EverythingShaquana.com has been nominated for the Real Neat Blogger Award by the amazing blog, Authenticitee! Let me first say thank you sincerely to the awesome blogger of Authenticitee, E! Much love, gratitude and blessings to you always, sis!

We, as people, work so hard toward goals, dreams and visions we seek to accomplish. All of us, in one way or another, are working toward something, every moment of life. Consciously or unconsciously. And depending on how hard your road or struggle is, the work we put in, can be far more than we often imagine ourselves to be capable of.

For those who find the strength, will and faith to continue on into the light, no matter how dark the night, there is always something they find upon their arrival. Rewards. Blessings. It’s called Grace.

Every now and then, on my own road toward triumph over tragedy, I look up to find my own forms of rewards. Blessings. Grace. It is up to me to honor such. Up to me to be see them. Embrace them. Internalize them. Love them. Honor them. And return them. Back to the world. 

This nomination, for the Real Neat Blogger Award, is my reward. My blessing. My grace. And I see it. For many avid or even, sometimes bloggers who take their blog seriously, any award is a high honor. It isn’t about celebrity or attention. It is so much bigger. It is about honor. It is about recognition. 

Being on the blog scene as heavily as I have during the past year, I’ve learned a thing or two. One of the most significant observations I’ve made is that many, possibly even most bloggers, blog for one main reason: to be heard. I’ve realized wholeheartedly, that my dreams of finding people who are living and/ or dying to be heard as badly, as strongly, as necessarily as me, is fulfilled. There is a whole world of those people. Right here in the ‘Blog World.’

The ones who’ve been silenced for far too long. Those who have been ignored into oblivion. Those who have been marginalized, ostracized, denied. The forgotten. The mute. The deaf. The blind. The lost. The unfound. That’s the first and foremost identity of sooo many of the people who write their write blog post, in the ‘Blog World.’ In search of themselves. Their truth. Their story. Their other selves. Their true selves. Their them. 

Every time someone nominates another blogger for one of these awards, they honor that. The struggle and fight to be heard. They recognize that blogger’s efforts to redefine that struggle. And they bare that recognition proudly, in the most obvious of ways, by nominating them. 

That’s why I write. That’s why I live. That’s why I am. For my story. And every other person’s story. I thus, accept this Real Neat Blogger Award with love, appreciation and great gratitude. Thank you E, for the recognition. Thank you to Dear Kitty. Some blog for creating and sharing this award.

The most important supporter you have, is the person standing right beside you. Through these awards, all of us bloggers are standing alongside one another! In solidarity! And might I say, in the words of Dennis the Menace, it’s quite swell ;-)!! 

Here’s the rules for accepting the nomination: 

As these blog awards go, accepting invitations for nominations is completely up to the blogger. Some people like nominations, others not so much.

Whether you accept it or not, beautiful bloggers, I truly pray you all accept the love, appreciation and recognition that comes with it! A’se!

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)


1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

  •  Countries (This Year):
    • United States
    • United Kingdom
    • Brazil
    • Canada
    • Italy
  • Web Referrals (This Year):  
    • Search Engines
    • Facebook
    • Pinterest
    • Google
    • LinkedIn

2. What is your favorite sport?

FOOTBALL!!!! (American, that is ;-))

3. What has been a special moment for you in 2015?

Finding out I was pregnant =D

4. What is your favorite quote?

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” – Audre Lorde

5. What was your favorite class when still at school?

Keep in mind, to make what would otherwise be an enormous list, a lot easier, I am interpreting the word favorites as most influential. 

  • K- 12: By school level…
    • Grade: Ms. Rodriguez 6th grade class
    • Middle: Humanities
    • High: The Americas
  • College: Tie between…
    • African American Studies Course: Introduction to African American Studies
    • Women Gender Studies Course: Prison Memoirs

6. Anything you wished to have learned earlier?

#TTT Things Take Time

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

The flute when I was in elementary school. And the triangle, in kindergarten! I was amazing with the triangle! For real!

Questions for the Nominees:

  1. What is your earliest childhood memory of joy (dig deep if need be, as we all have at least one)?
  2. Do you know how to ride a bike? 
  3. What is the most daring thing you’ve done this year (2015)?
  4. Have you ever smoked marijuana (Haha! Yep, I’m getting personal)?
  5. Fruits or Veggies?
  6. Have you ever seen the ocean? How many? Which ones?

Ahem *Clears Throat*… And the Nominees Are (In No Particular Order)…