My Oscar History – Getting Robbed Since 2015 #justiceforcheila + Share your opinions: Let’s Talk Cinema

Good morning everyone!

It’s 09.43 as I’m starting this post and I didn’t sleep at all last night. No, it wasn’t insomnia. It was OSCARS NIGHT. If you know me half well you know how much I live love The Oscars.

The first time any kind of movie award caught my attention was back in 2013. I had loved movies all my life, way before that, but I was taking cinema classes in college so I became interested in awards, actors and technical aspects. I’m not sure I actually watched the ceremony in 2013 but I know I was really happy thatArgowon.

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Now, 2014 was a turning point. I had done so much research for the whole of 2013 and was way more into the whole Oscar phenomenon. I had watched all the films and was rooting for 12 Years a Slave, which ended up winning Best Picture. I was very happy with the winners of Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club. In my opinion, all of the movies were really good that year. Here’s the full list of nominees:

86th Academy Awards Nominees

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By 2015, I was addicted. It had become my thing. It was also the first time I felt deceived. Oh yes. I was rooting for either The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything or Boyhood. Wonderful movies. I mean, I had three favorites, it’s not like I would be disappointed, would I? Wrong. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)took the Oscar for Best Picture. Okay. But why? I was happy that Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor for The Theory of Everything because, let’s face it, he played a damn good Stephen Hawking. Julliane Moore took the Award for Best Actress with Still Alice which was well deserved. Still, my heart broke a little.

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2016 came and my dreams were shattered once again. There were so many good movies. I mean, I did like Spotlight, the winner. But it’s not the one I would have picked. There was Room, The Revenant, The Martian, Brooklyn, Bridge of Spies, The Big Short. I felt like there were better choices for Best Picture. Thank God Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor in a Leading Role, FINALLY, otherwise I would have lost my shit! Although I do think Eddie Redmayne should have won again, for his brilliant performance in The Danish Girl. He would have won two years in a row, which would have been awesome. But Leo deserved that Oscar. He froze his ass in Canada to film The Revenant. I mean, he had been freezing his ass since Titanic and no Oscar. He got inside a friggin horse. It was his.

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2017 was a weird year for me. I had seen all of the movies and was really excited but fell asleep before the ceremony. It was actually a blessing, otherwise I might have had a stroke because of the “La La Land… Fuck no… Moonlight” incident. I was obviously rooting for La La Land and the disappointment would be too hard to take after that false alarm. The other films were all really good, though, the best being Hacksaw Ridge, in my opinion.

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So you have probably realized by now how I’ve been robbed since 2015, haven’t you? So unfair. Well, this year was no different. I was feeling pretty confident that Timothée Chalamet would win Best Actor. Nope. That dude who played Churchill in The Darkest Hour (A.k.A Dunkirk number 2) took Oscar home. Well, that was sad. Fortunately, Best Picture was still to come and I was fine with either Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri or Call Me By Your Name. I was so wrong. The Shape of fuck a fish won instead. I mean… How? Why? I feel empty inside. How could they do this to me?? You do understand why I’m so upset don’t you? Thank you.

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Yeah, I just needed to vent and share this long, sad story. The Oscars are probably the reason I take so much medication. It’s too much too handle. Year after year. I guess I’ll just go and cry in a corner now, maybe listen to the La La Land soundtrack and try to feel better. There’s always 2019. No one is getting my Oscar next year.

Tell me guys,

Does anyone share my disappointment?

Are you a cinema lover?

What’s your favorite movie ever?

How do you feel about the Oscars?

Did you watch any of this year’s nominees?

Were you rooting for a film/actor?

xx

Some thoughts on Blogging

For the last few days, since I asked for questions for my Q&A and someone asked what do I expect for my blog in the future, I felt like I needed to share some thoughts on blogging with my readers, so you can understand with goes through my mind when I think about this little internet space of mine.

Awards:

First of all, I understand that some of you might be tired of all the Awards (I know they’re always the same, even my boyfriend and sister say they usually skipped them), because I do every single one I’m nominated for. My reasons are simple: I feel so happy and honored (when I started blogging I didn’t even know there was such thing) to be nominated that I must share that with my readers, that is my first reason. Secondly, I could never feel right if someone takes the time to think of me and nominate me for something and I just let it be. Respect and gratitude for the person who nominated me are my reason number two.

Not that I think that bloggers who don’t do them are disrespectful, not at all. I just think we have different ways of dealing with this type of post, both being okay. I can respect everyone’s opinion on the matter, I really do.

Nevertheless, if my readers are really, really tired of them, you can please tell me, as I’m always open to your opinions and love suggestions. Do you think I shouldn’t do them? Do you skip them? Please tell me now, as I have a bunch of them waiting to be posted.

