The Blogger Recognition Award

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Some people don’t care for Blogger Awards or have mixed opinions. Personally I deeply appreciate being appreciated. It is encouraging to know people hear me and even though I am working on feeling worthy of awards, I know that my voice counts. Thanks so much to  Kat from Familyfurore.com, a Mental Health Blog, for this nomination and most of all her kind words. To be nominated for an award is wonderful; but, to be recognized for being “humble and honest” means even more. Kat writes about being a mom and taking care of her daughter who struggles with several mental health issues. Please check her blog out at http://familyfurore.com/welcome-blog-mum-carer/thank you

I started my blog as a place to share my journey back from a severe mental breakdown in 2005. I got stuck on my About me page for 2yrs before I came back and moved on.  I took some blogging courses here on WordPress.com that set me on my path. I try my best to share my life and my struggles as a woman with mental illness. I am inconsistent and disappear for a months at a time; but, I always return and am always welcomed. It is a home to come in out of the storm. 

My advice to beginner bloggers would be not only to write about what you are passionate about; but, also what you know. I have tried to write about other subjects; but, having mental health issues is something I know about, therefore, I will always have something to write. Also, learn how to free write. This is something I am still working on. As you are writing your post, just let it out and then go back and edit. I have a habit of trying to perfect it as I go along and then lose my momentum. Lastly, read other blogs; it is good to observe what others are writing and how they have their blogs structured, and best of all, it is how to build your community.

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My nominations are to people whom I’ve traveled through this blogosphere for a while now. I respect them, their creativity and bravery to share their stories. I wish I could pick more than ten, because everyone who shares themselves deserve recognition. ❤

 

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1) https://therabbitholez.wordpress.com/

2) https://thissickfoundation.wordpress.com/

3) https://spiritualdragonfly.wordpress.com/

4) https://leennascreativebox.wordpress.com/

5) https://kustomkarl67.wordpress.com/

6) https://teleportingweena.wordpress.com/

7) https://randomsbyarandom.wordpress.com/

8) https://drkottaway.com/

9) https://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com/

10) https://visionariekindness.com/

To participate in the Blogger Recognition Award:

1. Show your gratitude to the person who nominated you and provide a link back to the person’s blog.
2. Give a brief story on your blog.
3. Share two or more pieces of advice for beginner bloggers.
4. Choose 10 other bloggers to nominate.
5. Comment on each blog, letting them know they’ve been nominated and provide a link to your award post.

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The Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Thanks so much Ms. Ethel Duck! Your blog Diary of a Recovering Codependent is truly inspiring. I am honored to receive this award from you.

This award isn’t like the others and is special to me because it acknowledges being a loyal fan and reader. I do pride myself in trying to keep up with reading the blogs of my peers. It’s challenging at times; but I feel it’s so important to show my respect and support.

If it weren’t for the support of my readers, I am not sure I’d be blogging still. It’s their loyalty that keeps me sustained.

Here are the rules to accepting the award:

1) DISPLAY THE AWARD CERTIFICATE ON YOUR WEBSITE
2) ANNOUNCE YOUR WIN WITH A POST AND LINK TO WHOEVER PRESENTED YOUR AWARD
3) PRESENT 15 AWARDS TO DESERVING BLOGGERS
4) DROP THEM A COMMENT TO TIP THEM OFF AFTER YOU’VE LINKED THEM IN THE POST
5) POST 7 INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF

I apologize for bending the rules; but, it was impossible for me to list only 15 and very difficult to stop at 20. Whether you frequently like my posts, or comment in times of need; I thank each and every one of you that has stopped to read my words.

