. Carla R. Herrera is definitely of the ilk that deserves to have an entire shelf dedicated to her work at the local bookstore. She is a prolific science fiction writer with a knack for descriptive artistry with her words (her words will take you on journeys you didn’t think were possible) and a penchant for the unusual idea that wraps you up and makes you want to visit some of these faroff places and intricate innovations that spill forth from her imagination. She is a rare one, indeed. Her work inspires me to improve in my writing and to let loose with my imagination. In addition to her Tesla Machine series, you definitely need to read the book she’s working on right now as part of National Novel Writing Month (November). I’ll say no more…now scoot!
  • 4. Holistic Words — I don’t remember how I found this blog, but I am glad that I did. This blog is run by Andrea Elliot and this woman tackles the intricacies of quantum physics like she were explaining how to color. If you think quantum physics can’t be understood, then you haven’t read Holistic Words. She sees the subtle areas in our lives that are connected and can amplify those connections in a way that you can see clearly and you get that “Of Course” moment. This is what is most inspiring about her blog, when you read it, you realize that these thoughts you had already thought but just didn’t know it.
  • 5. The Liberated Way — I have been following Alex’s blog for a while now (both off and on WordPress) and each day his posts never cease to amaze me. Alex manages to open our eyes to the familiar so that we can perceive it in a new way, from a new perspective. His posts are often motivated by nature and the ways of nature and how those ways can be applied to humanity, because, after all, we are part of nature. He teaches as he inspires, also, and he does this in a way that you don’t know it, but somehow the lesson is integral and tantamount to your daily existence. He is definitely one of those gurus, Kozo talks about.
  • 6. The Sistah Vegan Project — Run by A. Breeze Harper, a graduate student at UC Davis, the Sistah Vegan Project looks at health-living and healthy-eating (a plant-based lifestyle) through the eyes of someone who lives this each day (as well as raises her children under this philosophy and lifestyle) and what she faces before an otherwise traditional, don’t rock the boat, kind of mainstream culture. Much of her blog is the work of theses she may be working and lectures that she gives, but don’t let this fool you into thinking that it is not worth visiting. Her stories and videos of her children loving and downright clamoring for Kale Drinks is enough to pull your heart strings, and one of her first forays into humor comics is some of the best. She inspires for anyone to keep doing what they’re doing even before those who would rather you stopped. One of my favorite posts by her is partially titled, “Spirulina Helps Me Poop.” Seriously . . . go see.


*Image credit: “Chakra” by Dario Cogliati

12 thoughts on “Very Inspiring Blogger Award

  1. Thanks for the kind words, Niko. I love the wealth of reading material you gift us with in this post. I will get started as soon as I catch up on NaMoWriMo.
    Living outdoors for 7 months, what an incredible journey. I can feel your connection with the natural rhythms of nature in all your posts. I love the term “egotistical pebble.” Reminds me of myself.

    • Those kind words are quite well-deserved, Kozo.

      There are some incredible blogs here at WordPress, and, unfortunately, the six that I included are but a small sample of the pool of talent on this site. Will you be posting your writings from NaNoWriMo on your blog when November ends? I’m sure I am not the only one who would like to read what you’ve written.

      You’re an egotistical pebble, eh? I find it hard to believe that you could be an egostistical anything! πŸ˜€

      Thanks for your comment, and again for the nomination. πŸ™‚

  2. I have recently received the award myself and I was totally going to nominate you, but someone has beat me to it! After reading/listening to some of your posts earlier today, I knew you were going to be on my list. Looks like I’m not the only one who loves your writing πŸ™‚

    • I just started following your blog, and it is obvious why you would receive a very inspiring blogger award. Thanks for considering my blog inspiring; it’s humbling to say the least. πŸ™‚ And thank you much for your compliments. I could easily say the same of you.

  3. Thanks so much Niko. Generous praise, I’m not surprised you were nominated. Awesome blog and awesome person you.

    • You are most welcome, and you deserve that praise (as well as the award). Your writing is fabulously amazing and intriguing (not to mention awesome, as well! πŸ™‚ ).

      And thank you. πŸ™‚

  4. Oh WOW! Thank you soo much for your comments, it means a lot.
    And thank you for gifting my this award.
    With huge, heartfelt gratitude, Andrea xx

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  7. Hi Niko, congratulations on your well deserved award. I have enjoyed following your blog and your unique way of writing. I thank you also for your nomination of Liberated Way. You may be aware I was away from blogging for about a month due to real life commitments. I am still at this present time catching up on blog posts from November time, which is why you are seeing my comments appearing on your older postings. I hope 2013 is giving you the outcomes you are working towards and look forward to reading many more of your future postings on your blog.

    • Thank you much, Alex. πŸ™‚ Your comments are always a pleasure to read and respond to, as is your blog. Your blog is most deserving of a very inspiring blogger award, as is evident in the conversations in the comment section of your posts. You have a wonderfully delightful way of illustrating the complexities in nature and applying them to the world, as well as seeing the subtle similarities between otherwise apparently differing points. It’s something I enjoy about your blog and your writing, I do not cease to learn something after Ive read your posts.

      Welcome back, and your blog reflects what you learnt during your month-long absence (I think we may have said something about this in a comment section to one of your newer posts). It has made your blog that much wiser, fuller, and inspiring.

      Here’s to an inspiring 2013! πŸ™‚

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