My First Liebster Award

Hello there friends! Welcome to my blog.

I’m always glad to have you here, but today I’m even more glad because I get to share with you the funtastic news that I’ve recently been nominated for my first and second Liebster Awards by Yiena and Sobia respectively.

The Liebster Award is an award that is given to bloggers by other bloggers. “Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”

I want to thank both Sobia and Yiena for the nomination. I am pleased and honored to know that they consider me worthy of the qualities embodied by the Liebster Award.

I am grateful for the opportunity they have presented me. And so, I honor them by accepting their nomination, as well as responding to their questions to the best of my ability.

Yiena is the sweetest blogger you’ll ever find, I’ve been following her for a while now and I’m happy to say I’m not thinking of stopping anytime soon. She always takes the time to read and leave a thoughtful comment on the blogs of others. More than that, she is a poetess blessed with the skill, and the will, to unleash her creativity positively. If this sounds enticing, then don’t hesitate to click this link and follow her blog.

Sobia is a blogger whom I’ve only started following recently, but based on what I’ve seen so far, I wish I had started following her blog sooner. Her writing is geared towards portraying the beauty of life. It is uplifting and invokes a feeling of inner peace within me.

Through her stories and poems, you can see just how much she loves this life. So if you too want her love for life to rub off on you, then be sure to check out her blog.

Rules of the Liebster Blogger Award:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and give a link to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers.
4. Ask your nominees 11 questions.
5. Notify your nominees once you’ve uploaded your post.

Questions to me

  1. What are the top three things you like to accomplish with your blog posts? (Sobia)

I never really thought about it. Not consciously anyways. But subconsciously the requirements that linger at the back of my mind are always: one, to inspire myself and others, two, to have fun whilst writing, and three, to increase traffic to my blog.

2. Aside from necessities what’s one thing you can’t go without? (Yiena)

I have a stoic outlook towards life, which somehow finds a way to coexist with my attitude of gratitude which seeks to make me happy. Because of this, I’ve learned not to grow too attached to things, as they can always be taken away. However, I am not immune to falling in love with the wonderful things this world has to offer.

My Itel S15 smartphone is the one thing–either than food, water and love–I wouldn’t be able to function well without. Not only does it serve as a pen, and a book that allows me to unleash my creativity; it also–through the apps I’ve installed on it–helps me on my journey towards becoming a better me. These apps allow me to create positive habits geared towards influencing my behavior positively.

I can’t live without my smartphone because it allows me to stay in touch with the people in my life, and with it, I can capture the beauty of this world without having to paint a picture of it in words.

3. What do you like most about blogging? (Sobia)

I like the fact that people here, on the blogosphere are so uplifting and positive. This inspires me to follow in their footsteps.

4. How many pairs of shoes do you own? (Yiena)

I consider myself a minimalist, so I only have 5 pairs of shoes. One pair of shoes for formal events. One pair for casual events. Two pairs of boots to satiate my adventurous side, and one pair of shoes which I abuse every normal day.

I’m doing better now financially, so I can afford to buy myself even more shoes. But I remember a time not so long ago when I only had one pair, which was far from fair. So because of this, I think five pairs are more than enough. This is why I’m very appreciative of the shoes I have now, as they are a testament to how far I’ve walked in my journey towards becoming a better me.

5. How does your writing enhance you as a person? (Sobia)

As a person, my writing has shaped my personality greatly. It has allowed me to detect changes in my thought patterns. Not only that, I use my writing to inspire myself positively. I want to live life exactly the way a writer does.

Writing my own life story, building my character and plotting the success of my happiness.

6. If you were a superhero what powers would you have? (Yiena)

Ability to fly? Check. It’s convenient–as long as I don’t get to flap my arms around the whole time–and it allows me to move from point A to B without wasting time in traffic.

Healing powers? Yes. Who wouldn’t want to heal the pain of the people they love?

X-ray vision? Yep. This one isn’t entirely altruistic…lol…shoot me if you know what I mean. But it will come in handy when it comes to looking for victims in burning or crashed buildings. Plus, I’ll be able to warn my friends early of any tumors that have arisen in their bodies.

