Hello Sunshine!☀️

Thank you both Rupali and Huguette for nominating me for Sunshine Blogger Award on the same day! It’s raining sunshine here 🌈

The blogging community is a super-cool, warm and friendly place: and I am honored by two equally lovely fellow bloggers who both write from their hearts-and their experience. Please visit their respective blogs and see for yourselves, you won’t be sorry. 👍

“In life we have multiple experiences of the good and the bad…..but nothing is as important as what is retained in our heart and mind .. How we have grown in life from dealing with that situation.” –Rupali S. Banerjee


“What goes around comes around” be aware of your actions and how you treat people because eventually everything will be back to you, good or bad. “As you sow, so shall you reap”. I don’t seek followers, just real readers, genuine connection and interaction.” –Huguette Antoun


The Sunshine Blogger Award is peer recognition for bloggers that inspire positivity and joy. Glad some fellow bloggers believe that I’m worth this award 😊😊–Huguette

Ok, first order of business:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

3. Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

4. List the rules and display sunshine blogger award in your post/ on your blog.

5. Notify nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts

Rupali’s questions:

  1. Which book influenced you the most?
  2. Favorite Quote
  3. What’s next on your bucket list?
  4. What is one interesting thing about you that people don’t know?
  5. If you have one superpower what would you pick and why?
  6. Life lesson learned?
  7. All-time favorite movie?
  8. What is your favorite color?
  9. Your biggest aim or dream?
  10. What really makes you angry?
  11. What are your goals for your blog?

Huguette’s questions:

1. Which blogs you are really reading their contents. (not just liking blindly)

2. Does the person you want the most to read your blog is reading?

3. What’s your nationality?

4. How many languages do you speak and which languages you want to learn?

5. Which book changed your life? Or which incident

6. Describe yourself in 3 words.

7. Which celebrity or politician or else you really want to meet in person

8. Have you ever experienced a near death experience?

9. Have you lied to save a relationship?

10. Do you consider yourself a good person? Why?

11. If you wake up to find all your family and loved ones were vanished. What would you do? (You can be in the Avengers Endgame movie so use your imagination)

My answers:

The book that influenced me/changed my life….oh good Lord! Only one? Ok–eenee-meenee-minee–most recently? George MacDonald The Princess and Curdie

The person I most want to read my blog–proofreads for me before I post. ❤️. I try and read all the blogs that I follow-genuinely and sincerely–but dang that’s a lot of reading!

And as my old eyes are complaining right now–sometimes I need a break from the screen. You know how it can get. I have to take off my ‘reading glasses’ and put on my ‘weeding glasses’–go outside in the garden and get on my knees 🙂

“If only I had a heart.” Tin man. First favorite quote off the top of my head. Oh this is good fun!

I am of Ukrainian extraction. 🇺🇦 Ukie/American by birth. 🇺🇸

My plan is to give this blog a year to grow and blossom. God’s plan is God’s plan…there is a lot of stuff crammed into this brain and having an outlet here to not only process-but also share each other’s stories is super cool! And great therapy too.🙃

I do hope to spread healthy, healing-positive-vibes and joy here…with the love that flows through me..I wish the whole world would visit us here and contribute a bit of love to this project! How super cool would that be? It’s nice to be recognized for inspiring joy 🙏🏻.

So we will see what happens in a year–and then next on the bucket list? Hmm…I’ll have to think more on that…

I speak English and read the dictionary regularly. In high school I studied Spanish and Japanese, a touch of Latin and a smidge of poetry.

Most recently I was learning Ukrainian on-line and writing poems in Ukrainian. I speak Ukrainian like a child–I still remember a few songs Baba taught us kids! Sweet memories. 🥰

Growing up an immigrant’s daughter in Mid-America was tough on the language. But– never too late to learn. I wish I could learn all languages! Trying to learn emoji. 🙂

I’m content with a word here and there–good morning, good evening, had your coffee? That would be enough for me. Whew! That was a long winded answer!

Right now I am having fun with Russian with Ilona https://easydiet.blog/ and Norwegian with Lillian https://orkidedatter.wordpress.com/

One interesting thing that very few people know about me is–in highschool I was a thespian and recieved a gold medal at the Wisconsin State level for poetry reading in 1986.

Resiliant; joyful; loving are three words I would describe myself.

One superpower I would pick–Forgiveness. That’s a superpower, right? Or, invisiblity–that would be cool. Shapeshifting also super cool..

I would like to meet our First Lady Melania Trump. 😊

Does Ayahuasca count as near death experience?

