The Sunshine Blogger Award 2017

I was very lucky to be nominated for another award today, The Sunshine Blogger Award. You are all so awesome and I’m so ecstatic that I’ve made all these wonderful, fantastic friends from blogging.

Shout out to Mackenzie at Life with an Illness for nominating me! Go check her out, she writes great, motivational pieces about dealing with chronic illness. Anybody who deals with a chronic illness, or has a loved one that does, or just wants to know more about the struggle should definitely check this lady out.

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So, What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is much like the Liebster Award. It’s a great award to help get personal with the blogger as well as promote your fellow bloggers. Unfortunately, I could find much about the origins through a Google search. I’m a nerd that way, I like to find the backstory on these things.

Every blogger nominee must answer eleven questions given to them. The nominees must pick eleven more bloggers with eleven new questions.

What are the Rules?

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you with a link back to their blog. It’s a bit of a given but still nice to see in print.
  • Answer the eleven questions that you were given by the blogger that graciously nominated you.
  • Nominate eleven more bloggers to receive the Sunshine Blogger Award.
  • Provide your nominees with eleven questions they must answer.

Questions for Me

Where is your ideal vacation?

I know I’ve said this before but there are so many places and countries I’d like to explore. There are so many intriguing cultures. Australia and Greece are two places that I’ve always wanted to visit. I just love Australian accents and how they differ from us, yet they aren’t much different. I would love to see the outback. I heard kangaroos are feisty.

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What is your favorite blog you’ve written? And why?

I’m still a newbie and I haven’t posted as frequently as I would like yet. I’m finally starting to settle back into a writing routine, in general. My favorite post I wrote was A Day in the Life with Chronic Pain. It was more of a descriptive piece than most of my posts in which I usually post articles or random thoughts. I had a bad fibro flare the past few weeks which inspired me to write this post. I want others with chronic pain to know they aren’t alone and for those who doubt us, to maybe get an understanding. I had a fantastic response once I posted it in a fibro group I’m in on Facebook. I have over two hundred views and over forty shares. I’m not trying to brag, I have been shocked at the strong response I’ve gotten for posting it and I’m loving the support of everyone. It has helped motivate me to continue on with not just my blogging but my creative writing as well.

What is your favorite food of all time?

Oh my gosh, I love food. My favorite would have to be Mexican or Italian food. I love spicy but not over-the-top-no-taste hot, just spicy. I’m also a giant pasta fan. If I had to choose between the two, it would be Mexican but it’s a very close tie!

What is one thing that makes you happy?

My boyfriend means the world to me. After two years, he has been my rock in my sobriety as well as my fibromyalgia. Outside of people, it would be writing and reading. I devour books, I love literature. This love brought me to writing. I’ve been writing short stories since I started to learn to write in school. Poetry helped me survive my adolescence, while dealing with the onset of my bipolar disorder as well as addict parents. I use to be extremely suicidal and writing my feels down helped me vent and cope. Writing still helps me cope today. It’s my lifeline when I’m at my lowest as well as in everyday stressful situations.

If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be?

Ooh, this is a hard one. My first is extremely cliche but it would be world peace. I know that’s never going to happen, competition and violence tends to be human nature. I want a world for my future children to grow up in that isn’t worried about being nuked by North Korea or being sent to war over oil. It’s wishful thinking, I suppose. My second wish would be for the end of sex trafficking, sexual abuse. With all the horrors coming to light in the media, it terrifies me. All the hurt inflicted on children and adults. These are things that should not be accepted, that people shouldn’t be covering up. My last wish would be to have a child. I started my period on September 11, 2001. I woke up, cramping and the Twin Towers were collapsing on my television screen. It was an emotional day and for obvious reasons, memorable. For months before, I started having awful cramps. Excruciating pain that left me in the fetal position. This continued my whole life, including the present. I was put on birth control at sixteen, before I was sexually active, to combat the missed periods and the pain. Doctors never took me seriously, including gynecologists. I was treated like a whiny child but I knew my female friends didn’t have periods that would leave me them bawling the first two days, unable to get out of bed and missing school or work due to the pain. Finally, a few months back, at a gyno appointment I was finally diagnosed with PCOS, poly cystic ovarian syndrome. It causes missed periods, facial hair (such a bummer), acne, and bad cramps. It was nice to finally be validated in my pain for the past sixteen years but it was depressing to add another ailment to my list of crap. PCOS also means that it’s very hard to get pregnant, the missing periods making it the most difficult. It’s crazy that for years I never wanted children, I was cautious. The past two years, I finally found someone to settle down with and that I would love to pro-create with and then I get told that it will be difficult to have children.

 

Dog or cat person?

