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Mental Monday: Aspiration, Inspiration and Achievement

07 Apr 14
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We made it!

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang Kickstarter Campaign, either through donations or through spreading the word and sharing the project with everyone they know. Because of all of you we have successfully raised the $7,500 we need to publish and distribute the first run of picture books!

After a week offline spending time with E and going camping, I am now back and ready to provide some informative and inquisitive posts over the next few weeks.

Some time soon (I’m hoping later this week) I will dedicate a post to sharing some of the behind the scenes stats I have from the campaign and outlining what the next steps are and where we are going.

Today though I want to talk about a topic which has been on my mind a lot lately…

(c) Megan S, December 2013

(c) Megan S, December 2013

What makes someone an inspiration?

Lately, with this Kickstarter campaign and just with the way I’ve been dealing with my illness, I have had a lot of people telling me I have inspired them to do things differently or just that I’m an inspiration to them. This makes me feel uncomfortable.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that what I’m doing is helping others and making a difference! I just don’t feel comfortable thinking of myself as an inspiration. I still feel like I’m just aspiring to be who I want to be…

I would love to make a huge difference and help make this world a better place, both in terms of sustainability and the way humans treat one another, but I feel like I’m still learning and making things up a lot as I go along.

Maybe this is something that everyone struggles with.

The way I view myself and what I am doing seems to be different to the way others are viewing me. Being told that I have inspired others with the same illnesses as me to change the way they think about their life and to take on a project to help them have something to focus on is wonderful. It feels nice to know that I’ve helped that other person to make a difference in their own lives but it feels strange to think that others are looking to me for guidance.

People who have inspired me probably feel the same way. They come from all very different walks of lives. Some are famous and others are in the background, unrecognised.

I’m sure we all believe that we are just doing what we need to do. Most of us are not looking for fame and glory or any form of recognition other than a thank you or an encouraging comment. We feel ‘normal’ and ‘insignificant’ even, but others in our lives may view us as ‘heros’ or inspirations’ who demonstrate the behaviours and values that they want to be able to do.

Recognition and Achievement

I’ll admit that even I am surprised and overwhelmed by what I have managed to achieve in the last few months, but I still struggle with accepting recognition for these accomplishments. Everything I have achieved in my life has been possible because I have had support, I have had others helping me in achieving my dreams. I am very humbled by the support and encouragement I have been recieving.

Over the past 3 years (2012, 2013, and 2014) I have recieved recognition for my environmental work in the form of a nomination for the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards – Flinders Port Environment Category. Each year I have been in the Top 3 Finalists for the award. I may not have won the actual award in any year, but to be nominated (or asked to nominate myself, as was the case this year) is an honour and I am very grateful for the opportunity to be recognised publicly for my work in this field.

On our way to the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards Dinner 2014.

On our way to the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards Dinner 2014.

Similarly, I am grateful and extremely humbled by the recognition and support I have recieved for the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang campaign.

Thank you!

Without each and every one of you none of these achievements would have been possible. I may be an inspiration to others but my inspiration comes from the community spirit I see in the groups I have joined and in the friendships I have formed through this blog and my work.

Who inspires you?

What do you believe makes someone an inspiration?

Sunshine, Flowers and Friends

08 Feb 14
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I am extremely grateful for all the awards I have been nominated for in my first few months of blogging.

Over January I’ve been focused on writing my regular posts and I haven’t had time to sit down relax and respond to those of you who have nominated me for awards.



Today I’m going to do that. However, I may skimp on some of the rules as I’m trying to save my energy for the campaign and other big projects I have going on.

Firstly, thank you to Juliane from Journey Thru L for nominating me for the Sunshine Award.


Juliane writes about her journey through Law School in a very engaging and entertaining way and she understands the community aspect of blogging, as can be seen from her final line in her Sunshine Award post.

Get out there, like, comment, and share the posts you enjoy… we all need a little love, right? 

 She is well worth checking out.

