Two blog awards: Versatile Blogger & Best Moments Awards!


Wow, awesome to receive these two nominations, it’s taken me a while to find the time to respond (lots of exciting things coming at the end of the month). I am including them both in this post. It’s quite time-consuming doing an awards post, so this may be the last time I do one, but I’m always appreciative and honoured to receive them.

I’m really grateful to Adrian Lupsa for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger award, he’s an exceptionally versatile blogger himself! Also huge thanks to Sandra from Quirky Books for nominating me for the Best Moments Awards. Both Adrian and Sandra write amazing blogs, well worth following. Thanks guys.

The rules? Rules!


As well as nominate other bloggers (see below), for the Versatile Blogger award I have to share 7 things about myself. So here goes:

1. My mind has just gone blank. Doh! OK, I love cake. I have to limit it though as I have a bit of a gluten or wheat intolerance.

2. Part of me really wants to leave behind society and go live in a forest somewhere like a hermit. There I said it.

3. I have a huge addiction to music, but I’m very picky about the music I like. My two favourites are Cocteau Twins (I could listen to Elizabeth Fraser’s voice all day long, she’s my favourite singer) and Sigur Rós, who I was lucky enough to see in March (best live act I’ve ever seen in my life!).

4. I meditate every day and have done since I was a teenager. I don’t know how I’d have survived without it. It keeps me sane, balanced and happy.

5. I am going to California in the autumn. Sorry, Fall.

6. I hardly ever watch TV, maybe like once a week.

7. I love heat and warmth and hate the cold. I was born in the wrong country (Scotland!).


Awarding the people who live in the moment,
The noble who write and capture the best in life,
The bold who reminded us what really mattered –
Savoring the experience of quality time.


Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded.

Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners notify them the great news.


  • What makes a good acceptance speech?
    • Gratitude. Thank the people who helped you along the way
    • Humor. Keep us entertained and smiling
    • Inspiration. Make your story touch our lives
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For the Best Moment Award I have to write an acceptance speech!

Ohh…I’ll keep this short and simple, like all the best speeches. I’m really grateful to anyone and everyone who has taken the time to read this blog and feel really honoured to be given awards such as these. The whole purpose of this blog is simply to share the things I’ve learned in life that have helped me — they’re the kind of things that should be common knowledge, because they have the power to inspire, heal and awaken. We’re all in this (life!) together, so the willingness to share our experience, our learning and wisdom is, I believe, one of the greatest gifts we can give. That’s why I love blogging. It’s been a highly rewarding adventure.

I love the term ‘Best Moment’: I believe every moment is our best moment…every moment IS the totality of life; everything that ever was, is, and shall be is here, right now — if not in manifestation, then in potentiality. That’s why I love zen. It’s all about dropping everything, silencing the redundant background noise of the mind and sinking into the perfection of THIS…HERE…NOW. This is the best moment, the only moment.

Here are my nominees (more than 15, oops — and in completely random order), for both the Versatile Blogger and Best Moments Award. Some of you guys may have already received one or both, so feel free to ignore. I’ve fallen rather behind with my blog reading lately and must catch up, this is my way of saying I love you guys, keep doin what you’re doin.🙂

* Zen flash

* Polly Seip Fine Art

Colossal Garbage

* Contemplating Love

* Rohan 7 Things

* Lada Ray

* Smile breathe and go slowly

* Dhamma Footsteps

* Maryanne Mistretta

* Blazing Light, love’s song

* The Past, Present and Future

* Speaking from the heart

* Aware of Awareness

* Through the peacock’s eyes

* Poetic Parfait

* Guru in the room

* Fictional Machines

Expressions of my life – an evolution of art

* Grow your innerself

* Poojycat

33 thoughts on “Two blog awards: Versatile Blogger & Best Moments Awards!

    1. You’re really welcome Maryanne! Yes, they’re amazing, so unique. I recently read a brilliant description of them “they somehow turned rock into pure and crystalline water”.🙂 I could listen to them all day, they seem to have songs for every mood and time of day.