Blogger Competitiveness:

This is a non-issue for me, since I’m not competitive at all. I’m happy when I reach 500 followers, I’m happy when YOU reach 5oo followers. There’s no other way for me. Blogging is a community and you are my friends, not my competition. I know that I’ve reached a good number of followers in a short amount of time and I know that some people who have been here long may not have as many, but it has NEVER crossed my mind that I’m better than them in any way. They are just numbers. Who knows why people follow? Who knows if they will stick around? Of course I’m happy to know that 500+ people followed my blog but I’m much happier to know about those 100 that always read, always comment, always support me, those who I consider my blogging friends. That’s what’s important for me – the community, the group, the help, the encouragement, the amazing people I got to know in these last two months. Without them, the number of followers means nothing for me. Without them, my number of followers is an empty accomplishment.

My Blog’s Future:

When this blog still existed only in my mind, I imagined I would someday be a great blogger and turn it into a business and make money from it. I didn’t know how people did it, and still don’t know. But I was going to do it. Fast forward two months and, here I am, thinking that this might never be anything more than a personal blog. Personal blogs don’t sell. I don’t try on new makeup or new clothes, I don’t DIY anything either. Not that I don’t like it or that I won’t do those things in the future, it’s just not where I am right now. I do love makeup and fashion and DIY and I hope to be a mommy blogger someday. My point is, even if or when I change my themes and start doing different things and addressing different issues, I don’t think I will ever be a great very well-known blogger, who makes money from my blog. It just looks too big for me.

That’s it, friends. Random things that were occupying my mind regarding my blog and the blogging word.

Do you have anything to say about it?

Over the next few weeks you can expect to read about my daily life and the changes I’m making as I spend my days fighting depression and trying to improve my health in general.

Is there something else you would like to read on this blog? I’m always open to suggestions!!

Love.

Awards for days: Big catch up – Mystery Blogger Award #2, #3 and #4 (Cheating – Only answering questions)

I was nominated (a long time ago) for the Mystery Blogger Award by three lovely ladies: Dacia –  https://britestfyrefly.wordpress.com/

Sílvia – https://thehappiestpixel.wordpress.com

Midnight Magician – https://midnightmagician.wordpress.com

Girls, thank you so much for thinking of me. I’m sorry I’m only getting to this now!

I’m so late with this, so I’m cheating and only answering their questions:

Dacia’s:

  1. If your blog had a theme song, what would it be and why? – Maybe just some piano soft music;
  2. What is your writing routine? Do you have one? Should you have one? What would be your ideal writing life? – I don’t actually have any kind of routine when it comes to writing or blogging. I want to become better at it and get back to writing poetry and fiction;
  3. In the movie of your life, what actor could best portray you? – I guess Kristen Stewart, after gaining a few pounds and with brown hair and brown contacts;
  4. What are you currently reading? The Girl From Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson;
  5. Describe the most trying time of your life. – It would probably be right before I came home and began seriously taking care of myself when it comes to my anxiety and depression. I was so stressed out, worn out and feeling like I was going crazy;

 

Sílvia’s:

  1. What’s the story behind your blog name? – I just really love pink;
  2. What’s that one song you love to sing in the shower? – I used to sing in the shower and all they long. Now I don’t, I have no idea why;
  3. What’s the first thing you would do during a zombie apocalypse? – Be with my family. We would have to endure that shit together;
  4. What are 3 words you like? – Saudade (Portuguese), dawn and serendipity;
  5. Where is one place in the world you’ve always wanted to visit? – USA;

 

Midnight Magician’s:

  1. What was the last thing you ate? – Cereal;
  2. Who’s the last friend you talked to? – Catarina;
  3. One thing you wish someone in your life knew (you don’t have to say who they are) – I just wish some people would understand better what it means to suffer from mental illness;
  4. What song do you currently have in your head? – Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t stop the feeling”;
  5. How easy do you think you are to read as a person? – Pretty easy, I have no intentions of hiding anything so I’m pretty open and I think my face and expressions translate that;

 

Once again, thank you so much for this nominations.

Much love,

Cheila

Awards for days: Big Catch up – Liebster #7 and #8 (Cheating – Only answering questions)

It’s been months since I’ve done an award post.

Oh yes, I’m that behind.

I had even said I wouldn’t do any more of a few, Liebster being one of them. But I just can’t be nominated and ignore the person or their questions. I just can’t.

Since it has been a while, you might not even get that bothered by it.

This time I was nominated by both Ella and Cassi. You know I love them and their blogs, so I don’t need to say much, do I? Go over and give them some love and attention.

Now, let’s get to it.

These are the rules:

•  You must acknowledge who has nominated you and also share their links

•  Share 11 facts about yourself (Skip)

•  Answer the 11 questions that you have been asked

•  Nominate 11 more bloggers whose blog you would recommend (Skip)

•  Ask 11 questions that you would like those bloggers to answer (Skip)

•  Let the bloggers you’ve nominated know that they’ve been nominated. (Skip)

Questions by Ella:

  • What job did you want to do when you were younger? – I’ve been wanting to be a doctor since I was 15. Many things have come to mind both before and after that. Lawyer, Psychologist, College Professor.
  • Where would your dream holiday be? USA.
  • Do you believe in soul mates?  I might. Rui and I have a funny story of how we met.
  • What would your superhero name be? – Pink Mommy (I would take care of everybody in need and hide candy under everyone’s pillow)
  • If you could only use one makeup product what would it be? – Mascara. 
  • What is your favorite film? – I have so many. I could tell you about 100.
  • What shoe size are you? – 37/38. UK 4 or 5, I think.
  • How do you feel right now, in this moment? – Great 🙂 Thank you for asking.
  • Favorite pizza topping? – Bell pepper.
  • What age were you when you knew Santa wasn’t real? – I never believed he was real. 
  • Can you dance? – If you teach me 🙂

Questions by Cassi?

