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Sunshine Blogger Award

Happy Friday friends!

Are you ready for the weekend? I am! I have been at home most of the week, as I had dry needling and it sometimes takes me a few days to recuperate. It is part of the situation I live with, with EDS and that, I have accepted. Today, I am sharing with you a lovely surprise from another blogger, Anna Shirley, of the blog, The GLam Adventure, as she has nominated me with The Sunshine Blogger Award.! 🙂

Remember the song “Walking on Sunshine” in the 90s by Katrina and the Waves. It was as a happy upbeat tune! The thing that strikes me kind of as funny, is when they shot this video, in the UK, there was no sunshine! I suppose we are not to take this idea of “walkin on sunshine” literally, but as something to live by.. having more of a positive attitude in life 🙂

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award, you may ask?

“It is an award given by the bloggers to the fellow bloggers who are spreading the positivity and good vibes through their blogs.”

That was very thoughtful to me, as I try to be a positive person, even with a chronic pain condition and tough days. I feel that we can choose to be happy each day and have the ability to make what we want from it.

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and also includes a link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the questions given by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate other blogs and also give questions for them to answer.
  4. Notify your nominees through social media or by commenting on their blog.
  5. List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

Here are the questions that were posed to me by Anna.

What is your favourite quote? There are many quotes I love, quotes about confidence, self-love etc, but this does speak to me. I think people are the most beautiful when they can be themselves. There is such a freedom that comes with that.

What is your hobby (other than blogging)?

Playing guitar. I graduated from Duquesne Music School in Pittsburgh, in Guitar Performance. I have been playing guitar since the age of 10. I have taught guitar for years. Now, after dealing with my EDS for 10 years, and not being able to play, I am getting back into playing for my own enjoyment. I love rock, blues and jazz, and will pick out tunes by ear, in our music room.

This is my Gibson ES-335 Jazz guitar. I also have a USA made Strat and Taylor acoustic.

Why did you start blogging?

I mentioned this on my About Me page, I began blogging, as my disease was all-encompassing with pain and I needed a diversion and focus away from the condition. I have always loved Fashion and being creative, so I began by researching blogs Over 40. After viewing some of the blogs, I thought it would be something I could do and enjoy

This shoot for Karina dresses was a blast! We got lucky and the owner of this vintage truck let us use it for the shoot.u

What was your most read blog post? 

It was Over 40 –Wearing a Romper

Kind of surprising to me, but I suppose ladies want to know how to wear a romper and do it in a classy way 🙂 I also am one that doesn’t beleive in rules for women over 40 in fashion, so I will wear what makes me feel confident, that is what I try and stress to my readers too, if you feel confident in something, say a romper, wear it, don’t worry about any silly rules!

What blog post are you the proudest of and why? 

What;s Your Definition of Happiness at Midlife?

I began writing in 2018 about Midlife topics, mostly on Fridays, as I wanted to expand my writing to topics that interest me and my readers in addition to fashion. I would love to hear more from readers on those midlife topics too 🙂 I have come to a part of my life too, this later part, where I often become introspective and think about what really does make me happy. I have a loving husband, 2 wonderful pups, and a close family- these things are the most important to me and make me happy- as does vanilla ice cream and being able to sleep in, in the morning, after years of waking up at 5 am for teaching!

What was your most difficult topic you write about

I do write about my disease, Ehlers-Danlos condition, and I just wanted to make sure when I wrote about it, that people would know that I didn’t want to be defined by it. I wanted to spread awareness, about this invisable illness, and some of the challenges I face, as it is part of my life. Fashion and midlife topics were important to me also, and I wanted to focus on that.

Did you find something via blogging that you didn’t know before?

I had no idea that brands collaborated with bloggers. I have been fortunate to work with some great brands like Chicos, Soft Surroundings, Jambu and have a better understanding of how to work with them, and also to value what I do.

Where you would like to live if you can choose any country of the world?

