🌞Sunshine Blogger Award 8.0🌞

On September 17, 2019, Stiina Marie nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This would have been my 8th award and I was planning to complete it when I had the opportunity to do so. It usually takes me several months to complete these awards. Also, I am very picky about the types of awards I complete, mainly because these awards are so mainstream and repetitive these days. Seriously, everyone and their moms get these awards. People have even started naming awards after themselves, which is a bit self-conceited if you ask me #unpopular-opinion

Sadly, it looks like I am a little too late to the party. Instead of being greeted by a working link, I was greeted by this oh-so familiar message from WordPress, which felt a punch in the proverbial gut. If you are a blogger, you probably know what I am talking about:

Stiina Marie, I hope that you return to WP one day. It seems like the blogging community loses fellow bloggers on a regular basis, which is a real shame. Well, this concludes the Sunshine Blogger Award 8.0!

Thanks for stopping by! ❀

Just kidding. It would mean a lot to me if you grabbed a coffee and took a moment to read this blog post! β˜•πŸ’•

screen-shot-2018-03-23-at-8-2116615623 (1)The Sunshine Blogger Award is per recognition award for bloggers who inspire readers by promoting positivity and bringing joy. Thank you, Michelle, for nominating me for the award on December 11, 2019. Michelle blogs about her personal life and offers practical advice that is not only relatable, but also covers topics like mental health and well-being. I highly recommend that you check out Michelle’s blog if these topics interest you. 

🌞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 is your favourite thing about blogging? Engaging with my readers, responding to comments, and following interesting bloggers! I get more enjoyment from interacting with people than I get from writing blog posts and humble-bragging about myself.

2. What do you like about winter? Nothing, unless you count Christmas. That being said Christmas typically lasts 2+ months which is WAY too long.

3. What do you hate about winter? I do not like the snow, slush, ice, snow, melted ice, slush, and more snow. Scraping off icy snow from my car each morning and praying that my car will start is the most anxiety-provoking thing ever. We can talk about winter after you try living in Canada πŸ


Photo taken on a cloudy, cold day in Banff, Alberta BC (Before COVID-19)

4. Do you celebrate Christmas? Absolutely. I didn’t go home for Christmas 2017 and I didn’t decorate my house. My husband was out of town so I ended up watching TV re-runs on Christmas day, which was really depressing.


A non-traditional Christmas tree | Christmas 2019

5. Have you ever written a blog post and later decided not to publish it? Can you describe the post and why you decided not to publish it? I currently have 34 unpublished posts and 98% of them are blank drafts. They’re mostly just titles for potential blog posts. If I recall, I wrote a rough draft about my Steeped Tea addiction, but never ended up writing the final copy. It wasn’t really an addiction since I was able to easily quit the following month. I love Steeped Tea but it’s not worth the price of $2.30 per drink. I’m a broke, frugal student and this habit was burning a hole through my wallet. I will happily accept gift cards though! πŸ’Œ

6. Which country would you like to visit and why? I previously answered this question in πŸŒžThe Sunshine Blogger Award🌞 and to cut to the chase, I would love to visit Japan!

7. How do you overcome a struggle? Good question. When faced with adversity, most people would probably give up and quit. Most people like to play victim and use the “poor me” get-out-of jail card, which is a pet peeve of mine. You see, I don’t have victim mentality. I refuse to quit, and I learned to embrace challenges. Even at my lowest, when I was suicidal and diagnosed with major depression, I kept fighting. Did I mention that I live medication-free? It IS possible to function even if you have a mental illness. I just refuse to accept that my life is hopeless and that depression rules my life. In most cases, depression is situational.


The Pug Life is hard too 🐾

8. Can you share one positive thing about yourself? I have a good heart ❀ People have told me that my advice can be harsh and abrasive, but I have good intentions. A good friend is someone who is truthful and honest, even if the truth stings. I believe that it is better to have a friend like that than someone who always agrees with you. And if I am wrong, please tell me and we can have a mature conversation about it over coffee sometime.

9. What is one thing you want to do that you haven’t done yet? I really want to graduate from nursing school! πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“ I was supposed to graduate a year ago and I am ready to move on with my life.

10. What is your favorite song at the moment? I don’t have a favourite song. My favourite music genre is Chillstep. Also, Lo-Fi hip hop music is starting to grow on me but I don’t know if I would classify it as a favourite genre.


I think I have 500+ subscribers now? I haven’t logged into this account in ages.

11. What is your favorite movie? I don’t have a favourite movie πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ


I have received several requests from bloggers asking me to nominate them for a Sunshine Blogger Award, so I decided to leave it open to anyone who wants to complete it! Please answer the following questions below ↓

Questions for You:

1. What year did you start blogging?
2. What is the theme of your blog?
3. What topics do you write about most often?
4. Do you write short stories? Do you write poetry?
5. How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you?
6. Have you ever gone to a meetup, such as the meetups from meetup.com?
7. Have you ever sold something on Facebook marketplace? What did you sell?
8. Have you ever bought something from Facebook marketplace? What did you buy?
9. Is it better to be rich, boring person or a poor, adventurous person?
10. Can you share one positive thing about yourself?
11. What is one thing you want to do that you haven’t done yet?

And….GO!! I know you have very busy lives outside of the blogging world and I appreciate that you took the time to read this blog post! I look forward to reading your answers if you decide to participate in the Sunshine Blogger Award. 

