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The Sunshine Blogger Award

I was honoured enough and grateful to be nominated for the sunshine blogger award by Diamond C. at Positive Nancy Blog who’s always encouraging and positive both in her blog which I’ve been following and how she interacts online making her the ideal nominator and a positive blogger herself. That said, I’ve also always been one to believe that the world needs more positivity in it and strive to create that in my writing/blogging- even if it’s on a tough experience or challenge my aim has been to end in a positive helpful sort of way. So to be recognized as a positive blogger and nominated for this award was quite a lovely and honourable surprise, and shows that a little positivity can sometimes go a long way.

I also realize what a great opportunity this is to pay it forward all the support, encouragement and kindness from others I’ve received as a way of thanking them for inspiring me to be brave and appreciating my own kind of positive. I’ve taken careful thought in answering the questions asked by (Positive Nancy) and selecting my top eleven bloggers- people who are writing not only on positivity but are encouraging and supportive to the blogging communities/or other communities. Although, over-all each are really cool people and I’m excited to share the great work they’ve been doing on their blogs.

To start here’s my answers to the questions:

  1. What inspired you to start your blog? I have always loved writing in any form- and experimented with many but none quite fit my style or practice as blogging. It’s been a great opportunity to share my insights in small doses, more openly and really own my experiences while finding ways to connect with others. All of which has gained me an amazing community and support to help along the way.
  2. How did you come up with your blog name? A big part of my story and journey is that I experience life from an Autistic perspective and an personally diagnosed with Aspergers as the subtitle on my blog states: “embracing Aspergers”, which is what inspires my writing. So, since so much of my writing comes from viewing the world through that lens and life the thought “On the Spectrum” came to mind. Unfortunately, On the Spectrum was already taken so to make it work I added “Life” to the blog title and the rest is history.
  3. Now that you’ve started your blog are you glad that you did or do you regret it? I’m glad that I did so far. It’s been an amazing journey and I’ve learned so much from it- mainly that it takes a lot of work but the format is a great way to maintain my writing practice over-all. More than that, by sharing my story I’ve been able to meet some really cool people; find my online community and connect with them in new ways. For that I will always be glad and grateful for the opportunity to share online.
  4. Is this something you can see yourself doing long-term? I would like to do this in the long term, and I’ve certainly taken the time to invest in growing my knowledge and online writing skills through online classes, but at this time it’s hard to tell. I’ve only recently taken it into serious consideration and found it worthwhile. Over-all my hope is to make it long-term somehow or perhaps into a book but for now I’m focusing on just building it while hopefully find some other opportunities while I do so.
  5. What are some of your goals for your blog? My goals are fluctuating but here’s some ideas: I would like to continue to build my audience and improve how I write on the platform. As I can see it as a great opportunity to share and spread understanding; so I’m working on figuring out the best way to do so. I also want it to be somewhat of a resource or place where others can come to learn and relate to my individual experiences or simply feel less alone.
  6. What’s one thing you want to accomplish on your bucket list? I’d like to meet my favourite author Cheryl Strayed (author of Wild) and maybe hike with her. She’s become such an inspiration; and I would love to thank her personally on how she’s inspired me to be strong; curious and carry on. Most recently too, she’s reminded me that no matter how far down or stuck we get there’s always up from there. She truly an amazing person, with such wisdom.
  7. What’s one place you would like to visit? At the top and very meaningful part of it would be going to Portland, Oregon to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s where Cheryl Strayed began her journey of healing and where she ended up so I can imagine being in her city and where she walked would be incredibly inspiring.
  8. Is there anything you would change about the blogging community? Not that I can think of, everyone has been pretty welcoming and supportive of each other- which is great-.
  9. What’s something you can’t live without? I can’t live without pen and paper, whether in notebook; or journalling form. This tool has helped reprocess so much of the world and own experiences that have been beyond my understanding; but truly believe the pen is mightier than the sword. Which is where this journey initially started with journaling my own experiences and gaining insight from there. Doing so has helped me find my true voice over the years. Without it I wouldn’t be the writer-blogger and person I am today.  So like the saying goes: “the pen is mightier than the sword” and I truly believe that it can be might for the individual willing to explore more on what might be holding them back or looking for a way to process the world at a deeper level.
  10. What’s one of your greatest accomplishments? I would say one of my greatest accomplishments was getting my first job and keeping it for as long as I did. It was my first experience in the real world and I entered into that opportunity proudly- on my own- as me. What’s more important is that aside from the initial getting the job; was maintaining it- that took just as much strength, courage and determination than ever to keep it as long as I did.
  11. What’s something random about you? When I was in public school, I used to smile a lot; so teachers and support workers always used to call me Smiley instead of Kylie because of my warm smile.

Here are the rules: 

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog
  2. Answer the 11 questions they asked you
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write 11 new questions for them
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award on your post/blog

My 11 nominees are:

Ali Caitrin- Ali Caitrin

That Aspie Lady- That Aspie Lady

Neurodivergent Rebel- Neurodivergent Rebel

Margaux AKA Retro Navigating the Journey- Navigating my Life Journey

Bryoni Burns- Bryoni Burns Photography

Emily Lauren from Embumble Blog- Embumble Blog

Sarah from Sarah’s Cup of Tea- Sarah’s Cup of Tea

Sarah Olden from Olden Chapters blog- The Olden Chapters

Christina Maria- Navigation to Happiness

Bexa from Hello Bexa

Sarah Guenther- at Curiosity and Grace: Curiosity and Grace

Your 11 Questions:

  1. Is there a particular individual or person in your online community that inspires you the most?
  2. What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a new blogger starting out, that’s helped you in your journey?
  3. What has surprised you the most (good or bad) about writing online or interacting on social media?
  4. How has that changed your approach to writing online or understanding your role as a blogger?
  5. If your life was a movie, who would you want starring as the lead role? And why?
  6. Name an offline role model of yours?
  7. What’s your favourite way to be creative?
  8. Name one way writing or sharing your story has helped in your life?
  9. If you had the option to go back in time for one day, what day would you choose (if any)?
  10. Other than blogging, what’s your second dream job?
  11. On tough days, what soundtrack, playlist or song do you put to become inspired or motivated again?

Thank-you again Diamond C. for this lovely and unexpected surprise. I’m truly am grateful you thought of me for the Sunshine Blogger Award, hope you enjoy my answers and thanks for giving me the chance to pass it onward.

Yours,

Kylie