The Sunshine blogger award ;-)

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Thank you to Be a voice, not an echo for my sunshine blogger award.

She is a mental health professional who inspires others with her knowledge.

The rules for ‘The Sunshine Blogger Award’ are:

1.Thank the person who nominated you
2.Answer the 11 questions from your nominator
3.Nominate 11 bloggers and give them 11 questions to answer

My Nominees Are:

Answers to my nominated 11 Quesstions:

What is your favourite guilty pleasure.

I absolutely adore red wine and chocolate brownies, together 🙂

How many pairs of shoes do you own.

20 pairs

Whats your favourite hobby.

I love doodling & drawing

What could you not live without.

I can’t live without my friends and my husband

Are you sensitive to the full moon.

Sometimes

What’s the first thing you do when you get up out of bed.

I put the kettle on

Whats your zodiac star sign.

Gemini

Can you speak another language, if so which language.

I speak Greek fluently

Which dwarf, from Snow White fairy tale is your favourite and why?

Bashful is my favourite, because I can relate to his shyness.

How many names of the eight reindeers can you remember in 60 seconds.

(No peeking on Wikipedia)

Five

What’s your get up tune that invigorates you.

Work it by ‘Fifth Harmony’

These are my 11 questions for my nominated blogs:

  1. How often are you creative? What do you create?
  2. What is your favourite form of exercise?
  3. Do you have a pet and if yes,what type?
  4. Do you have any recurrent dreams? If yes, describe one briefly.
  5. If you had one wish, what would it be?
  6. What is your favourite season?
  7. What was your most embarassing moment?
  8. What is your favourite colour
  9. Do you believe in love at first sight?
  10. Which is your favourite blog post? (out of the ones you have written)
  11. What would you recommend to a friend in crisis?

The ‘One lovely blog award’ times 2..

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I am so so grateful to have received 2 of these awards from the lovely Gentle Kindness and  Finding my way home 

Both of these bloggers are inspirational writers and I have found their blog posts very helpful.

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The rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Display the award on your post of the award.
  4. List seven facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know you have nominated them.

Seven facts about me:

  1. I absolutely adore duvet cover sets (cover & pillowcases) and have around 20 different designs.
  2. I love doodling with sharpies, decoupaging and decorating my home.
  3. I realised recently that I have an attachment to the things I own. I am not a hoarder, however I find it hard throwing things away. I think this stems from the fact that my mother threw out my toys, without asking me if I wanted to keep the sentimental ones.
  4. I have always been a cat lover growing up but this year my husband and I will be getting our first dog.
  5. I have 5 teddies. A lamb, a puffin, a panda & a pig which I have bought after the age of 20. I also have an extra large elephant, which I got as a christmas present from my Dad when I was 12. When I was a teenager, I made a hole in the back of the elephant and used to hide my cigarettes in there!
  6. I love macaroni & cheese ❤
  7. I love going to concerts. I have seen more musicians than I ever thought possible. Some of these include Bush, The Offspring, William Fitzsimmons, David Ford, Muse, Rage Against The Machine, Third Eye Blind, Counting Crows, The Goo Goo dolls, Meiko, Guns & Roses, Incubus, Joss Stone, The Chemical brothers, Lilly Allen, Coldplay, Amy Winehouse, The Parlor Mob, Mumford & Sons, Sia, K’s Choice, Kelis, Garbage, The White stripes..

I nominate the following people:

 

The Blogger Recognition Award

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I would like to express my deepest thanks to Hubby1979 and Bittersweet1976 & their blog  https://dialogueftdepths.wordpress.com/ , for nominating me for The Blogger Recognition Award. They are a wonderful married couple who write about their struggles with depression. The blog is in the style of writing letters to each other about their feelings, which is a lovely, unique way of sharing their journey with the blogging world.

I’d also like to thank them for reblogging my post ‘Narcissistic Abuse Syndrome’, especially because this is something so many people have experienced and it’s very important to raise awareness.

Here are the guidelines for the award:

  1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
  2. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  3. Write a post to show your award.
  4. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  5. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.
  6. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  7. Attach the award badge to the post (right click and save, then upload.)
  8. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them.
  9. Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night.

HOW MY BLOG STARTED

I initially had started a blog under the same name on tumblr.com http://mychildwithin-blog.tumblr.com/post/109020697308/what-is-our-child-within. I had a huge falling out with my narcissistic mother, after years of keeping my mouth shut and holding my feelings in. I spent the whole Christmas & New Year in 2014 coming to terms with my new found knowledge of narcissistic abuse & grieving the mother I never had. Starting a blog in January 2015 was a way for me to cope with the realisation that I never had a healthy mother (& father).

My blog here on wordpress was created in June 2015 after a very difficult time following my father’s suicide attempt. I spent 2 weeks of utter hell in and out of hospital in ICU and then getting him admitted to a psychiatric hospital for the 2nd week. My father is a narcissist and  a very controlling and self destructive person. He had been severely depressed for 2 years and hadn’t wanted to see a regular therapist. He is also married to a narcissist who is half his age and a gold-digger. The toxic environment he lived in & the lack of support from his wife, lead to his eventual suicide attempt.

Blogging has become a very important part of my life as it is very healing for me and also provides knowledge & and support to many other bloggers with a similar background.

I also want to reduce the stigma of mental illness, share my knowledge & experience of narcissistic abuse and the subsequent recovery of complex trauma.

ADVICE TO NEW BLOGGERS

I would say:

1. Write from the heart and always respect other peoples’ writing and journey.

2. Be friendly, say Hi to your fellow bloggers and re-blog posts that you find very interesting or helpful.

3. Pay any kindness forward!

Lastly, I would like to nominate the following bloggers:

  1. assemblyofme
  2. kellybristow
  3. Val Incognito
  4. mydarkbrain
  5. fightorflights
  6. sometalkofyouandme
  7. luciareachesforfreedom
  8. emma75love
  9. abbiegrrlrecoveryblog
  10. painoftheempath
  11. A glimpse inside of a troubled mind