Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

I’d like to thank EsmeSalon for nominitating mental health from the other side for the Sunshine Blogger Award — which I’m delighted to accept. Please go and read all about Esme , as her blog really has a lot to offer.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

This award is given by bloggers to fellow bloggers who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community. Now, if you don’t know me, or want to know me better, please keep reading!

Sunshine Blogger Award Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site.
  2. List the Sunshine Blogger Award rules and display the logo on your site.
  3. Answer the Sunshine Blogger Award questions.
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  5. Notify the nominees about their nominations.

Esme’s Sunshine Blogger Award Questions
  1. What is your proudest blogging achievement? Oh, there are many. But I felt so proud when I actually got views and comments on my blog, I was never sure that anyone would be interested in what I had to say.
  2. If your five-year-old self suddenly occupies your body, what would the first thing be that your five-year-old self will do? I would pull myself up to my full five year old size, stare my dad right in the eyes and tell him “Don’t hit my mum ever again!”
  3. Would you rather always be 10 minutes late or always be 20 minutes early? While I’m always 10 minutes or more late, I really need to make the effort to be early or at least on time.
  4. Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life? For me it would have to be something like a superhero – I’ve had to endure hundreds of hours watching them with our 4 year old grandson.
  5. You’ve been given a genie lamp – what three wishes are you asking the genie to grant? Sounds selfish but I have Transverse Myelitis and I’d ask for my physical health back, I’d also ask for worldwide peace — for our grandchildren and all the unborn babies, and one wish came true yesterday when democracy won and Britain left the EU; regardless of whether it’s what I wanted, but the people voted.
  6. What is the meaning behind your blog name? It was a bit of a play on personal experience of mental ill-health and a mental health nurse perspective. In hindsight, perhaps I should have called it mental health from both sides? What do you think? Can I change it now?
  7. Do you collect anything and if so what and why? No, unless you count clutter.
  8. Do you write in your books? No, never. I like them to stay neat and clean. At uni, I used to use a highlighter pen for important bits, then I realised I was highlighting almost everything.
  9. What is your most used app on your phone/tablet? It would have to be my kindle app as that’s where I do most of my reading now.
  10. Name a musical instrument/s you play/played. Haha. We all used to drive my mum nuts when we were learning to play instruments in primary school – my big sister played the trombone, I played (that’s questionable) the recorder and my youngest sister played the bagpipes (we are Scottish).
  11. What is the dumbest way you’ve been injured? I stood on the toilet to reach a shelf when I was young and fell down, getting my foot caught in the u-bend and I split my tongue when my chin bashed onto the cistern. I was always known to stick my tongue out when I was concentrating.

My Sunshine Blogger Award Questions
  1. What influenced the name of your blog?
  2. How long have you been blogging and how are you finding it?
  3. Who would your blog appeal to or who would you like your blog to appeal to?
  4. Tell us about your most current job and one thing you liked/disliked about it?
  5. What’s the last book you read about?
  6. Tell us two truths and one lie (just for fun) about you?
  7. Who was your last conversation with and what was it about?
  8. Who would you like to have dinner with, dead or alive, and why?
  9. When was your last belly-laugh and what was so funny?
  10. Where, when and who was your last picnic.
  11. What would you do if you found a £50 ($ or €) note?

My Nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Pete at Stroke survivor
  2. Liz at my well being and learning journey
  3. living with my anxiety
  4. Jess at beyond the front cover
  5. Sadie at Blushy ginger
  6. Ceridwen at Illuminating the fools Mirror
  7. Angie at mama coffee chat
  8. Greg at Don’t Let The Days Go By
  9. Lisa at steering through mental health
  10. Michelle at wondrous universe
  11. Shelly Ann at shesinspired

I’ve nominated the above bloggers for various reasons. Some are new and it would be great if you could wander on over to take a look at their blogs.

Of course, you’re under no obligation to accept, although I do hope this nomination will mean something to you, and I’d sincerely appreciate it if you do accept it. This is my way to say that I care about each of you, I love your blogs and I wish to give credit where credit is due, as you are exceptional bloggers and deserve The Sunshine Blogger Award!

If anyone else would like to make use of this, share a post on their blog and link back to this post, be my guest and I’d be delighted if you do. It’s a great way of meeting fellow-bloggers. Just follow the rules.

Sunshine Blogger Award

Last week I was offered the Sunshine Blogger Award by Kacha at Journey through life. I’ve been so busy the last few days, at a family wedding in Scotland, so have been unable to respond as quickly as I would have liked.


“The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award of recognition given to bloggers from fellow bloggers. It recognizes those who are creative, positive, and inspiring. It celebrates people who spread sunshine.”

What a wonderful way to keep the sun shining in our blogs by passing on the celebration of creativity and positivity.

