BLOGGER AWARDS

The Vincent Ehindero Award and other award nominations

I am incredibly grateful to have received my first ever Vincent Enhindero award from Dulcy Singh and Lyn Crain. I am humbled by their acts of kindness; Dulcy and Lyn are a true representation of the lovely and selfless nature of the people that I am lucky to have encountered here on WordPress, during my blogging journey. Feel free to check out their blogs using the links below:

https://dulcyblogs.wordpress.com/

https://lyncrain.wordpress.com/

For those of you who don’t know about it, the Vincent Ehindero award celebrates the great work that bloggers are doing. Vincent Ehindero is a writer, influencer and motivator. He prides himself in seeing others smile, becoming better versions of themselves and sees everyone as a part of his family. I would like to thank Vincent Ehindero for the kind initiative taken to appreciate bloggers via this award. Please check out his blog here and I promise that you won’t be disappointed:

https://vincentehindero.wordpress.com/

I would also like to use this platform to thank the following people for their wonderful nominations.  Each of these people take pride in producing beautiful written creations, which bring a smile to my face, when I have the pleasure of viewing their blog posts every day:

Sunshine Blogger Award – bloggers who nominated me most recently (see my previous article below for my questions and answers):

https://thelighteningbug.wordpress.com/

https://seamlessecho.wordpress.com/

Oustanding Blogger Award – bloggers who nominated me most recently (see my previous article below for my questions and answers):

https://tallblondetales.com/

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award – bloggers who nominated me most recently (see my previous article below for my questions and answers):

https://tallblondetales.com/

https://kripaaluthra.wordpress.com/

https://thepennedsoul.wordpress.com/

The Outstanding Blogger, Sunshine Blogger & Liebster #2 and #3 Awards

A few days ago, I received a nomination from “Introverted thoughts” for The Outstanding Blogger Award, my first nomination in this category. This was shortly followed by my second and third nominations for the Liebster Award, from Parth and Dakshali Gupta. [Edit: Today I received another nomination from “Mae Flower” for the Sunshine Blogger Award].  I am humbled and greatly appreciative of their kind gestures. As always, I continue to remain grateful for the support of my fellow bloggers, whose wonderful words motivate and uplift me.

First and foremost, I would like to thank “Introverted Thoughts” for the nomination. Introverted thoughts has a beautiful blog, and her webpage is neatly organised with written work including thought-provoking articles that detail on a range of topics, from watches to nursery rhymes.  If that wasn’t enough, there are also other categories on her page, consisting of exquisite pieces of poetry and some wonderful book reviews – if you are a fan of Harry Potter, her page is a must-see! Introverted Thoughts isn’t shy of a collaboration or two, so if you enjoy collaborating with other blogs, I would not hesitate to contact her. Introverted Thoughts is the most kindest soul, who writes with her heart and is very supportive of other people’s work too.

https://myrandomspecificthoughts.wordpress.com/

Secondly, I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to Parth. I am very glad to have had the opportunity to come across his blog, as I can confidently say that we quickly became very good friends, despite living in two different continents! Parth uses his blog as a means of communicating lovely and uplifting thoughts, in the form of poetry. If ever you are in need of a positive perspective on life, his blog will fulfil those requirements and take it a step further. Parth writes about a variety of topics including God, karma, finding your smile and ways to prevent anxiety and stress. Like myself, Parth has been around for a short period of time, so please check out his page and support his work:

https://poetry.p2.blog/

Thirdly, I would like to thank Dakshali Gupta for her kind nomination. Dukshali is truly talented and puts her heart and soul into writing such beautiful poetry; I feel truly blessed to have come across her creations. Dukshali writes poetry in both Hindi and English, on numerous subjects including love, nature and flowers, life and inspiration. Her words are motivating, speak volumes and resonate well with the reader. Please give her blog some love and check out her page, I promise that you won’t be disappointed:

https://poetrylance.wordpress.com/

Finally, a big thanks to “Mae Flower” for my first Sunshine Blogger Award nomination. Mae Flower is genuinely a kind person who loves to write and hopes that her blog will inspire people to see the good in everything. Mae Flower loves the odd quote and isn’t afraid to post these onto her site. Her writing focusses on life and positivity and almost resembles a diary format, where she discusses her typical week, summer goals and much more.

https://musingsofamaeflower.wordpress.com/

THE RULES:-

This post will focus on the Outstanding Blogger Award, as I have done a previous post on the Liebster award.