This was fun! Thank you both for your thoughtful questions. Ok, I’m going to finish this off here. I know–didn’t answer them all. I’m terrible-just ask Steve over at https://stevescountry.com/ 😻

Ok, now for the really fun part.

I am nominating two positively equally awesome bloggers who have brought much joy and sunshine into my life.

Diane was the very first person to connect with me on this journey when I started blogging back in January 2019 and was I completely crazy and wanted to quit; her kind and encouraging words gave me confidence to continue. 😊

There is a place for you at the table in Diane’s kitchen where she daily serves up soul food on her blog:


Rachel is a painter of words. A talented poet. A kind and caring soul. She also brings out the romantic in me and makes me think. I am very grateful for the exchange of ideas with you, my friend. 💜 Read her beautiful works of art here:


My questions:

1. A happy childhood memory…

2. Two strengths you admire in yourself…

3. Three things you are grateful for…

4. One thing you want to change in the world…

5. One thing you wish for the world…

6. What brings you joy…

7. What brings you sadness…

8. Has my blog had an affect on you…

9. What do you hope your readers gain from your blog…

10.What did I forget to ask you…

11.What question would you like to ask me?

Thank you for reading and participating. I hope this was fun for you too!

May God bless us.

With love and gratitude,

NZain 🐥

Author: NZain


35 thoughts on “Hello Sunshine!☀️”

  1. Firstly, your answers have bought such a smile to my face, it is so lovely to read more about you – Ukrainian/American, I had no idea!! The sweet, loving, philosophical side of you shines so bright throughout your answers. As it does throughout your poetry. You are an extremely talented writer and I admire both your poems and your photography. Also, To be read by you is a true privelige that cultivates and grows my spirit.

    Secondly… On a day of dark and stormy in my heart (and outside my window), nominating me, and what you have written about me here, brings tears to my eyes. I don’t even know what to say, you have such a goodness within you, and to see these things in me and my writing… well. That means more than you would ever know. Thank you my friend. 🌸💜🌸
    Now, go rest your eyes!!! (Follow your cat’s example!).

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  2. Congratulations dear 🙂 Thank you so much for this shoutout and the reference from my about page! It was a nice idea and I enjoyed reading your answers (but you really got me confused, which answer to which question 🙂 )
    Don’t know what Ayahuasca is :/
    A thespian ! wow must been great 🙂 And forgiveness is a super power indeed! Shapeshifting would be super cool hahaha
    wish you’ll always spread positive , healthy and joyful vibes 🙂 Have a great day and thank you for taking this award ❤

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    1. Aww thank you so much, Huguette. I know—I’m terrible at rules. Sorry to confuse you-but I hope it was a fun read. Maybe one day I’ll post about ayahuasca and my experience with the plant medicine…
      Yes, let’s keep spreading the joy—and have some fun too! This was fun to do—a bit like doing a school book report—dreading starting and happy when it’s finished!
      Nice to recognize one another’s work. And that’s what it’s all about!
      It’s great to know you, dear and be a part of the community 🥰

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      1. My pleasure dear 😊 yes sure it was a fun read and don’t worry at all 💕
        Looking forward to reading this post 😊
        Yes sure appreciation and recognition are always great and needed
        It’s great to have you in my community as well, it’s the best part in blogging 🌞🌞
        Have a great day 💕😊

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  3. Congratulations! I’ve only started reading and I already think you deserve it!

    Huh, interesting think to know about you. Don’t know what Ayahuasca is either.
    Shapeshifiting would be so cool! We could shift into wolves and run in the wilderness, at last free 😊

    You give off such positive vibes and kindness! Eager for more 😊

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  4. Congratulations, and oh how wonderful it is to learn so much about you!

    All the languages you’ve studied, your interests and goals- they speak to our hearts and remind us just why we follow you: because you’re a genuine person in so many senses of the word. I’m glad Rachel led me to your blog, and I’m so happy you’ve nominated her for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

    Speaking of that… I kinda.. sorta nominated you for the Liebster award..

    So uh, congratulations!

    Keep writing my friend. Love seeing you in my readerfeed.

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      1. Of course not. They’re much better blogs, and honestly its a great pleasure simply knowing you!! 🙂 You deserve this award and many more to come. 😉

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      2. And that, dear friend-is the sweetest accolade…likewise a pleasure to know you as well 🙂
        Wait—much better blogs? Oh no—dear me—now look what I’ve gone and done….ok, I’d better get busy with some more questions for you and…
        There are many awesome bloggers who deserve to be recognized—each for their own unique gift they bring.
        Ok, break over—I’ve got some work to do! 🙂
        Have a great day, Watt—hopefully in the sunshine. 🤗


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