The Sunshine Blogger Award

This honors me beyond words…after so many months of avoiding to participate on any kind of nomination, here I am, feeling grateful and special for being among the nominees. We are a community, what better way to celebrate this feeling? Thank you, Stuart for reminding me, in this elegant way, that little things matter so much!

A wonderful person and a loyal friend, a talented writer and a man of faith, Stuart’s blog is impressive through the wisdom, love, faith and passion for truth he brings into the world. I’m happy to give you the link to his blog:

Here are the rules for receiving the award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their posts.
  • Ask the nominees 11 new questions.

Now I’m going to answer to Stu’s amazing 11 questions:

1. When, what seems like the weight of the world is upon your shoulders, what keeps you motivated to take that next step?

Thank you for this question! What truly helps me, when even prayers seem pointless, is to look into my children’s eyes. Their trust in me, their unconditional love, their light…that’s all I need…and I will move a mountain! 🙂

2. What is something that you used to collect as a child that you wish you still had?

I used to collect chocolates wrappers, had a big box of those things. I miss them…

3. What exactly gives you a sense of accomplishment?

Volunteering, definitely.

4. What was your hardest challenge to overcome?

My hardest challenge was the depression I’ve been struggling with the past 5 years. And the guilt associated with it.

5. Why do you feel the church is silent on dealing with real life issues like addiction and sex?

Is hard to answer without starting to judge and to blame the church…in fact, this was the main reason I decided to keep the distance from my church and its rituals. I trust that the true followers of Christ will never remain silent. They are the only church I need in times of darkness.

6. What is your personal opinion as to why it seems more and more little ones are being shot, beaten, kidnapped or worse?

The children are the purest expression of Light, here on earth. So, in these times of spiritual war, they become targets. The very idea of Family is targeted too…

7. Why would any parent, no matter what the hell is going on in their lives, want to take the lives of their kids?

There is no reason, absolutely no reason for a human being to harm a child! I see these cases daily, it is heart breaking and beyond any logical explanation. Look at the Watts case, look into his eyes…I did, expecting to see a sick person…All I saw was evil, pure evil. I’m sorry if this sounds offensive, this is how I feel.

8. What is you favorite post/posts you have written? Share links please 😊

That’s easy 🙂

9. I don’t know if this one is possible but what is the most liked post on your blog?

It’s the one I mentioned above (I got 212 likes, that’s…wowwww for me! )

10. Which post is the one most commented on?


11. And finally, who is your top supporter as far as comments? Give them a shout out 😊

On this beautiful journey as a blogger I had the chance to meet a very special lady, a really wonderful friend, the type of person that never gives up on you, even when you’re unable to give back all the love she’s giving. This is Sharon, from, my amazing friend.

My nominees for The Sunshine Blogger Award are:


Here are my questions for the nominees:

  1. What is the song that you listen on repeat when you feel down?
  2. How do you imagine a perfect afternoon?
  3. What is your favorite poem?
  4. What was your favorite toy as a child?
  5. Tell me about your favorite place.
  6. What do you like the most about yourself?
  7. Tell me about a food that reminds you of childhood.
  8. Describe me your best friend.
  9. What is your biggest fear?
  10. Who do you miss the most?
  11. Who’s portrait would you paint if you would be a painter?

I’d be happy to read your answers, but I do understand if any of the nominees would not want to be a part of this. You are amazing regardless of any nomination!

If a writer falls in love with you…

penning-a-letter-by-george-goodwin-kilburneI see you crying. You do’t know it, but your tears are crystal clear drops of light, pure light and they bring you so close to me!

I see you looking in the mirror, searching for every little sign. That your swollen eyes are ugly and inexpressive, what a terrible lie! You don’t know it, but your eyes are open gates to a heavenly soul. Yours!

I see you struggling to create the magic on a blank page. You call it “the writer’s block”, I call it blindness. How I wish you could feel the magic inside you! Because you are simply amazing and your words are instruments of healing!

