Over the last week or so, I have been very honored to receive two different blog awards from three of my fellow bloggers. Within a day or so, Nova (from The Butterfly Tree) and Heather (from Unqualified Heart) both presented me with the Versatile Blogger Award. Then, around a week later, Carly (from My Hearing Loss Story) blessed me with the One Lovely Blog Award.
I am so thankful to all three of these lovely bloggers for their support and encouragement! I am also extremely thankful to the many amazing bloggers who have been following and supporting my journey over the past few months.
Braver Than Before has been such a positive addition to my life, in more ways than one. Being committed to writing through my battle with fear and anxiety on a daily basis has proven to be extremely prolific for me. But beyond that, the community I have experienced as a result of sharing my struggles so openly has been such a welcome gift. I am honored that so many people have opened up to me as a result of reading one of my posts, and I can only hope to continue to be an encouragement to my readers going forward!
It has been a busy few weeks, but I am finally getting around to responding to the blog awards I have recently received. As per the rules of both awards, I have been charged with the task of sharing seven facts about myself with the blogosphere. So here goes!
1. My first love in life was the arts. I spent most of my childhood and teenage years pursuing a future in music and/or theatre. Over the years, I have performed in such productions as Beauty and the Beast, Seussical the Musical, Oliver!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Children of Eden, and Dry Streak. To date, I have seen five musicals on Broadway, including the Lion King, Wicked, An American in Paris, Cats, and 42 Street.
2. I graduated from high school when I was sixteen years old. In ninth grade, I was in such a rush to get out of school that I devised a plan to condense the following three years of high school into two. The school recognized that I’d found a bit of a loop hole in the system, but because I managed to achieve more than enough credits (at an honors level) in that amount of time, they allowed me to do it.
3. At every season of my life, I have always had a few “safe” staple foods that I turn to when I don’t know what else to eat. Sultana raisins have been on the list for many, many years. I snack on them constantly and can go through a giant bag so quickly. I have actually started to wonder if this is more of an addiction than a “safe food”! About a month ago, I accidentally bought a bag of Thomsen raisins. I was so disappointed, but I couldn’t return them because I didn’t notice until I opened the bag and tossed a few into my mouth. They just weren’t the same, and I decided that maybe this would be a good opportunity to cut back on my raisin consumption. I am slowly making my way through the bag, but I am dreaming of the day I can eat sultanas again.
4. I am a Christian. I love Jesus, and He gives me the strength and hope I need to live my life and conquer the obstacles I face every single day. I am disappointed by the way that some Christians have misrepresented Jesus and His message throughout history, but I also recognize that I too am imperfect and therefore incapable of faultlessly expressing the perfect love of a perfect God to the world. As such, I am all the more thankful for God’s love and grace for all of us, despite our shortcomings.
5. I am obsessed with picking apart my split ends. I think there may actually be a medical term for this fixation, but we’ll leave that diagnosis for another day. I could genuinely sit in the same place for hours, just sifting through my hair for split ends and pulling them apart. I think maybe I find it to be a strange mix of calming and exhilarating. I know it’s weird, and I am okay with that!
6. I like painting! I don’t really know how to paint, but I really enjoy going to paint night classes and following along with a teacher who knows what they are doing! While I do struggle with my perfectionism in this context, I find that the creative energy of the experience outweighs the anxiety. Overall, it is calming and pleasant for me!
7. I am currently working on my ninth jigsaw puzzle for 2017. I love puzzling and find it to be another very relaxing activity, but have to be intentional about finding time for it. This year, we have started to keep a puzzle out on our kitchen island all of the time so that it is always in our face and we can’t ignore it! That way, at least a few pieces get put together every day (or most days)!
Finally, I have decided to nominate the following lovely blogs for the “One Lovely Blog Award”. These bloggers have inspired me, encouraged me, and been an all-around blessing to me. I am so thankful for them, and for what they are contributing to the blogosphere!
- Faith. Hope. Love. Food.
- The Excited Writer
- Sarah Jessica Catherine
- Y. Cagel
- Mom Journeys Blog
- Stories of a Highly Sensitive Introvert
- Standing Strong Wellness
- Merry Marie
Bloggers, if you choose to accept the One Lovely Blog Award and pass it along, you will find your instructions below:
- Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog
- Post about the award
- Share 7 facts about yourself
- Nominate at most 15 people
- Tell your nominees the good news!