Sunshine Blogger Award (Wooooo!)

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

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site.
  2. List the Sunshine Blogger Award rules and display the logo on your site.
  3. Answer the Sunshine Blogger Award questions.
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  5. 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

  1. What is your blog about?
  2. How did you pick the name of your blog?
  3. What post are you most proud of?
  4. What post would you recommend for a brand-new reader start with?
  5. What is something you’ve wanted to blog about but haven’t yet? Why haven’t you?
  6. What are the first 3 words that pop into your head as you read this sentence?
  7. What is something a lot of people might be surprised to know about you?
  8. If you could choose a different first name for yourself, would you? What would you pick?
  9. What inspired you to start your blog?
  10. Where are you as you answer this question?
  11. What are your blogging plans for 2020?

My Nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award (in alphabetical order)

  1. Growing Into Myself
  2. Mental Health & Me
  3. 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!)
  4. My Lust for Life
  5. Nina’s Corner
  6. OurDiDJourney
  7. schizowhatnow
  8. Something in mind.
  9. The Crazy Life
  10. The Serene Student
  11. 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. 🙂

32 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award (Wooooo!)

  1. A very huge congratulations, Sunshine Blogger! A well-deserved recognition. I didn’t realize what a large blogging community there is out there dealing with these issues. I wonder what people with these challenges used to do before social media came along. Lots of good resources freely available now through your blog and the many others out there.

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    1. Thankies! It definitely gave me a little pick-me-up right when I needed it.

      I truly believe that for all the potential drawbacks of social media, it has been HUGE for destigmatizing mental health challenges and for helping people feel less alone.


  2. Congratulations! And thank you for the nomination! I’m trying to think of something people would be surprised to know about me… I guess that I’ve gone skydiving, back when I was 20 and adventurous. And if I were to change my name, I’d be tempted to go with She-
    Ra Princess of Power.

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  3. Congratulations to you, Sadie! For sure, you are the zestiest, peppiest, shiniest, funniest orb on the internets. Sounds as if you will crush it as a freelance writer

    Thanks for putting our name on your blog. Whether we do it or not, we feel loved 💕🇨🇦

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    1. Possibly the best way I have ever been described 🥰 thank you from one orb to another.

      No worries about taking part in the post. I’m just happy you saw it!

      Btw, I’ve tried to leave comments on the last couple of posts you shared, but they aren’t going through it seems. So just wanted to say I did read and enjoyed your perspective and thought process on that letter.

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          1. Found your comments and got them into our blog. We’ll look at them today to give them the time they deserve. Thanks for caring so much! We’ll check it again to see if more accumulate ❤️💕

            We found the spam folder by using a device called a “personal computer.” Didn’t know we had one of these! Found it in the utility drawer next to the broken scissors and pens that don’t work 😂

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  4. Thank you for accepting the award Sadie and answering the questions. I’m guessing it’s the tomato thingy that’s the lie? I love how you talk about your family and your little boy sounds like a real sweetheart.

    That book sounds great and I think it’s worth a read for most parents as it’s always good to know what to look out for.

    As I said, I think the award is fun and a great way of getting to know our fellow bloggers – so I’ll be having a look at your nominees’ blogs. Thank you.

    Caz x

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    1. Thanks Caz! Actually… it was the toilet one that was a lie. Although I have been known to toilet type on occasion….

      I’m happy to hear you like the family talk — I’m not always sure what will be interesting to others. 🙂 And James is the cuddliest little sweetheart in the world. My little girl is a sweetheart too, in a feisty, spirited, shockingly articulate way.

      This really was fun. I liked reading your answers and coming up with new questions.

      Happy Friday 💚

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