One Lovely Blog Award


I recently spent the past few days away from WordPress (well, not completely away since I continued reading posts from fellow bloggers, but wasn’t posting anything, myself) trying to organize myself, my thoughts, but more importantly, take in as much of Spain as possible before this incredible experience comes to an end at the end of next week. So you can imagine, it was really great and encouraging to check out comments on my blog, informing me that I was in fact nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award. I was nominated by as well as by David from They both have truly amazing blogs, and I would strongly suggest stopping by! And of course, I thank you both for this much appreciated award!!

The rules for the award are as follows:

1. I need to thank the person who nominated me.

2. Share 7 things about myself that you still may not know

3. Nominate 15 bloggers.

4. Notify the nominees that I have done so.

5. Put the logo of the award on my blog site.

About Me:

I’m not too sure what I haven’t already told everyone about myself, so I’ll try my best to dig deep and not have to make anything up.

1. My first name was supposed to be Adam. My mom was in love with the name and planned on having it be my name, but my sister who was 7 years old at the time fought against it. She said there was a kid in her class named Adam who would constantly pick his nose, and begged my mom for a different name. My parents ended up agreeing on Daniel and compromised with my sister which is how I got my middle name, Adam. (Believe it or not, that’s actually not a made-up story)

2. I am currently fulfilling one of my dreams, which has always been to visit Spain and potentially study abroad there, and now I’m actually doing both!

3. I am terrible with directions so I’m usually late to places if my GPS doesn’t come through for me.

4. I am usually late to everything and try to blame my un-timeliness on my lack of directional skills as much as possible.

5. I used to never want to blog or be a part of social media until I attended the Writer’s Digest Conference in January, and was told by various agents that the only way to get your work published is to build a marketing platform and have an audience. I proceeded in making a blog and a twitter account, and (more so with my blog) have come across incredible people, made fellow WordPress friends, found blogs that I cannot stop following, and have been inspired by fellow bloggers to share my stories, because let’s face it: we all have one.

6. I am appreciative to those who follow and scan over my work, but more importantly read it (even if the only person reading is my mom) because it lets me know that just maybe, someone can learn something from me.

7. I gave up eating pork this past January for religious purposes. You see, I used to eat pepperoni pizza a lot and was a huge fan of bacon and salami, but refused to eat ham and sausages because that was part of the no pork rule that my religion follows. So after a trip to Israel in the end of December, I decided to follow the rule all the way and permanently gave up pork and the mixing of meat and dairy products. (Saying goodbye to cheeseburgers has been the hardest part though, incase anyone was wondering).

Since I was nominated for the Lovely Blog Award twice, both times within a few days of each other, I decided to double the amount of people I could nominate. So I guess this is what it feels like to break the rules. From cooking to inspiration, comedic relief to serious topics, and traveling across the world or to your backyard, there are a lot of award-worthy blogs that I have been coming across in recent days/weeks, but just to name a few:


Congratulations to the above bloggers! This award is much deserved, and I look forward to continue reading your lovely blogs 🙂 (see what I did there?). All best, Dan

26 comments on “One Lovely Blog Award

  1. Margarita says:

    Thanks, Daniel! So nice to be included in your list! I’ve been enjoying your trip to Spain, especially your stay in Barcelona. I’d forgotten how lovely it is. Thank you! All the best, Margarita

  2. Congrats, Dan! And I enjoyed reading these little tidbits about you, too! 🙂

  3. Parul says:

    Congrats Daniel!
    And thanks for adding me! This is my second in a week! Yayy!! 🙂 🙂

  4. TBM says:

    I am also horrible with directions. I can get lost in my own flat on the way to the bathroom. GPS is a must! And yet I don’t own one. I loved Spain when I was there. I only had a week in Barcelona but it will always be with me. Congrats on the award and thanks for nominating me. I wish you continued success!

  5. Thank you so much and lovely blog you have. 🙂

  6. Thank you so much for the award, happiness is…… 🙂 How funny about your middle name, love the story behind it. Enjoy Spain and living your dream. 🙂

  7. Congratulations, Dan, your posts are very deserving! And I really appreciate the nomination.

  8. quirkybooks says:

    Thank you.

    Love your blog. Congratulations and thanks for my award. I have put links to your blog on my Facebook and Twitter accounts.

  9. Christina ~ says:

    Congratulations! And thank you so much for the honor of choosing me for this award. I am sincerely flattered and honored! 🙂

  10. Bams Triwoko says:

    Congratulation Daniel.. love your blog…:)
    Thank you for the award.. it’s honored..
    Have a wonderful day.

  11. Maxi says:

    Still laughing at how you got your name, Dan. Guess your sister carries a lot of clout.

    Congratulations on the award and for reaching your goal on making it to Spain.
    Blessings – Maxi

    • danbalva says:

      Thanks Maxi! As you can tell, my sister is pretty happy that she got her way, but I don’t think that kid Adam would be too excited to hear this story. But thanks for your kind words and for stopping by! 🙂

  12. Well done on your awards! So many new sites for me to now go and visit – this could take a while.

    PS – I didn’t scan – I actually read – so now I know a little something about you. We are the same with always being late, although, being good with directions, I cannot blame this.

  13. Fay Moore says:

    Congratulations on the award. Regarding Spain, I’ve been once. I’d return in a heartbeat. What a lovely country!

  14. Congratulations on not one, but TWO nominations. I am officially giving you twice as much praise and double the congratulatory pats on the back. I’d love to hear more about your experience at the Writer’s Digest Convention–am thinking of going to the East Coast one next year.

    • danbalva says:

      Thanks!! I’ve only been to the national conference but if its the same as the East Coast one, than would love it! You make a lot of connections, and get to hear a lot of prominent speakers. Not to mention, you learn a lot to help advance your writing interest/career so I would definitely recommend it 🙂

  15. […] You may have heard that last week I was awarded the One Lovely Blog Award by Dan Balva from hurdlestohappiness, here is the Link to his site […]

  16. erinambrose says:

    Daniel–Thank you for including me in your list. I am honored. So enjoying seeing Spain through your eyes and living vicariously through your travels. Thanks for the virtual vacation!

  17. Hi Dan, just thought you should know that I have thanked you on this post for my lovely nomination. Have a peek. 😉

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