The Brilliant Blog Award

A lot of the same blog awards have been floating around lately.  I thought it was about time for some fresh meat.

The Brilliant Blog Award, hot and fresh out of the kitchen.

Of course, with every blog award, there are rules:
Da Rules

  1. Write an acceptance speech, linking back to the person who gave it to you.
  2. Write 7 things you believe in.
  3. Give the award to as many brilliant blogs as you would like to share the love.

Since I am the originator, I’ll skip to nominations:

  1. Manic Monday
  2. Seasons Change, and so have I
  3. A Canvas of the Minds
  4. Pride in Madness
  5. Mental in the Midwest
  6. Mm172001’s Blog
  7. A Little Bit Stronger
  8. Crazy in the Coconut
  9. Just a Thought
  10. witheringtulip
  11. aliceatwonderland
  12. A Clown on Fire
  13. How Do You Eat An Elephant
  14. Infinite Sadness . . . or hope?
  15. Laura Susanne Yochelson
  16. Anxiety Adventures
  17. Overcoming Depression
  18. Struggling with BPD
  19. Electra.me
  20. Disorderly Chickadee
  21. neveraloneblog
  22. Manic Muses
  23. Snippets and Glimpses
  24. Someone Fat Happened
  25. My Journey with Depression

Last of the Belated Blog Awards Ceremony

Sisterhood of the Bloggers Award

Here are the Rules:

1. Thank the giver.
2. Post 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award on to 7 other bloggers and let them know they’ve been nominated.
4. Include the logo of the award in a post or on your blog.
Angel, again, I’d like to thank you for your thoughtful nomination.  I am overjoyed at the invitation to join this sisterhood.  I think it’s so important to have a camaraderie between bloggers, especially female mental health bloggers.  This means so much to me.  Again, thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness in another nomination.

Seven bloggers:

  1. Withering Tulip
  2. Crazy in the Coconut
  3. Stuff She Said
  4. Manic Monday
  5. You Know You’re Borderline When…
  6. Seasons Change, and so Have I
  7. Pride In Madness

 

 

Reader Appreciation Award

I believe this is the last one from Angel!  You have been the biggest self-esteem booster.  And if there’s something I am just a quart low on, it’s confidence in myself.  Thank you for being an inspiration to me, and such a thoughtful and giving person.

Rules

1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.–See above.

2. Answer these 10 questions, below, for fun if you want to.–See below.

3. Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy Or you pick the number.–See below. It seems so many wonderful blogs have already received this award. I’ve picked 8 blogs and tried to choose those who haven’t gotten it yet.

4. Pay the love forward: Provide your nominees’ links in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate.–See below.

5. Pay the love back with gratitude and a link to the blogger(s) who nominated you.–See above.

The questions:

1) What is your favorite color?  Blue.  Any natural blue color, especially turquoise.

2) What is your favorite animal?  Many different kinds of birds.  I love owls and parakeets.

3) What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Pepsi.  Hands down.

4)  Facebook or Twitter?  Facebook because there’s more to do on it, such play games – same

5)  Favorite pattern? Paisley

6) Do you prefer getting or giving presents? I like giving.  I’m pretty awkward at receiving.

7)  Favorite number?  5 and 1 and any combination containing those two numbers.  When I see those numbers, it means something is significant.

8) Favorite day of the week? Saturday.  It’s the only day of the week where I’m not doing anything at all, with the exception of karate class.  Xan is off, so I have another parent to help me, and we usually do something fun that day.

9) Favorite flower?  Daisies.  The white ones.

10) What is your passion? Blogging, music, writing, journalling, reading, crafting
The nominees:

  1. Hello Sailor
  2. Manic Monday
  3. You Know You’re Borderline When…
  4. Alice at Wonderland
  5. Seasons Change, and so Have I
  6. Withering Tulip
  7. Anxiety Adventures
  8. Views of the Slow Lane

 

One Lovely Blog Award

Mood Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified bestowed this award upon me.  Thank you so much for your nomination!  It was incredibly wonderful!

And now, The Rules:

  1. Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
  2. Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself.
  3. Nominate fifteen or so bloggers you admire.
  4. Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them

Number 2: seven unknown things about me.

  1. Up until last Friday Confessional, my first kiss was from a girl.
  2. So was my first relationship.
  3. My schoolgirl boyfriend had cancer and was out of school for a year.  I stayed with him in that relationship.  When he got back to school, he dumped me on my birthday so he could ask another girl out.  She turned him down.  Ha ha.
  4. I attempted to have my father arrested once.  That’s another Confessional Friday.
  5. I have a brother with moderate autism.
  6. Sometimes, I talk about a sister.  My sister isn’t my biological sister.  She’s actually my third cousin.  But, we grew up in the same household, so it was like having a part-time sister.
  7. I am clautrophobic

I nominate everyone reading this right now.  You may take this, because if you are reading it, then you are a lovely person with a lovely blog.

