The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I started this blog a month ago for several reasons.

1. I have always wanted to write and record things about my travels.
2. I wanted to share my experiences with others around the world.
3. I have wanted to write a travel fiction but have become stuck, so I thought this would be an excellent start.
4. I wanted to inspire, and feel inspired.

The last point today seemed to have reached out to a lovely woman named Morgan who has a great and informative blog on eating healthy and opting in for vegan alternatives. She has posted a lot of recipes which look quite scrumptious and I no doubt will try them out soon enough! You can find her blog at Blissful Eating.

I am extremely touched to know that someone feels inspired by something that I have written. It is extremely surreal and incredible to see that someone actually living is reading this someplace else in the world, instead of relying on statistics WordPress feeds to you.

Initially, I didn’t quite understand what this nomination meant, but after searching for it online, I will provide a quick explanation as to what it is. A blogger nominates up to 15 other blogs on his/her website that he/she deems inspiring enough for the award. Essentially, it’s a “pays it forward” idea, whereby the blogger awards the nominated bloggers the award. Once nominated, the award winners are able to put up their award on their blog for others to see, and nominate a further 15 blogs that the newly award-winning blogger deems inspiring. This is a lovely way for people to show appreciation for each other, and I am glad to be a part of it.

The Rules

1. Thank and link the person who nominated you
2. List the rules and display the award
3. Share seven facts about yourself
4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs
5. Comment on a post to let them know that they are nominated
6. Proudly display the award logo on your blog
7. Follow or subscribe to the blogger who nominated you

The Facts

1. I used to do a lot of acting in theatres around the UK, and am an NYT alumnus.
2. I may eat meat and dairy outside of the home, but I have a strict vegan policy when it comes to home cooking.
3. I embrace the “Posh on the Cheap” phrase, in which I love finding quality for bargains!
4. I am a photographer by hobby, but would love to find related work. By pure luck, I have been fortunate enough to have my photos on BBC News, ABC News, and in various photo exhibitions.
5. I’ve published a self-published photo book called Japan.
6. I dream of the day where all my possessions fit into one bag and I go off the grid (so to speak).
7. I am a little shaky when coming to charities when a lot of well known charities (not too long ago, Red Nose Day was under fire) use donations for reasons other than helping others. I am a firm believer of helping wherever you can by actively doing something instead of donating money.

The Blogs

1. Catherine Bennett is a talented journalist based in Paris, who writes for various publications in France and has a popular blog that reviews a wide range of cultural activities in Paris. I know her personally from University and enjoy reading her blog.

2. Abandoned Kansai is an excellent blog on urban exploring. Mainly based in Japan, he takes you through various different abandoned areas of Japan through vivid accounts complimented with photos and videos.

3. Bucket List Publications probably doesn’t need much of an introduction, but it’s an excellent blog filled with adventures with many followers.

4. Mikaera Desu is a blog about a Canadian girl making it big in Southern Japan. She has some interesting stories to share and is a big hit on YouTube.

5. Janey Stephenson is another personal friend of mine who has secured an online presence by writing in newspapers such as The Independent, and she is a highly active human rights activist.

6. JapanDave is a great blog detailing accounts of his adventures in Japan accompanied by excellent photographs.

7. Aya Papaya is a great friend of mine who inspired me to try a vegan diet and to get creative in doing so. Her blog has a lot of great ideas both in English and in Japanese, and she has been a great inspiration!

8. Where Next Japan is a great blog based in the Kansai region of Japan. The writer is a good friend of mine and she frequently posts articles and videos she makes for Kansai Scene which is an English publication based in the area.

I want to leave it here for now in terms of recommendations in order to update the list with blogs that inspire me in the future.

Once again, thank you very much Morgan for this great recognition, and I hope everyone pays it forward!

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