I was happy to hear that I was nominated for Sunshine Blogger Award by a lovely fellow blogger. In this post, I express gratitude for this awesome award and answer a few personal questions.
Once again, I’m blown away by how amazingly supportive this blogging community is. All of us come here to WordPress to share our ideas with the world around and to learn from others. It’s so important that we support each other as we go – and awards are a great way to support your favourite bloggers!
Today, I finally got around to accepting, with LOTS of gratitude, the Sunshine Blogger Award, for which I was nominated a while back by the lovely Nikki Francisco of the InFrank blog. Thank you so much Nikki, and best of luck to you in blogging and all the other endeavours you take on!
In the nomination, Nikki asked a few interesting questions that should be answered by those accepting the award, so here we go, one by one:
- We are our own worst critics. If you could change 3 things about yourself, what would it be and why?
Though I am very demanding of myself, sometimes to the point of criticism, I don’t believe that anyone needs to change who they are inside – we are born as we are for a reason, and there’s something unique each of us is giving to the world. That’s why if I had to change 3 things, the changes would be temporary and somewhat superficial – for example, I could try another hair colour (yesterday my friend suggested I dye my hair violet, maybe that’s something to consider :D). I’d also be curious to experience a change of skin colour to see how life can be different depending on your race. Finally, it would be interesting to change an environment I grew up in to understand how a different country, family, societal structure, etc. could’ve shaped me into a different person. But all these hypothetical changes are just a matter of curiosity – in reality, I am definitely happy with how I turned out to be as-is.
- What is your happiest memory and why?
Perhaps, spending quality time with each of my family members one-on-one and with all of them at once. Every moment with loved ones is truly priceless, and as you grow older you don’t always get to spend as much time together as you want.
- How about your greatest regret?
Regrets are not part of my system – I believe every experience serves to teach us something crucial that needs to be learned. Giving up even one negative experience from the past could potentially take away an essential lesson that was a cornerstone to building a better future at the time. That being said, maybe I regret a little bit spending months on a dead-end relationship in the past. Then again, if that time was needed for me to get the point of the experience, so be it.
- There are many things going on in the world. If you could fix one problem, what would that be?
Amazing question! And a difficult one… I’d choose to fix destructive self-interest in people, which leads to lying, stealing, and basically doing anything to get your way. All the other problems, big and small, would gradually get better if this could be fixed.
- Who is your favourite fictional character?
Hmm… Let’s say Sherlock Holmes – the book version, as in the BBC series he is more of an ego maniac and is generally not a great person. I like how Arthur Conan Doyle’s character is all about getting his job done right, but at the same time he is sufficiently considerate of others and is a good friend to Watson.
- What is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?
Recently my friend said that after talking with me on Skype she felt lighter and not as consumed by her current problems – it was amazing to hear because that’s just what I want to give to as many people as I can.
- What would you say is your greatest strength?
A balance between being tuned into my own as well as other people’s emotions and the ability to analyse the world rationally. Sometimes I do get led primarily by emotions or by cold logic, but all in all, I love having these two sides balanced in me most of the time – it really helps navigate difficult situations and it does work well in writing, too, as you need a little bit of both there.
- How about your greatest weakness?
Being a bit black and white – no grey area. For example, I usually either love something or hate it, hope for the absolute best or expect the absolute worst. And when it really can be a big weakness is in achieving goals. I feel I can only do great at something if I dedicate 100% of my time and energy to it, but in real life, it’s hardly possible to concentrate on one thing at a time.
- Is there something you still wish to achieve in your life, and if so, why haven’t you done it?
Yes. I do want to make writing my full-time career. So far, being in my early twenties, there are still other things that need to be done alongside writing (such as working to build up savings and learning the language of the country I’m in), and it takes a lot of energy. I do hope to be able to dedicate more and more time and energy to this craft going forward, until it gets to 100%.
- What is your favourite book/tv show/movie? (Yes, answer all three!)
My favourite book is Flowers for Algernon – highly recommended, though be prepared to tear up at the end. I don’t normally cry at books, but this one did it for me 🙂 TV show – Friends, hands down. Movie – not a big fan of movies, but of the recent ones I did like Van Gogh: Painted with words, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, and the script based completely on real letters between Van Gogh and his brother.
Phew… done! Now, I’d love to nominate these talented bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award:
- Quicker than thought or time
- Live louder
- The Non-Alcoholic Student
- Life by the Pages
- Eight out of Fifteen
- Shatter the fourth wall
- The Book Chief
- Bird Flight
- Gold Is From Aliens
- Reinvent Ingrid
- Rhythm In Life
It has been amazing connecting with all of you and reading what you write. Each of these blogs has a taste to it, it stands for something, and that’s what makes them so interesting. You guys are amazingly talented – with this Sunshine Blogger Award, I’m wishing you to be full of creative energy and keep giving it to the world in your own beautiful way!
To accept the award, please follow these rules from its creator:
Finally, here are the questions from me:
- What was the first book you read or the first book that made a real impression on you?
- If you could spend a month in any place of the world, where would you go?
- If you could take any one person with you to this hypothetical trip, who would you take?
- Which one superpower would you want to have?
- How big a role do you think luck plays in achieving your dreams as compared to the importance of diligent effort?
- What is the one most important dream you want to achieve in your lifetime?
- Through trial and error, have you arrived at any lifehacks you would want to share about working towards your own goals in your free time? (E.g. time of day that is best for your work, how to be more efficient, etc.)
- How do you think one person can change the world for the better?
- Share your favourite recipe!
- What book/movie/TV series would you recommend to absolutely everyone and why?
- Who and what are you grateful for?
Once again, a huge thank you to Nikki for this award, and I’m looking forward to reading the answers to the questions above from the 11 brilliant bloggers nominated! And as usual…
Enjoy your journey!
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