A heartfelt thank-you to mental health from the other side for nominating Blushy Ginger for the Sunshine Blogger Award! It’s the first time my blog has been given a blogging community “thumbs-up,” and I’m delighted to accept. 🙂
If you don’t already follow mental health from the other side, please go and check her out! The tagline is “Diary excerpts from 15 years of working on Mental Health Wards after own Psychotic Depression” and there’s so much great, informative content.
What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
This award is given by bloggers to fellow bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.
So if you’re new here or you’d like to get to know me a bit better, just keep on reading!
Sunshine Blogger Award Rules
- Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site.
- List the Sunshine Blogger Award rules and display the logo on your site.
- Answer the Sunshine Blogger Award questions.
- Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
- Notify the nominees about their nominations.
mental health from the other side’s Sunshine Blogger Award Questions
1. What influenced the name of your blog?
I hemmed and hawed over a couple of names. I pretty seriously considered “Shy Girl Strong” for a while, but Blushy Ginger was the name I’d used the first time around for my blog, so I decided to revamp the old blog rather than leave it to skulk shyly in the shadows of the interwebs.
I chose the name after reflecting on what would be the closest thing to being myself.
2. How long have you been blogging and how are you finding it?
This time around, I’ve been blogging for a few months. I have to say, I’m loving it. Last time, I didn’t actually connect with readers or other bloggers. I didn’t really understand how it all worked. Now, I’m getting to know the community and making a point of getting to know all of you, and it’s so great!
3. Who would your blog appeal to or who would you like your blog to appeal to?
I hope my blog will appeal to anyone who relates to the struggles of social anxiety and related mental health challenges, whether or not they use the term “social anxiety” to describe their struggles, and whether or not they have been diagnosed.
And I hope that it can be a place for the friends and loved ones of those individuals to learn and share as well.
4. Tell us about your most current job and one thing you liked/disliked about it?
I do freelance translation and editing. (I want to branch into freelance writing in 2020.) I’m currently translating a blog post on winter driving tips for a translation agency client. I love the actual translating, editing, and writing. I’m not so keen on the tight deadline, but hey, that’s the game sometimes!
5. What’s the last book you read about?
I’m currently working my way through the audiobook version of The Highly Sensitive Child. My son (almost 5) is a sensitive, thoughtful, cautious little boy, and I don’t know for sure if he would be considered “Highly Sensitive,” but there are enough signs that I want to learn what I can.
6. Tell us two truths and one lie (just for fun) about you?
- One: I have a baaaaad habit of tearing my cuticles to shreds when I’m stressed.
- Two: I’m writing this sentence while sitting on the toilet.
- Three: I think tomatoes and mustard should be sent to the cruelest depths of the underworld.
7. Who was your last conversation with and what was it about?
It was with my son while cuddling him to sleep. He informed me, repeatedly, that he would “only be able to fall asleep if someone pets my back.”
8. Who would you like to have dinner with, dead or alive, and why?
I always feel like the only way to look smart when answering this question is to name someone like Plato or the Pope.
But I’m crap at history and philosophy, and I’m not religious.
Also I have social anxiety, so people are a problem.
You know what, I’m going to be a rebel and name 2 people.
- I’d love to have dinner with Rini Frey (@ownitbabe on Instagram). She lives nearby and she was the first body positivity/intuitive eating/disordered eating recovery influencer I discovered. I’ve been following her for a couple of years, and she seems real, genuine, and caring. She did a courageous and slightly heartbreaking podcast episode on how becoming a social media influencer was impacting her mental health. The way she shared her thoughts on this very personal topic was the most “real” podcast episode I’ve ever heard.
- I’d also love to have dinner with translation royalty Corinne McKay (@corinnemckay on Twitter). Corinne is pretty much a household name in the freelance translator community. She has books, courses, podcast episodes, and now a YouTube channel! She provides sorely needed guidance to emerging freelance translators (and established ones, too!). I devoured her books, and her e-course set me up for success early on. She also just seems like a real, down-to-earth, very “human” human, and I think it would be fun to meet her someday. 🙂
9. When was your last belly-laugh and what was so funny?
I think it was yesterday evening, when my husband and I let the kids tackle us to the ground and tickle us, and we all took turns blowing raspberries on each other’s tummies. (My tummy makes the best raspberry sound since having babies. I used to hate it but I’m getting more tolerant. What can I say, raspberries are funny.)
10. Where, when and who was your last picnic?
Probably last summer, at a playground, right after my son’s Little Ninjas karate class that he was taking at the time. It would have been me and my two kiddos.
11. What would you do if you found a £50 ($ or €) note?
Oh totally go to Vegas and get fuuuuuu—
…..yeah no I’d probably buy groceries at the local Sobey’s.
My Sunshine Blogger Award Questions
- What is your blog about?
- How did you pick the name of your blog?
- What post are you most proud of?
- What post would you recommend for a brand-new reader start with?
- What is something you’ve wanted to blog about but haven’t yet? Why haven’t you?
- What are the first 3 words that pop into your head as you read this sentence?
- What is something a lot of people might be surprised to know about you?
- If you could choose a different first name for yourself, would you? What would you pick?
- What inspired you to start your blog?
- Where are you as you answer this question?
- What are your blogging plans for 2020?
My Nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award (in alphabetical order)
- Growing Into Myself
- Mental Health & Me
- MENTAL HEALTH @ HOME (Ashley, I read your post about blog awards so there is ZERO expectation for you to participate or do anything — I just couldn’t make my first-ever list of favourite blogs and NOT mention you!)
- My Lust for Life
- Nina’s Corner
- Something in mind.
- The Crazy Life
- The Serene Student
- We DID It
Full transparency moment: Because I’m still pretty new to blogging, I did have to do some research to decide on 11 blogs to nominate. If I’m new to your blog and you’re surprised by the tag, let me assure you that I listed you because I’m sincerely interested in getting to know your blog better based on what I’ve read so far, and I think readers of this post will enjoy your content too!
Thank you to everyone above for the content and stories you share. Particularly when writing about mental health, it’s really not always sunshine. But that doesn’t mean raw and real mental health blogs can’t be inspiring to read. They are certainly very brave! That’s how I feel about the bloggers on this list. You’re real and you aren’t afraid to talk heavy. I admire that. That’s my definition of sunshine blogging.
You’re under no obligation to accept, but I hope you will. At the very least, I hope you will feel appreciated and seen. 🙂