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The Beautiful Blogger Award!

I am humbled and forever grateful to have been nominated for The Beautiful Blogger Award by Writer X at Thoughts from a spare room.

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The Beautiful Blogger Award recognizes bloggers who connect with their readers in a beautiful style and manner. From personal poetry to short stories, every blogger has a unique manifestation on how they want to connect their words to their viewers.

If you wish to accept this award, the following guidelines are below. There is no pressure to accept the award. I find your blog tremendously beautiful in story and in style.

The steps for The Beautiful Blogger Award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award! A warm, hearty, & standing ovation thank you to Writer X for recognizing how “beautiful” my blog is!
  • Add The Beautiful Blogger Award logo to your post and blog.
  • Nominate 7 beautiful bloggers and say a little something about why you love their blog.
  • Notify the nominees by commenting on their blog

My Nominees:

The list below is no particular order. All of the blogs below are very inspiring and I hope they inspire you too. Please check them out and support their story!

  1. insightintothemindd – A young woman blogger who I can relate to not only in age but in words as well. She supports my mental health awareness journey and blogs about mental health stigma something that is dear and near to my heart. I love your inspiration.
  2. Dog Dharma’s Blog – Written by a human who blogs about their enlightenment and connect with dogs and their trials and adventures. I love this writers honesty.
  3. Living Your Wholefullness – I enjoy reading the wonderful and beautiful poetry by Shery Alexander Heinis. Her poetry makes me feel whole and complete afterwards. I love Shery’s wisdom.
  4. Bipolar-Reb – This blog is written by a young gentleman who bipolar disorder. He writes openly about his illness and politics to share his stance with other readers. I love Tyler’s openness.
  5. The Other Side of Me – A blogger who blogs about her journey through some of her darkest moments in life, something, I, too, can relate. Ally I love the hope you have instilled throughout your blog posts.
  6. Just Plain Ol’ Vic – A blogger who blogs openly about his personal experiences. He connects with his readers in a comical yet understanding way. I really do love your humor.
  7. Nonsense & Shenanigans – A tremendous and courageous woman who blogs about her battle with mental illness and shares her personal experience with her readers. Tempest Rose, I love your dedication and passion.

Again, I thank you all for supporting Phoenix – The Rebirth of My Life and witness as I rise from the burning ashes of my mental illness.

My goal is to:

Raise mental illness awareness. Stop the stigma. Save a life.

Sending positive vibes your way,

Phoenix

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

I am honored and forever grateful to have been nominated for the  Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by EtFoster at It’s Usually the Quiet Ones and Writer X at Thoughts from a spare room.

sisterhood-of-world-blogger-award1Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award recognizes women bloggers from all around the world. I like to view this award as an opportunity to acknowledge phenomenal women bloggers who blog about a variety of topics from feminism to mental illness to even their experiences and advice on love and romance.

If you wish to accept this award, the following guidelines are below. There is no pressure to accept the award. I find your blog welcoming, genuine and sisterly.

The steps for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award! A warm, hearty, & standing ovation thank you to EtFoster and Writer X for recognizing the good in my blog and welcoming me into the sisterhood!
  • Add the Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award logo to your post and blog.
  • Answer 10 questions provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Provide 10 questions of your own for your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers for the award and notify them.

Questions for me to answered by both EtFoster and Writer X.

  1. Favorite flavor of ice-cream? –Cake Batter
  2. If you could be a certain age again, which age would it be and why? – If I could be a certain age again it would be 12 because that was the last year I remember and felt like a normal child prior to entering middle school where my mental illnesses started to fester and grow and changed me life.
  3. Do you listen to classical music? – Now, I do not. Growing up I used to all time because I was in the band and choir and just loved and adore the technique and style in the music.
  4. Favorite animal, fictional or real? – Rabbits/bunnies
  5. Have you ever seen an opera or ballet? If so which? – I have not but it is on my bucket list to do and see. This is like my ideal date with someone one day.
  6. The one fad you never really got into? – Purse shopping. Wearing purses, not entirely my thing I like to be a free woman while walking places.
  7. What is your favorite post of yours?- A poem a wrote in honor of my late friend Emily a poem titled Walking in Her Shadow.
  8. What was your first job? –Working as a cashier and drive thru taker at Burger King.
  9. Cats or dogs? – Dogs
  10. What’s your hobby outside of blogging? – Baking and cooking pasta.