I see you dying a little more, every day. And you cannot see me…

Here I am, falling in love with your words.

Here I am, a tourist and a shadow in your world of emotions.

Here I am praying for you.

We’re writers and dreamers and we may never fit in (what they call) normality. Who cares? You and me, fulfilling old legends, we stay awake in each other’s dreams. We live for ever and a day in each other’s stories. We share memories of things that never happened. You and me. That’s the level of faith given unto our entwined souls!

I see you reading my words. Doubts and questions…Is it about me? you ask and the echo of your thoughts becomes the rhythm of my heart. Yes, it is about YOU.

I touch the cold screen of this old, broken laptop, just like you do. Right now. Close your eyes, let your fingers touch mine, from worlds apart. Do you feel me?

You are here now, with me, safe within my being. I’m keeping the memory of you-and-me, your tears and your struggle, even the words I never agreed to, I’m keeping them all, ’till the very last beating of my heart. And one beat away into the unknown…

Because you know…you became immortal…

…the day I fell in love with you.


Dear friends, I’m taking a short break from writing, since I’ll be travelling, for the next three weeks. I’ll still be here, reading and commenting, connecting in every way I can with every one of you. Falling in love with your words and praying for the lonely hearts out there. Thank you for not giving up on me!




The source of the image: Penning a Letter by George Goodwin Kilburne


Bridges of light

This post is dedicated to my dearest friend, Sharon. A wonderful, kind and generous person, a talented blogger, a blessing and a real support to me. You can read about her journey to become a healer in here:


The old lady gave me the special smile, a mix of boredom and sarcasm with a very clear message. Next! Move on! What are you still waiting for?! I’d normally walk away, blaming the system, commenting about her lack of empathy, but today…

Today I’m not giving up. This morning I’m holding on to my faith and my bright smile. And I’m not walking away. Not without what I came for…

The old lady is losing her patience.

“Look Miss, you simply have no luck. I’ve searched for it, it’s not in here! Next!”

It’s not about luck, not at all. It’s about having faith.

I guess I said it out loud, because she dropped the papers and now she’s starring at me.

“Well, here is The Post Office, not a church. And I’ve searched EVERYWHERE for that letter or package or…whatever. Next!”

I’m pointing to the blue bag in the corner of the room.

Could you, please, search in that bag? I ‘m sure it’s in there!

“Of course NOT. That bag contains packages that will be returned to their senders. There’s absolutely NO CHANCE AT ALL that yours would be in there! Next!”

Please. It would mean very much to me.

She stops for a brief moment and analyzes me. Then she smiles.

“Okay, I get it. So…it’s from someone special…right?”

I smile back, knowing what I’m about to say. Exactly what I feel.

It is from someone very special to me. A very wonderful lady who lives far across oceans, but still, she became my best friend. My greatest support through every storm I’m meant to cross through. She’s strong, she’s kind, she’s brave. She’s someone I’m looking up to, a real warrior of light. A living prove that faith is not in words, but in actions. A reminder that people with hearts of gold still exists.

Her words of hope gave me strength more than once, her own journey inspired me to search for light even through darkness. Her generosity and her love are above everything I knew about people, so please…

“Look, Miss…”

And now I’m sure I have lost this battle. I’ll walk out quietly.

“Where are you going? Come on, let’s work on this miracle!”

And I heard her, like through a dream, shouting at her colleagues. The blue bag…and every worker from the post office with their hands covered in rust, the old lady giving orders, like every general, every commander of an important army would do. For me.

She hands me a yellow envelope and her smile has no trace of irony.

“There you go…I have no idea how, I really can’t understand these kind of things. It was lost and now it’s found…No, don’t thank me…you have a light in your eyes and a contagious smile. Never change, okay? Next!!!”

It was never lost, just misplaced.

I was never lost, just waiting to be found.

Thank you, Sharon, for finding me and for always saying the right words.

