Award Saturday

A while back, Making Life Work for You was honored with two awards.

According the the honor of these awards, I can now pass them on. This has taken some time and thought – not because I couldn’t think of some, but I have so MANY!

Fortunately, some of my favorites have already been awarded

Must admit – that makes it easier.

The rule for Thinking Blogger is five.  The original Rockin’ Girl Blogger used 5 too.  That sounds good to me.

Thinking Blogger Award

Make it Great- Phil Gerbyshak makes it impossible to be negative.  He has a smart way of just making negativity look stupid.  He is also spearheading a very thoughtful project on leadership over at JJL

Carpe Factum – Timothy Johnson makes my brain hurt (those who know me know that I mean that as a great compliment.)  He strips away the rhetorical mumbo jumbo of management and is applicable as a result – not to mention I learn a new word almost every time I visit.

The Arizona Mortgage Guru– It is no small thing when you carry the label “Guru”.  Shailesh Ghimire makes it look easy.  Everything you wanted to know, things you didn’t even know you should know, and things you thought you knew – Shailesh covers it all with your best interests in mind and an easy style.

The Phoenix Real Estate Guy – Jay Thompson embodies everything that is great about the real estate profession.  He is my benchmark for the way I do business.  I read his blog like a manual for success.  Why? Because it is!  Not in the real estate industry? Go anyway – you’ll be so glad you did.

Sucessful Blog – Now, I don’t for a minute think that Liz Strauss has never gotten one of these.  But, I didn’t see it and I am NOT taking the chance.  Liz has me saying, “Man, I wish I had said that,” more than any person I know or don’t know.  Need to get in touch with you in a real way? Liz creates the most beautiful path to get there.

Rockin’ Girl Blogger

RERevealed– Lani Anglin is my BBF (best bloggy friend).  She makes me a better person.  She gives me a safe place to be totally transparent, flex new ideas, and nurse old wounds. Oh and she writes a great blog too!

Mitten Musing – Speaking of transparency – I have said it before, this girl has got it!  I never miss a post.  If there is ever a definition of “Rockin’ Girl Blogger” she is it. Zero pretense, zero alternative motive, zero apology, awesomeness in spades.

Kris Berg – Going to just name her by name because she is a blogging phenom.  She writes in numerous places – if you miss any one of them, you are missing out.  Frankly, it’s hard to keep up but I will run ragged trying.  Finding her is just that good!

Think Positive – Kirsten Harrell graciously supplies me with my daily inspiration.  She also offers the extra push when I need to breathe deep.  This lady understands that people want to be inspired, they want to be empowered, and they need to be able to wrap their mind around it.  Kirsten does this and it’s flawless.

Typically after an award, you say congratulations.  Doesn’t seem appropriate here.

Instead – Thank you all very much.  I am better because I know you.


  1. Phil Gerbyshak says:

    Wow April, this is quite an honor. Thank you very much.

    “A very smart way of just making negativity look stupid.” That’s a fun quote I’m going to use when people ask me what I do. I like that a lot. Thanks!

  2. Phil Gerbyshak says:

    Lani – I can see you dancing, or should I say Elaining, right now. HILARIOUS!

  3. Hey April,
    What a pleasant surprise to find today! You put a smile to my face and a bounce in my step. 🙂

    Rock on!

  4. OMG I’m SO honored!!! Ok, so I would first like to thank the baby Jesus, and I would like to say thank you to my Compaq for making this award possible, oh and my typing teacher in 9th grade who maximized my blogging productivity years in advance!

    Seriously though April, I thank you. You are my BBF too! Hugs! 🙂

    PS: I should note that I don’t really rock– I’m like Elaine from Seinfeld on the dancefloor… anyone know what I’m talking about?

  5. Take two aspirin and blog me in the morning. I’m … um… honored I make your brain hurt, April. I know from your blog all that is on your mind so being the catalyst that pushes you over the edge is an honor.

    Thanks for tagging me as a Thinking Blogger!

  6. Lani- too funny! I think I’m about the same! We can Elaine it together. 😉

  7. Phil – it was my pleasure and I am so glad you like the phrase – I thought it was very accurate.

    Kirsten – just returning all the bounces you have given me!

    Lani – I don’t know what I am going to do with you. Channeling Ricky Bobby and Elaine in one comment…really, you must pace yourself or you are going to pull something.

    And you absolutely rock!

    Timothy – You are most welcome and exceptionally deserving. I appreciate your brain food in those super sized portions you serve.

  8. April, your kind words make me dance! Hmmm… maybe a Cha-Cha! Thanks so much for such an honor!

  9. Thank you, April!
    Wow! I’ve been called a thinkomg blogger before, but never with such loverly word. Thand you from my heart, from head. Thant you sincerely. Wow! You have come to the blogosphere with all you are and we welcome you. 🙂

  10. April,

    Wow. That’s alotta cool people you have there. And you even included the supposed “guru”, wow. That is a great honor for me.

    The thing is YOU, my friend, make it look easy. You’ve got a lot on your plate and you still find time to make the blogosphere a beter place! I wish the world had more people like you.


  11. Well thanks April! I’m honored to be included and will wear my badge with pride. YOU are to be commended for all you do!

  12. Oh my goodness! Thanks so much!
    Now, I gotta get my rockin’ self back to cleaning and paying bills (1st water bill! woohoo!). The life of a blogging award winner is rather glamorous, you know. 🙂

  13. Robyn – The Cha Cha sounds like too much fun. Dance away!

    Liz – you give people a safe place to be fully. I am lucky to know you.

    Shailesh – I eat fast! Really, thanks for saying such nice things. I hope that my impact is positive – I know yours is.

    Jay – What a kid lost in the woods I would be without your generosity. While I think you should have gotten that badge long ago, I am so glad I was able to be the one to give it.

    Lisa – you are totally glamorous in my book.

  14. April,

    Thank you for the too-too nice award, and shame on me for having taken an entire week to find it! As the mother of two teenaged girls, I will tell you that I am rarely considered a rockin’ anything. Hah! Wait until I tell them! 🙂


    I’m right there with you on the dance floor. Last time I tried the whole dancing thing, someone asked me to point to my med-alert bracelet.

  15. Kris – you are more than welcome with no shame needed…I know all to well about how things go. It’s really my fault – I missed the chance to call you again 🙂

    I would love to see the girls’ faces.

  16. April, thank you (a bit late, I know) for mentioning me like that. I read your blog regularly, but usually offline in an RSS reader where I can’t comment “real time.”

    I don’t remember exactly how I found your blog, but it’s definitely one of my favorites. Your stories about parenting, in particular, really resonate with me. Keep up the fantastic work.

  17. Dwayne – don’t worry about it 🙂 I know we are friends. I do the feed reader too – I often wonder if the people I really enjoy know that I am there. I am sure there is a computer person out there right now trying to figure out a way to enhance that.

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