It happened again!  I’ve been nominated for another award for my blog!  It is a gross understatement to say that I am truly humbled and genuinely honored to hear that my blog is important to people and that people care enough to nominate me.  The support of others is invaluable to my mission to help others and add meaning and value to their lives.

I would like to thank Hilary at for nominating me.  Not only is Hilary a mother and a college student, she is a phenomenal and versatile blogger who publishes relevant and valuable posts three times a week, which is not an easy task. Make sure you check out her blog and follow her on social media.  She has something on her blog to offer to everybody.

The rules of The Sunshine Award are as follows:

  1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
  1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging in 2009 because I found it therapeutic, and I enjoyed writing.  I needed a creative outlet to cope with the daily turmoil I was experiencing.  I took a hiatus in 2013 because I was in a very, very dark place as is reflected from my writing at the time, and I felt I had nothing more to offer the blogging community.  I returned last year in July because I again needed an outlet for my feelings.  I had no other purpose in mind except that there was a deep need inside me to write, a need I could not control.  Then in September of 2017,  I stumbled across a picture that I put into this post, and it made me think about the story I hold inside me.  It’s a story of struggle, pain, failure, and recovery, and perhaps someone out there needs to hear it to know they are not alone.  So my purpose started to change.  I wasn’t just writing for me; I was writing for someone, anyone, and everyone that needed to hear they weren’t alone and that someone cared.

  1. What is your favorite thing to blog about?

I enjoy blogging about mental health, recovery, but I mostly enjoy writing about the struggle.  Not that I dwell on the negative, but I find most people identify with the struggle of coping with mental illness.  It’s bittersweet, but I feel the struggle is where people need someone to be their voice, to express the storm inside their mind.  

  1. How long have you been blogging?

Oopsie.  Got ahead of myself.  Refer to answer #1.

  1. What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time I read other blogs and books, spend quality time with my dog, and volunteer my time.  I know; it’s a glamorous life, but somebody has to live it.   🙂

  1. Do you ever want to get married and have kids?

I never wanted to get married.  Always swore I wouldn’t marry until I met Daniel.  He was different from any other man I had encountered.  We met in April and by August of the same year we were married.  There have been many severe struggles in our marriage since we both contend with mental disorders, but we’ve been married 18 years, so we must be doing something right.

As far as children,  I have never, ever  wanted to have my own.  I love children, but with marriage there is never a guarantee it will last forever, and I don’t want to raise children by myself.  In addition, everyone in my family, both the paternal and maternal side, have mental issues, and I didn’t want to pass on these defective genes to a child.

  1. What is your favorite kind of coffee or tea?

I’m not so much a tea drinker.  My favorite kind of coffee is anything brewed that is not decaf.  If you brew it, I’ll drink it.  My favorite brand to drink is Don Pablo.  It’s rich in flavor and has a medium and smooth body.  I limit myself to one cup in the morning, otherwise my anxiety would be even more unmanageable.  

  1. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Mostly I see myself having published my first book and hopefully writing my second.  Whatever and wherever I’ll be, you can be assured I’ll be writing about it.

  1. What is your 2018 goal?

My goal is to take some continuing education classes on writing to improve my skills, continue to grow my brand of blogging, and interact more with my readers.

  1. Where are you from?

If writing had an accent, you would know I’m from the deep south.  Georgia to be exact.  I’m a southern peach with a southern twang.

  1. What job do you have currently and what is your dream job?

I currently do not have a regular job.  I spend most of my time reading, writing, volunteering, and playing with my dog Maybelline.  

My dream job is acting.  I have a flare for drama and histrionics, and I usually can tap into my emotions when I want to, so I think I would be a natural at acting.

Thank you to all those who have read my answers.

It is my privilege to nominate the following blogs for The Sunshine Blogger Award because they each bring something different and unique to the blogging world:

Rebecca Lee

Jasmine @

Angela & Steven @

Rebecca Burke @

Tracy Barker @

Chrissie @

Lia @

Kerry @

My questions for the nominees:

  1. What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to blogging?
  2. What is at the top of your bucket list?
  3. What is the one item you can’t leave home without?  Why?  Cell phones excluded.
  4. What is your biggest fear?
  5. Whom was the best teacher you ever had?  What quality did you like?  Why? (I cheated.  3 questions in one. )  
  6. How would you describe yourself in one complete sentence?
  7. Which app do you use most?  Why?
  8. What is your favorite piece of clothing that you own?  Share why and describe it.
  9. What is one of your bad habits?
  10. What job would you be terrible at?
  11. What do you wish you knew more about?

Thank you again, to Hilary.  Please don’t forget to look at her blog.

I look forward to everyone’s posts.  Please leave links to your posts in the box below so I can be sure to read them!  Take care.


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