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Spirit Animal Award and Beauty Blogger Tag

spirit award

Thank you to You’re Not Alone in this World Blog for nominating me for this award.

The Rules:

  • Post the award picture on your blog.
  • Write a short paragraph about yourself and what your blog means to you.
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be?
  • Pick however many people you want to nominate!

My Nominees are as Follows


Armchair Perfectionist

A Day in the Life of Maximus Octavian

Tessa Can Do it 

An Elephant Called Buddha

Anxious Penguin

Ask Grandmother Cottonwood

Bipolar1 Blog


Emerging from the Dark Knight

EmmaGC75’s Blog

Heart Words for Poetry

Hummingbird Redemption

Josefine Fine

Motivating Giraffe 

What my blog means to me

My blog is a way to reach out to people who feel lost and need to be validated. My followers are special people and I am glad to be able to connect with them. 

What Animal Would I Be ?

If I could be an animal I would choose a butterfly. They can fly wherever they want to and see all the beautiful flowers. They are like fairies.  They come in beautiful colors and no two are alike in color combination. 

Beauty Blogger Tag


Thank you to the Optimisitic Realist for nominating me for this beauty blogger tag

My 10 answers to the  questions :

1- For you, what is the meaning of beauty? Beauty is different for different people. Everyone has their own personal style and some people change their look based on their mood. There is no one “right” look. 

2- What is the must beauty product you can’t go a day without? The only product I use everyday is lotion on my face. I also love baby powder and I like to use eyeliner when I am in the mood. 

3- What is your opinion about the “perfect” image  social media’s putting out there, in the      magazines and etc.about the perfect body and  flawless skin a girl is supposed to have? I think it is detrimental to girls and women for the media to portray a “perfect image” of how women “should” look and how they should dress and wear their makeup. 

4- What makes you feel beautiful? I feel beautiful based on connecting with people in a meaningful way and by dressing the way I feel like dressing.

5. What made you create your blog? I did not know much about blogging when I created the blog. It was just out of curiosity to find something to do.

6- Do you have any tips when it comes to beauty? If yes, what are they? You should feel comfortable in your own skin. Don’t choose clothing or makeup to please others.

7- What is your favorite scent? Lavender Vanilla

8- Do you think that taking care of your hygiene is important? Yes because it helps your self esteem.

9- Do you see yourself as a full-time blogger? Why? Yes. I blog every day. It is part of my daily life.

10- Did blogging made any positive impact in your life? If yes, what is it? Yes. Blogging has helped my self esteem. It has helped me feel connected to other people.

My Questions for the nominees are the same as the questions I answered. 

My Nominees for the Beauty Blogger Tag are as Follows

  1. Chantelle Elise Beauty Blog
  2. Griselda Alamillo
  3. xbeautifulchaos 
  4. MaryKaywith Ashley
  5. The Mom-Wife Life
  6. Angel Marii
  7. Chanel in a Nutshell
  8. VenuSukraGirls
  9. Lemonissle
  10. The Snappy Sparrow
  11. Blue and Silver
  12. Pinkalicious104
  13. Oliviabatt blog



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Blogger Recognition Award


Okay I am catching up on awards now.

Thank you goes out to  Hummingbird Redemption for nominating me for the award

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Here are the Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Provide a link to the award creator. I don’t know who it is, or I certainly would!
  3. Nominate other bloggers.
  4. State why you started your blog.

Here are my nominees

Kimberly Qae Blog

Silver Girl

Lil’ Red Writing Hood

The Foureyed Poet

An Elephant in the Room

A Glimpse Inside a Troubled Mind

An Elephant Called Buddha

Bad Cacophony


A Chronic Pain Life


I started this blog just to explore something new. I did not know anything about blogging and I was actually just checking it out. I know this is supposed to be an amazing story about a vision, but I actually did not have one at that time. 

I developed my writing style and ended feeling called to write about certain topics as I went along. I am very thankful for the blogging world and especially the opportunity to meet all of you ! 


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Versatile Blogger Award

versatile blogger new

Thank you to Peace from Panic for this award nomination.