      1. Her voice is like an instrument. I love the babel. One of my favorite songs by them is “Cico Buff” from “Blue Bell Knoll” It’s so gorgeous, I always get chills when I hear it.

      2. Yes, her voice is an incredible instrument. So so beautiful and unique. I love Cico Buff and the Blue Bell Knoll album, one of my faves, just listened to it last night!

  1. Thanks so much for the nomination Rory! Your blog is a such a rich source of knowledge and wisdom, it definitely deserves all the recognition it gets and more🙂

    Keep it up buddy!


    1. Thanks Rohan, I really appreciate that. All I can say is right back at ya — your blog is an amazing source of inspiration, so informative and hugely enjoyable to read. Thanks for the comment🙂

    1. Thanks, I appreciate that, and you are so welcome, I need to spend way more time at your blog when I get the time (chaotic month!), I love what I’ve read, amazing pictures and a source of great inspiration!🙂

  2. I know what you mean about award posts taking a long time to do, they are very time consuming. That’s why unfortunately I am unable to contact individuals at the moment but I can still post my nominations. It was great to learn more about you and I am looking forward to reading more about what is coming up for you. I am allergic to wheat and intolerant to gluten, so I know how you feel. Congratulations on all of your awards, very well deserved.

    1. Thanks! And likewise🙂 I really appreciate the nomination. It took an incredibly long time to post this haha, like you I’m crazy busy atm, but it was fun to do🙂 Looking forward to hearing more about your upcoming projects too. Yeah the wheat/gluten thing is a pain, esp as gluten free products are a lot more expensive (and usually taste half as good :P). But not much we can do about it I guess! I’ve started taking kefir in the hopes it settles down my stomach

  3. Congratulations on the awards & thank you very much for thinking of Fictional Machines for these- I truly appreciate it! Keep up the great work & enjoy the day over there!🙂

  4. Congrats! I love your writing, your insights, and share your posts often. Mindfulness is a cool thing because it not only works, but inspires. Thanks for putting it well in words. And thank you for your kindness to include Blazing Light in your list of nominees. Namaste!

    1. Thanks Donna, I really appreciate that🙂 You’re absolutely right about mindfulness, it really transformed my life and still is. You have an amazing blog, I’m only too happy to pass on the awards🙂

  5. Thanks so much for the nominations and a big congratulations to you! You definitely deserve it. You’re a fantastic writer with the personal insight on how we as a society can better ourselves. Please continue to keep me intrigued!

    1. wow thanks! I really appreciate that. I will certainly do my best. Gone a little quiet at the mo as I am v busy, but I will be back to regular blogging soon. And you are so welcome for the nominations — I love checking in with you and sharing in your thoughts, reflections and inspirations. And you deserve a nomination alone for your gorgeous doggie😉

  6. Wow, thanks for the nominations. I think your posts are very versatile and contain many best moments. I’m kinda narrow by comparison. Now I have to think what to do next – it’s do-able, and I like the idea of it. So thanks again and keep posting…

    1. You’re welcome my friend. I love your blog and really like the strong focus, it’s almost like each entry unfolds another chapter in an amazing kinda travelog/spiritual autobiography. Full of best moments and incisive, powerful insights. You really deserve it!

      1. Thanks for getting me started me off on this Awards thingy. I posted my acceptance and nominations today. Thanks too for introducing me to the voice of Elizabeth Fraser…

      2. You’re more than welcome my friend, well deserved! Just saw your post now🙂 And I’m always delighted to introduce people to my favourite music, Liz Fraser is my favourite singer, from her stuff in Cocteau Twins to her solo and collaborate work (some great songs to youtube by her are This Love, Teardrop, Kala, Underwater :))

    1. Thanks Christy, you are welcome, yours are equally well-deserved from what I’ve seen of your blog! Looking forward to spending more time there🙂

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