Stop the presses: I just took the bronze!

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North American Travel Journalists Association - consider my back patted!
North American Travel Journalists Association – consider my back very humbly and extremely happily patted!

If I’ve learned one lesson over the past few years, it’s this: It doesn’t hurt to ask for what you want from the universe. Sometimes it — and a whole ‘lotta supportive, incredible, and influential people are listening.

You readers took me by such surprise when I decided last fall, for the first time ever, to participate in a vote-based awards competition for this blog.  Before I knew it, I was in the top 3 finalists. And when it was all said and done, I was the 1st runner-up for Best Family Travel Sites in the Red Tricycle Awards.

Last night, I was stunned all the more when I was informed by the North American Travel Journalists Association that the 3rd place Bronze Award in all “Travel Blogs” for 2012 will have my name on it. This morning, seeing the folks I’m standing alongside in this category, is just amazing: Congrats to Gold-winner Gary Arndt of “Everything Everywhere” and Silver medalist Tim Leffel of “The Cheapest Destinations Blog.” You can see the complete list of NATJA award winners here.

You can bet this baby will be going on the wall. And Universe, I’m going to keep on asking. Five roundtrip tickets to Australia? Or Auckland by way of Tahiti? Brazil? Vietnam? I’m open to your suggestions. 😉

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Mahalo, vielen danke, grazie, merci, gracias, děkuji, domo arigato, xie xie, and many thanks to you all for your continued support and enthusiasm for this blog and site. WOOT!

Safe journeys,

Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning Travels with Baby guidebooks

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