Sunshine Blogger Award

I’ve received my third blogger award which is amazing! I was nominated by three wonderful bloggers – Little Tinkablee, LoveMeTreatMe, and Nyxie’s Nook, and I strongly recommend you check all of them out as they write brilliant posts and have been so supporting throughout my blogging journey. This is a great concept for an award and I love how individualised it is. I’ve got to say though – I’m thankful for three nominations but Jesus H. Christ did you guys give me a lot of work when I was writing this up!

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The Rules

The rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award are simple:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and don’t forget to link back to their site
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by your nominators
  • Nominate at least 11 more bloggers for the award
  • Write 11 new, creative questions for your nominees to answer
  • Notify your nominees via social media or by commenting on their blog
  • Lastly, list the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your site or in your post

The Questions

Questions From Little Tinkablee

Do you have any pets? If so how many?

I have just the one pet, my beautiful Giant African Millipede, Chongololo. Some thing she’s an odd choice for a pet but I love her – she’s super interesting plus I’m a massive fan of bugs!

Me with my pet Giant African Millipede, Chongologo
She may be different but I love her

If you could turn into any animal what would it be?

This is a difficult question! I think I’d probably go with an octopus… They’re my favourite animal and super intelligent so I could still have loads of fun.  

Favourite book? (four max)

It’s hard to pinpoint my absolutely favourite book ever but one I really loved was The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, as it had everything I look for in a good novel. My favourite non-novel book is The Ultimate Noah’s Ark by Mike Wilks, a book I grew up with and adored (I still don’t know all the answers though).

Favourite Author? (four max)

I’d say Ian McEwan, Marian Keyes, Jonas Jonasson, and David Nicholls – all excellent writers (though very different).

Top 3 bloggers that have helped you out the most?

There are three bloggers that have been super useful actually when it comes to blogging tips and courses and so on – Cynspo, Dana Nicole Designs, and Jenny In Neverland! Thanks to these three I actually know what I’m doing 😊

Is there a colour that you hate? What is it?

Brown, unless it’s combined with colours like oranges and reds.

Me doing child's pose for yoga practice
Yoga keeps me motivated and is one of my favourite ways to de-stress

When you aren’t blogging or planning a blog what do you like to do in your down time?

Usually you’ll find me either gaming, reading, cooking, or doing yoga. In the summer I’m mostly found at the beach, swimming in the evenings after work.

Favourite season of the year?

Summer! I’m a complete sun-worshipper and hate the cold – anything over 25 degrees is perfect for me.

Have you ever dyed your hair a crazy/vibrant colour?

I used to have black hair with a blue tint when I was at school – not something I’d do again but I did love it! I’ve also accidentally dyed my hair purple before, and once had a pink fringe with my natural blonde hair (don’t ask).

 Have you ever volunteered for anything?

Yes, I love volunteering! I’ve done lots of voluntary writing and I currently provide voluntary cover art designs for my local magazine. I’ve also done some volunteering with my local nature reserve where I counted sheep and made sure that they weren’t suffering from flystrike. Counting sheep is much harder than it sounds as they tend to run all over the place when you go near them! I’ve also volunteered with social care and helped a Children and Families trip to Legoland which was super fun, albeit exhausting.

 If you had to choose between never having a single piece of fruit again or a single piece of vegetable, what would you choose?

This question makes me sad… I’m going to have to say fruit because otherwise it makes dinners really difficult, but I’d sure miss watermelon, mangoes, and berries ☹

Questions From LoveMeTreatMe:

If you could go back to any time period, which would you choose and why?

Oooh that’s a difficult one! I’d want to go really far back so I could experience something different… Maybe to the time of Mayans or ancient Druids, or even further back to the Jurassic era! I’d absolutely love to see what life was like in such a wildly different time.

If you had to pick a mythological creature to be what would it be?

Definitely a Kraken, as then I could eat boats whole which would be pretty cool. Don’t think I’d have many predators, either!

Which musicians do you really resonate with?

Jimi Hendrix, who inspired my love of guitar. Also Kurt Cobain and Florence.

Do you have a routine you do before you begin to create? What is it?

A positive workspace for blogging
Achieving a relaxing and positive vibe is crucial to my productivity

Sometimes I’ll just open my laptop and write but generally I stick to a routine. I have a really nice desk in my studio where I write, and before I’ve started I always make sure I have my notebook handy and a cup of tea or coffee made and ready. I usually light incense and will sometimes light candles as well. It’s also really important to me that my workspace is tidy while I’m working (when I’m not working, not so much) so I put everything back where it should be before I start.

If you had to pick an actor/actress to play your life who would it be?

Alicia Vikander because I love her ❤

Your name is in the dictionary. What is written next to it to describe you? Human is not an answer.

Probably just a load of question marks. I’m not sure, though the words ‘bug’, ‘eclectic’, and ‘creative’ would definitely be in there somewhere!

Are you pro marijuana legalization, or against?

I’m against cannabis legalisation which is mainly due to my job as a youth support advisor. I’ve worked with so many young people that have made the wrong choices in life and ended up in really negative situations, and so much of it could be traced back to cannabis use (which, of course, is often traced back to other issues as well). I’ve worked in a school where students would take up the habit and screw up their grades, and eventually end up without an option once they’d left school. Many young people I’ve worked with who were cannabis users have gone on to commit crimes or take more serious drugs, and others have ended up with severe mental health problems including anxiety and paranoia because they started smoking in school and never stopped. It breaks my heart that it’s so easily accessible despite being illegal and so many young people are screwing up their lives before they’ve even began… Sure, they can get back on track, but it takes a lot of time and resources and some of them never turn it around (coincidentally I’ve seen a few of my ex-regular cannabis users in the news recently going to jail for various different assault-based crimes).

