WINNING THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

Last week Emily at Living Fit with Emily nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. It’s funny that this happened right after I put Winning a Blogger Award on my Bucket List for my 27th year. The sunshine award is given by bloggers to other bloggers who are inspiring, positive, and creative. I am extremely honored to receive this and pass this onto other inspirational bloggers.

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Nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award are required to write a post that includes:

  • Answering questions the nominator included in their original post.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and make 11 questions for them to answer in their post.

So without further adieu let’s jump right in.

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What is your favorite outdoor activity?

I LOVE the mountains, so hiking during the summer and/or snowboarding in the winter would probably be my favorite.

Why did you decide to start blogging?

I was becoming nomadic and I really wanted my friends and family to stay up to date with my travels. I felt like starting a blog would be easier than constantly posting on Facebook. This way who ever really wanted to read about my travels could and I didn’t feel like I was showing off as if I were posted on social media.
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What has been your biggest blogging challenge you had to overcome?

Dealing with my constant internal battles of self-doubt. I hated writing and always felt I wasn’t good at it. I quit my blog at least 15 times already because I always felt I wasn’t good enough.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone thinking about starting a blog what would it be?

Not to quote Nike but, Just Do it! Now that I understand what blogging is all about I really wish I would have started earlier. If you’re thinking about starting a blog just start one. There will always be things you’ll learn on this journey and will need to improve, but it shouldn’t stop you from starting your journey.

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Is your favorite season winter, spring, summer or autumn? why?

It’s easy for me to say summer because I’m a summer baby and who doesn’t love their birthday. But I think my favorite is autumn, I love the cooler weather, sweaters, pumpkin flavored everything, and hockey!!!

What is your favorite book? (I’m stealing this question for Shashi because I love it!)

My current favorite is the Alchemist. I’ve been reading a lot of travel related books lately and fell in love with this one a couple years back. It’s a beautiful story about a boy going from Spain to Egypt and following your dreams. It resonates with me a lot as I’m nomadic and my most recent home was Spain.

What is one thing that keeps you going whenever you have a bad day?

I actually have a couple tattoos reminding myself of this daily. I have the words “you’ve made it through worse” written on my arm and I have the sun and moon design on my forearm. Both of them remind me that no matter what happens in my daily life it can always be worse. They give me strength and remind me that tomorrow is a new day.

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What is your most memorable vacation?

My family and I drove to Colorado one summer when I was roughly 16 years old. We were stuck in the car for about 17 hours and it was pretty brutal. Besides for this one time we went to Colorado we have only ever gone to Wisconsin Dells as a family. The Dells are nice when you go every couple of years, but going there 18 years in a row gets a little repetitive. This change of pace and scenery is what made this trip unforgettable.

What is your favorite blog?

I love Alyssa’s My Life is a Movie and Kiersten’s The Blonde Abroad. Both are awesome blogs that focus on solo female travel. I followed both of their blogs for a while before starting my own. They’re super inspirational and I hope to make it as big as them one day.

What was your first blog post and would you change anything about it now?

So I think I’ve actually deleted my first blog post ever, probably during one of those times where I wanted to quit and hated blogging. But, currently, my first blog post is “Why Did You go to Alaska in July?”. Since revamping my blog I’ve definitely gone in there and changed things like added links, SEO, headers, and other basic blogger stuff. But there are things I would change since then too like image consistency with the rest of my blog.

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How do you keep yourself organized when it comes to your blogging tasks?

I live and swear by my calendar. I have a calendar for work, blogging, workouts, my personal life, my blog’s social media, and more. My blogging calendar is organized into days I’m posting what content, day’s I’m promoting what, day’s I’m posting on social media, daily tasks, weekly networking groups, and more.

My Nominees:

Wander Toes
The Bearded Manc
Kristle Lauren
Big Dog Travel Blog
Muslim Travel Rocks
My Carry-on Only
Christie's Take On Life
Harbors & Havens
Eat Travel Rave Repeat
Chasing Krista
The Blizzard of Oz

Questions for my nominees:

  1. How long have you been blogging and what motivated you to begin?
  2. What’s the story behind your blog’s name?
  3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
  4. What would you ask for if the answer was ‘Yes’?
  5. What’s your happiest travel memory?
  6. If you were offered an all expenses paid holiday to one destination in the world, where would it be and what would you do there?
  7. Is there a place where you would love to live for a year?
  8. What is your top foodie experience of all time?
  9. What are your 3 favorite cuisines?
  10. What things are you most grateful for in your life?
  11. How do you overcome your fears?

