Living in Love Award: Updated
Since posting this Award I have received a large volume of participants, but I now realize that the rules may have been a bit vague. I will continue to run this Award, but will tighten the rules slightly so as to ensure that I can keep up with the submissions.
Since starting this blog I have received several awards. Each one comes with a stipulation to pass it on to others in large quantities.
I have decided that I do not really want to do this… sorry.
Instead, I am going to announce a new Award. One that I have created. This one will be a little different. It does not require that you pass it on. It does require that you meet certain conditions for it! If you receive it, it also comes with a prize.
So, here we go.
I would like to announce the Living in Love Award.
How do I receive this Award?
If you would like to receive this award, you will be expected to perform three tasks and send an email to email@example.com. Only entries sent to firstname.lastname@example.org will be considered.
1) Please send me one essay of 500 words (approx.) describing one Random Act of Kindness that you have performed since learning of this Award. If you are worried it may take time to find an opportunity, do not fear, there are literally millions of opportunities out there for kindness.
2) One thing the Alternate Economy is all about is sharing our excess. Take a look in your closet, pantry, basement. What do you have too much of? Who could use it more than you? Please send one email of 500 words (approx.) indicating a donation, not of money, but of items and who they were donated too. It could be a friend, or a neighbour or the local shelter. But I want to hear how you have shared of your excess.
3) Finally, I want your thoughts. I want your knowledge. I want your perspective. Please write one essay of 1000 words (approx.) dedicated to the topic of Love. Define what it means for you. How you wish to live better within it. And what you plan to do with it today. I would like this to be a unique piece, written in response to this Award.
Send Entries to email@example.com
Anyone that meets these three conditions will be awarded the Living in Love Award.
1) You will receive 3 guest spots on this blog to feature your works! My blog has around 1,200 followers, and I will give you my audience to show off your ability to live in Love. You can write new pieces, or use ones that you love from the past. It is totally up to you. My blog is yours!
2) You will also receive 1 guest post written for your blog, by me. This will be a unique piece and the topic is your choice! I will not post it on my blog, only on yours!
This is my response to all of the awards I have received so far! I am eternally grateful for having received them, but feel that I would rather give out an award of my own.
Send Entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sounds VERY Cool, Dude.
That’s Usin’ The Ole Noggin, Fo SHO.
Love this idea. 🙂 Please keep an eye on my blog. I know it’s not a requirement, but if I do receive it, I’d like to pass it along anyway. 🙂
I will not stop you from passing it on. I will be watching your blog to see what you come up with!
Ooooh, I LIKE it!! And I shall “compete”. What’s the best/easiest way to let you know? some kind of tag? Or leaving the shortlink in comment section of this post?? how do you want us to inform you???????????
I would imagine a link in this comment thread is the best way to keep me updated on your progress.
You might want to make sure your readers are aware of that. Will make it easier for them & YOU:)
This is a wonderful idea! I look forward to following this!
This is a lovely thought, Tristan! 🙂
This sounds very interesting. Not just any old award that is passed on to whoever will receive it. But something that you have to earn and therefore treasure. Good luck with all the nominations that you will receive.
Thank you. I hope to see lots of people get involved. I would love to award this to many!
What a lovely idea! I’m not sure I’ll compete, but I will be watching for what others have done. Will you link in their posts, so I can follow? Thanks. I think your award, its requirements, and the prizes are all A+ good stuff!
I will most definitely be posting updates from other blogs of their progress. I would like to get lots of people involved. Any posts people make related to their efforts will probably end up on this blog as well…
Ooh, I want to play.
I would like to submit for your consideration http://sustainableutopia.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/walking-the-walk/
I can’t wait to read about all the other wonderful things that people are doing for each other.
Thank you for the like on my blog. This one of yours is a challenge. Will have to try this!
Please do. I look forward to hearing what you come up with and featuring some of your posts on my blog!
Here is my blog that I think covers all those requirements. 🙂 InJoy!
thank you, I will take a look as soon as I get home./..
Do we post three blogs or can we incorporate all three items into one blog?
You could incorporate all three into one, if you choose. That would be just fine.
Thank you! Working on it! Will let you know when I post… 🙂
Do I send this to you or just post it?
send me a link here in the comment thread, or find Tristan Nagler on Facebook and send it to me that way.
