The Sunshine Blogger Award

by - Saturday, August 11, 2018

Photo by Conner Baker on Unsplash

A huge thank you to Natasha Durant from Simply Durant for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award!! I never thought I would be nominated for an award after only being a part of the blogging community for such a short time, and I feel so honored. I really appreciate her effort to nominate those who haven't been nominated before & her blog really is lovely, do go check it out!

RULES
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog so others can find them.
  • Answer the 11 questions which the blogger who nominated you asked.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and ask them 11 different questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine blogger award logo in your post and/or on your blog site.
Without further ado, let's get started!!

QUESTIONS

What is the meaning behind your blog name? How did you choose it? Why did you pick it? 
So I came up with the name "Twinkle Thoughts" while in a long car ride, as I wanted a change from what I had at the time, which was "Macedonia Dusk." It was a bit random honestly, I was just putting words together & hoping they sounded good. Once I settled on it, I thought it sounded really cute & I feel like it perfectly captured the essence of my blog & what kind of energy I want it to be. I want to write up my "thoughts" on my blog & I want them to "twinkle" a happy, pretty light on the internet. A bit corny I know haha.

What is your favorite post that you have shared on your blog and why?
I actually think my most recent post is my fav as it really encapsulated all that my summer turned out to be, and it makes me really happy when I look back on all the photos from the trips & memorable events that took place the past couple of months.

How long have you been blogging, and what made you start blogging?
I started my blog back in September 2016 and continued with it until May 2017. I stepped back from it for a while & finally started it back up in July of this year. When I started watching Zoe Sugg on Youtube, I learned that she had a blog back in 2009 which is what got her to where she is today. I loved it & it ever since then, I've really wanted to start one up!!

If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you go? 
Most definitely, 10000%, a million times over I would pick England! I have yet to write up a post about exactly why & what I love about it so much (I definitely will), but basically it's been a dream of mine since I was 9 & I will go there one day.

Who are your top three favorite bloggers and what do you like about them? What keeps you going back to their blogs?
I would have to say that Sophie from Petals of Perfection is my absolute fav & that's because she's my best friend, so I'm a bit biased haha. But she has come to write so candidly & beautifully about topics ranging from the following: mental health & it's importance, adulthood, self-confidence, real-life struggles, & so much more. She shares her story in such an empowering & touching way.

Next on the list is Rebecca of From Roses --  I feel like most of us follow her blog, but if for some reason you aren't, you really should!! She's built up quite a following over the course of her blogging years, and it's totally well deserved. I love all of the subjects that her blog encompasses; she's got everything from blogging advice, skincare & makeup, lifestyle, and posts that, in general, encourage you to do more of what makes you happy. 

Finally, I really enjoy Caroline's blog Iridescent Places. I started reading her blog back in 2016 & I just genuinely enjoy all that she has to share! She takes GORGEOUS photos & has got so much to talk about, from makeup to books to travel to food. Give her blog a follow & binge-read for sure, it's so worth it!!

Do you take your own blog photos or do you hire someone to them for you?
I take all my own photos, except when I use stock images as you can see from above. I enjoy the process so much: taking the photo, finding the lighting, setting up the look, and editing. I really want to get the Canon Rebel t5i, and when I do, my pics are gonna be so GOOD.

What is your favorite social media platform for your blog and why do you use it?
Twitter is!! I think it's the best way to interact with others within the blogging community and a really fantastic way to promote your own blog, especially with all of the lovely RT accounts out there. I observed this back in 2014 when I started to think seriously about starting my own blog, and I wasn't wrong!

If you could work with any brand, which companies would you work with?
I would KILL to work with Tommy Hilfiger. I literally adore that brand with all my heart & soul & being (a bit too much maybe? haha). I have a few precious pieces from there & they're my absolute fav items in my wardrobe. 
I'm not the most fashionable person; I tend to go very casual in my day to day, but when I start investing in my own style, it'll be along the lines of Brandy Melville or what you can find on my Clothes Board on my Pinterest. So Brandy Melville & Tommy Hilfiger are brands I would be so honored & totally stoked to work with. 

What is your favorite musical artist? And what song do you play on repeat the most?
Ahhh this is so hard as I have a top two for both bands & solo artists. I would have to say that Switchfoot is my all-time fav band & they have been since I was 9. (Although I've been listening to them since I was a wee baby; my momma loved them first!) They're a San Diego based rock band who will always have my heart. There are so many albums by them that I love, but I guess the song that really endeared me to them is the one I'll put here: "This Is Home"

We all have a go-to lip color. What shade of lipstick is your favorite? 
Bedtime Flirt from the NYX Lingerie liquid lipstick range!! It's a "my lip color but better" type.

What is your goal for the year to accomplish on your blog? 
To increase my following with an audience that interacts with me & I with them/their blogs!! I just want to see that my blog is making a positive impact, is a happy space & that people enjoy what I have to put out there. To put it in numbers, maybe 1k monthly viewers? Anything close to that will be something I'll be so grateful for.


NOMINATIONS
I've linked their Twitter accounts & blogs below!!


NEW QUESTIONS
Is there anything or anyone in particular, that inspired you to start blogging?
If you have a niche, what is that initially interested you in it? (If not, what are your favourite topics that you blog about?)
What is your favourite part of the blogging process?
Do you have a fav time/season of the year to blog?
What are you most proud of when it comes to your blog?
What place, within your country/state, have you not been to yet that you wish to go to & why?
What is the funniest or most awkward situation you have encountered on social media? 
If you had to pick only one blog post to be remembered by, what would it be & why?
Are there any topics you want to venture out into & start blogging about? 
What is your dream job/career?
What is the best thing you have learned or received from your blogging experience?
Share a meme that best reflects your personality, or alternatively, just a meme that you enjoy:


That's a wrap on this week's post! Thank you again for the nomination Natasha<3

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