The Supporter Award!

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Hey everybody! Just the other day, I received some great news. Laura Beth from Hot Shot Headlines stated that I was one of her biggest supporters! Thank you, Laura! You are awesome! I think by here stating this it means that I’m nominated for the award, so I’m going to participate. Sorry if I didn’t understand this correctly!

The Rules:

Thank the blogger(s) that nominated you and link back to their post.
Answer the 4 “First” questions.
Come up with 4 new “First” questions or just use the same ones from your nomination.
Nominate your first follower who is still active and interacting with you.
Nominate up to 4 other bloggers
Make sure to link back to the original post by The book prescription so I can see all your answers!
Feel free to add the badge to your blog

The 4 First Questions:
1- First memory of a story.
I know I loved a Barney musical book and the Cam Jansen mystery serious when I was younger.
2- First book you bought with your own money.
I’m not sure. Maybe a book from the Harry Potter series?
3- First book that made you cry.
I don’t really cry from reading.
4- First book that you didn’t finish?

There’s way too many!

My First Follower:

I thought it was Mary, but according to WordPress, it was Jen. Thank you both for being so supportive and kind!

Nominations:

Ariel @ Writing Radiation

Carla

Sarah @ Sarah Warsi

Jenny @ Peace from Panic

Progress In Itself Is Its Own Reward!

Hey guys! Today I’d like to talk to you about a subject that is very important to me – progress and self-recognition.

I think many of us can agree that due to our struggles with anxiety (and any other mental health issues we may deal with) being so challenging, it is nice when any progress we make is recognized. While we don’t make progress just for others, we do like to know that our hard work is being noticed. Unfortunately, not everyone may appreciate or acknowledge just how much we’ve accomplished.

We need to remember the importance of self-recognition. Just because someone else may not appreciate all that we’re doing to overcome our fears and other obstacles, does not mean that we’re not making a great amount of progress. There are some people in the world who simply don’t understand that some things that seem simple to them can be extremely challenging to others. Also, while unfortunate, some people think that if you don’t attain perfection, then the progress you’ve made isn’t good enough. This isn’t true.

When we make progress – any amount of progress – we have to pat ourselves on the back. We have to tell ourselves what a good job we did and how we can overcome any obstacles that threaten to stand in our way. I understand wanting to share one’s progress with others, but we can’t always expect others to be as joyful as we are. However, we cannot let their possible lack of enthusiasm diminish ours. We must take pride in our accomplishments.

Also, while it’s more important that we appreciate our achievements than having others appreciate them, please remember that just because the people we tell may not seem overjoyed by our success, doesn’t mean they’re not. Sometimes people just get caught up in their own lives and don’t always show how happy for us they truly are.

The bottom line is this: making progress is reward in itself. Don’t let the possible lack of appreciation or acknowledgement shown by others make your progress seem less important or worthy of praise!

Special Thanks

Hi everybody! Today I’d like to share with you all how thankful I am for your support. As many of you know, life isn’t always easy and knowing that you have family and friends who care for and love you can make all the difference.

I’ve met many friends through blogging. While I haven’t met any of you in person, I can’t tell you how much your friendship means to me. Anxiety is not an easy thing to go through and knowing that I can count on you guys to really listen and respect what I have to say feels so incredibly wonderful. Really, words can’t describe how happy I am to have you in my life.

I’d like to go even further and say that I admire those of you who have shared your own stories of struggling – that is not an easy thing to do. Whether you’re a person who is relatively open about your life or someone who is rather shy, talking about your struggles can be difficult. Some people tend to be understanding, while others simply choose to walk away when others need them the most. With this being said, to share a part of you that you’re not always proud of can be a very hard thing to do. I admire those of you who have spoken up about your feelings and who try your hardest to help others. Also, even if you haven’t talked about whatever you struggle with, you are still strong. Whenever you’re ready to talk about what plagues your mind, there will be people who are kind and considerate.

So again I’d like to thank everyone who supports me in my journey to get through anxiety. I’d like to thank those of you who share your struggles in order to help yourself and others and those of you who take the time to listen and respect those around you. Thank you for your friendship and kindness. As cliché as it may sound, you really do make the world a better place!

Have a wonderful holiday!

-B.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Okay, I have some pretty exciting news! I have officially reached over 1,000 followers on here! So many of you are such amazing friends and have continued to be utterly supportive throughout the years. I cannot thank you enough! I originally started this blog when my therapist and dad both told me that writing about my anxiety might help me feel better, along with help others to realize that they are not alone in their struggles. Just thinking that I could have made a difference means the world to me and the fact that so many of you have been here for me is truly inspirational and appreciated!

