My Fabulous ‘Island Girl’ Nominated Me For The Blogger Recognition Award! Yeah Baby!

Hello and Welcome Recovery Friends,

 

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Now I usually don’t get the time to follow through when I am given an award for blogging. Between my book promoting business Lyon Book & Social Media Promotions and advocacy recovery work, time seems to fly by before I get a chance to get it done! But this one is special as my dear friend, Island Girl !!
And for the life of me I wish I knew her first name at least. LOL. Her Blog: ( http://whidbeyislandgirl.net ) Once of the most awesome places to live in the Pacific Northwest. And we met because I to had moved from the Pacific Northwest here to Arizona.

Now I may not get all my nominations notified right away, but I’ll get there! But I want to thank Island Girl for this award nom, and for her recovery support as well. The reason why I blog? To raise awareness about a cunning addiction that now effects 1% of our population as problem gamblers. And now out of the 16+ million problem gamblers in just the US alone? Half this number parents are your High School and College kids. Not Cool.

And of course, I was an addicted gambler for many years myself. Still don’t know when I crossed the line into uncontrolled addicted gambling, but have now been in recovery 8 1/2 years. After two failed suicide attempts due to this addiction, it was time for me to reclaim my life back! AND THAT IS WHY I BLOG . . . .

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( Go ahead, click to purchase on Amazon! )

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Sharing hope and healing in recovery. I wrote my story in book form, and it got picked up by a publisher and now out in the world. I hope it helps many from gambling addiction. So I guess I am a published author, LOL.

So let me get to the hand of sharing this award to those who inspire me as bloggers. The only piece of advice I can give other bloggers? It is the same advice my publisher gave me when I started writing now my 2nd & 3rd books,
“Write What You Know, and keep it real, raw and honest.” And it is how I approach my recovery as well! XO

So in gratitude, and in keeping with the rules, I nominate the following fabulous blogs you need to visit:

Each and every one of these folks has provided me with their unique perspective, talents and enjoyment via writing, poetry, advice, books and a whole slough of different thoughts. KEEP ON BLOGGING!

None of the nominees are required to accept, of course, but if you do, these are the rules for acceptance:

  1. Choose 10 other bloggers to nominate, excluding yourself and the folks who nominated you.
  2. Write a post to showcase your award.
  3. Include a brief history of how your blog was started.
  4. Provide some Pearls of Wisdom to new bloggers.
  5. Thank the person(s) who nominated you and include a link to their blog(s).
  6. Attach the award to your blog.
  7. Inform the folks you’ve nominated via comment on their blog site.
  8. Include a link to the award provider.

I look forward to reading more of everyone’s posts!

1.) DeBorah Palmer ~ Espiritu en Fuego — A Fiery Spirit Expressing Herself
2.) Jack Barr Award Winning Author ~  Author Jack Barr
3.) Ellie Pulikonda, Author/Writer
4.) Author, Marilyn Fowler ~  Self Help By Marilyn
5.) Author, Andrew Branham ~  The Book Anything for Amelia
6.) Author, Bette A Stevens ~  4 Writers and Readers Maine Author
7.) Kendall F. Person ~ The Neighborhood ~ Society Online
8.) Author, Vinnie Sorce ~ Cirque de Sorce

**I will be back with more links of Nominations**

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Thanks Again Island Girl!  http://whidbeyislandgirl.net
“Keep on keeping on friends!”
Author & Recovery Advocate ~ Catherine Lyon “-)

My New Award & Recovery News All~Rolled~Into~ONE!

Hello and Welcome Recovery Friends & New Visitors!

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YES, I’M SO EXCITED ALL OVER AGAIN FOR A NEW BLOG AWARD!!

Aargh! The Potato LOOKED at me!
**YEAH BABY**!!
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*I HAVE BEEN NOMINATED FOR ANOTHER SISTERHOOD AWARD*
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http://glynisrankin.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/sisterhood-award/
I WANT TO THANK *Glynis Rankin* for this NEW “FAB” blogger award nomination!
I just adore her blog, as I am *INSPIRED* by her writing style, and she has been a Fabulous Supporter of me and my blog! NOW, lets share the LUV with my Blog SISTERS that take blogging to a whole new level!

*HERE ARE THE RULES*
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1-Provide a link and thank the person who nominated you.

2-Answer 10 questions.

3-Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipient know they have been nominated.

4-Include the award logo within your blog post. *THAT’S IT~SIMPLE*

*THE TEN QUESTIONS*
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1-Favorite Color: (PURPLE )

2-Your favorite animal: (KITTY’S )

3-Your favorite non- alcoholic ( ICED TEA )

4-Your favorite pattern: ( CIRCLES )

5-Do you prefer giving or receiving presents: (GIVING )

6-Your favorite number: ( 7 )

7-Your favorite day of the month: ( SUNDAY )

8-Your favorite flower: ( SHASTA DAISY )

9-What is your passion: ( WRITER )

10-Facebook or Twitter- (TWITTER ~ #Addictionchat )


*HERE ARE MY BLOGS I NOMINATED*

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1- http://Iwanttotakemylifeback.wordpress.com

2- http://Hastywords.wordpress.com

3- http://Cathysvoicenow.wordpress.com

4- http://Blueribbonfair.wordpress.com

5- http://Zainabjavid.wordpress.com

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**Please go by these blogs that I have “Nominated and Deserve” this *Beautiful Award,* AS each of these blogs are “Worthy” of your time and Visit!  And again, Thanks to my  friend *GLYNIS* for the *Wonderful Honor*! 