Would that be the link to my blog? I do not have a facebook account.
yeah sure. a link to your blog is perfect.
I have updated the rules for the award and will be accepting submissions by email now. please take a look at the new rules!
Reblogged this on mechirenee and commented:
Are you up for the challenge?
Excellent idea! (Warm laughter and Smiles…I should have read this before I gave you the Very Inspiring Blogger Award…you deserve that and so much more, Tristan! I am NOT going to remove you because I want others to come back and visit your blog; just know I do NOT expect you to forward it to anyone else; I know how busy you are.)
Some of the things I have been doing and that I should blog about is speaking for kindness as a means to eliminate bullying. I have had one face-to-face workshop; and, one telephone conference workshop. I have started another blog to inspire parents and others with ways to build up their children and themselves… http://heartsthatcare.wordpress.com/
I recently spent time judging an essay contest that our local library is hosting to promote reading. Students from all grade levels were welcome to participate. My time, talent and abundance is shared wherever the needs are in my locality. 🙂
In a couple of weeks I will be teaching a class to inspire others through art and writing. And this summer I have been invited to speak in a Teleconference Series on Promoting the Well-being of Children. I will be speaking around the topic of bullying and how to address it.
In the next few days I will have a bit more time to explore your ever evolving and amazing weblog; I am excited to see your progress with the farm and other aspects of the alternate economy. I have been keeping you and your work in my thoughts and prayers; the love in your heart is so inspiring!
♥ With love, joy and blessings, Angi
Here is the story of the anti-bullying workshop I did in October, 2011:
I did a couple major events last year…here is the story of one:
Bottom-line, I was able to amass 152 pounds of non-perishable foods for our local Food Bank in February of 2011.
I have updated the rules for the award and will be accepting submissions by email now. please take a look at the new rules
Here’s my Random Acts of Kindness submission, “Little moments of astonishment”, http://wp.me/p1zocx-17f
I completely love this idea! Good job 🙂
Hey T! Here’s my submission re Sharing my excess:
“In excess ……….” http://wp.me/p1zocx-17I
Great idea, it has been nice seeing the posts come through my email inbox. Good luck to the participants!
This is an awesome idea! I’m going to give it some thought and then try to compete!
I look forward to seeing your entries.
Do you have a deadline this needs to be completed by?
It is an open competition. There is no deadline.
I have updated the rules for the award and will be accepting submissions by email now. please take a look
I am most interested….this is the way I live my life…..to submit to my blog here is my public email address………….bethevoicegiveachoice(at) gmail.com
Here to be of service so send me your submission at your leisure…….I have 1200+ poems and over 40K readers who need to hear about your site and your great new award………..
Feel free to reblog any of my posts. I will take a look at your site.
I sent you an email. Sometimes it ends up in the spam folder. It is entitled “Submissions”. There are 5 posts you can use, and feel free to choose any other posts on my blog that you like.
I have updated the rules for the award and will be accepting submissions by email now. please send me your entries that way
You are amazing! I love everything you are doing. So glad you got this AE! 🙂
Thanks for the encouragement. I hope to see you around here again.
I have been around before! I love your stuff. 🙂
Hey, I think it is great what you are doing. In 2008 I wrote a blog to raise awareness for a woman, who had suffered from cancer and was teated in the UK for it, but because of her financial situation she couldn’t support herself anymore and was about to be deported to Africa. I wrote a blog and i called the news paper regarding this article just stating that maybe they could make an appeal, so Ama Sumani would find people who#d help her out of the situation. And in the end someone was found who paid the rest of her treatment…
Thought I’d share this with you, as you might be glad to see the impact love (on blogs) can make.
This award is so beautiful and so cool all at the same time. Even though this is my first visit here, keep up the wonderful work
I think this is a truly wonderful idea!!! Please keep an eye out for my post in the coming days :-).
I will. Please post links in this comment thread. Sometimes I miss them…
I have updated the rules for the award and will be accepting submissions by email now. if I missed your psots, it is because I have received quite a few submissions. Please send the posts to my email so I don’t miss them!
I just nominated your blog for the sunshine blog award! 🙂 check it out here: http://roxiciopei.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/the-sunshine-award/
Thank you for this Award! I appreciate your offer!