The Sunshine Award has been created to share with those who bring sunshine to your day and make you happy.

The rules of this award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you: see above and CHECK HER OUT!!!
  • List 11 facts about you
  • Nominate 10 other blogs
  • Announce the nominations to those you nominated!

Secondly, Shaun from Looking for reasoning to a complicated world nominated me for the Field of Flowers Award.


Shaun is an amazing man, who just has so much love and caring to share with the world. He is one of the co-founders of the Share Your WordPress Facebook page and is also one of the bloggers who has come on board to help me with the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang campaign.

The Field of Flowers award is a fairly new award created by Patty from  http://petitemagique.wordpress.com

She created the award for the following reasons:

Note: I have created this new award because there are some people who I would give a field full of flowers if I could. Not just a couple of flowers… No, a field full of them. Because they can use it, to thank someone or because they simply deserve it. Flowers give color, flowers say ‘I Care’ and flowers are nature’s gift to us. You give them to show someone you care or to celebrate something. Just spreading a little love and care.

The rules of this award are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you (SEE ABOVE and please do check Shaun out, his posts are inspirational)
  • Place the award on your blog
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers and write a little something about why you would give these bloggers A Field Of Flowers
  • Let your nominees know that you nominated them

Finally, thank you to Dotta Raphels over at DOTTARAPHELS for nominating me for the Shauny Award for Blogging Excellence.



Dotta writes about life and happiness in a way that inspires you to think about your own life. Please head over and check out her blog.

The Shauny Award for Blogging Excellence is another relatively new award and was inspired by Shaun from Looking for reasoning to a complicated world.


The rules of this award are very simple and straight forward:

  • Show Humanity
  • Show Love,
  • Be Yourself, Don’t Be Others,
  • Don’t Gossip,
  • and Share This Award with 10 others.

Now, as I mentioned at the start I’m not going to follow all the rules as this has already taken up a lot of my energy.

I’m not going to list 11 Facts about me, you can check out my previous facts I wrote for the Dragons Loyalty Award here or here.


The following people are nominate for all 3 awards above:

  1. Celeste from Baking, Butter, & Happiness
  2. Jess from noonegetsflowersforchronicpain
  3. Elizabeth from Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart
  4. Barbara from Me, My Magnificent Self
  5. Amreen from Paint the World with Words
  6. Bishop Eddie from Bishop Eddie Tatoro’s Study
  7. A humble pursuit
  8. jmlol from j.lol
  9. Finding My Inner Courage
  10. Tammy from Walk with me on my journey of illness to the road of happiness and a life of fulfillment

I’m not going to tell you about each of them because I’d love for you to visit their sites and make up your own mind what makes them worthy of these awards.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

I’d like to take this opportunity to say that although I will continue to accept awards, the acceptances will be like this post.

Once a month I will do a post like this, acknowledging the nominations and accepting if I can.

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Another welcome to the family, plus Liebster and Lighthouse Awards

02 Jan 14
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I have been nominated for three more awards. Jenn from My Fibrotastic Life has nominated me for the Lighthouse Award, Amanda from My Crazy Migraine Life has nominated me for the Liebster Award, and Julia from Julie’s Spoonful of Sugar has nominated me for the WordPress Family Award. Please head over to each of their blogs and check them out. They are all amazing individuals who inspire me with their attitude towards the illnesses they are dealing with.

Given the number of awards and my level of fogginess lately, I’m going to list the rules for each one and then address the requirements. I will nominate the same people for all three awards.


Here are the rules for the WordPress Family Award:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.
  4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them.
  5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people who have taken you as a friend, and spread the love.


Here are the rules to the Lighthouse Award:

“1. Display the Award certificate on your blog.
2. Write a post and link back to the blogger that nominated you.
3. Inform your nominees of their award nomination
4. Share three ways that you like to help other people.
5. There is no limit to the number of people that you can nominate.
6. HAVE FUN!!!”