Questions for my Nominees to answer:

  1. What was your favorite food when you were a child?
  2. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod or music device?
  3. What is one of your favorite quotes?
  4. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
  5. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
  6. What is your favorite form of exercise?
  7. What is your favorite month of the year?
  8. What’s your least favorite mode of transportation?
  9. What do you miss most about being a kid?
  10. What is your first memory of being really excited?

My Nominees:

The list below is no particular order. All of the blogs below are very inspiring and I hope they inspire you too. Please check them out and support their story!

  1. Living, Breathing, and Surviving , and Coping with Mental Illness
  2. bipolar2what
  3. My Psyche Reads
  4. Finding Your Inner Happiness
  5. Breaking the Silence
  6. So Illuminate Me
  7. Tough Momma Bear
  8. Journey in the Woods
  9.  Feministe Poetique
  10. Always we begin again…

Again, I thank you all, my brothers and sisters in the Blogging World for supporting Phoenix – The Rebirth of My Life and witness as I rise from the burning ashes of my mental illness.

My goal is to:

Raise mental illness awareness. Stop the stigma. Save a life.

Sending positive vibes your way,

Phoenix

The One Lovely Blog Award!

What a wonderful weekend! I thank you all for showing me such love by reading my entries and poetry to understand who I am and get a gist of my story. With that being said, I have been nominated for my 3rd award here on WordPress. Thank you to KP writer over at  Somnolent Soul: living life through words, naps, and photographs for the nomination.

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The One Lovely Blog Award recognizes blogs that are yes, lovely, but I would like to add a little bit more to the description. This award acknowledges bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with their viewers and followers.

Once again, thank you KP for the nomination and acknowledging how “lovely” my blog is.

The guidelines for the One Lovely Blog Award are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award. Again, a hearty thank you and standing ovation to KP for the nomination.
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post and blog.
  • Share 7 facts/or things about yourself. I shared 7 things about myself in my first award, but there are more interesting facts I to share!
  • Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.

7 Things About Me:

  1. I played the clarinet for 9 years.
  2. My cultural heritage is Jamaican. My family, on both parents side, reside in Jamaica.  So yes I do love ‘mi sum curry mon’.
  3. My first pet was a white bunny rabbit named SnowWhite. I absolutely love and adore rabbits!
  4. I was anorexic at age 13 later on diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and lost 61 lbs in 3 months by starving myself. I now reap the consequences from this decision now at age 21 with some minor health complications.
  5. I have a light birthmark on my chin that kids used to make fun of during my childhood days.
  6. My favorite subjects are mathematics and chemistry, hence why I am an engineering major student. In my spare time I enjoy writing sentences using the Periodic Table elements.
  7. In my spare time, I play online computer games such as Super Mario Bros or Tetris.

Nominations: Presented in no specific order, I find all of your blogs “lovely” and touching. Continue to share your thoughts and stories!

  1. Crazy Alice In Wonderland: …traveling in a mad mind…
  2. AshiAkira’s Blog: who writes tremendous Haiku’s
  3. Purplerays : Spiritual enlightenment and self improvement.
  4. Faceless Mind: Anon’s Story
  5. The Bonny Blog: The Good Blog
  6. Depression Disassembler: Writes about depression, one of my disorders.
  7. Tatsutani : Blogs about depression.
  8. Clearly Confused: Don’t Die Wondering
  9. Never Ask “What If?” 
  10. The Happy Pit Bull: Saving the Pit Bull. Crushing the stereotype. Once dog at a time.
  11. The Way Back: Find the survivor within.
  12. Bipolar Homosexuality: Bipolar is Not Mad & Gay is not a slut- Raise your standards.
  13. Meandering Thoughts : Valerie Stefani
  14. Susie Reece: Who raises suicide prevention awareness, something dear to my heart.
  15. Learning to Live On Purpose: Inspirational advice for women.

