Leibster Award

Thank you, Patricia Grace for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I also want to thank you for your many compliments on my writing; to be complimented by a published author is a very big boost to my self confidence indeed!

1-What motivated you to start a blog?
I love to write, and I wanted to share a story that told the truth about sexual abuse and what it’s really like to be a survivor. I think that society doesn’t like to acknowledge how often it happens, or what sexual abuse really is, and I wanted to try to bring some light to the issue.

2-Did you previously write? Where & when?
I’ve only written in journals that I’ve kept for myself, or papers I’ve written for school and college.

3-What are your favorite past-times?
I really love to cook and bake. I’m also learning that a lot of the things I “loved” were really things I was supposed to like. I love to sketch, and I love to write. I feel like right now, I’m getting to know myself, and learning what I like. I am a strange mix of intellectual— I love nonfiction, and more “nerdy” things– and creative– I love sewing, baking, creating, art.

4-Do you have a partner, children or a pet?
I’m married; in my blog my husband is called Hubby. We have a four year old daughter called Kat. We have 3 pets; a cat, Cooper, a big golden retriever/husky mix named Shy, and a Maltese named Chloe.

5-Are you a tea, coffee or milk drinker when you first wake up in the morning?
coffee with cream, or tea with some sugar. I like both, and usually have both in the morning. 🙂

6-What is your favorite time of day?
I love mornings, that time when I’m up before anyone else, and even my dogs are sleeping so peacefully. I like to read, or write in my blog, create new recipes, journal, or just try to relax.

7-Do you feel that blogging is worth your time and as satisfying as you’d like it to be?
I love blogging. I’ve been surprised that blogging has shown me I’m not alone in my struggles and feelings. I wanted to write to reach people and help show the truth about sexual abuse, but writing has given me a community of people who get it.

8-What is your favorite form of exercise?
swimming. I love to swim. It’s one time when I am less detached from my body, and I feel strong.

9-What or where is your favorite vacation?
Jamaica, with Hubby. It was amazing. Everyday started with relaxing on the beach, then breakfast, followed by a swim and then a nap…..lunch, and beach, then shower and formal dinner, then out to the bar/dance club…then a swim in the pool before bed. It was maybe the most relaxed I have ever been in my life. I wish we could go back.

10-Do you enjoy cooking?
yes! Kat has food allergies, so I am constantly creating new recipes, and I love making things and serving them to people who have no idea they are eating an allergy friendly food because it is so delicious.

11-If you could name one favorite book what would it be? Ok, if that’s a bit difficult, how about a list of 3 top favorites?
Oh man, this is really hard. I feel like I have favorite books for different stages of my life. For example, there was a period where I loved anything by Jodi Picoult, because I felt like she really made you think; books like “My Sister’s Keeper” gave voice to issues society did not want to think about. But I feel like she is begining to get redundant. I love “The Bean Trees” by Barbara Kingsley. It’s just a really powerful story, in my opinion. the time traveler’s wife, riding lessons, all the numbers, the secret garden, water for elephants, sundays at tiffanys, and the mermaid chair are just a few of the books I love. I also love nonfiction. “Far from the tree” by Andrew Soloman was life changing for me. “The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel van der Kolk has also been life changing. ” Behind the veil” was a book I required all colorists in my department to read when I ran the color department at the Aveda salon I worked at.

Okay. Obviously, I love books. Books were my escape, growing up. I have lists of childhood books I loved, too. I won’t continue though, because I have already gone way over this question!

Rules:

Create a Liebster post, and include:

-A thank-you and a link to the blogger who nominated you

-Answers to the 11 questions asked by your nominator

-Choose other bloggers to nominate and list them in the post (they must have under 1000 followers)

-Make a list of 11 new questions for your nominees to answer

-List the rules on your Liebster post

-Go to your nominees’ blogs and let them know! Comment on a post of theirs, and make sure to put a link back to your Liebster post.

Okay, here are my 11 questions:

1. What is your favorite food?
2. If you could visit one place, real or imaginary, what would that place be?
3. Did you have a favorite toy, book, game growing up? What was it?
4. What is your favorite season?
5. Do you wake early or sleep late?
6. Why did you start blogging?
7. What’s your favorite movie?
8. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Or, if that is too hard, what do you want to be now, when you “grow up”?
9. Do you like the beach?
10. What is the most adventurous or brave thing you have ever done?
11. What do you hope to accomplish most in your life?

I nominate Jay I love reading your blog, your writing is captivating and your story always resonates with me…..I love the way you manage to share your feelings about therapy. You are so great. 🙂

I also nominate Penny . I just love your blog. You write so clearly about things that are so hard to write about, and always, always what you write strikes a chord within me. You are wonderful. 🙂

So, answer the questions, make up your own, and nominate two more bloggers! 🙂

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