Mystery Blogger Award

I have been nominated by, Letters To Life, for the ‘Mystery Blogger Award.’

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The “Mystery Blogger Award,” is 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.
Okoto Enigma, Creator of the Mystery Blogger Award.

Rules for Nominated Bloggers

  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. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  9. Share a link to your best post(s).

Three things about myself

  • Whether not feeling confident, or a bit of anxiety, to others I don’t seem to show it.
  • I have a dolphin tattoo on my left arm.
  • There will always be a bit of an introvert in me.

Three of my favourite posts

Questions for me from, Letters To Life

What is your life’s inspiration?
Friends and bloggers.

If this would be the last moment of your life, what would you do?
It would have to be time spent with my cat, Miley, my mum and a couple of friends.

Which was the best lesson 2016 taught you?
Get a bit out of my comfort zone.

Have you ever wished seeing a shooting star? If yes, what?
Nope.

Is there any person whom you would not talk even if he/ she be the last on Earth? (Weird)
There are a few I can count on one hand, but I don’t name.

I am not going to nominate 10-20 people. Instead, if you are reading this, then I nominate you. If you would like to join in, then here are my five questions below:

  1. Which first, humans, or animals and why?
  2. Do you have tattoos? If so, is there a story behind them?
  3. Favourite place and why?
  4. At the beach, would you rather play in the sand, or play in the water? (Weird.)
  5. Future plans?

A year ago, on 5th February…

I don’t know if you have realised, but I have only realised how my blog was one year old, on 5th February. It all started with my first post, Hello world.
When I first started writing this blog back then, I did not realise how long I would write this for. I did not have any long-term goals for it, other than this blog be therapeutic for me.
I have met some lovely supportive people via WordPress and who are mostly bloggers themselves. You have shown me what a supportive, lovely bunch you can all be, to say you have not met me personally and only know me through my blog. (Although there are friends who read this too and have met me, or know me personally in some way. Some are even from when I wrote my deaf blog.) Although I have said thank you before for following my blog, I thank you again.

I have expressed some triggering contents in my posts. A lot of them was at the beginning of my blog journey and for those who have read this blog from the beginning, will know certain things I had to do, to help me on my healing journey after counselling had finished. I also revealed bullying and the effects. (As if I did not have enough already in my childhood.)

This year, I revealed for the first time publicly, how one time I was raped some years ago. I shared this after #ITSNOTOK campaign. I felt such relief by sharing this, than I personally expected and weight off my shoulders. I suppose because I felt shame underneath, which I know I should not. It goes to show rape can happen anywhere and #ITSNOTOK.

I have learnt from feedback received, that this blog is a positive inspiration for you in lots of ways. I am happy to hear this and while I feel the need to write, I will continue. This blog covers a wide variety of things as I grow. It will still cover depression etc… whether I share my bad days, or news I learn from elsewhere, but also it will still cover my wellbeing at times and learning I do. There is also my garden that has caught interest with some readers last year. I do plan to share further this year, than I have already. So if you want to continue following the garden progress, then do keep reading.

5 Misconceptions About Blogging

I wanted to share this post written by Jay Colby on “5 Misconceptions About Blogging” because it was a post I could relate to.

I addition to this, I also wanted to dispel the myth about when a blog post goes on air no matter what time of day it is, does not mean I am at my computer hitting the publish button to air it there and then. Many of my posts are written in advance and scheduled in advance. These posts can sometimes be scheduled up to 3 months in advance. The only time a post that airs instantly at a touch of a button, is when I re-blog a post I seen and liked, directly from their blog. Just like I am doing now with this one. 🙂 Pop on over to Jay Colby post and enjoy the read, that many bloggers will relate to.

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There are many misconceptions about the blogging world. After reading many blogging tips from many different publications, articles and self-help books I’ve discovered there are a plethora of myths being shared all over the internet. Here are the 5 common misconceptions about blogging.

  1. Blogging is Easy:

Although anyone can become a blogger with there being various sites we can sign up for and have a blog in a matter of seconds. This leads to the ideology that blogging is “easy” this is simply not the case. Many bloggers spend many of a week hours writing posts, researching information, finding or making images and editing their work over and over again. I can speak for myself that I spend at least forty five hours a week on writing alone not including my time spent on reading, researching and promoting my blog.

  1. Takes 5 Minutes Write a Blog Post:

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Yummy yummy: Zoe’s Delightful Cheese and Chicken Pie

When I came across ‘Zoe’s Delightful Cheese and Chicken Pie,’ via her blog; ‘WhimsyandCosy,’ I could not wait to make it. Just reading it made me hungry and I could vision myself eating this. I saved this recipe to make yesterday, which is easy and quick to make and it wasn’t disappointing. I really enjoyed it and I have some left for another day and I am also sharing a slice with a friend too.