My Nominees…


Life and Death in the Intertidal Zone

Heart words for poetry

 This Mortal Flesh

Yesterday After


Kay Salady’s Poetry

The Raven’s Nest

Spyro’s Blog

A Place to be Real

Tell me About It

Josefine Fine

My Nominees may choose from the several badges I have posted here. They are all different versions of the Versatile Blogger Award badge that I have come across over time. Some people like certain colors and designs , so I thought I would share the choices here. Just copy and paste to your blog. 

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The rules:
Thank the person who gave you this award and include a link to his or her blog.
•Select fifteen (15) blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered and/or follow regularly. (Choose blogs you find excellent!)
•Nominate those fifteen (15) bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award, including a link to the original VBA site.
•Notify your nominations!
•Finally, don’t forget to tell the person who nominated you seven (7) things about yourself.


Seven Facts About Myself

  1. I was born in Germany but I am not German
  2. My grandmother on my father’s side was Polish and her parents came to the US from Poland
  3. I have 4 sisters of which I am the oldest
  4. I was a music major in college – guitar and voice
  5. I used to play in local rock bands and played solo at restaurants and bars
  6. I love Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Jethro Tull and ZZ Top
  7. My bunny sleeps in a cage next to my bed to keep me company and hops around my room when I let him out….actually when he rings his bell for me to let him out !



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Sunshine Blogger Award

sunshine blog award

Thank you to Blahpolar Diaries for nominating me for this award.

The rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award are simple:
Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post
Answer the 11 questions set by the person who nominated you
Nominate 11 blogs to receive the award, and write them 11 new questions

Here are my nominees…


Bipolar for Life


Virgo Beauty’s Blog

Conversations with Self

The Daily Berb

I am not a Sick Boy

Jesus BPD  and Me

Warrior Wisdom and Wit

Paula Hopwood’s Blog

The Abuse Expose with Secret Angel


Emmagc75’s Blog

Here are My Answers to the Questions I was Given

My questions

1. Introvert or extrovert? Introvert but I can talk to strangers out at the store if I am in the mood.

2. Tea or coffee? Tea

3. Religious or secular? Spiritual

4. Unicorn or dragon?  Dragon

5. Grilled or fried?  Grilled except for fried chicken which I love

6. UK or USA English?  USA

7. Pirates or ninjas? Pirates

8. Chocolate or cigarette?  Electronic Cigarrette

9. Cupcake or muffin?  Muffin

10. Conservative or liberal?  Pass

11. Who are you?  I am Annie, Michele, Mishy, Mimi, Misha,  Aunt Mimi, Mama, Gentle Mental Annie and Gentle Kindness, You Tuber, Blogger, Mother, Guitarist, Poet, Writer, Singer, Rock and Roller, Manic, Depressed, Mental Case, Lover of Bunnies.

Questions for my Nominees …. feel free to write PASS on any you want to skip.

Have fun.


Thank you to Rob Goldstein for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award.


The rules:

  1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
  2. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you
  3. Write a post to show your award
  4. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  5. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers
  6. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  7. Attach the award to the post (right-click and save, then upload)
  8. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them
  9. Provide a link to the award post you created

My Nominees

  1. Emmagc75’s Blog
  2. Jaqueline Cioffa
  3. Chyfrin
  4. Ramblings of the Claury
  5. Through the Tunnel42
  6. Chaos, Cats and Chronic Pain
  7. Chef Frankie’s Crazy Adventures
  8. Dougmb
  9. Army of Angels
  10. SarahsEDRecoveryBlog
  11. Between Sun and Shadow
  12. Kosmogonic
  13. Darcy Disconsolate
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Encouraging Thunder Award and Blogger Recognition Award


Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you to Mairacharmed for this award. You can check out her blog HERE.


» Select 5 to 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs.

» Write a post to show off your award!  Give a brief story of how your blog got started,  or give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers.

Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog


Getting Real with PTSD

Pain and Triumph

Sensual Desires



Whispers on the Sigh  of Dreams

That’s so Shelly

Emotional Luggage

Elder Pipe

The Self Love Challenge


Randoms by a Random

My purpose of blogging is to connect with other people in a meaningful and inspiring way.
Advice to other bloggers –  Be Yourself and write freely.  



Thank you to Tessa for Nominating me for the Encouraging Thunder Award 🙂 You can see her lovely blog about mental illness awareness HERE.

