The Inspiring Blogger Award | July 2020

Hello everyone!

It is with gratitude & joy that I am taking part in the ‘Inspiring Blogger Award’ which I was nominated for by my beautiful, good friend Xandria. I met Xandria this year through an online blogging party hosted by Jirah, so it’s a massive shoutout to you Jirah for hosting this party. I am grateful for both your friendship and Xandria’s. Be sure to follow both of these wonderful humans here, and here.

Let’s get into the questions!

What surprised you about blogging? – I’m actually not sure… maybe how much it would become such a passion of mine? Growing up, I used to make YouTube videos and I guess I would have wanted to be a YouTuber… but for some reason, I also wasn’t feeling it. Like, there was something off about it. It would require so much more ‘effort’ to sit and make a YouTube video whereas with blogging, if I wanted to write something I just could… I wouldn’t have to worry about looking perfect or getting the right angle, I could just let my feelings flow. I originally started my blog to document my life in the journey of getting over my ex… success since I am well and truly over him, so I guess I have him to thank for having this blog in the first place 😉 I can’t really say what surprised me the most, really, because I just had no expectations when it came to blogging. It just fell into my life and now, I love it forever & just… I just love having this space on the internet to write about what I want to write about, connect with so many amazing people etc etc. So I guess, what surprises me looking back, is how much this blog means to me. *side note, totally not opposed to doing YouTube again in the future… I may have a video coming sooner than you think 😉

Read – Hello World’

What inspires you the most? – This is a great question but another I struggle to answer. I guess just my life and my goals, I just want to be happy and make a better world, so I guess the love and hope for a happier world inspires me. I started a life coach course a few weeks ago and since then, I’ve been focusing on living my best life so I can inspire others to live theirs. I want everyone to be happy, to enjoy life, to know that THEY have the power!!!! So I think, what inspires me the most is my own joy, being happy in life because life is a gift, and being a light to others. I’m a strong believer that the happier we are ourselves, the more happiness we can gift to the world.

If you could teach every single person on this earth one thing, what would it be? – Self love. I have a goal to create a whole self love course, and I would love to teach self love in schools too. Honestly, if I had been taught how to love myself when I was a teenager, if I had been introduced to the world of self love, positive affirmations, etc etc, I just… I don’t want to say life would have been better or whatever, because I’m here exactly where I’m supposed to be now because of my experiences growing up, however, I was such an insecure teenager, so I just think it’s so important that we are taught to love ourselves from a young age, to truly love ourselves, because it would make such a difference in the world. That, along with meditation. Imagine how different the world would be if these things were taught in schools. We’d form better relationships, better relationships with ourselves, and go forward into adulthood confidently. I’m not saying it would make adulthood easy, but it would make such a difference. Even for adults, I just want everyone to understand and know the importance of loving ones self. It’s SO IMPORTANT. We simply must be our own best friends, because we have to live with ourselves forever. A big key to happiness is self love, because if you’re happy in yourself, you’ll be happy wherever you go.

Read – ‘The Importance of Self Love and Loving Yourself’

Read – ‘Self Love Affirmations + Implementing Self Love Into Your Daily Life’

Read – ‘Don’t Give Up On You, Self Love and Forgiveness’

What is one blogging tip you want to share with your followers? – Engagement and consistency is key. Engaging with your fellow blogging community is so important, share their posts, like their posts, comment on their posts and make friends. The blogging community is one of the most supportive I know, I have made genuine connections and friendships through blogging which is the biggest blessing of all. Blogging is so much more than views, though, which totally thrill and excite me, engagement is key!!! You want people to support your blog right? You gotta show that same love and support to others, you’ll thank me for it because trust me, you will make the best friends. Be genuine, be authentic, and follow your intuition. Write about what excites you, don’t put pressure on yourself and just enjoy it. It’s supposed to be fun after all.

Me with two of my favourite people, Hunida and Rossy who I met here on the blogosphere. HOW LUCKY AM I? Forever grateful!!!!!!

Follow Hunida here.

Follow Rossy here.

I’d also advise following Ellie Blakeney on Instagram for tips on all things social media / influencing careers, and Mia is amazing for blogging tips too!!!

Read –  ‘How to Organically Grow on Instagram – Yes It Works!’ from Ashleigh for further tips also, I loved this post so much!

What are 3 things you do everyday that bring you joy? – I love my morning routine, which is filled with journaling, scripting, meditations, the lot (I’ll be sharing this on the blog in the next couple of months or so), singing, speaking words of love, mirror work and affirmations. Nothing feels better than looking at yourself in the mirror, smiling and repeating affirmations. I’m also loving playing Rollercoaster Tycoon at the moment too… 😉

Once again thank you so much Xandria for nominating me, I loved answering these questions so much and I am always grateful for your friendship.

Now it’s my turn to share the rules, my nominations and my questions.

♥Rules –

  • Thank the person who chose you.
  • Include the logo in your post.
  • Answer the questions asked to you.
  • Choose the bloggers who’ve inspired you (maximum 10.)
  • Add a feature of their blog which you admire.
  • Ask them five questions.

♥I nominate…

Kate from liveinthenautical – One of my favourite people on the blogosphere and truly a ray of light, Kate is the definition of inspiring. She’s a radiant, positive beauty so of course I have to nominate her & if you aren’t already following her, what are you waiting for? Go go go!

Dannii from abeautifulthing2015 – Another amazing friend who I have met through blogging, Dannii is the travel and vegan Queen, who I am so excited to see next Monday (eeeek!).

Rossy from ayrgalaxy – My beautiful friend Rossy. I love how Rossy uses her blog for good as she raises awareness and speaks up on so many important topics, plus she shares so many amazing, honest, informative reviews and talks a lot about Cruelty Free beauty also. Her makeup looks are always flawless too.

