The Magic 100th

This is my 100th post since I started blogging and I would love to make it special. I wish I could come up with something smashing like a giveaway or blog hop to invite you to. But for the moment I would be a terrible host and you deserve all the best. And since it would be my first party planning is essential. So let us save these kind of celebrations for later and try to make it a hit then instead of a disaster now. Any way I want to make it the magic 100th so I came up with the idea doing a summary of my time as a blogger. From my first post to what I wish for when I blow out the candles on the cake today.

The magic 100th | My Green Nook

When I started my blog I wrote in swedish and the name was Min Gröna Vrå (translated My Green Nook). The platform was Blogger and I did most of my marketing on Google+. My first post was Dare to Choose Life where I describe my current goals and views of life. It was published 7th July 2014 which means I actually missed my one year blogiversary(!). My first blogger friends were Aging Hippie and Martha Magenta. Via Google+ I connected with many other bloggers of which some I still see around. The Ultimate Party hosted by Tammy at Creative K. Kids where my first link up experience through which I met several nice bloggers. Tammy at My Life Abundant is one of them.

Begonia © Photo: Charlotte, My Green Nook

The first header image. Photo: Charlotte ©

After a while I realized blogging was my thing but Sweden is a small country and not quite there yet for bloggers (or at least not for me nor my blog). Writing in swedish made my blog limited even though a translation widget was available. I did not reach out to possible readers, followers and like-minded bloggers. I got few or no comments on the posts but great response on Goggle+. In September I got the fantastic news I was pregnant. Due to nausea and tiredness blogging was put on hold for a few months. When I felt better I had to decide – quit blogging or make a change. I gave it a shot – switched platform to WordPress and started writing in english. This I will never regret. The frog logo was next step. It would let people recognize My Green Nook in cyberspace. I kept the categories and the green thread. Some would argue my blog is too broad and I should have taken the opportunity to specialize. But my blog reflects me – I have an interest in many different areas and is more of the general type –  doing a little bit of everything.

A new look - My Green Nook

Getting a logo

This was the start of becoming an International blogger (IBA). I met new bloggers and attended more link ups, parties and blog hops. I connected with Gingi at Domestic Geek Girl, the sweet mom at Life Breathe Present and the poet Free Spirit Mystic among others. I took part in a 1000 Speak for Compassion writing the post Compassion in Everyday Life. A topic well suited for me and my new path in life.

Fate brought me to Deborah at Urban Naturale and the weekly blog hop she hosts. There I met Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints, who sadly have taken a break from blogging. I was featured at Meet and Greet. Soon I also belonged to the CTWW-gang taking on the weekly challenges. A world of green bloggers opened up and my writing about green living really took off. Marla at organic4greenlivings is one of my fellow green bloggers.

Take care of the Earth - My Green Nook

Being green.

In April I participated in the A to Z Challenge posting one plant a day during the month. It was really hard work but fun. I connected with new bloggers many of them authors. Wendy at Wendy of the Rock, Lata at Hot cup of Kaapi and Archana at Spice of Life were three I came to follow. I made it just on the hair – 2nd May our Baby Girl was born. I came to witness the kindness among bloggers. You gave me a hand during my first stumbling months as a mom. Now I am back blogging again.

Recently I created a new category called thoughts/reflections where I will share my inner dialog. Parenthood is also a new category which obviously include my life as a mom and days with a baby. I hope you will enjoy those and continue to follow my adventures. Gardening and a sustainable lifestyle will still be important parts of my life as well as my blog. So no worries – I will stay green!

In the nearest future I will be happy to manage to publish one post a week and will focus on connecting with you instead of writing. But my goal is to publish more frequent. I would love to be a part-time blogger and really engage to it. To get my own domain is a dream I have. But it costs money and I do not earn a dime on blogging today. To take that step I would at least want to make enough money to cover the cost of the domain. We will see what the future brings…

Footsteps to future. The magic 100th | My Green Nook

Thank you everyone who ever set a foot in my green nook. It is because of you I keep on blogging. New visitor? Welcome, feel free to leave a comment or check my other posts. See you around!

