One Lovely Blog Award: I Was Nominated!

Rachel Hanson nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. I’m moved because she is a lovely blogger herself. I’ve only gotten to know her work recently through #LinkYourLife (thanks to my co-hostess with the mostest Shareen Mansfield for talent-scouting this gem). What I’ve learned is that Rachel is tender, honest and compassionate in all areas of communication. I am so happy to be connected with her. So, thank you, Rachel! Squee!

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Seven Facts About Me

  1. I recently gave up coffee. *gasp* I know. I’ve switched to tea. It’s been a great change, but coffee.
  2. I just finished a big project that I’m really proud of (again, with Shareen because we do all the online things together). See it here.
  3. I have THREE wonderful kiddos. You really only here about the eldest through my writing.
  4. That’s because I’m a very private person. I know that flies in the face of the memoir I share here, but I am very cautious about who and what I share as well as how. For example, I don’t write much about my husband. He prefers it that way.
  5. If it weren’t for our need of a service dog, I wouldn’t write about my eldest son either. I only did so with his permission and because, well, we need the help but people prefer to know who they’re helping. I’m glad we opened up on this though. I’ve realized several things about myself in the process.
  6. Like that I am probably autistic. I’m working on a piece that gets into this a lot deeper. There is much to  say, but first I have to mine my life much like I do others’ work.
  7. Of all the work I do, private coaching is my favorite. I love one-on-one sessions with clients and their words. I love that I get to do that with the writers at Open Thought Vortex thanks to Shareen’s generosity (yep, her again). I love when new clients email me for short coaching sessions. I love that I’m actually doing what I dream. 

Now for some One Lovely Blog Award Nominations:

This is kind of tricky because I need to choose three. That’s right. I’m capping myself. It’s for my own sanity! There are so very many of you who write wonderful pieces that I deeply admire. I’m going to choose from some new voices I’ve come across through #LinkYourLife and who I have not written about before.

  1. Tracy’s Truth. Tracy writes honestly on deep and difficult issues. I read each post and say at some point, “Me too.”
  2. SynDolly. Another deep experience writer. I am profoundly moved by the posts I find from Devon.
  3. New World Mom. Another amazing women empowering men and women with knowledge about what the struggle is like from the inside.

I hope they all appreciate their nominations, but I hope more that you choose to dwell in their pages for awhile. Thank you for reading. And if you are one of my nominees, here’s what to do next (if it feels good to you).

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Thank you, Rachel!


Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

8 Discussion to this post

  1. Norah Colvin says:

    Congratulations, Shawna! You definitely deserve the award. It was lovely to find out a little more about you. Thank you for the recommended blogs.

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  2. Rachel says:

    I really do think that you are amazing!! Even more so for giving up coffee. I was coffee free for most of my life and now that I’ve joined the club I don’t think there’s ever any going back :).

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