🌞The Sunshine Blogger Award🌞

Whoever is reading this post, thank you for taking time out of your day to connect with me! I hope you are all doing well. In case you missed my last post, I have been dealing with depression but I don’t want it to prevent me from writing. I’m determined to fight my demons through writing, which is a therapeutic outlet for me. 

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The Sunshine Blogger Award is per recognition award for bloggers who inspire readers by promoting positivity and bringing joy. Thank you, Ilona, for nominating me. Ilona runs a popular blog called easydiet.blog which has become popular since she first launched it. I feel like I can resonate with Ilona on many levels because she speaks from her heart and takes the time to connect with her readers. Even though we live miles away from each other, it doesn’t feel like we are separated by distance. 

Ilona’s blog is very inspiring and optimistic! If you don’t follow her blog already, you should definitely check out her blog.

🌞Sunshine Blogger Award Rules🌞

The Sunshine Blogger Award has rules (surprise, surprise!). These rules ensure the success of this award, providing exposure to all the award winners. The rules are quite simple and straightforward.

Rules for Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  • List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

Questions I was asked:

1. What do you enjoy most in blogging? I enjoy connecting with other bloggers because I feel like I am a part of something bigger. I also feel like I belong in this community and the atmosphere seems much more positive and inviting compared to other platforms (I’m looking at you, Facebook).

2. What has been your most successful blog post and why do you think it was such a success? I am not sure which blog post is most successful, but I am guessing that it is probably Life is Not All Sunshine and Rainbows since it seemed to get the most likes and comments. This is the also the first blog post where I openly wrote about depression.

3. What was your happiest moment in life so far? This is a hard question to answer since I am fortunate to have had more than one “happiest moment” in my life. I was happy when I met my now husband, when we got married, and when our daughter was born. My answers are so cliché but these are my most memorable moments.

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My daughter enjoying the sunflowers at her grandparents’ house. 🌻

4. What is your little wish you would like to come through the soonest? I wish for things to get better in 2019. So far, it’s been a rough year for me and I would really like to see big improvements. I am sick and tired of feeling “stuck” in life. This is a quarter-life crisis maybe?

5. A day on the beach or a day exploring a city? I burn easily in the sun so a day exploring a city!

6. Where would you like to travel next? Japan.

7. What is your favourite season and why? I am an August baby so summer has always been my favourite season. I also like summer because this season promotes relaxation unless you work/study year-round. Even summer semesters seem more relaxed.

8. Eating what food brings to you some happy memories about your childhood? My oma makes the best cakes and desserts. Her cakes are mouthwatering and delectable. She still makes them but I live across the country, so I cannot enjoy them sadly.

Quick German lesson: Oma means grandmother & Opa means grandfather.

9. Who is your favourite historical character and why? I never really cared for history. Terry Fox is not my favourite historic figure but I remember him well because we had to do this Terry Fox run every Friday in elementary school. And to make things worse, it was timed and graded.

10. What is the piece of music that brings back to your happy memories? Wind of Change by the Scorpions. My dad told me that I had the entire song memorized by age 4. My best memory is singing this song in his Volkswagen with the windows rolled down.

11. If you could go back in time when would you like to live? I prefer to live in the present, not in the past.

🌞Sunshine Blogger Award Nominees🌞












Questions for the nominees:

1. Why did you decide to start a blog?
2. What year did you publish your first blog post?
3. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
4. Do you own a pet? If so, what kind?
5. Do you have any routines before you write a blog post?
6. What motivates you to write? Where do you find inspiration?
7. What country do you live in?
8. Are you a coffee or tea drinker?
9. Are you a morning person or a night person?
10. What languages do you speak?
11. What do you fear the most?

And….GO!! There is no pressure to respond to this nomination, as I know you have very busy lives outside of the blogging world. I look forward to reading your answers if you do decide to participate in the Sunshine Blogger Award. I am curious to know what your answers are! 

