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The Sunshine Blogger Award


Oh my goodness. I was just nominated for another blogger award! This time it’s the Sunshine Blogger Award and honestly, it’s really touching that Beth (see below in Gratitude and Appreciation) thought of me to nominate and acknowledge me as a blogger worth thinking of and sharing to others. I’m truly honored and feel very lucky to be a part of this great community. But onto the tag! I’m quite ready to answer some questions about blogging, myself, and everything in between, and make up some questions myself! (Get ready those who were tagged!) Here it goes!

The Rules
  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site
  • List the Sunshine Blogger Award rules and display the logo on your site
  • Answer the Sunshine Blogger Award questions
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions
  • Notify the nominees about their nominations
Gratitude And Appreciation:

Such a big thank you to Beth over at The Black Ant Blog for nominating me for this award! I’m very honored because Beth is a fantastic blogger, who writes so passionately about a variety of real subjects, like health and mental health in such a positive and informative way. If you haven’t checked out her blog already, it’s definitely worth adding to your blog reading list! Thank you again, Beth!

The Questions I Should Answer:

1. When did you start blogging? What kick-started you?
I started blogging five years ago! My blog has been through many phases: a bucket list blog, a travel blog, the first version of That Weird Girl Life, and now it’s in its second (and even better, if I say so myself) phase of That Weird Girl Life. I started blogging because I wanted to have an outlet to write about what I was interested in, and in a weird way to push myself out of my comfort zone (aka having a bucket list blog and/or travel blog that didn’t play out because I RARELY travel- though I’d really like to travel more if I could). But in a way, this version of my blog is still pushing me out of my comfort zone: though it’s doing this by having me open up about my mental health and hopefully helping other people by sharing my stories!

2. Best friend in primary school? Do you still keep in touch?
I had several best friends in primary school (I know, so popular!), but I haven’t really kept in touch with too many. I’m friends with them on Facebook, but I do have one or two I still keep in contact with and consider my best friends, though they live out of state and don’t see each other as much as we used to. Ugh, adulthood!

3. Desert, Tropics or 4 Seasons? You can live anywhere in the world!
I live in the desert, and while the tropics may be fun to visit, I’m going to have to say four seasons! I would love to have an actual autumn, with red and yellow falling leaves, and that crisp, cold weather where you can actually wear sweaters and other comfy and cute fall clothing. Here, it’s almost October and everyone is still wearing shorts.

4. Do your friends and family know about your blogging?
Hmm. I actually don’t talk about my blog with my family or friends! I don’t know if I’m afraid they’ll read it and judge me or what, but I tend to be very open and honest on my blog, regarding mental health, and I am not like that in real life. So in a way, I’m keeping my blog a secret and just sharing it with my internet friends. I hope I can be brave enough to tell more people about it in the future and discuss writing it, because I love blogging and I’m so proud of my blog, but for now, I’m too shy to say anything.

5. Where would you love to go on holiday just with your 3-4 best friends?
Oooh a girls trip! If we had unlimited cash, I would say some big city like Los Angeles or New York and really go for the whole big city experience. Stay in a nice hotel, spend the day sightseeing, shopping, and having fun. Then at night, dress up and go out for some fun shows, enjoy a fancy dinner, and see what the nightlife is like and have some late night adventures. Basically, the theme would be “treat yo selves!” and we would just go all out.

6. Where is the most exotic place you have ever lived?
Well, not to brag, but I have only lived in one general vicinity for my entire life. I’ve only lived in one state, Arizona, in the United States, and that’s it! But in the perfect world, I would love to live in England (if you could call that exotic. But from where I live that’s super exotic!).

7. If there was one vegetable or fruit that you had to include in every single meal (for life), what would it be?
Ooh, I love all types of fruit (not so much vegetables, which is odd for a vegetarian, but hi, ME!), so I may pick something like an orange (delicious and wards off scurvy!) or a nice crisp green apple. Would they go with the meal? Probably not, but I’d find them delicious anyway!

8. You have a farm: horses or alpacas? Why?
Alpacas, because horses scare me. I’m sorry, but I don’t trust a giant quadruped that can sense your fear. It’s suspicious, I’m telling you! Also, have you seen a baby alpaca? Too cute! I’d pick a baby alpaca over a baby horse any day! (Sorry, baby horses!)

9. Do you play music in the background while writing? What type of music?
I actually prefer silence when I write! I know that sounds incredibly strange, but if I listen to music, I end up getting distracted by the lyrics, and if I listen to classical music or movie scores, I get swept away in the musical emotion and start daydreaming. So it’s much easier for me to stay focused if there is just absolutely nothing at all playing in the background.

10. How do you use social media?
Probably not as well as I should be! I love going on Instagram and Twitter (not so much Facebook anymore) to see what’s going on with friends, the world, and the blogging community. I try to use Twitter and Pinterest to promote my blog, but I usually just use Instagram for fun (though I will promote my blog on there every so often, not going to lie!). And as fun as social media is, I’m really trying to cut back. I’ve noticed that the constant comparisons and the onslaught of information can be bad for my mental health so I really do try to take short, frequent social media breaks, even though that may be “bad” for my blog. But my mental health has to come first!