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Now I’d like to introduce to you my Good Friends, and a great place for Facts
and education about “Compulsive Addicted Gambling:
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*National Council On Problem Gambling* http://www.ncpgambling.org *
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Here is a little of what they do for others with gambling problems, or how they “Advocate” to educate the public that Gambling Addiction happens, and it is a REAL Addiction, and Disease:

The National Council on Problem Gambling is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. The mission of the NCPG is to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education.

The National Council is neither for nor against legalized gambling. Our primary concern is to help problem gamblers and their families.

The NCPG was conceived as the national representative of the problem gambling field and is organized with 3 classes of members: state affiliate, corporate and individual. The NCPG concentrates efforts on the national level, while the state affiliates work at the state and local level.

Major National Council programs include:

  • Operation of the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network (800-522-4700). A single national access point to local resources.
  • Administration of the National Certified Gambling Counselor (NCGC) credential.
  • Holding the annual National Conference on the Prevention, Treatment, Research and Recovery of Problem Gambling. The world’s oldest and largest problem gambling-specific conference.
  • Distribution of literature on problem gambling treatment, research and recovery.
  • Organization of National Problem Gambling Awareness Week.
  • Providing education on problem gambling issues to Federal, state, tribal and international governments and agencies.

History: The organization was founded in 1972 by Msgr. Joseph A. Dunne and Dr. Robert Custer, among others. From the outset the Council established two principles that remain in effect today: that the organization would be the advocate for problem gamblers and their families, and that it would take no position for or against legalized gambling. This stance is encompassed today in our vision and mission statements above. A history of the NCPG from 1972 to 1985 by Msgr. Dunne was published in the Journal of Gambling Studies, Vol. 1, Issue 1.

To join as a member or to support NCPG with a tax-deductible contribution, click here to view our Membership Types and Benefits.
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1-800-522-4700 24 Hour Confidential Hotline

What is Problem Gambling?

Problem gambling is gambling behavior which causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social or vocational. The term “Problem Gambling” includes, but is not limited to, the condition known as “Pathological”, or “Compulsive” Gambling, a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, “chasing” losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences.

Please note the statistics below are generally estimates on a national basis, and in most cases are based on compilations of various state or regional studies. Therefore, these figures should be taken as broad generalizations, and not specific scientific findings. It is the purpose of the NCPG to encourage the development of more and better research on this issue and to be able to provide the public, government, industry and decision makers with this type of information. Additional information may be found in the literature and links on our Resources page. For information specific to a state, contact our State Affiliate council members. To find a National Certified Gambling Counselor (NCGC), please search our counselor database.
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*HERE ARE SOME VOICES OF THOSE WHO WERE PROBLEM GAMBLERS*

REAL VOICES

In order to get beyond the statistics and provide a more personal and individual picture of this issue, this section features the stories of individuals who have been affected by problem gambling, including problem gamblers and their family members, friends, colleagues and employers; treatment providers; advocates; and any others.

  • After 2 semesters in college, I am wondering where all my money has gone. I would tell myself time and time again to stop betting, whether it be online poker, blackjack, or sports bets. A few days later i would always be back placing more bets and telling myself that if i lose this time I would be done forever. I’d win big a couple of times, but only to increase my betting size and lose it all days later, and still bet more money. The highs were nice, but the lows were horrible. Read more>>>
  • Hi I’m 12 years old and have three sisters. And well my dad is addicted to gambling. My mom and dad have been fighting ever since he started his problem which is about three years ago and now it scares me to think that they might get a divorce. Well finally after talking everything out my dad has agreed to find some help so I decided to help them find some help.Imagine that your own 11 year old daughter approaches you and says “Dad, I want to talk to you please”. You say, “Sure honey, what is it?” She then asks your other 8 year old daughter and your 4 year old son to leave her room so she can plead with you to stop gambling. Imagine that you see her tears and then you tell her that nothing causing her to cry would be worth doing again; yet you go and do it over and over again. Have you not, at that stage, lost your human side out to a formidable foe?! Read more>>>

ON GAMBLERS

G amblers always are trying new ways to make a bet

A nd then end up getting themselves deeper into debt

M oney is not there when needed to put food on the table

B ecause they throw it away as soon as they’re able

ook how often this tragic habit affects their health

E  ver they constantly strive to create easy wealth

R  eally, all that they accomplish is to lose their wives

S  urely, there must be a way out that will save their lives.
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**I Want to SHARE this info because those of us in Recovery from addicted
compulsive gambling struggle this time of year, The Holidays. So please if you or someone you love may have a gambling problem, go explore my friends website at NCPG. They are there to Help**
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God Bless Everyone!
Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon
A Recovering Addicted Gambler 6+yrs.

