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Sunshine Blogger Award

I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I’ve been nominated for these kind of awards before, but for the longest time didn’t understand it. Somehow I thought if I was nominated, there would be a vote and a winner. Oh, the days when I was still figuring out Twitter and how it all worked. Lol. Now I just laugh at myself and my lack of understanding.

I want to thank my fellow bloggers, Esmeralda Muñoz from My Shades Of Emerald and Tinka from Tinkablee and The Mini Small Holder for nominating me for this award. It is truly an honor to be recognized by other bloggers for my work.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given by bloggers to certain individual peer bloggers who are creative, inspiring, and an all-around outstanding model in the blogging community.

Rules in nominating peer bloggers for the award.

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate (at least) 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and on your blog.

Since I’ve been nominated three times in just a week or so, I’ll be answering questions from Esmeralda, Tinka, and The Mini Small Holder in this post.

From Esmeralda:

What is your first name and what does it mean or why were named as such?
My first name is Erica, and I don’t think there is any specific meaning behind my name. I know I wasn’t named after anyone in my family. I’ve always liked my name though and have never considered changing it. If I wrote a book, maybe I would write under a different name, but that is the only reason I would use another name.

Who is a famous person you’d like to meet and why?
I had to think about this one for a bit, because I always view famous people as just people. The answer is Damian Lillard, an NBA player for the Portland Trail Blazers. He’s a great leader and example on overcoming obstacles. Maybe get some sort of advice from him on how to keep pushing forward.

What do you regret in life?
Absolutely nothing. Regret is an excuse to dwell on the past instead of moving forward, and nothing more. Every single experience in my life, both good and bad, have brought me to where I am today. I personally love who I have become, and without those experiences, I wouldn’t be who I am.

What is your blog niche and why did you choose that niche?
My blog is a lifestyle blog, so I am somewhat free to write about whatever I want to. But the main category in my blog is emergency preparedness or prepping. Everything I talk about in my blog are things that are important to me. I call it my little corner of the internet to be myself.

Do you think your niche represents you, and what do you know?
Absolutely my niche represents me. I always tell people if they want to get to know me and who I am, go read my blog. It is the easiest way to see exactly what I am passionate about, learn about me and my life, and what I enjoy.

What do you think is your best blog post?
That is easy, my Blackout Box post. It is a favorite of mine, and has been shared on social media over 5,000 times. That is the one I’ve watched gain a ton of popularity and cried over the success of it many times. It has also earned me some great Amazon sales from it too. Definitely a successful post!

Have you thought of giving up blogging?
No, once I got started, I fell in love with it. This is something I can easily see doing long-term because it makes me happy.

What social media platform do you use? Is it helpful?
I use all of the big ones, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. All are very different platforms and reach different audiences, which is what makes them all helpful in different ways.

Do you want to make money blogging? Or have you made money blogging?
I would love to turn my blog into a full time job where I can make great money, and that is my goal. I’ve made some money, and it is just the beginning.

Do you blog full time or part time?
Blogging is easily a full time job for me, but that is because I love it so much. I’m always working on something having to do with my blog. Reading a book to review, writing a recipe or making it for pictures. Or researching new prepping topics. Almost everything I do in my daily life centers around my blog.

How has blogging changed your life?
As I said earlier, my blog is my little corner of the internet to be myself. But it has become more than that because I get to help others through it. I’ve made friends with other bloggers, and I’ve followed a dream. For too many years, I was the person forever putting my life on hold for others. With my blog, it was my own dream to follow and see if I could be successful with it, and I have. I’ve never worked so hard on something to make it successful in my life, nor have I wanted to before my blog.

From Tinka:

What personality trait has gotten you in the most trouble?
I kind of have to laugh at this because it has landed me in trouble many times before, and that is my mouth. I’m the person who has no filter and I have trouble censoring what comes out of my mouth. Which basically translates to, I’ve told people just how stupid I think they are on more than one occasion, instead of just smiling and nodding. I am also terrible with my facial expressions. If I can manage to censor my mouth, my facial expressions give it all away before I even have a chance to say anything.

If you had to pick a new name for yourself, what would you pick?
I had to think about this one for a bit, because I like my name. It would be Ashley Baldwin. I don’t really know why, I simply like the sound of it. If I ever wrote a book, that would likely be the name I wrote under.

What is the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
I honestly think starting my blog is the answer. Because I had never had the freedom or even the courage to follow a dream before that. I kind of wish I had a better story than that. Lol. But that is the truth.

Would you rather be laughing uncontrollably for the rest of your life or uncontrollably crying?
Laughing, for sure. Laughter is the best medicine, and sometimes I don’t think any of us laugh enough. So it would be healthy! Plus my buddy I spend the most time with hates crying, so I would never see him again if I spent the rest of my life crying uncontrollably, and that really would be a reason to cry! I’d really rather laugh.

If you could ask your pet three questions, what would they be?
Why do you pick my brand new area rug to puke when there is a whole house of solid flooring that is ideal and easier to clean up? Do you actually understand me when I talk to you, or do you just pretend? What does the world look like through your eyes?

What great books have you read recently?
You can read all about my favorite books here because it is a category in my blog. Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. My favorite book recently has been The Price Of Silver from R.P. Gosswiller. We were just talking yesterday about his current work in progress and it being published soon. I am looking forward to reading and reviewing it in my blog.

If your life was a movie, what songs would be on the soundtrack?
Dirt Road Anthem from Jason Aldean, Respect from Aretha Franklin, Gone Away or Jekyll and Hyde from Five Finger Death Punch, Call Me from Shinedown, and Bohemian Rhapsody from Queen.