1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (Very important: see why in step 5).
This award was created by Colton Beckwith.  https://coltonbeckwithrpc.wordpress.com/2020/05/08/the-original-outstanding-blogger-award/
2. Answer the questions provided.
3. Create 7 unique questions.
4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated.
5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

So, below are my answers to the questions…

INTROVERTED THOUGHTS QUESTIONS FOR HANNAH:-

1. What is the most useful lesson that someone has taught you/that you have learnt? – Good things in life do not come easy; one must put in the work to achieve what they want. The process of doing so, allows us to learn from our mistakes and better ourselves. Never give up on something if you really want it.

2. If you could eradicate any one evil forever, what would it be? – Selfishness/greed. The idea that people will put themselves over others, often for the sake of money or achieving social status. This can lead to lying, committing crimes, being unfaithful and ignorance towards other people’s feelings and needs. It has also bought about racism, sexism, wars and destruction of our planet and its creatures.

3. What is the funniest experience you have had? – I once mistook a stranger’s car for my dad’s car, opened the car door and actually sat on the passenger seat. Suddenly I saw that the driver was someone completely random, who looked very confused, so I apologised and got out of there!

4How would you describe yourself in three words? – Friendly, passionate and hard-working.

5What advice would you want to give to new and upcoming bloggers?
*Go for it, blogging has many benefits. For instance, it has helped to express my thoughts and articulate myself better, in addition to being able to connect with different people around the world.
*Be original, people should like your content for what it is; don’t be afraid to write from the heart, even if your blogging style may seem “different” from others.
*The people that I have met through this platform are genuinely some of the kindest people I know, so don’t be afraid to reach out and tell someone if you like their work or if you would like to do a collaborative piece.

PARTH’S QUESTIONS FOR HANNAH:-

1. What are your hobbies? – My hobbies include travelling, reading, watching documentaries, listening to music, art, playing the keyboard, exercise, yoga, cooking, fashion and interior décor – and now blogging as well!  I love meeting new people and making friends.

2. Why did you start blogging? – I wanted to use my new-found time during the pandemic to learn different things and develop myself as a person. On my list of things to do was to produce some artwork and improve my IT skills, by creating a website from scratch. I also received a few positive comments on Instagram about my artwork and was given the suggestion to put my art on a website. Thus, I decided to join the WordPress community.

3. What life lessons have you learnt from your parents? – Nothing in life is free and we must work hard to earn the things we desire in life. To be kind and treat others how we would want to be treated. To be honest and truthful. To be content with little, appreciate family and value education. To be open to criticism and learning new things from others.

4. If you have two tickets for a World Tour, who would you choose to go with? – My sister, we are very close and I consider her to be my ultimate best friend. She’s hugely into music and won’t stop singing!

5. What type of food you like? – I am quite the foodie; I love a good buttermilk chicken burger, Thai curry, pasta, falafel, Nachos, quesadillas, grilled chicken beyti kebab and Nandos (British people will understand that one). Brunch is my favourite meal of the day, I like a good egg and avocado sourdough toast or waffle. Dessert-wise, I have a weakness for a chocolate fudge brownie served with chocolate ganache and vanilla ice cream.

DAKSHALI’S QUESTIONS FOR HANNAH:-

1. Are you an Introvert or Extrovert? -I am an extroverted introvert. When I was younger, I would have definitely said that I was an introvert without any further thought. However, with age, I have become more confident and while I enjoy my introverted musings, I definitely gain satisfaction and get more out of a conversation, when I can have a healthy contribution towards it. I still enjoy listening to others and getting to know them too; no conversation should be one-sided. These days’ people are surprised when I tell them that I am an introvert!

2. What is your favourite movie and why? –10 Things I Hate about You. It’s the ultimate combination of teenage/coming of age, comedy and romance. The best thing yet is that it was made in the 90s, so it has an incredible soundtrack. It also has references to Shakespeare and “The Feminist Mystique”.

3. Who are your favourite bloggers? – I love all of the bloggers that I have had the privilege of getting to know. Each style of writing and friendship is unique and I honestly would be torn if I had to choose between bloggers.

4. What’s special about the country you live in? – I live in England, U.K. We are known for having the Queen, Harry Potter, Shakespeare and many classic reads. As well as, its universities (Oxford and Cambridge), drinking plenty of cups of tea, pubs, fish and chips, the Big Ben, red buses, black cabs and the Beatles.

5. Favourite destination outside your country?– I love Italy, for the many beautiful cities of love with wonderful views, food and fabulous weather. I also really enjoyed seeing Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, I just remember being stunned at the views, as they are some of the best that I have seen.

MAE FLOWERS’ QUESTIONS FOR HANNAH:

1. What are your main goals in life? – To travel the world, find a life partner and eventually start a family, live a long, healthy and happy life, to have an impact on the world by contributing towards something that will bring about good change, and finally to feel accomplished in my career knowing that I am good at what I do and have achieved career progression.

