Mystery Blogger Award

Mystery Blogger Award

Thank you so much to Aunt Tabbi from Wallflower or Butterfly for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Please check out her blog, it’s great.

What is a Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve any recognition they get. The award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

-Okoto Enigma

The Creator of this amazing award: Okoto Enigma, check out their blog here.


  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog!
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10-20 people.
  • Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share your link to your best post(s).

The things about myself:

  1. I grew up riding horses.
  2. I left high school and went to college when I was 16.
  3. I can’t stand it when my house is dirty; I actually enjoy cleaning.

I nominate the following bloggers:

The Manic Years
Decoding Bipolar
Mixed Emotions
The Bipolar Architect
2 Angels and a Black Dog
Therapy Bits
Anonymously Autistic

My Answers:

  1. What’s your best part about your personality?
    I pay attention to people and what they say, which makes me an excellent gift giver for birthdays and holidays.
  2. What’s one thing you would change in the world to make it better?
    The first thing that comes to mind is that I would make sure everyone has access to affordable and quality health care.
  3. If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be and why?
    1. My family would live closer to me, I miss them all the time.
    2.I would have horses again, that always brought me so much joy.
    3. I wish my dad got to see me sober before he died. That’s always been my biggest regret.
  4. What’s the last blog post (before this one) that you read? Post the link.
    The last post I read was Speak Louder by The Manic Years
  5. If you could paint someone else’s nails, who would it be and what color would you pick?
    I would do either of my niece’s nails in whichever color they want. It would just be nice spending time with them.

My Questions for My Nominees:

1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and who would you go with?
2. What did you want to be when you grew up? Did you actually do that?
3. What’s your greatest achievement?
4. Who is your personal hero?
5. What motivates you?

The rules ask to post links to your best posts. I think that this one post, Dual Diagnosis, is my best most recent post.

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award


  • Anybody nominated can nominate eight other bloggers.
  • The nominee answers three questions posted by the nominator.
  • The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.

If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.

Questions from Aunt Tabbi at Wallflower or Butterfly

  1. What’s your favorite movie of all times? Why?
    My favorite movie is The Usual Suspects. It’s an amazing movie that makes you think. It’s got a great cast and it never gets old. Every time I watch this movie, it is just as exciting as it was the first time.
  2. Are you a night owl or an early riser? Have you always been that way?
    I am a night owl. I’m used to staying up late (or not going to bed at all) because of my insomnia. I have never liked waking up early. However, once I wake up, I am completely awake. It doesn’t take me any time to adjust.
  3. What is your favorite topic to write about in your blog? Why
    I like to write about my daily struggles. Writing about my daily difficulties helps me work through my issues. It’s a great coping tool that I have found to be extremely helpful.

I Nominate:

The Bipolar Architect
Musings of a Mad Woman
Only See Your Good Side
Insights From A Bipolar Bear
I Am That Person Who Already Knows

My Questions for my Nominees:

  1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
  2. If you had to choose to live without one of your five senses, which would you give up? Why?
  3. What words of wisdom do you wish you could say to yourself when you were a child?

The Entertainer Blogger Award Nomination

The Entertainer Blogger Award Nomination

I was nominated for The Entertainer Blogger Award by I Am My Own Island. I’m honored and very thankful. Please check out this person’s blog using the link I provided.

The Entertainer Blogger Award Rules are:

  • Write a post with the award picture.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring, and, most important of all, ENTERTAINING!
  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog!
  • Also, answer the 5 questions.

The questions are:

  1. Why did you start a blog in the first place? My aunt suggested to me that I start blogging. She thought it would be a good way for me to express myself and connect with others. It took me a while to try it, but once I did, I was hooked. I never expected it to have this much of an impact on my life. I’m so grateful that my aunt gave me this suggestion.
  1. What is your favorite book? I love the book “A Light In The Attic” by Shel Silverstein from when I was a kid.  It’s a book of children’s poems.
  1. What do you dislike the most? I really dislike stigmas; when people make assumptions based on anyone’s mental health or status instead of getting to know every person for the individual that they are.
  1. What is your favorite food item from the mall? I love Chipotle, I usually get the burrito bowl, it’s so amazing.
  1. What is your favorite pastime activity? When I was growing up, I loved riding horses. I still do, but I don’t get to do so often, if at all. I also love to workout, whether it’s at the gym or doing Zumba videos at home.

I nominate the following 12 bloggers who I enjoy following:

  1. Decoding Bipolar
  2. My Bipolar Life
  3. Beauty and Bones
  4. The Manic Years
  5. Tony Vega dot Net
  6. Bipolar is NOT who I am
  7. Musings of a Mad Woman
  8. Bipolar Life – Learning To Be Bipolar
  9. The Bipolar Architect
  10. Wallflower or Butterfly
  11. Too Polar
  12. Bipolar Strength: Rebel With A Cause


Real Neat Blog Award

Real Neat Blog Award

I would like to thank DecodingBipolar for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award. I’m honored that you thought to nominate me. I love reading your blog every day; it’s so easily relatable. Please check out her blog, if you have not done so already.

