Monday Musings: On friendship

Monday Musings

Start the week with some wise words worth pondering. – rosemawrites

Great Monday everyone! 😀

I have been absent for five days and yes, sadly I was not able to finish the amazing Writing 201 course. 😦

Work has been super busy since Wednesday… and I think will be busy for the coming days, too.

While I was all stressed out last week, it was pure bliss when I opened my inbox this morning and saw two personal messages from my two good friends, both from Writing 101 and Writing 201. Hey there, Vijaya and Jacqueline!

My heartfelt thanks to the two of you! ❤ Seriously, I was so touched that you missed me! 😀

So today’s wise words are inspired by my dearest blogger friends, Vijaya and Jacqueline.

From: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

My thoughts:

I consider friends as the best treasures in life.

Since my elementary days up to during my high school and college lives, I have collected a few but truly good friends.

Until now, I am still connected with some of them. Some have their own family already but we always make it a point to see each other and do catch-up.

Because friendship, just like any relationship, requires effort. 🙂 It requires a willing heart to remain friends. 

I am happy, and so glad that blogging became a way to have great friends. 🙂

And I will exert all efforts to maintain it.

🙂

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BLOG-A-VERSARY: Blog Awards

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Look back and thank those who recognized your efforts. – rosemawrites

In my previous Blog-a-versary post, I expressed my gratitude to A Reading Writer’s First Ten Followers! Now, let me thank all those awesome bloggers who have nominated me with encouraging BLOG AWARDS!

These bloggers and these awards have made my blogging journey a worth-it experience. 😀


  • Liebster Award

Paperjasmine or Jasmine Breeze first nominated me with this award. She’s an Australia-based book blogger. (Hi Jasmine! :))

Kelly of Write. Eat. Read. Repeat. nominated me again! She’s a Toronto-based bibliphile/account executive/writer. (Hi there, Kelly! :))

  • One Lovely Blog Award

It was the sweet Cora of smalltowncitygirls who first nominated me with this award. Check out her equally lovely book blog, too! (Hi, Cora! :))

  • The Creative Blogger Award

It’s the modelesque beauty Shivalika of Whimsy Journals who have nominated me with this award. Please visit her blog. (Hi there, Shivalika! :))

And just recently, Annie of What the Woman Wrote gave me another Creative Blogger Award! Check out her blog because she’s just a very very very good writer! She’s the epitomy of this award!

  • Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

The lovely Arianna of  The Daydreaming Bookworm nominated me with this award. Drop by at her blog and you will definitely love her bookish thoughts and reviews! (Hi, Arianna!)

  • The Encouraging Thunder Award

I was recently nominated by Aliza Shandel with this awesome award. As a new-found bookish friend, I am just glad to share to you her site that is packed with creative and well-written posts! (Hi there, Aliza! :))

  • Blogger Recognition Award

Thanks to Writing 101 classes for letting me know, A Quirky Something who has nominated me just a week ago! Please do read her equally inspiring posts! 😀

  • The Infinity Dreams Award

Last, but definitely not the least is the award given to me by Arpita of Scribbles@ Arpita. I have known her this month only through Writing 101. Since then, I have been a fan of her writing skills. If you are looking for a fearless writer that scribbles full-of-sense words, visit her! 🙂


On top of these awards is the friendship that I found with these awesome bloggers!

Because of them, I have proven that ending my agony is indeed worth it!

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WRITING 101: Phases of Agony

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Let me tell you my writing journey, inspired by a quote the MOVED me. – rosemawrites

August 28, 2014: Agony 

It has been eight years since I dreamed of having my own blog.

Honestly, I have fears of bashers and grammar Nazis. People who might critique my write-ups. People who might oppose my opinions.

Yes, it took me those long years to have the courage to publish my thoughts, my views and my what-not’s.

Now it will be all available for the viewing and reading netizens. I am now ready for either praises or rejections, for either wow! or boo!, for anything that this blogosphere has in store for A Reading Writer like me.

A MONTH after: Ending Agony 

With more than a month as a blogger, I have learned that all my fears are just non-sense.

I have been nominated by equally awesome bloggers in Liebster and One Lovely Blog awards. I have known writers and readers that I can share my views and opinions.

