Liebster/Mystery/Awesome Blogger award nominations

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Ok, so this is very much a shortcut, but here’s the deal.  I feel so honoured to have gotten award nominations recently from several amazing bloggers for three different blog awards.  I find I have a hard time giving these kinds of posts the concentration they deserve, so I’m going to roll them all into one to make it a bit easier.

My nominations came from the following lovely bloggers that you should definitely check out if you haven’t already:

Liebster Award: The word liebster means beloved in German, which makes a nice name for an award.  For anyone who’s read a few Liebster award posts, the rules are always a little (or a lot) different – it reminds me of the kids game of telephone.  I’m just going to go with the simplest set of rules from among the nominations I received:

  • Create a new post thanking the person who nominated you.
  • Provide a link to their blog.
  • Include the award graphic.
  • Answer the questions provided.
  • Nominate 10 recently followed bloggers and share your post with them, so they can see it.
  • Make a new set of 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

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.

  • 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 about yourself
  • Answer the questions you were asked
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people & notify
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

Awesome Blogger Award:  “This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”  Created by Miss Maggie @ Dreaming of Guatemala

The rules are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you
  • Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers
  • Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer
  • Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated

 

Ok, so here’s 3 things about me:

  1. Travelling is my biggest passion in life.  Not that I feel passionate about much of anything right now, but I hope to get that back.
  2. I think chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven.
  3. I find laundry relaxing.  Yup, it’s weird, but it just feels so simple and domestic.

 

Questions asked of me: This is an assortment of questions drawn from the various questions that came to me.

  1. What changes would you like to see in the world within the next ten years?  I would like to see the stigma around mental illness dwindle away to nothing.
  2. Do you own any pets? If so, what kind? I have 5 beautiful guinea pigs, and to be honest if I lived in a house rather than a condo I’d probably have a mini-barn in the backyard with closer to 50.
  3. What is your least liked thing about blogging? I find it easy to get overwhelmed.  It wouldn’t be as overwhelming if I didn’t spend as much time reading, but at the same time I enjoy being able to read other people’s blogs just as much as I like writing my own.
  4. How in touch are you with your surroundings?  I am the most unobservant person in the world, and I would make an awful police witness.  But when I’m relaxed and not doing anything I’m much more mindful of what’s around me.
  5. What is your favorite social media site? I’m not a big fan of social media, but there is a lot of amazing content on Twitter.
  6. Do you wake up early or like to sleep late?  I go to bed crazy early and wake up early.  I like having quiet time to myself before the rest of the world wakes up.
  7. Where would you most like to visit and why? I would like to go to Lhasa in Tibet. It seems like such a different world, and in a spectacular setting.
  8. If you could have a drink (can be water) with anyone alive or dead, who would you choose? Nelson Mandela if I was looking for inspiration, or Sigmund Freud if I was looking for more of a bizarre, surreal, am-I-on-another-planet kind of experience.
  9. What is your favourite book? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  I like how feisty Elizabeth Bennett is.
  10. If you could be any animal what would you be? A dolphin – they’re intelligent, and it seems like a nice life swimming around in the ocean.  Or maybe a guinea pig – life is as simple as eat, poop, and sleep.

 

My nominations: It’s always so hard to narrow this down!  I’ve done up a little spreadsheet for myself to try to keep me a bit more organized, but it doesn’t really make it much easier!  Please consider yourself nominated for any or all of these awards, and if it’s a bit more than you’re able to take on I get it completely.  As for questions, I’m going to pass on to you the same hodgepodge that I picked above.

So there you have it, my own little awards menage a trois.  I hope you’ll have a look at the bloggers mentioned in this post – after all, that’s what makes this whole blog awards thing so cool!

 

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Awesome Blogger Award Nomination

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The fabulous Ashley from Practicing Imperfection as nominated me for an Awesome Blogger Award which is… well, awesome!  Thanks so much!  She’s got a really good blogger, so if you haven’t check her out already you should!

