Blogging Awards Post

Hey everyone!! I hope you’re all doing well! Today I’m sending out a truckload of love to all of you, as well as the incredible bloggers who have nominated me for these awards!! Truly I don’t know how to express how unbelievably happy and grateful I am for all of it so I’m just going to say one big THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!

Right, today I’m trying to finish off all the awards I’ve been nominated for (please do let me know if you’ve nominated me for an award/tag and I haven’t done a response post yet) with the Inspiring Bloggers Tag and three Liebster Awards! Thank you all once again for the nominations and the endless support I am beyond thankful! Okay now let’s get to it!

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The Inspiring Bloggers Tag

I am so happy to be nominated for the Inspiring Bloggers Tag!! Thank you so much to Kavya, from You Shine Up, for nominating me for this great tag!! Kavya has got a beautiful blog and I always love reading her posts so please be sure to check out her blog (you can do so by clicking here).


  • Thank the person who chose you
  • Include the logo in your post
  • Answer the questions asked to you
  • Choose the bloggers who’ve inspired you (maximum 10)
  • Add a feature of their blog which you admire
  • Ask them five questions

Questions asked by Kavya, You Shine Up

An inspiring quote you live by?

“Be yourself. No one can tell you you’re doing it wrong.”

Which is your favourite book and why?

Ugh I hate these questions because I’m really not good at picking favourites, plus I love loads of different books for different reasons. I think one of my all-time favourite books though is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – it was such a sweet, interesting and funny story about a character that I really related to and it had elements of almost everything I love (creative writing, a shy protagonist, cute love interest, witty narrative, school stress and way more).

What is the one thing you would want to change in this world?

I would want to change how human beings treat the natural world and the animals who live in it. We are not the only ones living on this planet and it kills me that we continue to destroy wildlife all over the world and the animals who live there. If I could somehow do something that prevented us from tarnishing the environment and endangering the animals that live there I would. This world and the creatures we share it with are so incredible and it’s so incredibly selfish that we are too short-sighted to realise that by killing the natural world and the animals in it, we will inevitably destroy ourselves – we aren’t on this planet alone, and without the other animals and the nature they live in, we’re going to struggle to continue with so many things.

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Which is your least favourite subject? Why?

I think my least favourite subject was physics/chemistry. It may as well have been Greek to me, it was way too complicated and it didn’t make enough sense for me to try and pretend that I enjoyed it. Plus it had all the worst parts of maths so no thank you.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

There are so many things and people that inspire me all the time. Outside of the blogging world, I’m inspired by my parents and everything they do and within the blogosphere PoojaG from Lifesfinewhine and Olivia Lucie Blake are both a huge inspiration to me. Both of them have such incredible, insightful and helpful blogs but more than that, they are unbelievably kind and some of the nicest people to talk to.

Thank you once again so much to Kavya for nominating me for this incredible award I am so honoured to be tagged so thank you once again!!

Nominations – bloggers who inspire me

Anjali from Chasing the Maximum Life

Kae from Hello City Girl

Olivia Lucie Blake

PoojaG from Lifesfinewhine

Evin from a Curly Sue’s Ramblings

Enviroline Blog

Elsie LMC

Potterheadaanya from Soaring Firebolt

Introverted Thoughts

Xoxlucy from Lifestyle Addict

Questions for my nominees: 

If you were to start a charity or foundation, what cause would you support/what would you do?

What is your least favourite food?

If you could only pick one hobby to do for the rest of your life, what would you choose and why?

A song/movie/book that never fails to inspire you?

What inspiring message would you like to pass on to other people/bloggers?

The Liebster Award

THANK YOU so much Abi for nominating me for another Liebster award!! I am truly honoured so thank you very much *virtual hug* since hugging is not really pro-social-distancing or a good idea given the current climate. Abi has got a lovely blog – her posts are so real and inspiring so click here to check it out! (You really should go check out her blog!)


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Answer 11 questions the blogger asked you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers
  • Make up 11 questions and ask them to your nominees
  • Notify your 11 nominees
  • Be sure to include the Liebster Award Logo somewhere in your post/blog

Questions asked by Abi, Me & Stuff

What inspired you to start a blog?

I answer this question quite a bit but what inspired me to start a blog was going on my gap year. I had always loved writing and was trying to find a way to get back into it and my gap year presented me with the perfect opportunity – I had the time but also the inspiration (all the experiences I would be having) to finally get back into writing and I thought the best way to do that was with a blog.

Do you think blogging is fun?

Most definitely! Some things are less fun than others but blogging overall is such fun so if you’re thinking about it – just go for it! I promise you it’s worth it.