This is my way of telling you that the bridge of light we created between our worlds can do miracles. Be blessed!


One Lovely Blog Award

I never even dreamed that one day I’d feel so rewarded…So blessed with wonderful people around me, amazing writers and wonderful friends…And that, through words and only words…we can create so many bridges between our worlds. This award is a dream come true…Thank you, Tashnee (Victoria) for encouraging me and for motivating me to write more and better!

I want to tell you, dear friends, a little about her fascinating blog. A very awarded blog and a very inspiring one. She writes with honesty and passion, approaching a diversity of topics, fashion, life style, personal stories, useful advises and so many more. What I love the most about her blog is her writing style…you really feel you’re talking with a friend, somewhere in a very relaxing place. That’s her…and you can find her here:

Update, July 21: I just received a second nomination for One Lovely Blog Award and I’m so happy and honored because it came from one of the people I admire so much in this blogging community. Chinedu Victor, a wonderful soul, a Medical student who’s dream of treating children simply touches my heart. But also, he’s a fitness trainer, a man who’s dedicating his time and energy to help others live a healthy, fit life. His blog contains so much useful information on this field and his kind, honest, encouraging written voice makes you feel very comfortable. And, on a more personal level, what I find extraordinary about him is his modesty, his faith, his inner beauty, his dedication and I could write so much more…but I’ll let you discover his amazing blog, at:

Thank you, Victor, for honoring me with this nomination!

Update2, july 21: What a beautiful surprise! A very talented blogger and a kind soul nominated me for the third time for One Lovely Blog Award! Thank you so much, Nathprasad Dhanawat, it means so much to me to be among your nominees!

And I want to tell you, dear friends, a little about this young and talented writer. His blog is impressive from the very beginning, from the beautiful title “Ready to love”…what a wonderful concept, speaking tons about the beautiful heart behind it! The pictures on his blog are so vivid, taking us, his readers, to a journey into his world…And his writing style…simply makes you want to read more and more. I’ll let you discover more of his written voice, here, on his blog:

Thank you again, Nathprasad!

The Rules to receive the award are:
• Thank the person that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
• List the rules.
• Display the award on your post of the award.
• List seven facts about yourself.
• Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know you have nominated them.

About myself…seven facts (Tashnee’s nomination)

  1. When I was younger I used to write my dreams in a diary. Many of them were so colorful and interesting, a great data base for a fantasy novel 🙂
  2. The titles I use for my posts are lyrics from my favorites songs.
  3. I love painting and drawing.
  4. I have photographic memory and sometimes it’s enough to look at a page and I’m able to “read” it from my mind. It was very useful in school 🙂
  5. Many of my posts are “written” in my mind a few hours before actually writing them. I simply remember them…
  6. I adore book stores, I can get lost for hours discovering new books.
  7. I love the smell and the texture of a freshly typed book…

And another seven facts (Chinedu Victor’s nomination):

  1. I love spending time among children, reading stories, singing, playing with them.
  2. I wanted to become a doctor and one of my biggest regrets is not following this dream.
  3. The apartment I’m living in was considered haunted at the moment we bought it.
  4. I adore hot weather…I feel great when outside are 32-33 degrees (Celsius).
  5. I do my Pilates on a daily basis.
  6. Sometimes I have premonitions or a sensation of deja-vu.
  7. My favorite kind of relaxation is taking long, long walks on the beach.

Seven facts about myself (Nathprasad’s nomination):

  1. My favorite song is Sarah Brightman’s “Only an ocean away”.
  2. I love Indian food, especially very spicy dishes!
  3. When I travel aboard, people suppose I’m from Sweden, because of the light color of my skin and hair.
  4. I’m afraid of the highs.
  5. Sometimes I talk in my sleep 🙂
  6. I like walking in the summer rain.
  7. I like taking selfies in the sunset’s light.

