For most reading this now your normal routine has been drastically affected by Coronavirus.
So far I’ve wanted to keep my blog free from the endless news about it.But I don’t live on a desert island, although it’s appealing at the moment…
To all of my followers you’re all amazing people, thank you so much for all your likes and comments. You have helped me to find the confidence to write and find my voice and express myself.
I plan to keep writing my posts every week, but I hope you will understand if I miss any as other events may take over.
I’ve been looking back for inspiration to write my post this week, at the past year. I came across the The Sunshine Blogger Award 🥇 post in May, last year.
Reading one of my answers to the questions; it sent a slight shiver down my back.
‘If you could change anything in the world, what would it be?’
My answer to this was:
’I would create a world kindness day and give everyone the day off. We would then have time to do something positive for others, stranger or not. Be it raising a smile, saying hello, or volunteering to help someone else.’
After reading so many reports in the media of food running out, people bulk buying, people fighting over toilet rolls and tins etc. The greed and selfishness of some is terrible to see.
Spare a thought for the doctors and nurses caring for us in hospitals; working a 48 hour shift. They are selflessly working to save lives right now.
We are all trying to cope and adapt to living at home with the fear of what’s happening and uncertainty about the future. What will get us through this we may ask ourselves?
Every aspect of our lives is changing and in ways we never imagined before?
Finding kindness and compassion for others is the way forward from here. Take out the negative and replace it with positive action to help humanity.
If we all decided to do just one positive thing for others every day, it would make a huge difference to all our lives.
It could be ringing an elderly friend in social isolation, having a chat and checking they are OK.
Signing up to volunteer and help with online shopping for vulnerable, elderly and self isolating people, via a call centre.
I ask this because me and my carer were helped by some kind people this week; due to self isolation. Had it not been for them we wouldn’t have had any food for the next few weeks. Thank you to my kind friends for helping me out.
In the difficult times ahead I hope you can stay safe, keep well and reach out to others if you are able.
I would like to say a hugethank you to Diane at Life on the Patiofor nominating me. If you don’t already follow Diane, have a look at her fantastic blog. Her posts are really enjoyable to read and she is a great inspiration to new bloggers like me.
I want to thank everyone who follows my blog, comments and likes my posts. It’s really encouraging to know others are interested in my posts.
Also, I must thank my family and friends who have helped me along this path.
I was really amazed when I found out I had been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. It’s a great achievement for me to be nominated, being a fibromyalgia sufferer.
The Sunshine Blogger Award is a peer recognition award for bloggers who inspire, with positivity and joy.
When I started my blog, I was not sure where it would lead. I reached a very low point last year and was given the idea to start a website.
I decided to create a blog to highlight living with the invisible illness, fibromyalgia. My blog would focus on positives, negatives and overcoming these if it’s possible to. I also wanted to showcase my decoupage and art projects.
Since I started to write my blog I havegained the confidence I had lost and felt positive about life in general.
Hopefully my blog will blossom and grow and help others to understand some of the mysteries of fibromyalgia. I also hope you will continue to follow me, comment and like my posts.
Rules for the award :-
Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so that others can find them.
Add the award logo to your blog.
List the rules.
Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
Nominate 11 bloggers for the award and ask them 11 new questions.
Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
* See notes below
My questions were:
1 What brings you joy?
2 Where is your “happy place”…that place you go to that gives you peace and contentment?
I practice mindful meditation to help me relax and find peace.
3 What is your favorite time of day? sunrise, mornings, afternoons, sunsets, evenings? and, what makes it your favorite?
I like mornings, hearing the birds singing very early is really special.
4 If you could change anything in the world, what would it be?
I would create a world kindness day and give everyone the day off. We would then have time to do something positive for others, stranger or not. Be it raising a smile, saying hello, or volunteering to help someone else.
5 What is your favorite subject to write about?
Poetry based on Nature.
6 What is your favorite thing to cook?
Lentil soup and soda bread on a really cold, rainy day, it’s warming and delicious.
7 Do you have a ‘bucket list’? Are you doing it?
I try not to make too many plans as I usually have to break them due to illness. I plan achievable goals to strive for in life and work.
In my blog I want to increase my readership which will enable me to educate others about living with invisible illnesses like fibromyalgia.
8 If you had to give up something in your life, what would it be?
I already have, my freedom…..due to fibromyalgia. I’m locked into a fibromyalgia body and mind.
9 Do you believe in love?
Love is spending time with people who are special to you.
10 If you won the lottery today, what’s the first thing you do?
It would depend on how much I won. If it was life changing; I would probably set up a charitable trust to help others in need.
11 What is your favorite part of being in the blogging world?
The excitement of potentially communicating to everyone in the online world. Also being nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award.
My questions for my nominees are:
1 What was your reaction when you found out you had been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award?
2 What motivated you to start your blog?
3 Who inspires you and why?
4 What is your best advice for a new blogger?
5 How has blogging changed you life?
6 If you could choose a world leader to answer a question. Who would you choose and what would you ask?
7 How do you think your blog has influenced others?
8 What is your favourite subject to write about?
9 Why do you think creativity is important?
10 We hear so much negativity. What would you do to encourage peace and harmony in the world?
11 Create your own question to answer.
I would love to choose everyone I follow to be nominated for this award but I could only choose 11 blogs. The blogs l have chosen to nominate vary in subject matter from the broad spectrum of Art, Artists, Books, Chronic Illness, Comedy, Craft, DIY, Fibromyalgia, Humour, Lifestyle, Motivational Speaking, Reading and Travel.
I have chosen blogs that I think in some way reflect the ‘spirit’ of the Sunshine Blogger Award.Through inspiring positivity and joy.
I have interpreted this to mean they are inspiring because of the people that are writing them.
The subject matter is positive and inspiring to others.
Or that I find them joyful to read and help to motivate me with positive thoughts.
I particularly wanted to include blogs that are written by others with fibromyalgia, invisible illnesses and chronic illness.
In life in general we are excluded from so many things because our illness limits what we can do. It’s important for me to include them in my list.
* I am going to mention any nominees who could be categorised as having a disability, or illness are exempt from having to write 11 questions, 11 answers and nominate 11 bloggers to be able to except this award.