2. Would you rather take a vacation on the beach or in the mountains? – That is truly a hard question for me. Although I do love the beautiful views that come with a mountain, I think that I’d opt for the beach, since this is a vacation related question and I do love my holiday strolls along the beach!

3. If your room was on fire and you had time to save one thing, what would it be? (Besides pets or family members, etc.) – My artwork. Sadly I can’t save my massive wardrobe of clothes 

4. What is something you would like to learn or wish you were better at? – Languages.

5. If you could travel anywhere in the world for free, where would you go? – I would love to take the time out to see Australia, New Zealand and Asia; specifically Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Bali, Sri Lanka and see more of India.

I NOMINATE:

I nominate the following bloggers, as these are some of the blogs that I have enjoyed visiting and reading. Apologies if you have already received a nomination for the Outstanding Blogger Award. The decision is entirely yours regarding if you wish to participate, and if it’s a yes, then I cannot wait to hear from you and read your answers! If I haven’t nominated you, then by all means feel free to nominate yourself. You are more than welcome to!

  1. Didis Art Design https://didisvgp.wordpress.com/
  2. Blondeyonamission https://tallblondetales.com/
  3. Cbholganza https://cbholganza.com/
  4. Kimmagic https://kimayasmagic.wordpress.com/
  5. New Bloggy Cat https://newbloggycat.com/
  6. Cindy Georgakas https://uniquelyfitblog.com/
  7. Potter head Anya https://potterheadaanya.in/
  8. Arati Banstola https://aratibanstola.wordpress.com/
  9. Eromonsele Emmanuel https://ericotrips.wordpress.com/
  10. Goff James https://goffjamesart.wordpress.com/

MY QUESTIONS TO NOMINEES:

  1. What inspired you to write a blog?
  2. State your favourite quote OR Is there a book that changed your life? If so, in what way?
  3. What is your definition of success?
  4. What is your biggest fear?
  5. What have you learned during this pandemic?
  6. If you won the lottery, what would you spend that money on? (Imagine that you have won millions).
  7. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Thank you for reading this post.

The Liebster Award & Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

A few days ago, I received by first ever award nomination from Dulcy Singh for the Liebster Award; this was quickly followed by another nomination from Thobile Simelane for the Ideal Inspiration blogger award, so I took the decision to do a 2 in 1 post!

For those of you who are still getting to know me, my blogging journey started just over a month ago and I didn’t expect to receive any award at all, so I felt pleasantly surprised, humbled and deeply moved by their wonderful acts of kindness. I’d also like to say a massive thanks to everyone else who has supported me in my journey so far and has contributed towards my milestones (today I reached 400+ followers, thank you!).

If you who haven’t had the chance to check out these bloggers, I’d recommend their pages:

  • Dulcy Singh – dulcyblogs – Dulcy loves to tell stories on her platform about a range of topics. She isn’t afraid to put in the occasional quote and her writing is truly inspiring and thought-provoking. Dulcy is very friendly and has made me feel welcomed on this new platform, often supporting my work with wonderful and uplifting praise.
  • Thobile Simelane – therealityoflife140189985 – Thobile is relatively new to the platform, like myself. She blogs about how to grow as a person and teaches readers to do what is morally right. She is an avid supporter of God and religion. Thobile is a kind and humble person, who supports other people in their work. She was quick to recognise me as a blogger and supported me, an act of kindness which never goes unnoticed in my eyes.

THE RULES:-

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Answer their questions.
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers (Liebster award) or upto 9 bloggers (Ideal inspiration award). In this case, I will nominate 20 bloggers, who can choose which award they would like to accept or they can accept both if they wish.
  4. Ask your nominees 11 questions (Liebster award) or 5 questions (Ideal inspiration award). I’m going to give my nominees 10 questions to answer.
  5. Notify the nominees about the nomination.
  6. List the rules and display the award logo.

