I would like to thank Somber Scribbler for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I am new to blogging so I always wondered how people got these awards. What a great way to find out! In the words of Sally Field, "You like me! You really like me!"
What is the Liebster Award?
Liebster is a German word that means lovely or valued. It's an award for relatively new bloggers with less than 200 followers. Nominating someone's blog is a way of letting them know that you like their work and a way to interact with other bloggers.
In order to participate, Liebster nominees must:
1. Thank the person who nominated you. (Thanks again to Somber Scribbler, who writes one of my favorite blogs.)
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
3. Nominate at least 5 blogs with less than 200 followers (approximately).
4. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Post a comment on your nominees' blogs to let them know that they've been nominated.
Questions from Somber Scribbler
1. Why did you start blogging?
About 2 years ago I started writing a self-help book on self-acceptance, but I thought it was so terrible, I was embarrassed to let anyone read it. I had to figure out some way to let other people read about my ideas, so last September I decided to start a blog, even though I barely even knew what a blog was. It turns out blogging is perfect for my writing style.
2. If you could describe yourself with one word, what would it be?
At the moment, I would say "hopeful." That's why I'm a therapist, why I continue to try to get better at tennis, and why I think I can write a book.
3. If you could be famous for one thing, what would it be?
That's a tough one. I'd like to be famous for just about anything, as long as it's positive. But I'll say writing a best seller.
4. What advice would you give to fellow mental health sufferers?
Listen to that voice that tells you to believe in yourself, regardless of how small it may be at the moment.
5. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Another tough one. I will interpret "thing" as "ingredient" and say anything with sugar, for obvious reasons.
6. Which fictional character do you relate to the most and why?
Ellen O'Farrell in "The Hypnotist's Love Story," by Liane Moriarty. She falls in love with a man whose ex is stalking her and becomes obsessed with her stalker because she has so much compassion for her suffering. That would totally be me.
7. What did you want to be when you grew up?
The first thing I remember wanting to be was a cashier when I was 5 because they had access to all that money. But then my parents told me that money wasn't theirs. So then I wanted to be a bank teller, but my parents said that money wasn't theirs, either. After that I clearly gave up on any attempt to make money.
8. What is your greatest strength and your biggest weakness?
I would have to say that my greatest strength is my biggest weakness, which is my empathy and compassion for other people's suffering. It helps me to help people, but having too much empathy can be overwhelming at times.
9. What is your dream vacation?
Maui is one of the few places that has lived up to all of my expectations, so that's where I would go for my dream vacation. With Roger Federer.
10. Which of the many quotes about mental health speaks to you the most?
My favorite quote is from Kung Fu Panda (although I'm sure it's originally from somewhere else):
Yesterday is history,
Tomorrow a mystery.
But today is a gift.
That's why they call it the present.
I have a lot of trouble living in the moment, which is why in my blog I often start sentences with "In this moment...." A lot of suffering can be minimized with the practice of mindfulness.
11. What is the most positive thing about today?
Today I got to spend time with my niece, Sadie, which is always a gift.
I'm going to interpret "new blogger" loosely so that I can nominate some of my favorite bloggers. So in no particular order, I nominate:
1. Amy Purdy, who writes Bipolarly. Her blog on bipolar disorder is informative, personal, and from the heart.
2. Matt Fried, who writes Fried's Blog, because he is committed to honesty and to eradicating stigma against mental illness.
3. Tim Clark, who writes Life, Explained, because he rooted for UVA to win the NCAA championship in basketball after his team was eliminated.
4. Joy Page Manuel, who writes Catharsis, because she is a fellow Filipino and we think alike.
5. Somber Scribbler, which is probably cheating, but we think alike, she also writes about mental illness, she also includes doodles in her blog, and she would have been my first nominee, had she not nominated me first.
1. What job would make you say, "I can't believe I get paid to do this!"
2. What's the last dream that you remember?
3. Who was your favorite character on "The Brady Bunch" and why?
4. What was your New Year's Resolution this year?
5. What do you want to be remembered for?
6. What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
7. How many jumping jacks can you do in a minute?
8. If you could put 3 things into a time capsule, what would they be?
9. Who is your favorite superhero?
10. What song best describes you?
11. What's the last book that you couldn't put down?
Here is a random picture of Sadie and me in Legoland.