First off, let me just say that I am beyond honored and grateful to have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by a blogger I have looked up to and found inspiring since the day I first came across her blog, Alyssa- fightmsdaily.com.
Alyssa’s blog has inspired me in so many ways. Not only that, but I learn something each time I read her blog. Whether it be about her life experiences and the lessons learned though them, new ways to bring positivity into my life, or how to feel powerful and strong even though I have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease!
So, thank you, Alyssa! And if you haven’t already, please go check out her blog for some positive vibes in your day fightmsdaily.com !
So what is this Sunshine business?
The Sunshine Award is about recognizing bloggers who contribute positive, uplifting and inspiring energy to the blogging community. When I started blogging I was looking for a creative outlet for all of the new emotions and experiences I was going through with a new diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.
I was also looking to find people who could understand the things I was feeling and the diagnosis I was trying to come to terms with. Little did I know I would discover a whole MS Family that has welcomed me so warmly into the blogging community. It’s amazing to feel so connected and close to those that are all the way across the globe, or just the next town over! I love you blogging brings us all together!
I have also found some truly inspirational blogs from people who are beyond passionate about what they do and what they love!
Once nominated, a blogger is asked to:
1) Write a post in which they thank the blogger for nominating them and link back to their blog.
2) Answer the 10 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
3) Nominate 5 other blogs.
4) Give them 10 questions to answer.
5) Notify your nominees and display the rules and The Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.
So here we go!
- Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because this past fall I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I was having a hard time emotionally dealing with the diagnosis. I have always been passionate about writing ever since I was a young child. Through the recommendations of my therapist and my husband I got the idea to start writing again. I felt like blogging would be a great avenue of positivity for myself. I would be able to connect with others in the MS community, as well as spread awareness and my personal experiences with both MS and Anxiety/PTSD.
2. What is your greatest inspiration in life?
My greatest inspiration in life is when I see people doing acts of kindness or spreading love to one another, even in the smallest ways! In a world full or so much violence, fear, and hatred those moments of human compassion truly remind me what we are on this earth for!
- What is one country you would love to visit?
I would love to visit South Africa. I am very passionate about animals and wildlife. I have always been fascinated by big cats and elephants! So, I would LOVE to be able to visit a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa someday! Did you know that when an elephant looks at a human it releases the same chemical in its brain that a human brain does when it sees a puppy or something else cute? Elephants think we are cute!
- As a child, what did you dream of doing for a living?
As a child I dreamed of being a Broadway actress! I actually pursued that dream, up until my anxiety made it difficult for me to continue, a couple of years ago. I have
my bachelor’s degree in Theater Performance and have a special place in my heart for classical theater (wassup Shakespeare). Some day when I have my anxiety back under control I would love to return to the stage by either directing or acting again!
- If you could choose any superpower, what would it be?
Definitely flying! I have dreams about flying all the time and it is so freeing and fun! Plus, I could travel wherever I wanted to without being stuck on a plane!
- What are your top five blogging necessities?
- A little bit of humor 😉
- What is one interesting thing about you that people do not know?
I rode horses my whole childhood! I was quite the little equestrian…
Special shoutout to my mom and dad for watching a 10 year old ride around “barrel racing” at what, I am sure, can only be described was a snails pace, with the grace of newborn giraffe.
- What do you love most about blogging?
Meeting new people and connecting with people all over the world who share similar life experiences, interest and passions as myself!
- If you had to listen to one song on repeat, what would it be and why?
Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader I just love that song, it’s one of those songs that makes me happy every time I hear it. I dare you to listen to it and not start shakin yo booty to the beat!
- What is your biggest fear?
That I won’t live my life to the fullest. I am learning to live in the moment and experience the joy that each moment in life has to offer. I just feel that there are so many amazing things to experience and places to see. I hope that I can experience all of them in my lifetime!
My turn to nominate!
Now it is time to nominate some fellow bloggers for the Sunshine Award! I am pretty new to the blogging scene and I apologize if you have already been nominated for the award.
The bloggers I chose have struck me with passion, love, and made me feel so welcomed here on the grand blogosphere!
Please do not feel obligated to write a post if you do not have time (or hell, if you just don’t want to!) but I would love to read your responses to my questions if you do! Just know, either way, you have taught me, inspired me and made me smile through your blogs!
Hannah – mymultiplesclerosisandme.wordpress.com
Anita – discoveringyourhappiness.com
Brenda – brendamueller.com
Hannah – hannahelizasite.wordpress.com
Again, thank you to Alyssa for nominating me, and thank you to everyone who has read my little blog and made me feel so welcomed and loved in this community!
Nominees, here are your questions!
- What is a trait about yourself that you are most proud of?
- What is a good book you have read recently?
- What is a piece of advice that you were given that you will never forget?
- What is a song that always cheers you up?
- What is a fond memory that you have?
- What makes you feel empowered?
- Who inspired you to begin writing/blogging?
- What is your go-to relaxation activity?
- If you could meet a character from a book who would it be, and why?
- What made you smile today?
I hope everyone finds a reason to smile today and feels the positive, healing, energy around them!