My nominees for One Lovely Blog Award are:


Thank you, dear friends, for your patience to read and, as I always say, if any of the nominees does not desire to follow the steps to receive this award, it’s absolutely okay, I still consider all of your blogs lovely and interesting!


The Liebster Award

Every time I’m nominated for an award, here on WordPress, I feel like the Universe smiled at me once again! From so many blogs, among so many wonderful people, many so much more extraordinary than I’ll ever be, Jess nominated me for the Liebster Award! Thank you, Jess!

And she’s pretty amazing herself! Her blog has that special something that makes you feel you’re talking to a friend, sharing thoughts and experiences. And she plays piano and violin, that’s truly impressive t me! And she loves dark chocolate, exactly like myself!

Please check her blog at:

The rules for the Liebster Award:

  1. Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award
  2. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  3. Nominate 11 blogs
  4. Notify them of the nomination
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer

I’ll start with the 11 random facts about myself:

  1. My eyes change color depending on my emotions (different shades of green, nothing too dramatic 🙂 )
  2. I have a collection of porcelain dolls and each one of them represents the main character from a famous novel.
  3. I have an bearded dragon, he’s really sweet and friendly even if our friends get a little scared when I take him out of his terrarium 🙂
  4. I have a fascination for snakes and no trace of fear when I manipulate them.
  5. When I was a child, I used to talk to the sea.
  6. I’m afraid of the bees.
  7. Animals, including the big, scary ones 🙂 seem to like me, or, at least, they become calm and gentle around me.
  8. I could listen the Vivaldi’s Seasons for hours!
  9. I’m consider myself very romantic.
  10. I adore storms with thunders, lightnings and wild wind.
  11. I never drink alcohol.

Now, Jess wanted to know about me:

  1. What is your favorite place to be?
  2. Do you consider yourself special?
  3. What does your favorite quotation mean to you?
  4. How has your blog changed since you started?
  5. What would you do if you couldn’t fail or be rejected?
  6. What do you admire about yourself?
  7. What is one thing you’re dreading right now?
  8. What is one thing you’re excited for?
  9. What is one failure that turned into your greatest lesson?
  10. Do you believe that destiny/fate is pre-determined or that you can change it?
  11. What’s your favorite way to get organised?

My answers:

  1. My favorite place to be is by the water: a lake, a river, the sea…
  2. I believe that every human being is special.
  3. My favorite quote is: “Do everything in love.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5) and it became my life’s philosophy.
  4. My blog became more focused on the things that really matter to me (faith, love, family) and I became more open and honest.
  5. If I couldn’t fail it would mean I’m perfect…that would be such a heavy burden on my shoulders 🙂 I guess I would dream of experiencing failure and imperfection once again 🙂
  6. What I like most about myself…my empathy.
  7. Uh…house chores…
  8. Usually it’s about a new book or traveling. I get excited just like a kid!
  9. It’s not really a failure, but…as a child. my school was chosen by my parents and I never felt that my place is there…so, what I learned from this is to always listen and look closely at my children’s feelings and to involve them in my decisions.
  10. I believe that God gives us a wonderful gift: free will. There are things that cannot be changed, but we chose our path and our destiny!
  11. I write lists, notes and so on to get organized.

My nominees for the Liebster Award are:


And my questions for you, amazing friends, are:

  1. What was the most vivid dream you remember?
  2. A symbol for love would be…
  3. If you could go back in time, what would you change in your life?
  4. As a child, your favorite hero was…
  5. What comforts you the most when you are sad?
  6. Your favorite poem is…
  7. If you could ask God (or any higher power) one question, this would be…
  8. What disappoints you the most in people?
  9. Your biggest wish is…
  10. Do you have a lucky charm?
  11. If you would write a book about yourself, the title would be…

Thank you, dear friends, for your patience. And, of course, if any of the nominees doesn’t want to follow the steps for this award, I completely understand. And I still consider you all amazing! ❤

The Versatile Blogger Award


I’m honored and grateful to be nominated to this wonderful award by a very special writer and a dear friend, Rupali. One of the sweetest girls I know on WordPress, she is impressive, not only by being a very complex and creative person, but also for her kindness and generosity. Do you know that expression…”a heart of gold”? Well, she is the definition of it! In her writings you’ll hear an unique voice, an honest, authentic and loving one. I invite you to discover her amazing blog, at:

Thank you, Rupali, for this award!


