I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the amazing Pocket Treasures! Please check out her blog; it is fantastic:) Her tagline includes “Changing the World With One Act of Kindness at a Time!” which I absolutely love. Her posts include things about being Muslim, girl power, inspiration, parenting, and life as a British expat mom in UAE- all super interesting!
She actually nominated me a looooong time ago, so whoops 😂
As you probably know, I write anonymously, so I find it very fun to tell you facts about me that you wouldn’t know otherwise. This is my excuse to do so.
Please be aware: my answers are by no means concise. My English teacher would cry.
The Rules for the Award:
- Thank the person who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
- Nominate 11 blogs, and write 11 questions that you’d like them to answer.
- List the rules, and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog!
Pocket Treasure’s Questions for Me:
1. Who inspires you?
My mom inspires me. She’s one exceptional woman- she was born into poverty but fought her way up to become a doctor. She overcame challenges to do so; not only the issue of money but because of political aspects as well (I’m not going to give away too many details:) Once she reached her dream career, she didn’t forget about the people like who she once was- she volunteered to help provide free healthcare for the poor, even travelling to some other countries! My mother, to me, is a beautiful woman, with courage, smarts, and love all in one ❤️
2. What would you like to be remembered as?
I think that I would most like to be remembered as someone kind, or someone who helps make a positive impact on other people’s lives. I aspire to be someone who lifts other people up and helps them, whether it be through my future career, offering random acts of kindness, providing a shoulder for someone who needs it, volunteering, or even through this blog. That is what would make me the most happy, and what I’d love to do.
3. What would you like to do which is totally outside your comfort zone?
Ooh, this is a good question! As someone living with depression and social anxiety, my comfort zone is about the size of a cardboard box. 😂 If I were to wander out of my comfort zone, the first thing that I would do is to just talk in class. (Lame answer?) It’s already pretty difficult for me to socialize and not feel nervous or feel as if people are judging me- I even get that feeling blogging! Actually, I think that starting a blog itself was out of my comfort zone, so I’m happy that it worked out!
4. What things can you not live without?
Does family count as a thing? haha:)
In terms of actual objects, books. Books. Books. I guess I can just lose my phone- a bit difficult, but not enough that I’d need it to “live”. Actually, the internet is really important, too- I’ll say I can ditch my phone but preferably keep my laptop.
5. What’s your favorite book?
Harry Potter, all the way:) As you may have read in My Story, when I was depressed as a kid, I compulsively read it over and over and over again. This probably sounds really sad, because it is. However, reading it was a form of escapism for me, and helped me feel less depressed. Harry Potter is an intricately written book- the characters and the world that JK Rowling created are so palpable that it seemed to introduce a whole new world to me. Harry Potter was the first book (series) that I truly loved. Out of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) is my favorite.
Also, *fun fact* I thought that Harry Potter was set in America for probably the whole half of the first book 😂And I learned practically all the British English terminology I know from that series.
6. What is your favorite quote that you live by?
Too many to choose from! If I had to choose one, I think it would be
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” -Dr. Seuss
7. If you were the president of America, what one thing would you change?
OH what a good question.
I am very passionate about equal rights; for women, the LGBTQ+ community, religious groups, and racial/ethnic groups. If I could only change one thing… Oh my goodness. I do not know.
But if I could only change one thing, I’d probably pass stricter anti-discrimination laws in general.
8. What would you say to your younger self?
I’d tell myself to relax, have fun, and not be scared in trying new things and making friends! I’d also say that no pain lasts forever, and people are always here to help if I need any.
hmm… I should listen to my own advice 😂
9. What’s your favorite comfort food?
One of my mom’s dishes- I would say more but I don’t want any chance of threatening my anonymity. Anything that she makes is great.
Besides that, I love kettle-style popcorn- I have almost an unhealthy obsession with it; I don’t know why. But it is so good!
10. What makes your day instantly better?
Writing posts on my blog or reading other blogs! It just makes me so happy. I love reading about other people’s lives or what they have to say.
11. What thing do you miss doing as a kid?
I’d say that what I miss doing most is watching my favorite little kid shows (most of them now off the air or changed significantly) such as Caillou or Dragon Tales or Reading Rainbow or Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. I also miss playdates- they were fun.
For the part that I’m sure many of you scrolled straight down to read;)
Nominations (in alphabetical order):
- Clumsy and Silly
- My Life Online
- Wolfish Delight
- All The Jazz
- Adventuring Girl
- Paper Girl
- Dancers Ballet Life
- Life of Angela
- Beachy Girl Monique
- Blogging Sunsets
- Teen Inspirations
- YOU who’s reading!!:):)
I tried to nominate people who I think participate in awards, but making an award post is completely up to you.
And YOU, reading this can do it too! I get that you’re only supposed to nominate 11 people, but a) not everyone will do it b) I don’t like excluding people. At all. c) Who cares?! 😂 If you don’t want to say that you got the award itself, you could at least answer my questions for the nominees if you want;) I know that all of you care about your blogs, and there are a lot of fantastic blogs out there that I couldn’t nominate!
My 11 Questions (for all of you;)
- When and why did you start blogging?
- What is your favorite thing to do when you first get home?
- If you could travel anywhere you wanted in the world, where would you go and why?
- What is one misconception people commonly have about you?
- If you had a time-travelling machine, what would you do with it?
- What is your favorite song to listen to when you’re feeling down?
- If you were stuck on an island with only one other person, who would you choose and why?
- What is your favorite food when you want to indulge?
- What would the perfect day be like for you?
- What values/quotes/mantras/ideas do you try to live by?
- What is something that you wish other people would know about you?
Hope you have fun answering the questions!
P.s. one more post for awards coming soon. After that set, I am unsure if I will continue doing awards posts. Do any of you have opinions on awards? I know that many people don’t participate, so I’d love to hear your opinion:)
This is a scheduled post. I am currently traveling to Anaheim for Disneyland; will be back on Saturday.
The it’s a small word theme song is already stuck in my head 😄
also, is it just me, or do I sound annoying in this post? I am so scared that I sound annoying:( but that’s probably my social anxiety speaking.