Julie Krupp from Enhanced Perspective has been sweet enough to nominate me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. As a relatively new blogger I’m so grateful to Julie for this, as it has been a significant confidence booster.
Please visit Julie’s blog – her posts are both inspiring and uplifting.
The Sunshine Blogger Award is peer recognition for bloggers that inspire positivity and joy.
The Rules are:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you.
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.
Julie has asked me the following questions. Why does this feel strangely reminiscent of the game Truth or Dare?
The best present I’ve ever received?
Strangely it was a beautiful white and gold Christmas card my husband gave me. Written across the front and three other pages were the words: “For my wife. When I see everything you do for our marriage and all the loving ways you make Christmas merrier… I realise how many moments just wouldn’t happen and how many special things would be missing if not for you… I hope you know how much I appreciate you and how much of a difference you’ve made in my life… I’ll always love you for the beautiful woman, the amazing friend, and the incredible wife you are. Merry Christmas!”.
Ladies, you’ll understand when I say… SWOON!
Men, no pressure, but I got a diamond necklace the following year too!
Three small sources of joy for me?
Firstly, my darling little cat, Evey, who makes me laugh and smile ALL day.
Secondly, daisies! As Meg Ryan explains in the movie You’ve Got Mail, they are the “friendliest flower”.
Thirdly, all the cool things my husband makes for me –chook house, flower press, bird feeder, carved runes, and pretty much whatever I want! (… SWOON!)
The last place I travelled and why?
This is a little embarrassing, but it was New Plymouth – located on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island, somewhere on the way to nowhere. Why? We’d never been there before, we managed to rent a cute house with a fireplace and free cookies, and it was actually a really nice town!
My dream vacation?
Tough question, but having never been to Europe, I would say Italy. It just looks so damn pretty and the food, oh the food…
What I wanted to be when I was little?
At the age of eleven I announced to my mother that I wanted to be an author. There is not enough space in this blog to explain how I ended up going to Engineering School and eventually becoming a land surveyor. Now I’ve finally thrown caution to the wind and am focusing more on the author thing.
My first book was The Little Bullying Book, which is available through Kindle (and other eBook stores) for about $0.99US. But I’m most excited about the book I’m currently writing, Time Management for the Tired and Overwhelmed, which is the book I needed, but could not find, when I crashed in a screaming heap with burnout. On the side, I seem to also be writing a strange Gothic horror puzzle book, which came from nowhere but is horribly fun to write!
On a lighter note, I remember my brother wanted to be a “Garbiologist” when we were kids. I think that explains why he’s usually at the rubbish tip when I ring him on Christmas day.
A time when I felt that what I said or what I did really resonated with my soul?
Every time I write, of course. It’s who I am. It’s what I do. It’s how I process my thoughts. It’s how I express all that I have.
Something I’m afraid of or a fear I’ve overcome?
I’m afraid of dying before I have done what I came here to do. Public speaking in second place, naturally.
One of my favourite books?
The Tale of Prince by Bianca C Staines. I’ll be honest with you, Bianca is a friend of mine, and to support her I bought her book. One night, generally discouraged with the books I had been reading, I picked it up and started reading… then couldn’t stop. I ended up emailing her at 1am (so that I could get to sleep) to thank her for giving up her career to write and for writing a book that made me feel like a kid again. This book is not just a story about a dog on an adventure, it is totally hilarious and packed with the most lovable characters including a hamster with a head injury that replaces words with the names of food as he speaks.
The book has won a Purple Dragonfly Award, so I’m not alone in my enthusiasm for this book. And don’t be fooled, it might be a YA book, but kids of all ages will love it!
My favourite type of cuisine?
Every morning I have a slice of sourdough bread from our local farmers market, made into French toast with eggs laid by the chickens in my back yard, sprinkled with cinnamon, then smothered in pure maple syrup. It’s the highlight of my day!
One of my favourite songs?
I’m really enjoying listening to Rob Thomas at the moment – the lead singer of Matchbox Twenty, who also does solo work. I rather fancy his album The Great Unknown, and I’m grooving to his single I Think We’d Feel Good Together today.
One of my favourite movies?
We watch a lot of movies, and I’d love to say something trendy like Guardians of the Galaxy (which IS awesome), but when I look at our collection of DVDs the one that has stood the test of time is Saving Grace. Brenda Blethyn and Craig Ferguson star together in this warm and funny movie from almost 20 years ago. It’s about a widow in a small English town who is left with enormous debts after her husband commits suicide. She utilises her green thumb to grow drugs to fix all her financial woes. A lovely British comedy that won a Sundance Film Festival Audience Award. Watch the trailer on YouTube.
To share the happiness, my Nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award are shown below. Some produce images or photos that brighten my day. Others contain wonderful stories or advice. Some are seasoned bloggers, while others are just beginning. I hope you’ll enjoy their blogs and positivity as much as I do…
- A Crack in the Pavement
- Connecting Beyond
- Humanity Lives On
- Create Space
- The Art and Science of Well-being
- The Wellbeing Blogger
- The Depth of Now
I realise that some of you may not participate in awards, so there is no pressure to join in 🙂
I have 11 Questions for my nominees:
- Who is your loudest cheerleader?
- What was your first pet?
- Where is the most breath-taking place you have ever been?
- If you were going to be stuck on a deserted island with one book to read for years on end, what book would you take?
- What is your favourite appliance or tool?
- What is your favourite dessert?
- What was the most embarrassing moment of your life?
- What is the closest you’ve come to being famous?
- What is the strangest thing you’ve done?
- What is your most precious possession?
- What is your favourite emoticon and why?
Let the fun continue…
Pizza photo by Eneida Nieves from Pexels