I love this 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.

Author: mentalhealth360.uk

Mum to two amazing sons. Following recovery from a lengthy psychotic episode, depression, anxiety and anorexia, I decided to train as a Mental Health Nurse and worked successfully in various settings before becoming a Ward Manager. I am a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and a Mental Health Awareness Trainer, Mental Health First Aid Youth and Mental Health Armed Forces Instructor. Just started my mental health from the other side blog.

27 thoughts on “I love this Sunshine Blogger Award”

  1. Congratulations! You deserve it 😊 I enjoyed reading your answers, including the hard but candid ones. And I quite like your blog name 🙂

    Thank you so much for including me in the nominee list. My first community blogging award 🥰

  2. I get the sense that almost everyone learned to play recorder in school. I guess it was because it was easy, but I doubt that anybody could possibly make a recorder sound good.

  3. Congrats on the well-deserved award! Aw, asking for your physical health back wouldn’t be selfish, that’s logical, I’d do the same. Then of course world peace. Oh wow, you three sisters are quite the musical trio! I did recorder in school too, not sure I even have the lung capacity for a small recorder these days let alone something like bagpipes! I’m sorry, I laughed at the toilet injury and I feel bad but that’s one heck of a story!
    Caz xx

  4. I normally answer these in character, but in my blog it is currently May 28, 1995, and blogs didn’t exist in 1995. So I’m going to answer as adult Greg, except for one question which would give away a major spoiler for future episodes of DLTDGB.

    What influenced the name of your blog?
    It is a line from a song that was popular during the time period I am writing about (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOllF3TgAsM). The funny thing is, although I always liked the song, I never would have said back then that it was my absolute favorite song or anything like that. For me, the song got better with age.

    How long have you been blogging and how are you finding it?
    I’ve been writing DLTDGB since December 2018. I had another blog I wrote from May 2014 until a few months ago. I really enjoy writing in general, but I need to remember not to stress about it to the point of neglecting my adult responsibilities. That’s why I don’t necessarily publish stories on a schedule.

    Who would your blog appeal to or who would you like your blog to appeal to?
    Awkward and nostalgic Gen-Xers like me, or anyone who enjoys fiction in general, particularly coming-of-age period pieces (I say “fiction,” but DLTDGB is based on true stories).

    Tell us about your most current job and one thing you liked/disliked about it?
    I can’t, because the story of how I got into this career is something I’m going to write about eventually. But in the last episode I mentioned that I was going to be working in a bookstore in the upcoming summer. I liked that the owner of the store would let me carefully read the merchandise on slow days, but in general it was kind of boring.

    What’s the last book you read about?
    Oh gosh, I’ve been so busy I haven’t been reading many actual physical books… so I’ll plug a hometown classmate. About a year ago I read The Fat Kid by Jamie Iredell; it isn’t my usual genre of literature, but Jamie and I went to middle school and high school together back in Santa Lucia County. The book is about a father and son with an interesting past, and strange things working behind the scenes in their lives. Hard to explain, and I probably completely missed the point. I feel like I didn’t quite get it, and I need to read it again all in one sitting in order to really understand what’s going on, but I did really like it.

    Tell us two truths and one lie (just for fun) about you?
    (1) I don’t like coffee.
    (2) I’ve never been to a Disney park.
    (3) I do not own a pair of flip-flops.
    I’ll give the correct answer after people have time to guess.

    Who was your last conversation with and what was it about?
    My last face-to-face conversation was with an employee at Chick-Fil-A who noticed I had been sitting there for a while and hadn’t gotten my food yet… haha. It came a minute later. That place, at least the one near my house, has great service, but it’s always busy.

    Who would you like to have dinner with, dead or alive, and why?
    Thomas Jefferson (he would be in the “dead” category). He seemed to have a lot of beliefs relevant to the history, government, and culture of the USA that appear to be contradictory on the surface, and I’d like to know what he really believed about those things.

    When was your last belly-laugh and what was so funny?
    I saw a meme where someone had posted about Edgar Allan Poe and Dolly Parton having the same birthday, and someone had replied with lyrics about Poe’s The Telltale Heart to the tune of Parton’s 9 to 5… let me find it…
    “Working 9 to 9
    for a man whose eye is creepy
    That’s why I decide
    to assault him when he’s sleepy
    But his heart still beats
    in the floorboards where I set it
    It’s enough to drive me
    crazy if I let it”

    Where, when and who was your last picnic.
    I don’t even remember. I probably haven’t had a picnic since I was a kid. But UJ has a big event every April called the Spring Picnic (https://dontletthedaysgoby.home.blog/2019/12/07/april-20-22-1995-the-spring-picnic/), and I go to that every year.

    What would you do if you found a £50 ($ or €) note?
    Hmm… fifty dollars doesn’t really sound like all that much these days. Honestly I’d probably just put it in my wallet and not do anything special with it. I’m boring.

    After I finish writing about the current school year, two or three more episodes from now, I’m going to do a post out of character and talk about my blog and such; I might use that to come up with questions for other people to answer for the blog awards I’ve received. Thank you and have a great day!

  5. This is great! Congrats! I love reading your blog and you are most deserving of this! Thank you so much of thinking of me as well 🙂 I’d be honored to participate! I’m also looking forward to checking out the other blogs you mentioned, I love meeting fellow bloggers and learning new things 🙂
    Thank you again!!

  6. Wow, thank you! I actually just nominated you for a Sunshine Blogger Award too! 😊

    I always love reading blogger award posts. I totally agree with you about not writing in books. I’ve actually erased marks from used copies that I bought.

  7. Congratulations! I feel your blog talks about something that is difficult for a lot of people and things people have questions on but are afraid to ask. It it so great of you to write on this subject and help people that need it.

  8. Congratulations on your award, it’s definitely deserved, I love reading your blog!
    I had the same fear that nobody would be interested in what I had to say so I can definitely relate to that.
    I also (somewhat questionably) played the recorder as a child. I played the trumpet as well, I wish I could still remember how to play music.
    Thank you so much for nominating me, I really appreciate it and I’m looking forward to answering your questions! 😀 x

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