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Liebster Awards Nomination

Liebster Award

I have been invited to participate in the Liebster Award by Sarah at Sarah Heiman Blog + Portfolio. Thank you for the nomination!
The Liebster Award is a way to connect with other bloggers and get the chance to make new friends. I love to mingle around in the blogging community. So I thought I would give it a shot. You get the chance to get to know me. And meet my amazing nominees. Let us do this – it is just for fun!

 

First an introduction: the Liebster Award is a chain award created by bloggers and passed on from one blogger to another to encourage connections. It is a wonderful, fun way to interact and make friends in the blogging community. These are the rules:

1. Thank and link the person who nominated you.

2. Answer the questions given by the nominator.

3. Nominate 11 other bloggers, who have less than 200 followers and link them. (Please! Do not be offended if I nominate you and you have more followers. It is my way to support you regardless of your numbers. My “mistake” is probably done because I could not find your rates. I am sorry for any inconveniences).

4. Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer.

5. Notify all nominees via social media/blogs.

My answers to the questions from Sarah

1. If you could only watch one TV show on repeat for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
I rather not watch at all. Do I have to? In that case The Office (US). I had some good laughs watching it.

2. What is your “holy grail” beauty or skin care product and why?
My natural hair products made by my organic hairdresser Friekosör in Stockholm. Since I started using their products my hair has become healthy and shiny. And the scent of essential oils from herbs and flowers is so refreshing.

3. What is your favorite TV show or movie that’s based on a book?
I will have to go with the movie trilogy The Lord of the Rings.

4. What’s your current favorite blog?
This is a hard one – I have so many to choose from… If I have to pick one – Reduce Footprints an engaged blog with great posts about sustainability and environment. Connecting like-minded bloggers via challenges and features. Always supporting fellow bloggers by sharing and commenting on their content.

5. What inspired you to start your own blog?
I love to write and thought I would do something about it. Blogging is a nice way to connect with others and be creative. The writing form of a blog post suits me – the process behind is inspiring.

6. What’s your guilty pleasure?
A real Swedish fika. There is no English name for it (but it roughly means having coffee/tea and a pastry/cookie/bun often with friends or family).

7. What is the best product you’ve recently discovered?
Organic Rose Petal Hydrolat I use it as a skin tonic dabbing it in my face and underneath my eyes. It has a constraining and refreshing effect. The scent of roses is so revitalising.

8. What’s your beverage (alcoholic or non) of choice?
Fresh squeezed lemon juice with ice. Water to meals.

9. What is your favorite beauty tip?
Be yourself and smile. A cliché I know but it is true. If you feel comfortable inside it shines through. Some people just have that sparkle in their eyes and you can almost see their inner strength. I think it is beautiful.

10. What are your top three dream travel destinations?
Chelsea Flower Show. Potsdam to visit all the parks (many are UNESCO World Heritage Sites). To snorkel at a healthy, thriving coral reef (not a specific destination but a dream).

11. What’s your favorite smart-phone app?
Except for all social media apps I will go with Mindfulness II it is a part of my everyday routine.

My nominees

I can guarantee you will find some interesting blogs/bloggers among my nominees so be sure to visit them. With no particular order – let me introduce you to:

  1. Life Breath Present
  2. Domestic Geek Girl
  3. Reduce Footprints
  4. Urban Natural
  5. Nature Moms Blog
  6. The Green Queen of Moderation
  7. Pam´s English Cottage Garden
  8. Garden Matter
  9. Autism Mom
  10. Organic 4 Greenlivings
  11. The Ramblings of an Aspiring Small Town Girl

Congratulation to my nominees. Liebster Award | My Green Nook

My questions for the nominees

1. Which is your favorite plant or flower and why?

2. Which is your motto in life (or life quote)?

3. What kind of exercises do you prefer/enjoy most and why?

4. Which is your favorite cook book?

5. Which is your number one environmental/sustainability advice?

6. Why did you become a blogger?

7. How do you treat/reward yourself when you have accomplished something (really made an effort)?

8. Which is your top well-being tip?

9. Which is your favorite book?

10. What kind of garden style/design do you prefer and why?

11. What is your favorite meal or recipe?

Good luck!

