Award Time!

liebster award

Honestly, the title for this post should be “Better Late Than Never!” I’m almost embarrassed at how long it’s taken me to do this. I was nominated months ago for the Liebster Award by three lovely bloggers. I’m grateful to each one of them for nominating me. They are: Anxiety in NYC, Curious Queendom, and Raw Honesty. Please visit their amazing blogs!

It would take me way too long, and be much too overwhelming to answer each of their questions. So, I’ll take some questions from each of them and mix it up a bit! I’m also going to add more nominees than suggested.

The Rules:

  • Thank your nominator and tag them in your post(s).
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs with less than 1000 followers.
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions and let them know on social media
My Questions:
1. Who do you write for? My first response is for me. But that’s not completely accurate. I write for those affected with mental health issues, in hopes of encouraging and inspiring them. If what I say resonates with people, that makes me so happy.
2. Why do you care about this particular audience? The most important thing to me is and always has been to know that I’m not alone. I’m not the only one dealing with these challenges. I used to think I was, and that was a very lonely place to be. I didn’t think anyone else could possibly feel the way I did when I had panic attacks. The symptoms are strange and scary, and hard to describe to someone who’s never had one. That’s why I kept my anxiety a secret for many years. I knew it wasn’t normal, and didn’t want to admit I had a problem. The more people who talk about anxiety and mental illness, the better. It really is time to end the stigma.
3. Your favorite way to relax? Reading a book at the beach. Or on a lounge chair in my backyard. With our lab sitting on the other lounge chair 😉
4. Any quote you try to live by? “Just Do It” by Nike.
5. Organized or messy? Organized. I have a problem focusing if everything is messy and out of place.
6. Do you follow politics? Not really, until this year’s Presidential election.
7. What is something you are looking forward to right now? Picking my daughter Talee up at the airport today, she was out of town with friends for spring break. There’s more… On Friday, I pick my sister up at the airport, and my daughter Mackenzie comes home! I’m hosting a big birthday celebration this weekend for my mom’s 80th! And Easter too.
8. What is something that always puts a smile on your face? Being with my husband. He always makes me laugh.
9. Favorite late night talk show host? Jimmy Fallon
10. Who is your biggest fan? My husband and daughters. And my parents.
11. What is one thing you struggle with when writing your blog? I always hope that other bloggers connect with what I write. But I think the main thing I struggle with is not having enough time to write and post more. I’m pulled in so many directions, with family and business obligations. I know everyone is. But boy, would I love to be able to devote a couple days a week to blogging, and nothing else!
My Nominees:
Courtney at A Girl Being Real
Jade at Jade Moore
J.B. Riebel at The Holistic Blue Guy
Nikki at A Kinder Way
Questions for My Nominees:
1. Why did you start your blog?
2. What book are you reading now and do you recommend it?
3. What does your favorite coffee or tea mug look like?
4. Do you prefer modern or traditional art?
5. Retail shopper or online shopper?
6. If you could do something really adventurous, and knew you’d be okay, what would it be?
7. What is the kindest compliment anyone can give you?
8. Are you athletic? Favorite sport?
9. What is your favorite quote?
10. How have other bloggers encouraged you?
11. Imagine a peaceful place. What does it look/feel like?
Thanks Everyone!
Take care,

Awards, Wow! Thank You!

liebster awardI’m super excited and honored to have recently (ok, maybe not so recently… a couple months ago) been nominated for two awards from the fabulous B.G. at Getting Through Anxiety. This is one of my favorite blogs! It’s well written and inspirational. The posts are so honest, easy to connect with, and motivational. Please check it out!

The first is the Liebster Award…

Here are the rules:

  • Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated me and include the Liebster Award sticker in the post.
  • Nominate 5-10 other bloggers and notify them of this in one of their posts.
  • All nominated bloggers are to have less than 200 followers.
  • Answer the 11 questions posed by your nominator and create 11 different questions for your nominees to answer.  Or, you can repeat the same questions.
  • Copy these rules into your post.

My nominees: (By the way, I know the rules say they should have less than 200 followers, but I don’t know how to check that. I see it on some blogs, not on others). Anyway, here are some really great blogs.  Stop by for a visit!


Becoming Unstuck

Swimming Without the Manual

My Made-Up Hard Life

My Pink Champagne Life

Question Time! (My answers)

1.) If you could be in any magazine, which would you want to be in? People. No just kidding, maybe Time.

2.) What do you think is the most important blog topic you’ve ever written about? Why? I think the one titled Why Did I Get All the Bad Stuff. A lot of people seemed to relate to that post. It seems like everyone wonders why they got what they got, and have to deal with it.

3.) What made you decide to write your blog about what you write it on? I wanted to share my experiences with anxiety and panic attacks, hoping to motivate others. I’ve had panic disorder since I was a child, and my daughter, now 20 years old, started getting panic attacks when she was ten. We’ve been through really tough times, but now we’re both nearly panic free. We made it, and I want to inspire others. It will get better!

4.) What grade (year) in school was your favorite and why? Either 5th grade (I met one of my best friends that year) or high school (I was a cheerleader,  had a great time).

