Bloggers Recognition Award

What a lovely surprise to be nominated for the Bloggers Recognition Award! blogger-recognition-award-three1

I would like to thank Rebecca over at Love and Logic and Lunacy for the nomination! When you have a moment, check out her blog,  She fills her blog with posts that are not only entertaining and filled with ‘real-life-talk’, but they also leave you pondering your own perceptions on a variety of interesting topics.

The ‘rules’ of the Bloggers Recognition Award are (No pressure here nominees, I just wanted to let you know I enjoy your blog.):

  1. Write a post to show your Award.
  2. Thank the Blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to New Bloggers
  5. Select 15 or more bloggers for this award.
  6. Let each Nominee know you’ve nominated them and leave a link to your post.
  7. (Optional) Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night.

How I started my blog:

(I’m going to share a little secret with you…I copied and pasted the below section, and the next 😬 from one of my previous Blogger’s Recognition award posts (to save spoons), but it is tweaked a little. If you’re a regular around here feel free to jump on ahead. 😊)

In reflection, a domino effect in my life led me here to the wide world of blogging. Had chronic illness not turned my life upside down, I would not likely be blogging. I’d much rather trade the time spent blogging for time outside walking on the beach or walking anywhere. Unfortunately for the illness, I’m extremely stubborn and I will not allow it to stop me from everything, so for now I’ll let my fingers do the walking instead of my feet. (Oh yes, there will be ‘dad jokes’. 😊 )

Don’t get me wrong, I do love to write, but I tend to seemingly uncontrollably over-share. When I’m in the moment, and the words are spilling out it seems good, a release if you will, but afterwards I think eek did I really share that? But as life twists and turns before me, I’m trying to do what is most beneficial at this stage in my life. Two different healthcare professionals encouraged me to write or blog, as not only a healthy form of self-expression (being housebound without much interaction can be a little totally isolating), but also a way to connect and help others. With that this page was born and continues, meanwhile I continue, with each post, to try not get all ‘over-sharey’ with y’all.

I blog my experiences with chronic illness, including the good, the bad, and some of the ugly, but I also share my little doodle watercolors. When I started the page there were going to be more crafts, so many more crafts, but crafting can be tiresome, expensive, and often requires lots of supplies. Since I can no longer drive and no longer have an income (yes, quite the catch these days 😉) that leaves me with a crafts that I’ve found to be rather economical, watercolor. Let me tell you something, those little tubes of watercolor paint last forever and a day! And for anyone that’s curious, yes someday I would like to create an Etsy account, but I’m trying to get a handle on my health first. Any type of stress, physical and mental, causes my lab work to go all wonky so the Etsy plans are tabled for now. Trust me, if I open an Etsy account I’ll be the first to share here, there, and everywhere. So that’s the long story of why I started this blog, and why I’ve been at it for two years now.

Advice for fellow bloggers:

  1. When starting out pay attention to the comments on other people’s blogs. This will help you find bloggers that you align with and also it will help you surround yourself with active and participatory bloggers.
  2. Make your blog your own. There’s only one YOU. I love blogs where the person’s personality comes shining through, much like Rebecca who nominated me for this award. By sharing things specific to you, you’ll attract people who are interested in similar things and eventually you’ll end up surrounded by people who you enjoy and who enjoy you.

My nominees:  Since I was able to cut and paste so much of this one, I decided to nominate some people for you to go check out. Sometimes I do this part, sometimes I don’t. It’s not only mentally exhausting, but it’s really hard to choose who to add! And I ALWAYS end up accidently leaving someone out that I wished I’d added. On this one there were a couple people I left out because I’m not sure they want their blog public…but then I feel guilty for leaving them out. (Hi, my name is Mishka and I have a caretaking problem. 😂) Wishing I had more spoons so I could tell you what each of the blogs is all about, but I don’t…just go check them out! 😊 They’re listed in alpha order:

Bald Blogger, Hairless Hannah

Carol’s Creative Papers

Chronically Hopeful

Chronically Siobhan

Dandelion B’s Diary of Me

Dinosaurs, Donkeys and MS

Hope Found In M.E. 

Invisibly Me

Just Salt

Lavender and Levity 

Lismore Paper

Merbear’s World

MS Graceful…Not

Not Just Tired

Simply Chronically Ill

Tea With Jennifer

Terri, Reclaiming Hope

The Arty Plantsman 

Wholly Dee

Below are a few more of my little doodles/watercolors as I follow along with World Watercolor Group on Instagram. Hoping today is treating you kindly.

23 thoughts on “Bloggers Recognition Award

  1. Lovely Post, as always, Mishka!! Congratulations!! Totally relate to the challenges of sharing without oversharing and being ok when we make ourselves vulnerable– you put it so well, your reasons for blogging and being creative really resonated with me. And that pink bicycle with a basket of flowers — ❤️❤️❤️. Thank you for the nomination! I will try to get to it (eventually) 😊 Hope you have a lovely rest of the week.

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  2. I tend to blab on n on when i do a life post, you nailed it..sort of a release.

    No worries i love reading your blabs as much as seeing your watercolours.

    Crafting is exausting, i share the things im making in real life, sometimes i stage the photos but mostly its a quick snap with my phone.

    We all do what keeps a smile on our faces and hopfully our readers.

    Thank you for the mention!

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  3. Congratulations Mishka! This award is definitely well-deserved. Your advice for fellow bloggers is outstanding! I always love to read blogs where I feel I can get to know the person writing. Also, thanks for thinking of me – I’m more than honored. As always, I loved seeing your artwork. You are so talented!

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  4. Congrats on the well deserved award! I love discovering new bloggers too so I’ll check out Rebecca’s page now. It made me chuckle when you wrote about how you said ‘but afterwards I think eek did I really share that?’ I feel that way about something I’ve just published now 😆 Brilliant piece of advice with making your blog your own. There can feel like a lot of pressure to please people or fit within a niche, but at the end of the day it’s your space and you should celebrate that by being yourself and using it as you wish.
    You rock, Mishka!
    Thank you so much for the kind nomination, too ♥
    Caz xx
    PS. That’s one cool dude llama!

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    1. You’re welcome! Your blog is great! Your comments are great too! You really are an awesome writer. 🌟 And yes, being yourself allows people to really get to know your voice, my favorite blogs are the ones where people honestly just put it all out there. 😁 Sending you hugs and hopes that this surgery thing can become a distant memory very soon. 🌸

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  5. Mishka,

    Bless you for thinking about me and feeling me worthy, I am deeply humbled and appreciative and a HUGE congratulations on yours. I enjoyed reading your responses……….and love your artwork. Your bike with a basket of flowers is outstanding! 🙂 i hope today is a better one.

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