Everyone loves to be recognized, but when you are recognized by another blogger whose site you enjoy, it's a real treat. Like the cherry on top!
So thanks to Tamara at Thyme for Tea for presenting me with the Cherry on Top Award! As you can see, it's for beautiful blogs with that "little bit extra!"
The rules that come with this award require me to:
1. Answer this question: If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you, and what would it be?
Oh, dear! What wouldn't I change! And yet, things worked out the way they were supposed to. I can "regret" that I didn't leave Lansing after college or even mid-point in my career, but there were key reasons why I stayed, and if I hadn't been so close, I'd be like so many of my peers who are dealing with family relationships, and particularly with aging parents, from a great distance. I wouldn't have liked that.
I guess I can only think of one thing. Retirement planning.
When I started working at the TV station 29 years ago, I figured I'd only be here short term. Maybe five years. And I had student loans. So, I never joined our TIAA-Cref plan at the basic five percent, which the university would match. After five years, I kicked in at the minimum, not aware the U would pay up to 13 percent match. I can't remember when I changed it to max it out, but I know I would be retiring a lot sooner and in a lot better shape if I'd paid better attention.
When we're young, we don't always think of things like that. SO, if you are a younger blog reader and have the opportunity to do an IRA or 401K or whatever -- all I can say is "Do it. Do it now." Fact is, all of us are living longer (or hope to) and what we thought would be a lot of money back then -- well, will it take us to 90? I'm not so sure!
2. Task number two! Pick six people for this award and let them know.
This isn't as easy as it seems -- some bloggers I adore have "award-free zones" and so I can't really present to them. Others received awards from me in the past for their terrific blogging, and while I'm far from opposed to pile on the accolades, some others newer to my list should have a chance.
So, here are six blogs I've discovered somewhat recently and really do enjoy!
Christine of "Christine's Blog."
Suzanne of "Privet and Holly."
Sandy of "It's a Jungle Out There"
Bellarum of "The Culdesac Chronicles"
Dogwood of "Pink Dogwood Blossom"
Maegan of "Plus-Size Barbie"
3. The third and final thing is: thank the person who gave me the award.
Well, duh! Thanks, Tamara! It's lovely to discover bloggers who are new to me -- which I have with you. And even lovelier when they "like" you back! It really made my day.
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