I’m so thrilled to have been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by Fiona of Sunshine, Raindrops and Tea in the Garden and Anika of What She Did Next – thank-you ladies, this really does mean a lot to me!
If you haven’t visited either of these blogs before, then I urge you to do so immediately. Fiona’s blog is full of beautifully written posts focusing on life, nostalgia, recipes and sobriety. She also writes superb poetry that is definitely worth a read!
Anika’s lifestyle and wellness blog features monthly goals and inspiring quotes as well as posts about relationships and self-love. Anika is a stroke survivor, a topic that she writes openly about on her blog. She’s an inspiring lady who has been on a challenging journey – make sure you check her out!
So, back to the award. Here are the rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you for the award and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
- Display the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.
Both Fiona and Anika have asked me some really interesting questions and I think it’s a great way for you all to get to know me a little better!
Here are Fiona’s:
What made you decide to write a blog?
I’ve always loved writing, but I was too nervous to share anything that I’d written with anyone else! A few years ago, encouraged by my husband and friends, I decided to set-up an arts and literature blog and I found the blogging community and my wider circle of friends to be really supportive. I’ve gained a lot of confidence since starting my blog and recently I’ve expanded its remit to include posts that are more life-orientated too.
What is your favourite season?
It used to be winter – I love those frosty mornings, wrapping myself up in my woolly hat and scarf, feeling the cold air on my face – but as I’ve grown older I’ve found the dark evenings (and quite often the dark days too!) somewhat depressing.
In recent years, spring has become my favourite season – the weather is turning (though the frosty mornings aren’t completely gone), the days are longer and there’s a freshness to the season that I find particularly inspiring.
Cats or dogs? Or both?
I’m allergic to cat hair, so I’d have to say dogs!
If you could choose to have a super power what would it be?
I’d definitely want to fly, wouldn’t we all?! It would be a really handy way to beat rush hour traffic!
Do you have a favourite flower?
Tulips – their colours are so vivid and they last for ages! I love seeing a vase of tulips brightening up my house.
What is your best childhood memory?
I’m very lucky because I have so many wonderful childhood memories, but my favourite would have to be Christmas Eve at my grandparents’ house. It was a tradition for us to spend the evening with my lovely grandparents who would spoil me and my brother rotten! It was a special time for me growing up. Now that they are no longer with us, I treasure those memories even more.
Do you believe in angels?
I’d love to say yes, but if I’m being completely honest the answer is probably no – sorry.
If you could be an animal what would you be?
A bird. I’m not much of an ornithologist so I couldn’t tell you want type of bird I’d like to be, but the idea of soaring through the sky, high above everything, really appeals to me (kind of ties in with my superpower too!).
What music do you like?
I have a really eclectic taste in music, but my favourite is probably country (and I apologise if that’s completely uncool!!). I’m also a big fan of music from the sixties, seventies and eighties, and I’m pretty nostalgic for nineties stuff too!
Do you have a top inspirational quote?
Nothing worth having comes easy. I like to remind myself of that when life becomes challenging or if I’m finding something particularly difficult.
If you won £1 million on the lottery, what would you do with it?
I would share it with my family and friends, of course! And whatever was left I would probably
And here are Anika’s:
How did you come up with the name of your blog?
I launched my blog back in 2014 as Bellyful of Art. I can’t really remember where the name came from, but I do remember it took me ages to think of it! Back then, Bellyful of Art was purely arts and literature based, but this year I’ve started including more life-orientated content and so I recently altered the name of my blog to My Bellyful to reflect that change.
What do you enjoy most about blogging?
I enjoy meeting other bloggers, I enjoy chatting about our writing and I enjoy having a platform on which I can express my thoughts and interests.
Describe the most challenging thing about being a blogger?
Trying to keep going when you’re in a slump or when you think no-one else is reading. I’ve had loads of slumps since I first started blogging, but I’m feeling much more inspired these days!
If you could change one thing about blogging what would it be?
Hmmm…that’s a tough one. I genuinely don’t think there’s anything I would change. I love blogging and there’s plenty of information out there to help you get started or to give you advice if you’re in a pickle. I really wouldn’t change a thing!
If you could travel to any part of the world where would it be?
I’d like to travel to Japan or China, somewhere where the culture is completely different from my own.
What one thing would you change about the world?
It’s difficult to say just one thing. There are so many awful things going on in the world, so many things that I would like to change – abuse, famine, war, terrorism to name but a few – that I would hate to prioritise one over the rest.
What makes you happy?
Spending time with my little family – it’s cheesy, but it’s true!
Name your favourite song?
Eek! There are so many and I often find that my favourite song changes depending on my mood (there are also several that I’d rather not admit to in public!!). I’m going to say that Queen’s You’re My Best Friend is my all-time favourite as it holds a very special place in my heart.
Which era would you like to have been born in?
Another tough one! I guess maybe the twenties. They seem so glamorous and I would potentially have been able to meet people like Ernest Hemingway, F.Scott Fitzgerald and Salvador Dali. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons I love Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
If you want it, work hard and get it – my lovely hubby reminds me of this all the time!!
Describe your best quality?
I think I’m a pretty empathetic person and I’d say that’s probably my best quality.
So, here are my nominations and the 11 questions I’d like them to answer:
How long have you been blogging for?
Who or what inspires you to write?
When is your favourite time to write?
What is your favourite book?
If you could meet one person from history, who would it be?
If you could talk to your younger self, what would you say?
What piece of advice would you give to bloggers just starting out?
What have you learnt about yourself since you started blogging?
Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
If you could time travel, where would you go?
Where is your favourite place in the world?
As always, thank-you so much for reading! I hope these questions have given you a little insight into my likes and dislikes. Once again, thanks to Fiona and Anika for the nomination and sorry it’s taken me so long to respond to it!