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The Kind Blogger Award

12/09/2018

On Monday I woke up to a wonderful surprise; Bexa from hellobexa.com had nominated me for the Kind Blogger Award. 

If you haven’t already, you can read her post here.

Not only did it start my week off brilliantly, but Bexa’s kind words really gave me a much needed confidence boost! I love my blog and can’t imagine ever stopping it, but I do loose confidence in myself and what I’m doing at times. 

So thank you for nominating me Bexa, it means the world! 

THE RULES

  1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 5 questions set out by the aforementioned Blogger.
  3. Nominate 1 person who you feel is worthy of this award.
  4. Give 3 reasons for nominating this person.
  5. List these rules and display the Award Logo/ Badge on your own blog. (I’ve no idea how to add a badge to my blog so I’m skipping this one!)

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So onto Bexa’s questions: 

As a student, can you share your best advice on how to balance blogging/studying/everything else.

The number one tip I would give it to keep a sensible balance and don’t try and push yourself to work constantly. Every morning I set out a daily schedule of any classes or meetings I have, and then use a daily planner to list everything I need to work on. 

I commute into uni rather than living in student accommodation (one of the best decisions I ever made!) so I use my train journeys to write out blog posts in my notes. I try to focus solely on uni work while I’m actually at uni, but I make sure to have some self care time between classes and while I’m on my dinner break. 

I’ve hit burn out once too often by constantly working and not taking some time to relax!

When I get home, I tend to work on whatever I’m behind with. If I have deadlines or think I’m dropping behind with a project, I’ll take a step back from blogging and focus on coursework. But if I’m ahead with my projects, I’ll try and batch write as many posts as I can – so I still have content available to post when I’m too busy to write. 

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What is your proudest blogging achievement so far?

This is actually a hard one to answer; for some reason I get really uncomfortable when I’m talking about the things I’ve achieved. I’m not good at singing my own praises – which is something I really need to work on! 

What always makes me feel so proud of my blog is when I get messages from my readers, telling me that they’ve found my posts inspirational, motivational or helpful. I’ve had messages thanking me for being so open and honest about my own struggles with mental health, and that the advice I’ve given has helped them in their own lives. 

Oh and working with Panasonic on two self care posts – I never would have dreamed an opportunity like that would come my way when I first started out! 

Describe what your perfect day would be like.

I’m such a boring person so my perfect day would be curled up in a big fluffy jumper (preferably while it’s snowing outside), with a big cup of coffee, a bar of chocolate and either a good book or binge watching crime documentaries on Netflix. 

Yes I’m aware I’m a 90 year old trapped inside a 25 year olds body! 

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What are your top 3 favourite books?

I have three bookcases and a kindle with over 200 books on it…I don’t know how to pick just 3 favourites! 

Obviously I have to say Harry Potter. I’ve been a fan since I read the first book when I was 4 years old, and was the only kid in my class that didn’t want to be a Gryffindor (Slytherin for life!). 

Other books I love are the Hunger Games, Chronicles Of Ixia and the Riftwar Cycle series’s. 

All in there’s probably over 20 books in just those three series’s, which is kind of cheating, but I’m too much of a bookworm to ever pick just 3! 

Can you tell us about any exciting new projects you have coming up?

I’ve recently launched my online store, which has a lot of (hopefully) useful items coming in the next few months! 

I already have a selection of printables, which you buy once and can then print off as often as you like. However it turns out a lot of people don’t have access to a printer, so I’m looking at adding the option to buy packs of 10 or 20 that I will then send out; I just need to buy some new ink and high grade paper. 

I also have plans for a Pinterest eBook, which explains how to use Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog, and then a Self Care Workbook to help and encourage you to practice self are in your day to day life.

I’m hoping both of those will be available in the next month or two.

The finally project I’m working on is something I’ve actually already done; I want to start selling my oracle deck as I’ve had so much interest in it! I’m hoping to have them on sale for Christmas, so if you’re interested in getting one yourself – watch this space! 

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Now onto the person that I’m nominating for this award. It has been so hard to pick just one person, there are so many people that I would love to choose and I feel really guilty that I can’t pick everyone. 

However I eventually decided to pick the wonderful Jenny from jennyinneverland.com; she’s one of the kindest and most supportive people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting through the Blogosphere. 

Plus her blog is THE place I go to for advice on Blogging or Self Employment! 

So the questions I’m asking are:

  1. What is your favourite way to practice self care?
  2. What advice would you give to people who want to become self employed? 
  3. Why did you originally start blogging and has that reason changed over the years? 
  4. What advice would you give to your younger self? 
  5. What would you love to see happen in the Blogosphere over the next few years? 

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The Kind Blogger Award

12 responses to “The Kind Blogger Award”

  1. Bexa says:

    I love your answers Jade! They are so thoughtful and interesting, thank you for answering the questions. That’s great you use your train journey to focus on blogging, that’s such a smart way to balance your time. Your perfect day sounds absolutely dreamy. Yay for big fluffy jumpers and being all cosy inside. I’m so excited for your future projects too, the Pinterest ebook is going to be so useful. Jenny is a fantastic choice, she is always so friendly, kind & supportive, I can’t wait to read her answers too <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  2. Kim says:

    Congrats on the award. 🙂 I enjoyed reading your answers – I came here through Bexa’s post so I’m a new reader. Love fluffy jumpers!

  3. Awh jade thank you so much! This put a big smile on my face! You were such a good choice from Bexa too <3 can’t wait to answer your questions! xxx

  4. ruthinrevolt says:

    I loved reading your answers, Jade! I’m a 90 year old trapped in a 27 year old’s body so your perfect day sounds ideal to me, too! 😂

  5. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you Bexa! 😁 yeah it works out really well, it gives me just under an hour of guaranteed blogging time, which considering how fast I can type is more than enough time 🙊 I would live in big fluffy jumpers if I could! 😍 I can’t wait to get the Pinterest ebook up, I’ve had so many people asking about it already! Jenny is wonderful, I can’t wait to read her answers either ☺️💛 xx

  6. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you! ☺️ I’m glad you enjoyed my answers and welcome as a new reader – hope you find a few other posts you like! ☺️ fluffy jumpers are life 🙌🏼

  7. Jade Marie says:

    You’re more than welcome Jenny, I’m glad it put a smile on your face! 😁 can’t wait to read your answers 💛 xxx

  8. Jade Marie says:

    Haha yaaay for a fellow 90 year old!! 😂 I’m going to start a club for us all, where we can curl up and binge watch things with endless drinks and snacks 😂

  9. rachaelstray says:

    You have so many exciting plans coming up!

    Rachael | https://rachaelstray.com/

  10. ruthinrevolt says:

    Sign me up 😂😂

  11. Jade Marie says:

    I only really realised I did when I was writing that post out 🙊 I’m so excited for the rest of this year!

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Thanks for stopping by! I’m a twenty-five-year-old digital media graduate with a passion for writing and a desire to change the way we view mental health and autism. I’ve owned jademarie.co.uk for nearly two years now, and its slowly changed from a place where I would brain dump whatever was going through my head that day, into a place where people can come for help, advice and hopefully a bit of a laugh. I do occasionally come out with a witty sentence or two. Mostly by accident.

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