DANITHEDREAMGIRL Received an Award!!!

This recognition and thanks is long overdue, but outside of blogging I have to pay the bills by working (lol) so time isn’t always on my side ūüôā¬† So, onto the good news!¬† I am the recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award, which recognizes blogs that do something different and exciting!¬† In order to receive this award, you MUST be nominated or awarded by another blog site.¬† I had the honor of being presented this award by another lovely blogger who is Shipwrecked on Fabulous Island Here it is:

This is what she had to say about me and my site:

Dani of DANITHEDREAMGIRL documents her journey to find her purpose and helps tell the stories of others along the way.  I call her features The Dream Catchers because she exposes everyday people who are chasing (and determined to catch) their dreams.  Subscribe to her blog via email for the latest and greatest in MOTIVATION!

To that, I say “THANK YOU VERY MUCH!”¬† It’s nice to be recognized for the work that I do and the stories that I tell!¬† So the rules state that I must share 7 facts about myself…here goes nothing:

1.¬† I love to LOVE! I love hard!¬† Once I’m comfortable with a person, my heart will surely open up to them.¬† That’s the reason for me having such wonderful relationships in my life (just ask my close friends).

2.¬† I’m very GIVING! If I have it, you got it.¬† I will give you the last few dollars in my pocket if you needed it more than me.

3.  I dream of a BIG wedding, but will more than likely elope just to save the money! lol

4.¬† I love DOGS…they are so much cooler than cats!

5.¬† I’m a Daddy’s girl! If you talk about my dad, there will be problems.

6.  I like partying with my brother more than anyone else.

7.  My TRUE lifelong passion that I never actually followed was to be a DANCER!  I must find a way to fit that into my life somehow.

THERE YOU HAVE IT!¬† Was that good?¬† OK, now I have to pass this along to other bloggers!¬† Can I give it back to the person that gave it back to me???¬† I wish I could, because I really want to…F it!¬† I’m giving it back to her!¬† Take a look at who I picked for this award!

1. She is the craftiest, most fabulous, amazing mother, friend so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she is Shipwrecked on Fabulous Island. If you need recipes, event planning tips, crafting samples/step by step descriptions, etc…you better act like you know and click on her link!

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2.¬† I totally adore Necole Bitchie, which is why she is my next honoree! I love her story! She went from nothing, to being one of the BEST bloggers out there. She received an award from Soul Train for being the #1 Soul Site. She doesn’t even know it, but she is one of my biggest, if not the biggest, blogging inspiration! You can make a living out of just writing and posting! She has a huge celebrity following, but seems very down to earth. She has celeb status, but remains humble…if that’s not versatile I don’t know what is!

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3. My next lovely recipient is the creator of The Jasmine Brand. She is not only good at what she does, but she is totally down to earth! She took the time to have a Twitter Q&A with me to offer advice and guidance on how to be successful in the blogging world! She gave insight on how SHE made it and for that, I will always be grateful. She can chum it up with the big names within the industry and still chum it up with people like me who are on the come-up!

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4. Next up! Oh yeah…she’s getting smacked with a DOUBLE award since she has already received it once! If you love shoes, you will love Shoeacidal Hotline. She is able to get exclusive interviews with our favorite stars who rock the best shoes! If you’re feeling a bit SHOEACIDAL, call her hotline!

The list isn’t long, but it’s packed with power!¬† Check them out ūüôā ¬† Thanks for taking the time to visit Danithedreamgirl and share in my excitement!

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Is My Friend Always Going to be Shipwrecked on Fabulous Island?!?!

It’s a new year everyone…WELCOME, 2012! ¬†With only a few more entries to go, I am continuing my series on inspirational surroundings and next up is….(drum roll please) the most successful multi-tasker that I know. ¬†She can light a fire under anyone’s butt and motivate them to DO SOMETHING! ¬†If you are struggling with finding a purpose in life, getting started on a goal (big or small) or simply need some encouraging words to help you step out on faith, this woman is who you want to read about! ¬†She’s an everyday, down to earth, kind-hearted being that just about anyone can relate to.

I could write and entire novel each month and there still wouldn’t be enough pages to describe the talent, passion, creativity, drive and integrity of someone who I’m honored to not only call my friend, but one of the coolest craft-masters out there! ¬†That’s right, she goes by the name, Tabby, and is able to juggle being a mom, wife, event planner, blogger (http://shipwreckedonfabulousisland.blogspot.com) crafter, teacher, and still goes to work at her “9-5”. ¬†She is co-founder of Embellished Affairs (www.embellishedaffairs.com); an amazing event planning company that specializes in making any and every event FABULOUS beyond belief. ¬†If you’ve experienced an event that Tabby has had her hand in, you will always recognize her signature work and love it!