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78 thoughts on “🌞Sunshine Blogger Award 8.0🌞

    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you for reading, Pooja! πŸ˜„ Even though I don’t have other countries to compare Canadian winters to, from what I heard, the weather is milder everywhere else it seems. If I could move to a warmer place, I would, but at the same time, I really like it here!

      My sister-in-law had to take the bus at 7am in the morning in Toronto. It could have been the same bus! Are you still in Canada, or are you in Kenya right now? I hope you decide to stay in Canada for a while longer, especially now that it’s summer! πŸ˜€

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      • PoojaG says:

        I’m still in Canada and I am definitely enjoying the summer! This is my first summer in Canada and it’s been super fun so far. How are your classes going or are you done with your semester?

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        Spring 2020 semester went really well – my grades were really good. However, I am worried that I don’t have the clinical skills I need for final placement. Although they’re less frequent than last year, I still get nightmares. Do you plan to stay in Canada after you graduate?


  1. Simon says:

    Congratulations Hilary ✨ I do have such in my drafts, potential titles but empty 😸 . So Inspiring✨ to read how you overcome mental struggles, Happy for you. Stay Strong. Wise answers Hilary. And BTW your last nomination is still pending πŸ™„. Hope you don’t mind, but I already have it in my draft. I have decided not to post more than a award per week. Yours will be scheduled within this July πŸ˜‰. Incase you forgot, that is Lockdown tag award. I enjoyed making it. 😊 Have a beautiful day Hilary βœ¨πŸ€—πŸ’

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you, Simon! πŸ˜„ Take your time with the nomination.. no worries at all (and no hurry). That makes sense. I am kinda the same way, where I will only complete one award at a time. That’s great that you manage to post so frequently – good for you πŸ˜„ I don’t have that kind of discipline but would really like to learn how to find the motivation to write every day. I look forward to reading your award post. You might need to link me in case I miss it in the reader! πŸ˜…

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you for reading, Tiffany! πŸ˜„ I saw your last email and I didn’t reply to it yet….I am really terrible for that. I just finished Term 7 yesterday, so no more excuses. πŸ˜… Agreed, victim mentality did not help me whatsoever, so I ended up changing my mindset. Lots of books and personal development podcasts does wonders!


      • Tiffany says:

        No problem at all! That’s awesome. I have been listening to a lot of podcasts lately, too. What are some of your favorite personal development books/podcasts?

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        There are several podcasts that I listen to. I might need to email you the list of podcasts because there are so many LOL πŸ˜‚ I’ve only read a couple of personal development books, “You are a Badass” by Jen Sinero and “The Subtle Art of Not giving a F***” by Mark Manson.

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  2. stevescountry says:

    Congratulations Hilary! Canadian winters, not much can be said that is good about them! Actually, can’t think of anything really. I have a bunch of those blank drafts too, just a title, though I did delete a bunch of them recently. Well done Hilary, have a great day!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΊπŸŒž

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        Thanks Steve. No worries, I didn’t celebrate Canada Day yesterday. Instead I watched YouTube videos and played Animal Crossing on the Nintendo Switch (my current obsession)

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      • stevescountry says:

        The only thing I did was put my Canadian flag out and there were people in the neighborhood that had fireworks that I could see from my apartment. Didn’t watch all of them though, started at 7 and went until after 11.

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        That’s kinda nice that you were able to watch the fireworks from the comfort of your home, but I could imagine that it was loud. Wow! 4 hours of fireworks? That seems a bit excessive (and expensive!). Still nice that you got to watch them for free!

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      • stevescountry says:

        It wasn’t all one fireworks display, the town display only lasted 10 minutes really, but there are actually 3 towns here joined into one, each has their own fireworks, then there was 4 private fireworks displays in our neighborhood that were really very nice. All was spread out over 4 hours, but not solidly for 4 hours, there was gaps in between. Sorry about that, I should have been more clear about it. Have a great day!

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      I limit it to one type of blogging award for now. I think once I hit Sunshine Blogger Award 10.0 I will switch it to something else πŸ€” I keep them as β€œfillers” for times when I lack creativity or feel pressure to write something. I try to keep them the same because it’s easier to keep track of the questions and nominees. I stopped nominating people because my list of nominees was getting way too long. I’m glad that you can relate to this haha πŸ˜†


  3. popsiclesociety says:

    Congratulations Hilary for not being a quitter and congratulations for the award 🀩
    I believe Canada has a very long winter ❄️ I’m not a winter lover, I can take it for a few days only…and thinking I was borne in winter β„οΈπŸ˜‰ but winter wonderland is so beautiful β„οΈπŸ˜‰
    I hope you’ll graduate soon and you’ll visit Japan one day 🌸🌸🌸

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Hi Ribana, thank you for commenting.😊 Yes, Canada has a very long winter. 10 months of winter 2 months of summer, but it varies depending on how far north you are. Singapore is a bit too hot for me, but I can definitely see the appeal of living there.🌴🌴 Have you been to Japan and/or other countries in Asia (besides Singapore)? 🌸🌸🌸

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      • popsiclesociety says:

        Honestly lately I think Singapore is too hot for me too πŸ€ͺ I guess I’ll prefer more a country with springtime weather 🌸
        I’ve never been to Japan and I hope one day I’ll be able to. So far I’ve been to Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Cambodia, China, in nearby countries πŸ˜‰
        Still lots of countries to visit though πŸ˜‰
        I wish I could be a tourist forever 😊😝😎

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