Friday, January 15, 2021

The Outstanding Blogger Award

Hey readers,

Happy Friday! I hope you're doing well. What better way to start this year's first blog post than being nominated by two amazing bloggers for The  Outstanding Blogger Award. I feel very honored and blessed to be nominated by the amazing blogger, B from MindBeautySimplicity & the wonderful blogger, Deborah from HeadphoneThoughts. One blogs about everything related to minimalism, beauty & fashion and the other shares her thoughts and reflections based on her life. Both of these lifestyle bloggers writes beautifully and are very kind hearted. Please do check out their blogs! 

Here's the link to the original creator of this award: The Original Outstanding Blogger Award


Rules:

  • Provide a link to the creator's original award post
  • Answer the quetions provided
  • Create 7 unique questions
  • Nominate at least 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award's creator nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated.
  • At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator's original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding blogger award.




B's Questions:

What are your blogging goals for 2021?

  • I want to discover as many bloggers as I can and get to know them through my interview series and by reading their blogs posts. 
  • Be more consistent with my posts this year. 
  • Promote my blog on Pinterest. 
What was something positive that happened last year?

I participated in blogmas. I always wanted to participate as I have seen other bloggers do it and it seemed so much fun but challenging as well. I only did 12 days of Blogmas but it was totally worth it. I also met a lot of other bloggers who were also doing blogmas and it was amazing. Also, another positive thing is that I was very active and consistent on Instagram. I was able to focus on that and I am glad as it was a goal of mine that I have achieved. Hopefully, I get to keep up with that. 

What is your niche / favorite thing to write about?

My favorite thing to write about is "how-to's". If you look at my blog posts, you'll see it is mostly blogging advice. 
  • How to support other bloggers
  • How to write a good comment on a blog post
  • How blogging can help in your life
I have learned a lot while blogging and I want to share that knowledge with anyone else who needs it. 

Who inspires you the most in life?

I have more than one person who inspires me. I'd say it is basically the people I am surrounded by everyday. I have a small circle of friends and of course, my family. We usually get inspired by what we see, read & experience. Also, I can say that I get to learn new things everyday by reading a blog post or by having a conversation with someone at work and simple things like that can inspire me. 

Where would you want to travel next when it’s safe to do so? 

I have only been going from home to work and work to home these days. So, at this point, I'd be grateful to have the chance to travel anywhere in the world.

What inspiring message would you want your readers to know?

"At the end of the day, it is all about the little things"

I believe that it is always the little things that matters the most. After all, our memories come from those little moments that are so special to us and lead to big things. 

Is there a topic you wish to write about, but are afraid of the reaction?

Not really, I believe that everyone has a right to their opinions and can totally disagree with the way I think or see things. I think the best part of blogging is to be able to write whatever you want to without being afraid of judgment. People can also share their thoughts through comments and it is nice to see the different perspectives. 

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Deborah's Questions: 

Tell us your 2021 goals for your blog

As I have mentioned above, my goals are:

  • Discover more blogs and get to know them through their posts and my interview series
  • Be more consistent with my blog posts
  • Promote my blog on Pinterest

How do you plan on implementing your goals for your blog in 2021?

  • Discover new blogs through social media: twitter, instagram, facebook and pinterest
  • Interview more bloggers to know their stories, their thoughts on life, their interests
  • Schedule posts using my blog journal
  • Create pins on Pinterest and increase my reach

What inspires you to write your blogs?

Inspiration can come from anywhere, you just need to take some time to think. Your blog is based on yourself, your life, your thoughts, your experiences. Blogging is basically sharing your life with others and getting inspired from others as well. You share your life, your knowledge and you learn and take advice from others. You take and you give back. 

Why did you begin your blog?

It started from a class that I took back in college. I had to make a website and I did some research. While doing that, I discovered a few bloggers and read their posts. It was interesting. That's when I first started my own blog. That was one of the best decisions of my life and I am thankful to that class where I learned a lot of things such as coding, building a website, the computer language and more. 

What have you learned about yourself in writing your blogs?

I learned a lot while blogging. I didn't even know I was capable of making my own website at first. I also learned how to interact with other bloggers. One of the best reasons to be nominated for an award is to answer the questions that make you think about yourself. 

What would you change about your blog?

I would love to add more pages to my blog ( I have ideas but I need some more time to work on it)

How do you feel about collaborating on your blog?

I would love to collaborate with other bloggers in the near future. It is always fun to work with others. If I get the opportunity, I'd love to. 