What a terrific idea…I’m passing it along to my Facebook buddies. Sounds like something we should ALL do, even without the award attached. 🙂
I will be releasing a new challenge, that is geared for everyone to participate in, on Monday. It will be an 8 week challenge to help incorporate Loving Acts into our daily routine. Thanks for sharing this idea!
i can’t wait to read more! 🙂
Thank you kindly for finding me. I am honor that you did. I have a few poems of love and the “Cancer of Hate” I would love to share soon. I will follow the steps with my ADHA Dyslexia ways…tee hee lol
What a most awesome place to be. Therese with hugs and love!!!
just send me the link in this comment thread and I will include you in the challenge!
thank You so far I have two big boxes ready to give. Lots more to come. Happy Easter.
I donate my time to causes, especially those that revolve around people and their thoughts, feelings etc. I encourage and mentor every chance I get and am every ones cheerleader.
I create a newsletter for the company I work for, this month i encouraged hundreds of clinic patients to “spring clean” their cupboards and donate the excess to a food bank.
Love is easy to define, it has no limitations, it just “is” whether you agree with the one you share love towards or not. Love is acceptance of the human spirit in all it’s horror and happiness.
Thank you for this comment. In order to receive the award send me the links to specific examples of your efforts to live in Love.
here is a story regarding homeless people http://cherispeak.wordpress.com/community-culture/high-desert-tiny-towns-illegal-dumping-and-the-homeless/
here is a link to my bosses linkedin where you can see the newsletter http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=142230186&authType=NAME_SEARCH&authToken=ujKm&locale=en_US&srchid=f629603d-e34c-4f5d-ba75-dca3c433f9d6-0&srchindex=1&srchtotal=2&goback=%2Efps_PBCK_dr*3+dorian+quinn_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*2_*1_Y_*1_*1_*1_false_1_R_*1_*51_*1_*51_true_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2_*2&pvs=ps&trk=pp_profile_name_link
not sure what i can link you to showing love…?
If you google me, you can see how much time and effort I have donated to the cause of truth and justice.
I appreciate your enthusiasm and I am sure you are worthy of the award. The point of this blog and the Living in Love Challenge, is to take the time to sit down and consider what Love really means. Although the first two steps can technically be past deeds, the idea is to show what you are doing today to Live in Love. As for the third step, it is essential that you write a new and unique piece on the topic of Love that I can post on my blog.
ok thanks will do 🙂
I will include your first example as a post tomorrow. Thanks for participating!
I have updated the rules for the award and will be accepting submissions by email now. please send your essays to the email above
Love this. Our family mission is to live daily in love. I would not be likely to blog about what we have given or done as it is just our lifestyle and don’t believe in doing things for recognition/acknowlegement etc… I sure do love the idea of everyone blogging about giving though!! Inspiring. 🙂
I always donate to the salvation army and goodwill. I just can’t get myself to throw things out if someone else can get a use out of it. When I recently closed my cupcake store, due to my high risk pregnancy, I donated tons of flour, sugar, spices etc to my friends when I could have sold it. I think your bloggin award is a neat idea. We need more humanity and kindness in the world. 🙂
I had your post in mind when I was writing my latest post. I was originally going to donate my hair without publicizing it but then I thought it was too good of an opportunity to get others to join in and give back. And, what better way to give back selflessly than donating something so personal as your very own hair? And just like love, this contest has no expiration date. 🙂
I have updated the rules for the award and will be accepting submissions by email now. I am having a hard time keeping up with this comment thread, so please send all submissions to the email above.
Okay, I have completed 3 out of the 3 :-).
Thank you for these submissions. I will post them over the coming days.
Yay, thank you so much :-). I am very excited – I think this is a brilliant idea.
This is beautiful. Bravo for thinking of such simple and delightful ideas. I love your blog. Keep it up. You are an inspiration! Love and light…Millie
I love your whole blog. It prompted me to think more deeply about something I am currently experimenting with on mine.
You refer to things – but I’d like to expand that definition: what about sharing, thoughts and emotions, the light and the dark? And in the process of such a sharing: neutralising the fear, rivalry and craving that drives excessive consumption?
