our crossings is nominated for The Outstanding Blogger Award

Today, I want to thank my friend Kerry from Postcards from Kerry, an exceptional blogger herself who is particularly gifted in writing fictional fairy stories, for nominating me for the outstanding blogger award. I am really excited about this one, and to be described as an outstanding blogger does feel quite flattering.

The nomination is also the perfect opportunity to relax, answer a few questions and share some love nominating other bloggers. After all, blog awards are a great way to recognize and support blogs beyond following, commenting, or liking.

Just as I was closing in on Kerrie’s last question, a message popped up in my WordPress readers feed from Tea and Hiking Boots and Redefined Timeline announcing two more nominations for the same award. I am honoured and grateful, thankful, and blessed to be nominated by three lovely bloggers. Thank you very much 🙂


THE AWARD RULES

  1. Provide a link to the creator’s original award post.
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated.

Kerrie’s questions

1 What continent are you from and how does that influence your blog?

I live on a continent called Europe. When I started a blog a few years ago I knew right away it was gonna be a travel blog as I desired to write about all the places worth visiting and exploring in Ireland.

2. What is your least favorite place in the world?

A crowded elevator, or a crowded queue area at a tourist attraction during a 90+ degree, high-humidity day (the stench of body odour can reach epic proportions). I guess any place where you are being squeezed in like canned sardines with total strangers.

3. What do you enjoy most about your blog?

Feeling like I’ve found my voice. I’ve always known I had a voice of course and I’ve always been quite self-aware and perhaps even quite self-assured but it’s one thing to have all these thoughts swirling in your head and quite another to put pen to paper (or in my case, fingers to keyboard), share them with someone else and actually have a conversation about whatever random thoughts are in my head. 

Also, I very much like meeting people and making friends with other bloggers in the community. So much of blogging is done independently in our own homes or coffee shops. It can be easy to feel alone or isolated trying to figure out how to grow our blogs and social media channels.

Having a few blogging friends who understand the struggles of blogging is a game-changer. It’s important to make friends with other bloggers because bloggers need other bloggers. Most of our friends and family who are not bloggers don’t totally “get” what we do all of the time and sometimes that can make us grow encouraged. When you have friends who are also bloggers themselves, you already have an instant connection and understanding with each other. You share the same passion and that’s huge in a friendship!

4. How is the pandemic affecting your writing, if at all?

At the start of the pandemic and the consequent lockdown, my writing life was affected quite profoundly. With a full-time job and no childcare, I found myself unable to focus, and even when I forced myself to sit before the computer, my mind kept wandering and worrying, and it was difficult to write anything much. However, as the days wore on, I decided to take another look at writing and managed to gradually find my rhythm in the midst of the pandemic crisis.

We all fall on hard times, and we all struggle to get back to our equilibrium.

For some, getting back to equilibrium can involve seeing a therapist. For others, it could be starting a new job or moving to a new place. For some of the more literary-minded or creative folks like myself, getting better can begin with writing – it’s one of the more effective acts of self-care. That’s why I still find time to journal daily for therapeutic benefits.

5. What other species would you like to be (including alien)?

If aliens are included, then I’d say we can pretty sure choose something from mythical beasts and magical creatures, too? If so, I would most likely go ahead with a supernatural creature prominent in Northwest Coast Indigenous myths and legends known as Thunderbird. Thunder and lightning are attributed to the thunderbird, which produces thunder by flapping its wings and lightning by opening and closing its eyes. How amazing would that be!

6. Are you a geek or non-geek?

I am a non-geek.

7. What would you like to happen in 2022?

After a miserable year-and-a-half, alternating between lockdowns and new outbreaks, I would like to wake up to the news saying that the coronavirus has at long last been defeated. Would be so nice to speak of it in the past tense.

I would like to see a different approach to travelling; it has to be reinvented and it has to be about travelling better not just safer. The basic tenets of travel stay the same: pack bags, board a plane/train/automobile, see the world. Yet travel trends change all the time, and the approaches we take toward new destinations and epic adventures change along with them. I’d love to see an increased emphasis on wellness and sustainability not just ticking off destinations.


Questions posed to me by Redefined Timeline ( I was scrolling trough your ‘About’ page, but couldn’t find your name!)

