* ~ Mysterious giiirll… ~ *


So the lovely Nat nominated me for this award. I am very much chuffed, and you should go to her blog where she uses gardening to manage her depression because it’s a kickass idea and she’s lovely. Thank you so much Nat, I have a huge amount of respect for you. Check out her blog. Do it now. Dooooooo iittttt!


And since everyone has gone over to read Nat’s blog, I’m now talking to myself like the madwoman I am.



“This 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.” – Okoto Enigma



  • Thank whoever nominated you and include link to their blog
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Nominate 10-20 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


Three things about me? Christ, I’m really bad at these.


  1. I hate boiled eggs. Just the smell makes me want to leave the room.
  2. I used to do tap dancing.
  3. My first job was keeping company to residents of an old people’s home.


1. What is it about blogging that makes you feel good?

I like being able to express myself without representing an employer or abiding to a certain set of standards and legal rules, as I do in my day job. I’ve always written stuff, ever since I was a kid, but the problem is that writing is often a very solitary activity. Here I have a community. Also, I get to speak out for what I think is important, hopefully help others by sharing my story and advocate for more openness in mental health discussion in general.

2. Are you ever nervous about exposing too much of how you feel inside to the world?

Is it going to sound bad if I say ‘no, not really’? I don’t mind being open and honest but I also set limits to what I’m comfortable talking about and what I’m not. The fact that I’m the only person who chooses what goes on to this blog gives me a sense of control and allows me to be as open as I want in a manner that I’m comfortable with.

3. What is your trusted go to technique on a day you feel a bit low?

Having a wank I often watch estate programs like House hunters international or Escape to the country. For whatever reason I find them really soothing and relaxing. There’s never that much drama about them, also I’m interested in interior design.

4. Of all your posts which would you like everyone to read and comment on?

I don’t mind to be honest, I have such a large variety of stuff from rants to serious stuff. Not everyone likes everything. Go-getters don’t cry does have a special place in my heart, as well as Sirius and Evelyn.

5. How do you enjoy your Vegemite? As an Aussie this is clearly vital for me to know 😊.

I did enjoy Vegemite when I tried some (my ex did a year in Australia and couldn’t get enough of it) but I couldn’t have it on top of anything, just a little blob in a spoon or something. It tasted like a small explosion in my mouth.

My nominations are:

*~ Disclaimer ~*  I don’t expect any of my nominees to answer the questions I’ve made or write a post about their nomination. I just want to introduce some brill blogs to a wider audience. 

Mental Health@Home – Ashley offers a unique perspective both as a mental health professional and as a person with a major depressive disorder. She’s also an awesome person!

AnxietyBug – Offers a wonderful voice into the world of mental health.

Rosiesx – Rosie is what I’m never going to be – positive, encouraging and bubbly. Go read her blog instead.

Me, Myself and Lupus – A honest and touching account about the world of invisible illness.

Moonsomnia – Shevy is a kickass person, who writes about a variety of things in a way that even someone who isn’t into it will still be interested to read it. To me that’s a sign of a good writer.

LunarChar – Char is the kind of person you want to have around when you’re having a hard time. She’s all-around lovely.

Ruth in Revolt – Ruth is one of my best mates in the blogging community and she’s an inspiration. If you’re looking to get more out of blogging, she’s your (elderly) woman.

Seeds in the Wasteland – Again one of my bezzies, who writes about her experiences with mental health and especially anxiety. She’s funny, honest and bloody brilliant.

Honest Recovery  – It’s just that. Just read it.

Faizablogs – Faiza takes a look into her past, when she struggled with anxiety and depression towards a better place where she is today. A message of hope to us all, especially to people who have struggled with their mental health since young age.

On Victory We Stand – A voice that deserves to be heard.

My questions (left them out when I first published this post LMAO):

  1. What has blogging brought into your life?
  2. Is there something you’d like to change about your blog?
  3. If you write about mental health, how do you feel about sharing such an intimate part of yourself?
  4. What would be your dream collaboration?
  5. One thing you’d do when if you’d rule the world?


    • Not at all, it’s very well deserved! And I promise I’ll write you that guest post soon, I haven’t forgotten! I always wonder is having a wank something everyone’s thinking about when asking that question before they say something different or is it just me xx

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  1. What was it like in your job where you kept old people company? I’m curious to know because it sounds like the perfect job for me. I love old people and they love me back. Maybe it’s our names… I have only just put this together…

    Such a nice description of me, too! You’re one of my favourites, always. 🙂 x

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    • It was good actually. My uncle used to work there taking the residents out because he used to be in quite a good shape and they needed a person to only hang out with the residents because the nurses didn’t have time.

      I used to read to them and chat to them mostly. I’m really chatty so in a sense it was the perfect job for me. At one point one of the old ladies started getting jealous because I was talking to others as well, not just her 😀 😀 😀 Otherwise it was good. With my old lady-name I fit right in. Maybe we should start an elderly people entertainment company? Maybe that’s our destiny.

