I am super grateful to have been nominated for the Kind Blogger award by Natalie Williams who writes over at ‘Searching For My Inner Zen’ .
The Kind Blogger award created by The Preemie Mummy is an award recognising blogs that create inspiration and positivity in people’s lives. This award is also a good way to discover new bloggers in the community and get to know them a bit better. I love Natalie’s blog because her perspective on life is one that I aspire to have everyday. She has a passion for positivity, a beautiful family and home, and she is an incredible mother . These are all things that I find to be inspirational. If you’re looking for a more positive outlook on life then keeping up with Natalie’s posts is a must. I particularly love her post on tips for positive self-talk, sometimes when my depression kicks in my negative thoughts take over, so I really enjoyed reading this. You can find some of her incredible content here.
Here are Natalie’s questions for me…
- If you could have any career/job of your dream, without having to worry about finances, etc., what would you do? The dream is to be a paid writer and write for a living. I’ll always write because it’s something I love to do, but if writing was able to pay the bills then that would be wonderful.
- What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you? My dad is a strong character, and he always taught me not to care if other people think negatively of me. It’s something that has really strengthened my character because I’m able to be open and honest when I write without worrying about what people think of me. I think it’s important to always stay true to your passion regardless of negativity, not everyone will understand your journey, and that’s okay.
- What is your most memorable holiday? My most memorable holiday has to be the first time I went abroad with the kids. We travelled to Turkey and spent seven days in the sunshine. It was amazing to be able to show the boys a different culture and another part of the world. I hope to travel more with my family in the future. I think’s it incredibly important for their personal development to experience different cultures and see the world.
- What is one thing you hope to do in 2018? I hope to remain happy. It’s taken me a long time to feel this content and right now things are really looking up. I’ve learnt that happiness is a blessing, and if me and my family are happy then that’s all that I need. If I can continue on this path then I know things will get better for me in 2018.
- If you could be anywhere right now, where would you like to be? If I could be anywhere in the world right now it would be the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It’s an incredible place and the people that work there dedicate their lives to the preservation and rescue of Elephants that have been used in the tourism trade. I would love to visit with my family one day and see an Elephant in real life, they are my favourite animal and I have so many of them around my home.
The person I nominate is Sarah-Jane Outten over at The SJ Edit. I nominated Sarah-Jane because her writing is always SO honest and relatable, and it always give me a good old giggle! Sarah is a woman who is definitely not afraid to approach sore subjects! Her writing is full of passion and her posts about body positivity and self love are some of the most inspiring pieces I’ve read. Sarah-Jane writes simply because she loves to write and you get that with her work, that raw passion is priceless. One of my favourite posts is What is a Good parent. Don’t read this with a cup of tea, you might spill it! Let’s just say I finished reading this feeling positive about my own parenting! Sarah-Jane highlights the many struggles we all experience at some point or other, and she does it with humour. Sarah is also a writer for a local magazine The Cardiff Times, A HotBed Collective contributor, mum, wife, and third year Creative Writing Student! How she does it I sometimes wonder, but she is real life superwoman!
My three reasons for nominating The SJ Edit.
- The SJ Edit has a strong focus on feminism, body positivity and self love – all topics I wished I could have read about as a girl growing up hating her body. Sarah-Jane was the voice I needed to hear, and her blog highlights issues that most people are afraid to approach. The dedication to her passion and her politics is evident when I read her work, and I admire Sarah-Jane for that.
- I’m a strong believer in supporting passionate people, and when I read Sarah-Jane’s work I wish that more people could read it too. I want to spread that love and pass it on to others, because her message is so inspiring.
- Sarah-Jane is one of the few writers I genuinely enjoy reading. I went to University with Sarah-Jane and was lucky enough to hear some of her best work, including a short story called Skin.
My Questions for Sarah-Jane
- What does writing mean to you?
- If you could invite anyone living or dead to a dinner party, would who it be?
- Whats the one piece of advice you think it’s important for your children to hear?
- I know you were an army child, and you’ve moved around quite a bit, but where is ‘home’ to you?
- What advice would you give to any one scared to start writing?
. The Kind Blogger Award Rules:
- Thank the Blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 5 questions set out by the aforementioned Blogger.
- Nominate 1 person who you feel is worthy of this award.
- Give 3 reasons for nominating this person.
- List these rules and display the Award Logo/ Badge on your own blog.