1.) Thank the bloggers who nominated you and share their links.
2.) Nominate at least 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.
3.) Also inform them about their nomination.
4.) Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.

I’ll start with the seven facts about myself:

  1. I can watch the full moon for hours, it fascinates me and it’s impossible for me to sleep on those nights.
  2. I love fireworks so much, that I travel to another country in its national day just to see them 🙂
  3. I had a near death experience that changed me in a positive way.
  4. I adore spicy food and jalapenos.
  5. Every time I go to the Zoo I feel a deep sadness, I can’t stand to see wild animals being caged.
  6. When I was a child, my biggest dream was to visit Beijing.
  7. I (still) love coloring books 🙂

And my nominees are:


I want to say thank you to all my friends who are following my blog, you are amazing! And if any of my nominees doesn’t want to follow the steps to receive the award, it’s absolutely okay, you’re still part of my heart!



The Sunshine Blogger Award

What a wonderful surprise! My friend Aquib, a very talented blogger, nominated me to The Sunshine Blogger Award! Me, from all people…I cannot even find the words to express my gratitude to him and how privileged and special this makes me feel. So, thank you, Aquib and may it always be sunshine in your life!

Now I want to tell you a little about him and his amazing blog…When I first started to read, I was so touched…not only by his talent but also by his special way of expressing through words and images so many deep emotions, feelings, even life philosophies. He is a generous and carrying soul, writing with so much honesty and generosity about this world’s pain, about love and morality, about life and people. And his latest poem “The ballad of the wall” brought tears int my eyes…

So, if you want to know more and to discover a beautiful and special soul, you can find him here:

Here are the Sunshine Blogger Award Rules:

1.) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.

2.) Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.

3.) Nominate 11 other bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Here are Aquib’s questions:

  1. Write five sentences about yourself?
  2. Have you ever been bullied in school and by whom, brief us about it?
  3. What do you do when you get angry?
  4. How do you describe this life?
  5. Have you ever betrayed or back stabbed someone for anything?
  6. Have you ever had a crush on someone besides any celebrity?
  7. What is so called ‘love’ to you?
  8. Where can you find the ultimate comfort?
  9. Have ever been to something that you arent supposed to, but you arrogantly did that?(anything) 
  10. Do follow any stereotype or any stereotype prevalent nowadays that you want to break, it must not need to be a typical media hype?(Like having an iPhone for eg, Or certain uncomfortable trendy dress that you hate) 
  11. How can you contribute to the society for being positive and respective towards each other, mainly the corruption that is seeding in the minds of young women and men because of obscenity, lust, fame etc.

And these are my answers:

  1. Five sentences about myself: My family matters the most for me. I am a psychologist, working for a religious (Catholic) foundation. Other than my work, I volunteer wherever I’m needed. I pray The Rosary every day. As a teenager, I dreamed of becoming a missionary.
  2. I was bullied in school, at different ages. Mainly by class mates (I was in a school mostly for girls) but in high school I had the unpleasant experience of being bullied by a teacher.
  3. When I get angry, if I can, I cry out all the anger inside…
  4. This life is a journey, a path to follow, a gift, a treasure, something so fragile and yet so precious.
  5. No. And, God’s willing, I never will.
  6. A crush on someone? When I first saw my husband (I was 16) it was…an instant crush 🙂
  7. Love is the force that keeps us alive. The reason this humanity still exists. My reason to smile, to forgive, to give more…
  8. When my children are hugging me…that warm embrace is my greater comfort. Other than this…in my faith.
  9. I almost ran away from home in a school trip…wasn’t arrogant, just desperate, I think.
  10. A stereotype I dislike…young girls or women wearing those fashionable black choker necklaces…I see it daily on the street.
  11. I promote tolerance towards each other, love and faith and a life build on decency and morality…through my own moral behavior and by educating my daughters to become strong, loving, decent woman.

