The Sunshine Blogger Award – Paying It Forward

So as I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the endlessly warm, witty and wise Middle Aged Warrior (thank you, thank you, thank you!), I now need to nominate 11 other bloggers who, to accept the award, need to answer my 11 questions, and then nominate 11 other bloggers who must answer their questions.

So my 11 nominated blogs are –

Dr Perry’s Make It Ultra – I’m not a great fan of inspirational quotes or endless positivity.  Sometimes life just sucks and you can stick your lemons where no light ever shines.  However, Dr Perry’s brand of inspirational I love because it works in real life, not in Unicorn land.  And his articles on psychology are similarly grounded.

Mliae’s lifexperimentblog is a wonderfully warm, random and engaging blog I look forward to new posts from because they always contain something I want to hear.

Fatgirlonalongwalk is where I go when I want to be astonished.  This is real life inspirational.  When I’m being a pussy and need to be reminded to just get over it, Fatgirl (and I love that she’s reclaimed the word) effortlessly pulls me up by my bootlaces.  The only word that will do to describe this blog is ‘gutsy’.  Go girl.

Lipstick, but sad because her tagline is “I put on my lipstick no matter what my mood and do my best!” and that is all any of us can do.  She talks bravely and with brutal honesty about mental illness and the world needs more of that.

If I’m looking for great recipe ideas, I go to Cooking without limits – but before I can read the recipes I have to spend a few minutes gazing at the site itself.  It truly is a thing of beauty.

The Molecular Biologist takes science and makes it understandable to us, and that is one invaluable service.

Waking Up On The Wrong Side of 50 because I did that too and it’s a whole new world on this side – and it’s good to know that no one else has a guidebook either, but we’re gonna make it anyway because we’re women and women do tough.

Paleo Marine because when I’m flagging and I need a little military-style discipline, I turn here for some frank, tough but fair talking.

Talking about menopause because she wants to stop the silence around menopause, and quite right too.  I have never understand the weirdness around menopause that demands silence so as not to make people uncomfortable.  WTF?  That’s like being weird about the fact fingernails grow.  Get over it!

Samantha Nieves first caught my attention by blogging a post entitled “Postcards from the Wilderness of Loneliness”.  Anyone who will speak honestly about how it is to be human has my attention.  You don’t have to be religious to feel warmed by the kindness and insight Samantha brings.

Abbie Q – and then she flew because I just love how that tagline rhymes.  Her site is a mixture of food and thoughts and humour and advice;  and as a personal trainer she actually knows a thing or two I would like to.

So, those are my nominations.  And here are the 11 questions they need to answer in order to accept the award –

  1. How do you cope with disappointment?
  2. Do you believe in an afterlife?
  3. What is your number one blogging tip?
  4. Which book changed your life and why?
  5. Which film would you have liked to be in and why?
  6. What food do you love waaaay more than it loves you?
  7. Cat or dog and why?
  8. Mountain climbing or caving and why?
  9. How does your online persona differ from your real life persona?
  10. Who is your surprising celebrity crush?
  11. Who were you in high school?

I’m looking forward to reading your answers, and thanks for the entertainment, insight and inspiration you’ve already given me!

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