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.


Liebster Award Nomination

Honestly, the way that 2018 is surprising me so far is turning out a little spooky! I feel so thankful for these incredibly kind gestures that have come my way this year so far. Blogging is proving to be hard-work, but in saying that, incredibly rewarding and beautiful too. When sharing these vulnerable pieces of ourselves, it’s really amazing to find out that someone is reading along, and that your words matter.

And for that, I would love to thank Becca, from Missing In Sight, for nominating this little corner of the internet for the Liebster Award! She is a sweet soul, who writes wonderfully about her experiences with mental health. You can check out her most recent post here. Our blogging community is lucky to have her!


The rules are:

  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 from Missing In Sight are:

1. What is the most unusual item that can be found in your home/room?  What do you think it says about your personality that you own this item? We have a 5ft tall, wooden giraffe called Rutherford (after the New Zealand physicist) standing in our living room, because giraffes are my husband’s favourite animals!

2. Whom do you most admire and why? I most admire my husband for his kindness, unconditional love, and generosity with his time and energy. He is everything to me.

3. If someone was to play you in a movie, who would it be? Amy Poehler, hands down.

 4. What would be the name of your movie from #3? Haha, something that includes the words “life”, “messy”, “awkward” and “sometimes funny”.

 5. What is the best material gift someone has given you? My engagement ring.

6. You have to give up one thing that you love for the rest of your life. What is it? Probably crunchy peanut butter, but as long as my dog can still have it! It’s her favourite very rare, very occasional, treat!

 7. You win a large amount of money in the lottery.  Do you keep working at your job or retire? Why? Keep working, because otherwise I would get bored, but be able to financially support us while looking for a more meaningful and fulfilling job.

 8. How many days could you last in solitary confinement? How would you do it? Not very long at all. I’m an introvert, so although I don’t mind being alone for a bit, I don’t think I would handle feeling trapped or imprisoned too well.

 9. What’s your idea of a good time? A few of my closest people, the beach, no time restrictions. Just being free.

 10. What’s one thing you would rather pay someone else to do than yourself? Why? Parallel parking. Need I say more?

11. What is your greatest pet peeve? How would you handle it? People that are rude and nasty to customer service staff. I’ve got zero time or energy for them.

My questions for my nominees are:

  1. What is your favourite song and why?
  2. Where is the best place you have ever been?
  3. What is something truly amazing that you have seen?
  4. Who is your role model?
  5. If you were only able to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  6. What’s a weird dream you have had recently?
  7. How has your day been today?
  8. How did you come up with your blog’s name?
  9. Describe yourself in three words.
  10. Of your own blog posts, what one is your favourite (and please link it, so we can have a read!)?
  11. Where would you most like to travel to?

My nominations for the Liebster Award are:

Kalyn Courier

A Pause, Not An End;

Questions From A Teenager

Karlena Clifford

Building Special Memories

Samantha Mohun

Ease The Ride

Bear Finding Balance

Penny For My Thoughts

I have only begun to follow each of these blogs very recently, yet I admire their honesty and authenticity in our blogging world. I’m looking forward to watching their blogs grow, and reading about their adventures. Thank-you for sharing your stories with us, and sending lots of hugs your way!