Sunshine Blogger Award

I am incredibly honoured to have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by @C_Leavessunsets over at Crunchy Leaves and Sunsets. Thank you so much for the nomination and I am so excited to get going with my post. I have seen this award doing the rounds many times and dreamt of receiving a nomination so I am very happy to have finally gotten one.

 

Well, without further ado, let’s get into it!

 

1. If you could invite anyone to perform at your next birthday party, who would it be and why?

This is quite a tough one, as there are plenty of bands and singers that I would love to perform at my birthday party, big and small. Having to pick one is difficult. I think I would enjoy a more intimate performance, which eliminates a lot of the popular bands from the list. With that in mind, I am going to go with my very dear friend, who is an amazing singer and means the world to me. She knows who she is and may even be reading this too. Hint, hint haha.

 

2. What is your favourite item of clothing?

Oh, I like this one, despite not having many items of clothing. There are clothes that I think look great on me and they give me a big boost of confidence. I’m going to go with my favourite t-shirt, which is black with a skull and crossed guitars on it. I can’t find it right now, otherwise I would put up a photo but I think it makes me look good and it’s been a favourite t-shirt for a long time.

 

3. What three words would your friends use to describe you?

I have spent a while asking my friends what words they would use to describe me, as I don’t want to assume anything. I have been pleasantly surprised to see so many positive responses. I will list them below:

Kind, Caring and Warm

Intelligent, Caring and Gentleman

Best ****ing Human

Funny, Caring and Genuine

My Big Brother

Comical, Loveable and Fluffy

Nice, Beardy and Pretty

Caring, Passionate and Modest

 

Three guesses which one came from my younger brother.

 

4. Would you rather eat a hair sandwich or drink a shot of snot?

This is easy. I hate the feeling of having hair in my mouth and trying to eat a hair sandwich would be an absolute nightmare. It has to be the shot of snot!

 

5. What is your biggest pet peeve?

I have very few pet peeves but the ones I do have are very important to me. Things like poor grammar and loud eating. I think my biggest, however, has to be disrespect for your friends. Specifically, when you are sitting with friends and somebody is telling a story or speaking their opinion on a topic and somebody just constantly interrupts with nonsensical and irrelevant stories. Let your friend finish first. You would hate it if people spoke over the top of you.

 

6. If you could pick one cocktail to represent you, which would it be and why?

I really like this one, as I enjoy cocktails and don’t get to drink them often. I think I would like the White Russian or Caucasian to represent me. This I think comes from my love of the film “The Big Lebowski” and the character “The Dude”, as it’s his drink of choice and I wouldn’t mind being The Dude.

 

7. What is your guilty pleasure?

I don’t really have any guilty pleasures, as I have reached a stage of my life where I understand that I like what I like and I shouldn’t care if people judge me. That being said, I do really like playing bingo and a lot of my friends would take the mickey out of me for that!

 

8. Where are you going on your next holiday?

Well, I have actually been discussing going to Ibiza next year! My friend has won tickets to an event and we are going to book an apartment for it. It’s going to be a great time!

 

9. What do you like to do to indulge yourself?

When I am really indulging myself, I have takeaway food, such as pizza or a Chinese, and go to the pub for drinks. I love spending time with my friends and family so indulging myself almost always includes social events, where I can let my hair down and have fun.

 

10. What one thing could you not live without?

Music. It really is my first love and I do not know what I would do without it. I listen to it almost all the time, play it on my guitar and I love going to see live music. It resonates with me in an infinite number of ways and there is always something I can be listening to, no matter my mood.

 

11. If you could be an animal, which would you be and why?

I have always loved lions. I don’t really know why but they have always been my favourite animal. I would love to be a lion even for a day. They are so majestic and I can just imagine myself with a large mane, sitting so proudly and patiently.

 

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know me a little better and thank you very much to Vicky for the questions! Now it’s my turn to nominate some bloggers and ask my own questions!

 

I nominate:

@Blogabtnothing1

@catisbored

@bloggingbysoph

@NerdsNatterings

@BeccaBlogsItOut

@nicoleeblogs

@RealUnmapped

@provincialwoman

@TheFrznMind

@ZaraLouU

@BlogLove2018

 

The rules are:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their post.

2. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger asked you.

3. Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the awards and write 11 questions for them to answer

4. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your blog.

 

Here are your questions!

  1. What do you like to do with your time, other than blogging?
  2. Who has been your biggest influence during your time as a writer/blogger?
  3. Are you happy with your life at the moment?
  4. Where would you most like to travel and why?
  5. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
  6. Do you have any other talents, silly or serious?
  7. If you could pick one thing for which you are most thankful today, what would it be?
  8. What is your favourite snack and why?
  9. What is your favourite drink and why?
  10. Where is your favourite place to buy clothes and what do you usually buy?
  11. What is your biggest goal at the moment and are you working towards it?

