The Happy Starfish

Living Mindfully & Celebrating Health, Happiness & Peaceful Living

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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Thanks so much to Ronovan  for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. As I only created this blog a few weeks ago it is touching to receive such an accolade from the most inspiring blogger I know.

Here are the rules:

1.Thank and link to the amazing person who nominated you.
2.List the rules and display the award.
3.Share seven facts about yourself.
4.Nominate up to 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
5.Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Now for the seven facts:

1)  On my first every CV I put ‘fluent in German,’ thinking it would help me sound more intelligent. I got the job I went for not realising the Head Office was based in Germany. Yep I lasted as long as my first conference call. My basic grasp of the language was excruciating. (in my defence I did pass my German GCSE exam). Honesty is always the best policy for me nowadays.

2)  I meditate every single day. I studied mindfulness after acquiring a disability whilst exploring ways to cope with chronic pain. It changed my life so much I completed teacher training and am now a mindfulness coach.

3)  I love orange smarties. So much so when my son was young he would always pick them out of his tube and hand them to me. One day I filled a tube solely with orange smarties to see what he would do. He handed them all over one-by-one with a rather shocked expression on his face (and I handed them back with a million kisses and tears in my eyes).

4)  Last year I eloped to Gretna Green without telling a soul (apart from my children). Well obviously my husband knew. We had an awesome day and I wouldn’t change a thing. I created a wedding blog you can view here.

5)  I was lucky enough to gain a place on the WoMentoring Project. My mentor is the fabulous Louise Walters. I never dreamt I could write (anything) and am so grateful of the project for giving me the confidence to try.

6)  I read ALL the time. When I finish a book I have become really emotionally engaged in I carry out a period of silence and then don’t start another one for a couple of days as a mark of respect.

7)  I practice gratitude daily. My journal is the last thing I do at night. Rather than dwell on the things I have lost or can’t do anymore I choose to look for the positives in everything. There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.


WordPress is teaming with inspiring bloggers but I have managed to pick some from the ones I follow from either my Fabricating Fiction blog or my Happy Starfish blog.


1) Stepping out of pain – As a sufferer of chronic pain I know there is a myriad of negative information readily available via google. People readily share how bad their condition is, how they will never get better, how nothing helps. It is lovely to read positive and inspiring posts with practical ideas that can help alleviate symptoms of chronic conditions.

2)  The call of the pen – Lyn will probably shy away from this award but she is so encouraging of new writers and a fountain of knowledge, I couldn’t not include her.

3) Healing your grief – ‘How to work through the journey of grief after losing a child.’ Karen is such an inspiration, full of positivity and her posts are always beautifully written.

4) No one gets flowers for chronic pain – a touchingly honest account of life with pain, the good, the bad, the highs and the lows. Inspiring for other sufferers to know they are not alone (me included)!

5)  Artfully Inspiring – Not only is Adelie a fantastic writer she is also a beautiful human being. Check out her about me page.


Author: thehappystarfish - living mindfully

Louise Jensen is an award winning Naturopathic Kinesiologist, Mindfulness Meditation Coach and Nutritional Therapist, and is certified in many other therapies, including the Mind Detox Method (as featured on Discovery Health) where she graduated from the Mind Detox Academy in record time. Louise has overcome living with a disability and has 13 years experience helping others to heal, and shares her experiences through freelance writing. In 2012, Louise co-created The Happy Starfish, dedicated to celebrating health, happiness and peaceful living. Louise offers Mindfulness Coaching via workshops and Skype and specialises in anxiety, depression and chronic pain.

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