 

TMI Blog Award

Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars suggested me for nomination.  I guess sometimes I do get a little personal.  Thanks for thinking of me!

 

This one doesn’t really have any rules.  So feel free and snatch this for your blog too!

More of the Belated Blog Awards Ceremony

The Versitile Blogger Award

I’d like to thank Angel at The Mirth of Despair for this award.  It was extremely thoughtful of her to gift me with this.

As per the rules, I am required to share seven facts about myself.  So, here are seven randomly chosen facts:

  1. I am currently using The Hunger Games Soundtrack as my backdrop for writing.  I write better when I’m listening to music, but it has to fit the mood.  I think The Hunger Games is all around inspirational.
  2. I am currently in love with the following song:

  3. On a more serious note, I wage a war against alcoholism. I have talked about it briefly, but it’s actually very real, daily battle.
  4. I actually have two different colored eyes.  One is a blue / grey and the other is a green/ gold.  It’s hardly noticeable.
  5. I have a son with Pervasive Development Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified.
  6. Some of you are newer and unaware of the unique relationship I have with my husband, Xan.  Xan and I were actually very good friends for five years prior to being romantic.  If I had advice for anyone single, it would be this.  Marry your best friend.  Because when the romance melts away, you still have a solid friendship to lean on.
  7. I have never been very good at being single.  And I’ve usually avoided it as most costs.  Nothing scares me more than having to be alone with myself.

My Nominations:

  1. Someone Fat Happened
  2. A Clown on Fire
  3. Laments and Lullabies
  4. Alice at Wonderland
  5. Finding Finn

 

Outstanding Blogger Award

Again, I’d like to thank Angel for nominating me for this lovely award.  It is a huge deal to me and means the world.  I appreciate all of your awards and sentiments.

Per the rules, I have to share one important thing about myself:

I am naive, jealous, and terribly insecure.  I just want to put that soft, vulnerable side out there for people to see.  I know it’s not always evident, but there is so much storm going on beneath this surface.

And then there’s the business of nominations:

  1. Manic Monday
  2. Mental Health Writer’s Guild
  3. Seasons Change, and so Have I
  4. …But She’s Crazy
  5. Struggling with BPD
  6. Angel’s Blog

 

Thanks for Writing

Angel has been entirely too generous over the last year when giving awards.  Honestly, I don’t know if I’m so deserving, but I appreciate every last award.  Especially this one.  This award makes me feel as if my writing is worthwhile, like it means something to my audience.  Sometimes, I really do have to wonder.  I mean, in those dark moments where I torment myself with my stats.

This is really the ray of sunshine in my day.  Thank you for this award, however long ago it was given.  I appreciated it then, and I hope that it still stands today.

Belated Blog Awards Ceremony

Today, I’d like to take the time and properly accept all of the awards that were bestowed upon me while I was writing Pendulum.  It was a lovely thing for all of these bloggers to do, and I have yet to take the time to thank them appropriately.

One Lovely Blog Award

Bipolarmuse nominated me for this one.  The rules are as follows:

1.Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
2.Pass the award to other newly discovered blogs.
3.Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

  1. Withering Tulip
  2. Crazy in the Coconut
  3. Stuff She Said
  4. An Incidental Life
  5. bRaving Bipolar

Sunshine Award

Again, I was nominated by the lovely and wonderful Bipolarmuse.

The Sunshine Award, like all other rewards, has some rules:

  • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself
  • Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you.

TEN QUESTIONS

  1. Favorite color: Blues.  All kinds of blues.  Especially turquoise.
  2. Favorite animal: Owl.  Wise and a night animal.  Maybe the nocturnal part is right about me…
  3. Favorite number: 51.  Or 15.  Any combination of 5 and 1.  It’s a sign to me.  Whenever I see it, I know I’m on the right track.
  4. Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Coffee or Pepsi
  5. Prefer Facebook or Twitter? Both
  6. My passion: Helping others, my son, my husband, psychology, and music
  7. Prefer getting or giving presents:  Giving.  I’m very awkward at receiving.
  8. Favorite pattern: Paisley
  9. Favorite day of the week: Saturday, ruled by the planet Saturn, Cassiel as a patron saint.
  10. Favorite flower: Daisies

My nominations:

  1. You Know You’re Borderline When…
  2. Anxiety Adventures
  3. Struggling with BPD
  4. Manic Monday
  5. Christian Concern for Mental Health
  6. Slightly Manic Mummy
  7. If You Actually Knew Me
  8. Finding Finn
  9. Seasons Change, and so Have I
  10. Many of Us

Inspiring Blog Award

Kevin, from Voices of Glass, was kind enough to gift me this award.

