The Miranda Sings Award

Thank you to Mischenko from for nominating me for this award!  This is a new award for me, which makes it even more fun!  I love the fact that the focus of this award is Self Love!  Check out Mischenko’s blog!  If you enjoy books, movies and music, you have come to the right place!



  • Announce your win with a post, and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Include the featured image on your blog post.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post.
  • List 7 things you love about yourself. (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)
  • Don’t use negative connotation (i.e. Don’t say things like – “I’m prettier than an average person.” or “People have told me I’m smart.” You are pretty. You are smart.)

7 Things I love about myself:

  1. I love the emotional complexities of ME! I am an extremely strong woman, yet I cry very easily. I love reaching out and helping others, yet it is difficult for me to ask for help. I am Roda, hear me roar…and meow!img_1809
  2. I have a unique fashion sense that is completely based on my mood! I can rock a dress and heals if needed, but would prefer my hippie jeans, bare feet and a graphic tee! I can go from natural hair one minute to piggy braids the next! I refuse to paint my finger nails, but my toes must have sparkle at all times!
  3. I love that I feel everything around me. I have learned to embrace my strong intuitive side and listen to her.img_9946.jpg
  4. I embrace my creative side. I have always loved art and music! I enjoy creating in so many ways! My art form tends to be gardening in the Spring and Summer. The color and texture palette is endless! In the Fall and Winter, I turn my creative juices to cooking, painting, and designing natural jewelry. I enjoy photography year round, which allows me to celebrate and share my creations. I might not be a talented mathematician, but I feel blessed to have the gift of creativity.
  5.  I so enjoy sprinkling JOY in people’s lives! There is nothing more beautiful than knowing a small act of kindness made a difference in someone’s day!img_2892-1
  6. I love that I am filled to the brim with passion! I am passionate about everything in my life: people, animals, hobbies…when I love, it is with all of me. I have always been told I am an all or nothing person. I guess that is a true statement!img_1237
  7. I love that I have learned to embrace ME completely. The greatest gift one can discover is self-love…img_2997


Roda’s Nominees:

*I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process. By nominating the following blogs, I am able to celebrate these new and old friends. We all can use a little reminder when it comes to celebrating our gifts! If you choose to take part, that is fantastic! If not, no worries! Just keep writing…♥

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…



The Mystery Blog Award

A great big Growing Self thank you to Stephanie at Stephanie’s Novel Fiction.   for the Mystery Blogger Award nomination.  I understand that many do not participate in the award process, but honestly, I enjoy it!  It is a great way for me to not only learn more about  my blogging pals, but discover new blogs that I might not have discovered otherwise.

Thank you again, Stephanie, for the nomination! Stephanie and I have a few fun things in common!  We both have three children, hate driving on the freeway and are INFJs!  We are truly special critters! Stephanie has a passion for reading, so if you want to visit a great blog, packed full of amazing books and book reviews, visit Stephanie’s site!


What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“The ‘Mystery Blogger Award‘ is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion” ~ Okoto Enigma.

How Does It Work:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their  blog
  • Mention the creator of the award
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Nominate up to 10 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Facts about Roda:

  • I am a fraternal twin
  • I gave birth to fraternal twins
  • We have twins, in our family, as far back as 6 generations!

Stephanie’s Questions

  1. What is one thing that is on your bucket list (or thing you really want to do in your lifetime)? Honestly, I am living my dream!  I am married to the love of my life, spending my days doing what I love!   I have everything I could ever want!  But, I would like to meet the amazing individuals, I chat with, in the blogging community!
  2. How would you describe yourself in a few words? Kind, Sensitive, Intuitive,Quirky
  3. What is your favorite book genre? Your least favorite? Favorite: Non-Fiction / Least: Anything violent or with an unhappy ending!
  4. Describe the perfect relaxing evening. Spending the evening, with my family, playing games and eating yummy food!
  5. What is your guiltiest pleasure? I LOVE DARK CHOCOLATE!

Roda’s Questions: I like Stephanie’s questions, so let’s stick with those!

  • What is one thing that is on your bucket list (or thing you really want to do in your lifetime)?
  • How would you describe yourself in a few words?
  • What is your favorite book genre? Your least favorite?
  • Describe the perfect relaxing evening.
  • What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Roda’s Nominees:

*I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process. By nominating the following blogs, I am able to celebrate these new and old friends. If you choose to take part, that is fantastic! If not, no worries! Just keep writing…♥

Roda’s Favorite Post: Each Sunday, I write a post titled “Be Still”.  These posts are truly some of my favorites to write!


Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…




The Carpool Tag

I have to admit, this is my first time ever being tagged!  Thank you to Jen at   for adding some extra fun to my day!


The Carpool Tag was created by Rebecca, from The Finicky Cynic.  Her inspiration…

I was inspired to create this sort of tag due to the fact that I’ve done my fair share of carpooling at home and abroad, whether with family and friends or with complete strangers (safely, of course!). I find carpooling not only to be an economical way of getting from place to place, but also a great way to bond with other passengers! Friendship makes the world go ’round, am I right?

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you in their post.
  • Link back to the original creator of the tag.
  • Pick your car (model, size, color, etc.).
  • Answer the questions (can be either real people in your life or celebrities/fictional characters).
  • Tag as many bloggers you would like to do the tag.

Car Type: I am driving my dream car! A candy apple red, Mini Cooper S. Her name is Vern!


The Driver:  I would be the driver, if the adventure consisted of back roads and no traffic!  If driving on the highway is a must, then Wifey will take the wheel and I will hold onto the “Oh Jesus” handle!img_4075

The DJ: Anything by the Indigo Girls!  I have been a fan since “Closer to Fine” was released in  1989! Folk music of all sorts is fine by me!  (Linda, want me to pick you up!?)   Oh, and Broadway tunes for a car sing along is a must!  (Jay, since you have so much Broadway experience, I can pick you up on the way to pick up Linda!  In that case, I will stop and get Nel first, since she is on the way!  By the way, Nel already called shotgun!)22a7f687-1fed-40a4-9412-1662910d5fd5

The back-seaters: Usually, the three teenagers are my back-seaters!  They so love when they all have to pile in the backseat of Vern!  (Linda and Jay, I have already drawn the imaginary line in the backseat, so there is no arguing about the dividing line! And Jay, no cheese snacks of any kind in Vern!)

The Carsick:  My youngest son becomes extremely ill when riding in the car!  Linda will most likely turn green quickly, once she has to listen to Gordon Lightfoot, so I will have happy little disposable bags and salty treats ready for either of my car sick duos!


Life is amazing…Enjoy the Ride!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…



Mystery Blogger Award

I am so excited to be nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award! ♥ I would love to thank the creative and talented Nel for nominating me! If you have not visited her blog, I recommend you check it out!  Nel shares her experiences, photos and feelings, based on inspiration.  I so enjoy her blogging adventures! Continue reading “Mystery Blogger Award”