AWARD – Tell the Darkness to Get Lost

get lost award

The “Tell the Darkness to Get Lost” award was created to celebrate the rock stars who were kicked in the teeth by life and kept going anyway. It is also for those who inspire me to pick myself back up when I all I want to do is stay down.  It’s my tribute to the bad ass gem of a human I see in you.  You remind me to keep the faith, to keep going, and to never give in to the darkness.  Your light brightens my world and gives me strength to tell the darkness to get lost.  I celebrate you, I thank you, and I adore you.

Rules for accepting the award:

  1.  To me, awards and rules shouldn’t be paired together.  It’s like a great book and a forced book report.  It goes from fun reading to work.  So these are suggestions and ideas.  You do what you feel inspired to do.  If you change it wildly, that’s awesome!  As I said before, you’re a bad ass.  I would love to see what coolness you instill in this, but this whole thing is an optional gig.  You’re a bad ass no matter what.
  2.  Share one thing about you that is funny, interesting, or unique.  Ideally tell something that you haven’t shared before, but again, it’s your call.
  3.  You may display the award or not.  It’s your blog, so I’m not going to dictate website aesthetics.
  4.  You may nominate 5 or more or less other bad asses whom you believe deserve this award.  I don’t know how many I listed below, but I wanted to include countless more.  We all feel inspired by others and sometimes it’s beautiful to tell them how much their words have helped you when you needed it most.
  5.  Tell those people who you have tagged why they matter even if it’s just a word.  Kindness, bravery, resilience, laughter, quirkiness.  Whatever comes to mind.  Just tell them why you thought of them when you decided to share this with them.
  6.  Know how much I genuinely appreciate you.  You matter.  This world is infinitely better because you are in it.

Something about me…  Well, I have recently developed a serious talent for breaking my blog.  In less than a week, I have managed to delete my access, disconnect domains, upgrade downgrade upgrade and sorta downgrade my plan when I should have just stayed where I was, and mess up some of my normally untouchable fonts with “stray code” (uh what is that and how would I have done it?!?).  As a bonus, this is actually the second time I am writing the bottom half of this specific entry because it disappeared.  The last hour is 100% gone from my revisions history.  Even WP support couldn’t find anything.  Apparently I’m a frickin’ magician, too.  Now you see content and then POOF!   It’s gone!

Please note that I struggled greatly with selecting the nominees below because so very many of you bring light into my world.  There just isn’t enough internet to include all of the people I want to award.

Nominations (in no order at all): – Your friendship makes my soul smile.  I could write a book on everything you have taught me. – You are like a butterfly with a gentle beautiful kindness that I adore. – You are my sister from another mister.  I laugh and cry with you. – If you are future me, I couldn’t be happier.  And if not, I’ll just have to stick with being inspired by how fab you are. – You are Adele and I am Lady Gaga.  What a pair we are!  I’m so thankful for you sweet girl. – You make everything shine and fine light in the darkest of places.  You spread incredible kindness and bless us all. – Girl – you’re just kickin’ ass and taking names.  You are raw and real and fan-effin’-tastic.  Hold on.  Write that damn book.  You have a big important story to tell.  You are amazing.  Stick the #@*& around!  😉 – Your teaching stories give me such joy.  You change the world in the very best way by opening little minds and hearts.  You changed mine, too. – My friend with countless names…  Thank you for always finding a kind word and positive note.  I am perpetually in awe of the extensive writing and reading you do everyday, and I truly appreciate that you make time to include me in the mix.  I am thankful for you Jumper. – You do serve up that inspiration!  I love your journeys, your wisdom, and your sass. – You are a fairy among us.  I adore the way you create magic all around you.  It’s infectious and marvelous (unlike the flu – also infectious but less fab). – On the one hand, you do not get this award because it’s terribly mean to make all that fantastic food while I sit here eating a hot dog.  On the other hand, I think that you are the cat’s pajamas and I can’t help but appreciate you on every level!  😉 – You accept people for who they are.  You find beauty everywhere.  You are a kind soul Andrew. – Hello outcast sister of mine!  I am certain that mom misplaced you in the hospital where we were born.  You are amazing.  I so enjoy your clever wit and your wicked smarts.  Keep ruling the world woman! – Your ability to keep your chin up when life is lobbing some mega softballs your way is truly beautiful. – Do I even need to mention the birds again?  (Clearly yes since I just did!)  You make the world beautiful on many levels.  Never stop painting.  Never stop shining.  I don’t think you could even if you tried. – Your stories make me giggle.  Who wouldn’t feel seismic at reading them?!?!? – You don’t write on your blog anymore but you should!  Your comments always lift me up.  Thank you my friend. – You recognize the importance of laughing at all things parenthood and I love that.  Kids – the original comedians.  I love your posts.  It’s like you live in our house, too. – Mischenko – I told you that I was a mess with WordPress!  Hopefully your name will stick on this version!!!  In response to your latest post, reading your blog makes me happy!  I just love it.  You are a reading machine and you gobble up every book under the sun.  It’s like you’re the Flash but for nerds (cool nerds who read).  😉  So sorry about the revision revision revision!  I do adore you!

Thank you so very much to all of you.  You are precious to me.


67 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. foodzesty
    Aug 08, 2017 @ 13:01:42

    Congrats Joooooo!!!! Everything you wrote to each of your nominees is so touching and beautiful…:)

    Thank you so much for the nomination….I am honored.