WHAT IT IS & WHAT TO DO: The Liebster award is a way for new bloggers to get known around the blogging community and to get to know others with similar interests. It is usually inferred upon someone with less than 200 followers. Upon receiving the Liebster Award you are to create a new entry linking back to the nominating blog; answer 10 questions chosen by that person; choose up to 10 nominees of your own; and come up with your own 10 questions for your nominees to answer upon accepting the award. Then notify the bloggers you chose.

The questions Amanda has asked me and my answers:

1) What are your most effective ways of coping with chronic pain or pain in general? Yoga and meditation seem to be my best tools. My medications don’t seem to be that effective.
2) What is your favorite movie and why? I don’t have a single favourite, but I always enjoy children’s animated movies such as Up, Alladin, Fern Gully, etc. I find that each time I watch them I see a different message in them and they also relax me and provide good background tv for when I’m in a crash. Basically I can focus and find new messages or just let them wash over me and either way they’re great.
3) What are the 3 main goals in your life? Find balance in my life (health, work, play, etc), start a family with E, and help others as much as I can.
4) Are there any songs that inspire you? Do you listen to music even when you’re in pain (on low)? I can’t think of specific songs at the moment (brain fog) but I go through phases where I listen to music and phases where I can’t focus on it at all.
5) What is your comfort food? Self Sauce Chocolate pudding (homemade or Orgran brand – gluten and dairy free)
6) What scares you the most about chronic migraines (treatment, symptoms…anything)? Migraines aren’t one of my major symptoms. What scares me most about my overall illness is not knowing if or when I’ll ever improve and not knowing what impact it is going to have on my future.
7) What motivated you to start your blog? What pushed you to do it? I considered starting a blog because I had found that early in my illness I got the most motivation and encouragement from reading other people’s blogs but it was only after discussing the idea with E and him saying that it was also a good outlet for me so I’m not always relying on him that I decided to jump in and actually start one.
8) Do you like to research treatments or procedures your doctor reccomends, or do you completely trust your doctor when trying something new? I do a combination of both. Generally though I do my own research (or E does it for me) and I’ve even taken suggestions to my doctor of ideas we can try.
9) Who can you talk to about your migraines? Again, migraines aren’t my main symptom, but I have a few friends that I can talk to about my illness without annoying them, sometimes E is happy to talk about it, my doctors, and here online.
10) What’s your favorite hobby and why? At the moment sewing and drawing. I find that they relax me and I really enjoy that at the end of the process (even if it takes me over a month) I have something to show for it.

Now on to the nominations:

  1. Leslie (Just another F-Bomb)
  2. Celeste (Baking, Butter, & Happiness)
  3. Trisha (Notes from the Fog)
  4. Julie (The Nocturnal Laundress)
  5. Claire (Living Being Doing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
  6. Jess (noonegetsflowersforchronicpain)
  7. Jan (The Snail of Happiness)
  8. Toni (The Girl in Yoga Pants)
  9. Barbara (Me, My Magnificent Self)
  10. Lynn (Lynn Paints It)

Congratulations to all the nominees.

My questions for you as part of the Liebster Award are:

  1. What has been the proudest moment in your life so far?
  2. Who is your inspiration and why?
  3. How do you stay creative?
  4. What single quality do you most appreciate in people?
  5. What is your favorite post that you’ve written? (Please provide link!)
  6. What are three things you can’t live without?
  7. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 13-​​year-​​old self?
  8. How did you pick your blog’s name?
  9. Describe yourself in 3 words.
  10. How has a major event in your life (like chronic illness) changed your goals for the future?

So that’s all for today. Once again, congratulations to all the nominees, you are all amazing individuals!

I’ve joined the Sisterhood…

16 Dec 13
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Thank you so much to Paint the World with Words for nominating me for “The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award”.


The rules for this award are very simple:

Provide a link to and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
Answer ten questions.
Nominate 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to read.
Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know they have been nominated.
Include the award logo within your blog post.

