A Little Sunshine…

Thank you to Amanda from Strong Lotus Yogi for the Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination.

The Sunshine Blogger Award!

I so appreciate your kindness!  Due to completing this award a few times already, I am going to just say a great BIG thank you!

I was excited to discover Amanda’s blog, for she is also passionate about yoga!  I highly recommend you check out her yoga journey!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…



Be The Change – Take 7

I think it is time for another round of the Growing Self Blogger Award! It makes me smile when I see this award floating around WordPress, celebrating individuals that make such a difference in the lives of others. Once again, I love that there are so many amazing souls, in the WordPress community, that are willing to extend kindness and support. I am filled with JOY when I have made an impact on someone’s life through my words, photography or by just being ME. With that being said, I would like to share round 7 of my nominations…

What is The Growing Self Blogger Award:


“The Growing Self Blogger Award has been created to acknowledge and celebrate amazing individuals, in the blogging community, who are persevering through life’s challenges not only to GROW as individuals,  but to reach out and help others GROW as well.” ~Roda

How Does It Work:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank the individual that nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Describe the award and mention the creator: Roda  – Growingself.blog
  • Nominate up to 5 blogs.  Remember, the purpose of this award is to specifically celebrate those individuals that have made a difference in your life or the lives of others.
  • Give at least 1 reason why you nominated each individual.
  • Notify your nominees of the award

I am honored to nominate the following 4 amazing bloggers:

  • Darren from Artyplantsman
  • Sherif from iampharoahmaktuk
  • Domininique from 3C Style
  • DeeDee from Invisible No More

*I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process. By nominating the following blogs, I am able to show thanks and appreciation for the joy, knowledge and laughter these individuals have brought to my life. If you choose to take part, that is fantastic! If not, no worries! Just keep writing and changing lives!

Your Gifts to Me

Darren – A.K.A. SUPER D!!!  Who has the ability to grow anything and at the same time, create the most realistic botanical art you have even seen?  This amazing man!  Super D, you always make me smile with your big heart and dry wit.   You are truly a gifted artist.  It fills my heart with joy, knowing you are sharing your talent with the world!   Thank you for your friendship…you are such a kind and beautiful soul!

Sherif – YOU inspire me! Not only are you an amazing poet, but a world traveler!  Your poetry is filled with such beauty and passion.  I always want to read and reread!   Keep writing, no matter what.  On days you don’t feel like writing, do it anyway! (I know, I am pushy!)  You have been given an amazing talent…follow your heart and live your dream, my friend.

Dominique – You are truly one classy lady, who not only has a wicked sense of fashion, but a gift for writing, filled with grace.  On some of my most challenging days, your words warmed my heart.  I so appreciate you, beautiful lady!  I especially love that we put our “Wonder Twin” powers together, to keep one very special Botanical Superhero in line!

Dee Dee – You are one incredible woman!  When I think of words that describe you, the following come to mind: mom, wife, friend, writer, chef, athlete, professor.  Wow!  But, there is one word that truly describes you, in my opinion, above the rest…KIND.  You are truly one of the most kind individuals I have ever met.  You have a silent strength about you that is calming and exciting, all at the same time.   You have touched my life in such a beautiful way…thank you.

“Be the Change You Wish to See in the World…” ~Gandhi

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…



I highly recommend checking out these 4 beautiful individuals!!


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The Playlist Shuffle

I am passionate about music!  I as mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have a playlist for everything.  Rarely do I just hit “shuffle”.  The thought almost makes me panic!  What if I am listening to my “Angry Music” one minute and then something from my “Be Still” playlist comes on next…followed by Showtunes?  Help!!!  Too much!  My emotions can’t handle this musical rollercoaster!  But, when Nel from https://reactionarytales.com/the-playlist-shuffle-tag/ posted this, I knew I wanted to participate!   I thought it would be good for me to take a risk and “shuffle” my music…  Here goes nothing!


The Rules

  • Put your music on shuffle and list the first 15 songs to play (no cheating).

Let’s Do The Roda Shuffle!



Chris Pureka – Afterall


Joshua Radin – Still Spinning


Matt Nathanson – Come on Get Higher


Brandi Carlile – The Things I Regret


Indigo Girls – Ozilline


Dar Williams – The Christians and the Pagans


Melissa Ferrick – Home


Serena Ryder – Stompa


Wicked – Defying Gravity


Patty Griffin – When It Don’t Come Easy


Rachel Platten – Better Place


Chastity Brown – Drive Slow


Culture Club – Karma Chameleon


Coldplay – Yellow


There you have it!  A little Roda Shuffle!  These 15 songs say so much about my life… Funny how one song can bring so many memories and emotions flooding back.  Thanks Nel!  This was so much fun!

If you love music, feel free to enjoy this “Shuffle” Tag!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You