 

I can t wait to see all of the answers to these! Thanks for reading and make sure you follow everybody in my list to see their answers!

 

Love and Peace

 

Song of the Day: 26/08/2018

My song of the day today is one which I haven’t listened to in a long time but used to love. It has resonated with me in a big way today but I don’t know why.

 

Here is “The Girl” by “City and Colour”.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Love and Peace

Song of the Day: 25/08/2018

I will try to do one of these every day but I may miss a few due to life’s happenings.

 

I’m feeling very low today, as well as ill. This song popped into my head and I just needed to listen to it. It’s quite a dark song and I really relate to it today. My head is going around in circles and I feel like 2 different people.

 

This is “Jekyll and Hyde” by “Five Finger Death Punch”.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Love and Peace

My Holiday So Far: This is the Life

I am sitting with a coffee that was made for me by my mum when I got out of bed. She also offered to make me a bacon roll for breakfast, which is currently on its way. My dad is sitting with the newspaper and my wee niece is walking around, chatting away to everybody, asking to go out and play.

I am sitting with a coffee that was made for me by my mum when I got out of bed. She also offered to make me a bacon roll for breakfast, which is currently on its way. My dad is sitting with the newspaper and my wee niece is walking around, chatting away to everybody, asking to go out and play. My sister-in-law has just told her they are going out to the park. All in all, I am very happy.

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This holiday has been just what the doctor ordered. A nice, relaxing few days away with my family. I haven’t done very much and that is definitely a good thing. The biggest thing I did was play a game of poker on the Friday night, which was a long and drunken night but it was the most fun I’ve had in a while (despite being put out first). The house I am staying in is huge and has everything that we could need, including 4 bathrooms. There is a massive kitchen/dining room, with a huge 8-seater dining table. There is a big conservatory with a corner couch and recliner chair. The conservatory looks out onto a garden that is almost as big as the house, which has plenty of bushes, flowers, some pebble walkways and even a pond.

I was actually due to come home today, as I had booked a doctor’s appointment for tomorrow morning; however, my mum could see how much this holiday was helping me mentally and emotionally and she has convinced me to call the doctor in the morning to ask if we could continue with the appointment over the telephone. I hadn’t even thought of this being an option so I was really happy for my mum to have suggested it. It’s exactly what I’m going to do and I am going to make the most of my time off.

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To give you a little bit of context as to why this holiday has been so incredibly good for me and my mental health, St Andrews is a very special place to me. I have been coming here every year for 20 years. I know the place like the back of my hand and consider it to be a second home. It is a very relaxing and peaceful place, where I feel 100% safe walking around, no matter the time of day. It has several beaches, where you can take in the sea air. There are some beautiful, scenic walks that are just a joy to take. The pubs here are so nice, with some of the friendliest staff around. It is a place that my entire family loves, which means we can all spend time together here and each one of us would enjoy ourselves and be happy.

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Where is your happy place? Is there a regular holiday that you take which makes you feel the happiest? Maybe you just have a place you can visit any time you like which makes you content? I would love it if you would share them with me. Now, I’m off to continue enjoying my holiday while I can.

 

Love and Peace

That Holiday Feeling

I’m currently sat on a bus, which is taking me to St Andrews for my yearly holiday with my family. I have been particularly anxious today and have felt my jaw clenching quite often; however, since I got on this bus, I have been gradually feeling better. More calm and more relaxed. I genuinely feel like this is because I am on my way to one of my favourite places on this Earth and I know that I will soon have my feet up, without a care in the world.

 

There is just something so unique about this feeling that I get when I am going on holiday to St Andrews. I love this feeling. There are very few things about which I get excited but I am defnitely excited about this. Not just excited but also content. A feeling of familiarity.

 

This is also one of the few times that my whole family gets together and spends an extended period of time in one house, enjoying each other’s company and doing our own thing as we please but always coming back together for dinner and days out. This is a genuinely precious time for me and I want to savour every moment.

 

Love and Peace

Song of the Day: 15/08/2018

 

Today’s Song of the Day is one that really got me moving whilst I was getting ready for my holiday. I always forget how good this song actually is!

 

This is “Assassin” by my all time favourite band, “Muse”.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Love and Peace

Song of the Day – 14/08/2018

My song of the day was going to be something else… until I realised what day it is.

 

It’s my late gran’s birthday. She would have been 86 today. I miss her, always and sometimes wish she was still here. Although, she lived a full life and did so many great things.

 

This is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, sung by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz”. This version was the one she had requested to be played at her funeral and it chokes me up every time.

 

 

I love you, Gran.

 

Love and Peace