Sunshine Blogger award: nominated and nominating :)


Thank you Corrine at Sew and Sew for nominating me for this blog award!

Corrine and I recently got connected here and we have common understanding about certain aspects of life and importance of support and empathy. Plus, have you seen her projects – she sews! I sure am inspired by many of her sewing adventures and by her warm personality. Have a look at her blog if these features of her interest you.

I am usually skeptical about this kind of blog awards, primarily because I do not know who is benefiting by the circulation of these awards. But I am happy with recognizing and saying nice things about other fellow bloggers, and telling a little bit about myself along the process. So I will go for this one, too.

As usual there are some rules, which I directly copy and paste from Corinne’s nomination post:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award (making sure each one knows they are nominated) and write them 11 new questions to answer.

Here are Corrine’s questions and my answers to them:

  1. Did you have any other names in mind for your blog (if so, what were they)? I cannot remember right now; but I remember initially this was a professional blog where I was planning to write about our job/career. That means it was probably a very boring name!  Boy, am I glad that I switched to a personal blog after realizing that a professional blog was not gonna work 🙂 
  2. If you could choose a language to be fluent in, which would it be? Italian! i always wanted to learn it, especially after I spent a couple of months in Italy when I was young. What a great, magical language. Allora! 
  3. What is the best joke that you know? Hmmm… You have got me there. I am such a serious person that can I say that I cannot come up with a joke right now? How disastrous! Give me a joke book right away!!! 🙂 
  4. When it comes to food, do you prefer sweet or savoury? Savoury. I have no sweet tooth and I would love any salty/spicy food over a sweet one, except the peanut butter which I love and can eat anytime 🙂
  5. Which blog post are you most excited to upload? I like pretty much all of my posts as they come quite spontaneously and are not planned at all (well, maybe with the exception of weekly budget checks, which are quite structured). if I must choose, though, I would say my “joy journal” posts are the most joyful ones 🙂
  6. What is your favourite project that you have completed so far? I believe in the recent years this would be my bread baking adventure 🙂 it has been almost a year and I am progressing quite a bit and it has been literally very electrifying and satisfying experience 🙂 In terms of my sewing projects, I have no excellent product yet but I love the placemats I did for the kitchen 🙂
  7. What was your last search on Google? That was probably the weather forecasts! we are still having quite a chilly weather (today was – 10 C ….You are welcome – I hope now you appreciate the Spring and warm weather more  🙂 )
  8. What song can you not get out of your head at the moment? “I dreamed a dream” from Les Miserables has been in my mind the entire day. Sad, but beautiful and powerful…..  
  9. What is the best gift that you have received? My mom gave me a gold necklace for my 18th birthday with my initial on the pendant. My mom was working very hard to provide for us at that time. It must have been so hard for her to come up with the money but she had…. I value that necklace more than anything else.
  10. If you were a superhero, what would be your superpower? Heal. I would heal sickness.
  11. What is your favourite day of the week? Friday has always had a special place in my heart! 🙂

And, here are my nominees!

The nominees have a choice of accepting or rejecting the nominations – totally up to them. Of course this list is incomplete as I can only nominate 11 today, but I am hoping there will be other occasions where I will be able to acknowledge and nominate more fellow bloggers 🙂

