The Spirit Animal Award Blog Award

I received the notification last night that my fellow blogger, Paradoxical Sadness, has nominated me for the Spirit Animal Award. Needless to say, I fell asleep with a smile on my face because there is nothing like the feeling when someone appreciates your work, for the heart and soul you put into it. I want to thank her so much, and just say that I love your blog name, and your blog too! 🙂

The rules for this award are as follows:

  1. Once you’re nominated add the photo to your blog.
  2. Write a short (5 lines or more) description about yourself and what your blog means to you. Oh and if you were an animal, which animal would you be? (No buzzfeed answers please).
  3. Nominate 10 bloggers for this award.

I have completed number 1 already, so on to number 2:

I am an accountant, blogger, artist, yogi, skier, traveller and runner, to name a few things. If I’d been asked this same question 5 years ago I would not have said any of those things, because I well and truly had no idea who I was!

Writing my blog has helped me to discover, feel and share who I am with wonderful fellow bloggers on similar journeys. Despite being online, the sense of community and support that I feel from people has been such a comfort. Not one person has been unkind or disrespectful, and it has completely boosted my confidence to feel so welcomed and accepted – thank you fellow bloggers!

I started this blog while I was travelling last year, and it is now my life saver. I intend to keep growing it and sharing my experiences so that I can help others who have suffered from depression and anxiety. I believe there is a transition going on with regard to mental health, it is becoming less taboo and more accepted as a real problem, and I am driven by my passion to help people and contribute to this transition.

My spirit animal is a squirrel; I am nervous but inquisitive, and I won’t give up!

I nominate the following fantastic bloggers for this award:

The Manic Years

The Feathered Sleep

The Curvy Spine

Timeless Wheel

Desire to Express

Young & Twenty

Musings of a Mad Woman

My Two Sentences

Brian Groves

Deepak Singh

All of you bloggers have helped me feel welcomed, supported and blown away by your creativity. Thank you so much! Onwards and upwards!

Liz xxx

PS a shout out to my very good friend who wants to get back into blogging, and who I know can, without a doubt, do this 🙂 xxx

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Champions Award

championsThank you so much Timelesswheel for your support and encouragement, it means so much to receive such lovely feedback! Very much appreciated and made my day.

I nominate the following bloggers for this award:

Candice – The Feathered Sleep

Annie – Gentle Kindness

Reine – Sincerely Reine

J – Eye Will Not Cry

Anxious Mom

*quote by Ken Blanchard

The rules for this award are as follows:

Post the award logo on your blog with the hashtag #CHAMPIONSAWARDS

Acknowledge the sponsor of the award

Nominate no less than 5 nominees and notify them of the award

Keep it simple, no need for explanations of the award, we know how great these bloggers are

You are free to give out this award as often as you’d like.

Liebster Award

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I am absolutely beaming and touched to have been nominated for the Liebster Award by my new wordpress friend, Ms. Ethel Duck, thank you so much! I really appreciate all your support and encouragement whilst I have been starting up my blog, as I was so nervous, but I have been spurred on to continue. If you haven’t already seen her blog, please take a look at Ms. ED’s blog: Diary of a Recovering Codependent, a real comfort to anyone struggling with and recovering from codependency.

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My questions from Ms. Ethel Duck:

  1. What makes you laugh the most? The most random things! Such as the pirate in Family Guy who has wooden arms and legs, I could not stop laughing when I saw it because it was so ridiculous! Other than random things such as this, people make me laugh – usually when they aren’t trying, when they are being themselves and just have a wry sense of humour, or are just plain silly. Also this Irish guy who uploads videos on facebook of him and his ‘girlfriend’ Emily, please take a look he absolutely cracks me up: Mr Cian Twomey
  2. What would you sing at Karaoke night? I have a few regular numbers; Total Eclipse of the Heart, Like a Prayer, Livin’ on a Prayer, Summer of ’69, general Power Ballads!
  3. Have you ever had a nickname? What is it? Sadly yes, my sister couldn’t say my name which is Elizabeth, so she called me Wiz and it has stuck with my family ever since! Needless to say everyone else calls me Liz, Parker, Parks, Parkey Lizbanim etc.
  4. If money was no object, what would you do all day? I would do yoga, pilates, draw, go for coffee, lunch, dinner (these would be normal days) and then I would make sure I regularly get to the beach, go skiing, climbing, and generally exploring the world whenever I could. I would also continue learning, probably in psychology and train to be a therapist as I could afford the fees!
  5. If you had to describe yourself as an animal, which one would it be and why? This is a really tricky question, so tricky that I just had to do a test to see what my spirit animal is! I would lean towards a cat, because I like cats, so I’m not sure that’s a good answer, but it was the answer to my test as well so let’s go with that. I am loyal and trustworthy, but I am very cautious, which I think cats can be as they are loyal and trustworthy towards their owner but not overly friendly.
  6. What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? I think that would have to be leaving London and coming to Australia for a year at the ripe old age of 30, I knew I would be the oldest in my group and I was but that didn’t stop me. I was terrified but I am just so glad I took the leap and did it, despite all of my worries I have survived and learnt heaps about myself.
  7. Is your glass half full or half empty? It used to be half empty, but I would say it’s on it’s way to being half full. I feel like the decision to move as I answered in question 6 has helped me live in the now, appreciate what I have and live for the experience. I would definitely say glass half full is where I want to be if I’m not already.
  8. If you had a warning label, what would yours say? “Danger – could have blonde moment at any time” – I do really stupid things sometimes.
  9. Who is the most influential person in your life? My therapist, he has helped me learn about myself and grow, I trust him with everything I have and am made of, and I have developed a version of him within me to help me through life’s crises.
  10. When you blog, where does your inspiration come from? I don’t want to sound all heavy, but most of it comes from my pain, when I am going through my therapy something else will come up and it might hit me like a tonne of bricks. I’ve been in therapy for nearly three years and only just realising there is something good that can come out of all the crap I went through. I would therefore say pain, change and enlightenment are my inspirations.
  11. What is your favourite life quote? I have so many! I will pick one though: Carlos Castaneda — ‘We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.’ I had this on my wall when I was going through my deepest depression, and it really helped me ground myself when I didn’t want to live anymore.

I nominate the following bloggers whose blogs and words have helped encourage me to speak my truth:

  1. The Persistent Platypus
  2. Brighton Bipolar
  3. The Feathered Sleep
  4. Better Not Broken
  5. Every Word You Say
  6. The Trepidationist
  7. Thank You Isn’t Enough

My questions for you all are as follows:

  1. What inspired you to begin blogging?
  2. What would be your dream occupation and why?
  3. What scares you the most?
  4. What are you most proud of in your life?
  5. What would be your perfect evening?
  6. Any regrets?
  7. What is your junk food of choice?
  8. Who would you like to meet, alive or dead, and why?
  9. What is your favourite movie?
  10. What is your favourite life quote?
  11. What are you doing after you finish writing this post?