With Joy and Gratitude – One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award

I have been writing on this blog for over 4 years, and on two previous India Joural Blogs for even longer, and this is the first time I’ve been nominated for an  award.  Now this in itself is not strange and I am extremely honored to receive this award.  What is strange, is that my new, current blog  , Not in India 2012 has been active for only 6 months or so, and has already received 5 awards!!  I can only imagine that it is the nature of this blog, where people find their way here for specific reasons, looking for information about India, Ayurveda, Panchakarma, etc., and are mostly one time readers.  Statistically, there have been over 27,000 hits here (!!), a full ten times as many as on the current blog.  So imagine that most of these ARE one time readers, and that the true fans have found their way to my current blog, and read it regularly.

Which makes this award even more special to me…meaning at least to me, that I have begun to attract “regulars” and this is always a lovely thing to find out.  So thanks so much to you, dear Jofelyn, at  Sleepy Tales and Lucid Dreams for this lovely honor. I highly recommend you check out her lovely blog and find pleasure in her wonderful way of telling a story. I also look forward to seeing as many of you as possible around here for my upcoming sojourn which begins in EXACTLY one month from today!!  🙂


Include the blog award logo in your post.

Thank the person who nominated you.

Write 7 things about yourself that know one here knows about you.

Nominate 15 other people, and let them know you have done so.

So…7 things about me:

1.  My greatest joy and blessing during this sojourn on Earth is my family. My 6 amazing children and the extended family of additional sons and daughter-in-law they have brought me, and my 13 wonderful grandchildren (#14 on the way) ranging in age from 1 year to 19 years!  They are all  a fantastic addition to my own life journey and I continue to learn each and every day from each of these very different individual beings.

Me and My Kids – Five daughters, and one son-the “baby”

2. I had the honor and privilege to meet Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo-the first Western woman to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist Nun.  This meeting resulted in a powerful but subtle shift in perception for me  leading to a “growth spurt” in my life’s journey. You can read about her amazing life story here:  Cave in the Snow

You can also find more information about her life’s work, her nunnery, at this website:  www.tenzinpalmo.com/

3.     I have three loving Guides who have been with me since birth (although I was forced to deny their existence on threat of punishment when I was 7 years old). I reunited with them in my 50′s through a deep meditation practice and they  have agreed to publicly reveal my pet names for them since childhood.  Kaki, Gee and Chuchibell!!

4.    I was blessed to have an audience with HH Dalai Lama in 2001, and the effects of that brief meeting are still rippling through my life to this very day.

4a.  I love photography.  I make it a point to be mindful at all times…to really be aware of everything around me wherever I happen to be.  That in itself is a great blessing.  I then love to photograph these mindful moments (hmmm…sounds like a good name for a new blog J )  which allows me to relive these special moments many times over afterwards – and FEEL the moment again-even years later.

5.       I love to play computer games rationalizing that they are good for my rapidly aging brain, but how much brain power do you need to play Bubbles?!?!?

6.       I love to dance and have been doing it in one way or another since the age of 2. For the past 35 years I have both taught and danced Israeli Folk Dancing-I currently dance 3 times  week, each session lasting about 4 hours.

7.     I am a technology freak and really have to work hard to keep myself from spending too many hours a day “playing” with all the new toys available these days

(Hope you didn’t notice I cheated above…. there are actually more than “7” things there!  🙂

And now the hard part:  Choosing just 15 blogs to nominate for this award as well

….there are just so many of you out there, so will try to pass this award along to some at least who I have not yet nominated for other awards, although you are all so amazing and so deserving, each in your own very special way!


http://crystalmoons.wordpress.com/  Into the Heart

http://heartwhispers.co.uk/ Whispers of the Heart


http://perisspiceladle.com/  Indian-inspired Food for the Global Palate. If you love anything Indian, or simply love wonderful food, Peri’s  blog is a MUST!

http://professionsforpeace.com/  You don’t have a soul.  You are a soul.  You have a body. Gina writes: My…goal of each day is to remember how loved I am and to share that love outwardly. She most certainly succeeds with her blog.


http://johncoyote.wordpress.com poetry story and real life

http://momentumofjoy.com/ where spirituality meets reality

http://theblacktwig.wordpress.com A drifter off to see the world

http://dranilj1.wordpress.com/  life is mysterious

http://phranqueigh.wordpress.com/  words/love

http://idolanuel.com   To Be Aware

http://hillsofherchastity.wordpress.com/   Maxima

http://cauldronsandcupcakes.com/  Everything about this blog is Divinely inspired creativity!! I love all things magical, and I am sure that cupcakes have healing qualities! This is one of the things Nicole says on her About page.  Her blog is not to be missed.  From things spiritual, inspirational and amazingly informative, to the most superb recipes you can imagine…and SO much more…please do check out this blog

http://soulsbyfarm.wordpress.com/about/ Sustainable Farming, Permaculture, Gardening and Homesteading in Ohio –fascinating blog-extremely well written

http://maggiesonebuttkitchen.wordpress.com – There is no way you can see the photos of the food without having your mouth water and then trying out the recipes. And her food is full of love so it is of course delicious!