Please if you have not checked out the blogs above I highly recommend it!

I am honored and grateful to accept the One Lovely Blog Award.

Again, I thank you all and Somnolent Soul for supporting Phoenix – The Rebirth of My Life and witness as I rise from the burning ashes of my mental illness.

My goal is to:

Raise mental illness awareness. Stop the stigma. Save a life.

Sending positive vibes your way,

Phoenix

 

The Liebster Award!

I am once again honored and forever grateful to have been nominated for The Liebster Award by Tempest Rose  at Nonsense & Shenanigans: Trying to make sense out of the nonsense and shenanigans…but usually achieving the opposite.

liebsterawardThe Liebster Award recognizes new, up and coming  bloggers who have a certain number of followers, ranges from 200 to 3,000. Liebster is German meaning “beloved” “sweetest” “dearest”.  Essentially, I like to view this award as acknowledging some of the “sweetest” bloggers who connect their blogs to their viewers in a welcoming and hearty fashion.

If you wish to accept this award, the following guidelines are below. There is no pressure to accept the award. I find your blog genuine and would like you to know that I value your honesty and content.

The steps for The Liebster Award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award! A warm, hearty, & standing ovation thank you to Tempest Rose for recognizing the good in my blog!
  • Add The Liebster Award logo to your post and blog.
  • Answer 10 questions provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Provide 10 questions of your own for your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate 7 bloggers for the award and notify them.

**These are the general guidelines. With that being said, you do not have to do the full amount to accept the award. You can answer and/or ask only one question,nominate one person, whatever you feel comfortable doing. **

Questions for me to answer by Tempest Rose:

  1. What is one thing about your country that makes you unbelievably proud? – I live in the United States of America and I am proud to have the freedom to speak whatever my heart desires and the right to equal justice. I have several homosexual friends and I am so proud they have the right to get married and be happy here in America.
  2. Why did you start blogging? – I started my blog to raise mental illness awareness, stop the stigma, and save a life. I loss my best friend of 10 years to suicide on March 26th, 2014. She stood up for mental illness as I shied away from my illness. I want to continue her vision by sharing my story and help save a life.
  3. What is your one, ultimate, life-long dream? – My one, ultimate, life-long dream is to establish a scholarship fund in my name to give to young adults and teenagers who battle with mental illness and are afraid to speak out about it. One of the several things I want to do before I “die” i.e. on my bucket list. 

Questions for my Nominees to pick and choose to answer:

  1. If you were stranded on an island and only had 3 things, what would they be?
  2. If you could change one thing about your country, what would it be?
  3. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  4. If you could try something new today, what would it be?
  5. What is your life mantra?
  6. What is your biggest fear in life?
  7. If you could have dinner with one person (alive or deceased) who would it be and why?
  8. What is one thing you are proud of?
  9. What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen?
  10. Name a song that describes your life in a nutshell.

My Nominees:

The list below is no particular order. All of the blogs below are very inspiring and I hope they inspire you too. Please check them out and support their story!

  1. Marie Abanga’s Blog: A site about my thrilling life, emotions, and mental illness.
  2. Fit Recovery : Stay Clean Get Fit.
  3. Yeseventhistoowillpas: Share his wisdom and compassion through his writings.
  4. Gleen2point0: Opinions on Life, the Universe, and Mental things.
  5. Somnolent Soul: Living Life through the words, naps, an photographs.
  6. Happilydpressed: An abysmal reality.
  7. Fightwithfitnessblog: Shares her love of fitness in every post.

Again, I thank you all and Tempest Rose for supporting Phoenix – The Rebirth of My Life and witness as I rise from the burning ashes of my mental illness.

My goal is to:

Raise mental illness awareness. Stop the stigma. Save a life.