I was talking about the pie later that day with my mum and my uncle. My mum seemed interested and so I said to her I’d make this on Christmas Day and so Christmas is sorted. (I can see me making it before then though.) 🙂

Here is my pie.

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Visit Zoe’s post, for her delightful cheese and chicken pie and let her know in her original post, (not mine) on how you found it, as well as if it gave you inspiration to play the recipe and create your own pie.

DIYs to help beat the blues

To follow on from my previous post today, I would also like to share this blog post that has some lovely ideas, to beat the blues.

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There’s always good days and bad days. Of course no one wants to feel low but unfortunately it happens to everyone at some point, and in some ways, bad days are a good thing as they then help us appreciate the good. However for when you’re feeling down and aren’t sure how to brighten your day, these DIYs will not only distract you and keep you occupied, but they’ll remind you of the good things in your life.

First is a very simple one. I purchased this gorgeous heart key ring off Amazon- there were multiple colours to choose from and the best part is that if you open it up, it has two photo slots inside. Here you can add photo’s of your loved ones, or write out something inspirational. For example here I’ve written ‘One day at a time’ to remind myself to look after myself and take…

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Blogger Recognition Award

I have been recently nominated for the ‘Blogger Recognition Award,’ by Megan from simplynorthern. Thank you Megan. 🙂

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I have been following Megan’s blog for a while for a broad range of reading from mine and to read someone else’s views. If you have not taken a look, then do pop on over.

Rules

  1. Write a post to show your award.
  2. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  3. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  4. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
  5. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to them

How I started

This blog started because I needed to write for therapeutic reasons. Although I could have done this privately, I decided to write this public blog because I also wanted to get rid of the shame I felt due to my childhood experiences affecting me now as an adult.

This blog was my outlet to release what ever I was feeling inside, while having counselling sessions and my blog has continued still after these counselling sessions have finished. This blog now helps others and maybe also gives awareness to those that read it. My blog writing changing depending on how my mood is, but I like to keep my blog as positive as possible.

Advice to new bloggers

  1. Be you. Being you reflects in your blog posts, helping your readers to get to know you and vice versa. This then reflects in your posts.
  2. Passionate. Write something that is passionate to you, or what you like, whether it be something on a personal level or a hobby you would like to talk about and share. By writing about something you are passionate about, you will continue to write about it, without it feeling a chore and you will enjoy it. Blogging is fun after all.

Bloggers I nominate

  1. A Kinder Way
  2. Nichi Health
  3. Courage Coaching
  4. Summer Starts To Shine
  5. Letters To Life
  6. Steve Rose’s Blog
  7. The Lonely Illness
  8. dbestptsdblog
  9. Patricia J Grace
  10. A Life Less Ordinary
  11. Sarah Returns To Life
  12. A Runnaround Life
  13. Nature Knows Best
  14. Free Your Soul

I do hope the nominated blogs will join with the fun.

Loneliness

Have you suffered loneliness?

Do you experience loneliness?

You can help yourself to feel less lonely, by finding the right support network. Here, in this blog post, on Mind, Joanne talks about how she overcame loneliness.

What does recovery look like?

Recovery is different for everyone. We are all unique and we have, or find our own ways to recover from mental health issues, which is an ongoing process.

For me, it was counselling with help of antidepressants and this blog also helped too and continues to do so.

Recently, I came across this blog, which I now follow: https://sarahreturnstolife.wordpress.com

A recent post she wrote, called “What does recovery look like?” is her own example of recovery. Here she lists some goals. Do take a look:

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I have been writing this post for a while now, collecting ideas of what achievements would be proof of my recovery. Recovery means different things to everyone, and I am not saying that these are things people must do. This is just my own personal list of goals!

There are lots of things that I CAN do, but I am also quite limited at the moment. So here is a list of all the things that will signify recovery to me, in no particular order. Let’s hope I can revisit this post in the future and tick a few off!

  1. Get a job This is HUGE! I am so desperate to do something that I would be grateful for a job just about anywhere. Being fit for work is something that a lot of people take for granted, which makes being unemployed even tougher.
  2. Start playing the violin again I…

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Promote Your Blog Here

Thank you to this blog, for allowing me and other bloggers to share our blog link and to tell us more about ourselves. There are some lovely blog links here. Pop on over to MakeItUltra.

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Hi Everyone,
I want to create a directory for my subscribers to connect with eachother. I usually don’t allow self-promotion on my site, but this is different. If you would like to share your blog, please leave a brief description about what readers might find if they visit your site. Hopefully this will create some positive synergy for our blogging community. Don’t forget to reblog this post so we can get more people involved!

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