Another Fabulous Blog Award ~~ YES…you can be Fabulous in Recovery!

HELLO RECOVERY FRIENDS, FOLLOWERS. AND NEW VISITORS…WELCOME!,

I have decided to TURN my AWARDS POST into an NEW Awards Page….WHY?
Because my Awesome Pals keep showing me LUV and Nominating me for More of them. I’m SO Blessed and Humbled by all The Awards & Nominations I receive.

WHY?…It makes me feel GOOD that others really are interested in what I Blog about, which at times can be DULL Subject Matter to read. I TRY  to put some humor into where I can, but I missed COMEDY SCHOOL!!

I do find that MYSELF, and Many others FEEL, the only way to *SHATTER the STIGMA* around others who suffer from ANY type of Addiction, or being a person in Recovery, And/Or,  someone who BATTLES ANY type of Mental and Emotional illness, or Disorder is to SPEAK OUT about these ISSUE’S!  SO I take these Awards Seriously. So I have a permanent page for All My *FABULOUS* Blog Awards!  And I’ve been Nominated AGAIN for Another,……. so Hang on to your HATS!!

**My Fabulous Blog Awards ~~ YES…you can be Fabulous in Recovery!**

**HERE is my Newest Blogger Award Nomination**

Well, even with all the *DRAMA OF EVICTION* going on around me……I try to still Help, Encourage, Reach-out, and still *Spread *HOPE* to others who may be still stuck on the *CYCLE* of Addicted Gambling, or ANY type of Addiction. I’ve been Posting of my own *Life Challenges* going on in my Life, and the ONLY thing that keeps me Grounded, and filled with Hope & Joy is to be of Recovery Service to others NO MATTER WHAT!

AND……A very Kind follower of my Blog has NOMINATED me for *The Inner Peace Award* I love HER Blog as well.  ANNA always Shows Courage, and helps MANY with her Sharing of her True Inner feelings of *HOPE* as well, and is not SHY about Speaking OUT and Speaking Up of Recovery, Mental health & many other disorders I, and others Suffer on a Daily Basis…….Please Meet Anna and Her Blog, “ROSE WITH THORNS~~Recovery HOPE for ALL”…….SO I THANK YOU ANNA from my Heart To Yours for My Nomination!!

About

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Opening My Heart to Hope

Aspergian, depressed, anxious, anorexic, past compulsive over-eater, PTSD sufferer, SIB inflictor, allergy sensitive, sleep struggler: I have had many labels placed on my in my life.  However, as a college student, I am finally beginning to see a ray of hope at the end of the tunnel.

My name is Anna Rose and the purpose of this blog is to help support and give hope to all of those struggling with any mental illness, learning disability, and hardship.  Also, those who support family or friends dealing with these issues can gain insight and ideas for caring for loved ones.

At my baptism  my mother brought a rose.  The priest told her that it was good that she brought “a real rose with thorns” because my life would be “beautiful but full of pain.”  Those words to a baby he barely knew have certainly come true.  Because of this as well as my name, roses have become an important symbol of my life and struggles.

Overall, this site is for everyone and everyone who needs a ray of light in the dark, understanding voice, and non- judgmental encouragement giver.

If you so choose, you can also follow me on these other sites.

***HERE ARE THE DETAILS AND THE RULES OF THIS BLOG AWARD & My PICKS who I’ve Nominated!***

1.) There is ONLY ONE RULE TO THIS AWARD!!….LOL…Nominate as Many Awesome Blogs you’d like that bring your Inner Peace, Hope, and Courage, as YOU pass it to others!…….HERE ARE ALL MY BLOGS & WEBSITE I NOMINATED……..
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1.) http://good2begone.wordpress.com
2.) http://jenniferbchaz.com
3.) http://www.gracepete.com
4.) http://www.gracepete.blogspot.com
5.) http://themiracleisaroundthecorner.wordpress.com
6.) http://bipolarforlife.me
7.) http://awaywithwordsblog.com
8.) http://sobergrace.wordpress.com
9.) http://Quarksire.wordpress.com
10.) http://runningonsober.com
11.) http://byebyeBeer.wordpress.com
12.) http://rossmurray1.wordpress.com
13.) http://humaninrecovery.wordpress.com
14.) http://mylifein24hours.wordpress.com
15.) http://messageinabottleblog.wordpress.com
16.) http://IwantmylifeBack.wordpress.com
17.) http://inspiredbythecomforter.com
18.) http://projectlighttolife.wordpress.com
19.) http://cogitabunda.wordpress.com
20.) http://mm172001.wordpress.com 

**Lets Always remember what the good doctor Says, “You were not born to JUST fit in, You were born to Stand Out”!!** Dr. Seuss

ALL OF my nominated Blogs & Websites are very Worthy of this award. The Truly help bring INNER PEACE to me in one way, and they Inspire ME in my Recovery!!
SO go pay them a Visit and tell them Catherine sent you……. 🙂 🙂
**To see all my Nominations for Awards, check out *MY Fabulous Blog Awards Page**
May God Bless You My Friends!  *Author, Catherine Lyon* 🙂