The Sunshine Blogger Award 🥇

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I would like to say a huge thank you to Diane at Life on the Patio  for nominating me. If you don’t already follow Diane, have a look at her fantastic blog. Her posts are really enjoyable to read and she is a great inspiration to new bloggers like me.

I want to thank everyone who follows my blog, comments  and likes my posts. It’s really encouraging to know others are interested in my posts.

Also, I must thank my family and friends who have helped me along this path.

I was really amazed when I found out I had been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. It’s a great achievement for me to be nominated, being a fibromyalgia sufferer.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is a peer recognition award for bloggers who inspire, with positivity and joy.

When I started my blog, I was not sure where it would lead. I reached a very low point last year and was given the idea to start a website.

I decided to create a blog to highlight living with the invisible illness, fibromyalgia. My blog would focus on positives, negatives and overcoming these if it’s possible to. I also wanted to showcase my decoupage and art projects.

Since I started to write my blog I have gained the confidence I had lost and felt positive about life in general.

Hopefully my blog will blossom and grow and help others to understand some of the mysteries of fibromyalgia. I also hope you will continue to follow me, comment and like my posts.

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Rules for the award :-

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so that others can find them.
  • Add the award logo to your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers for the award and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  • * See notes below 

My questions were:

1 What brings you joy?

Eating chocolate!

2 Where is your “happy place”…that place you go to that gives you peace and contentment?

I practice mindful meditation to help me relax and find peace.

3 What is your favorite time of day? sunrise, mornings, afternoons, sunsets, evenings? and, what makes it your favorite?

I like mornings, hearing the birds singing very early is really special.

4 If you could change anything in the world, what would it be?

I would create a world kindness day and give everyone the day off. We would then have time to do something positive for others, stranger or not. Be it raising a smile, saying hello, or volunteering to help someone else.

5 What is your favorite subject to write about?

Poetry based on Nature.

6 What is your favorite thing to cook?

Lentil soup and soda bread on a really cold, rainy day, it’s warming and delicious.

7 Do you have a ‘bucket list’? Are you doing it?

I try not to make too many plans as I usually have to break them due to illness. I plan achievable goals to strive for in life and work.

In my blog I want to increase my readership which will enable me to educate others about living with invisible illnesses like fibromyalgia.

8 If you had to give up something in your life, what would it be? 

I already have, my freedom…..due to fibromyalgia. I’m locked into a fibromyalgia body and mind.

9 Do you believe in love? 

Love is spending time with people who are special to you.

10 If you won the lottery today, what’s the first thing you do?  

It would depend on how much I won. If it was life changing; I would probably set up a charitable trust to help others in need.

11 What is your favorite part of being in the blogging world?

The excitement of potentially communicating to everyone in the online world. Also being nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award.

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My questions for my nominees are:

1 What was your reaction when you found out you had been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award?

2 What motivated you to start your blog?

3 Who inspires you and why?

4 What is your best advice for a new blogger?

5 How has blogging changed you life?

6 If you could choose a world leader to answer a question. Who would you choose and what would you ask?

7 How do you think your blog has influenced others?

8 What is your favourite subject to write about?

9 Why do you think creativity is important?

10 We hear so much negativity. What would you do to encourage peace and harmony in the world?

11 Create your own question to answer.

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My Nominations

I would love to choose everyone I follow to be nominated for this award but I could only choose 11 blogs. The blogs l have chosen to nominate vary in subject matter from the broad spectrum of Art, Artists, Books, Chronic Illness, Comedy, Craft, DIY, Fibromyalgia, Humour, Lifestyle, Motivational Speaking, Reading and Travel.

I have chosen blogs that I think in some way reflect the ‘spirit’ of the Sunshine Blogger Award.  Through inspiring positivity and joy.

I have interpreted this to mean they are inspiring because of the people that are writing them.

The subject matter is positive and inspiring to others.

Or that I find them joyful to read and help to motivate me with positive thoughts.

I particularly wanted to include blogs that are written by others with fibromyalgia, invisible illnesses and chronic illness.

In life in general we are excluded from so many things because our illness limits what we can do. It’s important for me to include them in my list.

* I am going to mention any nominees who could be categorised as having a disability, or illness are exempt from having to write 11 questions, 11 answers and nominate 11 bloggers to be able to except this award.

My nominees are listed in alphabetical order.

Advice By Her

All My Woes

Chaotic Shapes

Coffee Then Books

Desperate Housewife Craft

Diary Of A Dublin Housewife

Kelley’s DIY

Lifeblush

Like Locals

Parkashpencia Poetry

Walk To Wellness

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To my nominees…I want to leave you with this last thought from an

Indian poem

This is a special day, It is yours.

Yesterday slipped away

It cannot be filled with more meaning.

About tomorrow nothing is known.

But this day, today, is yours,

Make use of it.

Today you can make someone happy.

Today you can help another.

This day is a special day, It is yours.

 

Dreaming about spring

 

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Spring Blossom by Nick

Whenever I think of spring it reminds me of visiting the University town of Oxford in England.

Described as the ‘city of dreaming spires’ by poet Matthew Arnold, because of the amazing architecture of the university buildings. 

It’s an inspiring place; author Lewis Carroll wrote his famous novel Alice in Wonderland here in 1862.

The story is based on a girl called Alice who follows a white rabbit into a rabbit hole and arrives in wonderland.

During her adventure she goes to a mad tea party in chapter seven, or more popularly know as the Mad Hatters tea party.

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to fall down a rabbit hole and explore wonderland for yourself? Inspired by the tea party; I’ve written my own short story based on this idea.

Two Versions of an Amazing Dream by Nick 

A strong smell of tarmac rises from the ground. 

“Yes, that blue teapot tastes good, its made from blue chocolate!” 

From a car window a teacup is thrust out,

“Lovely tea dear, one sugar or two?” 

The ground is hazy, full of green, large, grass; it smells fresh.

Food spread over the grass; doughnuts with jam, pies covered in cream and a red jelly cake with a palm tree in the middle.

A recognisable face dressed as a orange bear eating pies. Cream all over his face. A clown face looks directly at her and disappears in clouds of cream. 

“Pies everywhere I go; I can see pies raining from the sky” Cream covers her, she can feel it on her nose.

Jane looks again at a large pillow. She is awake.

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As Jane walks along in the park a stranger rushes up to her and says

“Yes that blue china teapot tastes good, you have a similar one to mine, it was made of blue chocolate. All I can say is it tasted good, when can you bring me another to try?”

A car pulls up next to Jane, the window winds down and a passenger passes her a cup of tea.

 “Lovely tea, dear, one sugar or two?”

Jane’s vison blurs, she shuts her eyes, opens them, and notices in front of her a mass of green, huge blades of grass. 

She is laying on the grass now and in front of her is an amazing picnic. Doughnuts oozing with jam, pies covered in cream, and a red jelly cake in the middle decorated with a pineapple. 

Her friend’s face is visible. He seems to have turned into a giant orange bear and he is hungrily tucking into a pie, covering him in cream. Next to him an inflatable clown snatches the cream pie from his hands and hurls it into the air. The clown shouts 

“Pies, Pies everywhere I go, I can see pies raining from the sky” 

The cream lands all over everything. Jane notices a large blob of cream on the end of her nose. She tries to wipe it off with a tissue and finds she can’t.

Jane moves her head and looks down at a large pillow, she is lying in bed and has woken up. What a crazy dream, did I really dream that!

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