Have a great day everyone, it looks like the sun is trying to break through those clouds!

Xoxo Ania Travels 💜



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  • Congratulations on being nominated! It’s so nice to be acknowledged for your hard work you put in on your blog! #feetdotravel

    • Ania Ewelina

      Thank you so much. 🙂

  • Jennifer Pepple

    Fun post and congrats! i can totally relate to not wanting to feel like showing off travels via social media – that is one of the reasons I started my blog too!

    • Ania Ewelina

      Glad I wasn’t alone. Thanks girl.

  • Celestial B Purposed

    Great interview and congrats on the award. I feel the same way and have quit my blog on may occassions for the same reasons, not feeling like I was good enough, then I finally decided and had to ask myself “Who I was blogging for?” and since I am blogging for myself and not for notoriety, my journey continues. Thanks for sharing your journey.

    • Ania Ewelina

      Yes, that’s what we have to remember, “Who am I blogging for”.

  • Prateek Goel

    Wonderful and inspiring for me (especially). You are doing a lot of hard work. However, I’m not at all in the mood to quite blogging. Hope I’ll keep on doing it on regular basis.
    Totally enjoyable interview. bookmarked your website. By the way, I’m still confuse how did you get nominated..if I want to submit my sunset/sunshine photographs??

    • Ania Ewelina

      It’s an award by bloggers for other bloggers. Another blogger nominated me for it.

  • Oana A. Nicolescu

    Great interview and congrats for the hard work. Blogging is not that easy as it looks, I bet everyone thought at least once about quiting. Love your tattoo ideas, especially the moon and sun. Keep up the hard work!

    • Ania Ewelina

      Thank you so much. It really is hard work.

  • Lizi Sutherland

    What an awesome achievement! You should be so proud!!!

    • Ania Ewelina

      I am, thank you.

  • What a lovely idea to get to know more about the face behind the blog and more about them as an individual. Many Congratulations for the award.

    • Ania Ewelina

      Thank you so much 🙂

  • Congratulations Ania, well done girl! It’s always really nice to read and understand more about the blogger behind the blog. Best wishes to you for the future!

    • Ania Ewelina

      Totally agree and thank you.

  • BestiesNotepad

    Congratulations Ania!
    I like this idea of getting to know the person behind the blog better plus building the blogging community strong

    • Ania Ewelina

      Me too, I like reading about the person behind the blog.

  • Congratulations on winning the award. This was a really inspiring post! Thank you.

    • Ania Ewelina

      Thank you

  • Rose Mont

    I like the reason you started to blog was to stop appearing as showing off on facebook. That now makes me think. What do my friends and family not want to see on there. I like being outdoors too! Although in the winter it’s less snowboarding isn’t an option because we lack the hills in my area, lol. Congrats and I look forward to your adventures!

    • Ania Ewelina

      Thank you so much. Hope you can make it out to some ski slopes in the near future 🙂

  • Congratulations for the award! It was interesting to read your answers. I have been stuck in a car for about 3 days, when my parents decided to go and visit the North of our country. We would spend most of the day in the car, driving, and stop from time to time to see a monastery or two. 🙂

    • Ania Ewelina

      Hahaha so you can totally relate. Thanks girl.

  • Hi Anya,

    I must congratulate you for winning this award. Becoming a travel blogger is not an easy task and I see that you are doing is in really professional and attractive way. Keep growing.

    • Ania Ewelina

      Thank you so much 🙂

  • Pack Your Baguios

    I loved learning more about you. I battle self doubt, too, but my “Just keep swimming!” mantra keeps me plugging away!

    • Ania Ewelina

      Totally, me too!!!! Lovely reference too 😉

  • yukti agrawal

    Congratulations on your nomination for the award. These awards boost our self-esteem. Your interview answers are interesting.

