Liebster Award

Thank you to Dāsha, over at Windy City Wardrobe for the Liebster Award nomination. While blogging is therapeutic for me, it’s nice to know others are getting a real benefit from it. As part of the nomination, I have responded to the required Q&A below.

1. Where does your blogging inspiration come from?

Recently, the interacts and situations I find myself in every day. While I’m also sharing the pop culture and social media subjects. My offline life is growing more interesting every day.

2. Is your blogging simply a hobby? What kind of dreams do you have for it?

Right now, it is and it isn’t. On the one hand, I have a very specific schedule I follow in terms of content and frequency. On the other hand, this is very much so an exercise for other journalistic endeavors I have going. I’d like to find a point where I can return to the daily blogging, but also get much more expansive in the posts. I’m simultaneously working on other platforms. If one grows as I’m hoping, there will be a larger focus on this blog as well.

3.  What is your support system like and who are your biggest supporters?

I’ve been blessed to have some amazing people in my life. While I do hold my brother and my mother dearest to my heart, the good chunk of my support system includes many friends around the globe. When I realize how many of my friendships started online and almost a decade later are going strong (and in person), it keeps my heart pumping. All of them give me a large amount of support in different ways. I never have a day conclude without someone telling me they love or miss me. No matter how rare we get to interact in person, I know I’m cared for as much as I care for them all.

4. What are 10 random facts about you?

-Peas and green beans are the most disgusting foods I’ve ever consumed and refuse to eat again.

-My dream is to have two complete sleeves and the rest of my back filled (with tattoos). My next four have already been drafted.

-When I find someone I think is going places, I will do whatever I can to get their name out to the right people as much as possible.

-I get angry if something can be put in ROYGBIV color code and it’s not followed.

-I can’t sleep facing away from the bedroom door because it’s too much of a safety concern.

-I’ve been told I’m more introverted in person than anyone expects me to be.

-My pet(s) are the closest to my own children I ever wish to get.

-I associate names with the main color I remember seeing someone wearing.

-It takes me a long time to process a discussion before I start contributing.

-I don’t like sharing many facts about myself unless I know someone well.

5.  What do you enjoy most about blogging?

Discovering how many words I overuse so I can start removing them from my vocabulary. Case in point: use, amazing, fantastic, a lot, process, articulate, get, accomplished, prioritize, etc.

6. What do you do when you feel overwhelmed with too many tasks at once?

Reschedule what doesn’t have to be completed by day’s end. Step away from the desk and breath. Turn on the soundscape music and start knocking out what I can.

7. What would you do with a large sum of money given to you?

I’ve planned out this scenario many times. I immediately set up a trust and accept the funds anonymously. After consulting the financial planner and attorney I would have worked out payment with upon receipt of the funds, the money follows my written guidelines as follows. Half goes to the three charities I’ve always had on my list. Of the remainder, I split it three ways between my mother, brother and myself. My own portion is put into some stock and a high-interest savings account. I’d retired with the intent that my budget is based on a monthly disbursement that hits my checking account bimonthly. The annual salary would be based on my current income before stepping down.

8. What was one of the most moving books or movies you have ever seen?

In terms of books, Dibs in Search of Self by Virginia Axline. As far as films, I’d have to say it’s more certain scenes that an entire film. Seeing the shot of the infant in Titanic as a child did something to my heart. I couldn’t articulate it then, but now I can say it was the realization that death doesn’t have an age restriction. I still haven’t watched the film in full since that first viewing in the theatre. The revelation of Viola in Twelfth Night that I watched in junior high addressed my feelings on gender identity and how my friends who “didn’t fit the expectation” were still just as awesome to me. So many examples…

9. Where would you like to see yourself in the next couple of years?

I’m hoping to be in a place where I’d have my own business again. Whether in addition to my full-time work or having permanently become my own boss–there’s a hefty to-do list I’m sitting on.

10. Do you have a bucket list? Name 5 things on that.

-Bungee jump and sky dive in Wellington, New Zealand.

-Meet Orlando Bloom and/or actually get to converse with him at an event.

-Pay for a low-income student’s college education (I’m talking a full-ride).

-Make enough income for my mother to finally retire comfortably and get through her own bucket list, knowing I have her taken care of if needed.

11. What is your single best piece of advice for someone starting out in the blogging world?

Give your perspective on day one. You have all the time in the world to refine it, but that honest transparency is what makes you unique and draws an audience in. If you’re doing it for anything but your own authentic maturity as an individual, you will get called out on it and your writing will reveal it.

The 11 bloggers I’m now recommending to you all are as follows:

If you choose to accept the nomination please follow the rules listed below:

Answer the questions above.

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