Liebster Award Nomination

When I started this blog I was in a bad place in my life. I realized I need to stop living in my past and come to terms that the past lives within me. And that isn’t always a bad thing, it’s something that I can learn and grow from but hopefully along the way help, encourage, and inspire others. I have read some great writing stories both fictional and nonfictional and view some amazing art. There are so many talented individuals and all are uniquely awesome. I can’t thank the readers, writers, and artists enough for the encouragement Y’all (showing Southern roots) give.

With that being said, The Creative PTSD Gal was nominated for the Liebster Award (insert jumping up and down, screaming school girls image here). She is a blogger that I believe is one of the bravest I’ve read. She encourages other’s and has a wit about her writing that is relatable in one way or another. So, please visit This-door-is-alarmed, kick off your shoes and read for a while.

THE OFFICIAL RULES OF THE LIEBSTER AWARD 2018 (as seen on The Global Aussie)

The rules are:

  1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award logo.
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger sets you.
  3. Nominate blogs that you think are deserving of the award.
  4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Let your nominees know about their nomination!

So here it goes:

  1. What is your favorite thing beginning with the letter ‘s’?
    My favorite thing that begins with ‘S’ would have to be sleep. I know that sounds common but for a C-PTSD woman with insomnia, it’s a luxury at times.
  2. What is your quirk?
    I have so many but I think the one that I’m even mindful of is quoting movies during serious conversations. Someone would say a phrase that had to do with a quote and I would in turn finish with a movie quote.
  3. Of the blogs you follow, which is your favorite and why (please leave a reference to their site)?
    This is a tough one since I enjoy so many for many personal reasons. Discovering Your Happiness.  I can relate to so much of the information. It doesn’t feel like other mindful mental blogs I read.
  4. What five things do you hope to accomplish in the next five years?
    1-Self publish a successful collection of short stories
    2-Write a novel during NaNo month
    3-Bake a perfect loaf of white bread (I’m not a baker FYI)
    4-Be able to work from home writing and painting
    5-Encourage someone to follow their dreams 
  5. If I was reading a book, with you as the main character, how would the author describe you?
    Average brunette female with a little sass and a giving heart. Doesn’t quit but will slow down when needed. She is adventurous but stays close to home for safety. The mother figure when you need comfort and a friend when you need honesty.
  6. What do you wish you could change about yourself?
    Years ago I would have changed so much including experiences or regrets but now I wouldn’t change anything. I’m afraid if I did I would be the same person with a will that doesn’t quit.
  7. Which one famous person (real or fictional) would you like to meet and what would say or ask?
    This is a no-brainer and let me geek out for a minute of all things 80’s making a comeback (wearing chucks right now). I’m a huge fan of Stranger Things. I would tell Eleven it’s ok to be a kid and to let Hopper help guide her. I would tell Joyce, ‘Awesome for seeing your ex as the ass he is and sending him to the curb. You’re an awesome single mom and don’t doubt your capabilities and to also act as a good mother figure in El’s life.
  8. If you could have a super-power, what would it be?
    My super-power of choice would have to be writing without grammatical errors. If there is an error to be made, I’ll do it with a cape on!
  9. What are you most proud of?
    I most proud of not giving up on me. I came close a couple of times, once to close for comfort but that’s for a different time.
  10. What is one key thing blogging has taught you?
    It has taught me to appreciate everyone’s contribution. To build a community that you’re proud to be a part of. Build up new bloggers and admire the accomplished.
  11. What question do you wish I had asked you and what is the answer?
    What villain character could you sympathize with and why? I would have to say Gemma from Sons of Anarchy. Whatever she did as bad or manipulative as it was at the root of it she did care about her family.

My Nominees

Blue Sky Days 365
A Slapdash Talk
Tales from the mind of Kristian
Life Amazing

My Questions (it’s going to be ok)

  1. What villain character could you sympathize with and why?
  2. What vintage piece of clothing would you like to bring back and why?
  3. You’re are playing the leading role in a major film, what is the title and who is your character?
  4. When is the one time you trusted your instincts and they were right?
  5. What would you like to gain from your blogging experience?
  6. What is your go-to comfort food?
  7. Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings
  8. What book have you read more than once?
  9. Coffee or tea?
  10. Where do you find inspiration when you are stuck?
  11. What is the one holiday you go all out for?

    Thanks for reading 🙂 I look forward to reading everyone’s responses!

Sunshine Blogger Award

This is my first nomination ever and I was super excited, smiled nonstop when Liz nominated me as one of her 11 choices. She is a great writer and enjoyed her food pairing of jam and bacon. Thanks again, Liz.

