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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I have been nominated for the Sisterhood of The World Bloggers Award by both Phoenix and Finding Your Inner Happiness!  I am so incredibly grateful for this and honored to receive it.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award recognizes women bloggers from all around the world. I like to view this award as an opportunity to acknowledge phenomenal women bloggers who blog about a variety of topics about their experiences in life – mental illness, love, friendships, feminism, or whatever is on their mind that they feel is important in our society that others can relate to today.


If you wish to accept this award, the following guidelines are below. There is no pressure to accept the award. I find your blog welcoming, genuine and sisterly.

The steps for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award!  — Thank so much Phoenix and Finding Your Inner Happiness for this wonderful Award!!!  I am truly grateful for it!!
  • Add the Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award logo to your post and blog. — done!
  • Answer 10 questions provided to you by the person who nominated you. — Done
  • Provide 10 questions of your own for your nominees to answer. — Done!
  • Nominate your bloggers for the award and notify them. — Ok!


Questions for me by Phoenix:

  1. What was your favorite food when you were a child?  Pizza!  In fact, I believe it still is 🙂
  2. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod or music device?  I’m not sure the most played, but I go through quite a few often – lets see: Breathe Me (Sia), Clouds (Zach Sobiech), Don’t Ask Me Why )Great Caesar), Human (Christina Perri), Hey There Delilah (Plain White T’s), Wake Me Up (Avicii)
  3. What is one of your favorite quotes?  “Be who you are, say what you feel because the people who mind don’t matter, and those who matter, don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss
  4. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Indoor – I love painting, writing, reading.  Outdoor – I love walking or going on hikes or just sitting outside enjoying watching nature.
  5. What chore do you absolutely hate doing? I hate taking laundry out of the dryer and folding it.  It will sit in the dryer until a new load has to go in.
  6. What is your favorite form of exercise? Probably walking or running
  7. What is your favorite month of the year? October — or any fall month, best weather ever
  8. What’s your least favorite mode of transportation? … not sure.  I think at different times I like or dislike all of them.
  9. What do you miss most about being a kid?  Being able to go into complete fantasy lands and escape things
  10. What is your first memory of being really excited? Moving when I was 9.

Questions asked of me by Finding Your Inner Happiness:

  1. If you could change one thing about the world what would it be?  It would be less competitive.  People would just enjoy it and be relaxed.
  2. What is your favorite way to chill out?  I’m still learning and figuring that out
  3. What is your favourite food? Pizza
  4. What is your favourite song? I don’t have a favorite one… I like a lot — refer to number 2 on my previous list
  5. What annoys you the most?  People that ask me what I am doing in life, what I want to do in life, etc.
  6. What is your favourite month? October – or any fall month
  7. What is your favourite season? Fall 🙂
  8. Are you religious? Kind of — I struggle with my faith
  9. What star sign are you? Libra
  10. What is your favourite quote? “Be who you are, say what you feel because the people who mind don’t matter, and those who matter, don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

My Nominees:

The list below is no particular order. All of the blogs below are very inspiring and I hope they inspire you too. Please check them out and support their story!

So Illuminate Me

Wandering Through the Wilderness

Rose With Thorns

Living with Mental Disorders

Journey of Kylie


  1. Questions for my nominations to answer:
  2. What is your favorite dessert?
  3. What country would you most like to visit?
  4. What is something unique about you?
  5. What is your favorite number?
  6. If you could be any animal, what would you be?
  7. What do you like to do to relax?
  8. Running – love it or hate it or indifferent?
  9. Is the glass half full or half empty or who cares?
  10. What is your favorite food?


Thank you everyone for supporting my blog – I hope to continue to raise awareness about mental health, write about my journey, as well as a few random posts here and there!




Liebster Award

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by my fellow blogger, blainecindy on July 24, 2014.

I was really grateful to receive the reward, but I really wasn’t sure if I wanted to participate, which is why it has taken me so long to actually post about it.  I had just started my blog about that time and I was of course unsure about going about doing awards and a little shy.