I’m happy to nominate for the Sunshine Blogger Award, the next wonderful people. If, regardless of the reason, you don’t want to accept the award, that’s absolutely okay, you’re still wonderful and special to me. So, my nominees are:


And these are my questions:

  1. What is your strongest quality?
  2. Three things you can’t live without?
  3. How old were you when you fell in love for the first time?
  4. Describe your safe place.
  5. What is your favorite season?
  6. Your favorite song?
  7. If you could change anything about you, what would you chose?
  8. A food you can’t stand is…
  9. A quote that defines you is…
  10. What is the quality you appreciate the most in people?
  11. Your favorite moment of day is…

Thank you my dear friends, for your patience, I know this was a long, long post 🙂

Be blessed with sunshine all the way!

The Awesome Blogger Award

What a joyful morning! I just found out that one of my favorites bloggers and, as I would like to call her, a wonderful soul-friend, nominated me for the Awesome Blogger Award. Thank you, Ellie, with all my heart and soul!

There’s something I want to share now…when I first discovered Ellie’s blog, my main feeling was gratitude. And, so many times, going through her articles, I found myself looking at the skies above, feeling so blessed…She’s offering a kind of support, spiritual healing and connection that goes beyond words. You will feel it too…please visit her blog at

What is the Awesome Blogger Award?

This award was created by Miss Maggie over at dreaming of Guatemala! And she says:

“This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”

Rules of This Award:

• Thank the person who nominated you. Include the reason behind the award. Include the banner in your post.

• Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.

• Answer the questions your nominator gave you.

• Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.

• Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.

• Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated!

Ellie’s questions:

  1. Favorite book?
  2. What is your favorite childhood meal?
  3. Do you believe in coincidence?
  4. Biggest goal to reach?
  5. Summer or winter?
  6. Would you like to know who have you been in your previous lives?
  7.  Making your own food or take away?
  8. A smell that brings you back to childhood?
  9. Biggest fear?
  10. Happiest moment of your life?

My answers:

  1. My favorite book is “Manual do guerreiro da luz” (“The Book of the Warrior of Light” – I translated it as accurate as I could) by Paulo Coelho
  2. My favorite childhood meal…is actually a drink 🙂 The rose syrup that my grandmother used to make from rose petals.
  3. I believe in destiny and in its ways to create the perfect circumstances…so no, I don’t believe in coincidences.
  4. My biggest goal…this is hard. To find harmony…in every aspect in my life.
  5. Definitely summer.
  6. No…
  7. Making my own food, I have a passion for cooking 🙂
  8. The smell of lilies…it always takes me back…
  9. My biggest fear…I have this dream to always be my daughters best friend. So my biggest fear is that I wont fulfill this dream. But it can’t happen…no, no way! 🙂

Two moments: may 18, 2011 and august 31, 2005. My girls… ❤

My nominees for the Awesome Blogger Award:

So…Claudia’s questions:

  1. If every person would be a color, what color would you be?
  2. If you could choose a historical period to live in, what would be your choice?
  3. Your favorites 3 songs are…
  4. What is your first memory?
  5. If you could teleport yourself in any place in this world, what would it be your first choice?
  6. Did you ever had an imaginary friend?
  7. What is the color of your eyes?
  8. If you’d be a painter, what would it be your favorite theme to paint?
  9. Your favorite ice cream flavor is…
  10. Where do you find inspiration for your blog?

Thank you for your patience, awesome friends! And if, for any reason, you wont accept the nomination, that’s absolutely okay. I still consider you amazing!

Be blessed!