  • What’s your drink of choice? – Coca-cola.
  • What was your favorite game to play as a child? – To play mommy.
  • How did you come up with the name of your blog and what does it mean? – I love pink. I have so much pink stuff. I have pink for days 🙂
  • Do you want/have any tattoos? – I do want a few very small ones. Have none yet.
  • What is your most prized possession? – I can’t think of anything. Is that sad? I would be sad if I lost people, not that sad if I lost some object. 
  • What are you favorite colors together? (Like your favorite 2 or 3 colors that compliment each other well.) – Pink and lilac.
  • What is your favorite print/design? – Floral.
  • Do you believe in love at first sight? – I like to keep an open mind.
  • What is your favorite thing to shop for? – Stationary and shoes.
  • Describe your ideal day. – Getting a massage, swimming, eating something yummy for lunch, getting my hair and nails done, doing some shopping, watching a movie alone and coming home to my love and pup.
  • When is your birthday? – October 23rd.

Consider yourself nominated if you want to do it. Choose 11 questions among the 22 provided above.

Thank you for reading!!

 

 

Liebster Award #5 and #6 and last!!

I was nominated for this Award for the 5th and 6th time, by fellow bloggers Bea and Stella! Girls, I really appreciate that you thought of me for this Award! Thank you so much! Dear readers, please be awesome and visit their blogs, if you don’t know them already!! Great posts await you!!

Rules:

  1. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator has asked you
  2. Nominate 11 other bloggers
  3. Ask your nominees 11 questions
  4. Let them know that you have nominated them

Bea’s questions:

When you were in school (or if you are in school) did/do you find yourself doodling in your notebook? – Sometimes!! But I usually, when things are slow, I take that time to write on my planner or to-do list.

Are there any animals that you are afraid of? – All of the wild ones, lol. And big dogs!

Do you prefer small towns or big cities? – Small towns. Always.

What was the best news you’ve ever received? – That Rui was moving to my city. We were living 300 km apart when we met.

What three qualities draw you to a person? – Honesty, intelligence, sense of humor.

Are you a creature of habit? – For sure!

Would you consider yourself to be spontaneous or do you like things planned out? – A little of both but I prefer to have everything planned out and organized!

Are you one to engage conflict or avoid it? – Engage only if it’s absolutely necessary. I tend to avoid it!

As a child, what is the strangest thing you believed in? – Ghosts!! I was so afraid of ghosts!

If you could eliminate one of your weakness’, what would it be? – I would be more sporty.

What book or quote has taught you a valuable life lesson? – Harry Potter. Don’t avoid something just because you THINK you don’t like it.

Stella’s questions:

What is your all-time favorite book? – Wuthering Heights!!

What are some of your hobbies? – I have quite a few. I knit and crochet, have this blog so you can say I blog and write as a hobby, I like to read, watch movies and series.  

Bookstores or libraries? – Both. But I prefer libraries. They’re free! Also, we should support libraries.

Who is your favorite blogger? – I couldn’t choose. I have about 30 favorites.

Do you prefer the city or the country? – Countryside, always. I moved from the city to the countryside a year ago and love it so much!! 

Nominees:

I nominate whomever doesn’t have this Award yet!

Questions:

  1. What show are you binge watching right now?
  2. What are you reading?
  3. What do you usually go for if you’re cooking just for yourself?
  4. What’s your favorite eye and hair color?
  5. What sports did you practice in high school?
  6. How many hours a day do you spend on the internet?
  7. Do you choose your outfit in the day before or in the morning?
  8. Can you play any instrument?
  9. Do you prefer hot weather or cold weather?
  10. What is your favorite fruit?
  11. Can you swim? How old were you when you learned?

Thank you so much for the nomination, girls!! I’m honored, as always!!

 

 

Blogger Recognition Award #8, #9, #10, #11 and never again!!

Dear friends,

I have, once again, been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award, by dear bloggers:

  1. Mila
  2. Grace
  3. Angela
  4. Life as easy as… (I don’t think I know your name, my darling. Or if I do, memory fails me. I’m sorry!!)

They’re all amazing in their own way and I highly recommend their blogs, if you don’t know them already!! Check their blogs, will you? Pretty please? Thank you!

Thank you girls for nominating me!! It’s always an honor.

Unfortunately, I think I should leave these Awards for bloggers who don’t have as many, so I won’t be doing this one again! 11th time is the charm!!