My questions for you:
1.What's the most interesting place you've visited?
2.What is one of the most awkward moments of your life? 
3.Would you rather have a home on the beach or the mountains?
4. If your life was a movie, what would it be called?
5. If you could choose to invite three celebrities at your house, who would they be? 
6. What would your ideal day look like? 
7. If you have to learn a new skill, what would it be? 

Since I got nominated by 2 different bloggers, I am going to tag 14 people in total

My nominees: 

Molly - Molly Louise
Carina and Juliade - Project Girl 2 Woman
Francesca - Francesca's Finds
Katie - Watt The Blog


I hope you enjoyed reading this post, please do check out these amazing bloggers. Once again, thank you to B & Deborah for this nomination. Do give them a follow. I'll leave their links below. 


B's social media:
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/mind.beauty.simplicityblog/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/mindbeautysimplicityblog/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindbeautysimp1

Deborah's social media:
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/headphonesthoughts/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/Headphonesthougths/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeadphonesTblog

Have a great weekend! 

~ Thank you for reading and happy blogging ~

Monday, December 28, 2020

Meet the fitness and lifestyle blogger - Jimmy Clare

Hey readers,

It is snowing a lot today and I am lovin' it! I hope you are drinking a hot coffee or a hot chocolate because it is freezing out there. Also, because hot choco is a must for our interview series!

In a few days, we will be at the beginning of a new year! Before ending this year, I want you guys to meet an amazing blogger who has inspired so many people with his journey. His blog motivates you to bring the best out of yourself and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I want you all to meet this amazing blogger: Jimmy Clare! Head over to his blog: CrazyFitnessGuy

Welcome back to the Daily Sunlight Interview Series! 


To start off this interview, tell us a little about yourself.

 

My name is Jimmy Clare and I am a motivational speaker, Autism advocate, author, and founder of CrazyFitnessGuy.  I am from Ambler PA.  CrazyFitnessGuy is a website that promotes and explores healthy living through the perspective of an autistic college student.

 

I am slightly Autistic and I used to be bullied because of being different than others in school.  I created CrazyFitnessGuy because I wanted to help people who are different know that they are not alone.  Being different is a good thing and embrace it.


You are absolutely right, being different is a good thing. You have this story that you share with yourself and others and that makes you who you are. I am really sorry you had to experience being bullied in school but right now, you are one of the strongest people out there and I am so glad you found yourself through blogging, speaking out and by sharing your story.


I can see that your blog consists mainly of posts related to fitness along with other self-care posts. What inspired you to create your blog and how did you decide that this was going to be the purpose of your blog? 


Some people think my website is mostly about fitness which is not exactly true.  When I first started my website it was mainly about fitness but over three years of blogging I changed the direction of it.  If I have to sum up what CrazyFitnessGuy is to everyone it would be categorized under healthy living and everything that goes with it.  The reason why I started CrazyFitnessGuy is because I wanted to continue practicing my writing after my English class in college.  I couldn’t see myself writing in a word document or on a piece of paper over and over again.


I needed something that I could come back week after week and be consistent.  So I started a website on WordPress on April 12th, 2017.  But after working 90+ hours a week for a whole year I decided to move to Squarespace in the fall of 2018.   


That is amazing! I think you are doing really well. You were able to write a variety of posts on your blog and not just related to fitness which is very inspiring. I love reading about your advice, your stories.

After reading your blog, I can see that your agenda is quite full. Being a blogger, a motivational speaker and much more, how do you manage everything that well? 

I use many different tools like TimeTune which is a block scheduling app that syncs with Google Calendar.  This tool helps me work on certain projects for a certain amount of time.  I also use a digital to-do list app called To-do by Microsoft because it syncs across all of my devices.  It helps me tackle one project at a time.

I also use notion which is an all-in-one tool that lets me keep all of my notes, blogging ideas, podcasting ideas, and more in one place.  I don’t know how people can store so many files in so many different places.  That would just drive me nuts.

How do you stay consistent with your blog posts? A lot of people struggle with creating content on a regular basis. Where do you get your inspiration from?

I like to keep my blog posts schedule in my Google calendar so I can stay on schedule.  I like to find blog post ideas on Quora and reading other blogs and website.  

I see that you are mostly someone who schedule their posts. That is nice! Oh wow, I do use Quora but didn't thought of use it for any blogging purpose. That's a great idea. 


What can you tell us about your future in blogging terms? Do you plan to keep on blogging for a long time? Do you plan on making any changes or have bigger plans? (perhaps a fitness business) What are your goals towards your blog?