The Questions (and my answers):

Your favourite colour …. Blue… I guess (as I previously said I don’t really have a favourite colour but I do have a lot of blue things)
Your favourite animal .… I love animals in general, I did have an obsession with chimpanzees when I was younger
Your favourite non-alcoholic drink …. Sparkling Water
Facebook or Twitter – Have both (linked)
Your favourite pattern ….. stripes
Do you prefer getting or giving presents? Giving
Your favourite number … 6
Your favourite day of the week … Saturday
Your favourite flower …. Tulips
What is your passion? ….. Living sustainably and being out in nature

The most important task is to nominate bloggers for this award!

So here are my nominations:

  1. Jenn (My Fibrotastic Life)
  2. Leslie (Just another F-Bomb)
  3. Celeste (Baking, Butter, & Happiness)
  4. Trisha (Notes from the Fog)
  5. Julie (The Nocturnal Laundress)
  6. Claire (Living Being Doing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
  7. Jess (noonegetsflowersforchronicpain)
  8. Jan (The Snail of Happiness)
  9. Toni (The Girl in Yoga Pants)
  10. Barbara (Me, My Magnificent Self)

Versatility, Imagination and another Dragon

11 Dec 13
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Thanks to both Katarina from Painfully Aware, Shaun from prayingforoneday, and In Loving Memory Of Jody Ann Bales for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award, In Loving Memory Of Jody Ann Bales also nominated me for The Imagine Award and Michelle from Fibro… Dealing and coping through laughter and tears for nominating me from another Dragon’s Loyalty Award.

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The Imagine Award was started by a my friend Jenn at thefibrotasticlife.com. So, I will let her tell you all about it:

What is The Imagine Award?

“The Imagine Award” is an award created by Jenn Mulherin (who is the writer of the blog “My Fibrotastic Life!”) in October of 2013. This award was made in order to recognize the bloggers who express their passion and dedication towards their blogs through their creativity.

How is creativity found in a blog?

Just like beauty, creativity is in the eye of the beholder. There are many unique ways which bloggers can express their creativity. Creativity can be displayed through:

Words (such as writing fictional stories or real life experiences, poetry, quotes, using metaphors, etc.)
Pictures (this can include photos, comics, computer-drawn pictures, etc.)
The layout of the blog page
The degree of creativity is one of the qualities in a blog which not only draws more readers, but it shows how much the blogger cares about their blog. The caretaking of a blog is like taking care of a plant. In order to keep it healthy and growing, you need to feed the blog with your ideas and give it a lot of love.

If I am nominated for The Imagine Award…then what??

In your post which is dedicated to your award…

1. Copy and paste the award to your post.
2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog page to your post.
3. List 3-5 things about the nominator’s blog that you like (which you think are very creative).
4. Nominate 5 other bloggers/blogs which you think display a fantastic use of creativity and imagination.
5. Notify your nominees.
6. Copy and paste The Imagine Award to your blog page.

*If you decline The Imagine Award, that is okay, but please pass the award to a blog that you find to be very creative.

So, what do I like about In Loving Memory Of Jody Ann Bales? Let me tell you:

  1. The simplicity of her blog layout makes it very easy to read her posts.
  2. Her ‘header’ (not sure if that’s the right word) image is beautiful and captures my imagination about where the angel is and who she’s looking down on.
  3. I love the simple use of images and the different types of posts, e.g. Letter to Jody

The rules for The Versitile Blogger Award are:

Here are the rules for the award:

Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

So as per the last few Award posts I’m hoping to conserve energy, so I’ll share 7 interesting facts about myself and will nominate the same bloggers for both the Versatile Blogger Award and the Imagine Award, but not the Dragon’s Loyalty Award.