11. Three random facts:
  • I don’t like being the center of attention, so no surprise parties, please!
  • My all time favorite band are the Arctic Monkeys (give them a listen, they are amazing)
  • I love entering contests for some reason. Do I ever win them? No. But do I get a little thrill thinking I could actually win it even though the odds are stacked against me? Heck yes I do.
*Bonus Question!*

(Let’s make this an even twelve! I think Beth added an extra question so I’m going to answer it because it’s a good one!)

12. If you have written a book – what is it? If not, what would you write about? Does it have a title yet?
I have not written a book, but I’ve always thought writing one would be such a great accomplishment. As an avid reader, to actually write something that other people will read and enjoy, just like I’ve read and enjoyed so many books, is probably an amazing feeling. And the fact that you wrote a complete story, with a narrative, characters, made of thousands and thousands of words, is truly astonishing to me. But if I ever did write a book, as a fan of all things spooky, I would definitely write a horror novel!

My Nominations:

(And bloggers, I apologize if you've been nominated before or if this isn't your jam, so please don't feel like you have to do the tag unless you want to. I just wanted to nominate you because I admire all of your blogs and hope more people will discover all of your content! But if you do decide to do the tag, please let me know because I'd love to read it!)

1. Julie- Darkbluejournal

2. Steph- Sometimes I Write

3. Deandra- The Black Princess Diaries 

4. Sean- Authentically Average

5. Kirsty- Love Popcorn

6. Delta Elaina Ariana Deathstorm- The Dead Books

7. Kaili- Entertainingly Nerdy

8. Meagan- Quibbles and Scribbles

9. Arielle- The Little Dismaid 

10. Eleanor- Mxrshmallow Queen

11. Kayleigh- Kayleigh Zara

11 Questions I Want My Nominations to Answer:

1. How has blogging positively impacted your life?
2. When do you like to blog: morning, afternoon, or night?
3. What is the one food you refuse to eat?
4. If aliens came to earth, what would you first show them that you think is cool?
5. If you could switch places with one person for the day, who would it be?
6. What is your favorite social media medium and why?
7. What’s your perfect type of vacation: sight-seeing or relaxing?
8. If you could travel back (or forward!) in time, when and where would you want to visit?
9. What is your least favorite thing about blogging?
10. Three cutest animals: go!
11. If you could spend the whole day doing something you love, what would it be?

That was my post for the Sunshine Blogger Award! It was really fun to answer and I had such a great time coming up with the questions, haha. I hope they weren’t too quirky, but hey, that’s me! Have you been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award? If not, what questions would you come up with to ask?

Stay Weird,
Emily
29 comments on "The Sunshine Blogger Award"
  1. congradulation on being nominated for the blogging award. Keep up the good work. your are fantastic in your many ways.

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    1. Thank you so much! That means so much to me! <3 Thank you for reading and commenting, too! <3

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  2. I enjoyed reading this post! Your idea of a girl's trip is strangely appealing to me. As a frugal person, I don't do that on trips, but with unlimited money and a group of close friends, I totally will!
    I too, write best in silence! I find it harder to think when something's playing in the background - it's like I can't hear my thoughts.
    I'm happy to know someone else who doesn't like a surprise party too! It'll be very uncomfortable for me - unless it's just with my immediate family members, but that wouldn't be a party, would it? :p
    I can't stand being in the center of attention too. High 5!
    Congratulations on the award and thank you for nominating me! I'm looking forward to replying your questions. :)

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    1. Thank you, Julie! I had a love of fun writing it. Despite not liking to be the center of attention, I guess I like answering questions about myself...? lol! That's what I thought too about the girls trip! I rarely go crazy and spoil myself, so if I had the money, why not do that with my friends??

      And oh good, it's not just me! I'm okay with white noise/background noise, but silence to me is best when I write.

      I've had a surprise party before and it was fun, but thankfully I had a suspicion SOMETHING was going on, because if not, I think I would have freaked out and cried! I'm better knowing when something is planned so I can prepare! But that's good to know, no surprise parties for you ;)

      High 5 back to you! We'll just be on the sidelines and let someone else be the main attraction. We don't need that kind of pressure!!

      Thank you so much! I'm always so honored when people nominate me for a blogger award! And you're so welcome! I couldn't think of a better person to nominate! :) And I can't wait to read your post when you get the chance to write it!

      Thank you for your amazing comment!! <3

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  3. Congrats on your nomination.

    How come you like contests, are you competitive?

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    1. Thank you!! It was a really fun post to write! Plus, coming up with the questions was fun too :)

      I'm only competitive when I'm losing ;) Just kidding! No, I just like entering contests, I think because I like that little thrill of maybe I might win it, plus I like to daydream of what I might do if I win. Even though the odds are never in my favor, haha.

