We can all use a little sunshine

woman in a field of sunflowers

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I stopped doing blog awards a while back, but Samantha at My Bipolar Mind and Victoria at Girl with the paw print tattoo nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award, so it seemed like a good time to spread a little sunshine.

Spring is slowly springing – the days are getting longer, the sun is making an appearance more often, and the birds are happily singing away.  Soon it will be time to plant my little balcony planter garden, although I have quite the black thumb and if anything grows I’ll be lucky.

The building where I live is kind of like a hollow rectangle, and I face into the quiet, enclosed courtyard.  My balcony is south-facing, so it gets lost of sunshine and is a very pleasant place to sit in the summer.  It’s a nice way to be mindfully at peace while watching the birds dance and the wind rustle the leaves of the trees.  Sunshine certainly doesn’t make everything all better, but hey, every little bit helps.

There’s also a lot of sunshine, of the non-visual variety, spread around the blogging community.  It’s a place where people support one another, and that’s really wonderful to see.  It’s something that brings a lot of light to my days on a regular basis.

So here’s wishing plenty of sunshine to all of you!

 

And for anyone who enjoys answering questions, here are the questions, taken half from Samantha and half from Victoria, and feel free to join in and give your own answers:

  1. Why did you enter the world of blogging?
  2. What is your lifelong dream? Have you accomplished it?
  3. What are 3 of your favorite books?
  4. What is your dream job and are you currently working in that field?
  5. What is the hardest lesson you’ve ever learned?
  6. If you would have any superpower in the world, what would it be and why?
  7. If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with all of your extra time?
  8. If you could be any character in a TV show, movie or book, who would you be and why?
  9. What job would you be terrible at?
  10. What’s your favorite drink?
  11. What do you wish you knew more about?
  12. What would be your very first question if you woke up after being cryogenically frozen?

My answers:

  1. Why did you enter the world of blogging?  To express myself and do something that felt meaningful.
  2. What is your lifelong dream? Have you accomplished it?  I don’t think I ever had one, and I’ve kind of given up on the whole dream thing and figure it’s better to just stick with reality.
  3. What are 3 of your favorite books?  A Tale of Two Cities, Pride & Prejudice, and Anne of the Island.
  4. What is your dream job and are you currently working in that field?  Ixnay on the dreams.
  5. What is the hardest lesson you’ve ever learned?  That people can be really cruel.
  6. If you would have any superpower in the world, what would it be and why?  Flying, and I’d go tropical island-hopping.
  7. If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with all of your extra time?  Oh I would definitely sleep anyway.  Bedtime is absolutely the best part of the day.
  8. If you could be any character in a TV show, movie or book, who would you be and why?  The first thing that came to mind was She-Ra, because after all, she is princess of power.  The second to pop up in my head was Jessie Spano in Saved by the Bell.  She was feisty, and life was nice and simple at Bayside.
  9. What job would you be terrible at?  Anything involving sales.  I wouldn’t want to bother anyone, so I’d just stand around and wait for people to come to me if they needed anything.
  10. What’s your favorite drink?  Tea, with milk and no sweetener.  I consume copious amounts every day.
  11. What do you wish you knew more about?  Taking care of plants so that they’re actually able to survive.  I’m a serial plant killer.
  12. What would be your very first question if you woke up after being cryogenically frozen?  Why are you bothering me?  I was sleeping!

Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger award badge

I swear, it’s raining sunshine!  I’m so excited to be recognized by fellow bloggers Sibple: My not so simple bipolar lifeOrange Walls, Midsummer DaydreamerBlooming Bipolar, Blue Sky Days 365Imayormaynotkillmyself, and MentallyNotReyt, who’ve nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award.  If you aren’t familiar with these blogs yet, please check them out, because they’re awesome 🙂

The rules:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award Logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Questions from Sibple:

  1. Do you write anywhere else besides your blog? (other blogs, websites, journal, etc.)  Before I started blogging I had some work published in a few nursing and mental health journals.  Now I mostly write on my blog, with the occasional guest post on another site.
  2. Where is your favorite place to write? (your desk, outside, etc.) Sitting on my bed.
  3. Do you share your blog with friends and family or do you remain anonymous? I’ve told people that I blog but haven’t shared my blog name/site with them.
  4. What other topics have you considered writing about?  I feel like all the important stuff I have to say is somehow connected to the topic of mental health.
  5. If you could be granted a new talent, what talent would you like to have?  I would like to be good at job interviews.
  6. When the mood strikes…is it to sing or to dance? Dance
  7. What song(s) can affect your mood in a positive way?  Fun favorites from the 80’s, like New Kids on the Block.
  8. What is your ideal vacation spot? Somewhere off in a foreign country where everything (culture, landscape, etc) is totally different from home.
  9. What bad habit do you have that you wish you could break?  The skin on my hands can get scaly from eczema, and I pick at it.  It’s really quite gross, but that hasn’t stopped me yet.
  10. Where is the first place you would go or travel to if you won the lottery? Tibet.
  11. What household chore do you hate the most? Taking out the garbage.

Questions from Orange Walls:

  1. What/who inspires you to blog? My own experiences as well as what other bloggers have to say.
  2. What are your favourite self-care tips and tricks? Aromatherapy is a fave.  And time with my guinea pigs.
  3. Where do you see your blog in 5 years? Hopefully still going!
  4. What is the hardest part of your illness(es)?  This is a tough one.  I’d say that while there were various symptoms that felt really tough at the time, probably the biggest thing is the extent of its effect on many different aspects of my life.
  5. What thing(s) can you celebrate about yourself?  I make learning a priority in my life.
  6. Do you have any hobbies? If not, what hobbies can you see yourself doing and why? Blogging and guinea pig mothering.
  7. Where do you blog/write (i.e at a desk, in the kitchen…) and why?  Sitting on my bed because it’s comfy and I have the guinea pigs nearby.
  8. What kinds of tips can you give to someone who has recently been diagnosed? Be open to learning from as many different sources as you can find.  No one’s illness is going to be exactly like yours, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn valuable things from them.
  9. What is your favourite season and why? Early fall, because I like the warm golden sunlight and the leaves changing colors.
  10. What keeps you blogging when barriers exist?  The WordPress community.  This is an amazing group of people we’ve got here.
  11. If you have 1 thing to say to your readers to inspire them, what would it be? Find your passion and follow it wherever it will take you.

Questions from Midsummer Daydreamer:

  1. What fictional place would you most like to go? The world of My Little Ponies 🙂
  2. What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue? I would travel more and fly first class.
  3. What job would you be terrible at? Probably a lot of them, but I’ll go with telemarketing, because I hate talking on the phone and I’d hate feeling like I was bugging people.
  4. Are you usually early or late?  It stresses me out to be late, so I’m always early.
  5. When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?  School/course-related stuff.
  6. What are some small things that make your day better?  Five small things: my pet guinea pigs!
  7. What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?  I’ve gone pretty far afield, maybe the farthest being India or Tanzania.
  8. What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with, but you just don’t get the point of? Various social media.  A lot of that stuff I don’t even know what it is.
  9. What would you rate 10/10?  The movie Dirty Dancing
  10. What fad or trend do you hope comes back?  Hmmm…  There was a lot of pretty fun stuff in the ’80s, but it’s probably best that it stay there.  I loooooved my acid wash jeans wish slouch socks and bright blue Converse high tops, but somehow I don’t think it would translate that well in the present day.
  11. Where is the most relaxing place you’ve ever been?  Various beaches, but also Luang Prabang in Laos – even the souvenir sellers would be sprawled out napping in the middle of the day.

Questions from Blooming Bipolar:

  1. What is your favorite book? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
  2. Do you have a pet, what do you have? 5 guinea pigs!
  3. What is your ideal vacation spot? I’ve answered this one above
  4. What’s your favorite meal? Cheeseburgers 🙂
  5. Which TV character do you identify with the most? Not sure, but some similarities with Monica on Friends.
  6. What did you want to be when you were a child? A cardiologist
  7. Who would you love to see in concert?  I’m actually not all that keen on concerts.
  8. How long have you been blogging? 6 months
  9. Which time period would you love to live in?  If we’re talking recent past, I’d say the 80’s.  Going further back, I’d say the Jane Austen era.
  10. Which movie can you watch over and over again? Dirty Dancing and Top Gun.
  11. What do you do for self-care? I love afternoon naps.  I don’t usually sleep, but I love to just lie there and turn my brain off for a while.

