Mystery Blogger Award #7

Thank You!

I want to thank Nabeela for nominating me for this award. She has a really awesome multi-niche lifestyle blog and also recently started a YouTube channel. You can check out her blog by clicking here and her YouTube channel by clicking here. 

Rules:-

1. Put the award logo on your blog.
2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
3. Mention the creator of the award. The creator of this award is..Okoto Enigma.
4. Answer the five questions you were asked.
5. Tell the readers three things about yourself.
6. Nominate ten to twenty bloggers.
7. Notify the bloggers that you nominated them by commenting on one of their posts.
8. Ask your nominees five questions with one weird or funny one.
9. Share a link to your best posts.

Questions:-

Which one is the best in your opinion? Blogging or Vlogging?

Personally I prefer blogging just because WP is such a great platform. YouTube is kind of a messed up place and has too many trolls for me to handle. 

What is the one good thing that you did to someone else?

I try to be as kind as possible so I guess I have tried to help people out as much as I can. And my parents taught us to donate stuff on Christmas and our birthday and New Years so I guess that’s a good thing I do every year. 

What is the one gift that will make you happy?

A million dollars so if anyone wants to send it to me you know how to reach me… lol kidding. I think the perfect gift would be makeup or books- I love them both so much!

One post of mine that you like the most? And why?

I really like your post about how to treat women better when they’re pregnant because it’s genuinely a serious problem especially in brown communities I feel like. I have learnt a lot about what you talk about on the post in detail in Sociology and I hope that over time as a society we are able to treat pregnant women in a more appropriate way. 

Do you think the Covid -19 will end someday?

Someday- yes. Anytime soon- perhaps not. 

My Nominees

If you’re reading this post and feel as though this may be something you want to participate in please consider yourself nominated and use the same questions I did- I would love to read your take on them! And if you don’t want to do an entire post dedicated to it you can leave the answers in the comments below.

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How to Reduce Anxiety in These Trying Times

Check out this guest post I did on reducing anxiety in these trying times and a very special thanks to Onome for having me on as a guest writer!

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How To Reduce Your Anxiety In These Trying Times

Anxiety is something that a lot of people are forced to live with and the situation we are faced with currently has given a lot of people symptoms of anxiety. It is obviously no surprise that people are anxious at the moment but there are some ways that can help reduce your anxiety:

One step at a time- I think it’s important to take everything one step at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself whether it’s with the news, changing…

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I Don’t Think We’re Ever Going Back

By Xandria 
I’m writing this from my bedroom in my parents’ house. I’m working on a small desk in the corner of the room, and there’s a cool breeze coming in from the window in front of me. Sounds pretty great, right? This is day 35 of quarantine for me, I only leave the house to get groceries for my family once or twice every two weeks and maybe, sometimes I go for a walk to get some fresh air and clear my head. I’ve been working from home for the last 6 weeks, and I might be the only person in the world that doesn’t completely hate this situation.
It’s a strange world we’re living in, we’re stuck in our homes as a means to stop the spread of a virus we can’t seem to slow down. Stuck is also a weird word to be using at a time like this, when having a home, a job to work from home, full cupboards and fridge are immense blessings – it’s the farthest thing from being stuck. There’s many without homes, many who’s jobs don’t allow the flexibility to work from the safety of a house. There’s also those who have no jobs, those who don’t have any idea when they can do their next round of groceries. I don’t take that lightly. I find myself being deeply thankful for every little thing I have. In a time that some might argue is so easy to focus on the bad, I find myself searching for the good. The world before the virus is gone, it’s something I don’t think we are ever going to get back. Not because we won’t ever bounce back – but because each of us, every single person on this planet, will forever be changed by this.
Since this whole ordeal started, since the virus made its way to Italy it dawned on me that there might be a much larger reason for why this is all happening. For the first time it’s like the whole world is on pause, people have no choice but to be present in the moment and take everything day by day. Isn’t that the way we should have been living all along? This is thought that has crossed my mind many many times. Shouldn’t we be living a life that is full of gratitude, a life that is in no rush whatsoever, a life that’s not bound by a schedule, a life with no fear. Maybe this is the Universe’s way – God’s way – of telling us to go back to basics, maybe this is His way of showing us that we really are all in this together. That in a world separated by race, politics and religion, maybe just maybe, this is His way of showing us that there really isn’t anything separating each of us. That when you really look at life for what it is, we are all the same. We crave that human connection, we have always been all in this together. I don’t know when or how this will all end, but when it does we’re going to have to begin again, together. The way we should have all along.
Stay strong my friends. Stay positive and choose joy every day, search for joy every single moment you can. When we finally get out of this, we’ll hug a little harder, love a lot further. We’ll cherish every trip to the grocery store, and every family gathering a hell of a lot more. I promise you that. And from now, until the day this is all over; stay present, take deep breaths and take comfort in knowing that time will heal, time will pass and soon this will be over.
Stay safe.
Xo, Xandria
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The Vincent Ehindero Award #2

