2018 Sunshine Blogger Award

The lovely Yaa Yaa over at Scribbles and Tostitos has very kindly nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award… Basically it’s another one of those chain blog things in the same vein as the Liebster Award (which I’ve been “nominated for” twice- once in 2016, and again earlier this year).

Unlike the Liebster Award, there doesn’t seem to be any sort of official anything for it. But According to Yaa Yaa, the Sunshine Blogger Award “recognizes bloggers who are positive, uplifting and inspirational“. Whitney of Aiming to Stress Less calls it a “peer recognition for bloggers that inspire positivity and joy“. And Ash of The Messy Life goes one step further and describes it as “a way to recognize bloggers for adding value to the blogging community“.

965e6836-79ec-48e5-8183-58f41a67ef89Positive… Uplifting… Creative… Inspirational… Joyful… Value Adding…. Y’all, I hate to say it but I’m not sure Yaa Yaa’s ever actually read my blog before.

I mean, granted: I do try to have a positive outlook on life most of the time. And yeah, I’m one of those particularly obnoxious types of “stare at the sunset in awe every night even though it’s a phenomenon that happens every single day” kind of people… I struggle with my Bipolar II diagnosis (and all that it brings) far too much, far too often, not to grab onto any crumb of positivity with a strangling death grip whenever I can get it. But honestly, it’s anyone’s guess whether or not I’m uplifting and inspirational (or any of that other stuff) in the process.

Still, I’ve been nominated. It would be rude of me not to at least answer Yaa Yaa’s lovely questions. Plus, y’all know how much of a sucker I am for anything that tells you a little bit more about me. Building relationships requires getting to know one another, after all. So without further ado, here we go!

1. Why did you decide to blog?

I’ve written about that over here before. The short answer, though, is because I wanted to.

2. Where do you want to be in 5 years?

This might sound lame, but I’m happy with where I’m at; it’s hard to see it through the chronic illnesses sometimes, but the truth is? I have a great life, a wonderful husband, a beautiful home, and a fulfilling profession as a Housewife. I literally have no other aspirations, nor do I want to have any others; I’m perfectly content with where I’m at, don’t need anything else, and don’t plan on going anywhere. So if, in 5 years, I’m still where I’m at now? I’m perfectly ok with that.

3. Tell us about your favorite place in the world.

The Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina are literally the most stunning sight I’ve ever seen in my life; as I wrote in 40 Questions: There are no words in any language to describe their beauty.

4. As a kid, what did you do for fun?

I grew up in the country, so “fun” was some combination of outdoor activities- like exploring the field next door, climbing the big tree in the backyard, playing on the water drums, or playing “field doctor” with plants we picked… When I got older, it was playing MUDs or early MMORPGs on the computer- which became skateboarding, photoshoots, and exploring abandoned buildings when I entered High School.

5. What is your biggest tip for new bloggers?

I don’t really have any tips for new bloggers other than write for yourself, and write genuinely… But I can tell you what new bloggers definitely don’t “need” when they’re first starting out- which basically amounts to everything seasoned bloggers tend to say you do.

6. What false assumption do people make about you?

Because I’m a Homemaker, thoroughly enjoy it, and don’t want to do anything else, I get three main assumptions levied at me near daily: 1. That I’m conservative, 2. That I’m Christian, 3. That I want like a billion kids. None of that is true; I’m actually a Liberal Leaning Centrist and an Irish Polytheist (Reconstructed Traditional Irish faith pre Christian Conversion), and I’ve only ever wanted one child- which I will likely never be able to have.

There’s so little you can immediately know about someone based on the most bare basic surface information. It really goes to show how much of an ass our assumptions can make us out to be- and is pretty telling of our internalized biases and prejudices when they’re wrong (which they usually are)… But it’s whatever.

7. What’s something you’re currently working on besides blogging?

Absolutely nothing- unless you count the fact that we’re about to start a few home projects.

8. What is your funniest memory?

I have plenty of fun- and my Husband makes me laugh like a maniac. But I don’t have any singular memory that stands out as “the funniest”, really… At least nothing that immediately comes to mind.

9. Tell us about your perfect day.

It’s 5:45 am. I wake up well rested and energized with 8 hours of sleep, having actually gone to bed at a reasonable hour and drifting easily to sleep. I make tea and drink it while sitting in the tea room. The window is open. There’s a light breeze. The temperature is crisp, but not cold. I can hear the birds singing.

 I don’t discover I’ve killed yet another of the flowers I planted in my garden this year. Instead, my flowers bloom. My Cats aren’t assholes. Instead they’re well behaved angels. No spam phone calls. My mailbox is free of annoying spam mail and letters for people who’ve never lived at this address. Throughout the day I have energy. I actually get all of my housework done. I complete a few larger projects I’d been meaning to get to. I don’t need to take breaks. I don’t get exhausted. Depression never rears its ugly head.

Hey, a lady can dream right?

10. What is your favorite post on your blog?

It’s a toss up between either my Fancy Pants French Toast recipe, or my Ladylike article- both of which I like for very different reasons.

I think it’s great someone nominated me, and I’ll happily participate as a thank you that someone thought enough about me and my blog to do so. But it’s hard to adequately express the gratitude I feel while staying true and honest to the fact that… I just don’t understand the point of them and passing on what  basically amounts to one of those spam chain letters has never sat particularly right with me.

As is my policy, I won’t nominate anyone for this in order to pass it on… But if you’d like to check out a few blogs that I do love, they’re always listed in my sidebar to the right of your screen! And if you want to support the blog and like my photography? Instead of nominating me for an award in the future, please consider buying a Print from my RedBubble Shopor buying me a Ko-Fi!

Yes, Little Hummingbird? and all creative content hosted herein is copyright © Anna Boyett 2012 to present, all rights reserved, unless otherwise specified; if you want to support the blog and like my photography, then please consider buying a Print from my RedBubble Shop or buying me a Ko-Fi!


4 thoughts on “2018 Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. iwannabealady says:

    I’ve been dying to visit the Appalachian Mountains for so many years now. I need to move it up my priority list. I just feel like a piece of me belongs there. It’s really nice to hear you speak about how happy you are with where you are now. :)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anna B. says:

      Thank you! it gets exhausting, though, because I’m constantly bombarded with people daily who say I need to have some sort of elaborate, high reaching, overarching goal or aspiration in my life- which, when you strip down all the surface bullshit, really translates into “you’re not earning money therefore you’re failing because money should be your top priority”… And it’s just not for me.

      I’ve spent too much time in my life being miserable and chasing the things everyone says you “need” to chase. My happiness is what I care about, now… And I am happy; I’m married to a wonderful person and have 4 amazing “children” (re: devilish pets), I have a roof over my head, my Husband has a stable job, we’re not hurting for anything, and I love what I do. Why should I want more than that?

      Enough of that, though! If you do visit NC, may I suggest taking a trip out to Little Switzerland or Emerald Village? It was the highlight of my trip when I got to visit that area in 2006 <3


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