Sending positive vibes your way,

Phoenix

Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

I am honored and forever grateful to have been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Jim at Fit Recovery: Stay Clean Get Fit. very-inspirational-bloggerHe blogs about his recovery journey through his love of fitness. I published my blog on June 15th, 2014, 10 days after my discharge from the psychiatry hospital. I created my blog to share my recovery story, but also the thoughts, feelings, and daily struggles I have with my mental illness in hopes to inspire others to speak out about theirs as well and show them that it is okay and you are truly not alone. To my viewers and followers a huge thank you for taking the time to read my posts (some more depressing than others) and leaving me wonderful and encouraging comments. Please know that each and every one of you are in my support circle! Again, thank you!

The steps for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award! A warm, hearty, & standing ovation thank you to Jim for recognizing the good in my blog! Words cannot describe how much your comment on your blog means to me!
  • Add the Very Inspiring Blogger Award logo to your post/blog.
  • Share 7 things about yourself with your viewers/followers.
  1. I successfully donated blood for the 1st time at age 20 in November 2013. I’ve always tried to donate blood prior however my hemoglobin levels were too low to qualify. I was always denied prior to that day. I was happy and cried when the nurse said I qualified. Knowing that I could help save a life warmed my heart.
  2. I cannot digest potassium (K). With that being known, I cannot, will not, and do not eat bananas or any banana-like products.
  3. I love buttermilk pancakes with syrup. I can eat a stack of 6 with 1/6th cup of syrup in a total of 2 minutes and 6 seconds with water !
  4. I have a wide variety genre of music on my current playlist from 90s Hip Hop to Pop to Country to Musicals to Disney Soundtracks to Heavy Metal (yes, I love to bob my head to something loud every now and then) to Old School R&B to Electric almost any and everything. I enjoy listening to almost anything that has a great beat, bass, lyrics, and something that speaks to me! Follow me on Twitter to see me tweet random lyrics and now and then!
  5. The late Maya Angelou is my inspiration! I have read her best seller I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings a total of 31 times between the ages of 12 and 20 ( and I will continue to re-read her novel it is my favorite book!). I know her poem Still I Rise word for word and love to recite her poetry when I am feeling down. She has inspired me to write poetry myself. When I was an Out Patient at the hospital my support group called me the ‘young Maya Angelou’.
  6. I can go up to a week (a full 7 days) without talking or speaking to people. I usual use hand gestures and give stares to communicate when this happens but people just think I am being rude and plain ignorant. My family understands me when this happens I have yet to explain to my close friends why this happens.
  7. I am currently planning/working on something big that I plan to do this upcoming Fall Semester when I re-enroll back at my University. I have not told anyone about it yet; I plan to shock everyone when it happens and hope to inspire others in the process. I am excited and nervous to carry out my plan but I am trying to convince myself that in the end it is going to be amazing, inspiring, and beautiful!
  • Nominate a list of bloggers who inspire you. All of my followers and the blogs I follow have truly inspired me since I’ve started my blog. Here are my nominations in no particular order, I’ve also linked their blog links to their names for you all to check them out, follow them, and support their work!

Crazysunshine.me written by Jane e who has Major Depressive Disorder like me and journals about her recovery/experience when MDD entered her life. Her post You Know You’re Having a Mental Day When….resonates with me.

Suicidal Transgirl written by a woman named Allison who suffers with Borderline Personality Disorder like me and journals openly about her struggles and battle with suicidal thoughts and self harm two things that again I can relate too. She speaks honestly about her thoughts and is one of my biggest blog supporters!

Journey in the Woods written by a woman who journals about her struggle with infertility and infant loss, two things I have not experienced but I admire her openness and truly touched by her story. Her entries are from the heart!

If you have not read their posts I encourage you to visit their blogs to get to know what it is like to live with a mental illness I promise, you will NOT be disappointed!

Finally,

  • Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blog!

Again, I thank you all and Jim for supporting Phoenix – The Rebirth of My Life and witness as I rise from the burning ashes of my mental illness.

My goal is to:

Raise mental illness awareness. Stop the stigma. Save a life.

Sending positive vibes your way,

Phoenix