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Thank you for nominating me for Hilarious Patient Leader in the 9th Annual WEGO Health Awards. I’m humbled by your outpouring of support for Looking for the Light. Want to vote for me? Here’s how I would be honored if you voted for me. Voting is open until the end of July. Re-energize, Re-generate […]

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Thank you, Thank You, Thank You For Your WEGO Nominations — Looking For The Light

WOW! I can’t tell you how honored and humbled I am to be nominated in these categories for the Ninth Annual WEGO Health Awards. Best in Show: Blog Advocating for Another Best in Show: Twitter Best Kept Secret Rookie of the Year What are the WEGO Health Awards? Since its inception in 2011, the […]

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Mystery Blog Award Nomination!

Im so excited to be nominated for the Mystery Blogger award! I want to thank Kaitlin, for nominating me! I really appreciate you for considering me! I love everything this award represents, and I am so thankful to be nominated! Please make sure you check out her blog here! I love reading her posts and you will too! Now, let’s get started!

*This award is “an award for amazing bloggers with indigenous posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.”*


• Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog

• Tell your readers three things about yourself

• Nominate bloggers you feel deserve the award

• Answer the questions from the person who nominated you

• Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny one

• Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog


  1. I just got a puppy and I’m in love with him! He’s a 4 month old golden retriever, and will one day become my service dog. He’s a very happy and lovable furbaby! I can’t wait to share my journey with him, to y’all!
  2. I am allergic to seriously everything! I am gluten free, dairy free, and soy free! Dont ever let me cook dinner for you, unless you like very healthy food!
  3. I love ice cream! I could seriously eat ice cream for every meal and never get tired of it!


  • Why did you decide to start your blog?
  • I started my blog because I became chronically ill. I got in a very very dark place, and I knew I could either let my illness take over me, or I could use my illnesses as a tool to help others. All I ever wanted to do was share my journey to help others in my situation, share tips, let them know they aren’t alone, and also spread love and positivity.
  • What is your favorite breakfast food?
  • Pancakes and syrup! Yum!
  • Who motivates you? Or is your inspiration?
  • My mom is my biggest inspiration. She is the strongest human I know, and I’m so lucky to have such a positive and inspirational woman to look up to.
  • Do you have a favorite book or movie?
  • My favorite movie of all time is Sweet Home Alabama, and my favorite book is Fault in our Stars!
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? And why?
  • Australia! I have always wanted to go there! It looks absolutely beautiful, and I really want to see a kangaroo!
  • My questions for my nominees:

  • Who is one person in your life you look up to?
  • Do you like cookies or cake better?
  • What made you decide to start a blog?
  • If you were given 1 million dollars, how would you spend it?
  • What is one place you want to travel to?

My nominees

Thank you again for nominating me, Kaitlin! To my nominees, I cant wait to read your answers! I hope everyone has a fabulous day! Never give up, and always stay positive!♡

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Versatile Blogger Award Nomination

I have been nominated for the versatile blogger award! It warms my heart to be nominated! A huge thank you to Rhapsody Bohème. Please make sure you check out her blog! She’s an amazing and inspiring writer with a huge heart! I have been a follower of hers for some time now, and I always…

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Mystery Blogger Award Nomination!

I’m so excited and just honored to be nominated for this award! Thank you so much for thinking of me for this award, Kate! Please make sure you check out her blogs, here! She’s a great writer and I always love reading her material and I think you will too! Mystery Blogger Award: “It’s an award for […]

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Awesome Blogger Award Nomination!

My heart is full and happy that you considered me to be nominated! Thank you for nominating me for the awesome blogger award, Ella! I truly appreciate it and I appreciate you! Please make sure you check out her blog, here! She writes about crafts and fashion! I always enjoy reading her posts and you will too! Thank […]

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Liebster Award

Hi folks, Chris here from Surviving the Specter on behalf of the rest of us at SURVIVORS BLOG HERE. Rob Goldstein over at Art by Rob Goldstein ( nominated SURVIVORS BLOG HERE for the Liebster Award. I volunteered to help respond and in my business, have taken waaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy longer than I should give Rob a huge hug and thank you for nominating us for this honor.

Below are his questions with my answers (other contributors please feel free to add your answers or nominations) followed by the people I have nominated for this honor.

  1. Have you found a theme to your blog? Is there a topic that you return to almost subconsciously?

Yes, there is. It is mental illness. I write about severe depression as personified by Specter.

  1. What is the one thing you’ve learned about yourself as a blogger?

I can write in a way that is meaningful and inspires others to do the same.

  1. What is your favorite way to learn?

I enjoy reading about the material that I’m learning about.