I want to continue blogging but I also want to speak at large events in the future speaking in front of 100,000+ in all in one place.  I also would like to travel all over the world speaking to everyone and be on talk shows.  I would also like to be on more podcasts and do some ted talks.  I would also like to hire some writers as well for my blog.  


I truly hope that you continue to blog and are able to at large events because everyone needs someone as inspiring as you to share their stories. You are so great, I hope that you go worldwide and fulfil your dreams. I can see that you have a lot of things planned out. I hope you can achieve all these goals, can't wait to see what you got for us in the near future!

Do you have any favorite tools or apps that you use for blogging?

I love using Notion, Grammarly, Crowdfire, Hootsuite, and Post Early. 

I have just heard of two out of your list but I'll check out the others. It is always nice to have tools that can help you for your blog. We always need them!

Do you have a specific routine when it comes to publishing your post? Are you more someone who schedules a post in advance or simply writes everything on the spot?

I like to post right on the spot but if I am super busy sometimes I like to schedule it out ahead of time.


That's great, I guess you are just so occupied with so many things, it is easier to schedule but of course, when you have time, it is nice to write on spot.


What is your favorite post that you have published until now and why is it that one your favorite?


My favorite post on CrazyFitnessGuy is The Ugly Truth About Signs Of Shame In A Person.  The reason why I like this post because I feel like many people can relate to this post.  I also wrote this post when I was very vulnerable.  

Every time I write a blog post I try to make it so people can relate to it somehow.  


This is nice, it is so important to write for yourself but yet, keeping in mind the audience that is going to read your posts. I can say I relate to your posts and I am sure a lot of other people do too. I love hearing your voice through your writing style.


Apart from your blog, you also have a mobile app and a podcast to help people maintain a positive mindset and a great fitness routine. How do you feel knowing that you have been changing people’s lives for better for years? 


It makes me feel great that I can help people from all around the world.  When I first started CrazyFitnessGuy I never thought people would read my posts or even care about what I have to say.  But I am really glad that everyone finds CrazyFitnessGuy really helpful and I love what I do.


Your posts are very inspiring! I think if anyone is reading this right now they should check out your blog because it is worth it. I am glad you found yourself a great audience who enjoys reading your blog as much as you enjoy writing.


If you have to name three people in your life or any three bloggers who have inspired you along your journey, who would those people be and why? 


Lewis Howes who founded the podcast The School of Greatness.  Lewis Howes motivates me every day to go out there in the world to do something great and make someone's day better.  


Scott Smith who is the founder of the Daily Boost podcast.  I just love his energy and his inspirational advice.  He always says if you don’t like what you are doing then do something else.


Tony Robbins.  He gives great advice and he inspires me to motivate everyone around me.


It is always nice to have people who we get our inspiration from. Sometimes, it is that one person (or more) that helps you change your life the way you changed other people's lives for the better.


What advice would you give to someone who just started blogging?


For those who are new to blogging learn search engine optimization (seo) right away so you don’t make the mistake that happen to me years ago.  I didn’t take seo very seriously when I fist started and all of my traffic I had at the beginning whittled all the way down to nothing.

I was about to give up when I finally purchased these seo books from Make Traffic Happen.  It was the best thing that I ever bought.  

Another piece of advice I would like to give is have patience because Google runs the whole show.  They show content when they want to show it.  You can persuade the Google bots but that’s it.  


That is great advice, having patience is very important in the blogging world. Thank you for mentioning this!

Is there anything else that you would like to add or share in this interview? (Any pictures, awards, a favorite quote)

Autism is not the end of the world

Wow, that is so true! I couldn't agree more. Being different only makes you more special. I love this.

A thank you note to Jimmy:

Thank you so much for being a part of this interview. Your blog is amazing and your stories are so inspiring. I love that you are able to stand for yourself and speak up about everything and anything that needs to be said. You are an amazing person. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

Also, you will find the links to all his social media below, go follow him.

Facebook: jimmy.clare.speaker

Twitter: jimmyclarespeak

Instagram: jimmy.clare.speaker

Website: crazyfitnessguy.com


~ Thank you for reading and happy blogging ~

Monday, December 21, 2020

The Christmas Tag - 2020

Hey readers,

This year, not only have I done 12 days of blogmas, but I have also been tagged for The Christmas Tag. How amazing is that? I want to say a big big thank you to Mind. Beauty. Simplicity for tagging me in my very first Christmas Tag. Please do check out her awesome blog. She's doing Blogmas right now and her posts are very interesting. She follows minimalism which is even better! Click on the link above to check out her blog, you won't regret it, I promise! 



