Recent Awards Round-Up

I’m rather late to the party with these (and by ‘rather’ I mean incredibly) and I don’t typically do awards on here. However, I wanted to acknowledge them and the amazing fellow bloggers who’ve so kindly nominated me. I’m going to be a rebel and break the rules a little by combining awards, not doing nominations, and curtailing my responses as otherwise you may be here for days reading it all! To those who’ve nominated me – and hopefully I’ve included each but apologies if not – thank you. And to all those who read InvisiblyMe, thank you. You rock!

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Blogger Recognition Award

Nominated by Rachel, Nisha, James, Cecilia, Ana, and Nicole.

Give a brief story of how your blog got started.

I’d started numerous websites, then blogs when they came into being, over the years, but nothing stuck. I’d get a title and a few ideas and that was it. When my health took another nosedive and I had my stoma surgery, I wanted to give something back in the way that other individuals had encouraged me. I had more time on my hands, lost my job due to surgeries & ill health, and felt worse than ever, and yet more motivated than ever to do something to raise awareness of invisible illnesses and provide a little support if possible.

Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

Own your space  –  Your blog is your own, so write what makes your heart happy and use it as a platform to achieve what it is you want to achieve. Don’t feel boxed in when it comes to content either; just because you may write within a niche doesn’t mean you can’t expand on that and be creative.

It’s okay to take breaks – Whenever you need to, take a break. It’s easy to get caught up in feeling stressed and worrying about falling behind when it comes to writing content, replying to comments, responding to emails and reading other blogs. Life gets in the way and if you have chronic/invisible illness there’s another layer of uncertainty and challenges to face. Take a breather, remember what you love about blogging, step away when you need to, and reach out to the blogging community for support.


Sunshine Blogger Award

Nominated by Yancosky, Liz & ValleyGirlWalking.

Sweet or Savoury?  Savoury first, then lots of sweet. I have a relentless sweet tooth.

Do you have tattoos?  I have 8 piercings (3 in each ear lobe, 1 upper ear piercing and my lip) but no tattoos. There’s one I’ve wanted for ten years, maybe more, that I’ve been ‘waiting for the right time’ to get due to its meaning and personal relevance. Maybe one day..! In the mean time, there are always temporary Hello Kitty tattoos, because even at 30 I’m still cool 😉

Are you a spring, summer, autumn or winter person?  I can appreciate parts of each season, but I’d have to go for summer due to my body struggling to regulate temperature; I always seem to be freezing and pain tends to be worse in the colder months.

If you could introduce one thing world wide, what would it be?  A replacement immune system that works like a USB stick – simply plug and play.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? Too many excellent bits of advice, but I’ll go for something my mum says as she said it again the other day. ‘Don’t keep kicking yourself and beating yourself up, there are too many people in the world who’ll do that for you’. Also, when feeling the self-hate monster and feeling guilty and useless for not living the life I thought I’d be living, she reminds me that you don’t have to do amazing things and achieve greatness to be a good person. ‘Have you killed anyone? Have you set out to harm people? No, you don’t have an evil bone in your body. Those are the ones who should feel bad, but they probably don’t and yet you do even though you have so much kindness to give. Stop it’. Of course, the ‘stop it’ part is easier said than done, but it’s a stark reminder nonetheless.


Versatile Blogger Award

Nominated by Nikki and Mishka.

7 facts about myself…

  1. I’ve never tried a churro. Don’t even know what they are. In fact, I’m off to Google it right now.
  2. I can be a hypocrite who can’t take her own advice.
  3. I made a website when I was about 13 having picked up some HTML, using a box of a computer and dial up internet. It was dedicated to Lord of The Rings and Elijah Wood. Not a high point in my life, but I was proud of the technical achievement aspect.
  4. I grew up in a chocolate shop. Sadly it wasn’t made of chocolate, it wasn’t a Hansel & Gretel fairytale.
  5. I can’t stand pigeons. They’re hateful things.
  6. I don’t have the guts to do things anymore. Literally, I have no large bowel.
  7. I don’t eat fish or anything from the sea. The whole idea of it creeps me out.

Random Act of Kindness Award

Nominated by Gail.

[ Write a paragraph on a random act of kindness, either you saw, was given to you, or you have done.]

I’m going to go for one that happened a couple of years ago with a touch of humour to it, though she certainly didn’t find it amusing at the time.