I love both! My boyfriend and I have two cats, Kush and Coco. Kush is a runt sized tabby that’s a little over a year. Coco is a cat that we rescued. So-called friends of ours had Coco and a kitten (that I dubbed Zelda) that they wouldn’t let inside in the middle of winter. They were very sickly so we brought them home. They had feline herpes, which is quite common but something I wasn’t aware of and I’ve had cats before. I had to take them both to the vet as well as force feed them. Coco made it, Zelda didn’t. I was at work when I found out. We buried her, she was a black calico. Coco is part Siamese. He has bright blue eyes that go cross-eyed sometimes. He’s an absolute riot. Kush likes to get into things and Coco likes to play with people but scares the other animals. They don’t realize he’s just trying to be friendly. He gets these bursts of energy where he goes nuts, scratching up furniture, running around. I call him my bipolar kitty because he reminds me of me in cat form. He’s a big lover that will crawl on your lap and just purr like mad. We also have two dogs. Champ is a goofy pug. A family friend had him since a pup. He’s nine now, we got him a year ago. Their oldest went off to college, the youngest in school activities, and they work twelve hour days and knew he needed more attention. We use to babysit him when they’d go on vacation and I fell in love. So they made the decision and gave him to my father, but he was for me. He has this obsession with getting his butt scratched, the area right above his tail. He will crawl on your lap and if you are petting him, he will move himself to maneuver your hand to his bum. He’s an awkward guy. He’s horrible at lap sitting, he doesn’t get it. He’s my big, spoiled baby. We also have a white pit, Princess. The couple that had her before would leave for weeks at a time and leave her with no one to check on her. They neglected her and from her behavior when we first got her, I believe she was physically abused as well. She doesn’t like when someone drinks, which is rare at our house anyway. She was meant to be my father’s but attached herself to Ricky, my boyfriend. She is so much happier now. She just gave birth to nine puppies that I get to love on. I’m getting attached but I know we can’t keep these lovelies babies. Of course, I’ve named them all. We plan on getting her fixed because two days later, after the nine pups, she passed two dead pups. Her chances at a good pregnancy are not high after this. We aren’t some puppy mill so it makes sense. Total, in the household, besides our pets and the pups, there’s two more dogs and six more cats. All are fixed but Princess and the pup’s dad, my parent’s pit, Thor. Don’t believe the fear about pits. If they are treated right and loved, they are just like any other dog. Usually, they are only violent if they have shit-head owners. I’m very passionate about getting that across. Sorry, I could go on forever about my fur babies. I could bore you to death about my loves.

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What is your favorite thing to do outside of blogging?

I’ll take that as outside of writing, in general. Haha. My favorite thing is reading. I just love books but I’ve said that too much already. My next favorite is playing Magic: The Gathering. I just started the past year but I had been wanting to try forever. I love the game, I love the artwork on the cards. I’m just a giant nerd. I have so many decks and so many cards already.

Do you have a favorite quote? What is it?

No artist tolerates reality”

-Nietzche

There is so much truth to this, whether you write, paint, draw. We aren’t content with what’s going on around us so we create our own alternate universes. Creative minds are never content but that’s a beautiful thing.

What is your biggest fear?

My biggest fear is falling back into the trap of addiction. I have dabbled in drugs all my life but meth took me over for three years. I use to just do drugs for fun, including meth, on the weekends or on a whim. Then I began to self medicate with meth. It took my physical and mental pain away. Or so I thought. In reality, it worsened both. I was depressed, I was hateful, and I hung around with a lot of shitty people. Not all, I’m proud of all of us that have gotten sober.

If you had $1,000 in your pocket what would you spend it on?

Books, for sure. The other day I won a gift card in a diaper raffle at a friend’s baby shower. Ricky jokingly asked, “What are you gonna buy with it? Books?” Yep. I ordered Neil Hilson’s poetry book. I have been wanting this book forever after watching numerous videos online of him performing his poetry. I just look the way he has with words. He’s a great poet. Check him out sometime if you are a poetry fan.

What is one moment in your life that made you proud of yourself?

My sobriety. Getting clean takes a lot of work. It’s mentally and physically draining. You don’t realize your drug triggers until boredom makes you want to reach out to a drug dealer or you wake up in sweats from a dream of being high. It’s a challenge. I’m thankful for a wonderful support team with my boyfriend and my parents who have battled the same addiction.

My Nominees

The Adventurous Nerd

Lower Mountain Love

Love This Chaos

Little Blue Hazel

Backyarding And Kids

Basically Britain

Fibromystory.com

The Shining Gem

Be Your Own Light

Detours of Life

Your Healthy Family Coach

Your Eleven Questions!

  1. Why did you start your blog?
  2. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in life thus far?
  3. What’s your weakness?
  4. What’s your favorite band? Singer? Musician?
  5. What’s your worst habit?
  6. What’s your favorite holiday? Why?
  7. What’s your biggest advice to new bloggers?
  8. What’s the biggest goal you want to achieve before you die?
  9. What’s your biggest pet peeve?
  10. What do you think is the biggest problem in the world right now? How do you think we could fix this?
  11. What’s your favorite book?

I tried to pick those that I thought would respond. If not, that’s a-okay! I want to thank Mackenzie again for the nomination. I’m still trying to get my subscriptions cleared up. It’s extremely hard to keep up on the reader, that’s why I like getting the e-mails. So if I haven’t responded to your posts recently PLEASE let me know because I’m probably not getting updates. I don’t want to ignore anyone and I love reading all of your blogs!

Lastly, I’m working on another blog post. A normal post. It will be either posted tonight or tomorrow afternoon. I love you all and thank you so much for your support!

-Casey Elizabeth

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award 2017”

  1. Thank you so much for the nomination, girl! I’m so excited to write the post and to pass the award along to other deserving blogs!
    Also, I don’t even know you, but I am so proud of you for taking care of yourself and getting clean. That is an amazing and difficult accomplishment!

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  2. Casey, firstly let me say how pleased I was you received another nomination and secondly your answers really touched me. I love your writing style, you have this ability not to say too much but say it all. I was really enjoying your story and then as I scroll down your nomination to fibromystory! I am so delighted – not just by the nomination but your amazing support. Thank you so much for reaching out it means a lot and thank you so much for the nomination.
    Right I best start thinking about these questions! πŸ™‚

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