Message In Stanza

Poetry and Musings

Thank you Discovering Your Happiness (DYH) for nominating me for the Unique Blogger Award. This nomination was a while back but now I have the time to give these “unique” questions the time they deserve. I have been a journey to better emotional health, esp. when it comes to anxiety. So while I haven’t been blogging I have been tending to losing weight, meditation, etc. And DYH talks a lot about emotional well-being. I love her blog and you should check it out.


Answer all the questions asked by the blogger who nominated you
Share the link of the blogger who nominated you
Nominate 8 to 13 bloggers for the same award
Ask 3 questions

Her questions:

What are your 2018 plans?

Great question. I have many. But overall, I hope to meditate more through classes and using this great app called Insight Timer which allows you to do guided meditations (you can pick the time amount), talks on certain topics like healing and self-forgiveness, and music meditations. Mediation keeps me centered and relaxed. I also hope to attend this writing conference here in Houston, Texas called: Writefest. It’s a week event where there are workshops for fiction, poetry, etc. and opportunities to meet other writers and possibly get published in a literary magazine. I’ll probably do a lot of poetry workshops. You know me. I’ll be learning more about bringing home the MESSAGE in the stanza. Lol!😉 I also plan on losing 20 pounds this year. Wish me luck!

What are your three ways to reduce stress?

Meditation, prayer and listening to music. I find solace in the Psalms and Ephesians. Such honest and heartfelt poetic dialogues to God found in those chapters for me. David’s anger, sadness and faith. Paul’s desire to please God. And when it comes to music put on some U2 or Chris Tomlin and I feel God’s presence and I feel less stressed as well.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

… Can I get back to you in 5 years?

lol. No seriously, this is an important question. I just can’t believe how fast time goes but 5 years seems like a while from now. And I am trying to spend more time in the present moment. You know? 😀❤️ But I hope to be a missionary married with a couple of kids. I would love to preach and share my poetry to a congregation of people on the mission field. This is my heart’s desire. And oh… a handsome man who loves Lord, missions and wants children too. 😉


My nominees:


Red Letters

Texas Law Student



Following Him



My questions:

What is your main form of reflection: prayer, mediation, or an artistic pursuit and why? Or do you see all these as intertwined?

(I am going to steal DYI’s question): Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

If you paint or had a desire to paint what kind of things would you paint and where would you paint if you could paint anywhere?

I look forward to your responses guys. God bless! ❤️❤️


Carly 💫


36 thoughts on “The Unique Blogger Award

  1. Congratulations! ♥♥♥

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    1. Thank you, Lizardin. 😀❤️

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      1. You’re welcome 🙂

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  2. Congratulations! 🎊

    Anxiety is part of the reason I’ve been blogging less as well. I’m glad that you are working on it and taking care of your health, emotionally and physically!

    I enjoyed getting to know you more! 🙂

    “… Can I get back to you in 5 years?” <– that was priceless. 😄

    Me?! Aww, thanks for the nomination! 😀 ❤

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    1. Thanks for understanding. And I am happy you got to know me a little more now. ❤️❤️

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      1. And I can’t wait to see your answers! 😀🙂

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      2. And my post should be up on Friday. 😀 Tomorrow will be celebrating the first day of Spring. 🙂

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      3. Awesome. 😊 Looking forward to reading it. I love spring and here in Houston it’s so nice before it gets too humid. 😎

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      4. 😀 It’s posted!

        Same here! 🙂 I want to get outside more this Spring before the heat and humidity sets in here.

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      5. Hey Grace, I don’t see your new post on the Unique Blogger Award. Is that what you meant when you said it’s posted?

        Yeah, you live in Arkansas, right? You know humidity like us Texans experience then. Lol. 😊 How hot does it typically get? It can get to 105 here in Houston sometimes. Lol.

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      6. Oh, sorry! The flowers are posted, not the Blogger Award. The award will be posted as soon as I finish one little thing. 🙂

        Yes. 🙂 Haha, yeah, it can get that hot here, but it’s usually in the high 90’s in the summer. (It’s 70 here right now! So warm already! I remember times when it snowed in March, haha.)

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      7. Wow, snow in March? I guess Arkansas is much more north than Houston. Because parts of Texas near the panhandle snow in March. 😊

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      8. Yeah, but it doesn’t happen often. I wish it did. 😆 It was 80 degrees today. Sigh…

        Yes, I think it is! 🙂

        Oh, that is cool! Literally and figuratively. 😄

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      9. I love your new avatar, by the way. ❤️❤️

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      10. Thank you! ❤ Haha, I always said I'd never actually show my face… and then I took this selfie and couldn't help it. 😆

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      11. Yay, I am happy that I can see your face now, Grace. ❤️ You are great. Let that face shine! Lol!

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      12. 😀 ❤

        Aww, thanks! ❤ I hope my face shines because I am reflecting The Son. 🙂

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      13. You bet. Yes it does. ❤️😀

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      14. 😊 ❤ Aww, thanks!



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    1. Yay!!!! ❤️⭐️❤️⭐️

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  4. Thank you so much for the nomination and congrats on being nominated! You’re an awesome blogger! Have you done missionary work in the past or just something you want to do in the future?

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    1. Thanks Kayla for those very kind words. ❤️❤️ I haven’t done any ministry work before, but when the time feels right, I hope to be sent overseas with a mission group through church. Good question. 😎

      One more thing Kayla, I don’t know if you had time to read my Generation poem? I took it down. If you did read it, do you think it’s too bold of a statement in your opinion that could be softened up a little bit? I am not sure and value your thoughts. 🙂

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      1. That sounds like an amazing goal!

        I didn’t see it! But I would love to see it! Why did you take it down??

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      2. I thought I was being too blunt in the message of the poem. But I think it’s fine. I’ll post today or tomorrow again. Have a great day. 😀

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      3. I look forward to it

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      4. It’s coming tomorrow morning instead. Good night!

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      5. Oh okay, I’ll see it then!

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  5. Congratulations!! Well deserved

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    1. I really appreciate the lovely comments. God bless you! 😀


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