Questions from Blue Sky Days 365:

  1. What is your favourite time of day, and why?  I’m an early riser, and I like being awake while the rest of the world around me is still sleeping.
  2. Which country have you visited most often?  The United States because it’s close by; otherwise, there’s too many new places to go to do repeats.
  3. What one thing would change your life for the better?  Remission!
  4. What decade did you enjoy most and why?  I was a kid in the 80’s, and it was so much fun.
  5. What would you spend a £1000/$1000 prize on? Travelling!
  6. What was your favourite band as a child?  I was a huge New Kids on the Block fan, particularly around grade 4-ish.  I had an awesome NKOTB t-shirt.
  7. What could you not live without?  Some type of internet-accessing device.
  8. What is your favourite play/musical/theatre show?  Hmm, not sure.  But Phantom of the Opera was the very first musical I ever saw, and I loved it.
  9. Which movie character do you identify most with?  I can’t think of a serious answer so I’m going to go with April O’Neil from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  10. Which person living or not, would you invite to dinner?  I think I’ll go with the Dalai Lama, although I’m not sure what I’d cook for him.
  11. What is your favourite ice cream flavour? Ben & Jerry’s peanut butter half baked.  Haagen Dazs chocolate peanut butter is a close second.

Questions from Imayormaynotkillmyself:

  1. What’s you’re favourite song and write a lyric from it that makes you love it so much.  My current favourite is Praying by Kesha.  A lyric I particularly like: “I’m proud of who I am.  No more monsters I can breathe again.”
  2. If you could change your name to anything what would it be? At one point when I was in university I wanted to go by my middle name (Leia).  I told my TA  for math tutorial that I went by Leia; probably was, he’d say that name and it failed to catch my attention.
  3. Would you rather fly ,be invisible or be invinsible?  If I could fly like Superman and avoid airplanes that would be very nice.
  4. Finish this sentence ” I would never ever try to ……  eat an insect.  I saw fried critters being sold in Cambodia, but I am not that daring.
  5. If you only had 24 hours on this earth who would you spend it with? My grandma, who’s 101.
  6. Which 3 words would you use to describe yourself? Guinea pig mama!!!
  7. which 3 words would you think others would use to describe you? I would rather not know.
  8. Truth or dare? Truth, like letting it all hang out on a blog…
  9. Tell the truth now have you ever cheated on a test? No, but in 3rd year anatomy I could see that my buddy sitting next to me was stressing out, so I intentionally tried to let him see my answers but he was too caught up hyperventilating to notice.
  10. I dare you to write a quirk that you have. It’s been a while, but socks on during sex.  Icy cold feet are not sexy.
  11. If you could let others know one thing about you what would that be? I think by the end of all these questions you’re thinking no more!  No more!

Questions from MentallyNotReyt

  1. What inspires you in life? It’s been really inspiring to read how other bloggers have taken on all that life throws at them.
  2. What small thing makes you smile?  My youngest guinea pig is very energetic and she’ll go tearing around the cage like a bat out of hell.
  3. What is a memory you can never forget? Well, my grandma is 101 and dementing but still remembers things from when she was 10 years old, so probably I’ll always remember my childhood home.
  4. What is your favourite taste? Chocolate.
  5. Where is your ‘happy place’? My bedroom.
  6. Who has your heart?  My guinea pigs have their mama and her heart wrapped around their little feet.
  7. Revenge or forgiveness? On a good day, forgiveness.  On a bad day, revenge.
  8. Do you think lying is ever acceptable?  I think “white lies” are acceptable.  If there is no benefit to anyone in telling the truth, there is no chance of the truth coming out later, and the white lie could make the person feel good and the truth would make them feel bad, I would tell the white lie.
  9. What is a quote you love?  “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius
  10. Where would you love to visit before you die? I would really like to go to Lhasa in Tibet.
  11. Is there an afterlife?  I imagine that the energy within us goes back into the earth to support the creation of new life.