I wanted to write this to posit that it’s not things that create compassionate connection, but the common human journey with all its trials and tribulations, ups and downs. To create an alternative economy, people need to learn to love and trust each other again (not JUST the economic system) gradually building up to loving and trusting others. This would be the biggest gift humanity can give to itself – and with that love and trust – halt the current trajectory of our bio-sphere into a poisoned, depleted end…
1. Everyday I send lovingkindness to those people I struggle with. By doing this, I’ve actually changed a relationship with a person I previously just did not get on with at all. I extended them lovingkindness first in mind, then in feeling and finally in person – not by any shift other than the increased relaxation I felt towards this person. In return they relaxed, tension was alleviated. It’s not as if we have become bosom buddies but kindnesses have been shared. Imagine if world powers did this.
2. I have shared the time that I have struggled with self in my blog. I doubted this, and began to think I shouldn’t. In response, some of my modest following have said how that sharing of these seemingly superfluous experiences inspired them, helped them to feel less lonely. It encouraged me to donate more of my own story and continue developing the feeling of community – across oceans. Imagine if politicians did this.
3. The biggest thing I have learned on my journey of meditation (3 months so far out of a year’s journey) is that before I can share anything, I must and need to love myself. The 10 – 30 minutes I spend a day meditating is my gift of love to myself. I have been getting to know what I’m made up of. I’ve been learning how my thoughts and feelings interact. In understanding myself, I’ve started to realise that others live in the same painful states, a perspective that spontaneously draws out the compassion I have already in my heart. I’ve directly experienced a moment of heart-centred compassion and love… and I have increased my capacity to both show love, and receive it – not an easy journey having survived several of life’s big traumas.
Love needs first to be demystified and expectations need to be dropped – and exercised in mind, heart and body everyday.
Thanks for this post – it really made me examine my own journey, and commit more deeply to it. I’m going to turn this comment into a post on my blog, and reference you.
Respect and appreciation – Roc.
Thanks for this thoughtful comment. I am running out the door, but will respond in more depth later tonight.
I have updated the rules for the award and will be accepting submissions by email now. I find I am getting more submissions than I can handle, so I have tightened the rules slightly. Thanks for your amazing comment!
You should be getting lots, it’s a great idea! I really enjoyed the thinking of it, I hope someone gives you some really good stuff soon. 🙂 Keep up the good work.
You should be getting lots, it’s a great idea! I enjoyed the new perspective it gave me. Looking forward to more posts… take care. 🙂
great ideas, I was always sceptical of awards that read like chain letters.
I Love the topics you share!
I was intrigued by the title of your blog. 😉
The rules, I am not so crazy about. 😕
No. 3, Perfect!
No.s 1 & 2…I have reservations over. And here is why:
I believe that if you do good, an act of kindness, you do it without expecting anything in return.
Now, I realize that I am also heavily influenced by my Catholic Christian upbringing which tells me that:
“But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you (Matthew 6:3-4).”
Thus, that is why I personally have issues. But I commend you for doing your part in making the world a better place! ♥
God Love You 🙂
Modesty has its place in a world where generosity is the norm. We do not live in that world. Perhaps it is time to start talking about our generous acts, not so as to get something in return, but instead to encourage others to join in.
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first of all, thank you for stopping by my Not in India 2012 blog and liking my recent post “Life’s Detours, Blessings and Lessons”. But even more thanks for bringing me here to your amazing blog. The idea of a “Living in Love” award is genius and hope you have many competitors. I will be exploring further when I find the time, as the topics intrigue me . I hope you might find further posts of inspiration along your own life’s journey on my blog as well. Keep up the wonderful work here.
with love light and JOY
I appreciate your heart and what you are doing here. I will be following up for inspiration…and support of your efforts. Glad you stopped by my blog. I think the ‘Carpenter’ will help you build your chosen future. Excellent!
One of my rules in life is to never look a gift horse in the mouth…i.e. if something happens to just come your way then go for it. So I will happily participate in your award thing even though I have no idea what these awards are all about. I enjoy your radical blog ideas!! and thanks for the like on my robin post.
I look forward to your contributions!
Yes. Your “like” on my post brought me to your site. Thanks for the “like”, but thank you more for introducing yourself.
Thank you for liking my poem Goodnight. Your blog is fascinating and is perhaps the answer to all the trust that’s disappeared from the world. I have set up a company with a couple of others so that we can ensure as a collective we have a shot at bigger contracts and can share the wealth more fairly. But it is working within our current greedy systems…
When I’ve a little more time I shall enter your award
I look forward to seeing you around here again.