Whoohoo! I’ve been nominated for The Real Neat Blog Award

I’m delighted to accept the Real Neat Blog Award

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Last week Jess from Beyond the front cover was kind enough to nominate me for the Real Neat Blog Award. Thank you Jess, it’s much appreciated.

Jess’s blog is fantastic and if you haven’t checked it out already I really recommend you do. She writes brilliantly detailed and thoughtful book reviews, and fascinating discussion posts. She also shares her own personal journey about her life, and I adore reading about her little girl and how she’s growing. I’m a big fan and really enjoy everything she posts.

Rules of the Real Neat Blog Award

  • Display the award logo
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog
  • Answer the questions of the one who nominated you
  • Nominate some bloggers
  • Ask them seven questions

Jess’s Questions:

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  1. Have you ever read a book through recommendation that you ended up hating? If so, what was it? I’ve been recommended too many books from different genres that I’ve hated. But I can’t remember even one of them. I’m terrible really, as I never remember titles of books – it’s like once I’ve read it, it gets filed, never to be looked at again.
  2. What was your favourite book when you were a child? You might be shocked to know that we didn’t have access to many books or reading as kids. The only book I will never forget was Robert (Rabbie) Burns book of poetry. I’d moved from Newcastle back up to Scotland when I was 11 and started a new school. The rotten English teacher had me stand up and read from that book – how the other kids howled with laughter – a Geordie accent reading out loud a Scottish book of poetry!
  3. If you could sit down for a chat with one author who would you choose? I’d love to talk to Alain De Botton who’s written many books and one of my favourite’s is “The course of love” set In Edinburgh, where a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children — but no relationship is as simple as “happily ever after.” He has a terrific sense of humour and just writes about life as it is.
  4. Which destination is number 1 on your travel bucket list? I hope my next trip is to San Diego to see my son and his girlfriend. From there I’d love to take a trip to Hawaii.
  5. How is your timekeeping? Are you usually early, late or on time? Unfortunately, I’m always the one who’s late! It’s a terrible habit and I always think I have more time to get ready. But I do forget that my physical disability hinders me somewhat, and I should factor that in when I’m going out.
  6. If you didn’t need to sleep, what would you use the extra time for? It would be researching for my blog, no doubt. Is that boring? Or maybe I’d be reading one of the hundreds of books stored on my Kindle.
  7. What is your favourite time of the day, and why? Believe it or not, I love being awake in the middle of the night when it’s quiet and peaceful in London. There’s no juggernauts rumbling down our road or boy racers revving their engines and screeching away – aaarrgghhh!

Questions for the nominees

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  1. Tell us a bit about your blog and why you started it.
  2. Which genre of books/films do you like most and do you have a favourite book or film?
  3. Who would be your favourite dining partner and why?
  4. When did you last have a great big fat belly laugh and why or who were you with?
  5. What would be your last meal and why?
  6. Where was your last holiday destination and would you recommend it?
  7. Have you ever wanted to stop blogging and, if so, why?

I tag

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  1. Geraldine at ADHA – Our family journey
  2. Katie and Evee at The Grief Reality
  3. Nala at Dissociate that
  4. The Self help blog
  5. Fatima at Words can heal the deepest wounds
  6. Dawn at Ad-lib
  7. Helen at My type 2 brain

I really hope that you’ll participate, as I love the blog awards and see them as a great way of getting to know a bit more about our fellow bloggers. It’s also fantastic introduction that might get some more people reading your blogs.

Over to you

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There’s something great in all the above blogs and you might want to drop by to see for yourself? In the meantime, I’m happy to read any comments – maybe about how I’m Scottish and my love of Rabbie Burns poetry or my English teacher!

While I love the blog awards, I write mainly about mental health and you might be interested in some previous posts:

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.

18 thoughts on “Whoohoo! I’ve been nominated for The Real Neat Blog Award”

  1. Thanks for participating! Loved reading your answers! I really hope you get that San Diego trip as soon as possible! I’m always late as well, for me it’s the issue of being distracted too easily and then time runs away with me 🙈

      1. Yes that does seem the more likely of the two, it’s horrible feeling cut off! I should have said in my last message but thank you also for your kind words at the start of your post, made my day reading those, which was much needed after a day full of hay fever feeling sorry for myself 😂 x

  2. Congratulations! I get what you mean about books you hated but don’t remember. I have a similar memory auto-erase when it comes to movies. It’s probably for the best. There are so many better things to store in our minds.

  3. Woooop, congrats on the well deserved award! Will check Jess’ blog out in a minute. Just wanted to say I’m the same with book titles; once the book has been great, it’s highly unlikely I’ll ever remember the title, even when I’m reading it let alone when I’ve finished it!

    I know the pandemic won’t help travel, but I do hope you’re able to safely see your son and his girlfriend in San Diego in the near future. Hawaii would be a lovely stop off afterwards, have you been before? I don’t suppose you’ve got room in your suitcase? I’m only 5’3” and I’d love to go with you! 😂

    Caz xx

    1. Haha, I’ve also been known to look at the title on my kindle – even when I’m reading the book, lol.

      I can’t wait for this pandemic to be over Kally – same as everyone no doubt. I’ve never been to San Diego and Hawaii so I’ll be super excited to go. Haha, I was intending going with an empty suitcase so I could buy lots of goodies in America – I’d hate to suffocate you with all my new shorts and t-shirts.

      But I promise to tell you all about it when I return 🙂 x

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