Awesome Blogger Award Is:

“This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”

Created by Miss Maggie @ Dreaming of Guatemala

The Rules Are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you
  • Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers
  • Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer
  • Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated

My questions from Ashley:

  1. What color eye shadow?  I like to play with colors, but a smoky brown look is always good.
  2. Do you like sandwiches? (If yes, please describe favorite!) I’ve really cut down my bread intake but for a greasy breakfast indulgence I love Moons Over My Hammy at Denny’s.
  3. Flats or heels?  When I’m well, heels.  Depressed, flats.
  4. How much water do you drink every day, on average? Probably 2 litres a day.  I always have my water bottle with me.
  5. What is the best coffee you’ve ever had?  Hmm, not sure.  Lattes are my favourite, though.
  6. How do you feel about the smell of rain? I live in Vancouver, Canada and we don’t really get nice rain smell; we just get ugly downpours.
  7. If there is one blog you think I must follow, which is it? No way could I pick just one.
  8. Corn chips or potato chips? Salt and vinegar kettle-cooked potato chips.
  9. Number one thing you want to do before summer 2018. I’m treating myself to a sunshine vacay in Mexico this winter.
  10. How long have you been blogging?  3 months – I can’t believe it’s only been that long!

My nominations: I just published a Liebster Award post where I nominated 10 of the folks that were in my WordPress notifications from today.  For this, I’m going to nominate people that were in my notifications from yesterday.  Thinking up new questions is a bit more than I can do right now, so I’m going to pass on the questions that Ashley asked of me.  These blogs are all beautiful in their honesty and in their courage to share the really difficult stuff.

Well, after 2 of these posts I’ve gotta say I’m pooped, but it’s always great to be able to give shouts out to some great bloggers.  Thanks again to my name-sister Ashley for the nomination!

xo

Ashley

Liebster Award nomination

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It’s always such an honour to be nominated for awards like these.  This nomination comes from Sunshine and Demons and My Loud Bipolar Whispers; both are amazing, powerful blogs that tackle difficult mental health issues.  Definitely check them out if you haven’t already.

What is the Liebster Award?

A recognition award from one blogger to another. The word Liebster means “dearest” or “beloved.”

Rules of the Liebster Award (these are kind of like the kids game telephone and morph with each telling, but that’s ok)

  1. Create a new post thanking the person who nominated you.
  2. Provide a link to their blog.
  3. Include the award graphic.
  4. Answer the questions provided.
  5. Nominate 10 recently followed bloggers and share your post with them, so they can see it.
  6. Make a new set of 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

My questions:

  1. What is the goal and/or purpose for your blog?  My goal is to engage with others around mental health and related topics.
  2. How did you come up with the name of your blog?  It was floating around in my mind as a potential name if I start a mental health nursing private practice in the future.
  3. Name three things on your bucket list.  I want to go to visit Tibet; not really anything firm other than that.
  4. What is your favorite quote and by whom? “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius
  5. What are your favorite types of books to read and why? I like nonfiction, because there’s so much to learn.
  6. What is your favorite movie and/or television show? Favourite movie would be Dirty Dancing.
  7. What is your best memory from the year 2017? Being able to use my animals to help others.
  8. What did you learn from the year 2017? That I could start a blog and people would actually read it.
  9. What are your hopes and goals for the year 2018? My greatest hope would be to get my depression back into remission.
  10. What is your favorite post you have written.  I don’t have one, maybe because they’re all coming from the same place.

My nominations: Now this is the part that always gets a bit overwhelming for me, so I’m going to keep it simple and nominate the 10 fabulous people that are currently in my 10 most recent WordPress notifications.  You may have already been nominated (and maybe already been nominated by me), but I’m not quite up to thinking it through that much…  Anyway, feel free to ignore if you’ve already done this;)

I’m going to reuse the same questions for my nominees as the ones I was asked, as I think they’re good ones.

Again, thanks so much to Sunshine and Demons and My Loud Bipolar Whispers for the nominations!

Starting the year off with some love

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Happy 2018!  I never make new year’s resolutions because I figure if there’s something I want to do I should just do it, regardless of what the date on the calendar happens to be.