  1. Deb from Her daily grateful posts are a must see! She is really nice and I know that she always has some positive and wise things to say – thanks Deb!
  2. here is a nice gentleman with an interest in photography and community work. He is quite fun and wise too – always a delight to follow such bloggers. No nonsense and all beautiful/meaningful posts.
  3. Jessica from Jessica always has something funny to say about her motherhood experience and her daughters are two very delightful young kids! I also learn quite a bit about farming and farm life by following her. Take a look at her blog 🙂
  4. I recently started following this young lady who is writing about her mental health issues and progress. I applaud her for increasing awareness about mental health/bipolar disease – so well done.
  5. NinaSusan at Ninasusan and I have a common pursuit in life – happiness! One of my best friends here at blogger space – always understanding, wise, and supportive. Thanks Ninasusan – one day, we will shine thru that happiness!!
  6. Jennie at She is a teacher and always have something wonderful to say about children and teaching/learning. I wish she was my teacher when I was at school. 
  7. One of the blogs that I follow which is dedicated to baking bread! So many yummy recipes – check it out 🙂
  8. Cheryl and Becky at These ladies have awesome travel adventures and always great recipes. They  lately started a challenge to try a new recipe every week, which I find very inspiring. Enjoy!
  9. Anne from Anne is one of those bloggers whom I respect quite a lot. She has always been wise in her speech and her comments, and is not afraid to write excellent pieces on social issues and events. 
  10. One of the recent follows of mine; a great and sincere blogger writing about frugal plans/journey, and other stuff. Quite a warm person with honest posts – hard to not like what she needs to say 🙂
  11. Mo from Another great site about frugal life and all bunch of other stuff such as DIY projects. Check it out.

And, here are my questions for my nominees:

  1. What do you think is the most beautiful thing about your life?
  2. Do you prefer warm or cool climate? 
  3. If you were to protest, what would it be about?
  4. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
  5. What flower do you like most? Please tell us about it.
  6. What do you think about cats?
  7. We all have dreams – have yours materialize in your life? What was your biggest dream ever?
  8. Would you see yourself living in a homestead sometime soon?
  9. Tell us about your favorite dish/food.
  10. Which one is less intimidating – singing or acting in front of 1,000 people?
  11. What would be your advise about being happy?

Liebster award :)


I am once again humbled by being nominated to a blogger award – this time by Saadia Peerzada 🙂 for the Liebster award.

I am okay to respond to blogger awards as they are a nice way of help connecting fellow bloggers.

Many thanks Saadia. I sure am enjoying reading your post and poems. As a matter of fact you are one of the blogs that I have been following from the beginning on. Keep up the good work! 🙂

THE RULES:  (directly copied from Saadia’s post; nominated bloggers, you can copy and paste these)               

– Insert the Liebster award logo in your post
– Thank and link those who nominated you
– (After reading the official rules) You also have to reveal 11 interesting facts about yourself!
– Answer the questions designated by the blogger who nominated you
– Nominate up to 11 other new bloggers with less than 100 followers
– Ask 11 questions of your own to your nominees that they have to answer
– Notify your nominees about The Liebster Award
– Include instructions of the process in your post

Okay,  11 facts about me 🙂 I wrote a post about it before – it can be found here. 

And here are the questions Saadia asked me to answer:

  1. What is your ambition in life? Making a positive change in human life through my work and social interactions. I believe in this. We all can make a positive difference in somebody’s life in addition to our own 🙂
  2. Who’s your favourite author and poet? Just one!!! Argh… I have so many. okay. Nobody can write the human psychology and pain better than Dostoevsky. Shakespeare’s poems (sonnets) are awesome 🙂
  3. How will you classify your eating habits: unhealthy, moderate or healthy? Somewhere in between unhealthy and moderate. I do not eat sweets, fatty food, or chocolate etc. BUT I have a problem with eating too much bread and other refined carbs.. My struggle with healthy eating can be found in my daily posts under the “healthy life – style journal” page.
  4. What is/ was your favourite subject? Literature! (it is sad that I did not study it..)
  5. Would your 8 year old self be proud of who you are today? Yep 🙂
  6. What is your ultimate fear? having a chronic and debilitating disease
  7. Are you a technology obsessed? Why or why not? Nope. Not at all. I have no explanation for that.
  8. Are you a morning person? Absolutely not!! I only become myself around 8-9 pm at night. Nights are beautiful 🙂
  9. Favourite quote? None. I have no particular one that I keep remember.
  10. Are you a pessimist or an optimist? A little bit of both. Okay… maybe more of a pessimist than an optimist 🙂
  11. What are your thoughts on discrimination? I have a strong stand on this. I have experienced myself discrimination and I am still very sour about these experiences. When will we start seeing people for who they are rather than what they are? This “us versus them” mentality should disappear. We have more things in common than different. Peace.