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. (Check)
  2. Write a post to show your award. (Check)
  3. Give a brief story about how your blog started. (Will do)
  4. Give two pieces of advise to new bloggers. (Since I was nominated 4 times, I will give 8 pieces of advice)
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to. (Not doing nominations the usual way)
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide a link to the post you created. (This will not apply)

How my blog started:

I have told this story many times, but I don’t mind sharing it once again, at all! I have always wanted to be a blogger and to have a blog. I was following about 20 blogs on Bloglovin and I just wanted to have what they had. Little did I know I would love WordPress and the WordPress community even more (those bloggers I followed use Blogger)!! I had tried to start a blog many times before, but I would either lose interest, feel forced to write or just get bored. I guess the time and platform weren’t right. In the morning of January 24, I decided to create a blog, this time on WordPress. I fell in love with it and haven’t stopped since!! There hasn’t been a single day where I struggle about what to write! It’s a passion, and my joy! I love my blog, the fact that I am an actual blogger and the amazing people I have met through this hobby of mine. I’m really happy that I started this blog and I often say it was the best decision I’ve ever made!

Pieces of advice to new bloggers:

(I’m still a new blogger myself, and I don’t consider myself any kind of expert. I only share what has worked for me so far!)

  1. Be yourself and blog for yourself. Write about what you like, not worrying about pleasing others. People will eventually come and love your blog, if you love it first.
  2. Don’t worry about followers. They will also eventually come. You will get plenty of them. It might not be as fast as you’d like, but it will happen. Don’t give up because you think no one will ever read what you write.
  3. Be a part of the community. Follow other people,  read their blogs, support their work and participate in challenges, blog parties and Awards!
  4. Make yourself known. Don’t just follow people and do nothing. Actually read their posts, like, comment, be a part of the conversation. They will want to do the same for you! If a blogger finishes their post with a question, answer it. Comment on the content, be a true and active reader.
  5. Share your posts on social media. I haven’t figured out how much it helps, but I know that it does. Make sure you have specific accounts for your blog and engage with people and advertize your posts and your blog.
  6. Be nice to other bloggers. Support people, be kind, honest, and polite. Be careful when talking about other bloggers work. You can criticize without judging and disagree without starting an argument.
  7. Don’t be afraid to ask other bloggers for help. Those of us who have been doing these for a while are usually very welcoming and willing to help new bloggers. You should do the same, once you have been doing this for a while. We all need each other.
  8. Write something you would like to read. Be creative, true to yourself but try to create good, interesting content at the same time. Dedicate yourself to your blog and your posts put in the work and it should pay-off!

Nominations:

I nominate anyone who reads this and has been following me for less than a week.

Just comment “nominated” and you are automatically so.

I would like to thank everyone once again, it’s always great to be nominated for an Award and I’m always proud and honored!!

 

Sunshine Blogger Award #3, #4, #5 #6, #7… no more!

I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award not once, but FIVE times. Having done it already twice, this will be the last time I will do it. I mean, if you nominate me, I will thank you and mention it in a post, but I won’t do the actual Award!

My first nomination came from Sophie and Georgia, who blog at Utterly Us. It would be great and I would be very happy if you would stop by, read around, give them a few likes and perhaps even a follow!!

Questions by Sophie and Georgia:

Who is your hero? – My mother is my hero. She raised me and my sister by herself, with little to no help and she managed to do a very good job. All mothers in general, actually. I have a thing for mothers and I’m very protective of them. Being a mom is hard and people should give them more credit for what they do.

Have you been stung by a bee/wasp? – I have. A long time ago. I remember I was in grade 7, P.E class and my teacher was pregnant lol 

Are you still learning who you are? – I am and I always will be. In my opinion, you don’t just discover yourself. It’s a lifelong learning process. I know myself better now than I did when I was sixteen and I think I will know me even better by 35, 50, etc…

What is your favorite (or cheesiest) knock knock joke? – Oh, I wish I could remember one. I’m so sorry, my memory has given up on me.

What is the worst injury you’ve ever had? – A second degree burn on my wrist from a very hot pot, coming from the oven while I was making bread. Also, I had a car accident in December and hit my head pretty hard, didn’t break anything but my head and the rest of my body hurt pretty bad for about a week.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received? – People usually tell me I’m very intelligent and entrepreneurial. 

What was the last picture you took on your phone? Can you show us? – Pink flower, just posted it on Instagram (15.04.2017)

What is on your perfect pizza? – Green peppers, red peppers, mushrooms and sweet corn.

What do you first do when you go on your phone in the morning? – Since becoming a blogger, I first check my WordPress app.

What is your favorite word? – Dandelion. I have no idea why.

Who do you go to for advice (you don’t have to answer that)? What is the best advice they have given you? – I go to several people but mainly my boyfriend and mother. He can always make me calmer and my mother can always make me feel more positive.

My second nomination comes from Mila, from Doodling Panda! She’s a new blogger and I’m sure she would appreciate a visit and some love, so go over to her blog and dedicate some time to read a few of her posts!!

Questions by Mila:

What are/is the thing/things that only you can do? – I don’t this there is something only I can do. But among all people I know, I’m the one who has the highest level and most advanced certificate in English. Basically, no one in my circle speaks better English than me.