 


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Passion for Sustainability

As many of you already noticed I am all in for sustainability and it is a kind of passion. I love to interact with like-minded people, bloggers and organisations. One could think sustainability is a narrow niche but think again. What is sustainability? What does it mean?

When you have answered the questions you will know that it is applicable on everything and everywhere. The definition of sustainability is:

“…meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland Commission, 1987)

Sustainability includes all areas of science and values. Arching between Economy, Environment and Society. It is only where the three pillars intersect that sustainability prevails. The concept of sustainability can be viewed like this:

Sustainability diagram - Sustainability concept | My Green Nook

This makes sustainability so challenging and sometimes hard to reach. You need to see the whole picture and at the same time break it down into details. Why am I telling you all this?

First, it is important to state what I mean when I write about sustainability. Second, I want to tell you about the Sustainability Living Blogs where you can add your blog and find like-minded bloggers. It is a great opportunity and a nice initiative by Kirsten at Sustainable Suburbia. I added my blog to the category General Slow, Sustainable or Simple Living Blogs since I write a bit of this and that. I suggest you take a peek by clicking the badge below.

Sustainable Suburbia: Striving for a lower impact lifestyle. Join the Sustainable Living Blogs Linky Lists

Did you find anything interesting or inspiring? I hope you did. Sustainability is fun and brain teasing. As a biologist and gardener I have the concept in the back of my head constantly. Trying to find new ways to think and act to solve old problems. Sometimes it goes easy and other times I get frustrated over the ignorance I occasionally meet. But I will not give up and I hope more will find the passion for sustainability.


 

Live It Up at the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party Blog Hop #56

Meet and Greet

A monthly link-up party for green blogs on Reduce Footprints

I was featured on Meet & Greet at Reduced Footprints

Today I was featured at Meet & Greet. It is such an honor and I feel delighted. Visit Reduced Footprints and read the review of my blog. While you are there check out the blog and say hi to Small Footprints the author of Reduced Footprints.

Thank you Cyndi!

The path - My Green Nook

The path is never long to someone´s heart if their mind is opened… /Charlotte

Connecting people

Connecting people - My Green Nook

Connecting people

One of the best things of being a blogger is that you meet people from all over the world. There are no barriers or long distances keeping us apart. Of course we do not see each other and we are dependent on computers or likewise. The language is another bump on the road but in worst case we can use translation soft-ware. Further more photos and pictures will look the same wherever you have your blog nook.

Under my short time as a blogger I have met nice people and interesting bloggers I wouldn´t have met without the Internet. Some I have much in common with, others are inspiring or just awesome to communicate with. As an introvert the whole writing business suits me better than chatting or mingle IRL. If you have an opened mind and heart you can find genuine, authentic and good-hearted people. Who can become co-bloggers or even friends. Everything about blogging is not to have the greatest number of followers or being the star in social media. You may be happy just to meet one new friend or get some nice comments. How amazing isn´t it to be able to connect with people around the world?!

I would like to share two great posts from two awesome co-bloggers:

The Domestic Geek Girl – 15 Valentine´s Day gifts for geek girls. Written by Gingi. http://domesticgeekgirl.com/geekiness/15-valentines-day-gifts-geek-girls/

Hi Gingi, I found this cool Valentine´s Day gift:

Geeky necklace - Heartshaped recycled circuit board by ReComputing

Geeky necklace – heart-shaped recycled circuit board by ReComputing

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I Could Talk I´d Tell You – Wise Woman. Written by Free Spirit Mystic. https://freespiritmystic.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/a-wise-woman/

Hi Free Spirit Mystic, a token of appreciation for you:

Free Spirit - Butterfly

Free Spirit – Butterfly