What single item could you never leave behind on an excursion?

Definitely my camera because photography is the story I sometimes fail to put into words.

If you had to live on a secluded desert island with one other person, who would it be and why?

Most likely, it would be a clone of myself, but if I had to pick real, live, human being it would be my husband, Valters: neither Valters or myself have a particular skill set that would make either one of us invaluable, but I get to choose, so I choose him. After all, we’re gonna have one helluva story to tell after we make it back to civilization, and I can’t think of a single person I’d rather share such an epic adventure with!

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

Speed because the ability to manage my time is an important skill, as is the capacity to spot ways to improve processes and accomplish tasks more swiftly.

What aspirations do you have for 2021, and an end to COVID?

2020 was an incredibly difficult year for so many people and I know going into 2021 we will still have struggles ahead. This year I didn’t set any New Year resolutions. 2020 taught me not to plan too far ahead into the future, or expect the future to look a certain way, but instead, it taught me to live more in the present, being thankful for every day you get to hug and be with your family and friends.

I wanna continue focussing on myself, on being the most authentic and real person I could be. Someone who’s healthy (both physically and mentally), doing what she loved with people she loved, and who isn’t overdoing it by people pleasing and being something she wasn’t. This way I can make a difference in the world in my own way, making it a better place to be for everyone.

I would love to invest more time to make the world better and kinder and I would like to: create a bee and bird friendly garden, sprinkle kindness like it’s confetti, live mindfully, be more considerate of others, whether I know them or not, step through life with honesty and integrity and so on.

How did you choose the name for your blog, and is there any special meaning behind it?

When it comes to the blog name, I wanted to keep it short and simple. I had no desire to come up with a name, as pro-bloggers always tend to suggest, that’s catchy, memorable, descriptive, and stands out from the crowd. And, I also don’t want a name that’s cliché, confusing, or hard to remember. I wanted a word that represents movement and thus Our Crossings was born.

What’s your preference, planning your own trip or using a tour company to take care of the itinerary for you?

There’s a lot to think about when planning travel: from getting a visa, to figuring out transportation, to booking accommodation and getting local currency, it can be downright stressful for some people, but I very much love every aspect of it. It’s an opportunity to take a travel daydream and turn it into reality.

What are your favorite travel apps?

Roadtrippers for every time I am inspired to grab a car and go someplace, Skyscanner with its unique ‘everywhere’ feature allowing me to look for new and surprising destinations and All Trails – a fantastic app for the nature lover and hikers displaying over 100,000 curated trails, how amazing is that!


Questions posed to me by Tea & Hiking Boots

You are given the opportunity to live a year in any city (or town) in the world. Room and board are completely covered. Where do you go?

This one is very easy – I would choose Vancouver. Having visited Vancouver I am aware of its charms. Surrounded by mountains, water, creeks and inlets, there’s plenty to lure wildlife and nature lovers like me. It’s one of those rare cities that can offer endless amounts of adventure – from watching a grizzly bear snack on salmon and surfing at the small town of Tofino to amazing skiing at Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour and playing ice-hockey on the frozen lakes. Not to mention an opportunity to hop across the border to Seattle, a city surrounded by the worlds most beautiful national parks – Olympic and North Cascades.

Sometimes photos aren’t “Instagram-worthy” but they hold great memories or make you laugh. Do you have a travel/adventure photo that fits this description?

I sure have plenty of those. Some of my favourite travel photos were taken twenty years ago on film. An old-school way of capturing moments without saturating and editing had a way of capturing ‘real emotions’

During your travels and explorations is there a walk or hike you’ve really enjoyed?

Hiking and walking is one of my passions and most of our travels revolve around certain hikes and trails. Due to the pandemic crisis, our hikes took us across Sligo and that’s where I found some of the most amazing hiking trails.

Do you ever divert your itinerary based on advice from locals or other travelers?

Yes. there been many times when we’ve extended our itinerary and diverted our course due to suggestions by other travellers and locals. I don’t like to race around with an ambitious itinerary; instead, I follow my feet and the people around me. It’s amazing what kind of things you can stumble upon when you put down the guidebook.

If you could learn any language instantly, which one would you choose?

