Very Inspiring Blogger Award, aka 7 new facts about me

Writing a blog is still quite a new process for me, with sweet surprises on a regular basis. I’ll catch myself saying, “my friend from Canada” or “a woman in California” or “a blogger from India said . . .” I feel connected to women around the world through blogging and Facebook learning communities.

Well, my friend from Canada, Suzanne McRae, gave me The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Suzanne is a generous woman on a path of learning about spirituality and healing and health, and she shares experiences about living with her young adult son with autism. Pay her a visit if you like.

I get to pass on this award to other cool bloggers. Here are the rules (if you have been awarded and wish to play along):

Display the award logo on your blog.
Link back to the person who nominated you.
State 7 things about yourself.
Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and link to them (Due to my relative newness in the blog world, I have chosen fewer than 15.)

Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the awards requirements.

Let’s see, 7 things about myself:

My life is an experiment in intuition. I am interested in identifying and following God’s will for me. Deepening my access to my inner wisdom is the best way I know to come close to doing that.

I have a dream to do healing work for at least one person in every state in the United States, and in many countries other than the U.S. To support that dream, I offer 15 minutes of free healing (via phone or email) if you are the first one to request it from the state/country you are in (living there or on vacation). Check out details about distant healing and my list of states and countries at the bottom of this page:

By intention, I encode healing energy into my blog posts. So my readers, just by choosing to do so, can receive energy clearing, balancing, and grounding regularly.

My first grown-up career was occupational therapy. This has given me a broad range of experiences with people experiencing a broad range of challenges. I have worked with children, with adults, and with older adults. I have worked with people with physical and psychiatric challenges. As an OT, my goal was always to help people become as independent as possible in the area of self-care. This influences how I do my healing work. I always teach clients and students how to care for their own energy systems. (It also influences my writing, which is sometimes missing things like prepositions, after years of writing abbreviated progress notes.)

My little paintings are experiments in aligning my energy with a particular quality (i.e., grace, love, balance, etc.) and then painting by intuition . . . and then pondering, after the fact, how do these forms and colors and brushstrokes relate to this quality? My textile art is made with more generic intentions of being healing for me and for others.

My art practice teaches me about joy and attraction. If I am concerned about too few healing appointments or class registrations, my energy is a little tight. I go up to my studio and fall into the joy of creating. My energy naturally expands, and becomes a magnet to others. Bang, the phone rings, it’s a new client. Ping, ping, ping, when I go back downstairs, there are new emails requesting healing work. This happens often.

Personally, I am married to the kindest man on the planet, for over 28 years. I have 2 young adult daughters. We have a little dog Maggie, a big teacher of joy. Our backyard is a wild (some would see weedy) sanctuary. I am the oldest of 6 children, and all of my parents and in-laws have been deceased for 9+ years.

And now I will pass on The Very Inspiring Blogging Award to . . .

First, I want you to meet another Janet, Janet Hartje. She is a fearless adventurer in the fiber art world and a fellow member of some of the quilt groups I attend. She was blogging before I even knew what the word meant.

Next, Michele Bergh is a leader in my world, sharing from her heart, and building community in the blogging and Facebook worlds. In addition to helping people build websites and blogs (which is how I met her), she is a healer and an artist.

And then there is Heidi Metro, a massage therapist in Hudson who has been my colleague and friend (and another technical mentor) for (8?) years now. She is a thoughtful blogger with a philosophy background. Oops, I’m back now . . . I just lost myself going through her book recommendations in the shop portion of her website.

I met Linda Hall  on the first night of my first class in the Master’s of Human Development program at St. Mary’s about 7 years ago. She is a nurse, with many, many skills added in healing arts, mediation, and conscious co-parenting.

A newer online friend, Susan Lobb-Porter, has 2 blogs,  Big, Bold, Beautiful Yes and  Oo la la the Arty Life. Her art is beautiful, her enthusiasm is palpable, and she has a delicious way with words.

And then there is another Sue, Sue Shobert Jorgenson, , who posts beautiful photos, thoughtful stories, and who, I happen to know, does a mean tarot reading.

And last but not least,  Petrea Hansen, art therapist, whose posts about the Inner Muse I find particularly interesting.

I invite you to check out their blogs and websites. Leave them a comment, tell them Janet sent you, whatever feels right to you!

So . . . to Janet, Michele, Linda, Heidi, Petrea, Susan, and Sue . . . congratulations on being awarded for your Very Inspiring Blog!



  1. Hi Janet, I’m so glad that you had fun awarding others. You wrote a beautiful blog post on it. I just visited each one of the lucky recipients… there are so many amazingly gifted and inspiring women in this circle. It was very inspiring check out their website and the work they do.

    I loved getting to know you better. I had no idea you were an OT before the work you do now. I love your creative, artistic, intuitive and healing gifts. I am still so grateful to have talked to you in person and to have received the distant healing session for a lucky Canadian. That was me, yeah!! 🙂

    I truly feel all the positive healing energy from each of your blog posts. I still get a smile when I see a blog post on Spiritual Cookies. Love it. I love how you shine your Light! 🙂

    I appreciated very much your kind introduction and link back to my blog/website. It was such a pleasure to award you with The Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

    Suzanne xo
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    • Suzanne, Thank you for nominating me & for visiting all the new recipients. It is sweet for me to have you receive my gifts so open-heartedly. 🙂 Blessings.

  2. Wow, thank you for the kind words, Janet! It has been so wonderful getting to know you and I’m touched that you would nominate me for this! Thank you.

  3. Thank-you Janet for including me in your list.
    Petrea recently posted..Voices Seen and HeardMy Profile

  4. I just absolutely adore you. Thank you for including me in such a wonderful group of women who are sharing themselves and their gifts. What an honor. 🙂 You inspire me my dear friend.

    • Thank you, Heidi, I am so grateful for your technical hand-holding at key points in my website and Facebook transitions.

  5. What an interesting post! Your energy work is fascinating, Janet. And thank you for the kind words about my blogs. xo
    Susan recently posted..Evolution of a PaintingMy Profile

  6. Cool list. I love seeing some familiar names and some new ones to check out!
    Amy Putkonen recently posted..Our Journey Through FearMy Profile

  7. I love the healing in 50 states idea. That is really a great idea. Fun to share and fun for people to see how far you’ve gotten in your quest!
    Amy Putkonen recently posted..Our Journey Through FearMy Profile

  8. Janet – I was shocked to find myself nominated! And thank you for your utterly lovely and kind words! You are definitely on the right track; the healing you shared with me via e-mail still resonates deeply within me.

    Okay…SQUEEEEE!!! It is a novel experience to be nominated by one of my peers!

    Thanks again <3 Sue
    Sue Jorgenson recently posted..Finding October…in water (part 4)My Profile

  9. How very exciting to receive an award and what an honor. I loved the 7 new facts about me – it’s like a sneak peek into the world of Janet. So cool how you use your art to “expand” allowing prosperity and abundance to flow into your life.
    Julie Geigle recently posted..Creating Balance & Finding PeaceMy Profile

    • Julie, I am beginning to see how the practice of art is often a healing in and of itself, without translating the images into words. It’s a very interesting process. Thank you for visiting & commenting!

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