My Nominees are…

Time no Matter

LittleBareFeet Blog

ThreeHands OneHeart

My Mind  My Canvas

The Sixpence at Her Feet

This Lupus Life



No Time but the Present


Some Bad Plankton

Lemony Matters

The Self Love Challenge


What you can do with   Encouraging Thunder award?

  • Post it on your blog or social media account
  • Grant others with the award

What you can’t do with Encouraging Thunder award?

  • Abuse or misuse the logo
  • Claim that it’s your own handmade logo

What you should do after receiving Encouraging Thunder award:

  • Enjoy the award
  • At least gives thanks via comments and likes and or mentioning the person who give the award.
  • Mention your purpose in blogging or joining the social media
My purpose of blogging is to connect with other people in a meaningful and inspiring way.
Advice to other bloggers –  Be Yourself and write freely.  
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Blogger Recognition Award and Brotherhood of the World Awards

blogger recongnition award

Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you to Taming of the Shrew for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award. 

Here are the rules 


» Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.

» Write a post to show off your award!  Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post. Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).

» Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them.  Provide a link to the award post you created.

» Provide a link to the original post on Edge of NightThat way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing

My Nominees



I  Didn’t Have my Glasses on

Sandra J. Jackson

Travelling RockHopper

Cross Over the Road

Sheri DeGrom

Meandrous Kuudere


I Prefer Deep Blues and Sea Foam Greens

Healing Your Grief

Jo Robinson

Predestined 30

Okay here is the rest of what is asked for this award…

I started my blog before I knew anything about blogging. I had no information or predetermined view of blogging. I knew nothing about the blogging community at all.

I was reading a post by Martin Armstrong because a friend of mine used to like to read that blog to me over the phone. One day I simply followed the link at the bottom of one of his posts because I was curious about what WordPress was.

I decided to open a blog and write a few posts. It became very fun for me and I was quickly drawn into the blogging world and the blogging community.

Advice to other bloggers – be yourself. Make your blog unique and representative of you. Do not worry so much about catering to others because there will always be someone who will complain about matter what you do. There will always be people who will read and enjoy your blog, if you are just being yourself.


Brotherhood of the World Award

Thank you to Mon from the Transcend blog for nominating me for the Brotherhood of the World Award.

The rules for this award are…

  • Thank and link back to the person who nominated you for the award.
  • List the Rules and Display the Brotherhood of the world Award logo to your post and/or blog.
  • Answer the questions set to you.
  • Nominate around ten bloggers.
  •  Create your set of questions for your nominees.

Here are my nominees for this award…

Simple Pleasures

Hummingbird Redemption

Bad Cacophony

All Things Chronic

Memoir Notes

Sabistcuit’s Catalog

The Anxious Dragon

Shirley’s Haven


Lorrie Bowden

Deanne’s World

Here are my questions for my nominees…

  1. Tell us about one of your favorite characters, either from a book or a  movie and what is appealing to you about them.
  2. Do you use personal experiences or beliefs in your writing? How do you incorporate those into your writing? 
  3. Do you incorporate any of your own personality into your writing? How do you do this?

Here are the answers to the Questions that were asked me by Mon.

What is your favorite book? 

I like the book called the Five Love Languages but I am not sure if I have  favorite book.

What’s one inspirational song?

I like the song called Don’t You Worry Bout  Thing by Stevie Wonder

What made you a better person?

I am  not quite sure how to answer this question. I think that every new experience and new person you meet can help you to grow and learn. I think you are always the person that you are but you can add knowledge, skills and experiences to your life and to yourself.

Your favorite quote?

“Do not alter your facts to fit your faith. Alter your faith to fit your facts.”  Ajahn Brahm

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Dragon’s Loyalty Award


Thank you goes to Blahpolar for nominating me for this award. You can visit her in her lovely blog HERE

Am I the Only Loser Out There ? 

Crazy Life

Ben Naga

Original Dante

Living a Beautiful Life

Emmagc75’s Blog

Three Kids and I



Teela Hart


My Travels with Depression

Brighton Bipolar

Chaos, Cats and Chronic Pain

City Without People

 Here are the rules

  • Put the logo on your post
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Write 5 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 5-10 bloggers

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Here are my facts

1. I was born in Frankfurt Germany when my Dad was stationed there. I was brought back when I was 3 months old, so I do not remember being there. But my birth certificate seems to back up my parents story …LOL

2. My bunny sleep in a cage on the floor next to bed, to keep me from being lonely.

3. 13 people live in my house and soon it will be 14, when the new baby of the house (not mine)  comes home from the hospital  from being born

4. The new baby is my nephew…well it is the baby of my ex sister in law and brother in law.

5. All of the my nieces and nephews from my ex husband all still love me and call me Aunt Mimi

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Encouraging Thunder and the Sunshine Blogger Award

Encouraging Thunder Award.