Did you ever feel like discontinuing your blog post?

Actually no. I love all of my posts because all of them were inspired by a special moment to me so while there are a few that may not have done so well as I expected, I’ve never felt like ‘discontinuing’ any of my posts.

What is your best quality?

I think I’d have to say my friendliness? Someone in my university res group told me I could make friends with a bush (not sure if that was a compliment or not) but I’ve always been a very friendly, open person and I think that would be my best quality (cause I don’t think neat handwriting counts).

A thing you would like to change about yourself or others?

A thing I would change about myself … wow how much time do you have? Just kidding, but in all seriousness I would probably change my softness. I often let people walk all over me (we’re talking metaphorically here not literally) because I’m a people-pleaser and don’t like conflict so I’d want to make myself tougher in that sense.

What’s the best thing that’s ever happened to you?

Hmmm at this point in time I’d probably say meeting my boyfriend. We’ve been together for over three years now and he is my best friend, my shoulder to cry on (and a whole lot of other cheesy things I could say here). He’s helped me grow, and learn so much and I couldn’t imagine my life without him in it.

For those super-observant people, yes I am on crutches. I am very clumsy

What’s the best part about writing a blog?

The best part of having and writing a blog is getting to network with other bloggers. Sure, writing the posts and getting to be creative are great, but making friends and chatting/working with other bloggers is what makes it such a positive experience for me. If you took away the networking I think a lot of the spark and fun for blogging would go away with it for me.

What do you think is important for a blog?

Being honest/passionate about what you’re writing about. If you aren’t enjoying what you’re writing about, readers will be able to see that. Writing from your heart and truly enjoying the act of blogging is, for me, one of the most important aspects of having/writing a blog.

A fun fact about yourself.

I am terrified of chickens. (I still eat them though).

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What is your biggest pet peeve?

I think people ignoring me or acting as if I’m invisible when I’m talking/trying to engage in the conversation with them. It absolutely drives me nuts but it also makes me quite sad.

Lastly, your favourite place on earth (apart from home obviously).

Disney world or Universal Studios!!! Okay I know I always say that one so let me actually scratch that and say …. My grandparents house in Durban. Some of my best childhood memories were made there plus it is just the most magical little place and it’s right by the sea.

The Liebster award #2

This is the 4th (I think?) Liebster award I’ve been nominated for in the last few weeks so from the bottom of my heart, thank you all and thank you especially to 3yellowdaisies for nominating me again for this incredible award. 3yellowdaisies has got such a fun blog so please don’t forget to check it out and give her site some love (you can do so by clicking here).


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Answer 11 questions the blogger asked you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers
  • Make up 11 questions and ask them to your nominees
  • Notify your 11 nominees
  • Be sure to include the Liebster Award Logo somewhere in your post/blog

Questions asked by 3yellowdaisies

What’s your preferred method of transportation? (air, boat, bike, car, train, your own feet, taxi)

That’s a good question and I suppose it depends on where I’m going/for what reason. If I can, I actually like walking because you get to see more of what’s around you and it’s good exercise. But if I’m traveling further then I’d say car. Planes are a struggle for me because I’m tall, and with the limited legroom it always feels like I spend the whole flight with my knees tucked under my armpits.

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What are your top three favourite hobbies?

Reading, writing, baking.

What makes you angry?

People being rude for no reason – why can’t we all just be nice?

What is your biggest fear?

I think being alone with no friends or loved ones. If you have people in your life that you care about and who care for you then nothing can be that bad so being absolutely alone would be a living hell for me.

If money were no object, what would you do all day?

I’d be a writer! Hopefully with all that free time and no economic pressure I might actually get to publish something haha.

What is the best thing you have ever been given?

My childhood teddy bear or my saxophone.

What is your biggest regret?

I don’t have any major regrets but I guess one thing would be not standing up for myself enough.

What is on your bucket list for this year?

I pretty much gave up on my bucket list this year thanks to covid … I think though I’d love to get involved as much as I can at uni (I’m starting in about two weeks), make a gingerbread house this Christmas, do something new and exciting with my blog and hopefully go to see the northern lights.

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What’s your philosophy in life?

Be yourself. No one can say that you’re doing it wrong. Also, not to steal any thunder from Cinderella but just to be kind – it doesn’t really take any extra effort and with something as small as a smile you could make someone else’s day.

What’s the longest you have gone without sleep and why?

I’m usually pretty good about getting enough sleep … I haven’t even done any serious all-nighter’s for school because being an anxious person means leaving things for the last minute is not something I do. I guess I’d have to say 38 hours (ish) because I had a sleepover where my friends and I stayed up all night and then the next day I had sports and other commitments to do so I couldn’t catch up on my sleep.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Hopefully finishing my degree or starting a masters, and starting a full-time job. At this stage I’d also want to have my own place and be completely independent.

