Liebster Award Nomination #2

I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by Osama Sajid Khan at The Thinker’s Cauldron. I am honored to be nominated and am excited to participate!

Rules

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 10 questions your nominator asked.
  3. Nominate 10 other bloggers.
  4. Ask them 10 questions.
  5. Tell 10 random facts or things about yourself.
  6. Let them know you have nominated them.

The Thinker’s Cauldron‘s 10 Questions

1. WHAT IS YOUR DREAM IN LIFE?

My dream in life is to leave this world a better place than I found it, however that may manifest. It might involve doing meaningful work that inspires others, bringing up a kind and considerate child, being a good friend to those in need, advocating for a cause I believe in, or simply picking up trash along the trail every time I go hiking.

2. IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

If I could change one thing about the world, I would replace greed with generosity. I would love to see a world where individuals consider the long-term implications of their actions, make decisions that support the well-being of all living things (presently and in the future), and generosity offer their gifts to the world (fully trusting that others will do the same). Too often, those in power take advantage of their position, while those who feel slighted resort to backstabbing and pettiness. I long to live in a fair, just world where everyone chooses to be kind to one another.

3. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION AND WHY?

My favorite travel destination is Oak Creek Canyon, AZ, though Portland, Seattle and Denver are close behind. While I generally despise Arizona for its arid desert landscape, Oak Creek Canyon is a breath of fresh air (quite literally!) nestled snugly between Sedona and Flagstaff, away form cell service, annoying tourists, and the chaos of modern life. It holds a special place in my heart because it’s where my boyfriend and I go when we need to get away, so I have many fond memories for sunrise hikes, evenings working on jigsaw puzzles, and sitting on the patio under a canopy of trees reading.

4. IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, WHICH ERA IN HISTORY WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPERIENCE AND WHY? 

My grandparents were born in the midst of The Great Depression and their stories are filled with both realism and whimsy, so I think I’d like to have been born in the 1920s or 1930s. Across the course of their lives, they’ve experienced lack and loss alongside freedom and technological progress. Those currently in their eighties and nineties are wise, empathetic, funny and especially grateful for the the gifts in their lives. So much happened in the last century, and I would love to have experienced it firsthand.

5. WOULD YOU PREFER DYING AS SOMEONE WHO IS FAMOUS AND ADMIRED OR SOMEONE WHO IS UNKNOWN BUT LOVED?

I would much rather be loved dearly than admired from afar. When I look at elderly folks, the happiest always seem to be those holding hands with their partner, celebrating holidays with their families, and out joking over breakfast with their longtime friends. To be surrounded by loving family, friends, and colleagues is to have lived a good life.

6. WHAT BELIEF, PHILOSOPHY, PHENOMENON, OR TRADITION FASCINATES YOU THE MOST?

For years, I’ve been enamored by the holographic universe theory, which suggests that the universe is construct created, at least in part, but the human mind. I’ve read countless books, watched endless videos and had many in-depth conversations on the topic, but am still grappling with the complexity and gravity of the theory. How incredible and disconcerting is it that everything beyond your periphery, per widely-accepted physics, literally does not exist?

7. WHICH FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION WORLD WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A PART OF?

This is a tricky question, as most of the fantasy and science fiction world I’ve encountered in books and shows are not necessarily safe nor pleasant. Womp, womp. However, I am huge fan of Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009) and think I would most enjoy interacting with its characters and working to outsmart the Cylons.

8. WHEN OR HOW DO YOU THINK A PERSON ACHIEVES MATURITY?

I believe that the path toward maturity begins when a person learns to look inward, question who they are, and define what it is they stand for. In my view, achieving maturity involves self-acceptance, self-love, and standing up for one’s beliefs. Some may begin their journey at a very young age following a poignant event, and others may reach the end without ever having taken the first step towards maturity. As is true with most things in life, there exist a spectrum or layers of achievement–the journey and the destination will be slightly (or vastly) different for each of us.

9. WHICH PERSON INSPIRES YOU THE MOST?

I am most inspired by my boyfriend. While it’s not my story to tell, in short, he contracted an extremely rare and fatal illness in his early 20s, died while in a coma and later awoke with no recollection of his previous life. He lost everything–the skill he’d spend years honing (and thus his promising career), the girlfriend he no longer recognized, and the life he had planned for himself–but he never gave up, even when the doctors had given up on him. His every day is committed to pushing through chronic pain and ongoing medical challenges in order to continue learning, growing and helping others do the same.

10. MENTION ON SOCIAL NORM THAT YOU THINK SHOULDN’T EXIST.

I don’t think employees should be required to spend 40 hours per week in the office, but rather should be expected work until all tasks are completed satisfactorily. If the employee gets distracted and takes the full 40 hours to complete their assignments, okay; however, if someone hustles and knocks out their projects in half the time, they should be allowed to go home instead of sitting at their desk for the remaining time pretending to be busy. With the advance of technology, I believe we should have more free time, not less.

My 10 Liebster Award Nominees

  1. Wherever My Feet Take Me
  2. The Storm Lamp
  3. Ancient Skies
  4. My Food Farmacy
  5. BeingBetter: From Pothead To Providence
  6. Stuart France
  7. Floating Gold
  8. Bluebell For Awhile
  9. Silence Killed The Dinosaurs
  10. The Perks of Being Different

10 Questions for My Nominees

  1. How are you, really?
  2. What character from a book, movie or TV show is most similar to you?
  3. What movie, picture, or video always makes you laugh no matter how often you watch it?
  4. What are two things you still want to accomplish in your life?
  5. What is your most controversial or unpopular opinion?
  6. What unethical experiment would have the biggest positive impact on society as a whole?
  7. What’s the most interesting documentary you’ve ever watched?
  8. What is your favorite word? How about least favorite?
  9. What’s the weirdest conversation you’ve eavesdropped on?
  10. What is one underrated pleasure?