Chocolate or vanilla? – Chocolate. Lots of it.

Define beauty, from your perspective. – Beauty is everywhere. In people from all shapes and sizes, in words, in nature, in kindness…

Do you like YouTube? Who is your favorite YouTuber? – I do. I have several, all moms. They are: A Farmhouse Full, Jamerril’s Large Family Table, Jessfam, Britney and Baby, This Gathered Nest, The Freckled Fox;

Dog, cat or rodent person? – Dogs are my favorite but I would love to have a cat and a Guinea pig or two.

Tea or coffee? – Both. But if I really have to pick one… coffee.

What is your zodiac sign? – Scorpio.

Do you believe in fortune-telling? – Not really.

Your biggest fear? – Losing the people I love, car accidents, cancer.

Your favorite cartoon? – I actually hate cartoons. Always have.

Have you ever petted a wild animal? if so what animal was it? – Nope, don’t think so.

Then I was nominated by my dear friend Lindsay, who blogs over at Lindsay Rose. She’s one of the bloggers I know best and I absolutely love her. She’s great fun and her posts are always super interesting. I’m sure you’ll love her blog, so go over and then tell if it isn’t amazing!

Questions by Lindsay:

What made you start your blog? – I have always wanted to be a blogger. I knew I would be one some day. I have wanted to have a blog for many years and have even tried a few times, always giving up. This time I started and haven’t stopped, since my first post!

Who are your favorite bloggers? – I’m sorry but I have about 30 favorite bloggers, it would be a huge list. They know who they are and you know you’re one of them!

Do you advertise your blog across social media platforms? – My posts are automatically shared on Twitter and Facebook. 

What lessons have you learnt from blogging so far? – That I can keep up with a project for a long time, dedication and that the internet is not such a bad place. I have met amazing people.

Do your family and friends support your blog? – They do. They read and make comments (to me)!

Next, I was nominated by Minty from Minty Freshie! She is very sweet and writes very interesting articles that I’m sure you all would love as much as I do. Please go over to her blog and check them for yourselves.

Questions by Minty:

If you could become fluent overnight in any language, which would it be and why? – German, for sure!

What is your funniest memory, and why? – I have so many. It’s hard. I’m sorry. Maybe my sleep overs with my friends. We are 20 somethings and still have slumber parties! I always end up sleeping by midnight.

What is your all time favorite TV show? – House M.D. I also have a huge crush on Dr. House.

Do you have a hidden talent? (or just a cool talent) – I can sing pretty well. 

If you could go shopping with any person, dead or alive, who would it be and why? – Can it be fictional? Blair Waldorf. She would be paying, by the way.

Do you have a pet peeve? – I might have a ton of them… But I hate people who stop on the sidewalk to casually talk and don’t let people walk through!

Day person or night person? (ie. have fun during the day or party all night?) – No fun at night. I’m and old soul. 

Country you would love to visit? – I feel like I say this so much that Donald Trump will end up sending me a plane ticket lol. The United States.

What is your favorite sport? – Swimming!

Do you prefer cities or the countryside? – The countryside. But close enough to the city, where I can shop, go to the movies, etc.

What made you decide to create a blog? – I have always wanted to be a blogger. I knew I would be one some day. I have wanted to have a blog for many years and have even tried a few times, always giving up. This time I started and haven’t stopped, since my first post!

Finally, I was nominated by Midnight Magician. If you like DIY and yummy recipes, this is one of the blogs you should be following!! Just head over there and try stopping your mouth from watering!

Questions by Midnight Magician (I’m sorry, I do not know your name):

What’s your least favorite household chore? – Vacuuming. I have a special hate for it. Just hate it. I can scrub toilets for life, wash dishes for two hours but when it comes to the vacuum cleaner, I either ask my boyfriend to do it or do it complaining. 

Tradition you have on Easter? (Family/Friends/ Yourself?) – Spend it with my parents – in – law. My side of the family doesn’t really care or celebrate Easter.

Favorite hairstyle? – I wish I could do a French braid! 😦

Favorite accessory? – I love rings and bracelets. They make me feel put together and complete my outfits nicely.

Favorite dessert? (as you can tell, I’m still all about the food;)) – A Portuguese dessert called “Serradura”. It’s delicious. Or Oreo mousse. 

Where would your dream location to live in be? – Somewhere in the United States. I think maybe Washington or Oregon or Minnesota.

A funny thing that happened to you in the last week? – Hmmm… last week. Oh, I was eating a piece of toast while talking on the phone with my mom. My dog, Rosa, caught me off-guard and stole my toast from my hand. 

What’s one thing you wish you could change about one person in your life? – I don’t want to change anybody. It’s not my place to do so.

3 qualities you value in a person? – Honesty, intelligence and kindness.

A quote you really like, and why? – “Be the change you want to see in the world” (by Gandhi, I think). Because I want to do everything that I possibly can to make the world a little better! 

Have you read Harry Potter? If yes, what house are you in/would be and/or who’s your favorite character? If no, WHY?!? Explain,please  🙏– I have just finished the first book and my favorite character so far is Dumbledore. I think he is kind and approachable and just a nice old grandpa. 

