We are in the middle of the August Long Weekend here in Canada as well, my computer is pending upgrade to Windows 10, so sharing with you a post that was previously published on my former blog home at Blogger. It was first published on May 24 of this year and now with a few edits, I hope as you read it, you will get to know me just a little more.
Liebster Award Nomination
For seven years I lived in the Ukraine, studying at the Kiev State University. During that time, I travelled extensively across Europe and very often to and through Germany. West Berlin was one of my haunts, however, the word “Liebster” meant nothing to me until a message popped up from a Google+ friend and fellow blogger.
We first made contact [around February 2015], after she read my post on sex. Hardly surprising that it caught her attention, as she like me is seemingly no prude. Since then, I have had the pleasure and enjoyment of reading Abby L.’s blog. She is funny and a straight talker – no holes barred kind of writer.
Then she turns around and surprises me with a nomination for the “Liebster Award.”
Sunday is not a day that I normally blog but Abby’s nomination had made an exception to that rule. The meaning of “Liebster,” according to her and she ought to know as she is German, is “the Loved One.” Again quoting copiously from Abby as I had no previous knowledge of not only the word but the award, here is what being awarded means:
“…Lots of love is being shared together with this award (basically it’s a bit like a chain letter sent to bloggers of choice in the name of love, friendship and mutual support).
Abby explanation went on to say that “since it works like a chain letter, we have the choice of accepting or refusing to take part (especially if we’ve been already awarded in the past). As part of the nomination, we have to answer a few questions about our blog and us, thus making others discover our digital musings, as well as introducing new friends to the blogging community.”
About Claudette P. Esterine
Touched, honoured, privileged and feeling blessed to be nominated by the community, and in the company of some awesome bloggers here are my answers to the questions.
How did you decide on the name of your blog (Daughters of Sheba)?
Years ago, before migrating to Canada, a tarot reader told me that my daughter and I are old souls with strong ties to Egypt. My daughter has always been fascinated with Cleopatra and I with the Queen of Sheba so his message to us did not feel too far-flung. When I became a spiritual counsellor and decided to start a private group on Facebook for women, for empowerment, inspirational but more than anything straight talk – the Queen was my natural mother node.
- Where does your blogging inspiration come from?
Without attempting to sound anything but honest, I arise very early each morning and ideas, thoughts for the day and often times the opening paragraphs for the essay is “downloaded” to me. It spooks me sometimes – the flood of information and guidance that fills my consciousness but I just go with it.
(More recently, with the move of the blog to here, consultation with Contributors is now very much part of the process. I tough base with them at least once per month, and we bounce around general topics and they make suggestions according to their areas of expertise, comfort and what they feel is worthy of a conversation on the blog.).
What is it that you love most about blogging?
Sharing my journey in an honest and open way without fear of censorship. It is my story and my experiences so no one can tell me how to tell it.
What is your favorite food?
The Jamaican national dish – Ackee & Saltfish with fried dumplings and plantains.
What is your favorite thing to drink (alcoholic or not)?
What is an item you cannot live without?
I can live without anything but would be hard pressed for a few days without my smart phone or a laptop.
What are eleven random facts about yourself?
Hmmm, 11 random facts:
- My eyes are dark brown
- My hair is getting gray all over and I’m embracing that.
- I love solitude (not so random)
- Ripe banana fritters is my favourite childhood food
- I sucked my thumb well into adulthood
- I am known to drive pretty fast
- I love President’s Choice vanilla ice cream with strips of chocolate
- Paintings of nudes intrigue me
- Had a television stolen from me off of a train in Poland in the 1980’s
- I hate folding laundry
- As much as I share my story, identifying 11 facts about me is a challenge.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Wherever my daughter and granddaughter are, there will always be home.
If you could meet anyone from history, alive or dead, who would it be?
The Queen of Sheba. Strong women who are humble because they know their power intrigue me and she is said to be one such.
What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Walking along a riverside, deep into the woods and stopping for a picnic.
Writing, coaching and counselling (spiritual) full-time from anywhere in the world, returning to home base at the end of a trip to savour the giggles of my daughter and the dancing of my granddaughter, Mahalia.
Each blogger nominated for this community award must then in turn nominate several others. I did and some responded, some did not for varying reasons – either they have been recognised so many times or they did not see the merit.
I was and remain very grateful and humbled by Abby’s inclusion of me in her list of nominees and hope you found these snippets about me just a bit more revealing.
Summers are extremely short here in Alberta, Canada and so, to make the most of it, Sunday posts here will be mainly re-runs. As well, my first course at The Spirituality Centre, Learn It Live, starts on Sunday, August 16 at 10:00 a.m. (MST). Have you registered yet? Subscribe to this blog and receive 50% the registration fee. That means you will pay only $5.00 per session for the 3-session course on “A Practical Spirituality in a Fundamentalist World.” Check out the course details here and take part in the conversation.
Have a blessed Sunday! Catch you on Tuesday as there will be no posts – not even re-runs – here tomorrow. Think I will be heading to the Heritage Festival. Will be sure to post pictures on my Facebook page, so hop on over there and Like to see them!