I know that I haven’t been on here as much as I used to be, and for that, I’m sorry. I intend to check in on you guys more often because so many of you have been here for me when I’ve needed someone to talk to. I wish I could express in words what that’s meant to me, but I don’t think that I can. Please just trust me when I say that your friendship and loving comments have truly made a difference.

I hope you all know that if you ever need to talk, I’m here for you. I hope you also know that even if it feels like you’re alone in dealing with your struggles, you’re not. There will always be people that will care about you and love you, and if you look carefully, you will find someone that you can trust and share your feelings and experiences with.

I also want to tell you this – you can get through your struggles and over your obstacles! If you work hard on a consistent basis and never give up, you will succeed. You may not get through your challenges overnight, but if you put in the effort to make progress, it will happen! I know that sometimes it may feel otherwise, I know there are times when I still wonder if I’ll ever get through my anxiety. I have to remember though that I have made progress, because you know what? I have!

So again, thank you to everyone who follows my blog! Thank you to all of the wonderful people I have met on here and to those of you who have been such amazing friends! Thanks for the incredibly kind and supportive comments and for reminding me that I am not alone in my journey of getting through anxiety!

Thank You,

-B.

 

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Progress Is Progress – Don’t Let Anyone Tell You Otherwise!

Maybe every time you’ve ever shared your progress with someone else, they’ve commended you. Maybe you’ve never had someone question how the progress you’ve made can really be labeled as such. I think that’s great. However, I know that I, for one, have experienced otherwise.

Don’t get me wrong, many times when I share my progress with someone, they are proud of me and express those feelings of pride. They understand that if I’m doing something that I previously struggled with – no matter what it is – that it matters. Even if the step towards success may seem small, they see that it’s important.

On the opposite end, I’ve had people question my progress. I’ve mentioned that I did something that I usually back away from and instead of hearing their praise or that they think I did well, they just ask how it’s a big deal; how it qualifies as progress. I’m not going to lie – it hurts. I’m not saying that I constantly need recognition, but the last thing a person wants when they share their accomplishments with you, is to feel belittled or shut down. Any of us who have ever struggled with anything, know how difficult it can be to overcome our obstacles. We also know how good and refreshing it feels when it’s clear that they we stronger than what is holding us back. We want to be built up by ourselves and the ones we love, not torn down.

If you’ve experienced what I have – that some people aren’t understanding or kind when it comes to our struggles and hearing about our progress – then here is my advice. I recommend trying to save sharing your progress for the people who will actually appreciate and respect it. I know it’s hard not to want to shout your progress from the rooftop, but sometimes lending your happiness to others is a risky concept. Not everyone will be supportive and instead of showing you the respect you deserve, some will simply share harsh or careless words.

Again, and this is important to remember, there are people who will support, respect, and care for you. There are people who will go out of their way to cheer you on and to make you feel as special as you truly are. These are the people you want to allow into your lives and share both your good and bad times with. Don’t allow others to take away your sense of pride and accomplishment. No one can take away your progress, no one!

Blogger Recognition Award!

I’ve just been nominated by Paula from Moonlight Psychology for The Blogger Recognition Award! Thank you so much, Paula! Please check out her wonderful blog!

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  1. Write a post to show your award.
  2. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  3. Give two advice to new bloggers.
  4. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  5. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.

Why did I start writing this blog?

I began writing this blog because it was suggested by my dad to write about my anxiety and by my therapist to blog about it. I never thought that I’d be able to connect with so many people going through similar situations, but I have. I’ve also met a lot of amazing people and made a lot of meaningful friends! Thank you!

Advice for new bloggers:

1.) Write about what you want to. I know this can be difficult, but you can’t impress everyone. Some people may be interested in what you have to say, some might not. You can be happy and thankful for your followers, comments, “likes”, and readers, but don’t be too dependent on them. Also, when you write about something you care about, it shows.

2.) Be willing to connect with others but be careful! I think this is so important. I see so many people who share what I believe to be way too much personal information. I know that we all want to make friends and that’s fine, but you have to remember that especially when on the internet, you can never know for sure who you’re talking to. So, it’s fine to try and connect with others and be honest, but please don’t give out too much information!

My Nominees (in no specific order):

The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise: Carla impacts the blogosphere in a huge way. She talks about very important issues. Please check out her blog! She’s an amazing friend!

In Silence We Suffer: Matt talks about how important it is to talk about your mental health (to those you trust of course) and how when we are silent, we only make things worse.

My Journey to Freedom from Anxiety: Amber gives great advice on getting through anxiety. She’s a very kind and caring individual.

You’re Not Alone In This World: C. shares her story of dealing with anxiety, schizophrenia, and other mental health issues. She shares both her struggles and accomplishments, along with her advice.

