๐ŸŒžThe Sunshine Blogger Award 2.0๐ŸŒž

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, you can read all about it here: My Favourite Things.

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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, Stay Alive, for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This is the second award that I have been nominated for and I am excited to participate in the Q&A yet gain.

sunshineStay Alive runs a popular blog called reaosons2stayhome, which is a fairly new blog that has recently gained momentum in the blogging community. I am not surprised considering that this blog speaks to many people who suffer from depression and anxiety. The purpose of Stay Alive is exactly what the blog implies – to stay alive by finding purpose in your life and a reason to live. 

๐ŸŒžSunshine Blogger Award Rules๐ŸŒž

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.

Question I was asked by Stay Alive:

1. If there was absolutely nothing stopping you, what would you do to make this world a better place? I would ensure that people have access to clean water and as well as food security. Most of the world lacks access to these basic needs as people continue to die from starvation and preventable infections caused by contaminated water. Considering that first world countries have an abundance of food and access to clean, running water, I personally think that it pathetic that wealthy countries are so full of greed and people care more about how many likes their Instagram photo has. Meanwhile, there are impoverished people in this world who are struggling just to stay alive.

Stay Alive asked a great question! I personally enjoy answering questions, so I am also including Ilona’s questions to make my replies a bit more interesting. Ilonaโ€™s blog is very inspiring and optimistic. If you donโ€™t follow her blog already, you should definitely check out her blog for her latest updates at https://easydiet.blog/

Questions asked by Ilona:

1. Tell me two things that prompted you to start a blog? I wanted to get away from Facebook and needed a safe place to vent to to the world while making sense of my life through writing. A blog seemed like the most logical outlet for my needs. Also, I had previously used WordPress for a project in university, so I already knew the how to use this platform when I started blogging.

2. What is the happiest day in your life? This is a hard question to answer since I am fortunate to have had more than one โ€œhappiest dayโ€ in my life so far. I was happy when I met my now husband, when we got married, and when our daughter was born. My answers are so clichรฉ but these are my most memorable moments. [copied answer from Sunshine Blogger Award 1.0]

3.What absolutely excites you right now? I don’t really have much to be excited about these days, but if I had to choose something, it would be the progress that I am making with my weight loss. I would like to wear crop tops and bikinis this summer, which I believe is possible if I continue to stick to my diet consisting mostly of unprocessed, anti-inflammatory foods.


You can live frugally and still eat well! Be sure to check out 7 Ways to Stop Wasting Money

4. Whatโ€™s the most important thing I should know about you? I suffer from depression and I am currently seeking help. I do not let depression define who I am as a person. I also feel like depression allows us to play victim and throw pity parties for ourselves which is NOT what I intend to do with this blog. Sometimes, we are just dealt a bad hand in life but that does not mean that we should continue to using the same crappy cards dealt to us over and over again.


My depression was bad last weekend. I only took this photo because someone was bugging me for a selfie.

5. What are you currently reading? I am not reading any books at the moment. Sometimes I will casually skim through “You Are a Badass: How to Start Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero.


My book looks beaten up because it has traveled with me to Singapore and back.

6. What do you think is the driving force in your life? I was put on this planet to heal people. I don’t know how exactly, but I know that I am supposed to be a healer in this life. I used to interpret this as a future nutritionist, but fate did not work out that way. Now, I am interpreting this calling as a registered nurse. However, I have faced several challenges trying to achieve my goal of becoming a nurse. I still don’t know how to interpret the role of a healer or what I am truly passionate about.

7. Whatโ€™s the best thing thatโ€™s happened to you this year/month/week? Honestly, not much. I am literally at a standstill in life and feel like I have hit a brick wall. There isn’t anything that I have to look forward to right now except $1 iced coffee all summer, if that counts.

8. If you had the opportunity to meet one person you havenโ€™t met, who would it be, why, and what would you talk about? I would like to meet a girl I met online who I’ve known for several years now. We used to admin Facebook Pages together back when I was still using Facebook. She recently started a blog called https://sadlonelybutterfly.wordpress.com/ and I encourage you to check our her blog. One day, my husband and I will probably have the opportunity to visit her and I’m sure we will talk about many things. I would like to meet her family and her boyfriend. Right now, we call each other on the phone and talk for hours at a time. Since we both enjoy video games and anime, I can see us binging on our favorite pastimes when we meet each other in real life.

9. Who is your role model? A family friend who I grew up with and happens to live in the same city as me. We don’t hang out that much anymore. She basically has the life I want and I envy her. I am also a bit jealous of her which is something I know stems from my own insecurities. I never told her that she is my role model.

10. If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask? Can science prove the existence of God?

11. How can I be most helpful to you right now? I am not sure how to interpret this question. It would help if you read my blog. Also, be sure to “like” this post if you enjoyed reading it. All of your feedback is helpful and comments are welcome. It helps to know what my fellow readers would like to see more of in future posts.

๐ŸŒžSunshine Blogger Award Nominees๐ŸŒž












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! BTW, I am reusing the same questions I asked last time because I haven’t previously nominated these bloggers.