So instead, I’m going to start off the new year with some love for my fellow bloggers.  I’ve been blogging for about 3 months now, and I never cease to be amazed by what a fantastic community we’ve got going here.  None of us are alone in how we’re feeling, and there’s so much we can learn from each other (and stuff we already know that we can always use reminders of).  I’ve been surprised how completely safe it feels to share the most intimate of details, and there’s no need to put on an act or cover things up.  I haven’t had to deal with any trolls, although one of my posts did get a like from some yucky dude whose gravatar was of him, naked, penis in hand.  Hmm, not sure what the intended goal was there, but to each their own.

Anyway, getting back to the point, thanks to all of you for being completely amazing, and I’m so grateful we can share our mental health journeys with each other.  When I get caught in the web of my depressive thoughts, I can always count on some helpful feedback to help pull me out and get me grounded again.  I am inspired on a daily basis by what all of you have to say, and I feel honoured to be able to read your work.  You guys are all superheroes!  Here’s hoping that 2018 brings good things for all of us.

xoxo

Ashley

 

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Liebster Award nomination

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It’s so amazing to get another Liebster Award nomination, this time from Girl with the Paw Print Tattoo, who writes courageously about vaginismus, a topic that too often remains silenced in the shadows.  Her blog is a great example of the value of speaking up about taboo subjects.

I get easily overwhelmed by this kind of thing, so I’m going to try to keep it short and sweet.  What excites me most about these awards is the chance to spread the word about some cool blogs people may not have checked out before.

What is the Liebster Award?

From what I understand, and through a little research, the Liebster Award is a recognition award from one blogger to another. The word Liebster means “dearest” or “beloved.” Through these awards, we can learn more about our fellow bloggers. This helps us to discover and be discovered.

Rules of the Liebster Award:

  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award.
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nominations.
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer.

Questions from Girl With the Paw Print Tattoo:

  1. Why did you start blogging?  It’s a great way to talk about important issues and share ideas with people.
  2. What is your favorite movie?  Dirty Dancing.  I’ve seen it so often I’ve pretty much got the lines memorized.
  3. If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Right here in Vancouver, Canada
  4. What is your favorite season?  Early fall
  5. What is your favorite holiday? It’s always been Christmas, although my illness has made me pretty indifferent to it the last couple of years.
  6. Dogs or cats?  Guinea pigs.
  7. Coffee or tea? Tea for relaxing at home, coffee for an energy boost when out and about
  8. What is your favorite book? A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Darwin.  The ending always makes me cry.
  9. If you were only given one meal to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be? I’d say Cheerios; it’s not exciting, but when I’m coming home from backpacking overseas, it’s always the food I look forward to the most.
  10. What is your favorite hobby? Blogging!
  11. Who is your favorite band? I don’t know if I have a favourite.  I’ve got quite a random assortment on my iPhone playlist.

Random facts about me: They’re all travel-related because I can’t think of anything else right now.

  1. I’ve travelled to 37 different countries.
  2. Australia and Antarctica are the only continents I haven’t visited.
  3.  I spent a couple of nights in a yurt in Kyrgyzstan
  4. I got groped by my guide while doing a semi-controlled fall/dismount off a horse on the way to the yurt
  5. The cheapest accommodation I’ve stayed in was $1 USD/night in Cambodia
  6. I’ve been to Auschwitz and the Killing Fields in Cambodia. Disturbing stuff.
  7. I ate snail soup for breakfast in Vietnam.
  8. I threw up multiple times while flying over the Nazca Lines in Peru.
  9. In France there were multiple occasions I was served wine with ice cubes.  If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me.
  10. Egypt was the country where I’ve encountered the creepiest men.
  11. I would really like to go to Tibet for my next trip.

My nominees: There are so many amazing blogs out there, which makes it tough to narrow it down.  This time around I’m nominating some blogs that don’t have a lot of followers yet.

