Sunshine Blogger Award

This is my second one and I am really chuffed (overly pleased for non UK folk) with being nominated. When I did my first one last week I immediately thought of Lee Cleaver’s blog and it turns out when he was nominated last week he also thought of mine. Clearly we are both rather intelligent and great minds think alike (or something along those lines). We both agreed we had to do this second one. In it together and all that.

So thank you so much Lea for the nomination. My mind is literally blown with your knowledge of the body and you know I think your posts are amazing. I told him yesterday that I feel like his words tumble out like a river. One that meanders but also has purpose. It’s true so go check him out at Cleaverfit for a load of positivity, good advice and motivation.

Another reason for me being really pleased with this is the interaction that these awards create between bloggers. There are loads of brilliant blogs that I follow and loads more that I have found through other people nominating their favourites. So another 11 nominations is an easy task.


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.

My Questions from Lee

1. At the stage you are at in your life…what’s…your own personal definition of the word “Love?” Bloody ell. Nothing like going in on the first one! Well I am a little older but honestly I think there is no definition. I’ve been in love a number of times. All were different. Now I’m not although there are 3 men I would say I have love for but we aren’t together, shouldn’t have stayed together, and couldn’t have stayed together for various reasons. Only one of them was a potential of all consuming love but it is another one that I think would have lasted longer if it was a different situation/time. We keep in touch and wish the best for each other. Summary – who the hell knows.

2. Would you entertain…you…10 years ago…now? Totally. I laugh at myself a lot and am constantly amused.

3. Where’s the place…or places…you feel most at peace…at one with existence? At work, especially in the midst of any type of difficult situation. I feel weirdly at peace in high levels of tension/stress. On the opposite side of this I have never felt more relaxed than sitting on a beach in Koh Samui just listening to the ocean and sipping on a cool drink.

4. If you could take a personal life lesson…then turn it into a quote that connected with and helped others…what would it be?

“Confidence only comes when you are confident about not being confident.”

(by me). Most things are manageable and those that are not are ok not to be. Nobody knows everything so it irritates me when people pretend they know.

5. What’s your favourite smell? I don’t know! Currently sniffing things to test this out.

6. What’s your favourite sound? A wave, a gorgeous song, a bustling bar, the silence in the country. I don’t have a favourite. I probably should.

7. At the stage you are at in your life…what’s…your own personal definition of the word “Success?” Enjoyment in what I do. I used to think I would like a Lamborghini but currently have what I think is a really (as in really) rubbish car. So similar to my quote, I am good at what I do and so feel successful.

8. Sum up your blog space in 5 words? Kind of quirky and funnyish.

9. You’re fighting…professionally…for sport…for the championship of the world…and…you win it. Did you highlight reel your opponent in the first round…out cold…or…win on points after warring with each other the entire distance? I prefer the long game so a win on points is always preferable. Unless my opponent was annoying. Then a knock out would be the only way.

10. If I turned your life so far…into a blockbuster movie…what would it be called? She was a complete nightmare 🙂

11. You’re writing a best selling book…fill in the blank. “10 steps to……………” feeling happy…most of the time.


My Nominations

Easy peasy…there are so many great blogs. These are some that I love to read so I hope you are ok with me nominating you. Some I have just found recently…others I have followed for a while.


Questions for you

  1. Why do you blog?
  2. If you were stuck up a tree for an hour or two…what would you do?
  3. What is the funniest thing you heard today?
  4. What makes you smile on a regular basis?
  5. What is the one (or two if you must) thing you can’t live without?
  6. Who’s blog do you read that you recommend to us all (it doesn’t even have to be someone you nominate)?
  7. What kind of soup would most reflect you as a person?
  8. What is your favourite TV show right now?
  9. If you have a spare £100 in your wallet / purse…what does it get spent on?
  10. What was your favourite children’s show growing up…can you remember the theme tune…are you now singing it?

Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you

As a little ray of occasional sunshine it was a lovely surprise to have my blog nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thanks loads to the Recreational Hobbyist over at her blog. Check it out here. As I get a little older it is weird that I am trying loads of new things. I am probably not brilliant at any of them but I have a lot of fun. So a blog that gives me new ideas and book reviews is a win win in my book.

My Sunshine Blogger post

The 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.

My Questions:

  1. What is your favorite time of the year?
    • This is a hard one to answer as I like different things about different seasons. As much as I love the long days in what Scotland describes as a summer I probably prefer winter. The dark nights, winter boots and jumpers.
  2. If you could travel to any country, where would you go?
    • Singapore. I have never been (nearest I have been is Koh Samui in Thailand). I just know I would love it from all the descriptions.
  3. What is your favorite TV show you are watching right now?
    • BBC series His Dark Materials. Loved loved loved the books and the series is shaping up well.
  4. How often do you write other then for blog posts?
    • For work all the time. However this involves reports, emails, analysis blah blah blah. I started a book. I would love to write a book. But I only wrote 2 pages so far. Does that even count :-)?
  5. Coffee or Tea?
    • Too much…far too much coffee. Espresso or a latte is my go to.
  6. What is your all time favorite book?
    • I don’t do favourites. For anything now that I think about it. I have too many from classic Scottish novels (Robert Louis Stevenson’s collection of Scottish novels is one of them) to, well to anything. I like different books for different reasons.
  7. What is your favorite blog post?
    • My own? I had fun writing my marathon post. Someone else’s? A blogger from forfriendswithoutborders always makes me smile.
  8. What is the one thing you love about blogging?
    • That I never knew it existed (see above re trying new things out) and that I never knew how much I enjoyed writing until I started blogging. I love a funny story about general life stuff. Blogging allows me to smile about the things I find amusing in day to day life.
  9. What is one thing you can’t live without?
    • Red wine
  10. What is your favorite food?
    • Steak….chocolate….steak…..
  11. What is your biggest blogging accomplishment?
    • Tough question. I still feel like a beginner and so I am really happy whenever I get a comment, a like and when someone reads my posts.

My Nominations: 

There are lots of great blogs out there that I read. Some I have found from Twitter and some from WordPress. Different bloggers, different topics and very different styles but ones I always take something from. So I nominate the following bloggers & their blogs:

  1. Tea Spansberg
  2. A Thousand Bits of Paper
  3. Lee Cleaver
  4. MillenialLifeCrisis
  5. Smelly Socks and Garden Peas
  6. Jay’s Brainstorms
  7. The Glitter Rebel
  8. Lucy Lives Here
  9. London Life with Liz
  10. Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub
  11. Single Vegas Girl

Questions for My Nominees:

  1. When was the last time you laughed (proper belly laugh)?
  2. What, if anything is your favourite type of exercise and why?
  3. What was the last goal (tiny, little, or big) that you achieved?
  4. Crisps or Chocolate?
  5. What is the song you can’t help singing right now…especially now I have made you think about it…even if you can’t (like me) sing??
  6. Why do you blog?
  7. What is your favourite comment that you have received on a blog post?
  8. How do you relax?
  9. If you had to go for a drink (alcohol / non-alcoholic) with a famous person, who would it be?
  10. Sunshine or Snow?
  11. Which post have you written that we should all read?

Please check out all my nominees as they are bloody brilliant! Thanks again to Recreational Hobbyist for the nomination! If you want to check out who she nominated go have a read here 🙂