  2. roseelaineblog
    Aug 08, 2017 @ 13:43:39

    Thank you Joanna for writing such a great blog 😊👍🌹


  3. manyofus1980
    Aug 08, 2017 @ 14:02:31

    congrats on the award! ❤ xxx


  4. Mischenko
    Aug 08, 2017 @ 14:15:11

    Congrats on the award! I haven’t seen this one yet. Cool. This made me laugh only because I know what you mean about stuff disappearing and issues with technology, lol. Great job! ❤


    • MoJo
      Aug 08, 2017 @ 15:00:55

      I KNEW THAT I FORGOT TO ADD A NAME ONCE I REDID THE BOTTOM HALF OF THIS AGAIN! Doggone it!!! Your name should be on this. Dear Lord – Please do not allow me to wipe the other part of the post when I correct it and put Mischenko on the list. Hold please….


      • Mischenko
        Aug 08, 2017 @ 15:06:41

        It’s okay, lol! I don’t expect that! Haha! 😀 You’re making me laugh… LOL

      • MoJo
        Aug 08, 2017 @ 15:09:30

        No dude. I’m a total ding dong. This is why I spent half an hour chatting with WP support. I knew that I would forget someone. Yep. So now you are back on!

      • Mischenko
        Aug 08, 2017 @ 15:15:34

        Joanna, I totally didn’t expect that. You are the sweetest and always have such uplifting comments. Thank you 🙂 Will get this done soon. 🖤💗🖤

      • MoJo
        Aug 08, 2017 @ 15:23:28

        I’ve got sweet down (most days). It’s this whole breaking the blog thing I need to figure out. (I’m such a goofball!) 😉

  5. James J. Cudney IV
    Aug 08, 2017 @ 15:50:52

    Aw, what a wonderful award and post. You have many cool friends on here… I know bunches of them. And we’re all glad to know you. Thank you so much for nominatin’ me! xoxo Jumper J2C4 or whatever you’re calling me today.

    BTW, now that you’ve outed me, I’ll stop breaking your blog from the inside. That’s been me going in when I’m bored and have little to do… breaking code apart and re-assembling it in interesting ways. Just wait until the next one. Put your sunglasses on baby, it’s gonna shine like there’s no tomorrow and a bare ass without a suntan!


  6. wakinguponthewrongsideof50
    Aug 08, 2017 @ 22:40:00

    Thank you so much going me! You are most awesome!


  7. mainepaperpusher
    Aug 09, 2017 @ 00:41:12

    Thank you so much for nominating me! You’re a dear for doing all of this after the computer hell you’ve been going through! 🤗 ❤️


  8. Tracy
    Aug 09, 2017 @ 01:21:32

    Awwww Jo, thanks for adding me to your list. I am thrilled! You have added so much to my life AND at a time when I need to be inspired and motivated. Thank you, you are a most awesome being. 🙂
    Incidentally, I mentioned you too. (see my reblog) however, I forgot to put your name as a link (it was early when I did the interview) though I’m sure people will put the name into Google and find your excellent blog. X


    • MoJo
      Aug 09, 2017 @ 01:58:24

      That interview was so so much fun. I LOVED IT! I really appreciate that you mentioned my little blog sweet girl. That really made me feel good. And please note that your goal has been achieved in abundance. You make me laugh all the time and you inspire me constantly. You are one fab lady. I am thankful for you my friend. 🙂 Hugs! Joanna


  9. Jan
    Aug 09, 2017 @ 06:00:59

    MoJo … I am touched beyond words that you nominated me for this award !! I ran to share it with my husband !! Now, as far as an award goes … I wouldn’t miss a single blog you write !! You have the cutest sense of humor … your writing is engaging and makes me feel as if I am with you on your journeys/adventures/misadventures !! I thank you for the countless giggles you have brought me. Thank you again for this high honor … as it comes from you !! I consider you a dear friend. love, jan


    • MoJo
      Aug 09, 2017 @ 09:06:29

      You, too, darling. I should print your comments and post them all around me. I would never have a sad moment again if I did that. 🤗🤗🤗


  10. Merbear74
    Aug 09, 2017 @ 10:20:34

    I love this, Jo! Thank you for adding me to your list, message received and you make me feel so loved with your sincerely thoughtful comments. I also love me some blog bling, thank you, thank you!! 🙂 ❤


    • MoJo
      Aug 09, 2017 @ 10:41:04

      I almost called it “The Darkenss Can Get Bent” Award in your honor but then I figured that the phrase might get confusing for the peeps on the other side of the globe. 😉 You deserve blog bling my fellow bad ass. Hugs! Jo


  11. misifusa
    Aug 09, 2017 @ 18:09:03

    Great list! Congrats on the award and I can’t wait to meet all that you’ve nominated! Woo Hoo! xo


    • MoJo
      Aug 09, 2017 @ 18:19:15

      (I created the award for YOU GUYS!) (But it’s a bad ass award for bad ass people so I hope that some of them share the love!)


  12. joyfullyrenewed
    Aug 10, 2017 @ 07:07:08

    Awwwwww…I don’t think anyone has ever called me a bad ass before! You’re the best! As you know, I could say the exact same for you. Here’s the thing, you must know me well enough by now that you could have dropped a text and said, “by the way, I gave you an award today. You may want to sit down for a few minutes and read my post.” But nooooooo. Here I am, probably days late in my acceptance speech. I still love you though.


    • MoJo
      Aug 10, 2017 @ 07:33:09

      If you are meditating right now, I hope that you can sense my big fat eyeroll pointed at you. I am sticking out my tongue as well. Also I love you back! 😘


      • joyfullyrenewed
        Aug 10, 2017 @ 07:58:16

        Meditating. Writing. Pouring my soul out onto a screen. Whatevs. You know, I just realized that my blog is so very serious. When did we agree to you being the funny one?

      • MoJo
        Aug 10, 2017 @ 08:34:58

        That was probably the trade off for your winning the calm one title in our spiritual game of rock, paper, scissors.

      • joyfullyrenewed
        Aug 10, 2017 @ 08:51:04


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