Here are but a few of you:

1) https://poemsandpoemes.wordpress.com/

2) https://alittlecolorneverhurtsblog.wordpress.com/

3) https://kneal1.wordpress.com/

4) https://aunnielauren.wordpress.com/

5) https://ultimatesolace.wordpress.com/

6) https://mariabrinkley.com/

7) https://postcardsfromasemi-madwoman.com/

8) https://dianereedwiter.wordpress.com/

9) https://randomsbyarandom.wordpress.com/

10) https://meredithlbl.com/

11) https://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com/

12) https://myambivalentexistence.wordpress.com/

13) https://inspiredstoriesandpoems.wordpress.com/

14) https://learningat40.wordpress.com/

15) https://theexceptionaleveryday.wordpress.com/

16) https://livinglearningandlettinggo.wordpress.com/

17) https://triumphantwings.wordpress.com/

18) https://cherished79.wordpress.com/

19) https://andrewmferrell.wordpress.com/

20) https://indelibleme2.wordpress.com/

The next part of accepting this award is to list 7 interesting facts about me. I’m not sure what constitutes interesting; but, here goes:

  1. My name: I am named after the Virgin Mary. Maria is the greek version of Mary. I also don’t have a middle name, because it’s greek tradition to use your father’s name; but, my mother protested. My greek last name is Kritos; however, when my grandparents came to America it was misspelled in translation and became Kriton. I use my mother’s maiden name Fairbrother. I always thought Maria Fairbrother would be a great name if I had made it as an actress.
  2. When I was 8yrs old, I decided I wanted to be a movie star. A dream I carried well into my adulthood.
  3. I attended both Modeling and Acting school. I worked as a model for many years, hoping it would lead me to an acting career.
  4. When I was 22yrs old, my movie star ambitions derailed; and I became an exotic dancer. I climbed this career ladder for 16yrs, and worked as a burlesque style showgirl traveling across the country.
  5. I was 25 when I moved to Hampton Beach, Nh. to perform in a Hypnosis show based on Star Trek. My hypnosis partner would later become my daughter’s grandfather. We also traveled to La to perform in Star Trek conventions where I had the oppurtunity to meet some of Star Trek’s cast members! Seeing Hollywood disillusioned my movie star dreaming heart. It was not as glamorous as I pictured.
  6. When I moved to Hampton Beach I also opened up a new age shop with my mom. It was called Mystic Visions. My mom did psychic readings and I made and sold candle, soaps, jewelry and more. These were very happy days.
  7. I met my (hypnosis show) partner’s son and fell in love. At 29 yrs old, I moved to Alaska in hopes of beginning a new phase of life. My relationship didn’t work out but a week after I came back home I found out I was pregnant! A new phase of life indeed!!!

None of these intriguing tidbits beat the fact that at 38yrs old, I lost my mom and had my nervous breakdown, leading me through the most interesting journey of my life. I am grateful you are all here with me. 🙂

 

The Encouraging Thunder Award

My friend Darren Scanlon of The Pen And The Page nominated me for this award last month. I had been feeling pretty down and this news helped lift me back up.

Thanks so much to you Darren! If you haven’t checked out his blog, you really should. From poems to protests, his blog always entertains!

Part of accepting this award is to explain why I blog. Initially, it was just to share my story and hopefully inspire a few people along the way. The mission is the same, only more pronounced.

It took me two years and a blogging course to move beyond my About page. My journey has been overwhelming at times; but it’s led me to finding my authenticity, and believing in who I am.

This award and the continued encouragement I receive helps me get through the tough times and persevere. I am determined to really open up and share what I’ve been through and where I am going; because now I know for a fact that I am inspiring people. That is why I blog; to know that my words helped another person.

Mental illness still has such stigma and people who suffer with it have an impossible time to believe they are good enough and strong enough to survive. I am here to tell them they can!

I have met many wonderful peers here and by reading their stories of survival, I am inspired. Here are my nominations for the Encouraging Thunder Award.

https://kickingstrokesassinwords.wordpress.com/

https://hastywords.wordpress.com/

https://diaryofarecoveringcodependent.wordpress.com/

https://thissickfoundation.wordpress.com/

https://hopeworkscommunity.wordpress.com/

Thank you for reading and sharing!

Rules for accepting the award

Post it on your blog.
Add the Encouraging Thunder logo.
Grant other bloggers the award.
Mention your purpose in blogging.
Thanks the person who nominated you .