Thank you to Peace From Panic   for nominating me for the Encouraging Thunder Award. I appreciate that you thought of me 🙂

Here are the rules that I copy and pasted from the post that nominated me.

The Rules:

  1. Post it on your blog.
  2. Grant other bloggers the award.

What you cannot do:

  1. Abuse or misuse the logo.
  2. Claim that it is your own handmade logo.

What you should do after receiving the Encouraging Thunder Award:

  1. Enjoy the award!
  2. At least give thanks via comments, likes and/or mentioning the blog that you received the award from.
  3. Mention your purpose in blogging.

Happy Blogging!

Awakening Our Inner and Interconnection

Poems from a Fractured Mind

A Bipolars Reality

The Ninth Life

Blog of a Mad Black Woman

Mental Illness talk

Retkon Poet

Idealistic Rebel

Quantum Physics

Family Estrangement

My purpose in blogging is to find my voice. I want to be able to express my feelings and thoughts in a meaningful way to to reach out to others who are also struggling to find their voices !

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I would like to thank Mon from  Transcend Blog   for nominating me for the  Sunshine Blogger  awardThank you for thinking of me!!

My nominees are



Where Words Daily Come Alive

The Joshua Generation Ministries

Sheri De Grom

Heavenly Berry24

Invoke Delight

Ramblings of the Claury



Here are my questions for my nominees…

Check out this link

Then write down 10-15 of the most important and meaningful core values to you.  Circle your top 5.

You do not have to post this if you do not want to. But it will be helpful to you in order to keep your focus and your passion for your work and other things you do 🙂

Here are the answers to the Questions I was asked


What are your views about my blog?

I like your blog. It is very interactive with the readers. It has a variety of different topics that are meaningful to your readers.

  1. Who do you consider your blogger twin?
  2. I have never heard this term before. I guess it would be someone who has similar values and messages to yours. I am not really sure who I would choose as a blogger twin.
  3. What is your favorite book?
  4. The Five Love Languages
  5. One inspirational song?
  6. Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing by Stevie Wonder
  7. Your favorite quote?
  8. Live Love Laugh
  9. One way we can be a kinder person?
  10. Try to suspend any preconceived ideas about someone based on their race, religion, color, clothing etc. Get to know them for the individual person that they are inside.
  11. One of the bloggers you can’t miss a post from?
  12. Blahpolar Diaries

  13. One writing trick that you use?
  14. I do not really think of writing that way. I write posts differently depending on the type of post. I guess I would say to write as if the person reading it has no idea about the topic at all. Explain things you are talking about or give links that would be helpful if they do not know the topic.

Sorry about all those numbers along the side. They followed me when I copied and pasted and I cannot get rid of them. I think they are stalking me !!!! AHhh


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The Encouraging Thunder Award


These are my Nominees for the Encouraging Thunder Award


Siren Whispers

Transparent Honesty-  One Strong Soul

The Elephant in the Room

Better Not Broken


Pleasing Abba

Madness Sparkle and Creative Flair


Clearing Out 


Writings of the Unheard


Thought Through the Tunnel 42

Eye will Not Cry

I would like to send out a warm thank you to ButchCountry67 for nominating the Gentle Mental Annie Blog for this award.

The Rules for This Award are

The Rules:

  1. Post it on your blog.
  2. Grant other bloggers the award.

What you cannot do:

  1. Abuse or misuse the logo.
  2. Claim that it is your own handmade logo.

What you should do after receiving the Encouraging Thunder Award:

  1. Enjoy the award!
  2. At least give thanks via comments, likes and/or mentioning the blog that you received the award from.
  3. Mention your purpose in blogging.

I actually wrote a post earlier today which talks about my purpose in blogging and the purpose of my blog.

Here is a link to that post, if you have not read it Gentle Mental Annie Blog

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Nominees for the Creative Bloggers Award


These are my nominations for the Creative Bloggers Award

I have taken the time to make each of the blog titles below clickable. Please check out some or all of them. These are all creative in different ways.