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  4. Congrats on your blog! It was nice to read more about you and how you started your blog and what it's evolved into :)

    Hope that you are having a great weekend :)

    Away From Blue

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    1. Hi Mica! Thank you so much! It was a really fun blog post to write. It is kind of crazy to see how far my blog has come and how much it's evolved, too. :)

      I hope you're having a lovely weekend too! Thank you so much for reading and commenting!!

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  5. congrats on the award! I loved your idea of a girls trip to New York! Makes me wanna pack my bags and gooo :D

    - www.capturesunshine.com

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    1. Hi! And thank you!! I had a blast writing the post! Oh, and I'm so down for a girls trip anywhere! And same here! Now if only I had the money to treat myself and my friends... ;)

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting!!

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  6. Thanks for the tag Emily! I liked reading your answers and can totally relate when it comes to friends living out of state. I'd also like to travel more but don't have the confidence to go anywhere solo (yet.) :)

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    1. You're so welcome, Meagan! You were one of the main people I thought of when I was choosing people to nominate :) It's hard being an adult and having friends, especially when they move all over the place! I'd love to travel more, but like you, I don't know if I'm up for solo travel yet either. I'd have to be in a pretty confident place to do that!

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! <3

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  7. Many congrats on the nomination. I don't know much about the blogging world since I've been in it for just three months but it's so great to see bloggers/writers supporting each other. Creative people should have each other's back. So happy for you. xx

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    1. Thank you so much!! I don't know too much about blogging awards either, but I agree that it's great to see so much support between bloggers and writers. I haven't met such a supportive group of people in my life than the blogger community on Twitter! Thank you again <3

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  8. Congratulations on being nominated! Same as you, my blog is kept a secret from everyone I know. A girls trip to NY or LA would be so much fun!

    Loren | Plaid & Sugar

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    1. Hi Loren! Thank you so much! I was so honored that someone that of me to nominate me! Oh really? I'm happy I'm not the only who does that. It's almost like my blog is my little secret, except everyone on Twitter knows, haha. Totally! I can't decide which would be more fun, LA or NY. Maybe NY, since I've never been there!

      Thank you so much for reading and your lovely comment! <3

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  9. Love tag posts! I always find them so fascinating because it's a great way to get to know someone and connect with other's through tagging :) I think a horror novel would be great! I'm such a huge horror fan and would definitely read that. I would love going to New York, I've always fancied it and it looks absolutely beautiful as far as big cities go.

    Jordanne || thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

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    1. Thank you for reading, Jordanne! I love these posts too! There's something so informal and casual about them, that you feel like you're just chatting with a friend. Would you? Well, if I ever write a horror novel, I'll send you a signed one! Now all I have to do is write a book that's somehow readable ;) Oh, NYC sounds amazing! I still haven't been, but it's on my bucket list! One day....

      Thank you again for reading and your lovely comment! <3

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  10. It was fun to learn more about you in this post! If I had to eat one vegetable for the rest of my life it would be broccoli, I love the stuff!

    Nicola
    http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

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    1. Thanks, girl! Oooh I love broccoli too! This one restaurant near me oven roasts it with garlic and Parmesan... I'm drooling just thinking about it. I could definitely have THAT with every meal!

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! It really means so much to me!

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  11. Thanks for nominating me! I can't wait to answer these questions, and I loved reading your answers! I think you should attempt to write a horror novel one day! I really want to write a fiction book, and I have so many ideas- definitely a fantasy/comedy thing. I would also love in England if I could :) Thanks again!!

    Arielle
    https://littledismaid.com

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    1. You're so welcome, Arielle! I can't wait to read your answers! Especially since I had so much fun coming up with my questions, haha. I hope I can be brave enough to write a horror novel one day. I'd just have to come up with a good story and see if I can actually write it all down. Ooh, I'd love to read a fantasy/comedy novel by you! Can you put me down for a signed copy? ;) Oh, same! If I ever get a place in England, please feel free to visit! You're so welcome! Let me know when your post is up and I'll comment on it ASAP <3

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  12. great post! i too love entering contests that I have like no chance of winning aha.

    beth / www.quirksandqueries.com

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    1. Hahaha, I'm happy I'm not the only one who does that! But you never know, one of us could win! It's a long shot but who knows?? ;)

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! <3

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  13. Congratulations on your nomination. I love reading posts like this, they are always a fun way to 'get to know' the blogger themselves. I've never heard of the Arctic Monkeys but I'm checking them out now!

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    1. Thank you so much, Britt! I love reading these types of posts too! I feel like you learn so much about the person just by reading random or fun anecdotes about them. You haven't?? Oh my goodness! They're an amazing band (at least in my opinion) and pretty much the soundtrack to my life. I just keep coming back to them. If you do end up listening to them, let me know what you think!

      And thank you so much for reading and commenting! It means the world to me :D

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    1. Thank you, Beth! And thank you so much for tagging me! I had so much fun writing this post!! <3

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  15. Thank you again for nominating me! I would love to visit LA or New York too!

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