What a week for good news!
To be honest it’s been a shaky start to the year but thankfully things are starting to look up!
I thought last year was busy, (where I tallied up I’d spent nearly half the year away from home), but so far this year it feels like I haven’t been home for more than five minutes at a time. With one thing and another I have been all over the place, travelling here, there and everywhere.
So it’s with real happiness and pride that I share a few of my recent Good News Stories:
1. Rotary good news story
On Monday I was surprised by my Rotary Club (aided and abetted by the Mathematician) and given a special award. It’s a very touching thing of the club to do, showing their appreciation of my efforts over the years. They said some lovely things about me and clapped and congratulated me. It was made even more special because we had a group of Rotarians visiting from another district and they were very pleased to be present.
I have been contributing funds to the Rotary Foundation regularly and had already contributed enough for a Paul Harris Fellow in my own right. The club donated a further $US1000 which meant I received another badge, called a Sapphire. It’s a wonderful way to enable the good work of Rotary to continue throughout the world.
To be named a Paul Harris Fellow means that my Rotary Club has donated $US1000, in my name, to the Rotary Foundation. Rotary Clubs can award this honour to individuals who meet high professional and personal standards set forth by Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary. The recognition is not limited to Rotarians. Source
Note: Being named a Paul Harris Fellow is not unique. There are over one million Paul Harris Fellows worldwide but I’m still proud to be numbered amongst them!
2. Six years of blogging – Blogging good news story #1
I received notification from WordPress congratulating me on 6 years of blogging – YES 6 YEARS!!!!!
I am coming up for my 1000th post any day now and almost 94000 hits on my blog. I am proud of all I’ve achieved here and it’s been a wonderful outlet for me. In the early days I think I deleted more posts than I published but I really got into the swing of it and I’ve met some amazing people – I just love the blogging community.
I’ve blogged about all manner of topics, re-branded myself, changed my theme, learnt lots of new skills and I’ve decided I’ll continue until I don’t enjoy it any more. I don’t make money from my blog, I do it because I love it!
3. Blogging award nominations – Blogging good news story #2
You may remember I posted about the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards (ABBAs) recently, well I was notified that I have been nominated in two categories – Hidden Gem and Best Overall Blogger! As the rules state you can only be nominated in one category I was given the choice of which category I’d prefer.
I chose Hidden Gem:
Have you stumbled upon a blog by chance and discovered useful information, or thought-provoking content? Is there a blog that doesn’t get the notoriety they deserve? Maybe they have such an original style you can’t help but read their posts. A blogger who you believe should get the limelight for a change is who deserves the Hidden Gem award.
I’m thrilled to bits just to be nominated at all, so I already feel like a winner. As you may remember I’ll be travelling to London (from Aus) and will be at the awards so it will be super exciting. I’ll be sure to let you all know when the voting opens 🙂
4. Best news of all – we’re expecting…our first grandchild!
I must admit that this isn’t news to me but it is news that I’m now allowed to share publicly. My daughter and her husband are expecting their first child in September this year. That makes us Grandparents in Waiting 🙂
We are all thrilled to bits with this exciting news.
As we move on through the year I’m sure I’ll keep you updated, now that the blog embargo on baby news has been lifted!
We are also very busy planning for a huge trip away soon, so life certainly is interesting at the moment.
Hoping all is going well with you :)
What good news have you got to share?? Let me know and we can celebrate together.
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