Last week I got tagged by Jessica Edouard at Send Sunshine with the First Post Challenge, the rules of which are below:

– Copy-paste, link, pingback or whatever, your first post.
– State what type of post it was (e.g. introduction, story, poem).
– Explain why that was your first post.
– Nominate five other bloggers.

My first post, an introduction, is here, and I wrote it for the usual reason of telling readers a little about myself and my blog. Because that’s not much of a challenge response, I decided to put it together with a Nurturing Thursday entry about first efforts.

Birds sitting on a wire.

This photo of birds sitting on a wire was my first header image. I came across it while browsing Creative Commons images and liked its fun, cheerful, social vibes. After that I changed the header several times before settling on the current picture of sailboats in Sydney Harbour. Now that my blog is in its fourth year, its content also has evolved. In addition to the original theme of “stories and musings on modern life,” I regularly write entries about nurturing, positivity, and clearing away clutter both physical and mental.

As with any “first,” I couldn’t foresee just where the blog would go when I posted my first entry, but I jumped in to enjoy the adventure anyway! I’m very glad that last year I discovered the Nurturing Thursday group, whose posts always help to put me in a cheerful mood. To return the favor, I’m tagging five of the group’s members for the challenge. Have fun!

Grace Notes
Woman of Art and Mind
Inside the Mind of Isadora

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.” Visit her site to find more Nurturing Thursday posts and a list of frequent contributors.

February 23, 2015 · 6 comments · Categories: Musings · Tags:

I’ve been tagged by JoyRoses13 (thanks much!) to write a post for the Spread the Love Challenge, which started on Valentine’s Day. The rules are: Write 10 four-word sentences about love, share your favorite quote or poem about love from a movie or book, and then nominate 10 more bloggers to spread more love. So, here goes:

1. Love serenades the soul.
2. Love refreshes like water.
3. In sunlight, love sparkles.
4. Love dances into eternity.
5. Love’s promises are kept.
6. Remember, you are loved!
7. Love brightens the spirit.
8. With patience, love waits.
9. Love’s touch is gentle.
10. Act from love, always!

With so many quotes about love to choose from, it’s hard to pick an all-time favorite; but when I first read the challenge, what came to mind was “Love is patient…” Those verses certainly are a wonderful list of short descriptions of love! Here they are:

“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails…”

(New American Standard Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

I’m passing on the love to the following blogs:

Beauteous Beginnings
Tao of Scrumble
Just Having Fun
Ramblings from Jewels
Productive Changes
Catching Sundust
Yes Rising
Colline’s Blog
That’s So Jacob
Send Sunshine