If you have been nominated, I will also contact you on your blog. You can copy and paste the badge from the top of this post. Other details about the rules are in my Creative Blogger Post Here. 

Ladybug Creations 

  –  Young Woman Artist / Blogger Lot’s of Talent and Heart !  Take Some Time to Enjoy  Her Beautiful Drawings ! Here is her drawing of Elsa from Frozen.

Broken Light A Photography Collective  – 

– A mental illness advocacy blog. showcasing the photography talents of people with various mental illnesses. Check out the talented artistic photographers. The posts are organized by the type of mental illness being depicted in each photograph. Pick Your Poison, so to speak ! Which one of your mental illnesses would you like to see an artistic rendition of? I really enjoy this blog and I just came across it yesterday. Communicating about how mental illness feels is great through writing, but the artistic version has a visual element that writing does not capture.

John Coyote ..Poetry, Story and Real Life –

– John’s blog is filled with wisdom, inspiration and truth. His poems and stories reveal the deepest inner turmoil, darkness and light of the human condition. I find the blog both intellectually stimulating as well as artistically satisfying. There are wonderful stories of American Native Wisdom and Spirituality that speak to the soul in a meaningful way.

Kelzbelz Photography –  

– Her blog features stunning photography which makes me feel passion and emotion when I see it. Her photographs can lose you in them. She has some writing here that about her struggles that many of you will relate to in some way.  There are also some wonderful drawing called Zentangles. Take a look at her lovely photographs and artwork.

Butch Country , Life and Love on the Canadian Prairies 

–  A windowed man shares his struggles as a now single Dad. Transparency, honesty, real love and compassion, and resilience of one man, as he tries so hard to do the job of two, when his soul mate is no longer able to help him. There is great depth to this blog and I think you will find that it speaks to something inside of you.

May Desert Flower –

– Such lovely poetry and others of it will touch into the sad and fearful places in your mind. Very real and honest, creative and artistic. Love, pain, beauty all rolled into one lovely blog. One of my favorite poems is here.

Ishallrhyme – 

– This is a wonderful poetry blog. The poems are timeless and easy to relate to. They touch the heart and inspire creativity for my own poetry. Here is one of my favorite poems of this called Stay Still.

Blahpolar Diaries – 

-this is a blog dedicated to bipolar disorder awareness. It is very creative and has a variety of types pf posts, to keep it interesting to read. There is a recurring LinkDump where the author gives us a variety of different articles, poetry, songs and other bipolar related links. There are personal posts as well as informative posts. This blog has more interaction in the comment section than I have seen in other blogs. This is because the posts open up communication between the writer and the readers…and also the readers with each other.

Learning to Live and Appreciate Life – 

-this is a blog by a young blogger. The blog is about balancing life experiences with meditation, peace of mind and mindfulness. This is a newer blog that I see lots of potential in. This  blog has possibilities of reaching and helping  many people. There is a personal aspect of dealing with OCD and how to use mindfulness practice to deal with that struggle.

Healing Your Grief – 

This blog is about healing from various types of grief. Everyone experiences grief of some kind, during their lives. Sometimes it can be over a death and it can also be grief over the loss of our former selves or our dreams. This blog has a variety of posts and is laid out in a creative and interesting way. Here one  my favorite posts called    Feeling Our Emotions

Inner Dragon – 

This is an excellent blog that has an eclectic variety of sections. There are posts about mental illness, personal posts, original cartoons (mental illness themed), poetry, and a music section. The focus topics are depression, aspergers, OCD and ptsd from domestic abuse. It is honest and there is a of interaction in the comment section between the author and the readers. Here is the comic that made me feel a little better on Christmas day, because I realized that I was not the only person that felt like this on Christmas. 

The Never Ending Path – 

-this blog is for writers and is mainly focused on writing fiction. There are valuable articles about improving fiction writing and blogging. It is by the up and coming author OzarkScyfyWriter

The Musings of Puppy Doc – 

– This is a very interesting blog that speaks of humanity, compassion and kindness to living things. The author is a doctor, a musician, a poet, an animal lover and a great lady. The blog has a variety of things including human interest, photography, humor, and wonderful poetry. Definitely one of my favorite bloggers, here !