      But you’re just like one of my best friends. I’m one of his only female friends who isn’t post-menopausal. He just loves to hang out with old people (eased by the fact he used to work in a number of charity shops) and goes to the garden centre with them at least once a month. I tease him that he’s only trying to get in the will 😀

      Thanks lovely, means a lot coming from you 🙂 ❤ xx

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      • Aww, that’s awesome! I think you’re right: that must be our destiny. I can’t think of any other reason why we would be given such old lady names if it wasn’t to hang out with them all the time. Old people are fascinating, I love hearing their stories, and I think I enjoy it more because I don’t really have that from my family so it fills a little hole in my life xx

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      • Definitely, I agree. I haven’t had very positive experiences with the elderly to be honest because of the mental illnesses in our family, due to them my grandparents were never really able to be the traditional grandparents. The only sane grandparent I had was my dad’s (adopted) dad, but he unfortunately died when I was quite young and never got to know him as well as I would’ve liked. So I’m naturally reserved towards old people, not that I don’t know there’s some lovely older people around, like my granddad’s brother. Maybe an elderly entertainment company would be just what I’d need to get over my old people phobia. At least I don’t discriminate – I feel weird around children as well, especially babies freak me out xx

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  2. Awww, you’re an awesome person too! I liked the original answer to #3, although I must admit, I had to Google it to make sure it actually meant what I thought it would mean. Canadian slang is just so dull.

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      • A hoser is someone who’s unsophisticated. A keener is someone who’s overly eager. We’ve also got liquor-related slang: a two-four is a case of 24 cans beer, a two-six is a 26 ounce bottle of hard liquor, and a mickey is a 375 mL bottle of hard liquor.

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      • That’s so interesting. I’ve never thought about Canadian slang. Ooo, I like keener especially. What a good word! My dad went travelling in Canada before he got married and he always talks about Canada really fondly. He’s super keen for me to go one day. I’d really love to as well.

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  3. Ah Ida you’re hard core. I grew up on Vegemite and I’m still yet to eat it with a spoon. Although it is good in cooking.

    Why cross out the original number 3? Own it 😊. Doubt there isn’t a woman out there who hasn’t used that technique at some point.

    Thanks for the shameless plug by the way it made me laugh. Curiously enough Peter Andre has done a few home makeover shows so you have tied him into your post mentioning interior design 😂.

    Keep on being awesome.

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    • I’ve always loved sour and salty things over sweet treats so don’t be too impressed. I’d imagine it would be really good in cooking. What sort of things do you use it in?

      Oh yeah, healthy, free and convenient, my three favourite things!

      Hahaa, so I managed to tie in Peter Andre after all. Excellent! Didn’t know he had done home makeover shows, I just remember him from Mysterious girl, being married to Jordan and having another kid.

      Also I thought about you the other day. I saw a dream that I was travelling in Australia, had never thought about it before. I had ended up in Canberra, and had to look up does such a city even exist. As it happens, it does. Now I have a desire to visit Australia one day, Which place would you recommend for a city break? I’m too chicken to surf.

      You’re awesome too xx

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      • Hi Ida,

        I put vegemite in stews. Pretty much if the recipe asks for Worcestershire or anything like that I chuck in some vegemite. Or spread on avocado and then sprinkled with cheese and grilled mmm. Nothing healthy with that much salt haha.

        I loved Canberra! We went there to visit Floriade (a flower festival) it was freezing! I didn’t like Sydney much although the botanic gardens were gorgeous. Melbourne I’m told is good for shopping… I visit next month for a beyondblue seminar so will give up the goss when I know. And I’ve never been to the NT or SA or Tasmania or QLD. I don’t like flying at all. I’m embarrassingly poorly travelled.

        As for WA I love the whole state but Perth (our capital) is a bit boring. If I had to pick I’d ask you first what sort of things you like to do and see. What would be your idea of a fabulous trip?

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      • Sounds great! Oh I know, it’s horrible isn’t it haha I just love salt, I’ll probably have to start asking for a new heart before I turn thirty.

        It’s understandable though, I really haven’t seen that much of Finland even though I was born and raised there. There just isn’t a point when there isn’t a reason to visit. It’s different when you live there. Also I understand that Australia has ridiculous distances between places so very understandable.

        I do find the idea of WA quite interesting because it’s so isolated. But I immediately got interested with the mention of ‘shopping.’ I’m a massive shopaholic. I know I probably should be more into experiencing ‘the real’ whatever country in question but give me some shops and a couple of art galleries and I’m happy! So that’s definitely what my fabulous trip would be. Also I’d like to see some nature as well like beaches, but that could probably be a day trip or something. I’m not a very adventurous traveller, I just like sitting in a cafe people watching xx

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    • Thank you for doing this, it was really lovely to find out more about you! One of my IRL friends is also obsessed with Doc Martens, her purple ones are her pride and joy. Also I absolutely adore Sphinx cats, (what am I talking about, I love all animals but but) and Dorian is absolutely adorable! What a gorgeous boy. Signed up to his social media 4 life. I’ll try to finish my guest post to you during this weekend, sorry it’s taken so long! My mum caught the same flu my dad had so I’ve been running the house (god help us all.) I’ll DM you the final piece, you can use any picture you want. I love the aesthetics of your blog so I trust your taste 100%.

      And thank you for the lovely introduction, you made my day ❤ xx

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      • Aw yay I’m so glad you liked it and I’m super excited about the guest blog and please lovely, no rush at all, you take your time and when it’s ready I’m ready xx You can also email me if it’s easier (siobhanmariedutoit@gmail.com) XX HAVE AN AMAZING WEEKEND 💕

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      • It’ll probably be easier to email the file, I’ll fire you a quick message on twitter when I’ve sent it 🙂 Really looking forward to collaborating with you! You have an amazing weekend too, keep being awesome ❤ xx

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  4. congrats on the award! I used to do tap dancing too! I loved it! I hope you’ll check out my blog therapy bits I blog about life with ptsd and did, and my psychotherapy process, as well as other day to day stuff! I am also blind, so sometimes I blog about disability topics! http://therapybits.com/


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