I would love to learn Finnish. I got interested in Finnish because of t’s grammar and rich inflectional and derivational morphology. It’s a very beautiful language because the real beauty comes from how clean and effective it is. I adore the sound of Finnish. It has an extremely high number of pure vowels and diphthongs as well as vowel length contrast, which I have always thought was super cool. 

What’s the best book you’ve read lately?

One of the best books I’ve read lately is Kings of the Yukon: A River Journey in Search of the Chinook which tells the story of a 2000 mile canoe trip across Canada and Alaska, investigating the cause of the king salmon’s decline, and how that decline is impacting on the many different communities and ecosystems that depend on it. It won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year (2018) and the Lonely Planet Adventure Travel Book of the Year (2019).

A visitor is coming to your local area, do you have a recommendation they wouldn’t find on a “Top Ten” tourist listing?

There are many exciting places around Sligo that you wouldn’t be able to find in any of the travel brochures. Sometimes we recommend them visitors, but then there are few places we like to keep a secret


Here are my questions for my award nominees:

1. What was the last book you read and what did you think of it?

2. When you travel to the far corners of the earth, do you feel like the world shrinks or grows?

3. Does traveling make you a better person?

4. What’s the longest plane ride you have ever been on?

5. If you were offered a one-way ticket to go on your dream adventure tomorrow, what would you say?

6. If you wrote a novel, what would it be about?

7. Could you live in another country for the rest of your life?


Here are the bloggers I’m nominating, in no particular order:

If you are a total rebel and don’t partake in these chainmail tags and don’t want to tell everyone something about your personal life, feel free to take a pass, because as we all know- they take too much time. So, if you’ve been nominated but would rather not participate, you can simply ignore the nomination.

Allan from PhotoBlography3

Jason from Jason Likes to Travel

Bernie from Equipoiselife

Casey from Suitcasey

Hannah from Traveling Han

Christie from 1000 Places and Memories

Juliette from Sunny Days with Juliette

Alessa from Pinned on Places

Linda from Grammy Writes

Sarah from Get Up, Get Away

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66 thoughts on “our crossings is nominated for The Outstanding Blogger Award

  1. Congratulations Aiva!
    I definitely don’t like crowded places either 😆
    Thunderbird sounds really interesting 😉
    Yes, I would love to have speed as a superpower 😉 I’m always running out of time 😆

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  2. Congratulations Aiva. And thank you so much for the nomination. Not usually a rebel, I am going to pass at this time. We are currently dealing with a sick parent and that is taking up a lot of my time. I will do my best to visit the sites of your other nominees. Stay well and keep creating. Allan

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  3. I share your view of Vancouver. My wife and I aren’t really city people but agree that if we had to live in one Vancouver would be our choice. As well as the reasons you give its cultural diversity is very attractive. It seems to be a city where people are at ease with themselves and one another.

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    1. There really is something special about Vancouver, isn’t it? It’s a pretty city and quite vibrant. It’s the kind of city where you can live at a slower pace of life but still get all the benefits you would expect from living in any major global city (great nightlife, diverse and exciting restaurants, a huge variety of shopping options…etc).

      Quite simply, it’s a city that has it’s work-life balance juuuuuust right! Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva 🙂

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    1. Thanks again for nominating me, Kerry! I was and still am beyond thrilled. It’s finally nice and sunny in Sligo and daffodils are in full bloom. Take care. Sending you lots of love and hugs. Aiva 🙂 xxx

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  4. Thank you so much for the nomination! I loved reading your responses and I feel like we have so much in common. I also just realized that I did not know what a Thunderbird was until today! I too cannot wait until we can speak of the pandemic in the past. And I’ve never been to Vancouver but it’s definitely high on the list of places I’d like to go once it’s safe. Thanks again – I truly appreciate the time and effort you put into your blog and the support you’ve given me. I Hope you’re having a great day, Casey

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    1. You are very welcome, Casey! I love your blog as reading your posts bring me much joy! Blogging can seem quite solitary. You tap away and home, then send to post out there, hoping someone will read it. Working with other bloggers and supporting them eliminates this loneliness and who doesn’t want to live in a nice place, where people help and support each other? Cheers and have a good day. Aiva 🙂 xxx

