Hi everyone! I’ve got a very different type of a post for you today. I just learned that I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Helen of Dotted Pages!
What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
The Sunshine Blogger Award is a blogger recognition award. It is given by bloggers to other bloggers whose work they admire or appreciate. It is a celebration of creativity, and of the blogging community in general.
It also helps us bloggers to get to know each other, and share other blogs that we appreciate! This Sunshine Blogger Award takes the form of a Question & Answer style post, so I’ll be sharing a little bit about myself, and then nominating other bloggers to answer some questions that I came up with!
Thank you so much to Helen of dottedpages.com for nominating me. Be sure to check out Helen’s fantastic blog for anything you ever wanted to know about bullet journaling, organizing and planning!
I am so honored to have been nominated! I have been blogging for just over seven months now, but feel like I have really found my calling with this blog.
Sunshine Blogger Award Rules
Let’s start with the ground rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award:
- Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
- Nominate 11 people and ask them 11 questions.
- Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their posts.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award image in your post.
Questions From Helen at Dotted Pages
#1 – Which is your favourite season?
I feel that this is a little cliche these days… but fall is and always has been my very favorite season. My two favorite holidays are in fall – Halloween and Thanksgiving. I love the cooler weather, fall colors, football, and foods that come with fall as well.
Unfortunately for the last 11+ years, I have lived in places that do not have a fall season (Phoenix and Hawai’i). So I LOVE fall travel!
#2 – Why did you start your blog?
I have dabbled In blogging a few times over the years, but in the 2 blogs previous to this one, I gave up only a few months in.
This one I started in March during the first lockdown. I had already been off work for 2 months due to a work accident in the beginning of January, and initially this blog was just something to keep me busy so I didn’t go crazy while not working.
But it quickly morphed into something more. Somewhere that I hoped to reach out to others and help and inspire them to live happier and healthier lives.
#3 – What’s your favourite ice cream flavor?
Ooooh, good question. Ice cream is most definitely my kryptonite. My favorite ice cream is a locally made ice cream here where I live in Hawai’i. It is called Kauai pie and is pretty similar to mud pie ice cream with a Hawaiian twist.
Kauai pie has a Kona coffee base, with chunks of macadamia nuts, coconut flakes, and fudge (you guessed it, from Hawaiian grown chocolate). YUM!
#4 – Sunset or sunrise?
Oooh, you can’t go wrong with either. I often make a point to sit on the beach and watch the sunset with friends.
I very rarely get to sit and actually enjoy a sunrise. Either I’m getting ready for work during it, or I’m sleeping. So on the rare occasions I get to actually savor a sunrise, it is pretty special.
#5 – Where would you go for your dream holiday?
So many places I want to go! I’m really an adventure vacationer – you know, the kind you feel like you need a vacation from when you get home.
Lately I have been kind of fixated on feeling to Machu Picchu with my best friend who I haven’t been able to visit in far too long. So I’m going to say feeling to Machu Picchu with her is my dream holiday right now.
#6 – What’s your Hogwarts House?
I LOVE Harry Potter! In fact, it’s almost time for my annual Harry Potter movie marathon which takes place between Christmas and New Years each year.
As far as the house… I think the sorting hat would say, “Gryffindor!”
#7 – Cats or Dogs?
I love all animals, but I’ve got to say, I’m probably more of a dog person.
I’ve got a Catahoula Hound/Whippet mix named Ipo. Her second birthday is November 8th!
#8 – Do you wear glasses?
I have worn contacts since I was in the seventh grade. However, I just got my first pair of glasses about a year ago.
#9 – What’s your favourite tree species?
What a great question! I’m going to go with weeping willow on this one.
My grandpa had a huge weeping willow tree in his yard where I spent a lot of time as a kid. That tree is where I learned to climb! Many, many fond memories in that tree.
#10 – Who helps you through tough times?
I am fortunate to have some pretty supportive people in my life. My partner is of course amazing – so supportive and encouraging of everything I do.
My sister is also a great confidante for me, as is my best friend. I just wished they lived a little closer! My sister is about 3,000 miles away, and my best friend is 6,000 miles away. Thank goodness for FaceTime!
#11 – Where do you see yourself in five-years time?
It’s so funny you should ask! I have a five year plan sitting in my drafts file for the blog right now.
But the abbreviated answer is that I would like me and my partner to move closer to family, and to have established our own businesses in 5 years time.
My Sunshine Blogger Award Nominations
Nominating 11 people was a pretty tough decision! I have only been blogging as I said for a little over 7 months, but I feel that I have really found my tribe in the Twitter blogging community.
It is so amazing to me how supportive, helpful and inspiring that group of people is. I feel that I have made friends with all kinds of people from all over the world!
So for this nomination I looked for people who I felt produce quality and inspiring content on a regular basis. I also factored in how much these people participated in and gave back to the blogging community in my own experience.
I hope too many of you haven’t been nominated already!
So without further ado, here are my 11 nominations for the Sunshine Blogger Award!
In no particular order:
- Amna from askamna.com
- Rebekah from rebekahcharles.com
- Shirsha from sageandbloom.co
- Louise from onlinebusinessgrowthhacks.com
- Queenie from thequeensights.com
- Sam from smarterandharderblog.com
- Ellie from tickingthelist.com
- Lex from sunkissedlex.com
- Britt from shedhappens.net
- Claire from ourfavouritejar.com
- Kalin from abundanceofflavor.com
Questions For My Nominees
- What is one goal/project that you’re excited about working on right now?
- If you had to pick just one, would you choose the mountains or the ocean?
- What is the biggest thing on your bucket list?
- What did you want to be as a kid?
- What do you hope to achieve with your blog?
- Where is your happy place?
- What inspires you?
- What is your absolute favorite meal?
- What is your all time favorite quote?
- Who do you look up to or admire?
- What is something that you think everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime?
Thank you again Helen for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award, I am quite honored!
For those that I nominated, if you choose to participate, please feel free to share your link with me here or on Twitter. I will give it a share!
Thanks again to everyone in the blogging community! You guys inspire and motivate me every day.
Until next time,