I want to thank Caden for nominating me for this award! He has a really awesome blog with so much great advice for bloggers. I’ve actually learnt so much from his posts over the last few months. His blog largely consists of tips for bloggers ranging from tips about writing and blogging to tips about SEO and more. You guys should definitely check out his blog by clicking here.
HERE ARE THE RULES TO FOLLOW:
1. Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog: https://tangietwoods.blog
2. Post the award nomination photo
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3. Post the rules
4. Nominate 20-30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.
5. vincentehindero.wordpress.com is Vincent’s blog site, and he would appreciate you checking out his blog and consider following and supporting him too.
6. Notify Vincent of your nomination, via comment and send an email to vincentehindero@gmail.com for faster replies.
7. After notifying Vincent, he will check out your blog, follow and give you your unique award for the good work on your blog.

MY QUESTIONS

What Country Are You From?
From Kenya!
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Are You Going/Did You Go To College?
Yes I’m currently a university student majoring in history.
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Do You Have Any Pets? If So, What Are Their Names?
Not at the moment because I’m in Canada right now.
Do you know anyone who had/has Coronavirus?
No thankfully no one I know has been infected yet and I am very grateful for that.
What Is Your Favorite Country?
Kenya- it’s home!
What Is Your Favorite Joke? (No matter how stupid it is)
Knock knock. Who’s there? To who. No, it’s to whom.
It’s stupid but I just think it’s so funny for some reason.
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Whats Your Favorite TV Show?
At the moment it’s definitely between Curb Your Enthusiasm and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. They are just so hilarious and have remained funny and relevant even after so many years!
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My Nominees
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The Vincent Ehindero Award

I want to thank Tangie T. Woods for nominating me for this award and I’m so sorry it took me forever to get to it! She was actually the first ever recipient for this award and honestly I can not think of someone who deserves that honour more than her. She has a really amazing blog with posts about Christianity, lifestyle, awards and so much more and is such an inspiring person so be sure to check out her blog by clicking here.
HERE ARE THE RULES TO FOLLOW:
1. Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog: https://tangietwoods.blog
2. Post the award nomination photo
nominees logo
3. Post the rules
4. Nominate 20-30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.
5. vincentehindero.wordpress.com is Vincent’s blog site, and he would appreciate you checking out his blog and consider following and supporting him too.
6. Notify Vincent of your nomination, via comment and send an email to vincentehindero@gmail.com for faster replies.
7. After notifying Vincent, he will check out your blog, follow and give you your unique award for the good work on your blog.
QUESTIONS FOR ME:
1. How long have you been blogging?
Almost five whole years now!
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2. How were you inspired to blog?
I was looking for a way to express myself and get my writing out there and a friend encouraged me to start a blog.
3. What country do you live in and how is the weather there now?
I’m living in Canada at the moment and it’s spring so it’s a mix of sunny and rainy right now.
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4. What are your thoughts (opinions) on the COVID-19 virus?
I think it’s just so sad and I truly wish that anyone suffering from it does get better and I hope we are able to fight it and get back to normal soon. I also think as horrible as the whole situation is that it’s also brought out the best in a lot of people and it has helped us to appreciate everyone out there doing their part in helping others like the doctors and nurses.
5. What are some of your happiest moments?
I think watching cartoons as a child.
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My Nominees
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Ways To Remain Calm

It can be difficult to stay calm with everything going on and it’s natural to be worried. But remaining calm and doing your best will be much more helpful to you and everyone around you and these techniques can help you to remain calm:
Yoga/meditation- Yoga and meditation can be very relaxing especially when you do it after waking up because it helps you throughout the day. Try taking some time- even if it’s fifteen minutes- to do some yoga and meditation at the beginning of the day. Over time you end up learning how to stay relaxed and calm in stressful situations which can be very helpful.
Breathing techniques- Breathing techniques can really help you stay calm and relaxed. Learning breathing techniques that work for you can really help you out.
Online meditation apps- It can be difficult for people to meditate on their own especially when they’re starting out and that’s totally okay. Since this isn’t the best time to go to meditation classes in person meditation apps can be a great substitute. To find  the perfect meditation app for you click here.
Surround yourself with positivity- Even though it’s not the easiest thing to be surrounded by positive news right now it can help to take a break from reading the news and read something positive for a while even if it’s just some positive quotes or a pictures of cute animals.
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An Interview With Nurse Tasha

Read this awesome post by Tiani and had to reblog it! Her sister is actually a nurse and is working hard during this pandemic to save lives. Check out the interview she did with her sister as well as the information listed about healthcare. And if you want to see a part two of the interview be sure to leave some questions for her sister in the comments!