I was certainly surprised that my blog, about mental illness, made it onto the list. I’m delighted to have been offered the award and accept it gratefully. I’d like to thank Kacha, who I have the utmost respect for and who I share a lot in common with. Head on over to read her inspiring story and much more Journey through life.

What are the Rules?

* Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging sites

* Answer their questions

* Nominate up to 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions

* Notify the nominees about their nomination via their blog or social media

* List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post

Kacha’s Questions for the Nominees

What is the best advice you’ve ever heard? If you can’t say anything nice, say nothing at all.

What is a lie you tell frequently/with ease? Haha, not sure I should be answering this. I tell my partner I’m concentrating on my blog if he thinks I’m online and ignoring him – I’m not checking Facebook, honestly!

Do you have a blogging routine? If so, enlighten us. Nope. For me, it’s just most waking minutes 🙂 Just kidding, but I don’t have a schedule. My illness and sleep pattern don’t lend well to schedules.

What is one thing you really want to do/accomplish? Ah. Probably like most peeps, I’d really love to write a book.

What is your biggest pet peeve? Hhmm. I have many but if you’re pushing me, it’s got to be rudeness. There’s no need for it. A please and thank you goes a long way in my book.

Do you have a ‘pick me up’ song? I was at my niece’s wedding at the weekend and they played so many old ‘pick me up’ tunes along with the silly dances like YMCA, Hey Macarena, The Loco-motion, The twist and so on but the winner is (drum roll) I feel good by James Brown.

What do you like the most about blogging? Please pick the most important one. Again, not sure but so far, I love the community feel about blogging; meeting other people who enjoy blogging and reading what they have to say.

Which household chore are you most likely to skip? Ironing. But, I’m lucky enough to have a great lady who comes to do it for me.

Which event from history is most fascinating to you? U.S. Civil Rights Movement: 1954-1968 (US) and Rosa Parks refuses to sit in the back of the bus, sparking Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 – that woman had guts.

Are you superstitious? If so, what do you do or believe? Not really but I still remember when it’s a Friday 13th.

What made you happy today? Mum’s homemade soup (in my birthplace, Scotland).

What are you most grateful for? My amazing family.

My nominees (and in no particular order, cos I love them all) for the Sunshine blogger award are:

Kally from Middleme who is really passionate about what she’s doing; she has an inspiring blog and a quirky way with words, sharing her own experiences, offering tips on how to improve your current situation and career advice.

Maria from mysoulbalm – She writes about mental health in layman’s terms, sharing her personal experiences and providing information to help people navigate their own illness. Her blog is open and honest and creates a space where people can speak openly about mental illness without fear of judgment.

Ashley from mentalhealthathome who was a pharmacist and is now a mental health nurse and author. She has a treatment-resistant major depressive disorder, for which she’s been hospitalized multiple times. I love that she’s so knowledgeable and writes informatively and eloquently about both her own experiences and about nursing. She is an author and details about her books can be found on the above link. Ashley regularly invites new mental health bloggers over for guest posts, helping to raise awareness about mental illness.

Beckie at is a lighthearted blog and I enjoy the way she prompts readers to answer questions, to engage with the blogging community and to get involved posts like Share Your World

Dr Tanya at Salted Caramel – A blog about you and me; it’s ever-changing topics and lighthearted look at life will appeal to everyone. She loves engaging with the blogging community and invites guests to write on her blog on a regular basis, so pop on over.

V from millenniallifecrisis is often hilarious when she writes about her life and things that bug her. She writes well and posts often, inviting like-minded rants from her readers so we can get things of our chest too.

Pooja at lifesfinewine who’s a lifestyle and beauty blogger in the main but poetry, psychology, inspiration, positivity and all things interesting including travel and food blogs are featured regularly.

Yeka from It’s all about love blogs about Sunshine and Love. She’s sweet, adorable and always so positive about her life and others.

Honestly, I could go on…………….

Now, for my questions:

  1. Who, famous or otherwise, has inspired you in recent years?
  2. Where do you live and is that where you were born?
  3. What makes you want to get up in the morning?
  4. Why do you blog and sum up your blog in one line?
  5. How, if at all, did you celebrate your last birthday or how will you celebrate the next one?
  6. When did you last party all night?
  7. What did your school reports say about you and were they right?
  8. Tell us about the worst food you’ve ever tasted and what would be the one food you would never wish to taste.
  9. What would your perfect weekend look like?
  10. If you could be transported immediately (no travelling necessary), where in the world would you go?
  11. What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Thank you so much for the nomination Kacha, to everyone who reads my blog and to the nominated blogs who will hopefully accept my nomination. I can see some of you appear on my blog twin Kacha’s nomination list, just proving how wonderful you all are. Still, I’m looking forward to reading your answers and to seeing the sunshine spreading!