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.


The Awesome Blogger Award Nomination

This is such a lovely surprise to receive on the second day of this brand new year! The wonderful Ashley from Mental Health At Home nominated me for the Awesome Blogger Award. It is such a kind and thoughtful gesture of her. Thank-you so very much, Ashley! If you don’t keep up with her blog already, I definitely recommend it, as she offers a unique perspective through both her professional and personal experiences, on mental health.

The 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


My questions from Ashley are:

  1. What color eye-shadow? To be honest, I don’t own any eye-shadow, and I don’t think I have even ever worn it! Makeup isn’t really my forte, but I definitely admire it as an art for other people.
  2. Do you like sandwiches? (If yes, please describe favorite!) Yes, definitely! Probably something with falafel, hummus, and lots of veggies would be my favourite.
  3. Flats or heels?  I spend more time in flats, but I love heels too!
  4. How much water do you drink every day, on average? Definitely not enough! Probably about 1L per day, but I’m trying to increase this.
  5. What is the best coffee you’ve ever had? I’m not a coffee-drinker, so I’m not the best person to answer this, however at work I am at coffee-maker.
  6. How do you feel about the smell of rain? I love the smell of rain. It’s fresh and beautiful. However, when we can smell the rain here in New Zealand, it usually means that we are at about 90% or above humidity, so that’s a bit less nice.
  7. If there is one blog you think I must follow, which is it? I can’t limit it to just one, so please refer to the blogs I nominate later on in this post.
  8. Corn chips or potato chips? Corn chips.
  9. Number one thing you want to do before summer 2018. I would love to go swimming as much as possible. It’s already summer over here, and I haven’t been into the ocean yet which is unusual for me.
  10. How long have you been blogging? A little less than 2 months. I’m just a newbie in the blogging world!

The blogs, and the beautiful people behind the blogs, that I am nominating for the Awesome Blogger Award are:

Revenge of Eve

Alys Journals

Nicole’s Journey

Braving Mental Illness

Girl with the Paw Print Tattoo

Each of these people shares openly and authentically about their lives and life experiences. I admire them, and their writing greatly! I am thankful for their words and stories that they share into the blogging world, and I read their blogs daily. Thank-you, to each of them, for enriching our beautiful community.

My questions for my nominees:

  1. What is something you are excited and looking forward to?
  2. Why did you begin blogging?
  3. Are you open about your blog in your life, or is it a secret?
  4. What is your favourite book and why?
  5. What is your favourite season and why?
  6. Do you have any goals for this year?
  7. What has been something good about today?
  8. What do you do in your spare time?
  9. What do you do when you feel down or sad?
  10. Where, or what, does home mean to you?

I’m looking forward to reading your answers, and thank-you all, once again, for sharing so openly and honestly in our blogging world.

Happy 2018!