Super-strength? Of course. This will complement my ability to fly well. Whats the use of knowing how to fly to safety if you can’t lift anyone off the ground long enough to get away?

7. Have you experienced any positive impact brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic? (Sobia)

I know the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic haven’t been good at all. With plenty of people dying, and many others fearing for their lives it’s not a wonder we’re experiencing a dark cloud of negativity hanging over us. But like the ancient idiom goes ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’ the pandemic has impacted my life in a positive way.

Yes! I am praying for the reopening of schools, as I miss campus life. With benefits like learning from lecturers, meeting fascinating new people, and having intellectual conversations with friends who can blame me? But the truth is time away from school has given me more freedom to choose how I spend my days.

Because I don’t have to make my waking schedule rhyme with the sunrise in order to go to class, I can wake up just a bit later than the early bird if I choose to, ensuring I get enough rest.

Because I have more time to myself, I have taken up habits like yoga and meditation which help me tune into and strengthen my mind-body connection. I always wanted to do this, but before the pandemic, I couldn’t do so because I never found the time.

I know this is just an excuse. That I could have practiced these habits if I really wanted to, but it’s just so much easier incorporating these habits into my lifestyle now more than ever.

8. If you could change one thing in the past what would it be? (Yiena)

Read more books.

According to my family, I learned how to read when I was about three years young. But unfortunately it took me 17 years to really develop a love for reading. Before that I only read out of necessity. The only books I read where connected to my studies.

Until in my first year of varsity I was introduced to the amazing world of literature. I’ve grown so much since then. That growth was influenced by the eye opening, thought provoking, inspiring books I read.

I wonder, where would I be now had I developed my passion for reading at three years old?

9. How does blogging improve your mental state? (Sobia)

In an earlier question, I mentioned I like the blogosphere because of its positivity. Because of this, it’s easy to say blogging improves my mental state by inspiring me to be positive.

Rarely–if ever–do I come across any negativity. This is why I’m always looking forward to blogging as it has the power to lift my mood.

10. The longest I’ve gone without sleep? (Yiena)

Back when I was still a fool in high school, ignorant of the fact that the mind and the body need rest to perform at their best, I went a whole three days without sleep.

Of course, the mind and body can’t be fooled, and so I found myself dozing off many times in class, and losing focus on many occasions.

I’m a bit embarrassed to give my reason, but let’s just say it was a mixture of being a hormonal teen introduced to the wonders of the internet for the first time, whilst also being home alone.

11. Where do you see yourself in five years? (Sobia)

In five years, I hope to have attained my Masters’s degree in Linguistics. I see myself having learned how to speak French and Japanese fluently. I will be well-versed in Spanish and I should be able to articulate myself in German. I know virtually nothing about these languages now, so this may be a pipe dream. But I consider myself a big dreamer, so I look forward to facing this challenge head on.

I don’t want to learn these languages for no reason, and so I envision myself touring the world, having conversations with French beauties in Paris, talking to zen-masters of spiritual arts in Tokyo, and watching Real play soccer in Madrid.

In five years I believe I’ll have enough traffic flowing into my blog, that I’ll have monetized it and will be using it to generate revenue.

In five years, I think I will have published my first and second books at least. One to inspire myself and others to be better versions of themselves, and another to entertain the bookworms who eat epic fantasy for breakfast, lunch, and supper.

There you have it friends. That’s that for the questions directed to me.

Here are my nominees

  1. Cluadia D
  2. d.a.simpsonwriter
  3. Famela
  4. Lairai
  5. Lebana
  6. Lucy
  7. Mayet
  8. Pallavi
  9. Regina Idatuleni
  10. Stuart
  11. The knight of the pen

And here are my questions to them

  1. What is a normal day for you like?
  2. Why did you start blogging?
  3. Where would you spend your dream vacation?
  4. When did your journey as a writer begin?
  5. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  6. What is the one thing you’d like to do before you pass on?
  7. How does your writing enhance your personality?
  8. If you could change one thing in the past what would it be?
  9. Who is your favorite author and why?
  10. How have you adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic?
  11. Aside from necessities what is one thing you can’t live without?

And there you have it folks. That’s it for my response. Thanks for joining me in enjoying this wonderful day. Have a pleasant week ahead.

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