Thank you so much to https://mybrainismessingwithmyhead.wordpress.com for nominating me for a Liebster Award! You guys should all check out her blog – it’s really great!
This time around with the Liebster Award I’m going to be a bit of a rebel- I’m not going to nominate anyone or ask questions. Instead, over the next couple of weeks I will work to compile a list of some of my favourite blogs and will post it on a separate ‘Favourites’ page so that they can be perused at leisure.
I will, however, answer the Award questions asked of me!
Why did you start a blog?
I first started writing because I felt invisible. I felt like every time someone looked at me or spoke to me, all they saw was a sick girl with whatever assumptions and preconceived notions were attached to that. I wanted a chance to share my voice and find ways to honestly connect to people as a human being, not as a stereotype.
Who is your inspiration in life?
That’s a really hard question. I find myself inspired by most people I meet – my family and friends rank high on the list.
If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be?
At this second, I’m pretty happy where I am – curled up in bed with a nice cozy blanket and sunlight filtering in. But I wouldn’t say no to some sort of spa-like oasis in Thailand or a castle/villa in the French countryside.
If you could change any decision you have made in life, what would it be?
Maybe to listen to myself a little more. I don’t really have any regrets as I’m happy with where life has brought me, but growing up I did tend to get caught up in what I should or shouldn’t be doing, or what I needed to be doing, and I missed out on a lot of opportunities because of that tunnel vision.
What was the happiest day in your life and why?
I don’t know that I can pick a day. There are some great moments that stand out though – when I was officially accepted into UBC, when I watched the cast of a show that I had helped coach perform and get a standing ovation, the night after a fundraising concert I had organized, my high school graduation ceremony – but each of those days also had elements of extreme stress. I think my overall happiest days are the unremarkable ones when I talk to people that I love, watch a particularly great movie, or get so caught up in a project that I lose track of time.
You’ve won $20 million, what do you do?
Well, I know it’s a boring answer, but I’d put enough away in savings to last me a lifetime as I currently can’t work and am not sure when or if I’ll ever be able to. I’d also get myself a housekeeper and driver, and move out of my parent’s basement. I’d donate some to pre-existing charities, but I’d also use a bunch of it to start up my own non-profit – a fully accessible, pillow fort-like venue filled with board games, a mini library, and of course snacks! And of course, I’d use it to travel. With that kind of money I could actually afford the kind of accommodations I need to head overseas.
Advice for a new blogger?
Be strict with yourself. Make a schedule and stick to it, and don’t worry too much about who’s reading and who’s not. If you keep at it, your audience will find you.
What is your next adventure?
Well, next week I’m heading to Baltimore for some medical appointments – not very exciting, but still an adventure. And after that I’m not quite sure. Maybe some more school, maybe a volunteering project – maybe both!
What scares you the most?
Being alone. I love time to myself, I’m actually quite introverted, but the thought of being truly alone terrifies me.
What makes a good blog?
I think honesty is important.
Glass half full? Or half empty?
Probably half empty, but I very much appreciate what’s still there!