The Liebster award #3

Last but not least, I want to say a huge thank you to Camille, the English Speaking Frenchie for nominating me for this Liebster award. Camille is such a lovely person and she has got such an interesting blog with a really incredible writing style and she is always so sweet and fun to talk to, so be sure to check out her blog here.


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions
  • Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post

Questions asked by Camille, the English Speaking Frenchie

What is your favourite book, and why does it have a special place in your heart?

I love lots of books for different reasons but one of my favourites is the Bookworm Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts and it is special to me because I really related to the protagonist and the incredible way it was written (insightful, interesting and fun) is what inspired me to start writing again so it really holds a very special place in my heart.

What is your favourite movie and why?

Picking favourites is so hard for me because I love too many things ugh!! Hmmm I’m going to go with a classic and say Lilo and Stitch – it’s one of my childhood favourites and it never fails to put a smile on my face. Plus, I can watch it over and over again and never get tired of it (well that’s true with most Disney/romance movies for me). Plus, Stitch is so cute and I love Pudge (if you know who Pudge is then we are automatically friends).

What are you passionate about? Why is that so important to you?

I’m passionate about reading and books in general (both reading and writing). They are important to me because I think books are just so magical – they widen your point of view; help you learn and grow plus they also help you escape to another world and it’s a great form of entertainment. I’ve always loved reading and someday I’d like to be an author (and the art of crafting an interesting plot with a happy ending really intrigues me).

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What is your favourite time of the day, and why?

Oooh good question … I think I’d have to say early in the morning because the day is still new and when the sun comes up and you smell the freshness of the world it gives me a happy feeling. I also love early mornings because the world still feels peaceful.

What is your favourite smell?

This is such a tough one … it’s a tie between freshly baked cookies (all cookies) and fresh cinnamon rolls. I’m a sucker for anything sweet, chocolatey or with cinnamon.

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Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I was about to go on a gap year and really wanted to get back into writing and I figured it was the perfect opportunity – I had the time, and lots of fun experiences ahead that I could use as inspiration to start a blog.

In what piece of clothing do you feel instantly beautiful? (I bet there is at least one item you feel confident in?)

The dress I wore for my matric dance (prom). It also happened to be my one year anniversary with my boyfriend so there are a lot of special memories attached to that dress (it’s also so gorgeous it makes me happy just thinking about it).

What is your favourite season, and why?

Hmmm I think winter because it gives you the excuse to curl up indoors with all the seasonal beverages or just a hot cup of tea, you can wear fuzzy socks and beanies or just snuggle up watching movies and reading books in fluffy blankets. I also love how beautiful snow looks even though it can be annoying and really cold.

In what country would you like to live? That can be yours, or any other. Why?

England. I’ve always loved it there, the culture is amazing and even though people say it’s not as picturesque as it seems, it really is so amazing (I am literally sitting in a cottage with a cobblestone wall, an apple tree in the garden and sheep next door). Plus tea is the standard drink so I’ll fit right in.

What is the most important quality a person can have according to you?

I think kindness because being kind can make such a difference in the world but kindness inherently comes with loyalty, honesty and generosity so kindness is the most important quality for me.

What would be your best advice to your younger self?

Don’t be ashamed of who you are. Some people aren’t going to like you, and some people may think you’re weird but there are also lots of people who will love you for who you are. You are amazing just the way you are and you should never have to sacrifice that for someone else. The right people will never want you to be anything other than you.

My Nominees for the Liebster Award:

Millay’s musings

Maggie from Chickadee Lover Maggie

Renee’s Unique Mind

Simple Little Things

Emmanuella from BeautyetBows

Victoria from The Cozy Potato

Sofia from Livesofiabulous


Beth from Bethlucyblogs

Questions for the Liebster Award:

  1. What’s your favourite book genre and why?
  2. What’s at the top of your bucket list, and why that?
  3. Which celebrity inspires you the most?
  4. What’s your favourite time of year and why?
  5. If you could be a mythical creature, which would you be and why?
  6. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  7. What/who inspires you?
  8. Name your favourite dessert – justify your choice.
  9. What is the most peaceful sound for you?
  10. If you were a superhero, what would your powers be and what would you use them for?
  11. What dessert would match your personality?  (i.e. if you were a dessert and that dessert matched your personality perfectly, what would it be?)