My mother was in town doing a little shopping, I was at work, and the town is known for having some pigeons in residence. As she walked down the high street, what she describes as ‘flock of pigeons’ (I am imagining more than two, but less than a flock) descended… and crapped all over her, like a tin of paint being tipped on her from above by a bunch of thugs. Thuggish pigeons. Anyway, obviously equal measures embarrassed and disgusted, my mum was shocked, and even more shocked to discover people weren’t just laughing but coming over to help. One lady went into the nearest shop to ask for some kitchen roll, and another took tissues out of her bag. As a team, they helped clean her up and quietly thanked their lucky stars it wasn’t them with which the ‘flock’ of pigeons took umbrage. I’m just glad a few people were so incredibly kind as to take the time to make sure my mum was okay and help her in this rather yucky situation. They could have continued to laugh and walk on by, but they didn’t.

Attack of the pigeons.

I am also eternally grateful for when random strangers helped check my mother was okay when she fell in town a few years ago. I was again at work, she fell, and was in a great deal of pain. Her hip and leg was bruised black and blue afterwards, but thankfully no broken hip; it was at this point of getting checked out that they discovered osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. I’m so glad she wasn’t left on her own, and that someone helped her get to the bus to get medical assistance. All it takes is a little compassion to make sure a fellow human being is okay, not to just walk on by, because it will mean the world to that person in need (and their families).

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Thanks again for the award nominations and thank you for reading!  ♥

Caz  🌹

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35 Comments

  1. December 7, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    Gah, I hate it when the internet is to slow for the like button to load. Keep an eye on your mother, she seems to attract adventures.

    • December 8, 2018 / 5:20 pm

      I didn’t mention the time she climbed on the sofa to close the curtains in the bay window at midnight, only to fall and break her arm. Adventures find her anywhere, any time! I find the ‘like’ button can be very slow on a lot of blogs, no idea why but it’s definitely irritating. Thanks Esther, I hope you’re having a good weekend 🙂
      xx

  2. December 7, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    I’ve learned a lot more about you today.

    Congratulations on all these awards. You are most deserving.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

    • December 8, 2018 / 5:10 pm

      That’s what I like about awards, getting to know people a bit better with questions you wouldn’t necessarily get the answers to any other way. Thank you so much for the kind words. I hope you have a lovely weekend too =]

  3. December 7, 2018 / 5:56 pm

    Well done and congratulations! You deserve all the recognition you are recieving for all your hard work and your brilliant blog! 🙂

    • December 8, 2018 / 5:09 pm

      Aw that’s so kind of you, thank you!! I hope you’re well and that the weekend is a good one for you 🙂
      xx

  4. December 7, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    I am so happy for you Invisibly Yours. Congrats.

    • December 8, 2018 / 5:08 pm

      Thanks Ayesha! Hope you’re having a great weekend! x

  5. December 7, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    Congratulations on your awards.. I am sure a lot of people get inspiration and smiles from your blog.

    • December 8, 2018 / 4:54 pm

      That’s very kind of you, Anne, thank you  ♥ I hope you’re doing okay and that you can have a peaceful weekend xx

  6. December 7, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    Congratulations! I’m sure there will be more to come. 🙂

    • December 8, 2018 / 4:40 pm

      Aw thanks Kymber! I hope you’re doing okay – have a fab weekend xx

  7. December 8, 2018 / 12:28 am

    many congrats – you totally deserve! it’s fun to get to know you a bit more – am impressed with how young you started blogging!

    • December 8, 2018 / 4:30 pm

      Aw thank you! I did the website young, then just didn’t bother to keep up with tech all that much after a while (so now I’m quite behind, can’t even figure out how the Amazon echo works!) Blogging is a more recent endeavour that I still struggle with when it comes to formatting, domain transfers etc but that’s where Google is a life saver! I hope you’re well and that you’re having a lovely weekend =]
      xx

  8. December 8, 2018 / 2:54 am

    Loved this read, Caz, and well done and deserved re the awards.. 🙂
    A little story: I was visiting the zoo. Others wanted to ‘see the birds’.. Oh, how dreary; there are so many other spectacular animals to see!
    Long story short: Whilst sitting enjoying lunch in the park, yep; all over my head. I have never and will never again criticize those most wonderful flying creatures; not ever! 😉 😉
    xoxoxo

    • December 8, 2018 / 4:28 pm

      Hahah, and that’s why I wouldn’t visit the bird area of any zoo! I’m sorry you were visited by the wrath of the winged demons. Thanks for sharing your story, I hope you had some tissues with you that day! xx

  9. December 8, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Congratulations. How nice to be thought of so many times.

