I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by Narrative Spark. Thank you very much for the nomination, it always means so much to me when people enjoy my blog. I’ve actually already done a post for the Liebster Award here. But she posed some really interesting questions that I thought I’d answer below. And go check out Narrative Spark, she’s got some really interesting posts 🙂
1. What social issue do you care about the most?
With all the problems in society today, its hard to narrow it down to one. I think the issue I’ve always been most aware of and passionate about is homelessness. When I worked in fast food a few years ago, I got to know a few homeless people who would stop by. So many of them became homeless for reasons beyond their control, and they didn’t earn enough to pay for both rent and food. One was sleeping in his car while still going to school and working part time. He just couldn’t afford the high rent and didn’t have a support system to rely on. Its something that remains a problem to this day and I think that more needs to be done to solve it.
2. What is a quote that has helped you through a tough time in your life?
I don’t have a specific quote that I’ve looked to, but there is one thing that’s helped me. I believe that everything happens for a reason. My past experiences have all shaped me into the person I am today, and they’ve made me stronger. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without all of the hardships and struggles I’ve experienced.
3. What was your favourite TV show as a kid?
Sailor Moon. I started watching this show when it aired for the first time in 1995. I was obsessed with it and loved that these girls were so strong and could save the world with the power of friendship. It also began my interest in Japanese anime, music, and culture.
4. What movie have you seen a thousand times but keep watching again?
Labyrinth, the awesome movie from 1986 with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. I can watch this movie over and over again without getting tired of it. Its so entertaining. A close second would be Phantom of the Opera.
5. If you could be any food, what would you be and why?
I would probably want to be a strawberry, because strawberries are delicious. And I’d want to be a food that people enjoyed.
6. What advice would you give a six-year-old?
Don’t grow up too fast. I had a great childhood with lots of good memories but I always wanted to be older. When I was 8, I wanted to be 10. Once I turned 10, I wanted to be 13. Time goes by so fast so just enjoy being a kid. Another thing I’d like to tell them is that bullies usually hurt/lash out at others because they’re hurting inside. This doesn’t make it right, and the blame still lies on them, but its not your fault. And if you’re being bullied, you need to tell someone, please.
7. What is your favourite book from your childhood?
Books have always been a huge part of my life and I don’t think I can narrow it down to one. I always loved the Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery. They were told with such colour and imagination. I also loved the Nancy Drew series. I thought she was super smart and infinitely superior to the Hardy Boys. I used to have arguments over who were better detectives with my childhood friends.
8. Who is your favourite historical figure and why?
Can I pick two? My favourite female figure is Marie Curie. She made so many amazing contributions to science, especially in a field that was mostly dominated by men at the time. She was also the first woman to win the Nobel prize. She was a huge role model for me, and although science was never my passion, her example continues to inspire me. My favourite male figure would be Winston Churchill. He was one of the greatest wartime leaders during WW2 and his leadership helped save Europe and the western world.
9. What is the best advice you have received?
The best advice I’ve received was “make sure you take care of yourself first, before you help others. If you’re not running at 100% (physically, emotionally, etc) you’re limited in how much you can help”. The first time I heard this, it made me realize that too often I put other people first, to my own detriment. There’s nothing wrong with helping people, but you need to make sure you give the same care to yourself.
10. What inspired you to start your blog?
A couple of years ago, I discovered that I was introverted. Throughout my whole life, I thought there was something physically wrong with me because I didn’t see things the way others did and didn’t enjoy the things that were supposed to be enjoyable (ex. watching loud basketball games, or hanging out at the mall). This new awareness completely changed my perception of myself. I realized that I was a totally normal introvert. I wanted to connect with others who felt the same. I wanted to read about their experiences and share my own. And I’ve found such an amazing and supportive community here.
If there are any questions that got you thinking, I’d love to see your answers 🙂
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