Sunshine Blogger Award!

Sunshine Blogger Award!

 

I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Kenyatta Monique of Luminous Life Links. This was a major surprise to me because this blog is for me - a created space where I share my experiences and thoughts without recognition. But apparently, people real it, Kenyatta read it. 

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given from one blogger to another as a way to promote community and boost moral. Bloggers give this award to an equal whom they feel embody creativity and talent.

Kenyatta, of Luminous Life Links is a "full time mother, student, teacher, and friend. I have dedicated my existence to the building up and betterment of anyone who will listen." In reading Kenyatta's blog, I see a motivated, liberated, Black woman, in tune with herself and the environment around her. I have not interacted without enough people like Kenyatta. But in this recognition I appreciate and admire, I'd like to think someone sees me, and my blog, as something worth mentioning. Something that motivates people to think harder, complicate their conversations and thinking, as a platform that acknowledges and produces a voice of marginalization. 


THE RULES!

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.

  2. Compose a post on your blog and answer the 11 question asked by the blogger who nominated you

  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers and give them new questions to answer.

  4. Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award on your post.


Q & As.

1.What is essential to start your day?

Tea, brushing my teeth, checking my phone.

Tea wakes me up. Brushing my teeth is the simplest assurance I am truly awake and present in my day. Checking my phone means seeing who of my loved ones has tried to get in contact with me. Moving around so much means my friends are scattered along different timezones. I have felt extremely isolated and alone to the point of being suicidal before. And combatting that means reaching out to people everyday, and allowing myself to be reachable everyday. 

2. What chore do you dislike?

I hate doing the dishes. Like my mother, I have a thing with my hands being wet, and it makes me uncomfortable af. I also cook a lot, so dishes are constant. Hence, I use that dishwasher everyday. 

3. How long have you been blogging?

Since I was in 7th grade, that's 10 years. My tumblrs have been lolsaladsex, weezyhooves, and my current, disabledbih.

I have quite literally been blogging on my own site for a year now.

4. What is your favorite inspirational quote?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world" –Gandhi the rapist and racist

5. What is your dream vacation destination spot?

Nonexistent: A place I can be Black, Disabled, and Queer in peace and harmony with others.

Ideally: Tokyo, Japan

6.What is the story behind your blog name?

In 2017 being a time period where I found myself and amplified my voice on my experiences with my mental illnesses, I started to unapologetically be myself. That meant acknowledging and empowering myself as a Disabled person. I'm Disabled bih. 

7. What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Be authentic. What do you want out of this? A platform, recognition, more? Everyone has something to say but why should people listen to you? Why are you different from the mainstream narratives? 

8. If you could travel back in time and give your younger self a word of advice or message, what would it be?

Don't sacrifice yourself for anyone. No one is worth it.

9.What is the biggest lesson you learned from blogging?

Not everyone shares a captivating story or perspective. Just because a blog has more visibility or recognition does not make it a good one.

10. What is the title of the current chapter of your life?

"Niggas Was Out Here"


Blogging is more than words.Those that I nominate are blogs that I read where I feel a story, a perspective is being shared that is unpopular, that is unafraid, and is captivating. The courage to share unfiltered opinions is immense. In a society where you can be fired for a tweet, expected to depoliticize yourself till you get to know someone, etc. Older generations demonize my generation for being so outspoken, too outspoken about what we care about, don't like, and won't tolerate. That's bullshit. And to these blogs I have read, I commend you. 

1. Cotton Gin and Juice

2. Nikhil, etc.

3. Blue Eyes Starry Skies

4. An Actual Whale Shark

5. KeenieBeenie

6. Lexis-The-Stick-Figure

7. Ninth Ward Jawn (Formerly Pink Velour Tracksuit)

8. Hoe Kravitz

9. Ratchet Intellectual

10. Butch Communist

11. Sheabutter Bitch

Bootstrap mental health rhetoric is not the move

Bootstrap mental health rhetoric is not the move

Beyond Wakanda, my Blackness is infinite and unfiltered

Beyond Wakanda, my Blackness is infinite and unfiltered