500 Followers + Shout-Outs + Creation Of A New Award To Celebrate

So hello everybody! Today I am here to celebrate the fact that I have reached half a thousand followers here on A Light In The Darkness! Wow. However, you know what? It doesn’t matter to me how many people read my blog, what means the absolute most to me are the people who have become my bestest ever friends through this small platform I use to share my thoughts and words.

I don’t tell you guys often enough how much I love you all. So here goes the Shout-Outs. Pssst, this could be looooooong.

Liv, there are no words to describe how much I value our friendship. I know that we will be friends forever.

Aqsa, Same to you, my friend. We’ll meet someday, I know it.

Bri, my BFF, hoping we meet in real life some day. Always there to talk, thank you SO much.

Mukta, you are THE BEST EVER!!!

Elsie, you’ve inspired me and helped me stay strong. Thank you so much.

May, you are a lovely person and an incredibly talented writer.

Gracie Marchiani, we haven’t known each other long and already I feel so close to you. You’re a wonderful person. Thanks.

Emily, you’re such a cool, fun girl! Thanks for being my friend!

Abi, you leave the most lovely messages of advice and encouragement, plus you’re always making me think very philosophically. Thank you.

Allison, remember I’m coming over tomorrow to  jump in grain bins, eat pizza and doughnuts and to tour that AMAZING room if yours irl, ok?

Apollo (Loren), literally if we knew each other irl, I think we would finish each other’s…..sentences. ily, btw.

Maddy, THE most talented photographer and one of the sweetest people ever.

Charis, aw, my friend, there’s only one word for you: AMAZING!

Hannah, a very new friend, but someone I’m discovering to be a lovely, lovely person.

Rebecca, you are the most incredible and thought-provoking person. Ordinary and yet extraordinary.

Andrea, it’s almost scary how similar we are, but I love it.

Tara, another new friend, but a super nice one!

Please don’t think that because you’re not on this list, you’re not my friend! There are SO many of you and you are all AMAZING!

Now, onto the new award that I am creating in celebration of this achievement. It’s called The Change Award. 

The Rules: 

  • Link back to me, as well as whoever nominated you.
  • Include this: I, Gracie Chick of A Light In The Darkness, created this award to highlight the importance of young people taking responsibility for the future of their world. The Change Award also gives them the opportunity to share with others what they believe in.
  • Answer the questions below
  • Nominate as many people as you like.

The Questions:

Make a list of the things you want to change about schools.

Make a list of the things you want to change about local communities.

Make a list of the things you want to change about the world, your world.

Okay, I’m gonna start.

My Answers: 

Question #1.

  • More focus on life skills that will empower a whole new generation of change-makers and peace-makers that will shift the dynamics of society – making it less greedy, selfish and money-obsessed, more connected, community-minded and environmentally aware.
  • Socio-Anthropology to be taught in classrooms. It teaches kids and young people to ask why, to question ourselves and our fellow humanity and to find solutions.
  • Introducing alternative styles of teaching and learning in mainstream schools, more opportunities for those who are less academic.
  • Less testing and labeling of students.
  • For schools to become not factories for creating capitalist, economically contributing citizens of Western ‘civilisation’, but a place where learning, creativity, ideas, inspiration and change are free and encouraged.
  • For Words That Burn to be taught in all schools. It’s so important to learn about humanity, poetry gives you an incredible platform to express yourself, plus it gives students the chance to think about and challenge their world.

Question #2.

  • A change of attitude. For people to care about their neighbours, to look after their elderly, to help each other through good times and struggles, to be committed to each other.
  • More sustainability. Perhaps growing vegetables, keeping livestock, sharing responsibilities between people, but also sharing the products of their work.
  • Less prejudice between people of different races, religions or political views within local communities.
  • A better selection of YA books in libraries lol.

Question #3

  • Many of the things in my past two lists, just on a global scale.
  • A renaissance where people realise that our greedy, self-obsessed, money-orientated society is not the answer and that we should stop corrupting the world by spreading it as far and wide as we can. That we borrow from other cultures the wisdom that we need to rebuild community, human connection and committment.
  • Reduction of poverty. This can be achieved if people start sharing!
  • More poetry!
  • Cheaper avocados.
  • More affordable books.
  • And good leaders.

My Nominations:

If I gave you a shout – out, you are nominated! If I didn’t and you’d still like to do this, feel free.

So there you go! A pretty jam-packed post. I hope you enjoyed it.

*mutters to self* “500 hundred followers, my my, my!” *wanders off*



75 thoughts on “500 Followers + Shout-Outs + Creation Of A New Award To Celebrate

  1. Congrats on 500 followers, Gracie! You totally deserve it! And aww, thanks for the shoutout! I am so glad that I am able to know you through your blog. You are such a light in the darkness, and your love for the Lord really shines bright through this blog. ❤

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  2. Ooh Gracie this has basically made me feel soo happy. OMG 500 FOLLOWERS IS GOALLSSS!! I’m so happy for you, my lovely friend. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE SHOUT-OUT. I LOVE YOU!! 😁😁💕💕❤❤❤❤🙂🙂😄

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  3. congratulations on 500 followers! you deserve all of them and many, many more.

    aww, thanks so much for the shout-out! i love you, too, and i hope we get to meet someday. 🙂

    the tag you created is awesome and i’m excited to do it!

    xo apollo

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