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Thank you! Goodness gracious me – I cannot believe that my little blog has been nominated for a Liebster Award by Jan Stone from JANONLIFE blog, Looking at Life and author of the book, LIFE: A PLAYERS GUIDE (please visit Jan’s Amazon page http://t.co/e2SAy2TM).

Through her very original blog posts, Jan Stone reveals that she is a true pioneer and adventurer whose curiosity, deep intuition and probing mind have allowed her to make miracles occur in her own life as well as in her freelance teaching of children with special learning needs. Jan’s inspiration and innovative way of thinking have been a lifeline to many souls on the physical plane and beyond. I would strongly recommend that you check out her blog for yourselves.

As per the conditions for accepting the Liebster Award nomination for my blog, Jan has asked me to share 11 of the most interesting or inspiring discoveries I have made in my life journey so far. Here goes..

1. Discovering that I was fortunate enough to be able to communicate with my spirit guides (collectively known as Magdalena) has been one of the greatest gifts in my life and has literally opened up a whole new world of exploration for me.

Through my readings, I feel very blessed to help people get their lives back on the right track very quickly by simply assisting them, through my channelled guidance, to reconnect with their own inner knowing to gain the courage to move forward and to make the very best of their present circumstances for a happier and healthier future to be theirs to enjoy. Although I believe in free will above all, life can deal some really tough blows that can knock us off course and make us lose sight of our own guiding light, so I feel that through my work and genuine compassion for others, I can be of real service in helping restore that faith in life. I am also especially grateful that I am able to read remotely and can therefore reach people far beyond my own local area, but acknowledge that some find this very difficult to understand.

2. From using my gifts as a medium, I know that even when we depart this physical world, we still appreciate kind thoughts about our lives and need to feel the love and forgiveness of those we have left behind.

3. The energy of a house really does affect the lives of its inhabitants. Some houses really welcome you and will be the haven you should expect, but others will contribute to all sorts of unfortunate events, ranging from low moods, general malaise and fractured relationships to illnesses and accidents. I know it seems perfectly obvious, but trust your gut reaction when visiting any potential new home and do not ignore any misgivings. You are so connected to your immediate environment, therefore, regardless of the constraints of your budget, or the apparent desirability of the property,make sure that the place you intend to call home feels like a true refuge for you and your family. Check its history and look for signs of health outside the property too as the vitality of the surroundings holds many clues about a property’s energetic alignment. Haunted houses hold sad spirits who will drag you down. This brings “caveat emptor” to a whole new level!

4. As a linguist and aspiring writer, I have spent long periods living, working, studying and travelling abroad on my own. There’s nothing like being in a foreign country, where you have to start from scratch, to really force you to draw on your inner resourcefulness. My poor guardian angel must have despaired of me many times, but I’m lucky to still be here, with plenty of tales to tell and a few secrets too!

5. Sometimes, the best protection you have from negativity is your brightest smile and heartiest laughter. Failing that, be bold and wear red.

6. Be strong and choose your relationships very carefully, as they can make or break your life.

7. Music really does feed the soul – even if it’s only the beautiful birdsong outside my window.

8. If I thought writing a book was going to be hard, getting it published is even harder!

9. I can manage most things, just not in high heels!

10. If the younger members of the family are trying to be creative, apply a paste of bicarbonate of soda mixed with white wine vinegar to remove any ink graffiti from freshly painted walls. Whatever you decide to do after that is entirely up to you…

11. Here we are at number 11. According to numerology, based on my full name and birth date, number 11 is my “Destiny Number”. I have no idea what my destiny is, but I’m going to do my best to make it a good one!

Thanks to Jan for her very clever way of getting me to spill a few beans about my life.

I follow many wonderful blogs which do not qualify for a Liebster Award nomination, but in accordance with the rules, I’m now going to nominate my five new Liebster Award nominees and set them my own 11 questions. I hope that you will enjoy reading their blog posts as much as I do.

My nominations are:

The inscrutable paths of the spirit http://pathsofthespirit.wordpress.com/, a beautiful collection of angelic poetry and short stories by Line

My Invisible Crown http://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/64419896/, wise, yet visceral poetry

Me, Myself and Milena http://memyselfandmilena.wordpress.com/, a very original and quirky blog with posts written in a mixture of Spanish and English

Promise of Purity http://bkvedna.wordpress.com/, a blog of daily inspirational wisdom

Blind and Prejudiced, http://berrysmithblog.wordpress.com/, a love story, based on diary entries from the 1950s

My questions to each of the aforementioned nominees are –

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. Where do you get your inspiration for your blog?
3. Have you published any work?
4. What season is it where you live right now and what do you like best about it?
5. If you were the main character in a film, which actor would you want to play your role?
6. If you could invite any well-known personality, living or dead, to a dinner party, who would you invite and why?
7. Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen one?
8. If you could save three objects from a burning building, what would they be and why?
9. What is your best characteristic?
10. What makes you laugh?
11. What is the most interesting or inspirational discovery you have made in your life so far?

Should any or all of them chose to accept my nomination, I look forward to reading their answers.

© Meliza Smith and thenewsageblog, 2013 – 2014.