So, since I have done this a bunch of times, I won’t be nominating specific people.

Consider yourself nominated if you read this and have been blogging for less than 2 months!!!!

Just comment “Nominated” and you’re automatically one of my nominees!

Thank you so much for all of the nominations and the lovely questions. It was a pleasure!

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The Awesome Blogger Award and a letter to its awesome creator!!

My dear friend Maggie, who blogs over at Dreaming of Guatemala has just created her own Award to celebrate her birthday, which was on Monday, the 10th. I’m so proud of her for taking this step and for being such a creative, beautiful, bright soul. She nominated me for her Award and I’m very late in doing it (I’m sorry, my darling) but it’s with great pleasure and happiness that I write this post. Maggie was one of the first people I “met” in this blogging world, and she has always been extremely supportive and a dedicated reader and friend! Please check her blog!! She writes about her faith and her love for the Lord, her family, her little weekly accomplishments, her Spanish learning journey on her own!) and she kills me with delicious and tempting desserts!! Now, without further ado, I’m happy to do The Awesome Blogger Award, created by Maggie! Thank you so much for thinking of me as one of your nominees, beautiful girl!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Include the reason behind the award.
  3. Include the banner in your post.
  4. Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
  5. Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  6. Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
  7. Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
  8. Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated!

 

Maggie’s Questions:

  1. What impact do you want to have on the world? – I would love to help as many people as I can, do good, just make people’s lives better and happier and the world a more gentle and peaceful place, full of love, where people actually think about each other. To be honest I have no idea how to do this, but I believe I can do my part and being an example of kindness and love.
  2. What is your vision for your blog in the next six months? (future posts, design, etc) – I would love to be able to keep doing what I’m doing, meeting new people, helping new bloggers, bringing this community together and make us all closer and happier. I just want to write and be active in the blogging world and to know people, support them and their blogs.
  3. Where is somewhere you would love to go? – I would love to go to The United States and visit each and every state. It’s extremely expensive, so I don’t think I will be doing that until I retire or win the lottery, preferably both haha!
  4. What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you? – My boyfriend/fiance/husband is working very hard right now, so I can be home and heal from my long-lived, severe depression. Not every man would do that. Also, I cannot forget that my mother raised us by herself, with great sacrifice and strength. 
  5. If you could witness any event of the past, present, or future, what would it be? – I would love to have been born in 1900 and to have lived 100 years, so I could experience the whole 20th century, my favorite!
  6. What is a skill you’d like to learn? Why? – I would love to know how to play the piano and to be trained to do CPR and first aid.
  7. What are you most grateful for? – My man, my family, my friends, my blog.
  8. If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be? – Please be nicer and loving to each other. We can all be successful, there is space for everyone. It’s much easier if we are there for each other. Please be kind and treat everyone better than you’d like to be treated. This goes for animals and the environment as well. Just be good!
  9. Which activities make you lose track of time? – Blogging, reading, binge watching TV shows.
  10. What is the difference between being alive and truly living? – To truly live, you must be surrounded by loving people and truly be present in the moment and in our world, for others and for yourself.

My nominees: (Some Awesome bloggers!!)

  1. Azra
  2. Pamela
  3. Shweta
  4. Angela
  5. Lindsay

My questions:

  1. What change would you like to see in the world?
  2. What is your cause?
  3. What would you like to know more about?
  4. Could you go a week without your phone?
  5. How often would you like to blog and what content would you like to offer if you had no limitations?
  6. What did you do on your last vacation?
  7. What is the greatest lesson you’ve ever learned?
  8. What is your best, healthiest habit?
  9. What is love, in your point of view?
  10. What do you think was the world’s worst invention? And the best?

 

A letter to Maggie:

Dear Maggie, what an amazing age 17 is. You’re no longer a girl, you’re an amazing young woman. Your parents have every reason to be proud of you. I have yet to meet someone with such strong faith and so devoted to her brothers and sister. You’re a blessing to your family, and your mom is so lucky to have you as her daughter and helper. You’re such a mature girl and you hold very good values. I know that you will be an amazing woman and that you will do great things with your life. I can’t wait to see where you’re headed and to follow you closely, while you start your transition from a beautiful girl to an awesome woman. I hope your journey is always full of love and filled with joy. I hope life is good to you, because you deserve it! Please keep being happy and creative and kind! The world is lucky to have you! Happy birthday, my dear. I’m sorry I’m so late.

A huge hug!!

Cheila

Award Bunch! 7 Awards in one post (And I have tendinitis)

Since I am so late in doing this Award posts and since there are so many, I decided to do things differently this time, and join them together in one post, simplifying things for my readers. No one wants to read 10 Award posts in one day, right? I thought so hahaha

One Lovely Blog Award

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This one I have Amy to thank for. Please be sure to check her lovely blog!!

