What a lovely surprise to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Amber! When you have a moment check out her blog, TheWorldSeesNormal.Com. The Sunshine Blogger award is given by bloggers to fellow bloggers who inspire positivity and creativity in the blogging community. When you a have a moment go check out her blog! It’s filled with a myriad of information, from journaling to discussing invisible illness to product reviews, it has a little bit of everything.
Amber nominated me at least a month ago but as you’ll see there are 11 questions so it’s taken me a while to answer all the questions and compose the blog, but at long last, here it is.😊
HERE’S HOW THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD WORKS…
1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive this 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.
THE QUESTIONS ASKED OF ME, BY AMBER:
- If you could pick one person in your life to switch places with so they could feel how you feel for the day, who would it be and why!?
The judge that denied my disability case. He’s not exactly ‘in my life’ but he was for a few moments in time and I will forever remember him so he counts here. Why? Because he deserves to know how it feels to live with this illness more than any single other person I’ve come across since this illness. Normally I would say there isn’t anyone I would wish this illness upon.
- When you have people in your life that just can’t seem to understand you and your illness, what have you found to be the best way to explain it to them, so they understand?
Conflict is something I’ve been avoiding, well, forever. If people don’t understand the illness I just let it go. I can’t pretend to want to understand everything about other people, and I don’t expect them to want to understand everything about me. If I think people have any interest I tell them it’s like trying to swim up to the surface with weights attached to your body, because that’s really what it really feels like to me and so many others.
- When you have some time just for you, how do you spend that time? Do you enjoy the quiet of being alone or would you rather be with a close friend or family member?
I’m alone most of the time (don’t tell my furkiddos I said that 😉). I do enjoy the quiet, but I also enjoy having someone to visit with. All things in moderation I suppose. I spend my time hopefully healing and if I’m up for it I’ll watch a little TV, or draw/paint, or blog. I used to read romance novels; that was actually in my top five hobbies, but now I can’t seem to remember enough to follow along from day to day. I get excited thinking about all the novels there will be to choose from once I’m well enough to read books again!
- What is your all-time favorite TV show?
I can’t really narrow to one show… I’ve never been a big TV watcher but I do watch more now that my days are primarily spent in bed. It’s good background noise/company sometimes. Right now, I’d say Heartland. But there are many others too. I lived on a ranch when I was a little girl and Heartland feels incredibly familial.
- What is your guilty pleasure?
Popcorn and dark chocolate. I’ve never actually had dark chocolate drizzled on popcorn but I’m totally open to trying it. 😉
- What is the most UNBELIEVABLE thing that someone in the medical profession has said to you? And what was your response?
I was told I need to go out for drinks more with girlfriends. Basically, the doctor was implying that I was fatigued because my mood was low and that I just needed to go have a little fun. My response was silence, but inside I was filled with a myriad of emotions, none of which would have been appropriate to express in that moment.
- What is the most annoying thing to you about living with a chronic illness?
Being dependent on other people. I hate it.
- If you were able to have three wishes what would they be and why?
- The world would be cured of all illness but people would still carry a humble and gentle spirit that often comes with suffering. This has two reasons and one of them is obviously because illness is awful but the other would be to put big pharma out of business as I feel they hold too much power in this country. Another topic for another day.😉
- To end child abuse. My heart is aching right now for what’s happening in the US. I don’t want to get into it here but please click the link and have a read if you think this is something the US was previously doing. It wasn’t and it’s horrifying. FACT CHECK: Was the ‘Law to Separate Families’ Passed in 1997 or ‘by Democrats’?
- And for my third wish, well there are too many to choose but if some dark chocolate covered popcorn magically appeared I wouldn’t object to that. 😉
- What is one activity in life that you loved doing, and have had to now give up due to your chronic illness? And do you feel any resentment?
Walking on the beach is the extra-curricular activity I miss the most. I live very near the beach and when we drive down the coast I can’t help but stare longingly at the seashore wishing those were my toes squishing in the sand, with the wind in my hair, and the sun on my shoulders. So do I feel resentment…no, but I do feel many other feelings, mostly sadness.
- What blog have you enjoyed writing the most and why?
For some reason this question is giving me the most trouble. I don’t know the answer. I guess I would say the post I wrote after seeing the movie Unrest. A lady reached out to me here and said that she had felt so utterly alone and at whits end, but after reading the post she realized there’s this whole world of us on social media with the same illness she has and that she was not in fact as alone as the originally thought. I write this blog in a roundabout way so that others know they aren’t alone out there, so that was really validating.
- What is the most ridiculous comment that you have ever received on social media or as a comment on your blog?
Knock on wood, up to this point, comments have been supportive and kind.
I’m sorry Amber!😬 I haven’t had the spare energy to complete this part but would love to open it up to any my blog followers who would like to participate! You can say I nominated you and use the same questions Amber gave me. I know rule breaker! But I wanted to participate I just don’t have much left over in the tank for things like eating, holding my head up…you know the fun stuff. 😉
Thanks once again to Amber at TheWorldSeesNormal.com for nominating me for this award! Last week I received a notification from WordPress indicating that my blog is one year old. It’s been a year filled with wondering if I’m on the right path, and nominations like this one let me know that I’m doing okay. Thank you for stopping by for a read. I appreciate it! I’ve been a little physically and emotionally under the weather since the disability hearing outcome but hopefully next week I’ll be back to oversharing all over the place. Hoping this week brings you unexpected smiles.
A few more of my little weekly watercolors as I follow along with the daily prompt on World Watercolor Group of Instagram. 🌸