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Running to Her Dreams and I’m A Runner and So Can You – Very Inspirational Blogger Awards


July 2014

The woman who writes Running to Her Dreams and Andy at I’m a runner and so can you bestowed the Very Inspirational Blogger Award upon me a short while ago.  Unfortunately I’ve been far too busy to give their generosity its proper due so I’ve put if off until I could at least acknowledge it fairly…

Thank you both, from the bottom of my heart (technically the top and middle too), I appreciate it greatly.

Now for the rules:  I’ve linked their posts, now seven things about myself…

1.  I’m working on a super-secret, new, inspirational company.  Trademarking has taken forever so I’ve had to keep it close to the vest until everything’s done (on the advice of my attorney).

2.  Outside of the blogosphere I believe in humility – I just don’t advertise it because only idiots and jerks have to tell you they’re humble.  Oh, and while I may be a humble fella, I do have a very healthy opinion of myself.  It’s a delicate balance.

3.  I can’t get over how cool it is that I love who I am.  It was like, all of a sudden I woke up one day and thought, “wow, you’re okay!  You actually turned into something good”…  It’s an awesome feeling..

4.  Quitting stuff is hard and even though I’ve had a lot of practice at it, I wish I was a little more pure as the driven snow.

5.  I have a hard time remembering names because I figure, “what’s the chance I’ll ever meet you again”, so I file that info in the “not important” bin.  90% of the time I’m right, and the other 10%, I’m that guy:  “What was your name again”?  It sucks and is one thing that I don’t like about me.  On the other hand, if I do remember your name, you know you’re important to me.  In fact, if you’ve been away from blogging for a while and I sent you a little “hey, how ya doing” message…  Yeah, you’re something else.

6.  I hate doing new things until I find out I love them…  Take Laser Tag for instance.  I was going into that dreading the evening.  “Oh, how silly and nerdy is this going to be”…  I’ll be damned if I didn’t have a blast.

7.  I hate swimming in cold water.  Freaking hate it.  While we were on vacation on Lake Michigan I actually thought about skipping getting into the lake because the water was pretty chilly.  I got to thinking about how bummed I would be if my dad refused to get in the water with us when I was a kid (my girls were all over me to go swimming with them) so I bit the bullet and got in.  I wish I was less of a wimp when it came to cold water – I wish I was more like my girls.

Now, for the blogs that I find Inspirational:  First, I really dig Andy and Running to Her Dreams’ blogs (linked above) so if you don’t already follow them, give ’em a look and I really enjoy Chatter Gets Fit.  Then there are my old standby’s, Elisariva, All Seasons Cyclist, bikevcar, Sandra at Promise to Dad and so forth (see my blogroll).  I have a couple of new one’s to add to that list:

First is a woman who goes by “Phoenix40213” and writes the blog The Rebirth of My Life.  We all know I have a soft spot in my heart for those who are recovering – from just about anything.  So it seems she’s starting on the right path but only time will really tell.

Then there’s Pandora at soveryslightlymad…  The reason that I find her inspirational is a bit of an inside story that I won’t get into here.  Just know she’s cool.






  1. Kecia says:

    Whoop whoop!! You and I must be long lost siblings…when it comes to #5, that is EXACTLY me!! One would think that a school teacher would have a memory for names, but not this school teacher. I will recognize a student a few years after I had him/her in class and say to my husband, “I had that student a few years ago, but couldn’t tell you his/her name.” 🙂

  2. Sue Slaght says:

    Congrats and enjoyed hearing more about you!

  3. Sandra says:

    Congratulations!!!! I am totally with you on cold water–and too many years I did not get into the water at camp with the family because I was too fat or it was too cold. They are almost past the age of wanting to play with auntie. So I got over it and it was okay! Turns out I have insulation. 😉

  4. […] that one of those people has chosen me to receive the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  Thanks FitRecovery.  We have shared a similar journey at times, and I continue to learn much from you. . . . […]

  5. phoenix42013 says:

    Congratulations and thank you for acknowledging my blog.
    I agree with you on #6, I hate doing things until It turns out I love doing them. I love how you added ‘she is on the right path but only time will tell’ one of my favorite phrases I tell myself and others almost everyday.
    Keep on being an inspiration to others through your recovery. All the best – Phoenix

    • bgddyjim says:

      Thanks, I will. Recovery, no matter the type, is a fickle thing because it’s only a daily reprieve. That “time will tell” applies as much to me as anyone – and my continued success is due only to keeping this truth in the forefront.

  6. Jim, can’t wait to hear about your business. I’m working on one also. It may force me to abandon my blog and re-start with a new one. WP’s EULA does not allow for commercial promotion on our free blogs.

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