Her creativity is believed to be a genetic trait that both her mother and father can take credit for. ¬†Behind her father’s cold exterior, “he disguises his amazing artistic talent…” and her mother has always been “the crafty mom involved in everything from the Youth Ministry at church to the neighborhood mom.” ¬†In her words, “if my creativity isn’t genetic it was definitely nurtured by BOTH of my parental units!” ¬†She’s gotten the best of both worlds and she’s become a “calculated perfectionist who keeps it fun and sparkly.” ¬†She defines creativity as:

…Allowing one’s internal cheerleader to embrace one’s internal weirdo…it is often a self-celebration for doing something out of “the norm.” Sometimes you have to listen for the whispering voice in your head that says, “you can do this”…like Nemo, just keep swimming to see it through.

If you need a place to visit to learn her tips, step by step instructions and everything fabulosity, take a look at her site shipwreckedonfabulousisland.blogspot.com. ¬†It is her “personal online sanctuary where [she] can be as nerdy, eccentric, dramatic and moody as [she] wants. ¬†It’s [her] place to revel in all things pretty, crafty, family and fabulous.” ¬†Is there anything that she doesn’t do? ¬†HMMMM, probably not!

Tabby gets an idea and runs with it; her hands are like a surgeon’s on fabulous crack (yes, I said crack)! ¬†I got the opportunity to attend her daughter’s 5 year old Minnie Mouse theme Birthday party and it was BOW-rrific!


 Hand-made bows on headbands as party favors!

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A Bow-Bar! ¬†Every little girl’s fantasy…they were there for the taking!

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She adds something special to all of her events and again, her fabulous touch can always be seen and felt!

Amazing display of the reception cards!

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“Tasty” and beautiful candy shop for a kid’s event!

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Added elegance to hand fans!

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Indian wedding…they do it all!

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Zion’s 4th Birthday Candy Bar (I know, I put 2 candy bars on display, but I love candy…)!

Tabby and her business partner, Sheena, successfully came up with a business model that worked for them after realizing that they “were the event planner for their respective circle of friends, family members and clients.” ¬†They identified their target audience (everyone) and “stepped out on faith to execute successful events one detail at a time.” A key in gaining traction was their decision to “undercut market rates to build [their] reputation.” ¬†They worked “twice as hard to prove themselves” and smartly left lasting impressions on every person that they met along the way, i.e. vendors, clients, family of clients, etc. ¬†Embellished Affairs received weddingwire.com’s Brides’ Choice Award every year since its inception! ¬†For your next milestone celebration, contact Embellished Affairs at: www.embellishedaffairs.com

I wonder how she manages to juggle it all so successfully!  She keeps her favorite biblical verse close to her heart 24/7:

1 COR 16:14 “Be on guard. Stand true to what you believe. Be courageous. Be strong. And everything you do must be done with love.” I do what I love…I do family time. I do event planning. I do blogging. I do crafting. I do PTO. I do Sunday School teaching. I do singing. I do baking. I do photography. Sometimes I feel like I do it all and, one day, it might kill me. Then I remember I do it all in love and somehow I live to see another day.

To say that she is an amazing mother would be an understatement! ¬†In fact, her family IS her motivation and they are like her own personal fan club! Her husband, Brian, believes that “there is nothing she can’t do and his confidence in her pushes her to do better.” ¬†Her daughter, Zion, is so amazing and imaginative that she naturally keeps Tabby “on her toes.” ¬†One thing I love is that she lets Zion in on the fun and action of creation during their at-home craft sessions! ¬†Whether Zion is a model, the creator or simply the person that she is creating for, she’s ALWAYS included!

If you think she does it all, you’re right! ¬†Women who want to be much more than just a wife or mom, but rather an independent and strong female who can also keep God and her family at the center of everything can relate to her! ¬†I could go on for days, but instead I leave you with something that motivates me, but comes from Tabby’s mind. ¬†What’s her God-given purpose on earth? ¬†Check it out:

I take every day as an opportunity to have a new God-given purpose…I know my ultimate purpose is to bring others to Him through influential service. I would, however, be remiss if I didn’t speak to my passion to redefine the importance of family in our society…My immediate reward is the happiness of my family but my heart is warmed when I read notes of encouragement and inspiration from mothers and fathers everyday…They make my hot glue burns all worth it!