Good Morning, Chronic Readers!
I’m very excited for this post today, as I was nominated for a Liebster Award! The very sweet and talented A Body of Hope has nominated me, and I want to give a great big THANK YOU! shout-out to her. Thanks for the nod, friend 🙂 I encourage you to check out her blog at http://www.abodyofhope.wordpress.com
A Liebster Award, as defined by the Internet, is a pat-on-the-back award shared between bloggers in which we congratulate each other on being Awesome. So I’m really glad to get one, and I’m super psyched to pass it on to a few other bloggers that I think are also Awesome:
A Southern Celiac http://www.asouthernceliac.com
Sarcoid Soldier http://www.sarcoidsoldier.wordpress.com
College on Crutches http://www.collegeoncrutches.wordpress.com
You (and my nominator A Body of Hope) are all such an inspiration to me as a Chronic blogger. I love to read about how you are handling your illnesses in addition to all of life’s everyday challenges. Thank you for sharing your stories!
Instructions for presenting a Liebster Nomination:
-Thank the blogger who nominated you. (Check!)
-Post the Liebster Award image on the acceptance post and/or as a widget. (Check!)
-Share any 11 facts/things about yourself. (See below)
-Answer the 11 questions given. (See below)
-Nominate bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. (Check!)
-Compile 11 questions for your nominees. (See below)
-Let your Nominees know by commenting on their blogs. (I’ll do that in a minute!)
Questions to my Nominees:
- When did you decide to start blogging and why?
- Who is your favorite author, or do you have a favorite book?
- Is writing your profession, or do you have a “day job”?
- How do you feel about sharing your story with the Internet? Is it fun? Nerve racking?
- Where is the most interesting place your blog has been read?
- What’s the best comment your blog has received?
- What was your most-read post? Share the link!
- What’s your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate it?
- Do you have any pets?
- If you were stuck on a desert island and only 5 things were stuck there with you, what would they be and why?
11 things about me:
~I took French in school from kindergarten to junior year of high school (12 years!) and yet I can barely speak it. However, I understand a whole lot of it, and so I have been known to *occassionally* eavesdrop on Frenchie conversations.
~I worked at a fancy soap shop at the mall when I was in high school, and probably spent half my paychecks buying fancy soap (at a great employee discount!) instead of saving them.
~I sometimes think it would be fun to have blue hair.
~Gilmore Girls is my favorite TV show, ever.
~I named my dog, Suki, after the main character’s best friend.
~I love manicures, but I only do them myself, as I distrust the cleanliness of nail spas.
~When I was little, I wanted to be a country music superstar.
~Dolly Parton is still my idol.
~Dollywood is one of my favorite places on Earth.
~I once met Annie Leibovitz, of celebrity photographer fame, and was so nervous I couldn’t speak.
~If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life it would potatoes.
Random. I know.
I think that’s the point.
These are the questions A Body of Hope asked me:
How did you come up with the name of your blog?
I was really tired of the phrase “chronic illness” because it meant so many negative things to me. I wanted to explore what “chronic wellness” might mean to me instead.
What is your chosen spiritual path/religion?
“Keep an open mind, but not so much your brain falls out.” –Groucho Marx
I was raised Catholic, but I feel like the preceding quote pretty much sums up both my spiritual and political viewpoints as an adult. I also like Joel Osteen and whatever brand of spiritual positivity you’d like to define his sermons as.
Does it impact your writing? If yes, how?
Yes. In regards to keeping an open mind, I try really hard not to judge (Anyone or anything. Period.). I try to tell the truth about myself, and my experiences, and I try (really, really hard) to recognize the positive aspects, or even life lessons, wrapped up in those experiences. And then I write about it…
Describe the first time you realized that your writing could influence/challenge others’ thinking:
I would have to say, probably right after my very first blog post. I got such a great response that it just clicked- other people are reading this, they care, and it matters what I say. That is a cool feeling!
Who was a childhood hero of yours?
Dolly Parton. Seriously. I didn’t even realize she sang for like, ever. But my mom had bought me her children’s book The Coat of Many Colors, and I loved it so much that I memorized the whole thing and wore the binding out. When I found out she was Country Music royalty and had a theme park? Let’s just say my mind was blown!
Do you feel your writing is a form of artistic expression?
Absolutely! I love the whole process- from thinking about what to write, all the way to posting and adding pictures to fully convey whatever theme I’m trying to get across.
What was your favorite childhood game?
Candyland. No matter how many times I played, I always picked the Princess Lolly card. She was my favorite!
What’s the most romantic thing you can think of?
I wrote a whole post about it: True Love https://iamchronicallywell.com/2014/08/29/true-love/
What is your favorite quote?
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” –Dale Carnegie
Because it’s true!
How do you define creativity?
Tricky question! I think maybe it’s indefinable. But I know it when I feel it- it’s like my brain is expanding, as though the dusty corners that aren’t in every day use are waking up.
What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Hmmm, this is hard, as I’ve never really had a writing guru to guide me. So I guess perhaps it would be when I told my mom I wanted to write a blog but I wasn’t sure about it, and she said “Oh, you should totally do that!” Thanks, Mom!