http://mylifemystuff.wordpress.com/about/  Home remedies, Yoga, Thoughts on India and so much more…worth exploring


and much love light and JOY to all


30 Responses to With Joy and Gratitude – One Lovely Blog Award

  1. […] Lovely Blog Award I have been writing on this blog for over 4 years, and on two previous India Jsource This entry was posted in asia by poster. Bookmark the […]

  2. Big big congrats to you honey!! You so deserve the love! And thank you truly for sharing it right back with me. I genuinely appreciate your kindness. Big hugs!! Joanna

  3. Congratulations, Jane! I loved getting to know you a bit through your seven (or more :)) facts. Six kids, you are a wealthy person! 🙂

  4. […] Jofelyn from Sleepy Tales and Lucid Dreams and Jane from With Joy and Gratitude have nominated me for this award as well. Thank you Jofelyn and […]

  5. Poet Kaylynté says:

    Congrats! 🙂

  6. Congratulations! It’s so well deserved. 😀
    And thank you for the kind mention of my own blog.
    Give me a few days and I’ll get onto this one.
    Much love,

  7. Lena says:

    Сongratulations!!! Well deserved!!!
    Looking forward to your India Journal 2012!!!

  8. TheBlackTwig says:

    Congratulations, Jane and thank you passing it on to me. You’ve got a gorgeous family. And you are really lucky to meet Dalai Lama. Keep on inspiring!

  9. Congratulations, dear Jane:) All your blogs and writing are a true inspiration; not withstanding that you write about my favorite country, my land of birth and a place that always has a bit of my soul in it:)

    And your absolutely wonderful support for Peri’s Spice Ladle in these early months is truly precious to me:) I am so so glad I found you:) Thank you for your kind words and for nominating me…(love the picture of your kids, you are blessed!)

    • Jane says:

      It has been no less of a blessing for me to have found YOU! I look forward to all kinds of delicious posts from you and hope my upcoming journey will hold something of enough interest to make it worth following me on the blog. 🙂

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  11. Great blog! Like the 7.     I am a technology freak and really have to work hard to keep myself from spending too many hours a day “playing” with all the new toys available these days

    Do check out my blog at parsicuisine.com

  12. Jane says:

    thanks for the comment. Definitely guilty as charged :-). And I’ve just gone to check out your blog. WOW! I’m going to enjoy it immensely…sounds absolutely scrumptious. Is there any way I can follow it without following by email? Like I follow blogs on wordpress? would love to see updates but not necessarily in my inbox. Looking forward to seeing you around here as well and hope you will enjoy my upcoming journey in India. You might also like to check out my current blog, also photos, stories etc., but more of an inspirational blog to assist people along their own life journey. If this interests you, check it out: 🙂 http://notinindia2012.wordpress.com
    much love light and JOY to you

  13. hello jane its great honor for my blog your very lovely and my fav blogger thanks and great thanks for ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD i got some good news for you and soon i will share with you all 🙂 thanks once again blessing for almighty god 🙂

  14. Your are most welcome! I am really a fan of your blog and a constant visitor. Love how you document your time in India. The photos are a pleasure to look at. 🙂

    • Jane says:

      thanks to YOU. Hope you continue to enjoy….:-) Love your blog as well, although I find my time short these days…once in India I will have time (hopefully) to catch up on all the lovely blogs I so enjoy following when I have the time

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  16. Professions for PEACE says:

    Hello Jane! Congratulations to you on this richly deserved award. 😀 I apologize for being away. I have been offline for a while. How wonderful to return to your gorgeous and inspiring site and be honoured with your kind words here! I am blown away by your incredibly interesting list of 7 things. Such a beautiful family, and such wonderfully spiritual people you have met. And your guides sound very interesting. How wonderful to have reconnected with them in your 50’s (there’s hope for me to find mine yet!). Biggest hugs of love and gratitude for you dear heart, Gina

    • Jane says:

      So good to “see” you Gina. I also take off breaks from time to time. Very much needed. I appreciate your comment here and you certainly deserve this. I am now posting almost everyday on my India Journal since I arrived back here a few days ago. You might enjoy my adventures there as well. 🙂 https://janesindiajournals.wordpress.com Hope to see you around and always enjoy your posts as well. ! 🙂
      with love light and JOY

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