7 more interesting facts about me:

  1. My eyes seem to change between green and bluish grey depending on what I’m wearing.
  2. I have quite a collection of soft toys.
  3. During high school, singing and walking were my escape mechanism when I was stressed or upset.
  4. I struggle to sleep, especially when home alone.
  5. My favourite tv shows are usually mystery and crime related; especially Bones, NCIS and BBC ones, like Sherlock.
  6. I don’t really have a favourite colour (bright colours and multi-coloured is usually good)
  7. My best time of day for mental activity is mid-morning after I’ve had breakfast and done some form of exercise.

And onto the nominations:

I hope 10 is enough because I’ve spent 3 days on this post now and I can’t focus on it any longer 🙂

Congratulations to all the nominees and thank you to everyone for reading my blog.

Don’t forget you can now follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

So Many Award Nominations!

03 Dec 13
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Wow, It seems that whenever I think I’ve got on top of my award nominations, more appear! Given my limited energy I’m going to try and combine these into one post, so I apologise for the length of this post (it’s taken me a few days to write!)…

I’d like to thank Julie from Counting My Spoons, and thebetterwaycfs from The Better Way for nominating me for 2 more Dragon’s Loyalty Awards.


Again, I’m going to cheat with this one and just provide 7 more interesting facts about me:

  1. I’m left handed.
  2. I’m easily distracted by bright colours or multicoloured items.
  3. My first concert with friends was Human Nature.
  4. I performed in several musicals while at school.
  5. Since being ill, I’ve watched all epsidose of M.A,S.H and QI.
  6. I used to live in a communal house which has sinced been turned into a cinema and tavern (http://www.wallistavern.com.au/)
  7. I’m the oldest of 3, but used to have 4 step brothers and sisters as well.

Jenn from My Fibrotastic Life has amazingly nominated me for both the WordPress Family Award and the Parliament Award.

So, let’s start with the WordPress Family Award:


The rules for this award are simple:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your wordpress experience and family

4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them

5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people that have taken you as  a friend, and spread the love.

So here are my nominations:

  1. Jess from My Journey Thru M.E.
  2. Dawn from dawnyhosking
  3. Jenn from My Fibrotastic Life
  4. Celeste from Baking, Butter, & Happiness
  5. Leslie from Just Another F Bomb
  6. Trisha from Notes From the Fog
  7. Jess from noonegetsflowersforchronicpain
  8. Julie from The Nocturnal Laundress
  9. Claire from Living Being Doing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  10. Resistance

Now I’ve completed that long list we can move onto the Parliament Award:


This new and beautiful set of awards (which you need to post both badges on your post) was created by Bishop Eddie Tatro .


Now onto the rules…

  1. Firstly, display the Award on your site (see Award page or sidebar!) You earned it and you deserve it!
  2. List a few things that make you a loyal member.
  3. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  4. Nominate at least five (5) well deserving bloggers whose loyalty and love you value and consider part of your Parliament and Pack; for the Award and let them know the wonderful news by sending them a message on their site.



So, what makes me a loyal member?

  • I always reply to everyone’s comments and try and address any queries as quickly as possible.
  • I read and comment (or like) other people’s posts.
  • I try to respect everyone’s privacy and feelings when I write my posts.

My 5 nominations for this award are:

  1. Celeste from Baking, Butter, & Happiness
  2. Dawn from dawnyhosking
  3. Jess from noonegetsflowersforchronicpain
  4. Leslie from Just Another F Bomb
  5. Trisha from Notes From the Fog

And Finally…

I’ve been nominated for a WEGO Health Rookie of the Year Award. Thank you to those of you who have supported me.

According to their site, these awards are designed to give back to those who inspire you. The Rookie of the Year Award is to:

Help the newbie in your community continue down the path they have started with some positive feedback and support.

You can nominate people in your community for one of their 14 great Health Activist Awards here.

NaBloPoMo Wrap Up

30 Nov 13
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I can’t believe it’s been a month already since I started this blog! So much as happened in the past month and I’m so glad I got to participate in NaBloPoMo as I way of kick starting my blog. I have already made some great friends and begun many new creative adventures as a result of this blog.


