The Messy Life Received the 2018 Mystery Blogger Award!

Last month, The Messy Life was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Renita of Be Your Own Kind .

It’s funny, because the day before I saw the nomination, one of my favorite professors came to guest lecture in my capstone course. Let’s call him Mr. S for the purposes of this post.

Mr. S is a HR specialist and an entrepreneur, who has started his own consulting business to help companies, small and large, improve intra-company relationships. By the end of his lecture, we ended up talking about the idea of “credit” or “reward”. Someone suggested that some employees avoid innovation or risk taking because their bosses may take credit for their success. In response, he laughed and asked the class, “What is Credit?”

Today I want to talk a bit more about that.

It’s an interesting question, and as with everything topic he challenges, I impatiently waited for his response. To sum his answer, credit boils down to reassurance. We want to be acknowledged and recognized for the value or ideas add to the world. I was the only person in class to admit to need reassurance, for just this reason, and at first I was embarrassed by my response. Yes, I was honest (albeit nervous, but honest nonetheless). However, I was in a room as aspiring finance and accounting students, many of who admitted to having never taking time to self-reflect. My answer made me vulnerable in a room of people who denied needing reassurance at all. Later, I realized this only makes me stronger. I can accept that I need reassurance. Even more, while I want to know that my creations are bringing value to others, this desire doesn’t prevent my from doing my best to achieve success. Instead, it inspires me to grow, to adapt, and to keep on going.

As a new blogger, I am bubbling with gratitude + glee for receiving this nomination. It’s so satisfying to know my work is being well-received, which makes me even more excited to nominate ten more bloggers who deserve this award. Created by Okoto Enigma (link blog), this award is intended for bloggers who not only captivate, but also inspire and motivate their readers. Maybe they’re not well known yet, but they deserve recognition. To my fellow Mystery Bloggers, continue to pursue your passions! Even when the road gets rough, think about the way your words continue to change your world. Now, to continue with the challenge.

Here are 3 things about me, you may not know:

  1. I lived on a ranch in Arizona for two years, and the lessons I learned from that experience changed my life in the best way.
  2. I am an obsessive reader. Once I’m caught in the thick of a plot, I can finish a book a day.
  3. I am constantly changing my life. Finding new opportunities, cycling the items around me, and finding new ways to approach the world. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad, but it’s who I am!

I recently joined a group chat with some of the loveliest bloggers, so I’m sharing the love with my girls.

My nominees in no particular order:

  1. Style Irregular
  2. Elie Lou
  3. Liisbeth
  4. Trinity Yana Matthews
  5. Charlotte Rathbone
  6. Holly Homan
  7. No Limits Real Life Ramblings
  8. Harri Daisy
  9. Farrah Aslam
  10. Rawan

If you were selected, I have a few questions that I would love for you to answer. Here goes:

  1. What inspires you to continue blogging?
  2. What are your three tips for bloggers who are stuck in a rut?
  3. Describe your greatest aspiration. No matter how extravagant your dream may seem, I would love to hear about it.
  4. If you had the power to change any one thing in the world, what would it be and why?
  5. “Weird Question” What’s your favorite mythical animal?

To my nominees, please continue creating as you are. I have chosen you because your work is wonderful, inspirational, and it deserves to be seen. Better yet, your voice needs to be heard. Thank you for the words you’ve chosen to share. I look forward to reading all of your answers and seeing who you choose to nominate.

My answers to Renita’s Questions:

What besides blogging are you passionate about?

I’m extremely passionate about experiencing life. As odd as that may sound, I enjoy interacting with other people, getting to know what makes strangers tick, seeing what life is like in other places, and learning or growing in some way, every day. I have a theory this stems from my need for a lot of intellectual stimulation, because I get bored incredibly easily.

What message are you attempting to convey to the world through your blog?

It’s okay for your life to be messy. In fact, embrace the fact that life is a mess. Don’t let your humanity be a burden. Instead, use what’s so real about you to become the best you can. Inspire others, motivate yourself, and work toward your goals until you achieve your dreams. Then set a new dream and start reaching all over again! No journey to wellness is easy, but I want to help people work toward feeling well, whatever this may mean for them.

What is your super-power?

I actually participated in a program to investigate this very thing. My “super power” is Finding Flow. I make every effort to make things work around me, whether it’s finding the right words for an essay, finding the right music to fit a mood, or making sure everyone works well in a group. It’s a blessing and a curse, because I’m always working to maintain the perfect atmosphere around me.

If you had the power to morph into any animal, what would it be?

An antelope, hands down. They’re awkward looking, but still really cute (like me!). But seriously, I would love the feeling of running free and letting my legs loose as I fly through an open field. It must be nice.

How would you describe yourself in one word?


I’m driven, but I don’t seem to focus any one way. My mind is always moving, so I’m constantly looking for a new challenge, and adapting to the lessons I learn. It’s fun, exhausting, but fun nonetheless. I actually like that this makes me better at adapting to others, and blending with a diverse range of crowds. It’s always interesting to observe myself and others, in radically different situations.

Finally, here are a few of my best posts. Read to discover:

What the hell is wellness?”, how to make your year absolutely amazing, a few ways you can transform your room into an actual sanctuary, the secret to surviving this incredibly long winter in one piece, and finally, the truth about blogging that every beginner needs to hear.

The Rules for Receiving the Mystery Blogger Award:

First, Put the award logo/image on your blog. Then, create a post in which you:

  • List the rules in your post.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions you were asked.
  • Nominate 10-20 people & notify.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Hey nominees, now it’s your turn to choose mystery bloggers to receive the recognition they deserve! If  you have a hard time finding fellow bloggers, don’t worry. There is no time limit for you to create your post. I cannot wait to read all of your awesome replies.

Thank you again to the wonderful Renita for nominating me. Good luck to my nominees who now have the pleasure of choosing ten more nominees themselves.

The Messy Life | Mystery Blogger Award

Thank for reading!

Marketing Student - Comfort-obsessed, plant-loving mess. Always trying. Continually coming to be.

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