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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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!

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 🙂

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

Liebster Award nomination!

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I’m used to expecting any news to be bad news, but today got a lovely piece of good news: Mentally(Un)Qualified nominated me for a Liebster Award!  Thanks so much Chelsea!  Her posts are genuine and make you feel like you’re talking to an old friend.  She is able to inject hope even into difficult topics.  If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you definitely should.

Part of accepting this nomination is to mention one of my own favourite blogs.  While it’s hard to pick just one, I’m going to go with  Be Your Own Light, which was recently nominated for a Liebster award herself, along with a Sunshine Blogger Award.  Eleanor is lovely and kind, and a great advocate for mental health services.  She brings in some interesting guest bloggers to spice things up.  Always a good read.

Here’s what I’ve come up with in response to 10 questions posed by Mentally(Un)Qualified:

  1. Why did you decide to start a blog?  Because the best way to fight stigma against mental illness is to talk about it.
  2. What is your favorite passion that helps you relax? Cuddles with my pet guinea pigs – I have 4 and am well on my way to becoming a crazy cat lady-type person.
  3. Best concert you’ve ever been to? I really enjoyed a local symphony’s performance of Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.
  4. Which animal do you feel you are most like?  A mongoose.  I don’t even know what that is, but it just popped into my head.
  5. If you could live anywhere, where would you live and why?  I would live exactly where I already live in Vancouver, Canada
  6. Favorite guilty pleasure snack?  Cheese if I have wine to go with, otherwise Cheezies.
  7. What movie makes you cry every time you watch it?  The Lion King, when Mufasa dies.
  8. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you need most?  Toilet paper, a blanket, and a book to read.
  9. What is your biggest fear?  Spiders
  10. What is your favorite memory?  Any of my memories from travelling, even the gross 3rd world toilet stories.

 

Spreading the love…  Here are some fabulous mental health-related blogs that I would like to nominate:

For these rockstar nominees I have 10 questions.  They’re a bit odd but I’m having a hard time being creative at the moment:

  1. Do you have a tattoo?
  2. What is the strangest toilet-related experience you’ve ever had?
  3. If you had a farm what animals would live on it?
  4. What’s the best tv/movie portrayal of mental illness that you’ve seen?
  5. If you had to be either blind or deaf, which would you pick?
  6. What country is at the top of your list to visit?
  7. Do you ever drink pickle juice straight out of the pickle jar?
  8. How old is the plant you’ve had in your house the longest?
  9. If you were to pick one canned food to stash in your earthquake/flood/etc survival kit, what would it be?
  10. What public figure makes you the angriest?

Here’s what’s involved in a Liebster Award nomination:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (This year I’m making this optional. If you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about you.)
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 200 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  6. List these rules in your post (you can copy and paste from here or simply link to this post). Once you have written and published it, you then have to.
  7. 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 or mine (Jack Henry) if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it)! Post a comment in the comments below (on the website https://theglobalaussie.com/blog/liebster-award-2017/ ) so Jack Henry can view your post and check out your blog. Jack Henry personally visits each and every blog. He visited a few hundred last year!

Thanks again to Mentally(Un)Qualified, and I hope you can check out some of the blogs I’ve mentioned.  Happy reading!

Ashley