Last night, I had the privilege of attending a fundraising dinner and awards event for one of my consulting clients. This organization does good work daily, and this event was no exception. The goal of the event was to shine light on students who aren’t often recognized for what they do, students who flourish despite obstacles. Humbling.
The keynote speaker asked us to consider who, in our own lives, was an “asset builder.” That is, an adult who invested in us and believed in us. As we went around the table, every guest had a story to share. Tears welled up in my eyes as images of those who had encouraged me came to mind . . .
Writing teachers, journalism teachers, my Girl Scout leader, mentors, leadership teachers, organization sponsors and so many more have richly invested in me, and I am beyond grateful for it.
And the kicker in it all . . . I’m not sure any of these people thought of themselves as “asset builders.” No, they were just people. I was just a kid who needed a little encouragement, and they generously gave it to me. Simple, and yet life-changing.
Celebrating the accomplishments of those in our lives is a big deal. Maybe not to us, but to the one who is recognized. They say it takes a village to raise a child, right? I think it takes a village to love an adult too.
“This award we’ve discovered is given to bloggers who inspire you and have less than 200 followers. The Liebster Award takes its name from the German word meaning ‘Beloved, Dearest or Favorite.’” – Quit the Cure (Lisa Ann)
So here’s the best part: I get to nominate a handful of bloggers to receive the award too! You know I love the blogs, so this was a tough decision.
Jenn Adams writes beautiful, encouraging posts about her walk with God.
Emily captures the beauty of the world around us in both photos and words at The Inner Harbor.
Steph shares eloquently about the wonder to be found in the everyday at Everyday Awe.
Melissa and I share “inspiration” in the title of our blogs, and she shares about food, fashion, writing and everything in between on Inspiration and Rough Drafts.
Tara paints joy-to-read, lovely word pictures on Pohlkotte Press.
Fine print: Winners, if you wish to participate, please keep the love going and refer to the instructions below.
1.Link back to the person who gave it to you and thank them.
2. Post the award to your blog.
3. Give the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers that you appreciate and value (It’s a great way to get to word out there about other blogs!!)
4. Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know that they have received this award.
To carry the cliche further . . . I think it takes a village to raise a blogger, don’t you? 🙂