THE INSPIRATIONAL BLOGGER AWARD

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A huge thank you to Friederike at www.theworldoffritters.wordpress.com for nominating me for this award! I am honoured! Be sure to check out Friederike’s lovely blog. I love the photos she posts, not to mention her light-hearted, passion shines through each of her posts. Truly a beautiful blogger.

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in your post and make sure to link their blog!
  2. Insert the blog award badge
  3. Copy and paste these rules
  4. Complete the blogger award scrapbook style questions
    (make sure to include photos where possible)
  5. Nominate 10 other bloggers who inspire you

This award has been created by Aleeha and Lucy from the ‘HALE’ blog.www.halessaaw.com

THE QUESTIONS:

1.) Share a quote to inspire other bloggers!

“I dwell in possibility” – Emily Dickinson.

I know that is the title of and a line from her famous poem, but I love the phrase nonetheless and think it makes a great quote on its own. Life is full of possibilities. Anything is possible. Nothing is impossible. I find it to be especially relevant to to TCKs especially in times of transition. We often find ourselves with many opportunities to choose from. 

2.) Share a photo of one of your favourite places that you have visited. What do you love about this place?North Coast.JPG

The North Coast of Northern Ireland. This is a surprising response because I love hot weather, but on many occasions I find myself visualizing the North Coast when I meditate. I love this place because it holds many memories. Good times with friends new and old. My first time on the North Coast, I was amazed at its beauty. It is picturesque like something you would see in a painting at an art gallery. Each time I return, I am stunned by the captivating atmosphere. I feel as though I am a character in the pages of an illustrated fairytale storybook. The North Coast is my happy place. I go there in my mind when I am feeling unwell or stressed. 

3.Share a link to one of your favourite blogs. What qualities do you love about this blogger?

One of my favourite blogs is  www.empoweredsustenance.com.  Lauren Geertsen is one of the most influential bloggers in the health and wellness industry. She is also a certified Nutritional Therapy Practictioner, the author of three books, and the co-founder of Meo Energetics. Lauren is a highly accomplished woman, who’s blog has been a fantastic resource that reminds me to be empowered.

I check www.empoweredsustenance.com several times a week for new posts, but I am completely content to re-read a few older posts. None of her posts ever disappoint. I learn so much from her in-depth and information rich articles. Lauren, thank your brilliant writing and sharing with others how to be empowered!

4.Share a photo of a favourite book/film. 

These may also come as surprise to some. As an INTJ, I am not perceived to be overly romantic, and often find myself detesting love stories. The romance genre can be oh-so-predictable and cliche. Meh. Even still, my favourite film and book are undeniably romantic. 15

My favourite book is Fifteen by Beverly Cleary. This young adult fiction encapsulates starry-eyed teen love in the most commonplace manner. Entirely predictable beginning to end. Absolutely cliche all throughout. So why would I even read this book, not just once but multiple times – even in my twenties? Because I think adolescent romance is sweet. It seems more pure and innocent compared to the way we love as adults. As a teen, the experience of romance is untainted. The feelings are very vibrant, and entirely exaggerated by the passion of excess of hormones. There is nothing else to comparable to the first love, simply because at the time it is the only one. Sure there are plenty of other teen romance novels out there. But I love this one because it is simple, transient and noble, just the way a first love unfolds.

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My favourite film is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I am intrigued with the psychosocial concepts woven presented in the film. How and who we we become romantically involved with often stems from our past relationships in childhood or our attachment to our parents I am enthralled by the main idea illustrated throughout the film. I think it is an accurate depiction of how many of us attempt to handle the end of a relationship; to erase them from our minds. In the process, we becoming even more vulnerable and discover we cannot deny, nor deprive ourselves from the love we feel towards others.

5.Do you have any other hobbies or passions outside of blogging?

Mainly watching tons YouTube videos – my top favourite vloggers are Fun for Louis, Samantha Lindsey and The Frey Life.  My other passions include writing poems, mentoring youth, people watching and listening music. Though I have chronic fatigue and other health issues, I try not let that keep me from camping, going on road trips, chilling at the beach, kayaking, hiking, biking, or SUP (stand up paddle boarding).

6.List 5 places on your travel bucket list

  1. Singapore: I would love to observe the interactions among the expat community, especially since it is one of the top places to raise a family abroad. 
  2. Canada: More specifically I would love to see the province of British Colombia. A friend of mine visited Vancouver. Her descriptions of the gorgeous scenery made me want to see it for myself! 
  3. The Netherlands: I would love to spend time in a cycle friendly place, and it has been a long-time dream of mine to visit The Anne Frank House. 
  4. Spain: A mostly-sunny  European country. Sounds great to me! I’d probably have the most fun people watching all the English tourists though! 
  5. Thailand: I really wanted to travel there during my gap year after high school. I had friends who lived there for a few years and they loved it. They spoke highly of the culture, activities and food. 

7.Share a link to one of your favourite posts on your blog. Why is it your favourite?

My favourite post on my blog is 4 Things You Need to Know about the Third Culture Kid(s) in Your Life. I think it is my most candid post where I poured out everything I have ever wanted to say to everyone about my life as a Third Culture Kid.

8.Share a photo of one item that you love. 

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I like my Billabong swim shirt. If I am wearing it, that must mean I am doing some sort of water sport. And that means I must be feeling well enough to participate. I always appreciate the days when my energy level allows me to do something athletic. I feel most alive when I am kayaking, canoeing, SUP, river rafting, or at a water park. I find water activities to be healing, soothing and grounding – as ironic as that may sound.

9.Share an item which is currently on your wishlist. What do you love so much about this item/why do you want it?

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A juicer. Living in the Middle-East, fresh juice is in abundance all over the city and at each market. Our refrigerator never lacks a line-up of freshly squeezed juices – no sugar added! Sadly, I will be departing soon and know that I will not be able to find (or afford) fresh juice. So that is why I have a juicer at the top of my wish list. I want to be able to enjoy the comforts of home while I transition back to my passport country, again. I’ll drink to that!

10.How long have you been blogging for? Do you want to continue blogging forever?

I have been blogging on and off for six years. Wholesome Valour is my most recent blog, that I started around six months ago. I go into more detail about my blogging journey in my post The BeginningI really hope to continue blogging forever! It is certainly one possibility I would love to dwell in for a long time to come. 

I NOMINATE:

  1. www.empoweredsustenance.com 
  2. www.penelopetrunk.com
  3. www.store.freylife.com
  4. www.heroinetraining.com
  5. www.alwaysuttori.com
  6. www.amandakrause.com 
  7. www.zerowastehome.com 
  8. www.thelinkbetweenworlds.com
  9. www.trashisfortossers.com
  10. www.allthingscabriajoy.com 

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