DULCY’S QUESTIONS FOR HANNAH:-

  1. Do you like stories? Yes, I spent most of my childhood with my head stuck in a book and found that from a young age I had advanced quickly to reading adult books. I continue to enjoy reading, using this as a means of escapism from everyday life. I am currently re-reading The Alchemist, one of my favourites.
  2. Which country do you belong to? I was born and raised in London, so I am a British citizen but I have origins from India.
  3. When is your birthday? 4th February.
  4. Suggest a story theme. Fear, romance and emotional scars.
  5. What inspired you to write a blog? I wanted to use my time during the pandemic to learn new things and develop myself as a person. On my list of things to do was to produce artwork and improve my IT skills, by creating a website from scratch. I also received a few positive comments on Instagram about my artwork and was given the suggestion to put my art on a website. Thus, I decided to join the WordPress community. Although I never thought about Blogging, I see this as an added bonus; I have thoroughly enjoyed blogging and find it to be very therapeutic. I used to write my own stories and poetry, so writing a blog felt natural to me.
  6. If you could have a wish then what would it be? To end world poverty and make every person smile.
  7. Describe yourself. People would describe me as friendly and out-going, fashionable, hard-working, honest, thoughtful, competitive, a perfectionist, intelligent, creative and analytical. I take pride in making others happy and I want to make a difference to the world. I work as an Account Executive within the publishing industry. My hobbies include travelling, reading, watching documentaries, listening to music, art, playing the keyboard, exercise, yoga, cooking, fashion and interior décor – and now blogging as well! I have had my fair share of hardships in life, but I feel like they have shaped me into a stronger and more resilient, head-strong individual. I believe strongly in equality for all.
  8. What is your favourite place that you want to visit again? Does Disney world count? I found this to be a hard question, as I enjoy travelling and have had the novelty of seeing many places around the world. I would say that Vegas and the Grand Canyon really captivated me, Italy has always been one of my favourite places to see and Niagara Falls was incredibly beautiful as well.
  9. One weakness you want to overcome. I would say that because I am a perfectionist, sometimes I have to accept that I can’t control everything that happens in life and I would benefit from taking a back seat and having more trust more in others. I have been working on this by considering the feedback that I receive and coming up with new ways of doing things.
  10. What are your learnings during this corona pandemic? Don’t take life for granted! I have learned to appreciate everything that I have and to have a more positive outlook on life, in spite of the obstacles it throws in your way. I have used this time to invest into the people who really care about me and matter the most.
  11. Your favourite quote(s).
    “Life is a fashion show and the world is our runway” – Marc Jacobs
    “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” – Aesop
    “Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have” – Unknown

    “We build too many walls and not enough bridges” – Isaac Newton

THOBILE’S QUESTIONS FOR HANNAH:-

  1. How do you view other people? I feel like this can be subjective, depending on who the person is. A person can be seen as funny, honest, loving, happy, maternal, wise, intelligent, kind, benevolent, humanitarian, fashionable, sporty, girly, masculine, extroverted, introverted, powerful, lucky, successful, moody, panicky, stressed, gullible, naïve, mean, scary, narrow-minded, untrustworthy, fake, stubborn, short-tempered, conceited and traumatised.
  2. If every individual in your life treated you exactly how you treat other people, how would you feel? I would feel good knowing that those people would have my back through thick or thin and are trustworthy. I have often pondered as to why certain people behave the way they do – that is to say, why certain people feel the need to belittle others and treat them with little regard.
  3. If your answer to the above was that you felt bad, then why do you continue to treat people that way? I very rarely treat someone in a bad way, or hold those intentions. If I see that I have, then I will stop and try to put it right.
  4. If your answer to the above was that you felt good, then how can you influence change? By using my platform to educate people, continue to read and educate myself more and generally being proactive and participating in events and actions that influence change.
  5. Do you think that there is a difference between living and existing? Yes, I feel that existing is merely surviving and fulfilling our sole purpose/biological function on earth. Whereas living is when we are proactive, do go the extra mile and do something that actually makes a difference.

I NOMINATE:
I nominate the following bloggers, apologies if you have already received a nomination in any of these categories. I believe that everyone nominated exhibits the traits and qualities worthy of both of these awards, however you can pick whichever one you like, or do both if you prefer to. If I haven’t nominated you, then by all means feel free to nominate yourself. You are more than welcome to!

*Chetna – cityofcuriotivity95
*Milford Street – milford-street
*gulfcoastpoet
*Sam – onechancetoseetheworld
*Shantanu Baruah – ckonfab
*Words Monsters Me – wordsmonstersme
*Charlotte – bewitchingbooksravenousreads
*Nabeela – nabeelasblog
*angelswhisperer2011
*Shanessa – mydaysinmontana
*P@rth – poetry.p2
*Msdedeng – thededengblog
*Navin – navinspoems
*The Free Thinker – thetruthregister
*Charles – thevaleofsoulmaking
*Jonicaggiano – the-inner-child
*mtaggartwriter
*Vanya Rajwar – thesoulsurge
*Flora Ashe – florafiction
*Sabiscuit

MY QUESTIONS TO NOMINEES:

  1. What inspired you to write a blog?
  2. What are your favourite hobbies/pastimes?
  3. State your favourite quote OR Is there a book that changed your life? If so, in what way?
  4. If you could choose one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  5. What is your definition of success?
  6. What is your biggest fear?
  7. What have you learned during this pandemic?
  8. If you won the lottery, what would you spend that money on? (Imagine that you have won millions).
  9. What places are on your travel bucketlist to see?
  10. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Thank you for reading this post.

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