And I have come to learn and to know more about myself. These are enough proofs that writing has greater perks than cons.

A YEAR after: Agony turns into Bliss 

After a year of taking that leap of faith to end my AGONY, now I feel pure BLISS. It was all worth it.

My first readers know that I am Journalism graduate who really want to chase that elusive dream of being a writer.

A year after I started this blog, I can now call myself a WRITER. A PR writer, yes. Not a newspaper writer, yes. But I am now living the dream that I thought was not possible. (Sorry for getting too sentimental, guys!)

I am just so happy to have this blog and to have those more than 100 followers. Yeps. I know 100 followers is not a big thing, but I am still thankful for that.

It was such a great feeling to overcome that AGONY. But it was the best feeling to know a lot of book bloggers who I can consider as my virtual friends. It’s just pure BLISS!

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This post is inspired by Blogging University’s WRITING 101 Day 5 assignment.

Day 5: Let social media inspire you

One of the goals of Writing 101 is to tap into new and unexpected places for post ideas. Today, let’s look to Twitter for inspiration. Don’t worry — you don’t need a Twitter account to participate in this prompt. Below, you’ll see five tweets: each tweet is interesting in its own way, and we hope one will elicit a response from you.

I went to Twitter and saw this quote and voila, the memories went back.

I hope you enjoyed reading it.

Your comments will be highly appreciated! 🙂

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BLOG-A-VERSARY: Agony turns into Bliss

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After a year of taking that leap of faith to end my AGONY, now I feel pure BLISS. It was all worth it. – rosemawrites

It was August 28, 2014 when I first published A READING WRITER’s first post, Agony.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

My first readers know that I am Journalism graduate who really want to chase that elusive dream of being a writer.

A year after I started this blog, I can now call myself a WRITER. A PR writer, yes. Not a newspaper writer, yes. But I am now living the dream that I thought was not possible.

(Sorry for getting too sentimental, guys!)

I am just so happy to have this blog and to have those more than 100 followers. Yeps. I know 100 followers is not a big thing, but I am still thankful for that.

As my way of looking back on my blogging journey, expect more BLOG-A-VERSARY posts on the coming days!

It was such a great feeling to overcome that AGONY. But it was the best feeling to know a lot of book bloggers who I can consider as my virtual friends. It’s just pure BLISS!

~

Nomination for One Lovely Blog Award ~

I have been blogging for less than a month and here’s another blog award nomination. My leap of courage towards blogging is indeed worth it. Thanks a lot smalltowncitygirls! You don’t know how much this means to me. Please do check out her blog as well!

The rules for this nomination are:

  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  • You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

7 Facts about me

  1. I am a Journalism graduate from the Philippines.
  2. I am an avid fan of Nicholas Sparks and Mitch Albom.
  3. I had a rabbit before, her name is Mogu, and I incidentally killed her after feeding her with bread. (Stupid right? >_<)
  4. I am a worship leader in a Christian church. (If you have read my About page I quite mentioned it there.)
  5. I am a night person. I do most of my reads from 10 p.m. up to 5 a.m.
  6. I am a loyal supporter and viewer of America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway. (My body’s not statuesque though. :D)
  7. I once thought that bicycle stood on its own until I rode it and it had not. (Stupidity again! Yikes! :D)

Here are the equally lovely blogs I’m tagging:

1. Read Write Live

2. strawberrydrapes

3. A Brunette’s Reflection

4. My Ink and Wit

5. freckled and fair

6. evenlodesfriend

7. Librarians’ daughter

8. Brin Guivera

9. Yvo

10. The Evening Ramble

11. Cheers to Creativity

12. Books and Lesser Evils

13. cthegood

14. Books: The Cheapest Vacation You Can Buy

15. Nerdy Girl Writes

That’s it!

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Agony

It has been eight years since I dreamed of having a blog. Something I can call my own. Honestly, I have fears of bashers and grammar Nazis. People who might critique my write-ups. People who might oppose my opinions. Yes, it took me those long years to have the courage to publish my thoughts, my views and my what-not’s. Now it will be all available for the viewing and reading netizens. I am now ready for either praises or rejections, for either wow! or boo!, for anything that this blogosphere has in store for A Reading Writer like me.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Now my agony has ended.