Hello, dear readers!
When I woke up yesterday, I began the day by checking my email. I was surprised and delighted upon seeing that I had been nominated for another blogging award.
This time, I was nominated for the Liebster Award by one Akanksha Varma. (Congratulations on your first award, Akanksha! You totally deserve it!) Thank you so much for nominating me. I’m stunned and deeply honored.
I’ve been blogging for only five months, eight if you count all of the months Jump Rope has been up and running on WordPress. I say this not to brag, but because I am still amazed at how wonderful this community of bloggers has been to me.
In that short amount of time, I’ve acquired 13 followers, written 50+ posts, and changed my theme more times than I can count. I think I’ve found a home here, a virtual world that is refreshing to me compared some corners of the Internet. WordPress is full of men and women who are driven to share their advice, personal works and life experiences. That takes extreme courage, but the community here on WP is kind, understanding, and polite. People ask poignant questions and often share personal stories in the comments section. I have yet to see one blogger rant angrily with another blogger, which is a huge relief from places like the comments section of, for example, YouTube. For that, I am grateful for the inner peace that WP lends me as a blogger.
The rules for the Liebster Award:
Here are my answers to Akanksha’s questions:
1. What do you want from life?
Want is a strong word. Personally, I will add in the word like and remove the word want because life doesn’t always go as you planned. I would like from life to use my passion for English at a job that I will not only feel comfortable in, but one that I can love coming to every day. I hope someday that the job that I’m working at doesn’t feel like a job, but more like a series of fun, creative projects. I know that might sound selfish; I want to love what I’m doing so much that it doesn’t feel like a typical 9-5. I am a hard worker. As an introvert, I enjoy getting assignments that I can not only do well but assignments that I can do in a modicum of peace at work. I don’t mind chatting with customers, that’s not it. I find it easier if I can work alone by myself, sometimes.
I also would like to continue being happy and healthy. This applies to my physical and mental states of health.
I would like to advocate for myself more. My introversion can make it tricky for me to speak up. While I have good ideas and/or thoughts on a subject in class, I am usually quiet. Of course, this depends. If I’m feeling confident, then I’ll want to take a stab at contributing to the conversation.
2. What’s your secret fantasy?
I wish the Doctor was real. As a Whovian, I admire the Time Lord with the sonic screwdriver and the TARDIS. I want to be one of his next *companions, hold the TARDIS key, and take my sister and a few select others with me on a journey through time and space.
*companion: someone who becomes a friend of the Doctor’s and is lucky enough to get to travel with him in the TARDIS thorough all of time & space. Lucky ducks!
3. What is your favorite color and why?
Blue. Pretty much any shade of blue, except I kind of dislike the color turquoise. My favorite band has my favorite color in their name: Blue October. The color blue is naturally calming to me. My childhood room also had light blue walls. The TARDIS is blue, which I love.
4. If you could change into an animal anytime, what would it be and why?
I think it would be fun to be a dog. I want to know what colors are emphasized through a dog’s eyes. My hearing would be stronger, as would my sense of smell. It would be funny to watch TV as a dog in our kitchen, with my parents and sister conversing like they think I only know certain keywords of their vocabulary. Also, playing fetch or going for a walk would be interesting, too. I wouldn’t need to grab my jacket?!
And Sirius Black could change into a dog, which was just fantastic.
5. Do you believe in love at first sight? Why/why not?
While I don’t believe in love at first sight, I do, however, believe in falling in love–or the potential for falling in love–with someone who is compatible to you. I think it’s very hard to immediately fall in love with someone, because you know very little about them. Personally, it takes me about four-five months to begin developing a sense of love towards the person I’m dating. I need time to develop a certain level of connection with that person, which takes some time. When I first met my current boyfriend, I felt interested in him because we shared common interests. He is able to make me laugh. He is a happy, kind person. He has a steady group of friends who have warmly welcomed me into their circle. I am very blessed to have gained such awesome new friends and boyfriend.
6. What do you believe is humans’ greatest strength?
Humanity, in my mind, is capable of great compassion and kindness when you least expect it. I want to look at the world with a more positive lens, instead of pointing out all of the unfortunate and sad things that happen.
