Since 2005, I have used different blogs for varying purposes. In high school, it became an online journal. In university, a forum to post things to make friends laugh. During travels, a way to keep in touch with everyone from home. And now, a guide for fellow explorers. Each was gratifying in its own way and provided a creative outlet for my writing, which has become a sincere passion since I first began.
But perhaps one of the most satisfying feelings a blogger can get is feedback from other writers. Whether it’s someone dropping by to say they enjoyed the story, to ask a question, or even tell me how terrible the post is, I have felt no greater joy than having people read about these experiences then take the time to respond. So, I thank you.
Recently, I was nominated to receive the Versatile Blogger Award, which is a great way to recognize and thank fellow bloggers. I couldn’t be more thrilled to receive this award and thank everyone who continues to write and share their experiences with the world.
There are a few rules to follow when you are nominated for the VBA:
1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading.
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.
I have been nominated for this award, with the utmost gratitude, thanks to another dedicated blogger, Judy of JayJay’s Favorites. A devoted writer with a passion for home decor, gardening, and all things edible, her blog is full of wonderful advice that is well worth the click. She has taken time to follow along on these adventures and has given feedback and encouragement since I started Rise and Roam. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
The next step is to share 7 things about myself. Since I use this blog to focus on travel and helping others, I’ll keep this short.
1) I grew up in a small town but have fallen in love with big cities. I lived in Busan for a year and knew I couldn’t go without sufficient public transportation, so I recently made the move two hours north to Chicago.
2) I’m fortunate to say I have a job here in the Windy City. I start working for Red Frog Events in a few shorts weeks and I am infinitely grateful for the opportunity.
3) Baseball is very important to me. I’ve grown up a St. Louis Cardinals fan (not sure how that will work living four blocks from Wrigley) and the sport has provided a great way to bond (and bicker) with family members and friends.
4) People always ask what my favorite place is and there is no easy answer. Florence will always be my absolute favorite; the city ignited my passion for travel. Hong Kong is a very close second.
5) After living out of a backpack for three months, I come to realize what I need to get by. I’m surprised at how little I brought when moving into my new apartment.
6) Music is another passion of mine. I don’t care, I’m saying it, Dave Matthews Band is my favorite. A lot of people make fun of me for it, but going to a show with no cares is one of the best feelings I can imagine.
7) My friends and family mean the world to me. They have supported me through these travels and I don’t think I have enough thank-you’s to truly show them how appreciative I am.
And now, more nominations:
1. Beautiful Feet- An expat in Thailand, her stories of inspiration and adventure have truly been some of the best I’ve stumbled upon.
2. Girl Who Does Everything- The girl who does everything recently returned from Canada (more commonly referred to as “America’s hat” by Ottawa native and good friend, Alix) and has a lot to say about it. Her writing is top notch and I’ve enjoyed following along.
3. Itchy Fingers- As if the name isn’t enough to lure you in. This awesome blog takes you around the world with quirky posts and extraordinary photos. Certainly one-of-a-kind.
4. The Great Escape- An archive of travel memories from a semester abroad in Australia, Jenna gives an inside glimpse into her experiences down under.
5. Stacy Laughs- A blog in transition, this graduate student also lived in South Korea teaching English and provides tons of hilarity while giving a sneak peek into life abroad.
6. Ms World Traveler- An explorer on the path to self-discovery, her blog is “making waves in the desert,” as she puts it. Truly a joy to follow.
7. Alexandria Joy- Highly creative and intellectual, she has a lot to say about the world and isn’t afraid to voice her opinion. Or post awesome photos.
8. The Adventures of L Ron- Another Korea based blog, but one of the funniest and best written I’ve come across. Lauren tells you of her escapades, from navigating the chaotic aisles of Costco to finding the perfect bloody mary in the Land of the Morning Calm.
9. Wunderkammern- One of the most creative blogs I’ve recently discovered, a beautiful photo collection of her life and travels.
10. Hoo Sze Ling- A great reflection on life, adventures, and just about everything in between. With a sense of humor, to boot.
11. Mandie the Miguk- A contributor to Rise and Roam and one of the wittiest people I know, her blog provides a candid look into life as a miguk (foreigner) in South Korea.
12. Sarahinguangzhou- The life of a kindergarten teacher in China, following along has provided inspiration, good laughs, and a great impression of life abroad.
13. Lost in Town- A terrific blog about fashion, food, and love in Rome. If you need suggestions about what to do, where to go, or where to eat, make this your first stop.
14. Ezer Kenegdo- The musings, photos, and interests of one very fantastic, talented lady.
15. Jacque Smith- In keeping up with new trends, I nominate a Pinterest site. This particular one belongs to Jacque, a Public Relations aficionado with a passion for music, travel, media, fashion, art, and fun.
And again, I thank you for following along.