Hunida from Hunidasblog – I love this girl SO MUCH!!!! Her posts are fun, interesting and genuine, and Hunida is just one of the bestest friends you could ever hope for. ILY girlie!

Jenny from xocupofjo – My twinnie! Jenny is a ray of light who shares the best travel photography you have ever seen, & who is generally just an amazing human being who I am so grateful to have met through blogging. I love this girl!

♥My questions for you…

  • What’s your favourite quote & why?
  • Where is your ‘happy’ place?
  • Who is the most inspiring person YOU know and why?
  • What’s your favourite song to listen to that puts you in a good mood instantly?
  • What made you smile today?

I am so excited to read your answers & of course, if I haven’t nominated you then feel free to participate in the post anyway or answer the questions in the comments. I have so many more tags coming (THANK YOU), so there’ll be so many more questions coming, hehe.

With so much love and light,

be sure to follow me over on Instagram at @50shad3s0fj4y.

Thank you so so much for reading,

lots of love,


Read – ‘The Sunshine Blogger Award | July 2020’ / ‘Staying Positive & Trusting The Universe | A Law Of Attraction Success Story’ / ‘You Have ALWAYS Been Good Enough | Poetry’


  1. I loved reading this post, I could feel your energy just radiating through your words and you are such a kind and lovely person! And I’m actually having the same thing as you I started a youtube channel, abandoned it, came to blogging but now I’m having fun just creating videos on youtube again! I can’t wait to see your upcoming video. Gosh isn’t it crazy how blogging has led you to meet those beautiful ladies? It still blows my mind especially because I’ve been following you all 3 for awhile! 🤗


  2. OMG PLEASE START A SELF LOVE COURSE!! I’ll be your first student! I think that’s such a beautiful idea you seriously exude so much positive energy and radiate love- I think you’d be great!! I also couldn’t agree more the blogging world is seriously one of the most positive and influential atmosphere and I’m so happy and lucky to have met you through this. It’s truly so amazing that we all support each other from all over the world, its such a blessing! Also my heart melted with all your kind and thoughtful words about each one of the girls you nominated, it just so happens that I love those gals too ❤ ❤


    1. Eeek thank you so much for your support twinnie! Love you so much ❤️ And I am putting it together at the moment it’s so exciting! I feel like I have found a true passion / calling hehe! Thank you so much hun! For sure, it’s amazing isn’t it like I have met some of the best friends through wordpress? Like how amazing is this!!!? Definitely the best community and we are all so blessed and I am SO grateful for your friendship twinnie! The Universe has truly blessed us and omg for sure! I literally love all of you so much! Thank YOU ❤️❤️❤️

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  3. Oh my gosh, sweets this just made my day! I legit needed this! Thank you so much for the nomination AND the sweet words! Girl you are the epitome of light and love. You are so incredibly giving and kind and I am so grateful to know you! You would be an amazing self-love coach! And I would be first in line to take your course! So much love to you beauty! ❤


  4. What you said about YT, so true. Getting the right angle, lighting everything, at least to me, was so time confusing and stressful, and don’t even get me started on editing LOL. I decided to stop doing YT videos a few months back, and even more so when the pandemic started. I feel like this year has given me an insight into what triggers my stress and anxiety and trying to keep up with YT was one of them. Letting go of things that no longer bring you joy, so to speak..

    You are truly inspirational and you are definitely a guiding light in my life! So keep doing whatever you’re doing ❤

    Thanks for nominating me, I'll go ahead and answer your questions here:

    What’s your favourite quote & why?

    "Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls". – Joseph Campbell

    I initially heard "follow your bliss" in one of my favorite emo/punk songs like 10 years ago, I was really intrigued in where the artist had gotten that from so when I looked into it I came across the full quote. It was amazing to me back then that a quote could speak to me so much. Mainly because I also believe in the universe, LOA and all that.

    Where is your ‘happy’ place?

    I don't have a happy place. Not literally at least.. I like to think that my happy place is a mental headspace, where I'm fully in the moment, content.

    Who is the most inspiring person YOU know and why?

    I'd say it depends. A lot of people inspire me on a daily basis, you for instance, reminding me of self-love. Some fashion bloggers when I want to do a fashion post. MUAs when it comes to makeup. I would say it depends on what I'm wanting to do or what I'm thinking about.

    One person does come to mind though, in terms of life and philosophy; Alan Watts. He was way ahead of his time. And one of my favorite lectures was when he said:

    "So in this way, by seeing that nothingness is the fundamental reality, and you see it's your reality. Then how can anything contaminate you? All the idea of you being scared, and put out and worried, and so on, this is nothing, it's a dream. Because you're really nothing. But this is most incredible nothing. So cheer up!"

    The only reason I can recite that whole thing is because part of that lecture/speech was included in an EDM song I really love that brought joy and vanished some fear in me years ago when I had my first panic attack and was struggling with anxiety. It may be a bit weird to say that those words kind of saved me back then.


    What’s your favourite song to listen to that puts you in a good mood instantly?

    Ooof, that is a hard one. I cannot live without music, in fact I must listen to it at least for an hour daily LOL. I am constantly finding new songs that I love. But recently, the songs that I have on repeat are the following:

    "For Sure" – Future Islands
    "Gimme Love" – Joji
    "Something About You" – Elderbrook & Rudimental


    What made you smile today?

    It's really early in the day, but my son just lied to me about what was in his mouth LMAO. So to avoid showing me, he ran away to hide haha. Couldn't help but smile at how sneaky he is trying to be.

    Holy moly, this comment is LOOOOOOONNNNNGGGGGG! Sorry!


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