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I thought a great way to wrap up NaBloPoMo was to review what has happened over the last month, so here we go:

At the beginning of the month I shared a sneak peak into my craft ideas, and over the month I shared more of the craft projects I had completed.

During the month the Mentor’s Channel was also hosting a 21 days of gratitude meditation series. Through this I questioned what my life purpose was, and shared things I was thankful for.

My series of posts on Living with Chronic Pain and Illness focussed on special events, managing personal expectations, maintaining relationships, resting, a healthy diet for me, and exercising. I even shared one of my favourite breakfast/dessert recipes and discussed issues about  driving.

Pushing myself past my boundaries seemed to be a theme of the month as I learnt to pace myself and define my boundaries clearly. This led to me writing about ways to reduce stress and sharing TED Talks that will cheer you up.

As I attempted to describe my symptoms clearly, creative writing became an outlet with Foggy Frog and Friends appearing in stories and poems. I also introduced you to my talismans/support crew against Foggy Frog and Friends.

E and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary (so I shared some details from our wedding) we had a friends wedding, E’s dad’s 60th, and E participated in a ride for charity.

I was really blessed and overwhelmed at the support this community showed me over the past month. I recieved a Unique Leaves Award, an Inner Peace Award, THREE Dragon’s Loyalty Awards, and TWO Blog of the Year 2013 Awards! I really didn’t expect anything like this when I’m just beginning.

Facebook and Twitter accounts were set up to be able to get to know you better and connect with more people.

WOW, that’s a lot in one month!!! Given how busy this month was, it’s not surprising there were times when I was not at home and collapsed on the couch!

I’d like to thank each and every one of you who read and commented on my posts. Your support has definitely mean a lot to me. Thank you!

Did you participate in NaBloPoMo? If so, how did you go?

Guess What?!?! I’ve got another Dragon and a 2 Star Blog!

29 Nov 13
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I’ve been nominated for yet another 2 awards!

Thank you so very much to Celeste over at the wonderful Baking, Butter, & Happiness for nominating me for another Dragon’s Loyalty Award AND another Blog of the Year Award!

As I wrote previously, Celeste and I have a lot in common and she has a wonderful combination of life stories and delicious recipes over on her blog. I really recommend visiting if you haven’t already.


Celeste has made it clear that she doesn’t want those of us who have already received the Dragon’s Loyalty Award to repeat the process, but I thought it would be unfair not to at least share 7 more interesting facts about myself, so here we go again…

  1. Although I’ve now been overseas 4 times (New Zealand, USA and Malaysia – twice ), I haven’t been to many places around Australia yet.
  2. I’d love to go on Safari in Africa and see the wildlife.
  3. I’m a huge David Attenborough fan.
  4. Although I love the idea of gardening, so far I haven’t had that much success doing it myself.
  5. I’d do almost anything for Haigh’s Dark Chocolate Mint Frogs (they’re dairy free as well so I can still eat them)!
  6. I’m over half way through a Bachelor of Education (Primary) but have had to put it on hold because of this illness.
  7. Our house is pretty much full of Lego.

Now that I’ve completed that, lets move on to the Blog of the Year Award.

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As previously mentioned, the rules to the “Blog of the Year” award are:

1-Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.

2-Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3-Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4-Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link:http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5-You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page. Click the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear

6-And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award-and then proudly display the award on your blog- and start collecting stars!

Because this post is already quite long and my energy is flagging I’m going to keep the nominations today short and sweet.

My Blog of the Year nominations go out to the two bloggers that inspired me to start blogging. Jess from My Journey Thru M.E. and Jenn from My Fibrotastic Life. Both of these ladies have inspired me not only to become part of the blogging community but also in other aspects of my life. Jess’s posts have helped me in my experimentation with what activity levels work for me, and Jenn has been an inspiration and one of my biggest supporters in exploring the other aspects of my creativity.