I had no idea what Sunshine Blogger award was and did a little research, enough to get the jest. I wanted to nominate a lot but I’m only allowed 11 and some of the ones were already nominated by Liz. So here it goes, guys:


  1. Be polite, and thank the person who nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 question the blogger posed
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers and ask them 11 questions
  4. Display the Sunshine Blogger Award Logo
  5. List the rules


What is the funniest joke you know by heart?
I was a bartender for many years and a lot of jokes I know are really bad. But I had an exasperated customer come in one time and say, ‘Neither my teenager or my cat turn their heads when I call their name.’
What kind of cult would you like to start? or why not?
I would have to say it’s a hard ‘NOPE’ from me on starting one. However, I think I would be the person that would do research on one for a post or article.
What celebrity would you rate as a perfect 10?
Tom Hardy. His performance in ‘Legend’ playing himself and his psychotic twin as they run a crime empire was hilarious and serious. The actor made the movie.
Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life?
After thinking about this for some time I realized that there wasn’t a boring fictional character. Every character, in my opinion, is interesting and created for a reason, even the ‘boring’ ones. I think it’s because I want to know or I’ll imagine their backstory. To me, every fictional character is interesting.
What are some things that sound like compliments but are actually insults?
I’m one of the most AWKWARD people you will ever meet and this extends to receiving and giving compliments. I think the one time that I received a compliment was when I was going through a really dark time in my life. Suicide was a constant thought to be a solution to a problem. ‘You are so strong,’ was the compliment. Thanks for reminding me about how crappy my life is. No, I wasn’t being strong I was trying to make a decision that was best for me.
What’s the closest thing to real magic?
The closest thing to real magic is watching my kids use their imagination. The worlds that they are seeing must be amazing!
What is the craziest thing one of your teachers has done?
The craziest thing? OK, part confession time on my past. I was a smoker in the 10th grade (I have quit smoking this year and feel great) My history teacher had recently busted me for smoking in the bathroom. During the Battle of Gettysburg lesson, some students were acting out really bad. He had yelled at them and sent them to the office for their choice between a paddling or detention. Well, I was looking down at my book and he said in a stern voice, ‘Jo wait for me in the hallway.’ All I could think was, ‘What in the hell did I do to him?’ I did my walk of shame with whispers and taunting, ‘Oooh,’ following me. Waiting in the hallway I jumped when the door flung open and slammed shut. ‘Jo, do you have cigarettes on you?’ Hell, I’m already busted, ‘Yes,’ I said looking down at my shoes. ‘Can I please get one from you?’ I was shocked and shaking as I handed over the pack of Lucky Strikes for him to grab. I went back to class and he headed towards the teacher’s lounge. He came back more like himself. He was sitting at his desk looking over papers, ‘Oh, Jo…there are some forms for you and your parents to sign in the teacher’s lounge. Go ahead and go grab those before I forget to tell you. In the lounge was a note:
“Thank you for the smoke, go ahead and have one here as well. Lock the lounge doors.
Mr. J”
From that moment on we both had a mutual understanding and respect for each other.
What quote or saying do people spout but is complete BS?
It gets easier with time. No, the hell it doesn’t! At least not for me.
If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?
Who actually murdered my uncle?
What’s the most useless talent you have?
My most useless talent would have to be bending my thumb all the way to my wrist.
If animals could talk, which would be the rudest?
I giggle at the thought of this. I think the rudest animal would be a goose. I find them creepy and mean (insert childhood trauma experienced with a goose). Not only would they bite the dickens out of your bum, I also think they would have an arrogant tone with anything they say.

My Nominations (trying not to repeat nominees):

  1. KerDoodle Village
  2. Margaret Hunt
  4. kim
  5. stoneronarollercoaster
  6. makeartmagichappens
  7. summerstartstoshine
  8. talesfromthemindofkristian
  9. beckiesmentalmess
  10. asmuchcake
  11. emotionalnotions


  1. How did you decide on the name for your blog?
  2. What is the one pet peeve you have?
  3. What 1980’s song can you have to listen too?
  4. What or who influenced your passion?
  5. How did you choose the last book you read? Cover or recommendation?
  6. When you’re writing do you have to think about it or are your topics planned out?
  7. If you could rewrite the ending of a fairy tale what would it be?
  8. If there was one person you could meet who would it be?
  9. What extinct animal would you bring back and why?
  10. What weird food combination do you like?
  11. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I look forward to reading the answers and I hope you have fun with it.

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