These are the rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and links back to them
  • Post about the award
  • Share 7-15 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 9-15 bloggers you admire and contact them to let them know. (This I won’t be doing)

These are seven facts about me:

  • I’m always cold. Always!! A few months ago I was in my office, teaching a private lesson and my Russian student was only wearing a light shirt, while I had the heat on, was wearing a sweater and had to put a blanket over my legs. Shame!!
  • My favorite subjects in school were History and Portuguese.
  • My grandmother’s name is Teresa. I love the name and would totally give it to my daughter.
  • I had a cat name Gatsby that my mom stole. (Long story)
  • There’s a frog who wants to live with us. We always find him on our backyard, just strolling and being happy, but we have to invite him out because Rosa doesn’t leave him alone.
  • When I was sixteen and in 9th grade I was the most popular girl in school. I’m not even joking, ask my sister!
  • I love converse shoes and I’ve been wanting a pink pair since I was ten.

 

The Versatile Blogger Award

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Dear Haya from Random thoughts by Haya nominated me for this one! Do I need to tell you to go and check her blog? Please go!!! Thank you so much Haya, it means the world!

These are the rules:

  1. Display this award
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and give a link to their blog
  3. Share 7 facts about yourself
  4. Nominate other bloggers to do the award. (not doing)

These are seven facts about myself:

  • After pink, purple is my second favorite color.
  • I hate walking, I’m super lazy.
  • When Rosa was a puppy, she was so bad we actually thought about giving her away because she would bite us.
  • I actually hate Roses, the flower.
  • We bought one of those pools you put on your backyard last Summer, we got a good deal so we bough a big one. Rosa destroyed the cover first and then… the pool.
  • I have fallen in public numerous times. Each time I call my mother, laughing like a crazy person.

 

Mystery Blogger Award

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For this one, I have three amazing ladies to thank for! Please pay a visit to GluecksgeistAll the trinkets and Ignited moth.

These are the rules:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (Which I have no idea, sorry)
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  6. Answer five questions from the nominator.
  7. Nominate from 10 to 20 bloggers. (not doing)
  8. Notify the bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog. (not doing)
  9. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one weird or funny question. (not doing)
  10. Share the link to your best post.

These are 9 things about myself (3 for each of my nominators):

  • I tried an avocado for the second time yesterday, hoping I would like it this time and nope!!
  • If I go to the beach I need to use 50+ sunscreen and be under the beach umbrella the whole time, otherwise I burn like a lobster!
  • One day I want a huge closet with a million pairs of shoes.
  • I sleep with my covers up to my ears and can’t sleep if my ears are not covered, Even in the Summer.
  • I have a phobia of cameras. If I enter a building with lots of cameras I get nervous. (I know big brother is watching me)
  • I always sleep with socks on. Sometimes even in the Summer. They are so comfy.
  • I never tried anything other than a Big Mac, at McDonald’s. No other burger.
  • I watch Sex and the City every year.
  • I never read just one book at the same time!

Questions by Gluecksgeist:

1. Are you a morning person or a night owl? – Neither. I love to go to bed early but hate waking up early. I’m a morning owl? hahaha                                                                                                         2. What cereal is your favorite?  – OMG, let’s not talk about cereal please. They are little chocolate pillows with some milk cream inside. No idea if you have something similar.                 3. What games did you enjoy to play when you were younger?  – Uno!                                             4. If you could go to one school from a high school movie which one would you go to? (Duff?,        Easy A?, High school musical?)  – Mean girls! Because on Wednesdays they wear pink! hahaha  5. Which Disney Prince would your younger self marry ? – None. I would marry ken. Barbie’s husband.

Questions by All the trinkets:

  1. What or who inspired you to blog? – I really wanted to be a blogger and I would find inspiration in every blog I would read. I just wanted to have on.
  2. What was the biggest obstacle you overcame last year? Or recently, really? – I’m currently trying to overcome depression. That is a big one!
  3. What’s your everyday mantra? – Right now it is “Take it slow” or “Be kind to yourself”
  4. If you’re allowed one impossible thing only you can do, what would that be? – To have 48-hour days.
  5. What’s your spirit mythical creature? – To be honest I don’t know much about mythical creatures, so I don’t know. Can you suggest one?

Questions by Ignited Moth:

  1. Do you believe in any superstitions? Or practice any even though you think it’s silly? – I’m not very superstitious. But there are a few things I don’t like, such as talking about death or making religious jokes.
  2. What type of food did you hate as a kid but love now? – Broccoli, tomatoes, onions, and I can’t remember any more.
  3. Can you name a person that you’ve never met but that has inspired you in some way? – I love Michelle Obama. I think she is inspiring. She is a strong woman who takes care of herself, well-educated and with a great sense of style. And I admire the way she treats her husband and marriage.
  4. What was the last movie you watched? – I half watched Top Gun.
  5. What is your favorite work(s) of fiction to geek out over? (We’re talking books, TV & film, comics, etc.)  – I’m all about classics. And medical shows. So nothing too interesting for most people.

These are my 3 best posts: (that I can choose, I love them all)

A love letter

Confessions

My bucket list

 

Bloggers Recognition Award

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For this one I was nominated by Glits&Glamz and Grace Hickson! Thank you so much for this nomination girls!