Congratulations to the award nominees and a massive thank you to Celeste and everyone else who has supported me and encouraged me throughout the last month. This has been a scary exercise, starting my own blog and sharing my life with the world, but you support and friendship has made it a very enjoyable experience and one I will continue participating in.

Blog of the Year Nomination!

26 Nov 13
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As mentioned in my previous post, There are Dragon’s Everywhere, 3 of my fellow bloggers had nominated me for awards in the past few days. In that post I wrote about the two Dragon’s Loyalty Awards I had been nominated for, in this post I want to thank Jenn from My Fibrotastic Life for nominating me for the Blog of the Year 2013 Award. This is an amazing honour to me, especially given I’ve only been blogging for the past month!

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Here are the rules to the “Blog of the Year” award:

1-Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.

2-Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3-Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4-Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link:http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5-You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page. Click the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear

6-And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award-and then proudly display the award on your blog- and start collecting stars!

Now onto the lovely nominees… (I’m starting to crash again, so this will be very short)

Jess (noonegetsflowersforchronicpain) writes about her life with chronic pain and the struggle and joys she has with having started a family since her accident. I have found her posts inspirational in helping me come to terms with achieving my goals even with a chronic illness.

Jan (The Snail of Happiness) writes about living a sustainable life in whatever way you can. This is a topic that is very close to my heart and I’ve found that her words really resonate with me.

Celeste (Baking, Butter, & Happiness) shares many of the same hopes and dreams for the future as me. She writes about living with chronic pain and cooking dishes that reduce pain.

Congratulations to all three of you, obviously I wish I could nominate each and every one of the blogs that I read but energy and logic dictates that I keep this list short.

There are Dragons Everywhere!

26 Nov 13
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Wow, I’ve been away (posting already written posts, or picture posts) for a few days and in that time I’ve been nominated for awards by 3 other bloggers!

To help me get through accepting them today I’m going to cheat a bit and combine two of them in this post.

I would really like to thank Dawn from dawnyhosking and Julie from The Nocturnal Laundress for both nominating me for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. Both of these ladies have amazing blogs with a great combination of illness related conversations and fun, entertaining posts. I hope you both don’t mind that I’ve combined you’re nominations into one post. I’m just coming out of a week long crash.


The philosophy of the award is: The Dragon’s Loyalty Award is an award for the loyal fan/commenter, whether the recipient is a fellow blogger or just someone who follows and comments regularly”. 

There are some rules that one must follow in order to fully accept the award and they are as follows:

  1. Firstly, display the Award on your site. You earned it and you deserve it!

  2. Link back to the person who gave you the award in your acceptance post;

  3. Nominate 15 well deserving bloggers for the Award and let them know the wonderful news by sending them a message on their site;

  4. List 7 interesting facts about yourself

So I think I’ll start with the 7 interesting facts about myself:

  1. I love singing, although since getting ill it uses up too much energy so I don’t do it as much as I used to.
  2. Before getting ill I had delivered environment and sustainability workshops across Australia and in Malaysia.
  3. Over half my wardrobe has come from Op Shops or Vintage Stores.
  4. I love musicals and animated movies.
  5. I have a life membership to our local Zoological Society.
  6. I have a double degree in Arts/Science with Honours in Environmental Sciences
  7. I’ve started writing a children’s book to help parents with ME/CFS and Chronic Pain explain what they are going through to their children

I hope 7 is enough because I don’t have the brain capacity to come up with any more 🙂

And now to nominate my loyal followers:

Dawn (dawnyhosking)

Jenn (My Fibrotastic Life)

Leslie (Just another F-Bomb)

Celeste (Baking, Butter, & Happiness)

Trisha (Notes from the Fog)


Someone’s Idea of Luxury

Julie (The Nocturnal Laundress)

The Better Way CFS

Julie (Counting My Spoons)

Claire (Living Being Doing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)

Thank you to everyone who reads and comments on my blog, I feel so privileged to be getting to know all of you!