My nominees:

I’ve done a few of these award nomination posts before, and I’ve decided to try to nominate new people each time to spread the love around as much as possible.  Please don’t feel obligated to do an awards post; I know they can be a lot of work, and I’m still not that confident I know how pingbacks and stuff work.  As for questions, I figure why wrack my brain for new questions… instead, you can pick whichever 11 of the various questions I was asked that grab you the most.  And as a side note, I wasn’t feeling sure if “wrack” was the correct spelling, and it seems that wrack vs rack is kind of po-TAY-to vs po-TAH-to.  Anyway, back to business.  The nominees are:

 

So there it is, sunshine galore!  And if you’re sick of learning things about me after all of these questions, that’s ok, I won’t hold it against you!  Thanks again to Sibple: My not so simple bipolar lifeOrange Walls, Midsummer DaydreamerBlooming BipolarBlue Sky Days 365, Imayormaynotkillmyself, and MentallyNotReyt for the nominations! xoxo  Happy blogging everyone 🙂

Mystery Blogger Award

Mystery blogger award logo

Woot woot!  I’ve been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Eternal ConversationsTherapy BitsMy Inner MishMashThis Girls’ Got Curves, and Scarlett’s BPD corner.  Thanks so much!  And for anyone who hasn’t already checked out these blogs, you should most definitely do so.

What I like most about doing these award posts is hopefully being able to give people some new ideas of great blogs to follow.  To those I’m nominated, please don’t feel like you have to do an award post.  I know they can be a lot to take on, and I certainly take my sweet time doing them.

The Mystery Blogger Award:

Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts.  Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates.  They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get.  This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.  – Okoto Enigma

Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Tell your readers 3 things(facts or anything you want to share) about yourself.
  • Answer the questions you were asked(if any)
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people & notify.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions(optional) of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).

 

Question from Eternal Conversations:

If you’re supposed to become an animal, then what animal on this whole planet you would like/choose to become ?!  I would pick dolphin.  They’re smart and they get to frolic around in the water – sounds like a pretty good existence!

Questions from Therapy Bits:

  1. How do you view your past? I try to avoid looking at the past, which is probably not a good thing.
  2. How do you view your future? I used to have a fairly clear idea of what my future might be like, but now I have no idea.
  3. What is the most gooey, cheesy thing you like to eat?  Mac and cheese with bacon.
  4. If you changed careers for the love of it, what would you be doing?  I love my career as a nurse and wouldn’t change that, but I would like to change up where I’m working.
  5. Do you consider yourself to be good at math(s)?  I’m good enough to do basic math in my head, but it’s never been a subject that really interested me.

Questions from My Inner MishMash:

  1. What’s your biggest fear? Spiders.  If I’m watching a movie or something that shows a spider I need to cover my eyes until it’s gone.
  2. What’s your biggest accomplishment in life? I was really proud of getting my master’s degree in psychiatric nursing.
  3. How many Jacks or Jackies do you know and do you like them (this weird one).  Hmm, the only person I can think of is a girl I knew way back in university.  She had a nice alliterative name (jackie Jarvis), and yes, I did like her.  
  4. Do you like your job? If you’re not working, what job would you like to have?  I love being a nurse, but my current jobs are just so-so.
  5. Do you write anything else besides on your blog?  I’ve done some guest posts on other sites, and in the past I’ve written about mental health in several nursing journals.

Questions from This Girl’s Got Curves:

  1. What do you want to be doing five years from now?  I really don’t know.  I used to have a much clearer idea of where I wanted my life to go, but the future has gotten a lot fuzzier.
  2. Who do you most look up to and why (alive or dead, famous or family)?  I really admire the Dalai Lama and the message he puts out to the world.
  3. What do you do first in the morning?  Feed the guinea pigs.  Sometimes they can tell I’m awake because they hear me shifting around in bed and they start squeaking to demand their food NOW.
  4. What is your favorite song?
  5. (Silly) What is the oldest thing in your fridge? Probably fish sauce that I use for Thai cooking.  I don’t know why they make the bottle so big when you use so little at a time.  I figure there’s so much salt and who knows what else in there that it just never goes bad.

Questions from Scarlett’s BPD Corner:

  • What was the most important experience in your life?  Probably my first episode of depression when I got really sick and spent 2 months in hospital.  Not important in a good way, but it hugely impacted the direction my life has gone in since then.
  • What makes you keep going?  Probably inertia, mostly.  My pet guinea pigs are also helpful in this respect.
  • If you had to choose between streaking and eating the same meal for 5 years, what would you choose? That would depend on so many factors, but probably the same meal.
  • What was the post you enjoyed writng the most? Talk a bit about it and why it made you feel so much enjoyment?  I think I get the most satisfaction out of posts that involve ranting about stigma.  There’s just something satisfying about a good rant.
  • What is your favorite topic or theme to talk about in your blog?  Anything mental health-related.