  • Chandresh Jain

    Congrates .. Surely it help us to know you better

  • Jeenu Pillai

    Congratulations!! I loved your answers. I hope you win it. All the best.

  • Kim Gammage

    Loved reading your answers, so much insight into the girl behind the blog! More to the point though, congratulations on the nomination, you totally deserve it! 😀

    • Ania Ewelina

      Thanks girl 🙂

  • Jhilmil Bhansali

    Congratulations on being nominated, we all need this for the hard work we pay to our blogs:)

    • Ania Ewelina

      Totally, it keeps us motivated and to keep going.

  • Well done on the nomination, it’s always nice for bloggers to share things with other bloggers x

    • Ania Ewelina

      Totally agree, I like getting to know other bloggers.

  • Céline CLudik

    Congratulations on being nominated !! I really like this idea of getting to know the person behind the blog by answering questions. This kind of award given by bloggers to other bloggers is really great and helpful to stay motivated 😉

    • Ania Ewelina

      I totally agree, thank you 🙂

  • Shona Grant

    Congratulations Ania. It’s great to get to know you better. 🙂

  • Congratulations on being nominated. I think you do not realize how talented you are. You might not like writing but you are a good writer x

  • Elena Stevkovska

    Congratulations!! It is great to receive award from fellow bloggers and to know that other are appreciating your work.

  • Natasha Smith

    Blog awards are always fun! Congrats to you, looks like you are having fun at your blog and enjoying your travels! So awesome!

  • Congratulations on being nominated! Amazing achievement! I hope you will win it!! So awesome! Hugs

  • Razena Schroeder

    Congratulations! My favourite thing about these award posts is reading the answers to the questions. It gives one great insight into the blogger’s motivations and their philosophy of life.

  • Alexei Gaynanov

    Congratulations – really awesome to find out so much about you and what you enjoy. Scheduling all your blogging tasks is a great idea and as much as I try and keep to that, it can be pretty difficult sometimes. Keep up the good work!

  • Congrats on winning this award, I love your blog and your travel stories. Thanks for sharing.

  • TheLocdBella

    COngrats on winning the award! One of my fave books is the Alchemist as well

  • Awe– Congrats love! That is awesome! That is the best award to win because it’s from bloggers. I really like that. I love that you started this blog way to communicate with family!
    XO ~ http://viabella-thebeautifullife.blogspot.com/

  • Congrats girl on receiving this incredible award! It’s nice to know that other bloggers also deal with self doubt when it comes to their blog.

  • Suchitra Narayan

    Congratulations! Its Interesting reading the answers to the questions. Get to know the blogger’s inspiration!

  • Sarah Ann

    Congratulations! Such a lovely award. I can relate to the feelings of self doubt but after stumbling across your blog, you write beautifully and I love your photos. I can’t wait to read more posts!

  • Ana Ojha

    Congratulations gal and enjoy your moment! Glad to know so many things about you! Where are you next heading?

  • bc21578

    I agree with you about Autumn. I prefer spring and fall. Don’t like extreme heat or cold.

  • 1AdventureTraveler

    Congratulations! Love how you came back to blogging and did not give up. Love your positive attitude. Looking forward to reading more of your articles 😃 #feetdotravel

  • Grey World Nomads

    Good that you kept up writing! Self doubts are normal, but not to give up that’s special. So, you and your blog are special! Congratulations!

  • Claire Lee

    Omg congratulations on getting this! I remember when I first got my award months ago, made me so happy – that feeling you are getting recognized by other bloggers. It was definitely great to read more about you!

  • James Smith

    I’ve always seen the tattoo on your arm in your selfies and it does look good in the selfie. It’s interesting to know the meaning of it. Congratulations on the award, hope you win many more.

  • Congrats on already getting that off your bucket list! I love the mountains for snow sports too!

  • wandertoes travel blogger

    Ania, thank you so much for the nomination! It’s so encouraging and kind of you to include me on your Sunshine Blogger list. I know you understand, getting that encouragement once in a while that others like what you are putting out into the world is wonderful motivation. I will definitely respond with a post of my own. 😀 Hugs to you! ~Megan

  • Hang Around The World

    Congrats for your win! It’s always nice when your work is well rewarded. It a pleasure to know more about you and your blog 🙂