I was nominated by my fellow blogger Heidi who writes on a blog titled Braving Mental Illness. She nominated me a little over a week ago and I’ve been thinking about how to go about posting on it.
I was extremely flattered but also feeling a bit sheepish when I found out that she nominated me. I wasn’t even sure if I would be able to say anything about it. But after much thought, I’ve decided to put on my big girl panties, work through the somewhat awkward feeling of being acknowledge and appreciate the recognition.
I’ve been following her blog for awhile and she always seems to have great words of wisdom when I’m feeling a bit perplexed with life. The one thing I really appreciate is that no matter what she’s been through–and still going through–she is always working for the benefit of others. She wants to make others’ lives better, happier and more fulfilled. Thanks Heidi, for the vote of confidence and including me in your journey!
So, here I go (hopefully the links and everything work correctly):
- Create a new post thanking the person who nominated you.
- Provide a link to their blog.
- Include the award graphic.
- Answer the questions provided.
- Nominate 5-10 recently followed bloggers and share your post with them, so they can see it.
- Make a new set of 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
My Ten Answers to Heidi’s Questions:
Were you nervous about starting a blog?
I wasn’t really nervous about starting a blog. Writing for me was always easier than talking. I was more nervous that I wouldn’t be able to accurately describe my feelings. The best part though, I’ve found that everyone I’ve come across to date is extremely supportive and quick to offer a helping hand.
What do your friends, family, or peers think about your blog?
There are only 3 people I’ve told about my blog so far. Two of my close girlfriends and my therapist.
My one girlfriend isn’t ready to read what I’ve written yet and that’s okay with me. When she’s ready, I’ll answer any questions that she has. My other girlfriend follows me and is always there to lend an ear (although sometimes I feel like I bitch to her too often).
My therapist was really happy I started this blog. For awhile he had been telling me I should do something–writing has always been one of our most important means of communication in my therapy journey. The only comment he’s ever made is that I talk about him a lot (but I don’t think he meant that in a bad way). I’m not sure how often he checks it and I don’t really mind if he never checks it. Sometimes, we’ll go through some of my postings during our meetings. I don’t find it’s really affected how much I talk about him or how I feel about him so that’s good. I know, if I asked him not to follow me anymore, he would.
I think the harshest critic of my blog is myself.
Has your blog helped you work through some of your challenges?
I think so, yes. The best part of blogging is that you can share anytime of the day, no matter where you are. It’s easy to be open and honest. You can cry, scream or feel completely exhausted but still keep typing away.
I think, for the most part, blogging has helped me increase my ability to see how things are in the moment.
What is your favorite dessert?
Vanilla ice cream
Would you ever consider being a motivational speaker?
I don’t think so. Most of the time I barely speak above a whisper. I find being the centre of attention extremely anxiety-inducing. When I got married I told my then husband that the wedding day was all about him and that he could be the centre of attention for the entire day–it made things a lot easier for me.
Do you have a favorite color, if so what is it?
Blue. Definitely blue. It reminds me of the lake and the ocean and sky on a sunny day. All of the things that help me when I’m feeling overwhelmed.
If you are in Chapter one of this 2018 book, what would the title of your chapter be?
The Struggle is Real
Do you regret anything from the year 2017?
Not being able to be in a better place financially. Although I think therapy has a lot to do with it. Eventually, it’s going to get easier in that department (fingers crossed).
What are a few of your goals for 2018?
Communicate better–stop worrying about how everyone else feels and learn to better take care of myself. Look at things in small pieces–break things down so that I don’t feel so overwhelmed with the big picture. Maybe move away from my mother–and feel okay with it. Get to the point where it doesn’t feel like I constantly need my therapist–it drives me insane truthfully.
What was your most difficult challenge from the year 2017?
Coming to the realization that my parents were not really up for the job; it’s easier with my father because he is dead but it’s harder with my mother. She cannot be the person I have always wanted her to be (or that I thought she was), she has her own problems that she needs to deal with and it’s not my responsibility to take care of her–this hurts a lot and some days I still can’t grasp it very well.
I am nominating the following blogs for the “Liebster Award”:
My Ten New Questions to Answer are:
- What made you start blogging?
- Do you tell those closest to you that you are blogging (significant others, children, friends, therapist etc.)? Why or why not?
- Who is your favorite author and why?
- Cat or dog?
- What is your favourite tree?
- Describe yourself in three words.
- What advice would you give to new bloggers?
- If someone offered you a free ticket, which country would you visit and why?
- What is the best piece of information anyone has ever offered to you?
- What is your favourite (or most difficult post) that you have shared (please provide link)?
To my fellow bloggers. Thank you for being so incredibly supportive and helpful even when things feel dark and impossible. Thank you for never judging!
Thank you so much Heidi for nominating me and for those who choose to participate (no pressure from me whatsoever). This is not mandatory and please don’t feel obligated. I look forward to reading from those of you who choose to respond.