Thank you so much one more time to Abi, 3yellowdaisies and Camille for nominating me for the Liebster award. I love you all and I am always so grateful and honured to be nominated for awards by great bloggers so thank you again you guys and a huge thank you to every single blogger who has nominated me for awards!! If I was any happier about it I just may bounce straight through the roof (which would be bad … I don’t feel like a headache). SO, I think that is all the awards up to date (apart from two – one will come out on Saturday and the other either next week or the week after just to give you all a break from this sort of post). Thank you all once again so much and I hope you all have a fantabulous rest of your week and please don’t forget to stay safe and healthy.

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Blondey on a Mission xxx

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Hey everyone! I'm a lifestyle and travel blogger from South Africa and about to relocate to the UK for university. My blog is all about stories, tips and advice with topics ranging from university, organisation, friends, books, travel and more. Please check it out and I hope you enjoy xxx

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  1. First of Tia, a huge congrats, I am soo happy for you and here is to sooooo many more awards, second.. you are sooo (I know a lot of soos) pretty😍😍 and your dress is pretty too, and how did you get hurt and I hope you are fine now…………… When you are going to see the Nothern Lights, please take me too…………!!!! And early morning is the best time!!
    And thank you for nominating me!!! It means a lot coming from you, stay safe!!!

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    1. Awww thank you so so much it means so much to me you are a gem!!!🙈🙈🙈😊❤️ awww thank you again (I’m blushing☺️🙈) I fell down the stairs reading a book and tore my ligaments … so a self-inflicted injury😂 oh yes I’m all good now thanks that happened a long time ago. Of course I will take you!!! Yeah they really are and of course you are such an inspiration to me!!! Stay safe too xxx


  2. This was an awesome post! Congrats on the awards 👏🏼💕 I enjoyed learning more about you! And thanks so much for the nomination 😄
    I have a fear of getting chased by Canada geese. They’re confrontational because they’re used to getting fed by people, so if I unintentionally invade their space or I don’t have the food they like… the chase is on. 😳 no thanks!
    Ooh an English cottage! 😩😂 that place sounds so beautiful! ❤️ I love looking at English gardens and estates and such. SO gorgeous!

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    1. Awww thank you so so much and of course you deserve it😉💖 that sounds super intimidating see poultry are scary … 😶 It is so gorgeous it’s literally like a postcard I am in heaven 😍 thanks for reading and commenting 😉❤️😊

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  3. I love Lilo and Stitch too!! And I can’t get over the fact you’re terrified of chickens 😂
    That dress is beautiful! I love the colour!💙
    And the place you’re staying at sounds like one from a story, with the apple tree and all!!
    Thank you so much for tagging me!❤️

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  4. Hey Tia! How are you dear. WOW! I am so so so happy for you. I also really enjoy reading your answers and getting to know more about you dear. Congratulations for your awards. This is so amazing. Keep Blogging and keep growing. You are truly an amazing Blogger and also a lovely friend. You are looking really pretty in that dress. I would just like to say that keep up the amazing work. You deserve it all darling. Stay safe and happy always and cheers to many more Awards 🤗☺️🎀♥️💯♥️😍

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    1. Hey I’m doing well thanks and you?? wow thank you so much your kind words mean so much to me!!! You are an incredible blogger too and such a great friend so thank you for your constant support! Aww thank you yeah I really love it. Thanks so much and same to you you deserve so much for all the amazing work you do on your blog 😊🥰☺️❤️💖❤️

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      1. I am also doing well but really stressed out due to my college assignments and all. Aww np dear anytime. That’s really sweet of you. You always make me smile with your lovely words. Awww thank you so much Tia for your continuous support.Means a lot. Take care and stay happy. 🤗😄💖🥰

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  5. Aww thanks so much for the nomination!! 🤗 You look stunning in that dress, it’s so magical! ✨ This post was amazing as it gave us the opportunity to learn a lot about you, you come across as such a kind soul and I’m very happy to have crossed paths with you in the blogosphere 💖😊💫

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  6. It was really interesting to read all of your answers so thank you for answering all of these questions (& not only mine, which would already have been great!). I will definitely add the Bookworm Crush to my reading lists & I can easily understand why this dress is your favorite: I LOVE it!

    Have the most beautiful day,
    Camille ♡

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  7. Hi Blondey,
    Just love reading all your blogs, always inspiring , even to an old lady like me, Thanks, some pics of where you are staying would be nice, maybe you can fit into your next blog?? xxx

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  8. OH MAH GAWDDDD, YOU TWO LOOK SO AWESOME TOGETHAH! Congrats for all these awards and boi you look gorgeous on your prom! I love reading your posts, yas all those bloggers there are so inspirational and awesome, just like you!

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