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    1. Thanks so much, Christie! One of the ways to support others here on the WordPress platform is to be part of the community and of their community and show up. We can all make time to read, comment, chat and be involved. This is what makes the blogging community so special; the fact that we all support each other. Cheers and have a good day. Aiva 🙂 xxx

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  5. Glad to learn a bit more about you and your blog! I’ve enjoyed following your blog in the past year (almost two years, I think), and I love your calm approach to slow and sustainable travel: I could honestly learn a thing or two from you! Travel is definitely going to be unrecognizable even after COVID-19 ends (if at all), as I’m expecting many of us to stick close to home before considering heading across the world! We’ll have to see…wishing you a good (and safe) day!

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    1. Thank you, Rebecca! And, thank you for such lovely words, I am glad that I’ve stumbled upon your blog and your crafty articles, too! 🙂 I’ve been nominated for several blog/blogger/blogging awards since I started posting at WordPress two years ago, but I’ve been guilty of not having done my part on several occasions, not because I didn’t want to but because I didn’t have time to do so. Also so, through this post, doing the very least I can which is to thank the fellow blogger who nominated me and make sure the nomination goes on the record. You were one of the bloggers I wanted to nominate right away for the award, but Ann-Kathrin from Wandering Explorer Travel beat me to it. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva 🙂

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  6. Congrats on the nomination, it is well deserved. It was neat reading more about you and the inspiration behind your blog. I’ve enjoyed following along on your adventures and can’t wait to travel to many of the places in Ireland that you’ve written about.

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    1. Thank you very much. I was delighted to receive three nominations and were more than happy to participate. I hope you get to explore Ireland one day, you would find many exciting hiking routes! Thanks for stopping and have a good day. Aiva 🙂

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    1. Thank you kindly! One thing I absolutely love about the WordPress blogging community is that I’m always so blessed by the kindest and loveliest of people, whether it be through the form of supportive comments, reblogs, and simply just likes and follows. That’s why, once in a while, I love to accept an award and use the opportunity to shine a light on other bloggers. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva 🙂 xxx

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  7. Congratulation on your nomination, Aiva! And thank you so much for nominating me too, I feel so honoured! I loved reading through your answers, and the ones about the future particularly resonated with me! I too would love to learn Finnish, it is such an interesting and unique language!

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    1. Thanks so much, Juliette. I’m not an expert blogger, by any means. Not at all. But some things I have noticed about blogging (besides it being fun!), is the blogging community. My family and friends may be supportive of my blog, but I will find no one more supportive of my blog than a fellow blogger. The blogging community as a whole is so encouraging, kind, and uplifting and that’s why I wanted to take time to shine a light on some of my favourite bloggers whose posts brighten up my day. And, as you are one of them, I wanted to nominate you, too! Cheers and have a lovely day. Aiva 🙂 xxx

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    1. Hi, Jo! I agree with you, once in a while, it’s nice to take a break from writing travel guides to participate in blog awards by answering a few questions and finding new blogs. It’s also a great way to support the bloggers I love. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day. Aiva 🙂 xxx

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  8. Congratulations on your award, Aiva! I loved reading your responses and learning more about you. Thanks for sharing the travel apps you mentioned. I’m going to download them. I can’t wait until we can start traveling again, around Ireland at least.

    This paragraph really resonated with me: “I would love to invest more time to make the world better and kinder and I would like to: create a bee and bird friendly garden, sprinkle kindness like it’s confetti, live mindfully, be more considerate of others, whether I know them or not, step through life with honesty and integrity and so on.” That’s how I feel. Yesterday we planted the seeds for the flower garden.🪴

    Looking forward to checking out the other blogs you nominated. Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ☘️ Robin

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    1. Hi, Robin, how are you doing? I hope you had a lovely St. Patrick’s Day. The weather was quite moody in Sligo, but we went for a walk anyway. Spring Equinox (Northern Hemisphere) is Saturday, March 20 and it’s so nice to see that nature is slowly waking up.

      I am glad to hear you planted the seeds for the flower garden, it’s on my to-do list for this weekend, too. I really look forward to using all the pent-up energy I’ve accrued over winter, and really plan on going ”all in” and planting as many flowers, herbs and vegetables as my lover beds and veg patch allows me to do.

