Let The Sun Shine….AGAIN!


Well, I was nominated once again for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you so much BEXoxox Blog for the shout out and nomination! A while back I said I wasn’t going to participate in any more of these awards, but you know what????? Someone took the time to read something I wrote and they liked it! They thought enough of my words to  recognize me and give me a shout out, so I in turn accept the nomination and proudly display for all to see.  🙂 Now, awards aren’t for everyone, so if you don’t accept…hey that’s fine too.  🙂 Continue reading

Let The Sunshine In!

I have been awarded with the Sunshine Blogger Award from Laurie at Let The Light In~Reflections . The Sunshine Award is given by fellow bloggers to other bloggers who are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.  I am so blessed to have Laurie as loyal follower, but also a sweet, sweet, kindred spirit. Her writings are truthful, raw, humorous and real life. She doesn’t sugarcoat her life… she writes from the heart. If you are looking for some heartfelt honest writing… this is Blog for you… go check her out!

Sunshine Blogger Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate eleven blogs to receive the award and write them eleven new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

1. Name something that makes you happy?  Reaching the top of a peak that I didn’t think I could climb.

2. Would you rather live in the city or countryside?  The countryside for sure. I detest being in a cramped up city where I smell fumes, garbage, and hear people all day. I would rather be where I can smell the fresh air, dip my feet in the creek, and listen to the birds and other critters.

3. What’s your ultimate inspiration song?  I actually have 2. The first is I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor. I have been through a lot and not once have I not come out on top.  The second would be Through All Of It by Colton Dixon.  Everything I have been through, God has remained faithful through it ALL.

4. Name 1 item on your bucket list.  To hike the entire Appalachian Trail. 2,192 miles.. from Georgia to Maine. Crazy I know…but what can I say… I like pain.

5. Do you prefer to write or type?  Write…. I LOVE doing things without technology. To me there is something romantic about picking up paper and pen and penning my thoughts. I journal….ALOT.

6. Mountains or Sea?   While the sea is magnificent… the mountains have my heart and soul. I was born and raised in the mountains and there is NO where more close to heaven on earth then sitting on top of them realizing just how small I truly am.

7. What is something you do to relieve stress?  I write and I hike. And I do both VERY frequent.

8. What is your happy color?   Green…. reminds me of my mountains. 🙂

9. If you visit a new place or country what is the first thing you would do?   Look for something to eat!!!!  Priorities!!!! 

10.What is one thing you cannot live without? My water bottle.  I ALWAYS have a water bottle with me…ALWAYS. I panic if I leave one somewhere.  I collect Nalgene bottles and they are covered in bumper stickers from places I have hiked or visited. I am constantly drinking water. Sometimes my coworkers like to hide my water bottles to give me panic attacks.

11. Who do you look up to?  My mama. She raised two daughters on her own, while working her tail off, yet she never missed any recital, ballgame, parent teacher conference, or play. She has ALWAYS been there. She has taught my sister and I that you NEVER give up, and you ALWAYS get up when you fall.  She is my hero.

My Nominations:

  1. Suze at Obsolete Childhood This gal is my spirit animal! If you ever are having a bad day and need a pick me up… Suze is the Blogger for you. Oh my gosh… this woman is totally nutso, but you will absolutely fall in love with her. She makes all my days sunny!
  2.  Southern By Design this is a wonderful blog I have recently found, and every time I visit, I instantly drawn into her enchanting charm.
  3. Bee Organized With Pamela – another delightful Blog I have just discovered. Lots of fun and exciting ideas to de-clutter your life and trust me… this bring lots of sunshine my way!!!!

S0… as you can see… I cheated. I am only nominating three Bloggers. Each of these Blogs are gems in our Blogging community… so settle in, have a cup of coffee, and give them a read.

You three are under no obligation to accept this nomination but please know you have been an inspiration. If you accept, I ask you to answer any five questions from the list. You can answer all, but if not, please choose five. Also, please pass on the nomination to at least five other bloggers whom you admire.

Keep Spreading the Sunshine!!!!



Well golly! I have one another award!!

imageThank you so much Georgie at Third Time Lucky  for nominating me! I have so loved reading about you and the adventures you take!  I take being nominated very seriously, and appreciate you thinking my Blog is something Lovely!  I am jumping for JOY over here!

One of the rules is share 7 facts about myself:

  • I talk constantly. Seriously. My 1st grade teacher told my mother I was the most sociable child she had ever met. That was her polite way of informing my mother that I never shut up.  I have never met a stranger, and can talk to you about anything.
  • I hate to cook. LOATHE it. My diet consists of cereal, popcorn, and anything I can microwave.
  • I am not a huge TV watcher, but when I do, I LOVE PBS!
  • I am a HUGE fan of all the Rocky movies. I am  reigning Champ on several online Rocky Trivia sites.  It’s a real thing. Don’t even attempt to stump me or challenge me.  You won’t win. I love the Italian Stallion.
  • I am single and LOVE it. However, secretly I am holding out until either Adam Levine from Maroon 5 or Clay Matthews from the Green Bay Packers propose. I don’t really care who gets to me first.  🙂



  • I taught Pre-K for almost 15 years. Even though I don’t teach anymore I am still most comfortable in a room full of 5 year olds. Adults are too complicated.
  • I have recently dedicated myself to accomplishing things I always said I would do, but keep putting off.  Life is short and I don’t want to leave this earth without having lived it to the fullest.
  • In March of 2018 I will be hiking the entire Appalachian Trail. 2,190 miles from Georgia to Maine.  (This is an extra fact… I added because it is pretty much consuming my life at this time)

So now it is time to nominate the Blogs I would like to bestow this award upon.