These are the rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story about how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advise to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to. (not doing)
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide a link to the post you created. (not doing)

How my blog started:

My blog started because I had always wanted to have one. I had tried several times bit never kept going, because I was lazy or didn’t feel like writing or lost my motivation. I guess the time wasn’t right. This time, I have posted almost every day since I started and I am absolutely in love with it!

4 pieces of advice to new bloggers:

  1. Treat people with the respect you would expect to be treated with. Always be polite, kind and supportive;
  2. Be present in the community. Follow other blogs, read, like posts, comment and let people know you like their work. Everyone loves positive feedback;
  3. Write about what you love, because it is YOUR blog. You should never write just to please an audience. Be true to yourself and honest and write what you would like to read;
  4. No discrimination. We are all a community and a family and there’s room for all kinds of people.

 

The Cramm Award

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Essencentral nominated me for this one. Thank you so much, my dear fellow blogger and friend!

These are the rules:

  1. Include a little bit about who created this award (with a link) and mention the person the who nominated you
  2. Share 3 things that motivate you to blog and share 3 people who motivate you to blog as well
  3. Share one thing you hope to do that will improve the world
  4. Answer your challenge question
  5. Nominate your choice of bloggers and give them a challenge question (not doing)

The Cramm Award was created by Liv, the owner of theCramm, an awesome platform that is all about condensing each day’s news into one place!

Three things that motivate me to blog:

  1. How my blog has helped me with my depression and motivated me to live and get better.
  2. The fact that people read and like my blog and my posts and encourage me to keep writing.
  3. My blogging friends, who I adore and love being able to speak to every day. They’ve became an important part of my life.

Three people who motivate me to blog:

  1. Myself, now that I know how much I love it and how good it is for me.
  2. Mr. R, he even told my psychiatrist about how I’m a different person since I blog.
  3. My sister and my real life best friends, who always read.

One thing I hope I will do to improve the world:

I can’t choose just one thing, but I can promise I will always try my best to make the world a better place, by doing different things and always being willing to help people.

My challenge question:

What would your days look like if time was not an issue?

I would be super productive and work on many projects at the same time, do all my hobbies, read many books and take advantage of my days!

 

The Liebster Award

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Dear Jo from helloitsjo nominated me for this one. Thank you so so much!!! This is one of my favorite Awards!

These are the rules:

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you.
  2. Answer eleven questions that the blogger gives you.
  3. Give eleven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate eleven other blogs (not doing)
  5. Let them know you nominated them.
  6. Give them eleven questions to answer.

These are the questions: 

  1. What color do you wear the most? – I would have to say two. Pink and black.
  2. Why did you start blogging? – I have always wanted to be a blogger and had tried many times.
  3. Your most used app on your phone? – WordPress app.
  4. If you could change your name to anything, what would you change it to? – I would change it to my middle. Belinda.
  5. Cats or Dogs? – Both.
  6. Are you a cheese burger or a salad person? – Both. I love junk food and healthy food equally.
  7. Your number 1 used beauty product?  – Moisturizer. I have super dry and sensitive skin.
  8. If you could shop at one place for the rest of your life, where would it be? – H&M.
  9. How much would you have to be paid to wear pink everyday for a year? – I love pink but I don’t think I would do it for free so. I say one million lol. One million is fair for being the crazy pink lady for a year.
  10. What is the number 1 quality you look for in a best friend? – honesty.
  11. Your favorite day of the week? – Friday.

These are eleven facts about me:

  1. If no one wakes me up, I can sleep for 12 hours straight or more.
  2. I’m always afraid to fall in the stairs.
  3. I have a shower routine that I always do. Does everyone have one?
  4. I hate spending money on technology such as phones and computers and… stuff.
  5. I love redecorating my house, moving the furniture, moving the things from one place to another.
  6. I have one sister and one brother on my father’s side. None of them cares about me.
  7. I bite my lip when I’m nervous.
  8. I love taking care of people.
  9. I always sneak food into the cinema.
  10. I cannot watch I film I’m not interested in. It’s a waste of time for me.
  11. My sister’s boyfriend works for me, as a math tutor for my students.

 

And… I’m done. I’m sure for doing it like this but I have many reasons:

  • There were many Awards to do;
  • Some people tell me they don’t like Award posts and skip them and I don’t want to bore anyone. That’s also why I’m doing no nominations;
  • They are so late. Some of them are weeks old;
  • None of them is my first;

Feel free to consider yourself nominated if you haven’t done one or more of them.

They are my:

The Cramm Award number 4;

Liebster Award number 4;

Blogger Recognition Award 6 and 7;

Mystery Blogger Award 2, 3 and 4;

The Versatile Blogger Award number 2;

The One Lovely Blog Award number 2;

Now you understand why it doesn’t make sense to do each one of them individually, right? I’m sorry to the people who nominated me for not doing a proper post, but I hope you understand!

Thank you so much for all the nominations!

Please make sure to visit all the blogs!!

I’m sorry about the HUGE post. If you finish it, I will send you a big chocolate bar.

xx

Cheila