I’m absolutely delighted to announce I’ve been nominated for two awards recently – firstly the Liebster award for new blogs by This Ordinary Life, and today also the Versatile Blogger award by Jody’s Scribbles (thank you both!!!). Both of these blogs are well worth a read – This Ordinary Life is a wonderfully written blog about struggles with anxiety, and Jody’s Scribbles has certainly made me laugh/smile/feel inspired, so I recommend checking them out!
As part of the Liebster nomination I have to answer the following questions:
1) Why did you choose your current career?
Funnily enough I’ve just finished my undergraduate final exams, so I’m currently unemployed! If I had to pick a career, I’d choose to be a writer of young adult fiction, because reading and writing have been lifelong hobbies.
2) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’d stay right here when I am in the UK – as tempting as it would be to disappear off somewhere hot and exotic, being the antisocial person I am I’d end up too isolated for my own good! But I do genuinely love most things about the UK; I like the (variable) climate, the food, the people, and the lifestyle.
3) What are your favourite things to do on your day off?
I like to catch up on TV (currently loving the new season of Orange is the New Black), and depending on where I am I might do some sketching.
4) Can you sing?
I don’t think I’m terrible, but I’m not too sure! When I was a kid I would sing in the school choir, and my friends would tell me I had a good voice, but my younger brother always insisted I was awful so I’ve ended up lacking a bit of confidence. I do enjoy singing though; if there’s no one else at home I’ll crank up the speakers and sing my heart out.
5) Who is your hero/heroine?
I have always hated this question, because I’ve never really had a hero or person I’ve particularly aspired to be!
6) Do you get along with your parents?
Yes, no, maybe? We very rarely argue, but that’s a function of me not living with them, and because arguing with my parents never works out in my favour.
7) What is your favourite band/singer?
At the moment I’m loving a combination of One Republic and Madina Lake.
8) Have you ever won an award for sport?
I won an egg-and-spoon race when I was six if that counts?! I’ve never been much of a sporty person, mostly because I’ve always been overweight and grew up believing I would be laughed at if I ever really tried to be sporty. It’s a shame because I used to really enjoy badminton, but as I got older I stopped playing because I was too self-conscious.
9) Do you have any special talents?
I can do a great impression of Stacey Solomon (ten points to anyone who knows who she is!)
10) What is your favourite book, and why?
Such a hard question! When I was growing up my favourite book by a mile was ‘The Runaways’ by Ruth Thomas, because it was written with such an accurate understanding of children my age that I could really relate to/picture everything that happened (…and, even when I was little, I fantasised about disappearing off to a new life). I’m not sure what my favourite is now, but it would probably be one of my chick-lit books like ‘Kiss’ by Jill Mansell. I’m always slightly ashamed of reading chick-lit, but Jill Mansell and Sophie Kinsella in particular never fail to make me laugh.
11) If you could ask for one wish, what would it be?
As a couple of my earlier posts have suggested, I wish I could have an opportunity to be completely open and honest with my family about my struggles with mental illness…and have them understand.
I’m also supposed to give some random facts about myself, so here goes:
– I was once addicted to Vaseline (yes, really). If I didn’t have a little tin of it on me at school I’d panic about having dry lips, and would be distracted for the rest of the day. I once forgot to bring my Vaseline on the day of an exam, and a friend had to lend me hers for me to be able to concentrate!
– I adore sci-fi films, my favourites being Independence Day, Apollo 13 and Armageddon.
– I’m a Trekkie, and was head of the Star Trek Society at uni.
– Despite my reputation as a goody-two-shoes, I was nearly expelled from secondary school for being partially responsible for an abusive card sent to a teacher.
– I’ve been in a hurricane (if anyone remembers Hurricane Charley which hit the US in 2004, the eye of it went over the villa we were staying in), and an earthquake (in China).
– I’m not religious, but I’m not exactly atheist either.
– I would love to be fluent in French. I studied it from age five, but dropped it after A level, and now I miss it. It’s such a beautiful language.
Both the Liebster award and the Versatile Blogger award require further nominations to be made, and I’m going to do this gradually rather than all at once . I know not everyone participates in these award things, but I’d like to kick off by nominating Ella Cook for the Liebster award.
My questions for the Liebster Award:
- Is there a skill you wish you had?
- What do you consider to be your biggest achievement in life to date?
- If you could go back in time, what would you tell your ten year old self?
- What’s your favourite food?
- Are you artistic?
- Do you have a guilty pleasure?
- If you could have a super power what would it be, and why?
- Do you keep up with the news?
- Which celebrity would you love to meet?
- What bad habits really annoy you?
- What do you hope people will get out of your blog, if anything?
The Rules for the The Versatile Blogger Award:
1) Thank and link to the person who nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award
2) List the rules and display the award
3) Share 7 things/facts about yourself
4) Nominate 10-15 other blogs
5) Let them know about the award!