Enough about me 🙂

Now, let me nominate the bloggers for this award. These are the bloggers I started to follow or interact recently. Have a look and see whether their posts are something you may enjoy, too 🙂


here are my questions for you nominated bloggers! 🙂

  1. What have you done today that has made you happy, joyful, or excited?
  2. Is Friday your favorite day, too?
  3. It took me years (literally) to find the right floss for me; do you have such an experience you would like to share?
  4. How many shoes do you currently have? How many did you not use in the last 1 year?
  5. What are your opinions on minimalism?
  6. if there was one advice you could share with us about living a simple life, what would that be?
  7. Which one do you like most and why? Novels, poetry, movies.
  8. List one meal you are very fond of.
  9. House chores – on a scale from 1 (least) to 10 (most), how much do you like them?
  10. Who is the most influential person in your academic life (e.g. school or profession)?
  11. What are you grateful for today?

Liebster award – answers and nominations

I have got an invitation by purpldragon a while ago to participate in the Liebster award- purpldragon; thank you for this 🙂

I have considered it a bit, while I am not sure why it is called an award, I decided it would be a great opportunity to link some of the bloggers here; I have chosen those who are affected by cancer (please see below).

First; an introduction to the Liebster awards:

According to purpldragon (and I quote) the “Liebster Award is a chain award created by bloggers and passed on from one blogger to another to encourage connections. It is a wonderful, fun way to interact and make friends in the blogging community.”

And again, according to purpldragon (and I quote) ; these are the rules:

1. Thank and link the person who nominated you.
2. Answer the questions given by the nominator.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers, who have less than 200 followers and link them.
4. Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer.
5. Notify all nominees via social media/blogs.


For this award, I have chosen the following bloggers, who post about their experiences about cancer.

Cancer has an important part in my life personally and professionally. Learning from cancer patients, caregivers, and advocates through social media has been an incredible experience for me. I have great respect and admiration for those affected by cancer and I believe their “voice” in social media is highly important.

I nominate the following bloggers – I hope they will be okay with the nomination:

1. Celeta’s journey

2.  A Melanoma journey

3.  Going to beat this cancer

4. The cancer chronicles of Julie McG

5. Daddy’s Warrior Princess

6. I am not sick, I just had cancer

7. Steve Dang

8. mylifewithasideofcancer

9. On a Butterfly’s Wings

10.  The Sansone Files

11. Jamie Gilmore

My questions to the nominated bloggers are:

1. How do you feel about connecting to others going through cancer in the social media?

2. Do you think connecting to other cancer patients would be useful in supporting you and them while going through the disease?

3. What are the words, sentences, or questions you think are appropriate to hear from others when they first learn one has cancer?

4. Do you have care-givers?  or Are you a care-giver?

5. What kind of support would you like from cancer-related organizations and the government?

6. Do you think you sharing your experiences in the social media help others going through similar experiences?

7. What is your favourite book? TV show?

8. What is your favourite season?

9. What is your favourite breakfast?

10. Do you have artistic creations, such as poems, stories, drawings, paintings, and hand-crafting?

11. Is there  something you would like to share about your experience with cancer?


My answers to purpldragon’s questions can be found below:

purpldragon’s questions:

1. What inspired you to start blogging? I had things to say.

2. What is something you dream of achieving? Happiness

3. Do you have any phobia’s if so what are they? Darkness

4. Do you prefer reading or watching TV? Reading; but TV is awesome, too

5. Which super power would you rather have, flight or invisibility? invisibility

6. What is something people don’t understand about you? My thoughts (unless they can read minds, they cannot know them anyhow 🙂 )

7. Do you keep a diary or journal, if so what would you do/ how would you feel if someone read it? I do have a joy journal that I post here. I am happy to share it with the world and I hope it will inspire others to write their own joy journals.

8. Is your bedroom usually neat or messy? Neat

9. How many countries have you visited (no matter how briefly) other than the one you live in? Four

10. What small things make you really excited, name at least three? Stationary items, coffee, writing letters, books, and a great breakfast

11. Do you have a favourite saying, if so what is it? “Live life, love life” (of “young adult cancer Canada“)

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