Blogger Recognition Award Nomination

Something I truly appreciate about award posts in the blogging world is that it allows bloggers to connect. We find out more about each other, and also discover new blogs that we may want to follow. It’s exciting!

The lovely Ashley from Practicing Imperfection, a blog with a fantastic name that I strongly support, nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award! Ashley blogs honestly and genuinely about PTSD, mental health, and her journey towards recovery. It’s a wonderful resource and provides great insight too. Thank-you, so very much Ashley, for sharing your story with us through your blog, for the sweet nomination, and for being such a wonderful support here on WordPress!

The rules are:

  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.

This little blog, With Being Alive, was created as a space to share. For many years, I refused to talk about, or even acknowledge for the most part, the mental illnesses that were such a huge part of my life. Writing on this blog gives me the freedom to talk with vulnerability and honesty about what I kept hidden for so long. There are many blessings of blogging, and one of these is the connections you make, with people who just simply get it. They may be all the way across the globe, but they understand, and the support I have found here is immense. I am so thankful.

Along the way, I have also found that blogging is really therapeutic. Being able to go through my experiences and put them into words has been so helpful, as well as being able to “release” what goes on in my mind. It’s also really good practice for living learning how to be unashamed of who you are.

For new bloggers, I recommend getting out there in the community and being involved. Part of well-being involves being connected to others, and blogging is all about this. We are writing out to the big wide world to find like-minded souls! It can be scary at first, but if somebody is writing stuff you resonate with, go ahead and tell them! Make connections, support other bloggers, help to grow this beautiful community we have.

Another tip is to write about what is genuinely and authentically you. There is no point in writing about what may be popular at the moment, if it’s not something that interests you. Jump right on in, writing about what’s important to you, and you will find your niche and people!

My nominees for the Blogger Recognition Award are:

Rosie Blogs

Fight To Become

Indy’s Soliloquies

Crushing Walls

Revenge of Eve

Questions From A Teenager

Just A Nervous Girl

Living & Loving Through Recovery

Each of these blogs are wonderful, support spaces, where the lovely people behind them write authentically and with great talent. I am so grateful that they share their stories frequently, and loudly too! It also completely okay if you don’t want to accept the nomination, I understand that they can be taxing, and if that’s the case then please just know that I appreciate your blog an awful lot! Sending lots of hugs out to the blogosphere, and I hope everybody is having peaceful days today.

The Mystery Blogger Award Nomination

All these sweet, little surprises are flying my way so far this year! I’m so excited for how this blog is growing and changing and shimmying about. The wonderful Girl With The Paw Print Tattoo nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Thank-you, so very much, for this incredibly kind gesture! She writes honestly and genuinely about her experiences, and overall is a thoughtful, kind, and strong human bean. You can check out here blog here; it’s one of my favourites!

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.”
Created by Okoto Enigma.

The rules are:

  • 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).

My questions from Girl With The Paw Print Tattoo are:

1. If you could be any famous person in history, who would you want to be? Probably either Jane Goodall, or David Attenborough, not that they are really “in history”, but they are too cool to not choose.

2. Would you rather lose all of your money and valuables or all of the pictures you have ever taken? This one had me stumped. Maybe all the pictures I have ever taken?

3. What would be the absolute worst name you could give your child? I think the word that I dislike the most is probably “rancid”, even writing it makes me feel icky, so we’ll go with that.

4. If you could be a fictional character in any book, who would you be and from what book? Hands down Hermione Granger, from the Harry Potter series.

5. Can you recommend your favorite movies to me that you think I might enjoy? It depends on what kind of movies you like! For a drama, Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!, an analogy about environmental destruction, was incredibly moving and meaningful. In recommending this, however, I must also warn that while it is an incredible film, it’s disturbing and cruel to view, so I definitely don’t recommend watching it if it could be harmful to anyone’s journey. For something a bit more light-hearted, we have watched Jake Kasdan’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle recently, and it is both funny and adventurous; a definite favourite.

Three things about me are:

  1. My absolute favourite native bird is Petroica macrocephala (check it out, they are the cutest little fellas), ever since my ecology class went on a field trip to the forest and mountains last year. One morning we got up really early, and went hiking to watch the sunrise. These sweet creatures were up too, and I cannot describe how incredible these moments were – watching the sunrise through the fog on the mountains, with them dancing about – it really was something else.
  2. My favourite song is To Build a Home, by The Cinematic Orchestra, followed closely by Home, by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. The make me really happy and also want to cry, all at once. The best songs are those with too many feelings, right?
  3. Swimming in the ocean is something I adore with my whole heart. I have so many good memories of essentially growing up in the sea with my friends, and it is something that will always remain special to me.

Apparently my best post is My 2018 bullet journal, but my favourite post to write was definitely On the brink of being recovered – a little piece of my soul is there.

My nominations for the Mystery Blogger Award are:

Midnight Wanderer

My Anxiety Matters

Crushing Walls

Sea of Words

From This Window

Each of these blogs (and the beautiful souls behind them) produces wonderful, honest content, which is such a privilege to read. I want to thank them for sharing their stories with the blogging world; hearing the experiences of others is vast and brilliant.

My questions for my nominees:

  1. What is your favourite song and why?
  2. How has your blogging changed since you first began?
  3. Where is your most favourite place?
  4. If there was a movie about you, who would you want to play your character?
  5. What is your favourite word and why?

I am looking forward to reading answers, but I completely understand if these awards aren’t your jam, or if you don’t have time! I hope everybody is having a good day today, wherever in the world you have your feet planted.