The Christmas Tag Rules 

  • Put on your favorite Christmas playlist to listen while answering
  • Have a Christmas drink and/or snack while writing
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you and leave a link to their site
  • Answer the 10 original questions 
  • Answer the questions set by whoever tagged you
  • Ask 2 questions of your own
  • Tag 6 bloggers to take part


When do your decorations go up? 

I like to start early, I decorate on the first week of November. 

What film do you have to watch every festive season? 

Home Alone & Elf. They are a must watch. 

Who do you find hardest to buy presents for? 

I'd say it is mostly people who I don't know personally. I avoid giving gift cards during Christmas as it is not very personal (according to me) but sometimes, I am not sure what else to gift them. 

What did you leave out for Santa when you were a child?

I am going to be honest here, I don't think I left Santa anything (oops). 

Where did you spend last Christmas?

At home with my family. It is always nice to have a fun family time. 

Which Christmas song makes you cringe?

Baby, It's Cold Outside

If you could be a character in a Holiday Movie, who would it be & why? 

Based on my favorite Christmas movie, I am going to go with Kevin ( in home Alone 2). He gets to explore New York during Christmas time. How beautiful must that be! I love the part where he makes a wish to see his family in the Rockefeller Plaza. 

Have you ever had a white Christmas? 

Yes, I live in a country where we are lucky enough to have a winter season. I think I've always had a white Christmas (not exactly sure) but I am hoping for another one this year. 

What is the best Christmas gift you have ever received? 

I am a huge Friends fan, so the greatest gift I ever got was a bundle of a friends book, a mug, magnets & a phot clip holder (all friends themed) along with some chocolates given by my family. 

What is your favorite Christmas memory? 

Spending Christmas with my family while I visited India. It was a whole different experience.

The rule is to tag 6 bloggers but since I am kind of late for this tag as it is Christmas week, I encourage any blogger who's interested into taking part of this tag to participate. If you have never been tagged for this, please do participate, it is super fun and I would love to see your answers. 

Thank you, once again, to Mind.Beauty.Simplicity for this wonderful opportunity. Check out her blog by clicking the link here: Mind.Beauty.Simplicity 

As I am writing this, there is only 4 days left for Christmas. I want to wish you all a vey Merry Christmas. May you be blessed with lots of joy and love. Enjoy your time with family and have some good rest. Also, stay safe! 


~ Thank you for reading and happy blogging ~

Saturday, December 12, 2020

The One with the End of Blogmas Post

Hey readers,

This is the last blog post of my12 Days of Blogmas journey. I am so glad I did this, it was worth it. I amazed by how people all around the world appreciate the iconic show of Friends. It is actually crazy! I met so many great people who adores the show and who understands my love for Friends. I made so many new friends and discovered a lot of new bloggers who are doing blogmas as well. 

My blogmas journey is over for this year. I hope to do this again next year :D But, there are a lot of awesome bloggers out there who are still doing 25 days of blogmas and they have written beautiful posts. You should definitely check it out! I love reading their posts, they really help spread the joy of Christmas. 



I want to take a moment to thank all of you for being here. You guys have been supportive all along, I appreciate it so much. Also, you guys can keep checking my insta story for the rest of the surprises of the Friends Advent Calendar. 



~ Thank you for reading and happy blogging ~ 

Friday, December 11, 2020

The One with the F.R.I.E.N.D.S Wishlist

Hey readers,

Do you guys ever make yourself a wishlist? I have two types of wishlists so far, one for books that I want to read and the other is all for all friends things that I wish to have. I am super excited to share it with you guys! :D 


Alex and Ani Friends Bracelet

Look at this beautiful bracelet. The color, the design and everything else is just so perfect. But, it is really expensive. 




HUGSYYY!!



Who doesn't want this adorable plush from one of the most iconic shows? 





Funko Pops


I have got Joey and ordered some more pops to add to my collection. I am still waiting on the shipment. I can't wait to get them ALL! 




It is Blogmas Day 11

Advent Calendar Day 11 find:

What I got: 2 cute ornaments 



I hope to see you again tomorrow on my last day of Blogmas.



 ~ Thank you so much for reading and happy blogging ~

Thursday, December 10, 2020

The One with the F.R.I.E.N.D.S HAUL - Part 2

Hey readers,

It is almost the end of my blogmas journey this year. I met a whole community of bloggers who are also doing blogmas and it is just amazing. I hope I get to do this next year as well! 

