It is good to be liked
Please stop telling me that you were nominated for the Pushcart. I don’t think this means what you think it means. Here is the opening of their guidelines.
The Pushcart Prize nomination process.
Little magazine and small book press editors (print or online) may make up to six nominations from their year’s publications by our December 1, (postmark) deadline.
This means that ANYONE can nominate ANYONE for this prize. You could also tell me that your mother likes your poetry. Neither are badges of honor. Please stop. If you must talk about the pushcart, please only talk about it if you win. At least, there, I can be sure that your mother had nothing to do with it.