The Sunshine Blogger Award

Wow! What an awesome compliment to be nominated not once, but twice for the The Sunshine Blogger Award! A huge thank you to Nick at Decoupageh for the nomination on I’m No Writer, and to

Wow! What an awesome compliment to be nominated not once, but twice for the The Sunshine Blogger Award! A huge thank you to Nick at Decoupageh for the nomination on I’m No Writer, and to Tiger Lily Evergreen at A heart full of light and love for the nomination on Fearless Friday.

Thank you for all of the likes, comments, posts, follows, and especially the positive thoughts that you send my way. I feel your support and appreciate it so much.

Photo by Elijah Hail on Unsplash

So, let’s get right down to it.

Rules for the award πŸ™‚

  • 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.

I was nominated twice so I decided to do a mixture of questions from both of the bloggers who nominated me.

Here goes:

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

A. I was super excited the first time, let alone finding out there were two of you out there finding my words inspiring. I’m so grateful! πŸ™‚ Thank you again Nick and Tiger Lily Evergreen! Please take some time to check out their blogs πŸ™‚ Both are extremely creative individuals.

Q. What motivated you to start your blog?

A. Oh, this could be a long one. I haven’t worked for almost 2 years now and had been feeling the pressure to find something, like a hobby, to keep me from going stir crazy. I was looking for something that would keep my focus for more than two minutes, which is about my attention span these days. My husband had mentioned blogging, repeatedly, I mean like incessantly, but I just blew it off. I don’t consider myself a writer, so I thought it was a far stretch. Anyway, he kept insisting, and one day I caved. I decided to start writing a personal journal first to get a feel for it, and it ended up being super therapeutic for me. Through all of the anxiety and fear, I started blogging at the beginning of this year. I didn’t have any set plan, I just started writing about my life experiences living with chronic illnesses. Let me just say, what an awesome “hobby!” πŸ˜‰

Q. Who inspires you and why?

A. Ok, I am going to get all mushy here. My husband, Phillip, is the person who inspires me the most in life. He has been through hell and is here to tell the story. I have an enormous amount of respect and love for him. I married a fighter. He had opportunities to give up, but continues to battle on. He inspires me every day to live my life. To be present each day, no matter the limitations that I face. We’re all battling something, whether physical, mental, or both. I think that knowing you’re truly supported is extremely important when you are at an extremely low point.

Q. What is your best advice for a new blogger?

A. Say what you want to say in your voice. And, don’t let fear keep you from expressing your honest emotions about whatever you choose to share.

Q. How has blogging changed your life?

A. I am much more open about my illnesses and how they affect my daily life. They have changed my life forever, and blogging is helping me process and accept the changes that I am experiencing. I find it to be a form of therapy and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Q. Would you rather hike a mountain or lay on the beach?

A. Hike a mountain. Though I think that given the current state of things, I think I would have to settle for laying on the beach…It could be worse.

Q. Are you a cat person or dog person?

A. Definitely both!

Q. Tea or coffee?

A. Coffee! Always coffee! I think it is a Pacific Northwest thing.

Q. Pepsi or Coke?

A. Coffee!

Q. If you were in a band, what instrument would you play?

A. The piano, though I have never actually tried to play it before, I just love the sound.

Q. What is your favorite time of year?

A. I love fall time! The crisp air, fuzzy boots, warm blankets, and pumpkin spice latte’s.

My Nominations

3 Women Voices

bluebird of bitterness

Brainlesss Blogger

Dr. Martha Castro Noriega MD


The Frozen Mind

A heart full of light and love

I Tripped Over a Stone

Lifestyle Blog: living with fear & anxiety

My Anxiety Is Not Your Anxiety

Word Fandom

Chronic Illness Clause: any nominees who could be categorized 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.

***Please note: I didn’t write this clause, but I do think it should apply. After all, due to my illnesses it has taken me so much time to respond. Still, I thought I would do it for fun. Better late than never, right?! πŸ˜‰

**I didn’t ask 11 new questions like it stated above. My nominees can answer the same questions. πŸ˜‰ Thanks!

11 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Thanks for the shout out and very sweet words! Great answers, too, especially hearing about your hubby. Thanks again, keep up the great work! πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

  2. I really enjoyed reading your answers! I love getting to know more about people. Your advice for new bloggers is terrific! I struggled with that for a long time. When I finally started doing it consistently, my followers became friends! My tribe. And you are part of this tribe, Sierra. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ

  3. Thanks for all your great comments about my blog. I enjoyed reading your replies. It’s interesting to read your thoughts on how blogging has changed your life. I agree it has helped me also, to overcome my personal struggles with fibromyalgia and put some things in perspective. Hopefully we will inspire others with chronic illness to start writing. πŸ˜€

    1. Blogging really is an amazing outlet and I am so grateful that I finally got out of my own way and decided to give it a chance. I don’t know where I’d be right now without it. Inspiring others to write would be a dream πŸ™‚

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