    • December 8, 2018 / 4:24 pm

      Yes, it’s lovely to be thought of. If I were to nominate, I’d pick you Jo! 🙂 x

  10. December 8, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    Congratulations on ALL of the Awards Caz! You have touched so many lives in a positive way that bloggers want to make known the value of your blog and the value it has in the community. Bravo! I enjoyed your answers. And we’ve learned some things about you that makes me smile.
    You learned HTML during dial-up days? That is so cool! and geekish! ( I mean that in a good way) Did you have someone to share it with? I hope so, but if not…years later it still makes my day!
    So happy your mom had people to help in time of need. That shows the world still has some good people… and some bad pigeons.
    Awesome post!

    • December 13, 2018 / 4:11 pm

      That is so very kind of you Darnell, you are awesome and that comment made me smile! You’re right, the world does have some wonderful people (and evil pigeons). I think a couple of people visited the website but not that many, which is no surprise. I just wish I’d kept up with tech and the likes of HTML or coding, but nevermind, it’ll remain a small achievement of mine! I hope you’re doing well & getting on with some writing, sans procrastination tasks, today! 🙂
      Caz x

  11. Lisa Keeble
    December 9, 2018 / 6:50 am

    Many congratulations on the awards Caz :O) x

    • December 12, 2018 / 7:12 pm

      Thank you very much, Lisa! I hope you’re well and that this week is treating you kindly =]
      xx

  12. December 9, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    I really loved this post! I love tags, they make me think about the answers to the wackiest questions. I loved all the little stories (obviously not fictional but I have no better word than stories aha) and you should Caz, keep an eye on your mother! She seems to attract a lot of adventures, maybe you should be a part of one (just maybe not with the pigeon poo)
    God bless you and all those people who are so kind in this world xx

    • December 12, 2018 / 7:10 pm

      I like these tags for the same reason, and you can get some interesting answers to get to know more about each other. You’re right – my mother does seem to attract adventures! Thank you for the comment, lovely – I hope your week is going well so far xx

  13. Mishka
    December 10, 2018 / 1:07 am

    You haven’t had a churro?! Oh that makes me sad for you. If you love sweet, warm, cinnamon goodness you’d like them. They taste a little like a cinnamon roll but they are fried and lite. Ohhh so yummy!😊 Nice to learn more about you! Hoping today is treating you kindly 🌻 PS if this posts twice please ignore my inability to ‘internet’ today.😂

    • December 12, 2018 / 5:23 pm

      Hahah I will definitely have to give them a go. Are all churros cinnamon flavoured, then?
      Thank you Mishka – I hope you have a good rest of the week =]
      PS. You have Interneted well as the comment wasn’t duplicated.
      xx

    • December 12, 2018 / 5:00 pm

      Aw thank you very much! =]

  14. December 11, 2018 / 12:43 am

    Congratulations on the bouquet of awards dear Caz! You deserve it all . I love the advice to the new bloggers on how one need not stick to a niche and can feel free to write what they want and the taking of breaks . It is great your blog is providing awareness and you are able to share your experiences. Great going and keep up the great work and wish you well always! The story about the pigeons is really scary and am glad there were kind people who helped your mother. .All it takes is a little compassion as you say to change around someone who needs help.. Take care!

    • December 12, 2018 / 4:50 pm

      Thank you very much, Nisha! You’re very kind. And if nothing else is gained from my post I hope people arm themselves with tissues and keep an eye out for pigeons whenever they leave the house! 🙂
      Take care and I hope your week is treating you well so far.xx

  15. December 14, 2018 / 3:55 pm

    Congratulations Caz on these very well deserved awards!!! I already thought you were a remarkable person, but goodness this just goes to show I was correct and others agree with me!!! Your pigeon story was pretty amazing and it is good to know there are kind people out there in the world that are willing to help! Take care sweetie and I hope you have a lovely weekend!!

    • December 14, 2018 / 5:03 pm

      Hahah maybe you’re like me, Alys, ‘always right’! Thank you so much for the lovely comment. I hope you’re doing okay this week and the weekend is kind to you! 🙂
      xx

    • March 24, 2019 / 5:01 pm

      Aw that’s very kind, thanks Mary! 🙂

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