Unique Blogger Award

It has been six days now, and I can’t believe I’ve been nominated for two awards! The Real Neat Blog Award, and now the Unique Blogger Award.

I would like to thank Aestheticallae for nominating me. Please check out https://aestheticallae.wordpress.com … He just joined the WP community about two weeks ago, and I must say he already has great content. So definitely worth reading.

Here are the rules as follows:

-Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.

  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions.

Now before I begin, I don’t recall Aestheticallae asking any of his nominees three questions, so I guess I’m going to answer the same three he got asked.

Q1. Do you believe in Parallel Worlds? 

I can’t say I do or I don’t. But perhaps there could be such a thing in such a vast universe. After all, we have only studied and explored around 4% of the universe. So there may be a possibility
Q2. What inspired you the most when you bounced back into the realm of sadness? 

That realm is a very tough and consuming place. Nobody should stay there to long because it’s not fun, and nobody should endure that much sadness and pain.

However, whenever you’re placed in a tough situation like this one, there is always some good that comes out of it. And there are always people who are there to help you, like family.

These inspire me to be a better version of me everyday.

Q3. Jot down your favorite lyrics

Remember those walls I built
Well, baby, they’re tumbling down
And they didn’t even put up a fight
They didn’t even make a sound
I found a way to let you win
But I never really had a doubt
Standing in the light of your halo
I got my angel now
It’s like I’ve been awakened
Every rule I had you break it
It’s the risk that I’m taking
I ain’t never gonna shut you out

Up above is Halo by the one and only Beyoncé. Such a powerful song, so it’s definitely worth listening too!

Now I too have been asked to nominate a few people for this award. This can help them gain some new well deserved followers and readers. And I was lucky enough to stumble across some amazing bloggers who deserve every bit of this award:

Kara Simone

Camila Aimbire

DoraDoressa

Misfit Spirit

Zeckrombryan

StayInKraft

Organicaholic

Beautiful Mind

And here are your questions:

  1. What’s one challenging moment you had to overcome?
  2. What’s one thing you’d wish you could change in today’s society?
  3. What’s one thing you like and dislike about the current advancement of technology

 


 

My Florida post coming out soon!

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

 

The Real Neat Blog Award

I have been nominated by Dream Desire Achieve for the Real Neat Blog Award! If you haven’t checked out her blog, please do so. She is an amazingly creative writer who enjoys writing about everything that captivates her mind and that which conforms her to Christian faith, she’s also a very devoted wife, mother, and Christian, with a kind and charming personality. I always enjoy reading her posts, so I strongly suggest you head on over to her blog and see for yourself.

Thank you very much for nominating me, and I also thank everyone who has been reading, following, and supporting my blog. It means a lot.

Here are the rules for the “Real Neat Blog Award”
1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
3. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
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).
6. Ask your nominees 7 questions.

These are questions I was asked:

1. What is the main reason as to why you started blogging?
I began blogging because I love writing, I’m in love with words. And I’d like to share my experiences, stories, thoughts, and travels with my readers to hopefully inspire and educate them about the world we live in and its everyday wonders.

2. Explain one personality trait that gets you into trouble sometimes.
I’m fast. Now by fast I mean that sometimes I can do things fast, so the result is quite “crappy.” So I need to slow down and make sure the work is done correctly.

3. What is your proudest accomplishment?
This blog. Having to blog every week makes me very happy because I get to share my reflections, poetry, and travels with you. And I continuously receive nice comments and support for it.

4. Who inspires you?
Besides my family, it would be you, my readers. You inspire me every day with your kind comments, support, and love for writing.

5. If you could have chosen a profession other than your own, what would it be?
Right now I don’t have a profession. But I’m set on being a marine biologist and photographer for National Geographic.

6. What item is at the top of your “bucket list”?
To finish high school, so I can go back to Montreal and go to University.

7. Share with us your favorite quote?
“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela

My nominees are:

Riya – AestheticGraphy

Julie – In the Wild Los Angeles

Charlene – Charlene’s Adventure

Winta – Wandering Outside the Box

My questions for the nominees are:

1. What is the main reason as to why you started blogging?
2. Explain one personality trait that gets you into trouble sometimes.
3. What is your proudest accomplishment?
4. Who inspires you?
5. If you could have chosen a profession other than your own, what would it be?
6. What item is at the top of your “bucket list”?
7. Share with us your favorite author?

