Hello, and good afternoon! Welcome to my tea party! Much like the weekend coffee sharing event from Part-Time Monster, my monthly Sunday tea party is where I want to catch up with friends, old and new! This is also a way for me to introduce you to some great new blogs and people that I have virtually met along the way!
So let’s begin. Please come in and have a seat. What kind of tea would you like?
I am so glad the holidays are over and we are well on our way into January. We have settled into our new home in Colorado and are happy as larks. The cold has begun and I must say, I am enjoying the snow and the cold. Ask me again how I feel in a couple of months.
I have worked hard on my novel, The Swamp Fairy. The writing seems to flow and I find myself drawn further into the mysteries of fairies. I look forward to sharing my creation this spring.
This is a Downton Abbey tea collection I received from my best friend, Annie for Christmas this year. How about one of these great selections? Would you like cream or sugar? Or do you prefer stevia, like I do? Since it is our first “tea” together I thought I would break out my German tea set for us to enjoy our tea in.
My first guest for tea this January 2016, is Hugh, from Hugh’s Views and News. We have often discussed how fantastic it would be to have tea together, proper like, you know they way they do in England. In fact, I met Hugh by responding to one of his coffee share posts back in 2014! We became great friends just like that!
As you can see, Hugh is instructing me in the fine art of holding my pinkie just so, when one sips their tea. Hugh is one of the nicest people I know and as you can see, he is the best sport ever! Thank you for being my friend Hugh!
Recently, Hugh awarded me the “Champions Award.” The Champion Award is the creation of Seumas Gallacher, a highly successful indie author and blogger that inspires us all with his witty charm and humor. Like Hugh, I am an award free blog but feel a deep desire to thank him for bestowing such a prestigious honor upon me.
Seumas says of the Champions Award:
“…in a world that seems to rush around at an even faster pace than ever, I’d like to take a few moments to have yeez consider how important it is to acknowledge publicly the many wunnerful folks who populate Blog Land… there are already gazillions of splendid Awards, recognising the goodness of so many of our fellow scribblers and readers… supporters all in their own way, worthy of a thousand special ‘thank you’ nods… the intent of these CHAMPIONS AWARDS is to differentiate those fine people who go that extra special mile for others… my fervent hope is that this will circulate and ‘viralise’ (new WURD, Mabel, settle down) and trigger your own CHAMPIONS AWARDS for those you know deserve it.”
The Champions Award suggests that I select at least five other champions. This was almost an impossible task for me! There are so many authors, writers, and bloggers who I feel deserve this award. However, I have chosen seven who I would like to present this award to. They are:
Olga, of Just Olga
Sue Vincent of Daily Echo
Michelle, of Book Chat
Charles, from the
Legends of Windemere
My honorees above have acted as mentors and writing guides to me many times. I have learned much from all of them. It is through their care and kindness that I have grown in my own writing journey. They have cheered me on and supported my endeavors every step of the way. In fact, they have gone the extra mile in supporting other writers and bloggers, too. Thank you all for your kindness and I am glad to have made your acquaintance! Each of you are special to me!
Janice, from On the Land
My second guest for tea this afternoon is Janice, from On the Land. I met her when she participated in my Writer’s Quote Wednesday event, and from Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge. She recently bestowed on me the honor of being tagged in her #Girllove challenge, launched by Lilly Singh, a.k.a. Superwoman, on her YouTube Channel.
“Lilly Singh is a Canadian vlogger, actress, comedian, and rapper, age 27. She is tired of ‘girl-on-girl hate’ in schools, workplaces, and social media, so she decided to reverse trends by promoting #GirlLove. In her empowering video, young women speak out about their respect and gratitude for other women in their lives. Proceeds from video views will go to the Malala Fund to help educate girls around the world. The goal of the fund is to “enable girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities.
Lilly’s challenge was to compliment other women in social media using the hashtag #GirlLove. In the blogging world, the challenge has become more detailed.”
Here’s what you do for the #GirlLove Challenge:
- Tell your followers who inspire you, a famous woman who may be dealing with negativity on a daily basis.
- Tell your followers who inspire you in real life, a woman you always interact with.
- Tag five women bloggers who you love. Compliment them and tell them why you love them, and comment under their latest post with the link to your #GirlLove post!
If you get tagged, do the post on your own blog. If you want to do it anyway, do it anyway! Add the tag ‘Girl Love’ to your post, so we can see them all! Let’s start 2016 with LOVE for each other!
I must say, this was an easy task for me to accomplish. I would like to introduce you to my friend, Lia, of Lifestyles with Lia. Lia is a teacher who teaches English to immigrants new to the United States. I have had the pleasure of getting to know her through her blog and her Instagram account.
For me, Lia is the kind of woman who empowers others. She is always cheerful and kind. She has brightened my day with her wonderful poetry, introduced me to new foods, and even helped me get through the ordeal of my cross country move by emailing me and checking in to make sure I was surviving. Lia is a positive change maker in my life. Thank you, Lia!
Here are the five other women I would like to recognize in the #GirlLove Challenge because of the extraordinary contributions they make to helping others:
Thank you for joining my first official “tea party.” I enjoyed your company and hope you enjoyed meeting some of the people that inspire me every day here on Silver Threading.
I’ll see you all for tea next month!
Categories: Silver's Monthly Tea Party
Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles - The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017.
The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family.
Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative.
When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry.
She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website colleenchesebro.com.