  1. What is the one decision that you’ve made in your life that you will never regret?

My decision to end my marriage.

  1. If you could live in the past, which period would you choose?

Ancient Rome. Definitely ancient Rome. And I would be a centurion.

  1. What is your favorite music?

I like heavier stuff – heavy metal, hard rock, as well as those songs with powerful lyrics that speak to me. Definitely heavier music. When I was growing up, I used to cry a lot when I listened to music on the radio. Usually the sadder sounding stuff. I hated that. So I switched genres. Not that it’s helped me with my depression. Smh.

  1. If you had to change careers, what career would you choose?

I would chose to be a soldier of Rome. Of course I mean the ancient Roman soldier, not a modern soldier. That makes me sound like I want to resurrect Mussolini’s empire. Which I don’t. Let’s just skip this one.

  1. Who is your favorite philosopher?

Working on this. Haven’t touched philosophy in a while.

  1. What is your favorite poem?

My favorite poem is stuck as the first post on my blog. It is “Outwitted” by Edwin Markham. You should check it out.

  1. What is your favorite myth from Greek Mythology?

The legend of Oedipus of Thebes because it is the epitome of a theme the Greeks invented – hubris. It is also one of their great tragedies.

  1. Name one guilty pleasure.

Doritos and cream cheese. Ahh yes, my Netflix comfort food of choice. Don’t judge. Try it!

Nominee blog sites:

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  1. Caterpillar to Butterfly | Recovering Codependent ~ Growth & Healing Through Healthy Boundaries
  2. Confessions | Bringing to Light that which is Hidden
  3. Dear Hope | When It’s All We Have Left
  4. Hi, I’m Dan | From hell to well – living with and recovering from addiction and mental illness
  5. Me Vs. Depression | A chronicle of my struggle with mental illness
  6. MINDS LIKE OURS | Presenting Hope & Love for Those Struggling with Mental Illness; Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, and Suicide
  7. SassaFrass, The Feisty ~ My Journey Towards Healing
  8. Take A Ride On My Mood Swing | Where Bipolar Lives Even If Wished Dead
  9. The Wednesdays Off | Peeping above the parapet every so often by blogging and baking
  10. myinnerself15
  11. Turning The Page on Suicide | Writing my way through depression and loss.

Once a Victim Now a survivor

“one must break with one’s past to embrace one’s future. It is never an easy thing to do. It is one of the distinguishing characteristics between survivors and victims. Letting go of what was, to survive what is.” ― Karen Marie Moning, Darkfever

Survivor Award

Robert Goldstein, one of our resident writers, nominated me for the, Once a Victim Now a Survivor Award.  Rob also has a website named, Art by Rob Goldstein.  Rob is a powerful advocate for the rights of the mentally ill and homeless.  He speaks from his personal experience with the mental healthcare bureaucracy in America and the stigma our society still holds.  Please read Rob’s fine work and enjoy his artwork. Continue reading “Once a Victim Now a survivor”

The Once a Victim Now a Survivor Award.

Art by Rob Goldstein


I am happy to be nominated for this particular award.

I’ve not seen it before and think it is a wonderful idea.

Thank you to Gentle Kindness for nominating me 🙂

This award is for those who have gone through mental illness of any kind, abuse, trauma, and especially PTSD. Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the blogger that nominated you
  2. Nominate 5 – 10  bloggers to pass the award to
  3. Post 5 questions for your nominees to answer (you may use the same as these below)
  4. Inform your nominees and post a comment in their blog to let them know they’ve been nominated

Here are the questions asked of me.

  1. In what ways do you feel that blogging can help people with psychological trauma  or mental illness?

People with mental illness are the most stigmatized people in the U.S. We cross class and color lines, just as gays do, and just as…

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We’ve Been Liebstered!

“We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other’s opposite and complement.”
― Hermann Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund

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We’ve been Liebstered!

We recently received our first award here at Survivors Blog Here from Rob Goldstein. Rob’s blog,  Art by Rob Goldstein, is a collection of writing, poetry, art, and photographs that support his theme of living with dissociative identity disorder (DID) and the right to full access to health care for people with mental illnesses.  Rob’s many works give us a close-up view of the struggle with DID and the challenges of health care for chronic illness.  Rob’s talent and honest forthright approach humanizes this struggle by bringing it out into the light and showing us the face of a spirit that strives to live a normal and productive life, to gain acceptance by dispelling fear and judgement, and to educate us with a gentle touch and calm tone.  Thank you Rob! You are an inspiration and a true Liebster in the WordPress community. Continue reading “We’ve Been Liebstered!”