The questions to answer including my answers:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?
Most of the people who view my blog are from the United States. I also receive a good number of views from the United Kingdom and Canada.

2. What is your favorite sport?
I love hockey. My husband brought me to one game, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2016?
I got to spend this past Mother’s Day with my mom and grandma. It was a simple and wonderful day. Any time I get to be with my family is special to me. Also, I spent the evening with my 8 month old granddaughter last night, and I got to make her laugh and smile. Normally, she laughs at my husband, but this time she laughed at me!

4. What is your favorite quote?
“Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.” – Franz Kafka
To me, this quote by Kafka reminds me to stay prepared, and it has been helpful many times in my life.

5. What was your favorite class when still at school?
I loved any math and science classes. I like things that make sense and can be proven. I love having a right and wrong answer to any question.

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?
I wish I had learned to accept myself for who I am earlier. I’m harder on myself than I am on anyone else. I’m still learning how to give myself a break. It’s a task that’s much easier said than done. It would have been nice to start learning to do this sooner.

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?
I have played many instruments over the years, but the one that has stuck with me is the piano. I started it when I was about 6 years old. Over the years I have also played the clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, and the alto saxophone. Playing the piano is my favorite, and my next favorite is the saxophone.

I nominate the following:
Story of my Life
Closer to the Middle
Wallflower or Butterfly
Bipolar Strength: Rebel with a Cause
Tony Vega dot Net

The rules are:
1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
3. Thank the person who nominated you, linking to their blog.
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

The Smiley Thumb Award

The Smiley Thumb Award

Thank you to Tony Vega dot Net for nominating me for the Smiley Thumb Award, which was created by David from the Chape. I like reading your blog and seeing how you grow. It’s always so nice to be recognized by your peers.

What Makes Me Smile:
For some reason, this was a difficult question for me to answer today, but definitely an important one to answer. My family makes me smile, no matter how frustrating it can be sometimes, my family is vital to me. Listening to The Beatles also makes me smile because it reminds me of my dad.

My Nominations:
Beauty Beyond Bones and The Itinerary.

The Rules:
1. Show your new cool award.
2. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
3. Tell us what makes you smile.
4. Select other blogs you want to give the award to. How many is up to you.
5. Copy and paste the rules.

Sunshine Bloggers Award

Sunshine Bloggers Award

I would like to thank Wallflower or Butterfly for the Sunshine Bloggers Award nomination. Please check her blog, if you haven’t already.

The Sunshine Bloggers Award Rules: 

  1. Thank and link the person who nominated you!
  2. Answer the questions they provided for you to answer!
  3. Nominate 11 (or however many) bloggers to participate in this award!
  4. Give 11 questions for your nominees to answer!

My Answers:

  1. If you had three wishes, what would they be?
    1. I would wish to live closer to my family.
    2. I would wish for my dad to be alive.
    3.  I would wish to travel the world.
  2. What’s your favorite and least favorite colors?
    My favorite colors are either dark blue or burgundy. My least favorite color is pink. I’ve never been a girly girl.
  3. What meal do you feel you cook the best?
    I love to cook. I’m great at cooking just about any casserole. I also like cooking biscuits and gravy.
  4. What’s your favorite cookie?
    I love the Fudge Striped Cookies.
  5. Do you prefer the mountains or the beach?
    Definitely the mountains, but I still go to the beach every year.
  6. What’s the last book that you read?
    Fifty Shades Freed was the last book I read, but it was a while ago. I’m not a big reader.
  7. What is your biggest regret?
    Not being with my dad and my family when my dad passed away. I was so close to the hospital, but I chose to get high instead; it was before I got sober. I regret that my dad never saw me get sober.
  8. What are three dreams/goals do you have?
    1. To be able to work from home. I’ve been on disability since 2009.
    2. I always dream of my husband and I buying our own home.
    3. To own a horse again. I miss horses so much.
  9. What are you addicted to?
    I’m addicted to just about everything. I’m a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. I’m also addicted to food and anything else that I like. I don’t know what moderation means.
  10. What do you do on your day off?
    I don’t work, so I don’t have a day off. When my husband has a day off, we usually visit his family members and go to doctor appointments.
  11. What one thing would you change about your life?
    I would love to live on a horse farm. Even if I stayed living in the same city I’m in, just being around horses would have a major positive impact on my life.

I Nominate the Following Bloggers:

Bipolar Strength: Rebel WITH A CauseIn Between The EpisodesToo PolarMinds Like OursBipolar To HappinessMusings of a Mad Woman, Weathering the StormDecoding BipolarBlue’s Bipolar Life, and The Manic Years.

My Questions:

1. If you could change one aspect of your life, what would it be?
2. What are you most grateful for in life?
3. Who is your personal hero?
4. What songs have the biggest effect on you? Which song gets you excited, which one makes you smile, and which one tells your story?
5. What type of animal do you connect with the most?
6. How do you want other people to remember you?
7. What is your favorite memory?
8. If you were stranded on a deserted island, who would you want with you?
9. Other than mental health, what has been your biggest challenge?
10. If you could bring one musician back from the dead, who would it be?
11. What is your definition of family?