The Sunshine Blogger Award
Originally Posted February 6th, 2018
I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Sonam of Kind Culture originally nominated me three months ago. It has taken me too long to make this post, and for that, I apologize. I have been nominated again recently and that helped kick me into high gear. I will warn you that this may be a long post.
Information about the Sunshine Blogger Award
The award was created to encourage a sense of community and support for bloggers. I have been nominated by Kind Culture, Oddball Content, and Helen’s Journey. Thank you all for nominating me! Please go and check out their blogs, you won’t be disappointed.
Rules For The Award
- Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you
- Nominate 11 bloggers and give them 11 questions to answer
- Notify your nominees
Let’s get started!
Kind Culture’s Questions
What has been your all-time favorite post to work on?
I would say, “Nana! The Pot’s Burning!” because it was a personal piece. It involved a story from my mother’s childhood. And I got to write about my family a little bit. It took me a long time to write this one, but I don’t think I would have done it differently. I love reading the comments. Everyone relates to it.
What is one piece of advice you can give to anyone that wants to start their own blog?
Do it, don’t hesitate. I waited a long time to start blogging because I kept psyching myself out. Sometimes I wonder what I could’ve accomplished if I started sooner.
How different is your life from one year ago?
I was actually thinking about this the other day. My physical health has gotten a bit worse but I would have to say that my mental health has made such an improvement. To me, that’s what is really important. With life, there are things that we can’t change or have no control over, but we can choose to be happy.
Where is one place that you always wanted to go?
Tennessee. As I’ve gotten older I realized that I will probably always be a country girl. I don’t like visiting busy, fast-paced places. I’ve always wanted to rent a cabin for the week and relax.
How has your journey as a blogger been for you?
Insightful. I have learned more about myself since I have been blogging than ever before.
What is your all-time favorite film? And why?
I pick the Night at the Museum series. I’ve never been a fan of serious or scary movies. Family oriented films are more my speed. I think I like the films because it combines comedy with history.
Tell us about a book that made an impact on your life
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Yes, there’s a story behind this, lol. I took an AP Lit class in high school. At the time, I thought “I love English and Creative Writing so why not try AP Lit.” Once I got the summer reading list my tune suddenly changed. That summer was so horrible, I felt that I couldn’t connect to any of the books.
When school started, I found out it was too late for me to drop the class. I was stuck. We began to read Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and I fell in love. Actually, I was the only one who did. Everyone else in the class hated the book. They said they didn’t understand it. I just loved how sarcastic the characters were.
How you made any new years resolutions?
No, I have come to the conclusion that I just don’t believe in them. For some, they do help. But I would rather set goals.
What is the boldest choice you ever made?
To chop off all my hair and go natural. I kind of dived head first on that one.
What is your spirit animal?
Definitely a turtle or a sloth.
Who inspires you in life?
My mother is my biggest source of inspiration. She has been through so much, but she is the strongest person I know.
Oddball Content’s Questions
What is your dream job?
Blogging professionally. It’s never boring and there are so many topics to discuss.
What do you think your life will be like in a year? And in ten years?
Oh, my that’s kind of scary to think about. In a year, I would like to see myself happy and doing what makes me happy. In ten years? I have no clue.
What is your proudest achievement?
Going self-hosted was huge for me. I honestly didn’t think that it would be a possibility until it happened.
What is your favorite blog post you’ve ever written?
Other than the one I listed above, I really enjoyed writing, #WhatTheHealth| The Illusion Of Social Media. It was the first time that I had shared something personal. It allowed me to draw back the curtain on a topic that I think we are all affected by.
Apart from blogging, what are your hobbies?
I love creating and writing. Some days you may find me with my sketch pad or a notebook writing poetry. I used to make jewelry but I stopped doing that last year before we moved.
How would you describe your fashion style?
What’s the best place you’ve ever been to?
NYC. I’ve been twice and it is such a fun experience. There is just so much to do.
If you had £1000 (or equivalent in your currency), what would you spend it on? Or would you save it?
I would pay up some bills and save the rest.
What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done? What would you do if you were a little braver?
Stick up for someone who was being bullied. I made a great friend in high school that way. I think back on my high school days sometimes. There were a lot of people that needed friends. I kind of wish I was braver back then and I could have been that person.
What is/was your favorite class at school, college or university?
Always English and Math.
What is one thing you want to learn or change in 2018?
I want to learn as much as I possibly can about blogging.
Helen’s Journey’s Questions
Where in the world are you based and have you ever met up in person with any fellow bloggers in your local area?
I live in Ohio, USA. And I know of other people in my area who blog.
If blogs had to have a theme tune that played every time people came onto your website – which song would you choose?
It would be the instrumental of, Falling by John Park.
Why did you choose the specific niche you write about for your blog?
I went with what I know I guess. One day I sat and wrote down my basic interests, from that I found my niche.
Tell us about the best photograph you have taken, that is featured in one of your blogs (include a copy of the photo in your answer).
This my accidental profile picture. I have such a hard time taking pictures of myself. I never really know where to look in the camera. But I needed to take pictures for a review. So I’m learning to get more comfortable in front of the camera. I sat down and took a bunch of pictures in a series. In the end, I came up with this.
I turn 35 in September and I’m planning on a getaway holiday with a group of friends to celebrate, somewhere with no more than a few hours flight from England, some September sun & cool places/buildings etc to see – where would you recommend and why?
I have no idea lol.
Which social media app do you get most blog traffic through and what makes it work so well for you?
Twitter is the best one. I find it easy to interact with my readers and fellow bloggers.
How long have you been blogging and have you ever taken time out away from blogging during that time?
I started blogging September 14, 2017. Since then, I think I have taken a week or two off. I think it is a good idea to do if you feel yourself getting stuck or losing inspiration. It brings things back in to focus.
If you had to choose a smoothie recipe to represent your blog what would it be?
Have you ever heard of Fibromyalgia other than from me/my blog/my social media?
Yes, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia when I turned 20.
What piece of advice would you give bloggers for creating images and for taking photos / flatlays / blog feature images etc?
There is no wrong or right way to do it. Personally, I love using Canva.com to create my blog and social media images. Do what comes naturally to you. When I first started, I felt so pressured because I thought my pictures had to look a certain way.
Do you make money off blogging? If so how?
Sometimes, it depends on the type of sponsored post that I am doing. The majority of brands that I have worked with so far have sent products for my review.
I nominate you. Yes, I’m talking to you. If you haven’t been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, then you have today.
My Questions For You
- What is your favorite quote, why?
- If you could work with a brand/company who would you pick?
- How do you deal with writer’s block?
- Night or Day?
- Where do you draw most of your inspiration from?
- What has been the hardest blog post for you to write?
- Which of your social media do you check the most?
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
- What color represents you the best? Why?
- If you could start your blogging journey over, what would you do differently?
- How often do you post on your blog? Why do you think it works for you?
And that’s it for today. Thank you so much for reading!