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!



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.

23 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award”

  1. Aww I hope you all enjoyed the wedding and that your niece had a beautiful day! Love the sound of the old school tracks, I always dance along to things like YMCA, Hey Macarena, I Feel Good. It’d be rude not to!
    Congrats on the well deserved award 😊
    Caz xx

  2. Wauw thank you for accepting the award! And for all your kind words!
    I love James’ Brown ‘I feel good’ how could I forget about that song? I can tell you had a wonderful time at the wedding.
    So fun you’ve nominated some same bloggers I did, I was wondering when that would happen 🙂
    Rosa Parks is an example to all of us. It breaks my heart when think about the circumstances. I hope we, all woman, all men, can live and act in her spirit.
    I’m going to keep a list of mentioned household shores that people don’t like at all and when I have to do them, I’ll think about that person. I’ll think: Caz doesn’t like it either, I don’t have to do it 🙂 Actually I never iron. I wash, dry on the line, fold and that’s it. I own 1 skirt that requires ironing and is only worn on very special occasions.
    I’m glad you’re back, missed you!

  3. Thanks so much lovely! Great choice of pick me up questions! I’ve stopped doing award posts on my blog but I’ll answer some questions here.

    I get up in the morning because my guinea pigs have a finely tuned internal clock that tells them exactly when food should be coming, and they are very vocal about it.

    I blog because it gives me life meaning.

    It’s probably been 20 years since I last partied all night, and even the thought of it makes me want to crawl into bed.

    If I could be transported somewhere I’d go with simple pleasures – a warm, sunny ocean beach somewhere.

    1. Aaaww, thanks for responding. I guess you get loads of awards too, I’m an great admirer of your writing. Haha, guinea pigs waking you. I understand about you blogging as it gives life meaning, I kind of feel that way too. I half-partied til midnight at my niece’s wedding – that involved sitting on my chair, wiggling around and waving my arms along with everyone else. And I’ve suffered ever since! And the beach is always a favourite for me too.

  4. Congratulations on your Sunshine Award! I think you share plenty of sunshine with the blogging community with your stories of compassion for your patients. I enjoyed reading your answers!

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