However, I’m totally for medicinal use providing that the THC is removed… I’ve heard wonderful things from some people! I’m looking into CBD oil myself for my migraines, so I’m interested to see how it works.

Name one food you refuse to live without.

CHEESE. It’s why I could never be vegan – I just love it so much! Terrible habit but I pretty much sprinkle grated cheese on everything…

We all have hobbies, which is your favourite?

Although it’s nothing to do with my blog I really enjoy gaming! I’m mostly found on the PS4 but I love PC and handheld gaming as well. I pretty much game every day – I love the immersion and the escapism to a degree, plus the wonderful storytelling some games provide. I’m also really motivated by trophies and achievements so I’m a bit of a completionist!

Pick a colour to describe your personality.

I’m tempted to go rainbow but I’m not sure if that counts! I’m a bit of a chameleon and my personality really depends on my surroundings – sometimes I’m super outgoing and happy to take risks and be bold (think oranges and yellows), and other times I’m this super quiet shell of a person who will avoid all social contact and gravitate towards cosy, easy going situations (more teal or duck egg blue, or sometimes even a dark navy/indigo). My sense of self comes and goes, and I tend to just adapt!

Name something you wish came naturally to you, and why.

Having a good memory, for sure. My memory is absolutely terrible and I constantly have to write things down – even if you’ve pretty much just told me something there’s a chance I’ll forget it! I’ve learnt to overcome the issue with other tools but it’s frustrating that I can never quite find the information in my mind.

Questions From Nyxie’s Nook:

Why did you start blogging?

I write reviews for CEX as a side-gig, and one day I was sitting down writing a couple of reviews and felt myself just really enjoying it. That’s where the idea for the blog came from – a place where I could just review loads of stuff. I’d love to make it my main career as it fits in nicely with my goal of moving abroad!

The caldera at Isla de Lobos, Fuerteventura
The world around me brings me so much inspiration – particularly when I’m travelling

Who are your inspirations and why?

I don’t really get massively inspired by people but more the world around me… Nature and what it brings is my real inspiration, especially for travel and experience. Positive environments motivate me to be my best and inspire me to get out there and try new things.

Describe yourself in three words.

Creative. Eclectic. Introverted.

Who brings the most joy in your life?

My partner, who I’ve been with for almost 6 years.

What is the most important thing for you in your life?

Sounds cliché but being happy – which I guess stems from being healthy, having a good work/life balance, having a positive relationship, and not having too many financial worries. I need a lot of variety in my life to be happy as well.

Harwich lighthouse ink drawing
I’m also an artist in my spare time and I specialise in ink drawings – this is a cover I drew for a local magazine

What at you best at?

Procrastinating! Joking aside, I’d probably say ink drawings.

What change can you bring in the world through blogging?

Hopefully to inspire people to try new things and to help them find the experiences and products that they need in their life.

What is the one thing you wish to change in the world and why?

Lack of responsibility towards the environment because I’m very passionate about sustainability and eco-friendly concepts. I’d also like to change how fast-paced and short-termed we have become as a society as I believe it’s very damaging.

What do you fear the most?

Dying – not the pain part, but the concept of not existing. I find that really hard to grasp.

Who is the best blogger for you?

Ahhhh this question is too hard! My answer is… everyone I’ve nominated or who has nominated me 😀

If you had to change your name, what would it be?

Something elven or witchy… I’m not sure of specifics though! I go by Luna Marina (pronounced MAH-rin-uh) in my Pagan circles so that would be pretty cool.

The Nominees

Here are my nominees, in no particular order!

What’s In My Wonderland?
The Art & Science Of Worldbuilding
The Sacred Space
Time To Travel
Your Travel Handbook
The Ray Journey
Lea Bella Blogs

The Questions For My Nominees

  1. What’s an interesting fact about you that people might not expect?
  2. If you could only eat one cuisine for the rest of your life what would it be?
  3. What’s a fear you have that you really want to overcome?
  4. What’s your main aim when it comes to your blog?
  5. What’s a hobby you don’t currently do but really want to take up?
  6. If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?
  7. You’re moving house and have to choose between a ranch in the desert, an ice house in a snowy land, a treehouse in the jungle, or a bamboo hut on the beach. Which do you choose?
  8. What’s something you were absolutely obsessed with as a kid?
  9. You’ve been given £1m to donate to any single charity of your choice. Which one do you go for?
  10. Aside from blogging (if that’s the case), what is your dream job?
  11. And the ultimate debate… Pineapple on pizza?

Looking forward to reading all of your responses!

17 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. this was such a great post and I loved reading through all your answers!

    A giant African Millipede is definitely an odd choice for a pet but she is such a beautiful look creature! I’ve been meaning to read, The Girl On The Train but I haven’t gotten round to it, I’m going to be making this a goal for next month! Oh, I’ve always loved the colour brown and all its different shades. It’s the colour of dirt, tree bark and my favourite…Chocolate! I’ve dyed my hair black with a blue tint before but I hated mine because it was more black than it was anything else, even in the sunlight you could bearly make out any blue. Plus is made me look even paler than I already am. I bleached and dyed my hair again about two weeks later, killed my hair and forever instantly regretted it, I’m still paying for it to this day!

    As always, such a great post!

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  2. Congratulations on your nominations and thank you for mine!
    I’m aiming to do more yoga and I love your unique pet!
    Loved learning more about you.
    Alyssa x

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