Humbly accepting the Liebster Award
I am very excited and honored to have been nominated for the Liebster Award from my TESOL teacher and friend Krissy. Similar to my wonderful nominator, I was not immediately aware of what this entailed. But a quick look at her well-written blog post, which you should all check out, and a Google search quickly filled me in. This award is a welcome and a way to get involved in the ever-growing blogging community. I am touched to be recognized and happy to have this opportunity to get more involved. So without further ado…
Here are the rules:
– Link back to the person who nominated you.
– List 11 random facts about yourself.
– Answer the questions given to you by the nominator.
– Nominate up to 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.
– Create 11 questions for the nominees.
– Notify all nominees
11 facts about me
– I don’t like peanut butter. Never have.
– I don’t have too many talents, but I can most likely beat you in foosball.
– By the time I was 14 I had been to all 50 states. Thank you mom and dad!
– I have 10 tattoos. I’m not even sure how it happened. It started with just one and now 3 years later…
– Middle Eastern/Mediterranean food is my favorite cuisine.
– I also have an unhealthy fascination with the Middle East, especially Lebanon after visiting there recently.
– I also happen to be a vegetarian. For health reasons if you care to know.
– Of the 2016 presidential candidates, I have photographed at least 5 of them.
– Sometimes I take photos. I worked in photojournalism while studying journalism at University.
– I have a very distinct memory of one I learned to whistle. I was with my family inside a wax museum. I was very thrilled to be able to whistle finally. My family was not amused.
– I have difficulty finding happiness when I stay in one place for too long.
What is your favorite thing to do after a long day?
Drink a cold beer. I really like beer.
If your personality could be expressed by an animal, what would it be and why?
Probably the red-tailed hawk. At least I hope so since I got a large one tattooed on my back as my self-proclaimed spirit animal. The hawk is fiercely independent and, in many native American traditions, symbolic of latent power and observation. The hawk is also a messenger. In my travels and when I worked in journalism I made it my mission to observe, gather an image and either capture it with my camera or mentally in order to share it.
Where do you want your next travel destination to be?
I think I want to take the Trans-Mongolian/Tran-Siberian Railway from Beijing to Moscow. If anyone has any thoughts, tips or advice about this please let me know!
What is your biggest accomplishment of 2015?
Graduating from the University of Maryland.
Tell us about your blog and how it got started?
I ventured into the blogosphere my freshman year of college and made a pretty good run before eventually quitting. I started back up now because this is a new phase in my life. I took a leap and decided to live and teach in Thailand for a while. After Thailand maybe I will backpack or teach in another country. I blog so I can remember these experiences and practice writing which will hopefully play a part in whatever career I pursue. But most importantly, I wanted to blog to hold myself accountable. I want to live a life where I always have something to blog about. So if this blog goes dormant I will know I need to change something.
What is your biggest motivation?
I’ll be completely honest sometimes I struggle to find motivation. Sometimes I have to dig deep to find internal motivation. I think I am most motivated by seeing people’s personal stories and wanting to help give a voice to people who might otherwise be overlooked. I think for change to happen regarding issues of racism and prejudice, we need to start at the most personal level and work from there.
What is your guilty pleasure song?
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen. But too be fair it’s linked to good memories.
Easy one… favorite food?
Pizza! Always has been, likely always will be. Though Falafel is a close second.
If there was one skill you could have that you don’t currently, what would it be?
There are many, but mostly I wish I was musically inclined. I would love to be able to play the guitar.
Life begins where your comfort zone ends.
What is goal you have for 2016?
Identify what holds me back and do what I can to overcome them. This is a bit of a cop-out as it is always my goal.
I was thrilled to get this award because it gave me the push I needed to start exploring the blogging community more and find some new blogs to add to the ones I had already been following. I spent some time looking for newer blogs so I hope to see these bloggers grow and succeed.
FourthPhillyPhoenix – A long-time friend and fellow (yet far more qualified and awesome) teacher blogging about her experiences in her working life. I am lucky to know Beverly as she is an inspiration and a really awesome person.
The Pursuit of Happyness – I met Colleen during my TESOL course in Thailand and while we didn’t get super close she was thrown into a placement similar to mine and has been super helpful to talk too. She also happens to write very well as evidenced in one of her recent posts about her own unique experience.
Carry on with Caroline – I don’t know Caroline personally but I’ve enjoyed reading her blog as a way to understand how teaching abroad is different depending on the country you are in. Her blog is beautifully laid out, she writes well and is a photographer like me. I’ve definitely enjoyed reading her experiences even if I do get a little jealous at times.
Nagoya McCoy – Another complete stranger blogging from yet another Asian country. I have recently grown more fascinated with Japan and have thoroughly enjoyed reading his first hand accounts. Also he wrote a very nice post about adjusting to life in a new country which I found helpful as I struggled with similar situations.
365 Days of Lebanon – Yet another stranger but let me just say I love this blog. Like a said above I am very fascinated with Lebanon and fell in love with the country during my recent trip there. Karen’s blog is so fantastically human and personal. It puts the reader on the ground so to speak and shows places and stories that are just ordinary. I discovered this blog just a short time ago and flipped through just about every post. I love her posts and I love her message. #liveloveLebanon
Bright Lights, Little City – One last stranger. This one an expat in the Arabian Gulf. This blog caught my attention as an account of a life I might one day consider living. More importantly, I was really touched by their recent post about the recent terrorist attacks around the world and how it could affect their children. Again it was a very personal and enlightening account which prompted me to read more. Plus the witty puns and cute pop culture references make this one a delight to read.
So for those that I’ve nominated, here are your questions:
What has been the most rewarding experience in your life so far?
If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people what would it be?
What is the strangest food or food combination you’ve ever tried?
If you could have lunch with one famous person from history who would it be?
Favorite Disney movie?
Tell us about your blog and how it got started?
When you’ve moved a new place, either long-term or short, what has been the biggest challenge?
If you could speak any language fluently right away which would it be?
What is your favorite quote?
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Who is your favorite author?
Again, the rules are:
Link back to the person who nominated you.
List 11 random facts about yourself.
Answer the questions given to you by the nominator.
Nominate up to 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.
Create 11 questions for the nominees.
Notify all nominees via social media/blogs
Even more info can be found here.
Thank you again for this honor and I look forward to reading more from my nominees. Enjoy!