Anyone who has been following my New Blog Of The Week (NBOTW) series, knows I started this feature as a way to pay it forward.

Shilpan, who held the title from 4/15 to 4/21/08 has paid it forward by nominating a favorite blog of his.

This blogger is another non-traditional age female blogger who has chosen to share insights on subjects that not only affect women, but men alike. She has also visited BWAB and commented several times.

To quote her most recent post titled: “Navigating Your Midlife Crisis“, she writes:

Women often assume the role of helper but too often we feel uncomfortable with the idea of asking for help. Try it, you might be surprised at how willing people are to give you a hand.

She also wrote a great post about the art of listening in which she shares 6 rules for active listening. To quote her:

Listening actively, when we are able to do so, is a gift to those who have something to say and to ourselves as well. Relationships with others can only be made better by good communication skills.

On the subject of finding a “better way”. In her post titled “Journey Into The Brain – A New Take On Nirvana?” she says:

Happiness isn’t to be found in hobbies or new occupations, although those things can bring joy at times. As much as I do still believe that ridding ourselves of burdens and making room in our lives for the things that we enjoy is part of the path to happiness, I no longer believe that it is sufficient. Trying to rearrange the exterior landscape of our lives without first redesigning the interior is doomed to failure.

The author of this weeks NBOTW is Lori, and her blog is Between Us Girls, with a tag line of “Sharing the knowledge we need to grow”

Join me in congratulating Lori.

Drop by her blog, read her writings and take time to say “Hello”.

Welcome (again), Lori!

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  1. Debbie YostNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,
    Lori sounds like a very down to earth woman. The quotes you have chosen from her blog are inspiring. I’m heading over to read more!

    Debbie Yost’s last blog post..Frienships – Part 4

  2. Barbara,

    I am happy to see my friend, Lori, on your NBOTW list. I wanted to take this moment and reveal her side that your readers should know. When I began my blogging journey merely just few months ago, I was a lost writer on the galaxy of blogosphere. Somehow, I stumbled upon Lori’s guest post and wrote a comment. She since then has shown me what selfless, compassion is towards others. I’ve made money in life but now I realize that all the money that I’ve made has never given me sense of deep, eternal peace that I’ve gained with her friendship. Please read her blog and you’ll see a person who is genuinely trying to make difference in this world with her selfless desire to help.


    Shilpan | successsoul.com’s last blog post..My Guest Article on Dumb Little Man: Please Digg It !

  3. Barbara,

    Thanks so much for featuring my blog – I am honored.


    I hope you find something you like at Between Us Girls. Leave me a comment or two either way…I love to here what readers have to say!


    Thank you…what a lovely, lovely thing to say. You actually brought tears to my eyes and I only hope that I can live up to the image that you have of me.

  4. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – Great choice. I loved the most recent post. It reminds me a lot of what I’ve been experiencing myself lately and I know it will be a great help to others going through the same thing. Thanks for sharing.

    Cath Lawson’s last blog post..Does Your Business Feel Like A Prison?

  5. Hi Barbara- Sounds like a great choice. Just those issues you mentioned are the exact reason why social media like blogging is so invaluable. Women have a voice and we will not be whispering about things behind closed doors any longer…

    Welcome Lori!

    Dr. Nicole Sundene’s last blog post..Healthy Body=Healthy Earth

  6. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Debbie,

    I think you will really enjoy Lori’s blog. She writes about issues that affect all of us.

    Hi Shilpan,

    Thank you so much for nominating Lori. Her blog is a great choice and from your testimony, she’s a great person. The world needs more like her.

    Welcome again Lori,

    Here’s hoping you enjoy your reign as NBOTW and see an increase in your readership and contacts.

    Keep up the great work!

    Hi Catherine,

    Isn’t that midlife crisis post great? Hopefully men will read Lori’s blog too, as a lot of her posts are unisex and the ones that aren’t, would give men a better understanding of the issues women face.

    Hi Dr. Nicole,

    Yes, women do have a voice, and using blogs to express ourselves is a great way to be heard, and teach others.

    Isn’t blogoshpere great?

  7. thanks for passing these links along barbara, always something useful here.

    Natural Woman’s last blog post..Does Giving Make You Richer?

  8. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    You’re welcome Natural. I think you’ll enjoy Lori’s blog.

  9. Pat RNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara – I enjoyed Lori’s post and appreciate you honoring her as NBOTW.

    What a great way to introduce us to the gifts and talents of others and a chance to read what they have to say.

    Thank you

    Pat R’s last blog post..Learning How to Awaken

  10. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Pat,

    You’re welcome.

    Knowing you, I’m sure you would enjoy Lori’s blog. Her posts are great, aren’t they?