Questions for the nominees:  I don’t really have it in me to be creative right now, so I’m going to recycle the questions I got from Girl with the Paw Print Tattoo.

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is your favorite movie?
  3. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
  4. What is your favorite season?
  5. What is your favorite holiday?
  6. Dogs or cats?
  7. Coffee or tea?
  8. What is your favorite book?
  9. If you were only given one meal to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  10. What is your favorite hobby?
  11. Who is your favorite band?

Thanks again to Girl With the Paw Print Tattoo, and happy blogging and reading everybody 🙂

Mystery Blogger Award

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Wahoo, this is exciting!  I’m loving this whole blogging thing, and it’s really great to be able to share ideas with all of you wonderful people in the blogosphere.  I was nominated for this award by Shannon Diana, who mixes raw honesty, passionate advocacy, and fun lifestyle ideas all in one place.

The Rules of the award:

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog

2. List the rules.

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

4. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

5. Answer the questions you were asked

6. Nominate 10 – 20 people & notify

7. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)

8. Share a link to your best post(s)

My Nominations:  All of these blogs have amazing stories about mental health and I’ve learned a lot from them.  I’ve tried to nominate people who haven’t previously been nominated for the award, but I’m not all that on the ball so I’ve probably made some mistakes.  And I would love to nominate more blogs but am feeling a bit worn out.  Such is life.  Anyway, definitely have a look at these blogs.

  1. The Bipolar Writer
  2. Mental Health Diary
  3. A Journey With You
  4. Beckie’s Mental Mess
  5. Convolute Me
  6. Deanna’s Dark Diary
  7. Letters of Hope From the Soul
  8. Mentally Un(qualified)
  9. My Battle – the Struggles of Depression
  10. The Daily Struggle
  11. Let’s Talk Depression
  12. Be Your Own Light

 

3 Things about me:

  1. I don’t keep normal human being hours.  I usually go to bed at 8pm and wake up around 3am.
  2. When I was 14 I did a school exchange to Japan and my host family fed me a fish head for breakfast.  Um, thank you?
  3. I still remember from that same trip how to say “please sit here” in Japanese: “koko ni suwatte kudasai”.  At least my memory isn’t entirely shot to shit.

My answers to Shannon’s 5 questions:

  1. What is your best achievement in your life so far?  Probably completing a Master of Psychiatric Nursing degree, especially since based on my thesis work I ended up getting a couple of papers published in peer-reviewed journals examining my own experience of mental illness.
  2.  Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?  I have no idea.  I’m not really in a headspace right now to look much beyond tomorrow.  Whatever I’m doing, I’ll be surrounded by a big herd of guinea pigs.
  3. What advice would you give your younger self?  Reach out for help.  Sooner rather than later.
  4. Why did you start blogging?  I wanted to engage in conversation about mental health issues.
  5. What is your funniest moment? This wasn’t funny at the time, but I was at a train station in India in the middle of the night.  I’d gotten confused about where to catch my train, and staff told me I’d missed it.  I cried like a 5-year-old, and it worked.  Turned out the train was still pulling out of the station.  They radioed to the engineer, and an employee picks up my backpack and starts sprinting down the platform, with me huffing and puffing behind him.  I was then able to leap onto the moving train.  No kidding.
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5 questions for my nominees:

  1. What would you want as a one-line eulogy?
  2. What has been your most funny (or frightening) toilet-related experience?  Come on, it’s gross but you know you want to share!
  3. What is your favourite farm animal?
  4. What country would you most like to visit?
  5. What is the strangest food item anyone has ever offered you? (i.e. can you beat fish head for breakfast?)

Link to my best post:

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I have no idea what my best post is, but the one that has gotten the most views by far is Let’s Talk About Sex (and Mental Illness).  I’m not that into Pinterest, but I do create a pin with a link for all of my blog posts.  Almost every day I’m getting a click-through from Pinterest to this post.  Go figure.

 

Thanks again to Shannon for nominating me.  This whole spreading the love award business is a lot of fun.

