Award nomination happily accepted and thank you

I’d like to thank Aathmana from Read.Love.Live for nominating me for this award, and congratulations to the others who also received this nomination.

Why not take a look Aathmana’s blog, where she shares her stories, ideas and opinions, and her sweet nature shines through. Drop in and find out more about Aathmana and her take on books, poetry, quotes and films. I’m sure she’d appreciate some likes and comments.

You might also want to visit Vincent’s blog here.

The Rules for this award are:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog
  2. Make a Post of the award (with photo)
  3. Post the rules
  4. Ask 5-10 questions of your choice
  5. Nominate 10-30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.
  6. Follow Vincent Ehindero @ (to qualify for a free blog promotion and shoutout) and more blogging opportunities

Aathmana’s questions are

Blog awards

Why did you choose blogging? After many years of procrastination, “will I, can I, would I, should I, dare I?” (you get the picture) I decided that yes, I might have something people might be interested in reading. A book is what I always wanted but perhaps that will come later 🙂

How is this lockdown affecting you? Aarrgghhhh……. It’s got me tearing my own hair out – kidding! We’ve been at my step-daughter’s for the last 2 weeks (sshh, we snuck out – both we and them have all been in isolation 3 weeks previously and so there’s no chance of spreading the virus) and it’s been so much fun getting to play with the little ones, ages 4 & almost 3 years, particularly as the weather’s been good in the UK.

Which is the number one place that you would want to visit in your bucket list? Why? Oh wow, it would have to my next number one place as my best so far is Israel for one year. Okay, now it has to be India because it’s vast and also has a lot of history and I love the food. I’m determined to get there within the next 2-3 years and learn how to cook more Indian food. My ex’s dad and his new wife are both Indian and they cook the most amazing foods for us. Poori’s have to be the best thing since sliced bread.

When did you realise that you could do magic with your pen? I don’t think I ever did realise it and not so sure I believe it now. I suppose my younger cousins and best friends used to love the way I told my tales about growing up like only having a bath once a week and having to share the bath water with your siblings — urgh! Fortunately, I was 2nd oldest so I got in the bath after only one person, my big sister. I’d wait until my younger (by 11 months and we’re born in the same year) sister was having her hair washed then tell her I peed in the water 😉 Anyway, the kids and cousins always said I should write a book and I thought I’d best start small, hence the blogging

What do you believe in – Luck / skill? Well, I don’t think I’ve ever had much luck, so I’ve got to say skill. But then I wonder what skill I have. See my mum and my two sisters are great at drawing, knitting, crocheting and my brother’s good at painting and decorating, home-building and fixing cars but I can’t do anything like that with my hands. Perhaps cooking can be called a skill, even if it is only for me and hubby lol.

Now for my questions

Blogging awards
  1. What’s your blog about and why did you start it?
  2. Who would you wish you could have dinner with and why?
  3. Where do you live and tell us a little bit about it?
  4. When was your last holiday and where did you go?
  5. Where would be your ultimate destination and why?
  6. What’s your favourite music?
  7. Reading or writing?
  8. What was the best meal you ever had and why?
  9. Love or hate your job and why?
  10. What would be your favourite job in the world and why aren’t you doing it?

And my nominees are:

  3. Liz @

I know I’ve said it before, but I do like these awards as for me, it’s a way of introducing some new bloggers and finding out a bit more about them. So why not visit some of these amazing blogs? And in the meantime, I hope you’re all enjoying or looking forward to your Sunday, what you up to?

You might like some of my other posts:

Being psychotic is no joke here

How to manage panic attacks here

How to manage panic attacks

I’m delighted I was able to guest post (here) on another prolific writer’s blog Woman on thin ice by Kate. Here’s just a few excerpts from that post:

What to do if you’re having a panic attack

Having a panic attack? – Image
  1. Breathe as slowly and deeply as possible, exhaling first – slowly for a count of 8-10 seconds
  2. Recognise that this is a panic attack and tell yourself that this will pass
  3. Try to get to a quiet space and sit down if necessary
  4. If you’re at work or outside, ask for help, I know this might feel a little embarrassing but ask if you need to
  5. Count backwards slowly from 100 in 3’s or
  6. Exhale and breathe slowly, as above – look around for 5 things that you can see and name them out loud i.e. “I can see a truck,” etc. You can go onto things you can hear, smell, taste or touch in the same way – until the panic subsides. This technique will help you stay in the present by using your five senses
  7. Use muscle relaxation techniques – try slumping your shoulders, letting them drop down from your ears, give your jaw a little wiggle then let it relax, uncross your legs, unclench your fists and lay the palms of your hands lightly on your thighs (your body cannot be relaxed and tensed at the same time)
  8. Put a few drops of lavender (known to ease anxiety) on a tissue, exhale then breathe it in slowly
  9. Dial 999 if the symptoms continue or get worse

What to do if someone else is having a panic attack

  1. You can be there for them, just listening, if that’s what they want. And I know this is hard but — don’t interrupt, listen actively (for more on listening skills see here).
  2. Ask the person if they’ve had a panic attack before, and what they think might help them or has helped them in the past
  3. Encourage them (or tell them quite firmly if they’re confused and unable to follow directions) to breathe (as above). Do this with them if necessary, as often they think they can’t breathe and won’t be able to do this alone
  4. Follow the above steps and call 999 if necessary

You can read the full post here but in the meantime, I’m happy to answer questions. Do you have any other super tips that could help someone who has panic attacks? Is there something you use to keep panic at bay?

Kate says of her blog: The blog aims to make women feel great about themselves and to help with the challenging issues life sometimes throws your way.

She does indeed write masses of ‘stuff‘ about ‘everything‘ regarding the challenges we all face in our daily lives and to help women in particular. Kate writes about anything from Women’s Lifestyle to Inspirational Women and Business to Blogging, so I’m sure there’s something you’d find interesting, if you want to drop in.