      Given the state of the world right now, we need to be kinder to ourselves and others. and there are things everyone can do to achieve that. Kindness is a social glue that allows us to connect with others and build meaningful relationships with them. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day. Aiva 🙂 xxx

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    1. Thank you kindly, Marie. It’s always nice to see your name come up in blogger nominations. I hope you had a lovely St. Patrick’s Day. Apparently, it was nice and sunny on Ireland’s East coast. Take care. Aiva 🙂 xxx

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  9. Congrats on the award – well done! I enjoyed reading your responses and the questions you posed. That “everywhere” option on Skyscanner is great, isn’t it? We used All Trails when we went to Colorado and Utah last summer. So useful!

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    1. Thanks so much! I loved browsing Skyscanner’s ‘everywhere’ feature even when I had no plans to go anywhere. I used to pick a random country/city and see where I could fly just for fun. Aside from the fun part, it was also a great way to learn more about new routes between different countries; what if I, all of a sudden, needed to fly from Rio de Janeiro to Grenoble? Cheers and have a good day. Aiva 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Pedro. 🙂 I was utterly delighted to find out about three blogger nominations; it always represents an opportunity to connect more with people here on WordPress. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. The sun is finally out in Sligo, but it’s still a long way to go before we get rid of the heavy winter coats. Cheers. Aiva 🙂

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  10. Congratulations, Aiva! You truly deserve all these blog awards and more for the lovely posts you share! I always like reading posts like these since they give you a deeper look into the person behind the words you read, and I loved the way you answered these questions. I never gave much thought to it before, but your writing voice has such beautiful clarity, it reminds me of a cold, refreshing stream in a magical forest!

    I really hope 2022 brings the end of covid so we can get out more, and also see more travel blogs from you! I also really liked what you said about travelling better. Especially after a long break from it, I think it’s important to make the most of our travels and not take even a second for granted.

    Vancouver sounds like such a lovely place to live in. I remember seeing pictures of the city in a book when I was younger and it certainly did exude the charms you talked of! I hope you get the chance to live there someday. Have a lovely day 😀

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    1. Thank you very much, Arshia, for such moving and wonderful words! 🙂 Writing can be a long and gruelling process. It takes time and effort, blood, sweat, and tears to turn the ideas in your imagination into stories. As much as I find joy in creating travel posts, the biggest delight comes from interacting with other bloggers and readers just like you Arshia! Thanks so much for your never-ending kindness and often much-needed cheerfulness. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva 🙂 xxx

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  11. Congratulations. I loved all your answers too. Always fun getting to know other Blogging friends. I miss old film photos too. My husband still has a box of slides from his photography days. I also can not wait for the day when we can talk of this ugly old virus from the past, that it was here but now it is gone…that would be a dream come true. Everyone would be back to being out and enjoying each other.

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    1. Thanks so much. It’s always a lovely surprise to find out that other bloggers have nominated me for these blogger awards. Being part of the blogging community and interacting with people from all around the world is what usually makes my day. Rules are finally changing next week in Ireland as the entire country sees end of 5km limit on April 12. It’s a long way to freedom, but knowing that we’ll be able to roam around County Sligo are much-awaited news. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva 🙂 xxx

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    1. Thanks so much. It can be easy to signal kindness by posting online and following a trend, but harder to commit to kindness in our daily words and actions.

      But if we take the time to be kind to other people, we can reap emotional dividends. It can really make a difference and especially for people who are vulnerable or struggling. Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. Aiva 🙂

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    1. As Ireland and countries all over the world battle the third wave of Coronavirus, travel has been stopped in its tracks. Airlines are grounded, hotels are closed, and cruise ships are docked. When will travel start again? What will travel look like post-Covid? Instead of focusing on when we gonna be able to travel, we can use the time wisely and look at ways to make travelling more responsible. Thanks again for the nomination and have a good day. Aiva 🙂 xxx

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    1. Thanks so much! I love participating in blogger awards as it presents me with an opportunity to shine a light on other people who are running interesting blogs in the community. Cheers and have a good day. Aiva 🙂

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