Blogger Recognition Award
A few days ago I was nominated by the lovely and very talented Tera, it’s my first ever nomination and it means so much to me. I am always putting myself down and scared to post certain things, so to get any recognition for what I do is very honouring, humbling, and really means a lot to me.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post and explain how your blog got started.
- Give 2 pieces of advice to new bloggers
- Nominate 15 other bloggers you feel deserve some recognition.
- Comment on each blog nominating them providing a link to the post you created.
How my blog got started:
I had a breakdown after a traumatic experience at the end of 2016, it was a catalyst that ended up finally getting me to seek proper support for traumatic experiences I’d had earlier in my life, and I believe that if stigma was not so attached to mental illness I would have reached out for help before my breakdown. I like to think telling my story will educate others, fight the stigma, and eventually provide hope for others who need it the most.
My therapist eventually convinced me to write about my own story, she knew I’d always wanted to be a writer, to help those children like me who had there head stuck in a book understand life, but I have always been petrified that I was never good enough. I started off with poems as it helps me to convey my feelings, and added articles about my journey when I felt comfortable adding them. I always feel anxious sharing anything because it’s not easy to read, and my recovery is nowhere near an end. But I keep doing it because I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
Two pieces of advice for new bloggers:
1. Just write, write honestly, write from your heart, and keep writing. Write whenever the mood takes you to write, but also force yourself to sit down if you’re having a bad day and write about it. Even if it’s just for yourself to read, just do it, I’m beginning to sound like a certain actor but in a way Shia LaBeouf is right, and so is Nike for that matter.
2. You will also have bad days, days when the writing will not come, or you’ll be stuck. That’s ok, its very much part of the process, our inner voice sometimes needs a little downtime, take a break, just go for a walk, or play a game and it’ll come back to you eventually.
Sunshine Blog Award
For this award, I was nominated by the lovely and talented Jo, first of all, I’m completely honoured to be nominated for anything, and secondly, I really don’t think I deserve it as so many great bloggers are out there being so much better than I ever could. But thank you very much anyway, and I’d better start answering my questions.
1. What was the first thing you did when you woke up this morning?
I gave my Cat a little scratch behind the ear, fed the cat, and then made myself a nice hot cup of tea. This is how I start every morning, by giving my head a little time to wake up, and the caffeine helps to wake me up as I am very much not a morning person.
2. What is your favourite motivational quote?
I couldn’t pick just one.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good (Wo)Men to do nothing.” – Burke quoted wrongly by JFK
I always add the (Wo)Men part to this as I feel its important for all good people to stand up against horrors, and it’s pretty sexist without it. But it’s always appealed to me because I always want to stand up for those I feel are being punished.
“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore
It may sound weird but he’s exactly right (well J.K is), just because I’m grieving, or having a hard time with my mental illness doesn’t mean I can’t be happy. I surprise myself at how happy I can be, from a brief moment to a whole day.
3. If you could go anywhere in the world and change one thing there, what and where would it be?
This is a hard one, so many people are suffering needlessly throughout the world, and I can’t pick one. But I have to pick one so, I’ll just broadly say Syria, I know it’s not the only place in the world with genocide and civil war but if I stopped it an entire generation of people could be saved. This is hard.
4. If anything could be an Olympic sport what would your best chance be at a medal?
Solving puzzles, I don’t like bragging but I’m pretty good at it and I think I could give it a good shot. I just love figuring stuff out, but if I had to pick the puzzle-based game I was best at it would be a scavenger-style hunt. I think I’d also give film trivia a good go too though.
5. Does your job now (blogging counts if you’re otherwise unemployed!) bear any resemblance to what you wanted to be when you were little?
Yes, I’m writing, and. No, I’m not Roald Dahl. But I am writing which is the most important thing, and I’m sure I’ll eventually get the courage to write a book. Weird thing I took Law at university because of stability and ended up doing what I always wanted to do anyway.
6. Do you have/would you like any pets?
Yes, I have a giant tabby cat, I always think of him as the runt of his litter because when we adopted him from the shelter he was tiny but then became giant. He’s always coming into bed and spooning me, it’s cute but he’s heavy. He takes a little time to trust people, do not touch his belly unless you’re his humble human servants, he will go straight for you.
7. What songs have you totally memorized?
Loads, it’s one of the perks of being chronically anxious, but if you mean what are my go-to songs. My favourites are mostly musicals but especially One More Day by Les Miserable, The Chain by Fleetwood Mac, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, and pretty much any song from the TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I LOVE MUSICALS SO MUCH!
8. Imagine you are writing a book, what would your opening sentence be?
“This tale begins as most others do, but no one will read it, and no one will remember her.” – It’s terrible but I have no power or inclined to fix it right now.
9. Do you prefer being early or late?
I’m always super early, it’s so annoying but if I end up late I have an anxiety attack.
10. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Go out to the countryside, somewhere with absolutely no light pollution and look up at the stars. It is so grounding and so beautiful to just look up.
My Question for Nominees
1. What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you? (This can be funny weird or unexplainable weird)
2. What is your favourite place you’ve ever been in the world?
3. If you could have one item with you that brightens your day what would it be?
4. Who is your favourite musical artist?
5. If you could watch one film once a day forever what would it be? (Hint – It’s best to go with a film that is different every time)
6. Are you a Cat or Dog person?
7. If you could accomplish anything what would it be?
8. What is your favourite sport? (If you don’t like a sport what’s your favourite book?)
9. If you could have one superpower what would it be and why?
10. Apart from blogging what is your favourite hobby?
Both recognitions required a different number of bloggers so I thought the only fair thing to do was meet in the middle at eleven.