Curious Queendom: Sharon is extremely kind. She’s a great writer and shares her ups and downs and positivity with others.

Lost to the Dark: Gemma goes into detail about her mental health issues. She is open, honest, and extremely kind. She shares her struggles and successes and gives us hope that we too can overcome our anxiety.

Bookmark Chronicles: Along with being extremely creative, Rae talks about a lot of important issues. She shares with her readers advice and her opinions. She also has tons of fun posts as well!

The Business of Blooming: Marie Therese shares her advice on how to become a positive person. She also shares her advice for dealing with stress and overcoming negativity.

The Seeds 4 Life: This blog is spectacular! Matt shares his own words of wisdom along with allowing others to help each other through their gift of writing. He’s helped me realize just how much I can help others! Thank you, Matt!

Mary’s Average Adventures: Mary has done some amazing things! She shares with us all of the accomplishments she’s made, along with advice and opinions. Mary is such a kind person and a great friend! I believe she was one of my first followers on my blog and she’s been a great friend ever since! Thank you, Mary!

The Bookish Underdog: I really love this blog! It’s so fun and it impacts the blogging world by spreading creativity and putting a smile on its readers faces!

A (Mostly) Music Blog: Becky was one of the first people that I really felt I could connect to anxiety wise. She made me realize that I wasn’t alone in my struggle and we shared a lot of the same issues. Thank you, Becky. It meant and means so much to me that you could assure me that I wasn’t alone.

Peace from Panic: Jenny is another blogger who is open and honest about her mental health issues. She shares her story of dealing with panic attacks and anxiety, along with offering helpful advice and support.

Peace, Love, and Patchouli: Through both beautiful poetry and kindness, Kim spreads both her creativity and understanding through the internet. She’s a wonderful friend and amazing writer!

Fox in Multicoloured Socks: Elysha’s blog is one of the newer ones that I’ve discovered. She shares her story of anxiety, offers great advice, and provides plenty of inspiration!

*To be perfectly honest, it’s really hard for me to stop at only 15 nominees here. Seriously. I kept coming up with more bloggers, but decided not to keep listing people. So many of you have made (and are still making) a huge impact on the blogosphere and on me. So many of you have made me realize that I’m not alone in my struggle and that you’re here for me. If you don’t see your blog listed above, please know that it does not mean, under any circumstance, that I don’t appreciate your support or think that you’ve made a difference. You have. Earlier on, when I had been nominated for this award, I nominated all my readers and I still hold to that. So thank you, for anyone who supports me in my journey to get through anxiety!

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

So I wasn’t really planning on writing a Valentine’s Day post, but I decided to. While I believe that Valentine’s Day is a day for married couples, those who are dating, etc., I also believe that Valentine’s Day is a day to remind those who you love how much they mean to you. I’m not just talking about romantic love, but also love amongst family and friends.

We always celebrate Valentine’s Day at my house. We don’t do much and we don’t make a big fuss, but there’s exchanging of small treats, etc. I think that it’s actually pretty important. It’s just a day where a little gesture can go a long way.

So, Happy Valentine’s Day! Thank you so much for supporting me and my blog!

Happy New Years Eve and New Years Day!

Hey guys! I just want to wish you all a Happy New Year’s Eve or Happy New Year depending on what part of the world you live in. I hope everyone has a fun and safe day and that you not only celebrate the joy of 2015 but also look forward to a great year ahead! I’m not going to go into a long post filled with thank yous again, but I do want to quickly thank everyone on here that has supported me. I appreciate your kind words and your constant support. Please never doubt for a second how much your friendship means to me.

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The Kind Blogger Award

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So, I’m pretty sure I invented this award (I know there are a lot of different awards out there, so I can’t be sure. However, after creating this, I looked on Google, and couldn’t find anything named ‘The Kind Blogger Award’). Anyway, I made the following award for bloggers that have been very kind and supportive. I can’t name everyone, as that would be a very long list, but here are the top people and their blogs that I would like to nominate:

In no specific order:

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Amber-The Journey To Freedom From Anxiety

Elle-The Persistent Platypus

Kim-The Lavender Letters

Thank you also to all the other bloggers that follow, ‘like’, comment on, and read my blog. You are all so kind and supportive! Please feel free everyone to pass on this award to anyone who has been supportive and kind. I also ask if you nominate someone for this award, you please post the image of the award and if you wish, a link back to my blog. Thank you!

I know some people don’t enjoy answering questions when receiving awards, but if you enjoy answering them, here are some you can answer!

1.) Why is kindness and giving support so important?

2.) What is your favorite thing about helping others?

3.) What do you think is the best movie for showing the importance of kindness?

4.) If you could give one inspirational message, what would it be?

5.) Why did you start your blog and how long have you been blogging for?