Last year the BlogLuxe awards were giant  jewels etched with bragging rights.

(Photo by Beth)

Oh man how I wanted one. I still do. Like. Really.

I may have held one. Stroked one. Pretended to accept it all Roberto Benigni style.

Fast forward to this year.

I’ve been nominated for a BlogLuxe award.

For most Inspirational Blog.


I have a folder in my email labeled “warm fuzzies.”

From the emails I’ve saved over the last year one would believe I have “most inspirational” in the bag.

Then I checked out the other nominees.

You guys. I’m included on a list with Stephanie, Heather, Arianne, Steph, Tanis, Kim, Blair, Heather, Grace, Mishi, Anissa and ZOMG MAGGIE. (And 61 other amazing bloggers.)


If you would have ever told me I would have made it onto a list with those ladies I would have told you to shut up because lying is mean and bad.

However I have people like Jen who say her daughter is alive because of something I wrote.

“But one night…I stumbled upon a blog post that changed my life at that moment….that very second. It answered my prayers. It saved my baby girl’s life.”

I have a doctor who thanked me for doing what he has always tried to do for his patients.

“What I could do, I did on a very small scale. What you do benefits thousands, tens or hundreds of thousands maybe. Thanks so much for what you do.”

I never ever ever thought I would be here. I was telling Allison at EVO that I feel as though I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. And again, had to you told me that exactly what I am supposed to be doing is writing too much about my life on the Internet? I would have asked you to check your facts a little better.

You say you are here for my writing. But I am here because of you. Every single one of you.

You have saved me more than once.

I would never be here without you. And I don’t mean on the Internet or on this list of inspiring bloggers.

I literally would not be here.

I wish there were a category for best readers, because you, my friends would win it.

mr. wesley

(this is a picture of my newest felinephew Wesley. I have always felt what my blog truly lacks is more cats. so here you go, a picture of a cat. he’s cute right? Oh, and if ¬†you do feel like voting? You can vote once per day through July 12th. Thank you for even considering it. Seriously. Nomination. Dude. Amazing.)


  1. I didn’t get my jewel last year. No fair.

    I hope you win. You are awesome.


    Casey Reply:

    @heather…, How did you not get your jewel? (OH, IT’S BECAUSE I SMUGGLED IT OUT IN MY BRA.)
    But I seriously considered it.
    (Also that would give a whole new meaning to RT…)

  2. I am totally in love with this post. I wish I had written one even 1/10th as good. I am also totally in love with all of the people on the nomination list and feel like a kid at a red carpet premiere !

    Somehow we all make it through virtually holding each other’s hands. Can’t wait to be starstruck in person at BlogHer and hug your neck for helping me to get through it all too.

    Casey Reply:

    @Kim, Right back at you baby.

  3. I think you need some bling with a side of Mooshcat. If I could duplicate HC, I would send her your way in a flutter.

    Casey Reply:

    @ToKissTheCook, Whatever, you’d duplicate HC, realize how awesome it is to have two HCs and I’d be left catless.
    Let’s be honest.

  4. Okay Casey, you know I love you and I’ll shoot straight with you. When you mentioned you were nominated, I was like, “Well duh! It’s Casey!”

    And then you linked the other nominees. Ouch. How could they do something like that to all of us readers? It’s like choosing between 20 varieties of chocolate! Very unfair.

    What I am glad for, is that I have all of those bloggers (and especially you) who inspire me daily.

    And Casey, you can’t really begin to imagine how many lives your blogging has saved. How many tears have been shed (for good reasons) and how many panic attacks avoided, or at the very least calmed because of your sweet, kind, open and most importantly brutally honest words.

    You deserve to win this and more sweetie!

    Casey Reply:

    @Untypically Jia, Man, I hope you know that even though my mom doesn’t live there anymore I still think of you whenever I think of NM.

    Untypically Jia Reply:


    Awww . . . and anytime I think of Indy, I think of you. Mostly cause you’re the only person I know there.

  5. Every single blog on that list is very inspiring.

    But only you could make me dance.

    Casey Reply:

    @Adrienne, YEAH I COULD. (And will.)

  6. Best of luck. And you are right — more cat. We could all benefit from more cat.

    Casey Reply:

    @Robin G, Believe me, I’ve been telling Cody for over a year that I could totally benefit from more cat.

  7. Wow, congratulations!! :)

    Casey Reply:

    @Kellee, Thank you!

  8. Not gonna lie, but there are some pretty freaking awesome people on that list!

    But only awesome people from Indiana get my vote – true story.

    Casey Reply:

    @ClassyFabSarah, I KNOW RIGHT? I can’t even bear to look at the other blogs on the list. All the amazing may knock me flat.