Rules:

First, nominate 7 other blogs to receive this award

Second, write 7 personal things you wouldn’t normally say on your blog

Nominees!

  1. Manic Monday
  2. Views of the Slow Lane
  3. Seasons Change, and so Have I
  4. BPmom
  5. Pride In Madness
  6. Mood Swings, Mania, and other scary adventures
  7. Angel’s Blog

Seven Truths

  1. I have nervous habits that I don’t really talk about.  One of those habits is picking at any sores, pimples, blisters, calluses. etc that I may have on my body or face.  I always kind of do it, but when I’m under a lot of stress, it’s the worst.  I’ve been known to cut my toenails down to the point of bleeding.
  2. I smoke.  A lot.  I know I’ve mentioned alcohol as being one of my vices, but so are cigarettes.  I’ve never considered myself to be one of those people with an addictive personality, but I believe I stand corrected.  I wouldn’t normally admit that.
  3. Sometimes, I’ll drink entirely too much coffee, just to have a little hypomanic fit.  Usually, I just end up giving myself that crawling-under-your-skin, bursting feeling that comes with caffeine overdose, instead.
  4. This might actually make everyone who ever lived angry with me.  I am not a Tim Burton fan.  Not in the least.
  5. In addition, I really disliked Star Wars.
  6. My son likes to pee on his floor, instead of going in the toilet.  So, instead of mopping up at each instance, we have what is designated as “the pee towel”.  I mop every few days.  Kind of gross, I know.
  7. I have a gigantic mirror in my basement.  Not for vanity sake, although it is great to check myself out in to see how I look in an outfit.  It’s actually for me to practice my Tang Soo Do forms.

Very Inspiring Blog Award

I’d like to thank Manic Monday for this wonderful award.

Like all the other awards, there’s a few rules: thank the person who nominated you, nominate seven others, and provide seven facts about yourself.

7 nominations:

  1. Slightly Manic Mummy
  2. Crazy in the Coconut
  3. Seasons Change, and so Have I
  4. Anxiety Adventures
  5. Bipolar Blogging
  6. Infinite Sadness or Hope
  7. Bipolar Beach

7 Factoids:

  1. For Monday:  I’ve had bifocals since I was 12, but I don’t wear them because they’re too expensive.  I’d rather just hold something far away from my face.
  2. I wear contacts.  I wear them constantly.  I am that vain, yes.  But also, I love waking up in the morning and not having to fiddle with glasses or contacts.
  3. My hair is bleach blonde, but it is actually a natural dark blonde.
  4. I don’t like having long fingernails.  It’s just another thing to pick at.  I mean, I don’t bite my nails or anything.  I just bite the skin around the nails.  Ewww.
  5. I desperately want to start making “green arts and crafts”, but I don’t know where to start.
  6. I almost never throw clothing in the garbage.  I either recycle it into something else, or I donate.  I like to donate.
  7. I am extremely superstitious.  I mean, to the point of getting epic anxiety when someone violates a superstition.

More Love Than Your Blog Has Room For

This morning, per the rules, I nominated five blogs for the “I Love Your Blog” award.  I was a little antsy about only nominating five.  And after some thought (and a few words from a special someone), I have determined that five is simply not going to do.  It is not enough to spread the massive amount of love that I have around to my fellow bloggers.

I Love Your Blog award:

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you:
  2. Tell your followers why you started a blog and why you keep doing it:
  3. Describe a usual day in your life:
  4. What was your best collaboration?
  5. What was your worst collaboration?

And the nominees are:

