Recently I was nominated for an Inspiring Blogger Award, for which I am truly humbled.
I understand there is a protocol for responding to these nominations, kindly made by Christina Waschko, author and owner of the “Strawberry Lounge” in the Netherlands, and by Kevan, a Canadian Expat living in the Czech Republic.
Christina authors a blog Very Berry Extraordinary, and Kevan’s writing can be viewed at Beyond Prague.
First and foremost I would like to say to both Christina and Kevan, thankyou!
I am overwhelmed by the many comments I receive on a daily basis in support of my journey and in response to what I have written, my rantings.
I’m just an ordinary Aussie bloke who tries not to take life too seriously, but to simply enjoy life for what it is, to take it on the chin when I need to, have a good laugh at myself at other times, and to take the mickey out of anyone that is fair game!
Strewth, who would ever have thought you lot would be interested in the ramblings of someone with a few ‘roos loose in the top paddock, and who wants to climb the world’s tallest mountains.
But crikey, I do love talking about the sun-drenched country I live in with my wonderful family…
In fact, given half a chance, I’d talk the leg off a kitchen table telling you about it…
Oh, for crying out loud Baz, just say it, you’re amongst friends here, Australia’s the best flamin’ country in the world, mate…
And I can’t help but write about my very supportive family, the beautiful people in my life, Janet and TomO, and of the love they give me, unconditionally…
Writing of lazy afternoons down by the lake with friends, of rock-faces in the Blue Mountains, and of course, my rather audacious plan to climb high mountains, of the dream I have to go to the top of the world, to climb Mt Everest…
Every day on Wordspress, millions of words are written by ordinary people, stories about the challenges life has thrown at them, what they have done, and continue to do to overcome them.
About their dreams and aspirations, their highs and lows…
About their very own Mt Everest…
People who want to improve their fitness, to lose weight, to cycle across a city, or across the world.
Many have their sights set on a fun run, and others having completed one, setting their sights towards running a marathon.
For others, it is their challenge to become stronger, to be able to lift more, or about capturing that once in a life-time photograph, perhaps testing a new recipe to share with friends, or with people they have never met.
Others talk about health and lifestyle challenges they struggle with, that they have overcome.
I read as many of them as I can, for they motivate me and provide me with much needed inspiration…
Seemingly, there is always someone in this cyberspace community ready to reach out, to congratulate, to console…
These people aren’t super-elite athletes, or neither five-star chefs, nor are they fitness gurus.
They have a much greater status than that, for they are simply ordinary people – they are you!
Each and every one of you is helping me to find the courage to overcome the challenges and barriers that sometimes stand in the way of my own dreams…
I take great inspiration from you all and I won’t single any one person out, for you are all very special to me – and from the bottom of my heart thank you for enriching my life by rewarding me with a window into yours!
There are no ordinary moments, no ordinary people, no ordinary lives…
Stunning and beautiful photos of yourself and your sweet precious beloved family! I so admire you all for your dedication to adventure and wow! I love it! Go Baz Go!
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Nice work Baz!
Congrats! Regardless of what awesome adventure you seem to be partaking in day in and day out, your positive attitude is absolutely inspiring. Congrats on the award. You deserve it!
Congrats! You most definitely deserve it and I absolutely love your last line … stay out of control and see what develops. Ha! Love that one. And I agree with you Australia is an amazing country and I’m sad to say that I only visited it one time, but the piggy bank is getting full. Slowly but surely.
Thanks, and be sure to come back soon, we miss you!
Nice post – and I don’t even have beer goggles on! 🙂 Keep up the good work!
You have such a great way with words Baz
Thanks, and we’ve got plenty of fun ones downunder! 😉
you and janet and tomo are amazing :}
And talking about inspiration BG, you are a fine example of just getting on with it. You have always inspired me! 🙂
thanks…i just see myself as a stubborn geezer :}
You are a great example of what can be accomplished with determination and hard work – I find that inspiring!
Thanks Carol…working at it! 🙂
if you’re not inspiring, well, i don’t know who would be. hope you’re having a fabulous trip down under. 🙂
Well, two more sleeps and we are off early (sparrow o’clock early) Friday morning…!
Flat Stanley can’t wait…. 🙂
hmm.. what’s the time difference between silly oclock and sparrow oclock?
good to know.
It’s good to inspire before we eventually… expire. 😉
Plenty of inspiration on this blog, for sure, Baz. Keep up the great stuff!
You have a beautiful family Baz! Thanks for inspiring us as well. 🙂 The award was well deserved.
Thankyou, they are wonderful…