Friday, 24 April 2009

Noblesse Oblige Award

I have been kindly presented with the Noblesse Oblige Award by fellow blogger When I Am Rich - thanks a bunch!

I first discovered When I Am Rich and her eponymous blog a few weeks ago completely by accident, like most of my best discoveries! Her blog is cute, thoughtful and light-hearted, and the posts are written on a very simple premise: what she will do when she is rich. What I liked about her blog is that there's no wistful regret and sighing; instead you are rewarded with quirky, optimistic insights which show you - along with some excellent photographs - that there are actually many great things in life you can still appreciate, for free (like moonlit starry nights and hot cross buns - complete with some very yummy pictures of course!)

Here's what the award is all about:

The recipient of this award is recognized for the following:

1) The Blogger manifests exemplary attitude, respecting the nuances that pervades amongst different cultures and beliefs.
2) The Blog contents inspire; strives to encourage and offers solutions.
3) There is a clear purpose at the Blog; one that fosters a better understanding on Social, Political, Economic, the Arts, Culture and Sciences and Beliefs.
4) The Blog is refreshing and creative.
5) The Blogger promotes friendship and positive thinking.

The Blogger who receives this award will need to perform the following steps:

1) Create a Post with a mention and link to the person who presented the Noblesse Oblige Award.
2) The Award Conditions must be displayed at the Post.
3) Write a short article about what the Blog has thus far achieved – preferably citing one or more older post to support.
4) The Blogger must present the Noblesse Oblige Award in concurrence with the Award conditions.
5) The Blogger must display the Award at any location at the Blog.

What my blog (Career Changing in the Credit Crunch) has achieved so far:
I started writing this blog about 3 or 4 weeks ago as a web diary of my attempt to change career, with the hope of helping anyone who is thinking of changing career but is not sure how to go about it. Every career changing resource I looked at offered small suggestions of advice but never actually offered a story of how someone did it, or how they dealt with any of the issues they went through. So I started this blog as a way of filling that gap: partly to offer practical advice based on my own experiences but also to share my story to those who need that little bit of encouragement to go for it.
As I wrote at the end of my very first post, back in March, "There is never a 'good' or 'right' time to change career for many people, but I don't agree that we must doom ourselves to unhappy or unfulfilling lives because of it ... if I manage to persuade one person that tough economic circumstances are no bar to changing career, then I will have achieved something."

While I think all the blogs I'm following are great (or I wouldn't be following them!), I am going to pass the Noblesse Oblige award to the following selection of blogs:
1) Paused in Peru:
Argentum Vulgaris has already won this award for one of his other blogs, but Paused in Peru is his latest blog about his travels through Peru, complete with some wonderful pictures and commentary.
2) Reduce Footprints:
Small Footprint's blog discusses ways for each of us to reduce our "footprint" on this earth and live in a greener, healthier way. Full of discussions about environmentally-friendly issues and tasty-looking vegan recipes (yeah, I know I'm a meat-eater, but still tempted to try these!)
3) England Rents, Rants & Raves:
Blog by an English expat living in America, aka The Prodigal Tourist, who occasionally returns to visit, taking some nice photographs and making observations about his homeland on the way.
4) Laura Reviews:
Intelligent, witty, insightful blog reviewing the written word - whether from books, news articles, or any other source. Includes interviews with authors of books Laura has reviewed.
5) The 1,000,000 Project:
This is a hilarious blog of projectmanager's attempts to be a millionaire by the age of 30. I still don't get why he/she wants to buy a cow, but it made me laugh anyway.
6) Greenback Savvy - You Can't B.S. the G.$:
US-based Greenback Savvy shares her sensible advice on how to manage your money in a highly readable way. As she says, "you can take her advice or leave it", but it's worth a thought if you need an idea of how to deal with your hard-earned US dollars.
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  1. Wow ... thank you so much!! And congratulations on winning the award yourself ... you deserve it ... your blog takes us through the real-life, roller coaster ride of changing careers. Rather than a "how to", you also offer the emotional side.

    Congrats to the other bloggers you awarded this too, as well! I'm off now to visit their blogs.

    Thanks again ... you made my day!

    Small Footprints

  2. That's really cool, thank you. It's always nice to win an award for a new blog, my first for Paused in Peru regardless whether I have it on another blog.

    Congratulations on winning the award yourself. I'll pop off to visit your other nominees later in the day.

    Made my day too, thanks again.


  3. Thanks guys! Glad to know I made your day. This post pushed my rudimentary HTML skills to the limit, so I'm glad to know the effort, sweat and cursing was worth it :-D

  4. Wow!! An award!! I = sooo happy!! Thank you very much, and also - congratulations very much ;D

    I’ll check out these other wonderful award winning blogs ASAP!

    PS! Great HTML-;D
    PPS! I love cows! They’re awesome - both dead and alive. Well. Not awesome like roadkill-dead. More like gone-to-a-better-place-that-is-my-plate- dead. But they’re best alive. When there’s milk in them. And green grass around them. OK, now = rambling stops.

  5. Wanted to stop in and say congratulations on your award, it is well deserved.
    Fine choices to pass the award along to, I see some that are new to me and I will take a look.
    Congrats to all,


  6. Thank you so much for the award! I truly appreciate it. :)

  7. Thanks again for all your comments!

    Projectmanager / 1,000,000 Project:
    You are so funny. Enjoy your award (no money involved I'm afraid)!

    Squirrel Queen:
    Good of you to pop by again. Hope you enjoy the new blogs! I tried to give the award to blogs that didn't seem to have won it before - but even narrowing it down like that didn't make it any easier...

    Greenback Savvy:
    My pleasure :-) Glad to pass it on!

  8. Thank you so much! Means a lot to us to know that you're enjoying our adventures across the pond. And congratulations to you, too.

  9. Thanks, marathoner81 - and of course thanks for paying a visit to my site :-)

    Also, thanks Prodigal Tourist - and I hope other people enjoy your site as much as I do :-)

    Right, time for bed I think. 'Night all!!!

  10. Congratulation for winning the award! My husband is in a middle of career changing as well. So reading your blog really teaches me something and has been a fresh input for us. Thanks :)

  11. Hi Jan,

    Thanks for your input and thanks for being my new follower! I shall check out your blog soon as well :-)

  12. Hi there!
    Congratulations for winning the award!
    I think changing carrer is never easy, but determining your key skills, interests and motivations are all key to choosing the right job.