Thank you. Note: I’m arriving in Fort Lauderdale (final destination) this evening, so hopefully I can publish a travel post later this evening.

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

 

 

 

One Lovely Blog Award

First off, I would like to thank my friend Riya for this award! Do check out her blog.

Rules

  1. Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in their post.
  2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  3. Must add 7 facts about themselves.
  4. Nominate 15 people to do the award!

Facts about me (more…)

  1. I love biology.
  2. I play tennis.
  3. I would love to travel to an African country.
  4. I love Apple products.
  5. I love macaroons.
  6. I strongly care about our world’s natural wonders.
  7. I have a photographic memory.

Well, those were some new facts about me that were not previously said.

Nominees:

  1. Nemo
  2. Alicia
  3. Hussein
  4. Alisha
  5. Alyssa

I know I nominated five people, but I also nominate all my followers and anybody reading this!

I haven’t been blogging for the past week due to my exams, but now since I’m finished, I will continue to blog every two days or so.

New post coming out tomorrow!

As always, I hope you’re having a blessed day!

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

Awesome Blogger Award

First of all, I would like to take a moment to thank Nemo for nominating me for this incredible award.

Nemo is one of my favorite bloggers, and each piece of work he displays is truly fantastic. He writes so eloquently, and the message he portrays comes out smoothly. So do visit Nemo – you’d be amazed.

Miss Maggie created this award over at dreaming of Guatemala! And she says:

“This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”

RULES OF THIS AWARD:

  • Thank the person who nominated you. Include the reason behind the award. Include the banner in your post.
  • Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  • Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
  • Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated!

Questions for me:

Why do you write?

I write to inspire as well as educate people about the world we live in and its everyday wonders.

Have you ever experienced a critical comment (justified or unjustified) on either of your posts or comments? How did you deal with it?

Since I started blogging, I haven’t yet received a critical and unjustified comment on my posts, but I have received constructive criticism. With constructive criticism, I try to understand his or her point of view and I use it to improve myself as a blogger.

Do you believe in chance or luck? Or everything is based on logic?

I believe in chance and luck. For sure.

Do you believe you have got to read a lot to write?

Of course not, but I do believe reading can help improve your style of writing.

One thing you dislike about my blog ( I know it’s weird, but I need to rectify myself as well 🙂  )

I have nothing bad to say about your blog, nor do I have anything I dislike about it. However, the only thing I could say about your blog in which you could improve is simply reviewing your posts to make sure that there aren’t any grammar mistakes, but it’s a very minor issue.

Have you ever tried hypnosis or self-hypnosis?

Gosh no.

If you are given two choices – death for denying to accept a lie as a truth, life for accepting a truth as a lie, what would you choose?

I have no idea, but I think I’d choose life for accepting a truth as a lie.

Do you prefer working alone in your own way or always prefer to get someone as your partner?

I’ve been asked this question many times, but honestly, I wouldn’t mind working alone as well as working with a partner.

How do you define yourself in one sentence?

A sensitive person with a sense of humor.

Tag your own favorite post you posted here.

Abuse – I honestly think it’s the best poem I’ve ever written. I’m very proud of it.

Questions for my nominees:

  • What motivates you as a blogger?
  • Have you ever experienced a moment in your life in which you regretted?
  • Do you believe in second chances?
  • Is there something in which you’re really proud of? If so, why?
  • What are three things in which you could take back? Your life or another?
  • Any career preferences?
  • Do you consider yourself a solo worker?
  • What is your favorite day of the week?
  • Any summer plans?
  • Tag your favorite blog post that you’ve written here.

My Nominees:

  1. Riya
  2. Misfit Spirit
  3. Hussein Alam

And to all my followers, please consider yourselves nominated as well!!

(This post was an exception, I will resume my blogging schedule tomorrow) – Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post!

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard

 

One Lovely Blogger Award

First off, I would like to thank Riya for nominating me for this award. She is one amazing blogger, so be sure to check her blog out.

Rules:

  1. Each nominee must thank the person who nominated them and link their blog in their post.
  2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  3. Must add 7 facts about themselves.
  4. Nominate 15 people to do the award!

Without further ado, here are seven facts about me.

  1. I’m Canadian.
  2. I enjoy the arts.
  3. I love National Geographic.
  4. I’m a hip-hop dancer @ Millennium Dance Complex in Denver.
  5. I love food (and no I am not a picky eater).
  6. I began blogging in January.
  7. I want to have my own interior design business and/or work as a biologist and photographer for NatGeo.