My nominees:

I’ve picked as nominees blogs that (at least according to the vast wisdom of my blogging spreadsheet) I haven’t nominated for awards before.  Rather than give you new questions to answer, feel free to pick from whichever of the questions I was asked that you find the most interesting.

 

So my friends, there you have it.  Thanks again to Eternal ConversationsTherapy BitsMy Inner MishMash, This Girls’ Got Curves, and Scarlett’s BPD corner! xoxo  I hope you’ll check out all of the blogs I’ve linked to in this post, because they are fabulous.

 

Blog award extravaganza

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Liebster5Blogger Recognition Award badgeSunshine blogger award badgeMystery blogger award logo

 

Wowza.  I have been nominated for 5 different blog awards recently, and I feel so incredibly honoured to be recognized by my fellow bloggers.  This is an amazing little love-fest we’ve got going on in the WordPress community.  Since I get overwhelmed easily, I’m going to combine them all into one big adventure.  I’m using the spreadsheet I have for all things blogging to try to make up for my brain being not very on the ball, but if any of what follows gets jumbled and makes no sense, it’s the brain’s fault, not the spreadsheet’s 😉  And the take-home message in all of this is please check out the blogs I’ve linked to in this post, because they are all fabulous.

It’s always hard to figure out who to nominate for awards, and a lot of it comes down to who happens to be at the top of my WordPress feed when I happen to be working on the post.  I try to mostly nominate people who aren’t already in my spreadsheet as blogs I’ve nominated, but I’m generally pretty discombobulated.  If I haven’t mentioned you, it’s not because I love you any less!  And for those I have nominated, please feel free to ignore the nomination, accept it and leave it at that, or join in and do your own award post…  whatever feels right for you.  I know these award posts can take a lot of work, so no pressure to take that on.  And on a side note, if anyone’s not familiar with pingbacks yet, if you link to a blog’s website (not the blog’s page in WordPress reader), the blogger will get a pingback notification that you’ve linked to their their blog.  It definitely took me a while to figure that whole situation out.

Alright, time to dive right in!

 

VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD

The lovely Sweet Summer Online has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award.

The rules:

  • Write 7 interesting facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 amazing bloggers for the award.

7 Facts about me:

  1. I have 5 pet guinea pigs, 3 girls and 2 boys.
  2. My middle name, Leia, comes from my great grandmother rather than Star Wars.
  3. My ancestors are a hodgepodge of English, Scottish, Danish, and Lebanese.
  4. I am a plant killer extraordinaire, but I have a prayer plant beside my bed that’s doing well and does a lot of moving around, which is cool.
  5. Dance has always been my favourite form of exercise, and I’ve done everything from ballet to ballroom to hip hop.
  6. The only famous person I’ve seen up close was Penelope Cruz in Cannes.
  7. My favourite book is a tie between Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) and Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens).

My nominees:

 

MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD

I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by the fabulous Hyper Child Chill Mom.

What is the “Mystery Blogger Award” ?

It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.  It appears to have been started by Okoto Enigma

Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Questions:

  1. What is the weirdest scar you have and how did you get it?  I have a round indented scar between my eyebrows from chicken pox.
  2. Shark diving, bungee jumping, or sky diving? I’ve already tried bungee jumping and sky diving, so next up would be shark diving.
  3. What is one of the weirdest things you used to do as a teenager? I was a geek and had a pretty tame life in high school.
  4. In your opinion, what is the best Disney movie to come out since Disney’s Golden Age?  I’m not so up on my Disney and don’t actually know what the golden age was, but I’m going to say Lion King.
  5. What is your favorite Wikipedia article? I don’t think I have a favourite, but I do use Wikipedia a lot.  A few years back I went through a phase of doing a lot of Wikipedia article editing (which, by the way, anyone can do).

My nominees: I pass on to all of you the same questions I was asked by Hyper Child Chill Mom.

 

LIEBSTER AWARD

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by the very cool former Rude Girl in an Aspie World, who’s now blogging at Discovering My Authentic Self.