I am not sure, as I haven’t traveled as much as I would like. It would have to be somewhere where there was a fair amount of sunshine!

Nominees- I nominate the following blogs for the Sunshine Blogger Award

Kellyann of This Blonde Shopping Bag

Suzanne of Crazy Blonde Life

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge

Hilda o Over the Hilda blog

My Questions to Answer

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What do you love about it, would like to change?
  3. How have you grown as a blogger?
  4. What was your favorite post to write?
  5. What makes you happy or “walk on sunshine”?

Have a great weekend, Hoping for sunshine your way!

Jess xx

  • Anna Shirley
    Posted at 04:40h, 17 April Reply

    Thank you Jess that you wrote this post and let me and other readers to know more about you. I really enjoyed reading your post. Have a great week, Jess.


  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 06:03h, 26 March Reply

    Jess, this was so fun to read! I did already know much of this about you. And I am so glad that you are getting back to playing guitar! And thank you so much for the nomination! I was recently nominated by Rama of Chez Rama and published a post a few weeks ago, but I will certainly do another one to answer your questions!


  • Jacqui
    Posted at 04:20h, 26 March Reply

    Thanks for sharing and well done Jess – so nice to hear more about you. It’s nice to know the reason why someones starts blogging. Thanks for sharing Jacqui Mummabstylish

  • Elle
    Posted at 17:41h, 22 March Reply

    Oh Jess! You certainly deserve this award has no one spreads more sunshine than you! I am sorry you are dealing with some difficult down days. I certainly understand them. I hope you’re feeling better by the time you get this reply and I wish you a wonderful weekend my friend.
    Oh that photo of you with the guitar. !!!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:35h, 23 March Reply

      Aw, thank you dear friend! That is ok. I can be a struggle at times, I just try to do the best I can, as I am sure you do the same. The weekend here is looking chilly, but the sun is out, so I love that! xx

  • This Main Line Life
    Posted at 17:11h, 22 March Reply

    Congrats on the nomination. It’s so much fun learning a little more about the bloggers behind the blog. My mom graduated from Duquesne and I have a number of other relative that went there too. My Mom’s side of the family is from Pittsburgh.
    x, Julie

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:33h, 23 March Reply

      Thank you Julie! I didn’t know that about you mom and some ofyour family from Pittsburgh, or did you mention it? Mt Lebanon? Shadyside? How wonderful another Duquesne grad! Glad you enjoyed the post. xx

  • Jess Jannenga
    Posted at 10:34h, 22 March Reply

    Thanks so much my friend! I was so nice to be able to be considered by Anna. That is great, I will be by to read! Thank you. I am making an effort to play each day, as i need to get back into it. Have a great weekend to you as well! xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 09:30h, 22 March Reply

    It’s so fabulous to read all about you this way, Jess!!
    You and my husband could start your own band. He just gave away his vibes but he still had his guitar and keyboard.
    Have a fabulous weekend,

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:37h, 22 March Reply

      Nice, I didn’t know your hubby played an instrument! I used to be in a blues band in college and it was a blast, I miss that! You too Jodie! xx

  • Marta
    Posted at 08:35h, 22 March Reply

    Congrats on being nominated! I found your blog not too long ago and I actually had no idea about your illness. It doesn’t define you and I definitely see how. Keep up the awesome work!

  • barrettadeb
    Posted at 07:46h, 22 March Reply

    Good morning sweet Jess!! ⚘ Congrats for the nomination doll. You are a ray of sunshine. ☀️ Thanks for sharing with us sweetie. I hope you have a blessed weekend dear. And I am with you on sleeping later (I am up at 5 for work too😝).


  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 06:48h, 22 March Reply

    This was fun to read Jess and thank you for the nomination! Chrissy nominated me last week and I shared my answers to her questions today. Love seeing you with your guitar! I remember That Katrina and the Waves song. Such a fun tune!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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