Nominees (some of my followers and favorite bloggers):

@drowsies

@misfitspirit

@anastajia

@livinggaybrisbane

@sunetrabhowmick

@zyrakuma

@poeticartistx

@matrixk

@sarwanders

 

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard / Living Life to Explore™

 

 

The Cramm Award

A huge thank you to Riya for nominating me for the Cramm Award! I would just like to point out that Riya is an amazing and great blogger, she motivates a lot of people through her posts which is very admirable. Wishing her all the best! But without further ado, let’s get started with the rules as followed!

TheCramm award was created by Liv, the owner of theCramm an awesome platform that is all about condensing each day’s news into one place!

Rules:

  1. Include a little bit about who created this award (with a link) and mention the person the who nominated you.
  2. Share 3 things that motivate you to blog and share 3 people that motivate you to blog as well
  3. Share one thing you hope to do that will improve the world
  4. Answer your challenge question
  5. Nominate your choice of bloggers and give them a challenge question.

3 Things That Motivates Me:

  1. Nature and wildlife. Our world and wildlife is something that I admire so much, it never fails to disappoint me.
  2. Writing. It has been something that I always loved to do, having to express your emotions and stories on paper, creates new memories.
  3. Art, which I love so much. Whether if it’s cooking, drawing, painting or even photography, my love for art will only continue to grow.

3 People That Motivates Me To Blog:

  1. My loved ones.
  2. Ellen Burne, an inspiring young women who blogs her way around the world!
  3. Most importantly, my fellow viewers and bloggers! Without your constant support and love, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am so grateful and thankful!

1 Thing I Hope to do to that will improve the World:

Inspire, motivate, and educate people about our world’s wonders and what lies beyond our planet through my greatest memories, adventures, stories, and pictures!

Challenge question: What is your meaning of life?

The meaning of life to me is to make people happy and to be happy in return.

NOMINATIONS:

  1. The Naga
  2. ORCHIDS + SWEET TEA 
  3. Misfit Spirit
  4. Nemo
  5. Travelling The World Solo

I also NOMINATE all my fellow FOLLOWERS 😀 (For some reason I couldn’t find the link to your blog…)


NOTE: This post is an exception because I have been nominated and therefore nominated some people in return! Blogging will continue as scheduled – New post coming out tomorrow. 🙂

Hope you’re having a great day!

Benjamin Lessard – Living Life to Explore

“Another World”: The Power of Reading

Lately books have been a great pastime. With books I have been able to forget all the bad things happening in the world. Books have always opened my imagination to greater things, and because of it, my curiosity has grown dramatically. I have been able to find a sanctuary if you will—a room of endless opportunities.

 Recently I have been thinking a lot about the power of reading and how it can positively affect you. I must say it has helped me to grow more profoundly as a human. It has helped me to concentrate better, it has improved my memory, it has reduced my stress level but most importantly it has helped me to better understand the world around me.

Surely it has happened to you multiple times that as you read, the book or the article has a way of communicating to you, almost as if it’s trying to tell you something important. It’s true for everybody, books can transport you within another world. It opens up your imagination and what you do with that is completely you choice. That’s the beauty of reading.

Personally I think every person should read at least one book a month, and even though it may sound frivolous and boring, the results and the experience in the end will completely change your life in the long run. What makes my reading experience better is a good book, music and silence. The best advice I ever got from anybody was that knowledge is power and to keep on reading.

The Benefits of Being Bilingual

What are the benefits of being bilingual when traveling, you may ask? Let me first tell you that it makes everything so much easier. If you didn’t know this about me, I can speak two languages – English and French. And for me, I learnt both languages when I was very little which means now I can speak it fluently. That said, having the ability to speak a second language opens a huge range of opportunities. And I’ll tell you about them from my experience:

Making friends with the locals: 

I’ve traveled to many places in which the locals spoke French, which was great because many of the locals whom I’ve spoken too were very nice and fun to talk too. Sometimes, what may happen to you just by speaking their language is that you may start to develop a relationship with them. Now when I say relationship it’s most likely going to be a friendship building up but you never know. Nevertheless, these friendships has transformed my entire travel experience and I’m sure it can transform yours.