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The True Heroes Of Our Time

By Andreas Cvetkovic Destounis
One thing I hope will happen as a result of the corona-outbreak is that more and more people will acknowledge the real heroes of our society. And I’m happy to see that there has been an increase in this acknowledgement. We have seen more and more people showing their gratitude to their countries health-care workers, working in hard conditions trying to help people. But this shouldn’t have started with the corona-outbreak and it shouldn’t end when the outbreak ends. And it shouldn’t be limited to health-care workers only.
I got my first job in 2017 when I started working at a daycare. I had of course gone to school and university, and there we learned about other heroes. When we were small children our hero was Pippi Longstocking. In high school it was Winston Churchill. In university coffee was our hero as it could keep us awake. When I started working at the daycare I noticed how unaware I had been of our society’s real heroes for the first 21 years of my life.
I remember that the first day working at the daycare was a very messy one. No one seemed to really know what part of the daycare I was going to work at, and I was moved around several times just within the first hour. Since that day in the spring of 2017 I have worked in several different daycares in my hometown of Stockholm up until the middle of 2019. So I have my fair share of experiences. But I didn’t need nearly that much time to understand why that first day was so messy. It actually just took a few days. And that in turn led me to understand that it wasn’t Pippi Longstocking, Churchill or coffee that were our true heroes. The true heroes of our modern society were my coworkers at the daycare. (Even though coffee helped me, as well as my co-workers, while working at the daycare. So we can still count it as a hero).
Low pay, long hours and tiring work with a lot of responsibilities are a few things that define working at the daycare. I can’t speak for other countries, but I can speak for my own country of Sweden. And here this definition is hardly unique for people working at a daycare. The same goes for nurses, police-officers, taxi-drivers, among many. I constantly hear on the news of police-officers and teachers quitting their jobs because they can’t take it anymore, and of nurses and taxi-drivers having to work overtime for free because, well, they just have to.
I had heard about all of this even before I started working at the daycare. But just like a lot of people, I didn’t give it a second thought. After working at a daycare for some time, I could suddenly sympathise with them.
That first day that I mentioned earlier, it was messy because the staff at the daycare had so much workload that they couldn’t pay attention to me. As I said, I have worked in several (seven to be precise) daycares, and the thing that was constant in all daycares was the frustration and anger of the staff. And also the high number of staff seeking help for mental-health problems. I often just wanted to sit down with them and tell them that everything will be alright, even though I knew that it probably wouldn’t.
As an ending I want to go back to what I said in the beginning. Up to now I think that a lot of people are unaware of the heroes working these types of jobs, just as I was before I started working at the daycare. But the corona-outbreak has made it obvious what heroes they are. Health care-workers have to risk their health working with corona-patients, staff at daycares and supermarkets, as well as bus drivers, have to risk their health coming in close contact with people who might very well have the virus. All while the rest of us are being told to stay at home. And this has made people see them as the heroes they are. Let’s hope it persists when the outbreak is over. The next time you go to the supermarket or ride the bus, please make sure to show your gratitude to the person behind the counter or the wheel.
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5 Ways To Remain Positive

With everything going on in the world right now plus being stuck at home it’s easy to start to feel more negative. It can also feel a lot worse if you already suffer from mental health problems like anxiety and depression. Here are some ways  to stay positive: 

Pamper yourself- Take a day or even a few hours/minutes out of your day/week to pamper yourself. When you’re stuck at home it’s easy to let yourself go and stop pampering yourself but it’s important to set some “me time” aside for yourself. It can be as simple as putting on some lotion and lipstick or taking a nice hot bath. It really helps clear your mind and bring some more positivity into your life.

Keep busy- Make sure not to completely let yourself go and sleep in all day (happened to a friend of mine… 😂) but it’s a good idea to maintain your usual routine at least to an extent. Sleeping in too much can actually be bad for your mental health and it can make you feel more depressed, sad and or negative in general. Keeping your general routine or if that’s not possible at least finding some activities/hobbies to do while you’re at home can really help you feel better.

Surround yourself with positivity- I know it’s easy to fall down a hole of reading negative news all day but make sure to read/watch/do something positive too. You can read some inspirational quotes or read an inspirational book or just watch some cat videos on YouTube!

Stay in touch with people you care about- Even though being around people you care about may not be an option right now it’s a good idea to keep in touch with them. It really helps improve your mood and kind of distracts you from any negative feelings you may be experiencing. 

Breathe- Taking deep breathes especially when you’re feeling anxious, depressed or panicky can really help calm you down and bring more positive energy into your mind.

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