I feel double happiness today.
A couple of days ago I was nominated for Liebster award by Erika… and then, amazingly, I was nominated again, this time by Rita-Marie! I feel extremely touched and honoured as I know I am a newbie to the blog world and sometimes I feel rather lost. Nice to know I have these lovely beacon-esses in the night with me.
Both shining souls describe the award process well here and here.
In an effort not to overwhelm, I’ll answer each of their eleven questions in my post today. Then I’ll post again in a few days (probably next week, let’s be honest) with my eleven facts, questions and nominees.
Answers to Erika:
1. Why did you start blogging?
This spring I found myself off work because of my eating disorder and stress and just being overwhelmed and burned out. As I began my recovery journey, I decided I needed an outlet. Somewhere I could stretch myself a little and see what it felt like to use my healthy voice. To be honest. To do it without weighing all the judgments. That’s also why I’m anonymous – I need to know that I won’t be consciously or unconsciously filtering every word *just in case*.
2. If a genie granted you three wishes that you could only use on yourself, what would they be and why?
1 – Go back in time 10 minutes and save my draft of this post. Ug. 2 – The ability to see myself as others see me, with kindness and love. 3 – Instant debt removal – I am still paying off student loans from my first master’s and I’m racking up more with my second. Debt be gone!
3. What’s your favorite go-to snack?
Strawberries! Organic if possible, but I usually can’t afford that. Strawberries are one food though that I truly think tastes better when organic.
4. Where’s one place you never want to visit and why?
Any of the ice hotels out there (seriously, why is there more than one!). I hate being cold so it would be a foolish option for me.
5. Did you enjoy high school? Why or why not?
Nope. I was not part of either the in crowd or the out crowd. I feel like I just drifted through it, waiting to get out and start my “real” life. Kind of sad really.
6. What do you believe your “calling” in life is? Do you believe in a “calling?”
I don’t know yet. Lately I have been thinking more and more about writing. I also love counselling but the rigors of grad school make it difficult to really appreciate the end goal sometimes. I think I need to be further in recovery (and thus, clearer in my head) before I make any proclamations here. Erika, I am SO curious about your process and conclusion in this regard!
7. Favorite guilty pleasure song and/or TV show?
Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual. I think it’s the combo of the song itself and the mental image of Carlton that just makes me smile.
Bachelor/ette – I think this show survives solely on the likes of me, people with a desperate love-hate relationship with the show. I hate the concept. I hate the fakeness. I hate the complete unreality of it. Yet I watch. Every. Damn. Week.
8. Besides blogging, what’s your favorite social media outlet and why?
I don’t really have one. I love the blogging world (though I’m such a newbie) but I’m really not overly techie so I haven’t figured other things out yet.
9. What’s one of your proudest moments or accomplishments?
Remembering most of my answers (see question 2)! Kidding. I think it would actually be stopping. Stopping all the activity this year and settling down into acceptance that I need help. That act of just stepping back was terrifying and yet so necessary. There haven’t been any lightning strike moment just a series of little shoots of myself finally springing up from all the layers of muck I’d put on top of them.
10. What are three qualities that are mandatory that your friends have?
Patience, kindness, acceptance.
11. You can take a 12-day, all-inclusive vacation somewhere with three other people. Who do you pick and where do you go?
Italy. I have wanted to go since I was very young but it hasn’t happened so far. I think I was waiting to have a partner to go with. I think, as I’m coming more and more into who I am, I might go alone and bring along three novels instead of people. It’ll be a journey of peace with myself.
Favorite mixed drink?
Manhattan – yum!
Favorite inspirational saying or thought?
Favorite thing about blogging?
I have become connected with this amazing community of people who inspire and support one another from all parts of world. It “bloggles” the mind. 🙂 (Did I mention I like puns?)
Favorite thing about being single?
Time to reflect and think about what *I* want to do. Being an indecisive person, this is also the worst thing.
Long flowy dresses. But not with flowers – I have something against flowers on clothing on me. It’s fine on other people, but whenever I break down and try wearing them, I look like an old fuddy duddy grandma. And not the sweet kind, the senile and dotty kind! Especially if they are tiny little delicate flowers.
Favorite summer snack?
Still strawberries (see above in response to Erika).
Favorite summer outdoor activity?
Walking and taking pictures with my big fancy camera that spends way too much time on a shelf.
Favorite sexual position?
I can’t decide if you are describing your own preferences (blindfolded?) or really asking so I’ll answer anyway. Face to face seated. Intense.
Favorite way to wear your hair?
This has two parts (my answer, not the hair)… for comfort, low ponytail all the way. For looking good, hanging loosely down and straightened.
Favorite beauty product?
I don’t normally wear scents, but I recently bought Pink Sugar perfume… totally girly and fun!
Five favorite blogs?
Ooh, this is cruel (don’t make me choose!) 🙂
Favorite song on your Itunes list?