Getting around easier: 

Isn’t nice when you travel to a foreign country and you can easily get around with no problem? Traveling with French made my trips so much easier. Firstly because it increased my chance that somebody would help me navigate the metros, trains and buses. Secondly, I could perfectly read the signs and easily find my way to the bathroom and shopping malls and thirdly, I could order from the menu without confusing the waiter. And you do not want to do that when you are really hungry.

Paying less:

Nobody wants to spend more than necessary. I’m sure it has happened to you at least once when your driver takes the long way home instead of the faster way. Of course they want you to spend more money but when asking for example a taxi to bring you to your destination, it’s better to know the route yourself so that you know when your driver is taking the long way home, you can speak to him. Another good example when traveling to a foreign country is talking to the locals, because when you speak their native language there is a bigger chance that they could show you the cheaper but better food markets or the best restaurant with cheap prices if you need help.

Exercises your brain:

I think this is one of the most important benefits of speaking or even learning a second language because it puts your brain to task by recognizing this new language structure. Not only that but your memory improves, meaning the more you use your brain the better it functions. Learning a new language builds your communication, but also your memory improves because your brain is familiarizing with that new language. A great benefit is that it can also expand your career potentials.


Overall those are my four helpful benefits experienced when traveling. I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope this was helpful to you.

Don’t forget to like, share and comment because I’ll be posting hopefully everyday so stay tuned! 😀

What Makes Good Photography Beautiful

You may be asking yourself, “Is photography considered an art form?”

In today’s society, you know as well as I know, a photograph does not need to prove itself that it is in fact an art form. Photography stands on its own without any reference to other arts. In other words, that’s what makes photography so beautiful and unique.

Here are four common elements I learnt in what makes a picture beautiful:

1. Photography can portray the photographer’s meaning and purpose.

You may be wondering how can a simple picture tell so much about the photographer’s meaning and purpose. Just imagine for a second, you visit an art gallery and decide to visit Leonardo Da Vinci’s art exhibition, you will obviously see many of his beautiful artwork but you may be asking yourself why he made that specific artwork (drawing, sketch, painting…). Each artwork represents a different meaning which relates to the artist’s purpose. Thus, that artist must have made “that” for a reason.

Same goes for photography, generally a photographer will take a picture that stands out for him, which means there’s a reason for why he took that picture. That reason alone may be because it’s so beautiful that he must capture that moment.

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2. Choice of lighting 

You can’t pick it up. You can’t give it a hug – light is impalpable. Think of light as an object, a tool you can use that can make your photograph stand out. When I first started photography, I had to pay attention to the lighting and the mood it was creating. That is an important factor for photography and it’s true for all photographers. Light can affect the space and atmosphere of your surrounding. Light can draw out details and create contrast, but also it can bring emphasis to key elements within a frame. Whether you photograph in hard light or soft light, both can create stunning photography.

The photo below is a great example of lighting. Behind me, there was a gorgeous sunset happening, which was great because you can see the warm colors of the sky reflecting on the water, but what’s even better with this photo is that the camera is fixed so that it also portrays the hard light, meaning the trees as well as myself were completely black while there was color in the sky and water.

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3. Photographer’s choice of distance to their object

Usually the distance the photographer choses to be from their subject will affect the true feeling of the overall picture. Many key aspects are for example the focus strength of the lenses, which means whether if the photograph portrays the subject from far or close, it will make the viewers feel like if they were actually there. I know for a fact that for any picture, it will stand out to me if I feel as if I was actually there, assuming you do too.

4. Moment

For photography, you need that moment that highlights a particular object or subject in time. That moment will create a captivating story. Every single part of the picture must interact with the other parts as smoothly as possible which will make your viewers like your picture because they will find it unique. Sure, not every photo will have that special moment when the parts come together perfectly, but it is important to keep in mind when shooting so that it creates a stronger moment for your audience.

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I guess that sums up my four elements in what makes good photography beautiful. I have to be the first to admit that it’s not easy to have all four elements come together in one frame, however by aiming to capture all four elements will essentially improve myself to be better. Yes there are many more important elements that can make a beautiful picture, but these four elements in which I’ve talked about are my top four that can improve your photography at a greater level. If we start to recognize the importance of these elements, we will start to make stunning and beautiful pictures rather than just mediocre pictures. If you bring all elements together, no doubt you will have created something fantastic.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this post. I will be posting more Tips & Tricks in the future so stay tuned.