Today, I'll show you more Friends things that I bought recently. It is always fun to go for a Friends merch hunt. Sometimes, I actually go out there looking for things and some other time I just let those friends memories find me. 










This is not even everthing! I have so much more :D Do you guys want to see more? Should I do a part 3? Let me know in the comments section below :)



Advent Calendar Day 10 

What I got: Quotes Cards




These are super fun friends quotes to remember. I love this :D 

~ Thank you for reading and happy blogging ~ 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

The One with the Friends Gifts

Hey readers,

So, have you guys already bought all your gifts? I hope you did because Christmas is coming soon. Only 16 days left. Now, I am sure you went out looking for great gifts ideas on the net, and found some inspiration. But, if you are looking to give a gift to a F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan, you are in the right place. 

I have the perfect gifts for a FRIENDS fan!

1) I think it is a bit too late for this now but I'd suggest the Official Friends Advent Calendar

    That is a must for every fan out there because it is not everyday that you get to open a gift for 25 days on something that you love. You only get to do this during the holidays and you can get a lot of friends things to keep as a memory or send it to another friends fan. 


2) Funko Pops 




     If you know that somone is a true friends fan, you know they would love to have their funko pop collection because why not? Plus, they just realized a new collection so it is the perfect time to get those. 

3) Friends Mugs



    How can you be a Friends fan and not have any mug? They have plenty of designs with different quotes, you can also get those mugs that make a design as it warms up. I have got like lots of them and I am pretty sure I am not done buying them. 

4) Friends Books



    I know that not everyone loves reading books but how cool would it be to have a Friends book with all the facts and fun information about the cast and the show. Some books also have trivia which is super fun! 

5) Any other Friends merchandise

   

 

Any Friends lover would be happy to get any friends thing. There are so many things like a friends letter board, a central perk light, they also have ornaments and even a sofa. Oh, let's not forget their wall decor or posters. 

Do you know a lot of people who watches Friends? I do! They are all amazing people and I am so glad to have that little community of people who enjoy my crazy fandom. 



BLOGMAS DAY 9!

Advent Calendar Day 9

What I got: A beautiful book of Holiday Armadillo Ornament 








Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The One With the Friends Christmas Episodes

Hey readers,

What's a better time to watch the Friends Christmas episodes than the month of December? For those of you who wants to watch all the holiday episodes, I am going to share the list here.

Season 2 | Episode 9 : The One with Phoebe's Dad

Season 4 | Episode 10: The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie

Season 5 | Episode 10: The One with the Inappropriate Sister

Season 6 | Episode 10: The One with the Routine

Season 7 | Episode 10: The One with the Holiday Armadillo

Season 8 | Episode 11: The One with Ross' Step Forward

Season 9 | Episode 10: The One with the Christmas in Tulsa


Have you watched all of them? Did you miss any Christmas episodes? I hope you guys enjoy Friends as much as I do because after this I got 4 more posts to go to share all my love for the show. 

Also, IT IS BLOGMAS DAY 8



Advent Calendar day 8

What I got: Friends Ornament 


I love because I usually see the quote: "You're the Rachel to my Monica" so it is nice to get this one, it is super cute! 

Alright guys, 4 days left for my blogmas! Let's get it.

~ Thank you for reading and happy blogging ~




Monday, December 7, 2020

The One with the F.R.I.E.N.D.S Haul - Part 1

Hey readers,

You guys might have an idea of how much I love the Friends TV show but do you know how many friends thing I own? Well, the answer is A LOT! I am just such a big fan. I really live in my own little world of crazy fandom. Today, I'll show you guys some of the things I got. 




Oh, that central perk sofa is also a piggy bank so I am really in love with it. I can't seem to stop myself from buying anything friends, especially the mugs. This is just some of it. I literally have so many Friends merchandise that I'll have to do a part 2 of this x)



It is Blogmas Day 7! How are you bloggers doing? I just love reading your blog posts. It is super fun! Lots of you have great holidays ideas and great advice for gift ideas. It is very inspiring. I am just so amazed by how you guys have doing this every year, it is not easy to create content for so many consecutive days. I am SO proud of all you bloggers out there (even if you are not doing blogmas). 

Advent Calendar Day 7

What I got: 2 Recipes 


Come back tomorrow for another awesome surprise! 


~ Thank you for reading and happy blogging ~