The Sunshine Blogger Award

My blog is a way to express my inner thoughts and answer the occasional question that appears in my inbox. I write here when the mood strikes rather than being reactive to analytics. So it was a surprise to see that fellow blogger @Aerwyn_Flynn nominated The Jagged Lotus Art for a Sunshine Blogger Award.

I am humbled by this effort because Ms. Flynn is a vocal advocate for mental health awareness and bipolar education. We've also been friends for many years, which allowed me to see the struggle she's faced with a bipolar diagnosis in a world five cognitive labels too small. I encourage you to read her blog: A Beautiful Bipolar Mind.

That said, a Sunshine Blogger Award is basically a show of support from peers in the blogging community. It's not easy to maintain a blog with our hectic daily lives. For those who chose to share their creativity in one, a pat on the back like this is further encouragement to continue.

The rules are as follows:
  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to the person's blog.
  2. Display the Sunshine Blogger Logo in your post and/or on your blog.
  3. List the rules in your blog post. 
  4. Answer the 11 questions that are provided to you by the blogger who nominated you.
  5. Nominate 11 bloggers you feel deserve recognition in our blogging community.
  6. Provide your nominees with 11 questions that are different from the ones you answered yourself. 

Here are my answers to the questions Ms. Flynn provided:

1) What prompted you to start your own blog? 

I have been blogging for many years as a way to share my creativity with others. This latest blog originally began as "The Garden of Winter Wine" and was subsequently changed to The Jagged Lotus after my art career took off.  

2) Do you ever struggle with blog ideas?

No. I do, however, struggle with the constant impulse to jump on the latest SEO bandwagon to gain a larger audience for my sites. 

3) What is the most rewarding part of having your blog?

I would say the interaction with the creative and spiritual communities is the most rewarding. I have met so many wonderful individuals and nonprofit corporations this way. 

4) What are three things you like about yourself? 

I enjoy my creativity, curiosity, and constant contemplation. 

5) What is your favorite meal? 

At the moment, Vietnamese Stir-fry and avocado egg rolls. My second favorite is Japanese sushi.

6) What is your favorite animal?


7) If you could time travel, what time period would you go back to? 

I would go back to Ancient Egypt when the Sphinx was constructed to study with the high priests and priestesses of that era.

8) What is your biggest regret?

I feel regret is wasted energy that keep one tied to the past, often in unhealthy ways. I own my mistakes and move forward with the intention to learn from them. Then I aim for conduct that aligns with the highest good.

9) What is your biggest accomplishment? 

All plans for my life are still works in progress. So I'll give a Magic Eight Ball Response: ask again later. :) 

10) What is your biggest fear?

Living a life of conformity. Been there. Done that. It's like being slowly strangled by quicksand you don't even realize you're sinking into. I have little time or patience for superficial living anymore.

11) If you could meet anyone, who would it be?

Of course, I can't choose just one. :) Among the deceased: Langston Hughes, Ernest Hemingway & Georgia O'Keeffe. These are three defining figures in classic American literature and art who shaped my own creative path. 

Among the living: Halle Berry, Johnny Depp, & Nora Roberts.  I've never wanted to be in a box creatively. These three individuals defied industry standards several times by choosing projects based on the heart rather than a career trajectory. Their flaws, which include very public legal disputes and family discord, make them more real to me than the typical famous persona. They have all remained individuals through everything. And for that, they have my respect.

With that done, my 11 nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award:

1) All Things Lyme by Dr. Cameron (Lyme Disease)
2) Spectrum Mum (Autism)
3) The Pretty Bee (Allergy-Friendly Cooking)
4) The Neil Patel Blog (marketing)
5) CopyBlogger (marketing)
6) Blue Light Blue (mental illness/health)
7) The Radical Transformation Project (mental illness/health)
8) The Abundant Artist (art)
9) The Well-Fed Writer (writing)
10) The Blissful Mind (meditation)
11) The Robert Moss Blog (conscious dreaming)

My questions for those blogs that choose to participate:

1) What do you believe has been the greatest contributing factor to your success?
2) How did you decide on your choice of career?
3) Who has been the biggest role model in your life?
4) What is your favorite season and why?
5) Has there ever been a time when you second-guessed your chosen path?
6) Describe the harshest criticism you've ever received and how you dealt with it. 
7) How has religion influenced your life?
8) How many siblings do you have? 
9) What is your favorite city and why?
10) What is your favorite day of the week and why?
11) Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

When you have put up your post, comment me on a link (@OliviaMagdelene) so I can read it. :)

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