Ashley

 

 

 

Liebster Award nomination

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This is my 2nd Liebster Award nomination (my 1st was here).  I was nominated by the fabulous Shannon Diana, a passionate crusader in the fight against mental health-related stigma.

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award serves to bring new bloggers some recognition as well as some well-needed motivation. This blogging community is brought closer each year through this award which enables us to support each other.

Here are the rules If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award and you choose to accept it, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
  3. Provide 10 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 5 – 12 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers.
  5. List these rules in your post. Once you have written and published it, you then have to: Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post.

Now the most exciting part of all of this is to make some nominations of my own and share with you some of blogs I’m loving right now that have less than 200 followers.  You should definitely check them out.  My nominations are (in no particular order):

  1. Letters of Hope From the Soul
  2. Happy Mentality
  3. Nourish My Life
  4. Mental Illness: It Does Not Define You
  5. Convolute Me
  6. My Battle: The Struggles of Depression
  7. Reclaiming My Sanity
  8. The Asylum
  9. Confessions of a Borderline
  10. Stigma Unraveled
  11. This Bipolar Brat
  12. Living With Bipolar II

 

I’m going to skip the 10 facts about me because I’m just coming off a week of night shifts and my brain is working rather slowly, and instead I’ll move on to answering the 10 questions posed by Shannon.  Oh, and nominees, I’m passing the same 10 questions on to you (again, creativity is just not happening in my brain right now, so can’t come up with 10 questions of my own).

  1. Why did you start blogging and where were you when you started your blog? I started my blog 2 months ago.  I wasn’t working much, and wanted to do something useful with my time. 
  2. Do you ever fall out of love with blogging? I haven’t been at it long enough to get bored yet.
  3. What’s your favourite movie? Dirty Dancing – “no one puts Baby in a corner”
  4. Favourite make up (or hair/body care) product? Eye shadow – it’s fun to experiment with colours.
  5. What app do you use the most to promote your blog? I don’t do anything blog-related on my smartphone, so no apps, but I have started using Twitter.
  6. What’s your favourite memory do you have while you have been blogging? I usually write my posts a couple of days before I publish them, but it’s been great to throw in some spontaneity once in a while.
  7. Are you glad you started blogging? definitely
  8. What advice would you give to newbie bloggers? Try not to worry about follows and likes and all of that business.  Just enjoy writing and reading!
  9. How often do you post? 2-3 times per week usually
  10. What would you want to happen in a year time for you and your blog? Mostly I just want to keep feeling good about the experience of blogging.
  11. What make up or (hair/body care) product is your least favourite and why? I don’t like foundation, because I don’t like to feel like I’m wearing makeup.

 

Thanks again Shannon for the nomination, and thanks also to my nominees for sharing your words on the important topic of mental health.

xo

Playing catch-up

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This has been a busy week for me.  I worked the last four nights in a row (11pm-7am), so my sleep schedule has been shot to hell, plus I’ve had appointments with clients for my other job during the day, which has left little free time.  What I’ve noticed most about that is that I feel so behind in all things blog-related.  Normally I really value the time I spend each day to read people’s blog posts and keep up with all the great stuff that shows up on my Twitter feed.  I also really enjoy answering mental health-related questions on Quora.  But this week it’s been hard to find time for that, and I’ve hardly done any writing.  I guess for a lot of people who are working full-time and juggling busy lives this is par for the course, but because of my depression I’ve only been working casual for the last year.  I am really easily overwhelmed, which turns my brain into mashed potatoes, so any disruption to the stability and comfort of my regular routine really throws me off.

So today I’m starting to play catch-up.  I’ve got so many web browser windows open with things I want to read that it’s slowing my computer down – and slowing my brain down too.  I guess one of the downsides of trying to keep engaged with the world online is that it can start to feel like an un-winnable race.  Ive got the next couple of days off, though, so I’ll get settled in, make a few pots of tea, and read and write to my hearts content.  And while I’m at it I’ll remind myself that none of this is really a race at all, and I just need to let my depressed brain relearn how to walk as it tries to heal rather than trying to race to a non-existent finish line.

 

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