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34 thoughts on “🌞The Sunshine Blogger Award🌞

  1. V says:

    Okay, first – holy moly you have a cute kid. I just want to squish her.

    Secondly, you’ve quickly become one of my favourite people on this website. Is it weird to say that being total strangers? I bet if we knew each other in person, we’d be good friends. Yeah, I think so.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Hi V! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such lovely reply. It really made my day! I absolutely love sunflowers and this photo is one of my personal favorites. My father took this photo on his cell phone which is really surprising considering that he hardly ever takes photos.

      I totally believe that strangers can become good friends on the internet, even if it’s just through blogging/texting/email etc. My mother believes that online friends aren’t real friends but she is so wrong. She’s stuck in her ways and will never understand. Good friends are hard to find, and I appreciate that you talk to me on here. Super rare these days it seems and I feel like the Internet has brought us closer together, which is really nice.



  2. Humanity Lives On says:

    What a treat, absolutely loved reading your answers and getting to know more of you. Many congratulations for this award and thank you so very much for the nomination, it truly means a lot to me. Thank you. – Cezane

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog, and taking the time to write such a nice reply. I appreciate your kind words. I’m hoping to get to know more about you with the Q & A. Looking forward to reading your answers. Have a wonderful day!

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  3. Positively Alyssa says:

    First of all I really enjoyed reading your answers and found that we are a lot alike! Your passion for life in the present is a great way to live life! Also, thank you so much for nominating me for this award. I know I already told you this, but I do promise to do my post for this great award over the weekend! It is much easier for me to do posts over the weekend because working full-time makes me pretty exhausted!

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you for taking the time to read my answers and leaving this comment. I read something interesting about living in the present; when you live in the past, you deal with depression. When you live in the future, you deal with anxiety. I struggle with both depression and anxiety so living in the present seems like a good thing! To escape depression and anxiety if only for a moment is a lot better than constantly dwelling on things we can’t control.

      Totally understandable! Please take you time, there is no hurry at all. I’m grateful if even one or two nominees answer my questions. I can imagine that working full time leaves you with little time to blog. Take care Alyssa, and happy Friday! 😊💕

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      • Positively Alyssa says:

        You are very welcome! Your answers were great and it was a great way to get to know you! I definitely agree that living in the present is much healthier.

        I appreciate you being understanding. I want to answer the questions for you because I appreciate you even thinking of me for this award. Yes, working full-time is exhausting because I still have to handle everything in the house as well, but it is the weekend and I enjoy blogging!

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  4. equinoxio21 says:

    Depression is hard. Most people don’t understand what it is.
    Only one comment: life is the only thing we have, it may be hard, but it does bring its joys:
    e.g. your daughter.
    Be good.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      As strange as this sounds, even with my daughter I still feel lonely inside. It’s like that loneliness never left me since I was a kid and continues to haunt me to this day. Depression is like a toxic friend who refuses to leave you.

      I’m trying to see past the bad things, like my daughter’s medical condition. It’s something I don’t really talk about but have hinted about it in Instagram. People see the cute photos but what I see is countless surgeries, huge medical bills, medical appointments, and having to travel miles and miles (thankfully that’s not the case now that we live close to a hospital with specialists nearby). I feel like people choose to present their lives online that may not align with their reality reality, and I believe that we all struggle with something.

      Thank you for reaching out and leaving a comment on this blog. Yes, depression is very hard indeed. People who don’t understand are perhaps the luckiest ones. Ignorance is bliss, right?

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      • equinoxio21 says:

        Many people are… ignorant. And it takes courage to face reality. Even when reality is harsh. Sorry about your daughter. I do hope she will eventually be ok. 🙂 Or as well as she can possibly be. 🙂 Hope is a good medicine.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        With the advancement of medicine and technology, there might be a cure in 20+ years from now, depending on whether they can operate on her or not. I appreciate your kind words and positivity! We are taking things day by day and hoping for the best. 🙂

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