Today I receive the Liebster Blog Award. It’s a distinction that pretty much shows appreciation and welcome into the blogging community from fellow bloggers. Way cool! I’ve never been nominated for anything, other than most-likely-to-be-a-soccer-mom in a superlatives contest with my high school friends. But, Danyealah Green-Lemons, the ever intelligent and beautiful writer who nominated me, clearly thought that Daily Sojourner has more than soccer-mom potential.
I receive this award at an interesting time in my life. It’s part of an overall journey of being encouraged to take full ownership of what I write. I’m motivated to take this blog far more seriously as a platform to contribute my voice to the Interweb conversation.
Muita obrigada. Seremein. Muchísimas gracias. Thank you!
Now, the questions Danyealah asked me to answer:
1. As a writer, what inspires you? I go about my day and usually I have a comfortable routine. But in the midst of that, little things happen—I read an article, I meet someone new, I have a conversation with my boss, I look at a flower. And there it comes, inspiration. I find hidden truths in the little things, or it gets me thinking about how the world works and I feel a tugging in my heart to write about it. In truth, my blog is powered by the inspiration and life lessons that I receive, or am in the process of receiving. For me, writing is a form of understanding.
2. What is the absolute craziest thing you have written about? (And if you haven’t yet, what’s the craziest thing you would write about?) Haha! I don’t think I’ve written anything crazy…maybe my more recent posts about the uber-hipster-leftist university I now attend, or maybe about the time I went rock climbing. Both are experiences that have blown my mind in different ways. The craziest thing I would write about would be about a powerful conversation I recently had with a stranger that had me totally rethink part of my life.
3. Some people say they see the world in “black and white,” so to speak. How do you see the world? Black and white or color-filled? The world is grey, filled with colorful people! I despise the idea of just “black and white” because I’ve been ‘grey’ all my life, with one foot in many places and in different circles. Also, people can label themselves as black or white, being either extreme of something, and they are certainly free to do so, but I believe that they are colored by their experiences, and colored by the people they know and the things they do.
4. Which writer do you admire the most? Paulo Coelho. I love this man’s work. The first book I read of his, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, struck me to my bones. All of his books are written in simple language, and some critics knock him for that. But, using simplicity, he conveys powerful messages: what it means to go after your dreams, what it means to realize your spiritual gifts, what it means to embrace the beauty and power of who you are. I recommend the Alchemist, the Zahir and Winner Stands Alone. You won’t be the same after reading these works.
5. Which of your hobbies bring you the most joy? Playing the guitar. It’s not really the instrument itself but what I can do with it, which is sing, write songs, figure things out and express myself. It’s the best gift my parents gave to my 15-year-old self during the height of my emo days. Now, it serves as a tool to bring not just myself, but also others, happiness through song. It’s the best feeling in the world.
6. Do you believe that love exists? It is only because love exists that I exist. It is only because love exists that you and I can rise every day and start anew. I believe that love is action—patience, kindness, never boasting and only rejoicing in truth [1 Corinthians 13]. Of course, it’s also emotion, and I’ve been blessed in my life to be able to love and be loved.
7. Are you a person that holds a grudge, or do you easily forgive? Is forgiveness ever easy? I don’t hold grudges, but the pain does stick around for a while. Even through the pain, though, I actively commence the process of forgiveness. Yes, people have hurt me, but I’ve hurt people too. Knowing acutely that longing for forgiveness, and the torment that comes with not receiving forgiveness, I try my hardest to give it.
8. If you could pick one place to travel, where would you go? It’s a rather vague and romantic image, I know, but I met an Englishman recently who somehow convinced me to think of Europe beyond its bloody history of imperialism and economic prowess. So, I would travel to either the highest mountains of Europe or perhaps the French countryside, whichever has a gentle wind and a magnificent view.
9. What is something you find weird about yourself? I am 22 years old but with the people I’m comfortable with, I act like I’m 5. I’m not even kidding. I wail and glomp and groan, the whole nine yards. I really don’t know how my friends put up with me!
10. Would you describe yourself as an introvert or an extrovert? I’m an extroverted introvert. I can socialize, engage and be energetic if need be, but my default is really to just retreat in a corner and observe. It also depends on my mood. There’s a clear switch in my head: people-time versus me-time.
11. Which of these means the most to you: loyalty, trust, love, or friendship? Hands down, friendship. From that, everything else (love, loyalty, trust) comes. I treasure my friendships but I’m quite terrible at keeping in touch, which has caused some problems. Regardless, in my mind, my friends are my family, and if I call you ‘friend’ then we are automatically on a journey of loyalty, trust and love.
So! My nominees (you really should check them out!):
The questions I’d like you to answer:
1. Serious question: if you were a crayon, what color would you be? Roseart or Crayola?
2. Why did you decide to blog? What motivates you to keep writing?
3. What would your 10 year old self think of you?
4. What is something no one would know about you by just randomly looking at you on the street?
5. Do you (or did you ever) have a best friend? What’s your favorite memory together?
6. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?
7. What is your favorite time for writing?
8. On a daily basis, do you enjoy what you’re doing? If not, what would you change?
9. What made you smile today?
10. Who in your life has influenced you the most? How did they do it?
11. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done (or the craziest thing you would do) for someone
Fight on, guys~