Mountain Dreaming because she is cool hiker girl like me. 🙂

Don’t You Forget About Me.. if you haven’t checked this Blog out yet… DO IT NOW!

Being Zingy If you are looking for a PHNOMENAL female Blogger that will inspire.. this is the blog for you.

New2Writing She writes some pretty creative stuff, and she’s a fellow redhead, so you know she’s awesome.  🙂

Redhead Reflections Very inspirational Blog!

If you want to join in, here are the rules.

You must thank the person who nominated you and link their blog in the post.

# You must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.

# You add 7 facts about yourself

# Then nominate at least 5 people and let them know by commenting on their blog





Liebster Award

I was nominated for my first award!


Thank you Elsie of Ramblings of a Writer for nominating me for the Liebster Award!  I am honored.  She hails from New Zealand and her writings are delightful!

I am super excited because this is my first ever Blogging award!  I am feeling kind of special. So bear with me as I relish in my moment.  🙂



It is with great delight I accept this award.


The Six Simple Rules:

-Thank the person who nominated you and link back to her/his blog.

-Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge to your post.

-Nominate 10 new bloggers with less than 200 followers.

-Answer the ten questions the person who nominated you asked.

-Then create ten new questions for the bloggers you are nominating

-Notify the bloggers that you have nominated by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here are the questions that Elsie asked me:

1. Why did you start blogging?

I have always loved to write. I have notebooks full of thoughts, memories, and emotions. I am a high-energy, and somewhat spastic person, and when I speak my words can be all over the place. Writing helps me convey what I want to say in a more eloquent and understandable way.  I was writing some pretty long posts on my Facebook page, and a couple of friends suggested I start a Blog…. here we are!

 2. Is this your first blog or have you had others?

This is my first.

3. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

I love the freedom I have, and the feed back I get from people I do not know, who have become fast friends. It is funny because the main readers of my Blog are strangers and not the friends and family who suggested I start it in the first place.  Sometimes there may be a fellow Blogger who has different perspective then I have, and I LOVE hearing from them and seeing things in a different light sometimes. I have met some wonderful fellow writers, who I feel I have known forever.

4. What inspires you?

My Faith inspires me. My relationship with God has been the one and only constant in my life. The past 3 years have been the most difficult in my life. However, I have learned more about God’s perfect love, forgiveness, grace, and humor going through that dark period. I have learned to love the scars of my past, because they show me, and those around me, that God is good and faithful. They remind me of where I was, and how I was brought out of a dark deep pit.  Life is short. We only get one shot. When I fall, I have two choices: Stay down and complain about my circumstance, or Get up, dust myself off, learn from it, move on, and grow from the experience. I find humor in everything. The world is going to laugh at me regardless. I might as well join in the fun!  🙂

5. Which one is your most favorite, Facebook or Twitter?

Facebook.  I don’t understand Twitter. 🙂 That sounds silly I know, but sadly it is true. The whole retweet, only  140 characters allowed thing…. yeah… I don’t get it. You can find me here:  Jessica on Facebook

6. How would you describe yourself in just three words?

Spitfire.  Redeemed. Fun!

7. What are your favorite foods to snack on?

FRENCH FRIES!!!!!!!!  We have been in a love affair since I was a wee babe. “Fry Fry ” was my very first word.  I LOVE a big plate of hot, fresh French Fries!

8. Are you a coffee or tea person?

COFFEE!!! I am obsessed with it and probably need a 12-Step Program or Support group.

9.  What is your favorite color?

Orange. I am a HUGE University of Tennessee fan.  It is embarrassing how many orange shirts I own.  It is not a pretty orange, but who cares! GO VOLS!

10. What is your dream vacation destination?

When I was 8 years old I received the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. The setting is Canadian Prince Edward Island. Since the age of 8 it has been my DREAM to visit PEI. I am on the mailing list to receive the huge Island guide book that comes out each and every year.  One day….. I will go.

Now for those I would like to nominate.  Some I could not see how many followers you had, so I apologize if you don’t qualify.  I nominated each of you because your Blog has in someway inspired me:

Barbara at Musings And My Two Cents

Bridget at I’m Yesterdays Girl

83 Unsung Heroes

Luis at Bare Humanity

Ryan Erickson

Sandra at Glorious Impact

The Daddy Blitz

Pearl at writeintent1

Leah at Raffy Stole My Heart

Anne at One For The Blog

Feel free to accept or decline this nomination, there have been quite a few awards around lately, it is an honor to received them, it means several people think you are a great blogger!.

Here are My Questions:

1. What prompted you to start blogging?

2. What is your most favorite thing about the city you live in?

3. How would your friends and family describe you?

4. What inspires you?

5. What is your favorite quote of all time?

6. How would YOU describe YOURSELF in just three words?

7. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

8. If you and your best friend were walking down the street and he/she tripped and fell in a funny position are you the type of friend who helps them up immediately, or do you grab your phone to take a quick picture for Facebook first?

9.  What is the one thing you have accomplished that you are the most proud of?

10. What is your dream vacation destination?

If you chose to respond, I can’t wait to read your answers!!!!