  1. Melancholy Manic Mouse:  PAZ, it’s been an honor and my pleasure to blog with you.  You are much deserving of this award.  Believe me, just because I’m not commenting sometimes doesn’t mean I’m not reading.  I am blessed to have such open ears and hearts.
  2. Manic Monday:  Monday, my lovely!  You have become very near and dear to me.  Your blog is so very important to the blogging community, and especially to me.  You have become important to me on a personal level, and I’m so glad that we could become friends.  Thank you for all of your guidance, understanding, patience, and affection you have shown me throughout the last year.
  3. Hello Sailor: HS, you are so raw and real on your blog.  Your writing is great, and it really comes from the heart.  I’m glad to be reading and keeping up with you.  I’m even more glad to be a part of the mental health blogging community with you.
  4. Disorderly Chickadee:  Dr. Chickadee, or more commonly known as DeeDee, you are absolutely inspiring to me.  You have gone the full mile, and you have an amazing life.  You have a wonderful mister, a PhD (I mean, WOW!), and a beautiful mind.  You are talented, intelligent, and obviously well educated, but also well educated in mental health.  I appreciate that the most.  Your comments are always welcome and well thought out.  Thank you for giving me something to strive for.
  5. Alice at Wonderland: I know we are more recently acquainted, but I wanted to express how much I thoroughly enjoy your blog and your interactions.  I am thrilled with your participation in Canvas, and want to give you a thank you for coming on board in my absence.
  6. Laments and Lullabies: Sara, awesome, amazing Sara.  You always have something interesting, fun, irrelevant, and/or distracting to say.  No, seriously, you are a fun gal.  You help to remind me that there is fun in dysfunction.  And I appreciate that so much.
  7. Take a Ride on My Mood Swing:  Morgue, we have exchanged so much over the past year.  I do regret my extended absence, as I know you had an extended one too.  I have always been grateful for your raw and soulful rants, brutal honesty, and gratuitous swearing.  Sometimes, you gave me the courage to let things come out of my head that would have otherwise rotted.  Thank you.
  8. A Clown on Fire: To whom it may concern… just joking!  To The Ringmaster, whichever entity, Eric or Le Clown I am speaking with, I am so happy we have had an exchange.  You are an incredible husband to a lovely woman with bipolar disorder, and you have helped me see on the other side of the fence immensely.  I am proud to have helped review “The Rage”.  And I am also proud to be an author on a featured blog.  Thank you for your shameless promotions of Canvas, and thank you for generally existing.
  9. Finding Finn: Finn, I actually hate your blog, but I didn’t want to leave you out, lest you kill yourself.  No, I’m really just kidding!  You have been a good and loyal friend to me for years.  Your mind is amusing, but it’s also thoughtful.  I do hope that you take the time to share with the world some more.  You really have something going, and I have a lot of faith in your blog to be giving you this award, you know.
  10. Just a Thought:  Truthfully, I don’t always know what to say.  There are no comments.  There was this one time where I seriously was looking for the Facebook like button.  I mean, I know there’s a like button, but I was looking for the Facebook one.  I don’t know why.  That’s what I like about it.  It is inspirational in a different way.  It gets my other senses going, besides the brain gnawing.  It’s lovely, and deserving of this award.

Showing Mad Love

When I was writing Pendulum, I was blessed with many people who presented me with many awards.  Now that I’m writing SWACA (Sunny with a Chance of Armageddon), I wanted to be the one to start passing out awards.

I have not accepted this award myself.  I’d rather present others with it.  So, here it is.  The I Love Your Blog award.

 

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you:
  2. Tell your followers why you started a blog and why you keep doing it:
  3. Describe a usual day in your life:
  4. What was your best collaboration?
  5. What was your worst collaboration?


Nominate five other people for this award, and why:

  1. A Canvas of the Minds:  This is not a self-serving move.  In fact, I’ll be honest.  There was about a six month or greater period where it was just Ruby and the other authors (I won’t name names) that were keeping Canvas going.  Here’s the truth.  I couldn’t be more grateful.  Canvas has been like a child to me, and there was a very unfortunate time in my life where I had to put it in the care of others.  It was really all of the Canvas authors that made the blog so wildly successful.  Now, it stands as one of the best collaborative sites of mental health education, awareness, and help in our mental health blogging community.  Thank you.
  2. I Was Just Thinking:  Ruby, my pillar of strength.  She brings me joy through her blog, and brings me some much needed perspective.  It was her blog and her encouragement that kept me blogging.  She’s pulled me out of some of the worst times, and kept me here in the community.  Thank you, Ruby.  I love your blog, and I love you.
  3. Seasons Change, and So Have I:  Carla, I’ve decided that you need a nickname, because I don’t want to keep calling you C.  So, I’m going to start calling your LaLa.  It’s an honor to be nicknamed that.  A woman I worked with in the bakery was called that, and she was someone I really looked up to.  LaLa, you are someone I really look up to.  Your blog is informative, touching, and absolutely inspiring.  You’ve touched my own blog with your Confession Friday, and you’ve touched my life.  You, like Ruby, have pulled me out of the well so many times.  You’ve always stood by me, even in difference of opinion.  And I feel as if you treat me like I’m one of your own.  You’ve touched my life and my blog.  Thank you.
  4. The Mirth of Despair:  Angel, I love that I have a peer amongst myself that has encouraged me to pursue my goals.  You are breathtakingly honest, and you go the extra mile to really bare everything for your blog.  You are an incredibly writer, and you lead the way in soul searching.  Thank you for your insight and encouragement.
  5. The Quiet Borderline:  QB, you’ve been through so much.  But, you keep on going.  I love that about you.  You’ve inspired me to keep on going with my blog, even in times where I don’t know what to say.  But, especially in times when I didn’t want to say it.  You’ve offered me awards and encouragement along the way, which I couldn’t do without.  I am so glad to read your blog and to know you.  Thank you.