As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
I don’t really remember. I never really was able to explore what I wanted to do. There was a ton of pressure to have a full time job and go to school as well to get wherever I wanted to be. Yet I didn’t know what direction I wanted to go in to start with.

Which is better, a novel or a movie?
It really depends, honestly. Many times one is better than the other, but it isn’t always the same each time. I just read a book that I think will become a better movie, but other times the book is better.

If Mars was livable, would you accept a one-way ticket there?
Nope. I enjoy my life here, and have no desire to change it. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. My motto in relation to that is, stop worrying if the grass is greener and focus on your own little patch of grass by making it green.

What is one pet peeve of yours that you wish you could get rid of because it hampers your enjoyment of life?
Pet peeves are usually silly in nature, so I feel like none of them should hamper my enjoyment of life, and I don’t allow them to. I am in control of my happiness. There is nothing to get rid of or add to my life to magically make it better or worse.

From The Mini Small Holder:

What animal would you like to be?
That one is easy! A cat. I could rock being a cat all the time. I’d be one of those cats that sleeps all day while my human takes care of me. Probably spend my days scratching and biting, but they would tolerate it because I’m cute. My idea of a cat is basically how mine behaves. Lol.

Where would you like to visit again from any past trips?
I would go back to Scotland any day. My dream would be to spend a month there, just eating, sightseeing, and golfing. I would be very happy doing that.

Who influenced your career decisions?
Hmmm… since being a blogger is my career decision, I feel like it was mine alone to make. Nobody suggested this one to me. However I feel like my best friend paved the way. When he died, he managed to eliminate some toxic people in my life and give me the opportunity to not only gain my voice back, but pursue my own path and find what made me the happiest. My husband and favorite person on the planet have helped me at many points along the way too.

What has been your biggest fear conquered?
My biggest fear has been failure, and starting my blog has certainly forced me out of that and instead of fearing it, I’ve been determined to be successful with it. I found something I wanted to become successful, and I’m well on my way to achieving that goal.

What is your favorite thing that money can’t buy?
The people in my life. Money can’t buy someone listening to me ramble about my fears, hopes, and dreams at 5am. It can’t buy me the people who love me enough to tell me I can do it, even when I don’t think I can. Or the loyalty of calling me and saying, get in the car. We’re going for a ride out into the hills, when that is the exact thing I needed and just hadn’t said anything.

How would you describe your blog?
My blog is who I am. I always tell people, if you want to get to know me, go read my blog. Everything I love and do is included in my blog. Other than that, it is a lifestyle blog focused on emergency preparedness or prepping, recipes, some life and marriage advice, books, and some weight loss posts as well.

What would you do differently on reflection?
Honestly, nothing. Everything I’ve done in my life, both the good and bad, brought me to where I am today, and I personally think I am amazing. Lol. Not like amazing in the everybody should be like me way, but amazing in that I am really happy with my life and in a great place.

What is the best wish you have for future generations?
I hope they slow down and really focus on human interaction more. It seems like younger generations are always stuck behind a screen, which sounds funny coming from someone trying to make a living from behind a screen. But I also come from the generation where computers were just becoming a thing when I was in school. Smart phones weren’t invented. We had the Nokia brick. I really hope that old school relationships and interaction isn’t totally lost down the line.

When did you decide to give blogging a go?
Last June, I believe. It has been almost a year. Starting my blog was an epic failure though. I had a terrible name and hosting company both. I ended up learning a ton and then rebranding under my current name, The Prepping Wife, in October and starting completely over.

How do you stay focused on your blogging goals?
I have a small (haha) case of OCD, and I am beyond organized. I just wrote a post recently about the 7 habits of productivity, focused around how to work from home. Making brainstorming lists and then slowly check off each thing as I post about it is important for me. Seeing my work in front of me like that and my accomplishments is a really big deal. Setting goals that are attainable and then following through with them is important too.

When I am in a slump, I clean. That is a great way to stay focused on my blogging goals because I work the best in a clean and organized environment. Organization equals productivity for me.

Where do you see your blog in 5 years time?
I can easily see myself still blogging 5 years down the road because I love it so much! I see it going in more of a homesteading direction. That is one of the big goals and places I want to take it. I talk about prepping in here, but homesteading and survival also go hand in hand with prepping. I want to be able to teach people a little bit of all three categories to be a more well-rounded prepper.

My Nominees:

Melissa from Funky Crunchy Mama
Subhashish from Travelwisesr
Elizabeth from Despite Pain
Jerry from Four Columns Of A Balanced Life
Sam from Simply A Diary
Angela from Mean Green Chef
Ashley from Sugi Says
Scott from Two Guys Who Blog
Sarah from Lemon Blessings
Cassandra from The Bibliophagist
Ross from Man VS Adulthood

Here are my questions:
1. What is your blog niche and why?
2. What is your favorite part of blogging?
3. Is there any advice you would give to new bloggers?
4. Where are you from?
5. One book you recommend, that you’ve read repeatedly.
6. What is your biggest goal right now?
7. What is your favorite food, or recipe?
8. Tell me about your favorite travel destination?
9. What is your motto or favorite quote?
10. What is your favorite blog and why?
11. If you could bring someone back to life, who would it be?

Thank you so much to the three fabulous ladies who nominated me! I really am honored to be nominated for blogging awards, and I’m excited to nominate the wonderful people above me as well, as their work deserves to be recognized too!

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