Well, that’s it for this post. Thank you for the nomination, The Thinker’s Cauldron! Thanks in advance to anyone who chooses to participate. I’m looking forward to seeing what you guys have to share!

P.S. You can check out the Q&A from my first nomination here.

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  1. I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award because I think that you are very deserving of it! Your posts are very inspiring and uplifting! I have tagged you in my recent post where all of the info can be found there.🌞

    Also, I would like to congratulate you for receiving the Liebster Award Nomination!! Your answers are very deep and honest.

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  2. Congratulations, my dear friend! Your words speak so much truth and sincerity, you deserve this nomination a hundred times over! I am deeply humbled by your nomination and can’t wait to participate! Much light and love ❤

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  3. Congrats for your award! You’re answers are really interesting. And thank you for my nomination! I explained on your comment on my blog that I don’t do these things officially (they don’t fit with my format) … but I do try to answer the questions (here) anyway, because I really do appreciate the nomination.

    (that does mean this comment will be ridiculously long)

    1. How are you, really?

    Um.

    I see you’ve brought out the big guns.

    This is a hard one to answer because I had three miscarriages in the last year (not a secret, I’ve written/drawn about it on my site). So right now I’m always some degree of ‘not great’. But if we’re going to be scientific about it, on the scale of “super, thanks!” to “life is meaningless and we should all surrender to the void”, I’m probably sitting at about “stares at the wall a bit too often”.

    2. What character from a book, movie or TV show is most similar to you?

    … I don’t know? Sorry. I love stories. I read a lot. I could write you an essay on a which characters I like or don’t like and why, but which ones are similar to me? It’s not something I’ve thought a ton about.

    I remember while growing up I related hard to Keladry of Mindelan from Tamora Pierce’s Protector of the Small books. These days possibly Vimes from discworld? Because he runs on semi-controlled anger, always seems a bit off kilter, thinks there will be a solution (even in a messy, blurry world, even when the hunt for it twists him up), and even while being really, really cynical about people tends to believe in a sort of fundamental (not goodness but) okayness in (not all but) most people.

    3. What movie, picture, or video always makes you laugh no matter how often you watch it?

    Also hard to answer. I’m not sure I can keep laughing at *anything* indefinitely, no matter how funny. I kind of need to forget the jokes to laugh again.

    4. What are two things you still want to accomplish in your life?

    I would like to write a novel and have kids. Once upon a time, those felt like reasonable, not-too-ambitious goals.

    5. What is your most controversial or unpopular opinion?

    … I don’t know? (Again.)

    Also, ‘most controversial or unpopular’ as in most extreme or as in largest number of opponents? I guess I tend to be progressive, and there are still a lot of conservative people out there, therefore I imagine that in terms of numbers of opponents, my ideas of social equality are probably the most controversial. But I would argue my opinions on that aren’t extreme, that in fact that are soft and kind and lovely and all about acceptance, in which case probably some obscure opinion I have about a book or movie is the most extreme opinion I have. I have lots of opinions on why particular books or movies work or don’t work that other people don’t hold. I had a pretty intense discussion about Red Rising one time (the fridging* thing turned me right off).

    *a lazy trope

    6. What unethical experiment would have the biggest positive impact on society as a whole?

    … I can honestly say have never given this a moments thought. And even thinking about it know I really don’t know.

    7. What’s the most interesting documentary you’ve ever watched?

    … I can’t answer this either. I don’t watch a lot of documentaries (I do read non-fiction, okay? It’s not that I’m uninterested in the world). I think in the last five years the only docos I’ve watched have been David Attenborough nature ones, which are great but I usually use them for background noise/colour/motion while I’m drawing.

    8. What is your favorite word? How about least favorite?

    I’m not great at ‘favourites’, but I can tell you that I love words that look or sound just right for what they are. I think suffixes and prefixes (can) soften and spoil this effect in words.

    I like:
    Moon. Melody. Glitter. Effervesce. Bloom. Susurrus. Tip-toe (as a verb).

    But for comedy purposes, the opposite can be true. The more stuffy or specific you can make something simple sound, the more you can cram in, the more amusing it is. And that’s fun. And I like that.

    E.g.,:
    Defenestrate. Callipygian.

    I dislike ‘crepuscular’. I assumed it would pronounced a certain way, but then I looked it up and it turns out not only was I wrong, but the ‘PUS’ syllable jumps out. Now I just hear and see ‘PUS’ all yucky and yellow.

    9. What’s the weirdest conversation you’ve eavesdropped on?

    Hmmm … I can’t remember. Sorry. I’ve sat hear for five minutes trying to come up with something good, but I’ve got nothing.

    10. What is one underrated pleasure?

    Pleasant breezes plus gentle sunshine.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer! Your answers made me smile, especially the stuffy and specific words. 🙂 I’m looking forward to snatching up a copy (or twelve) of your future novel…your humor is just brilliant and makes me want to be your best friend! As for the second dream, I hope you remain optimistic–someday, somehow you’ll have kids in your life. Sending a big hug your way! ❤

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