5.) What is your favorite movie and who is your favorite character in that movie? This is hard because I see a ton of movies! Maybe it’s because it’s November, but I’ve been wanting to watch one of my favorites, The Holiday. I like Kate Winslet’s character the best.

6.) Who is your favorite singer/band? I honestly don’t have a favorite. I love pop, country, rock. Josh Groban is one of my favorites. Also Carrie Underwood. There are so many more I like, I can’t narrow this down.

7.) What character in a show or movie best describes you? Hmm. Maybe Katharine McPhee’s character on the TV show Scorpion. She tries to keep the Scorpion group together by sharing her reason and logic. She keeps the group grounded, and she’s a mom too.

8.) What’s your favorite type of car? I’d like to have a BMW convertible.

9.) Who’s your favorite author? I really don’t know. I read a lot. The books I love often take place in a different country, and I like to learn about different cultures.

10.) Who is your least favorite famous person? Probably Miley Cyrus. And I get really tired of the Kardashians.

11.) What is the last CD you bought? It’s been so long, I don’t even know.

Now for my questions for you:

  1. How did you come up with your blog name?
  2. Do you wear silver or gold?
  3. Describe your personality in terms of shoes… high heels, tennis shoes, sandals…
  4. Who is your biggest inspiration?
  5. What is the last picture you took with your phone?
  6. What is your greatest achievement?
  7. Are you a cat or dog person?
  8. Coffee or tea?
  9. Online shopping or going to the mall?
  10. What is your favorite food to cook?
  11. Why do you blog?


versatile blogger awardHere’s the second one — The Versatile Blogger Award! Again, thanks so much to B.G. at Getting Through Anxiety, for nominating me! B.G. has an awesome blog, check it out!

Here we go….

The rules:
•Thank the person who gave you this award and include a link to his or her blog.
•Select fifteen (15) blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered and/or follow regularly. (Choose blogs you find excellent!)
•Nominate those fifteen (15) bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award, including a link to the original VBA site.
•Notify your nominations!
•Finally, don’t forget to tell the person who nominated you seven (7) things about yourself.

The nominees:

A Little Bit of Everything

Blessings and Vanilla Latte

We Called Him Lucky

Gentle Kindness


Tales in Anxiety

My Year of Starting Over

Tony Burgess

Bridgette’s Digits

Mind Your Wings


The Secret Diary of a Computer Science Student

broken fingernails

From Crazy, With Love

Svegliati Cara

Facts About Myself:

  1. I love coffee stores! I feel immediately relaxed when I walk in and smell the coffee. I’ve often thought I should work at Starbucks or Coffee Bean.
  2. I never buy really high heels, I’d break my ankle if I wore them!I’m more of a flats or low heeled boot kind of girl.
  3. I love to be organized, have everything in its place.
  4. I have two sisters, and we’re very close.
  5. I’ve known my husband since I was 14. Didn’t start dating until I was 22.
  6. I’m terrible at snow skiing. I love the beauty of the snow, but don’t like to ski.
  7. I was a ballet dancer when I was young.  At that time, I dreamed of being a prima ballerina!

Sunshine Blog Award!


Thanks so much to Wanderluster for nominating me for this award! Her blog is special to me, as it’s the very first one I found when I was thinking of starting my blog. She has a great blog, and she gave me inspiration to start my own. Please check hers out!

The rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post.
  • Answer the 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs to receive this award, and write them 11 new questions.

My Answers:

  1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? An African safari.
  2. If you could change your name, what would it be? Grace.
  3. Paris or Hawaii? Oh this one is really hard! I just visited Paris for the first time last year, and loved it. Been to Hawaii at least a dozen times. So I guess Hawaii.
  4. Dogs or cats? Dogs.
  5. Would you rather travel the world, or stay in one place? I’m a homebody who loves to travel!
  6. Pizza or Pasta?  Pasta. No, wait… pizza. Ugh. I don’t know. Love them both. Probably pasta.
  7. Favourite Band/Musician?  Josh Groban. Taylor Swift. Lots more!
  8. If you won $1,000,000… how would you spend it? I’d actually save most of it. But use part of it to travel with my family.
  9. If you could go back and change a few things, would you? No.
  10. Pet Peeve? Being disorganized. And rude people.
  11. Describe your day in one word? Fabulous!

My nominations:

  1. Perspectives On…
  2. A Sign of Life
  3. A Journey With You
  4. tweetlessblogmore
  5. From Crazy With Love
  6. Champions for Community Wellness
  7. kristen e patterson
  8. Living with Mental Illness
  9. A Dog’s Life? (Stories of Me and Him)
  10. Tears Of A Loved One
  11. Today I Choose Peace

My questions for you:

  1. Favorite season?
  2. Do you have a hidden talent?
  3. Favorite song?
  4. Where would you like to travel?
  5. Chocolate or sour candy?
  6. Do you sing or play a musical instrument?
  7. Do you speak more than one language?
  8. Favorite holiday?
  9. Last book you read?
  10. Camping or hotel?
  11. Hot chocolate or pumpkin latte?

Thanks, and enjoy!