* As a recipient of this award, there are a few things that are asked of me:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award.  — So, thank you very much!!!  I really am grateful, and I am sorry that it took me so long.  I think I even told you that I wasn’t going to participate, but it really was because I was unsure about how to go about doing it.  I was shy about starting by blog.  But I really appreciate the nomination and I am not ready to accept it fully!!!  Thank you!!!
  • Display the banner/sticker/logo on your blog. (I still am not completely sure about this, but I will put it on this post for now… and I am going to create a separate page to put it on as well – does that count?)
  • List 11 facts about yourself. — below!
  • List your nominees. — you are listed!

1. I broke my pinky finger when I was 8, and now it is completely deformed – it looks like a worm actually, it goes up and down, not in a straight line.  Kind of fun to freak people out with!  And it is shorter than my other pinky finger.

2.  I have traveled quite a bit in the US and I love visiting national parks!  I wish I could travel more internationally though.  So far I have been to Canada (doesn’t count since I live in the US though) and Malaysia, the Cayman Islands and Cozumel.  My dream place to go would be South Africa though!

3.  My favorite number is 8.  If you ever ask me to pick a number between anything (1-100, 1- 10000, etc)… it will be 8.

4. I love kids, but I will never have a baby.  Adoption, I am ok with adoption.  In fact, I would love to adopt a kid.  I would adopt an older kid though – they never seem to get adopted – or rarely anyway.  Everyone wants babies though.  Something about a baby coming out of me personally though — yeah, I just don’t want that.

5. I have hated life most of my life – even as a young kid, but I am started to learn to live again.  I still don’t like it completely, but I am at least not miserable all the time.  That is a good feeling.

6.  I have two Bachelors Degrees – neither of which I use.  Going to college took $80,000 of my money, and I want it back!

7.  I had a surgery that paralyzed my right shoulder and arm.  It was paralyzed for about 1.5 years or so.  I began getting movement back at 10 months, but didn’t get most of it back til 1.5 years.  I was in occupational therapy for 2 years.  I still only have 80% of my range of motion back and have chronic nerve pain.

8.  Giraffes are my FAVORITE animal.  (we are at my favorite number!)

9.  Oooh, number 9! At age 9, we moved into the coolest house I ever lived in!

10.  I missed 97 days of school in the 8th grade because I was so stressed out about being molested by a teacher in the 7th grade.  Everyone thought I was just really sick and was passing out because I was developing lupus or something, so I kept having to go to the doctors.

11.  I can juggle!  It is a pretty good stress relief!



Facing the Predator

Anxious Izzy

Out of Great Need

The Secret Me

Peace Within Chaos

Wandering Through The Wilderness


B. is for Bipolar

My Thoughts are Pollution

Mental Infusion

Autism Thoughts

I chose all of you because you are all very honest about your thoughts and feelings.  I see your struggles and hopes and how open you are about life.  Whether you write poetry or just journal, I am opened up to the thoughts in your minds and it makes me feel and relate to everything going on – it makes me not feel alone.

And as I said, originally I was not going to post about this award, so I understand if you do not wish to partake in it – however, just know that I love your blogs!

And if anyone else is reading, check these blogs out!




Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Special thanks goes out to woundstofeel  who nominated livingbreathingbeing (me!) for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  I’m very honored to receive this. To be honest, I wasn’t going to participate in awards at all.  After some thought though, I have decided that, yes, I am, it is an honor and I am going to! Blogging helps me get through days.  It has helped me be more positive about life and focus on my recovery.  I don’t always feel like it, but I realize that I end up doing multiple posts a day almost every day.  I even write posts for future days!


With that said, it’s my turn to nominate some bloggers that I have had the honor of reading. Their words have helped me feel support and strength, from people I don’t know otherwise.

The rules for this list of nominees:

1. The nominee shall display the Very Inspiring Blogger Award logo on her/his blog, and link to the blog they got nominated from.

2. The nominee shall nominate fifteen (15) bloggers she/he admires, by linking to their blogs and informing them about it.

And the nominees are:

Kitt O’Malley

Rose with Thorns

My OCD Voice

Mandas Recovery

Cheery Thunder


Sophie Brexx

Silence Shattered

Janet Cate

Vines in My Mind

Killing me Softly

I know we were supposed to nominate 15 – but honestly I do not follow too many blogs as I generally go through different tags instead.  Perhaps I should follow more of those I like and comment on. However, these were my top 11 which have touched my in many ways.  They speak from their hearts about their struggles and/or do a great job discussing the issues of mental health/illness.