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41 thoughts on “๐ŸŒžThe Sunshine Blogger Award 2.0๐ŸŒž

  1. popsiclesociety says:

    Congratulations Hilary ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ Keep it going, crop tops and bikinis are all yours this summer ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‰
    I donโ€™t believe science will ever be able to prove God exists ๐Ÿค”
    Cheer up and move on as you have a beautiful daughter, a beautiful family ๐Ÿ’• Life unfortunately is only one and we must enjoy it! Make the things you like and makes you happy! Wish you a lovely and happy weekend ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒธ

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you so much , Ribana ๐ŸŒบ Itโ€™s funny because I have Sunshine Blogger Award 3.0 to do next. For a while I didnโ€™t have questions to answer until now. It was fun answering these questions! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. V says:

    Trust me, sister, $1 iced coffee absolutely counts.

    Also, things will be turning around soon. I know this. I have to believe this. You deserve this, and you’re worth it. The universe will align for you. โค

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      I feel better knowing that $1 iced coffee is totally acceptable ๐Ÿ‘ Sadly, the caffeine buzz is the one thing I have to look forward to these days. I hope to see things turn around but knowing how messed up 2019 turned out to be, I wonder what โ€œbetterโ€ is going to look like. The universe does work in mysterious ways so Iโ€™m open to changes, hopefully some things ๐ŸŒบ


  3. Zealous Homo sapiens says:

    Congratulations on your nomination, dear!!
    Sunshine blogger really suits you well, you truly are a sunshine, a ray of invigorating energy for many readers out here though you might be fighting depression. ๐Ÿ˜Š
    And yes, I’ll make sure I parcel you $1 iced coffee all summer.๐Ÿ˜œ

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      If only I knew how to enable a โ€œBuy me a coffeeโ€ widget ๐Ÿ˜‚ Iโ€™m not that tech savvy…. yet. Aww, thank you for your kind words! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’• Your blog is awesome and Iโ€™m a new follower. Honestly, these sunshine awards at least give me a reason to post something, especially since I lack the creativity or motivation to write.


  4. Liz says:

    Loved reading your post.
    Well done to your healthy eating. I say healthy eating, rather than diet, because diet can sound so restricting to healthy eating. Healthy eating, you are doing to help a better you that is a normal part of your life and sounds more of a positive way way of saying it. It does to me.
    This is my way of thinking when I chose to eat healthy for improving my health. I used to be on blood pressure tablets one time and the small changes have helped me come off them and stay off them.
    Definitely be proud of your achievements.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Diet has the word โ€œdieโ€ in it so I prefer to call it a lifestyle. I like the term healthy eating – it has a nice ring to it ๐Ÿ™‚ I havenโ€™t yet found a lifestyle that 100% works for me yet but getting closer and closer each day to something that I can implement long-term. Iโ€™m really happy that you arenโ€™t on the blood pressure tablets anymore! ๐Ÿ™๐ŸปThatโ€™s amazing, and proof that if we take control of our health, our bodies will take care of us. Health starts on the inside ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒบ

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      • Liz says:

        Yes, I like your word ‘lifestyle’ too and another helpful word than the restricted word ‘diet.’
        I had high blood pressure from a young age, which the doctor said was unusual. When I started eating healthier, I was first watching my salt intake, especially with ready meals which I hardly have now, then I went onto watching the sugar. So I started small and gradual.
        With the events of this year, I have fell off the bandwagon for the first time and really had a lot of sweet stuff. But I am rectifying it now.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        Itโ€™s good that you recognized that you fell off the bandwagon, caught it, and am doing something about it. Youโ€™ve got this, Liz! ๐Ÿ™‚ It makes me happy knowing that your healthy eating [lifestyle] is having a positive effect on your overall health. I couldnโ€™t imagine what it would have been like to have high blood pressure at a young age.๐Ÿ˜”That must have been frightening to hear that from the doctor.

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      • Liz says:

        It came as a shock and out the blue. At the time, I went to doctors with something else. I was on painkillers that doctor gave me for something and I went back because I assumed these were what we’re making me very dizzy after a certain point being on them.
        He advised for my weight and height to not take the amount I was having, but said these wouldn’t be to blame, so he took my blood pressed. With a concerned look he asked me if I was under any stress? I replied no, wondering what it was leading to. After a third check of my blood pressure, he told me it was very high my blood pressure.
        For the next six weeks, I had to see the nurse once a week with a check. Each time it remained high. So after sixth week when nurse checked to see it was high, she went to doctor to chat while I waited in the room. An ECG was then done. That scares me, but I knew I got to relax while that done. That was then given to doctor, which I was given all clear.
        I can’t remember then if doctor did prescription for blood pressure medication, or if I seen him soon after to get them. But I was on them a good number of years.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      I honestly would have never guessed that you felt this way before I read your blog posts, Jenny. I feel like you have your life together more than I do ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™€๏ธ

      Your posts are open and honest, and I really like that about your blog. Youโ€™re definitely not alone and itโ€™s a totally normal feeling. Thank you for stopping by – I really appreciate your support ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒบ

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  5. ilonapulianauskaite says:

    Congratulations, so cute picture, loved it, i just love how simple and honest you are, i feel like know since very long time, but we just met here not so long time go, hugs Hilary, have a wonderful weekendโค๏ธ

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      It started out as a way for me to escape Facebook. My family didnโ€™t like that I was so open on that platform, and it just felt so fake over there. Thatโ€™s why I started blogging…. so that I can truly express what I think and feel. And what a good decision that was! Iโ€™m so happy to have met you on here, Ilona. Blogging has become a lot more lively and fun because of you ๐Ÿ˜Œโœจ


  6. Galit G. Balli says:

    Congrats on the award ๐Ÿ˜€
    Loved your answers and how honest you were, it’s amazing to know you better โค
    I am so happy that you are seeking help, we all need a little help along the road.

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