7. What’s the first thing that comes to your mind every morning when you wake up?
I need to turn off my alarm. I actually have two alarms: my actual clock, and then my phone. My previous alarm clock stopped working, so I just got into the habit of using my cell as an alarm. I still have yet to let that go, even though my new clock works perfectly. How silly of me?!
8. A trip with your best friend or a brunch with good friends?
Oh, gosh. This is a hard one for me, because I can think of times where I want to do both. It depends. If I haven’t seen a best friend in months or years, then I’d definitely want to take a trip with that person. But, if it’s something like a goodbye party, then I definitely want to invite all of my good friends from my poetry club on campus.
9. What’s your favorite book?
Again, this is so hard for me to choose. One of my all-time favorite books is actually what you’d call a novella. The Little Prince (translated from the original French) let me revel in my love for imagination. I sobbed at the end upon learning that the Little Prince died. I so much want him to come back. In any event, this is a wonderful story about revisiting your inner child, while at the same time learning about responsibility, loss, friendship, loneliness, and love.
10. If you could date one celebrity, who would it be and why?
I wouldn’t call it a date. I’d love to have the chance to just hang out with either Neil Patrick Harris, Benedict Cumberbatch, or John Barrowman. I would love to just have a conversation with any of them about their acting careers, movies, books, their hobbies, etc.
Eleven Random Facts
1. Les Miserables is my all-time favorite play. I started listening to the musical when I was in junior high.
2. In order for me to cry watching a film or reading a book, the moment has to be either simple or tender. (Like the first 10 minutes of UP.)
3. I own a ton of instrumental soundtracks on my iPod. (Dark Knight & Prince of Persia have wonderful scores.)
4. I’ve never broken any of my bones. This is a good thing.
5. I whistle drawing air into my mouth, and not the other way around.
6. My dad read all seven of the Harry Potter books to me. We started when I was about 11 and ended when I was 17 years old.
7. I am nostalgic about Winnie the Pooh, which was a large part of my childhood. I will always love the Hundred Acre Wood, no matter how old I get.
8. I’m short, but proud of it.
9. I love being a nerd. *Makes the Nerdfighter symbol to help defeat world suck.*
10. I love chocolate.
11. I’ve been writing novels since junior high, and I’ve been writing poetry since about 2004.
Nominations for the Liebster Award:
1. Sincerely Sammy: I love your blog. I’m also shocked that you don’t have (I apologize if I’m wrong, feel free to correct me) any awards. You write with such honesty, a strong sense of humor, and with an attention to detail that is unique and original. Sammy, you deserve this Liebster Award. 🙂
2. The Dad Letters: if you love hearing parental stories/anecdotes, this is the blog for you. Filled with humor, kindness, feminism, and wisdom, these fathers are bold enough to put their personal thoughts and feelings (including personal pictures of their kids, dogs, and families) on their blogs. And of course, what I love most about this combined blogs is how each and every father breaks the stereotype of the idea that “dad’s aren’t nurturing” in half. This Liebster Award goes out to all of you, because you’re all awesome.
3. Adi, the Happy Lifeaholic: Adi, you are one of the smartest, kindest people I know. One of your strongest attributes as a blogger is your generosity, which I deeply admire. You take the time to not only read other people’s blogs, but you actually add insightful and positive comments to other people’s posts. You deserve this award wholeheartedly!
4. It’s a Britta Bottle!: Britta, you’re amazing. You are smart, independent, and fierce in your own way. You bravely post personal stories and thoughts onto your blog, seemingly without fear or worry of judgement. You’re passionate about blogging, history, and English. You are also kind and thoughtful. You are also a wonderful storyteller and a good writer. You deserve this award!
My Questions for my Nominees:
Because I nominated four plus people, I’m only going to do four questions. If you guys accept the award and feel like you want to do eleven questions, etc., more power to ya.
1. What are you most thankful for in your daily life?
2. What song makes you want to get up and dance like no one’s watching?
3. Do you have a favorite non-alcoholic beverage? Why?
4. What gets your creative blogging juices flowing? Why?
Again, a huge thank you to Akanksha for nominating me!
Have a wonderful rest of the day, everyone,