The Rules:

  • Write about your blog and thank the person who nominated you. Share a link to their blog and write a little something about their blog too.
  • Display the award on your blog
  • Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award.
  • Answer the questions provided.
  • Make a new set of 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • List these rules in your post
  • Inform the people/blogs that you nominated.

The Questions:

  1. What inspired you or why did you start blogging? (This could also be related to writing. You choose)  I was looking for something to give me a bit more sense of purpose, and I think it’s really important to talk about mental health.
  2. What is the reason behind your blog name and/or url?  It was something I’d had in mind as a potential name if I start a private nursing practice at some point down the road.
  3. In your personal opinion, what is your favorite blog or best blog you have posted so far and why?  I honestly don’t have a favourite, because they’re all about topics that matter to me.
  4. What are some of your favorite tips for new bloggers? Write about what moves you.
  5. How has blogging changed your life? It has absolutely changed my life, making me feel much more connected to the world.  Plus it means I’ve always got something productive to do with my time.
  6. Do you like music? If so, what are some of your favorite artists or songs etc?  I like to crank up the tunes while I’m driving, but I’m not really that attached to any particular artist.  Favourite song tends to rotate based on where my head is at.
  7. Do you read? If so, what are some of your favorite books or authors?  I do like to read.  I used to read more fiction, but for the last while my concentration hasn’t been that great, so non-fiction is easier.
  8. What are some of your hobbies? Blogging and being a guinea pig mom.
  9. What places do you really want to see, experience or visit? I really want to visit Lhasa in Tibet.
  10. If there was one thing (anything) in humanity or the world you could change without question ifs or buts, what would it be?  I would make people more compassionate.

My nominees:  I pass on to you the same questions as I was asked by Discovering My Authentic Self.

 

SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

Functioning in my dysfunction and Little Lost One Blog nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award.  Interestingly enough, I discovered both of these lovelies through the award post nominating them on Scarlett’s BPD Corner.

RULES FOR THE AWARD

  1. Shout out to the blogger who nominated you with a link to her/his blog.
  2. Answer questions given by the blogger.
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers for the sunshine award, with links to their blogs.
  4. Don’t forget to notify your nominees.
  5. Come up with your own questions and tag 11 other bloggers nominating them to do the same.

Questions:

  1. What is your favorite animal?  Guinea pigs – I have 5.
  2. You’re streaming Netflix, what are you watching? Lately I’ve been watching true crime stuff.
  3. What’s the biggest goal you want to accomplish this year? I’ve got a paper about bullying that’s almost finished that I’ve been to nervous to submit to an academic journal because I worry about negative feedback from peer review, but I’d like to move forward with that later this year.
  4. If you had the chance to travel the world, what’s the first place you’d visit? I think my next trip will be to the former Yugoslavia area.
  5. What’s your dream profession and what made you choose it?  My dream profession is being a nurse.  I love my work, I just don’t like the politics and the crappy management that tend to go along with it.
  6. Who is your biggest role model? I don’t have one in particular, but there are a lot of amazing people out there.
  7. What are the top 5 songs on your playlist? Right now I’ve got a couple of John Legend songs in heavy rotation.
  8. What do you do for fun?  Fun?  What’s that?  …. Unfortunately, I don’t really remember.
  9. Why did you start blogging? To add to the conversation about mental health.
  10. What keeps you focused?  My meds.
  11. What do you hope people take away from your blog posts?  That it’s ok to talk about difficult things.

My nominees: I pass on to you the same questions that I was asked.

 

BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD

I was nominated for this award by my dear name-sister Ashley at Practicing Imperfection.

Here’s how the award works:

  1. Post the Blogger Recognition Award Rules.
  2. Use Blogger Recognition Award badge on your website.
  3. Share the reasons why you blog.
  4. Share two tips for new bloggers.
  5. Nominate other bloggers for this award and notify each of them about this nomination.

Why I blog

The more we talk about mental health, the better things will be for all those of us living with mental illness.

Tips for new bloggers:

  1. Decide on an intention or purpose for your blog, and bring yourself back to that regularly, because it can be easy to get swept away.
  2. Write about what matters to you, and don’t limit yourself with what you think you can’t or shouldn’t say.

My nominees:

 

If you’ve made it to the end of this epic post, good for you!  This post is all about spreading the love, so I hope you’ll check out the blogs I’ve mentioned.  Thanks again to the wonderful bloggers that nominated me – hugs to all of you.