  9. Congratulations!!! You certainly deserve it.
    I loves me that kitty, especially since his name is Wesley. I’m a total sucker for kitties with people names.

    Casey Reply:

    @Jen L., My sister firmly believes that animals should only be given people names. I’ll introduce you two.

  10. Pfft. I GUESS I’ll vote for you. But only if you let me hold your jewel if you win.

    Casey Reply:

    @Avitable, See, there you go again, with the awkward comments…(BUT TOTALLY, we’ll squee in unison right?)

    Avitable Reply:

    @Casey, totally!

  11. I have the same “warm fuzzies” category!!


  12. Congrats on the nomination. That is so awesome. And I will vote for you.

  13. I love you, your words, your photos, your feelings, your strength and your weakness. I’m very happy that you were nominated and while I don’t always understand it at the Golden Globes or Emmy awards when they say it was just an honor to be nominated…I totally BELIEVE it here. ZOMG! Did you see all those names there. Girl, you ROCK! Love you!

    Casey Reply:

    @angi, Oh I totally get it now. No more rolling my eyes at the Oscars!

  14. Voted yesterday. Will vote again today. And tomorrow. And the day after that …

  15. You deserve to be on that list. :)

  16. I can’t even bring myself to ask for votes because I look at the other people in that category and I’m sorry but it MUST be a mistake that I’m listed at all.

    Casey Reply:

    @Miss Grace, Nope. You’re supposed to be on there too. So there.

    Miss Grace Reply:

    @Casey, You’re just doing that thing where you’re nice to people. YOU CAN’T FOOL ME.

    Casey Reply:

    @Miss Grace, BS. You’re just doing that thing where you act all innocent and aloof all the while begging for love and attention.

    Miss Grace Reply:

    @Casey, Ha! You know all my secrets, don’t you?

    Srsly though.
    You = warm fuzzies.
    I = pictures of boobs.

    Miss Grace Reply:

    @Miss Grace, (I mean about me being on that list, not about you being nice, OBVIO)

  17. Voted yesterday and today. Will keep voting. You deserve it.

    So do all of them.

    But so do you.

  18. good luck, dearie! i have been nominated for most inspiring. how fun is this going to be?!!!

    Casey Reply:

    @lu, Dude, YOU’RE ON THERE TOO!? Did you hear that? MY HEAD JUST EXPLODED.

  19. I am so excited for you girlie! If you win….I totally want to touch it…okay?

    Casey Reply:

    @Domestic Extraordinaire, That’s such an @avitable comment…I love it.

  20. I read many of the blogs on that list. Yours is the only one I tell my husband about. It’s the one I cry with and laugh out loud at. Yours is the one I aspire to be like. You TOTALLY deserve this nomination and to win! Congratulations!

  21. I finally have some time to comment. Like I told you earlier, I wish you all the luck on this. You are very deserving and definitely hold the company of other great women in that category. Good luck!

  22. I don’t want to sound too flip and shallow here but, while your posts about depression ARE inspirational and moving, it is your very important work on taking the mystery out of bikini waxing that should win you this prize. Seriously, that post changed. my. life. I cannot thank you enough (and, um, neither can, shall we say, others in my life!). I’ll vote but just know that you are not a one-trick-pony. Glad you are feeling better. Take care

  23. my my lady… how you have grown… i have lots of smiles for you right now.

  24. I think you’re right where you belong, in every way.

    Love you girl.


  25. I love cat!

    This whole post has me goose-bumpery.


  26. Congratulations on the nomination! You are just as deserving as anyone. Never forget it.:)

  27. Congratulations! You are an inspiration and definitely deserve to be nominated. I may steal the warm fuzzies idea.

  28. see, I’m one of the lucky few that gets to be inspired by the Casey in real life. But….it did all start with a blog. SO, my vote goes to you, hands down.

  29. I read a lot of the lovelies on that list, but YOU are the only one I “know”…or hope to know come August. Your blog helped me recognize my own depression.

    And you make me laugh.

    And you like cats.

    Done deal.

  30. Yep. Well, I am honored to be mentioned here. It is all true. You know it. Everyone knows it. I owe you far more than a stinking click of the mouse. I owe you……

    well, I can’t even think of anything worthy. Like if I had a million dollars, I’d give it to you. But I don’t.

    So all I can offer is my love, adoration, loyalty, devotion, admiration, etc…..

    You mean ever so much to me. and Lily.


  31. casey,
    i love your blog like so many others. you gots my vote!

  32. Dude, you totally deserve to be on that list. And now that mooshinindy has more cat? The vote is a done deal. :)

  33. Love you! I just want to go to the party with you, which I am only on the waiting list for! BOO! I will give you an award if you don’t win. BEST FRIEND FOREVER! Loves.