My very first bloggers’ award! I’m honored! A very special thank you to Hannah for nominating me! 


The Rules:Brotherhood of the World Award

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to his/her blog.
  2. List the rules of the award and post a picture of the award.
  3. Answer the questions from your nominator.
  4. Nominate 10 other bloggers and be sure to let them know.
  5. Write a list of questions of your nominees to answer.

My Q&A:

What is a piece of advice you would give yourself 5 years ago?

This is a heavy question for me, as my assault occurred exactly 4 years ago today. (Find out what I’m talking about here.) Of course, there is no real advice I could give myself that would prevent the incident from ever happening. In fact, I don’t know that I would even change that it happened; I am who I am today because it happened. That being said, on a completely different subject, the advice I would have to give myself would be to try to start building a savings account for rainy days. I’ve never been very good at managing my money; I’ve always had the mentality that money is meant to be spent and enjoy life, not to be kept locked away in a bank account. That view still holds true today, but I have also learned that those rainy days come more often than not the further down the road of adulthood one travels…

What is the goal of your blog?

The goal of my blog is to share my knowledge and experience with others who might have similar struggles as I have. I’ve spent a majority of my life with clinical depression, and then was also diagnosed with PTSD after the assault. It has taken me a very long time to end up where I am today, and I know my journey is nowhere near over. Over the last four years, my life went through some serious changes and transitional periods. Today, hindsight to a lot of the hardships and adversities I have experienced, I have a much different view of the world and am a much different person. It is my hope that by sharing my experiences and advice that I can help give others at least a glimmer of hope as they work through whatever they’re going through.

What is a piece of advice you would give to a blogger just starting out?

If you start a blog, make sure the first and foremost reason you do is for yourself. If your goal is to gain a large following with lots of readers, you’re blogging for the wrong reason. Make sure what you blog about is something you are passionate about, something that you enjoy talking about and that you benefit from in writing about. The readers will come later (with a bit of hard work and networking, but nevertheless…) If you aren’t genuinely interested in what you’re writing about, it will show – and will cost you readers. Would you rather read a blog written by someone who is very clearly passionate about their subject, with their writing inspiring you to be just as passionate? Or would you rather read a blog written without the passion or emotion – like a generic news article? The way you will gain and keep an audience is going to depend upon your enthusiasm – not on whether you write about the most popular topic to attract readers.

Who was your inspiration to start a blog?

My boyfriend. He is also a writer (although far more established than I). I had been tossing around the idea of starting a blog for a while, but I had no idea what to write about. He was the one who encouraged me, and said “write what you know.” And then it all clicked!

If you had the opportunity to make your blog a full time job, would you do it? And why?

Well, that depends. If by “full-time” you mean give up my day job, then no. I absolutely love being a martial arts instructor and wouldn’t give it up unless my life depended on it. If I could do both, then yes! I love writing – always have. Friends would think I was nuts in college because I looked forward to those 10 page term papers. Lol.

What setting from a book or movie would you like to live in or experience?

Call me a nerd, but I have to say it: Hogwarts. Lol. I’ve always dreamed of being able to do magic since I was a kid!

What is your biggest regret?

There isn’t a whole lot that I regret in my life, because if things hadn’t happened exactly the way they have, I wouldn’t be where I am or who I am today. But if there was something I wish I could go and “do-over” it would have to be choosing not to graduate high school early. By doing so, I missed out on so many rites of passage – prom, homecoming, cap and gown… At the time, missing out on those things wasn’t a big deal to me at all – I wasn’t your average 16 year old. I still don’t find going to prom very appealing (lol) but it’s a rite of passage that teenagers have gone through in our society for decades. I feel like I kinda just skipped straight to adulthood from the age of 16. I don’t regret it, but as an anthropologist understanding the importance of certain societal traditions, I wish I could have experienced those high school memories.

If you could magically just be better at something/skill what would it be and why?

That’s an easy one. Dancing. Lol. Ever since junior high, I’ve been terrified of dancing. I was bullied pretty substantially growing up, and besides everything else about me, dancing was one of the biggest points of ridicule. I still can’t muster up the guts to get out onto a dance floor to this day – the only way I might consider it would be by way of liquid courage. And even then chances are slim. Well, unless it’s a slow dance. Slow dancing I can do. Haha

What is your definition of a successful life?

One word: HAPPINESS.

What is the best gift you could receive?

Someone’s time. Time is an extremely valuable commodity, and one of the few things in the world that once it is spent, there are no refunds, no exchanges – it’s gone forever. So if someone is willing to spend something so valuable on me, I take it as a huge honor.

My Nominees:

English-Language Thoughts

Blonde Write More

Ingrid Madison Ave

When Women Inspire

The Perfectly Imperfect Bunch

Happy Healthy Tash

Mind Over Meta

Angela Noel

Honey & Fox

The Emma Edit

My Questions:

  1. What was it that inspired you to start writing a blog?
  2. Besides blogging/writing, do you have any other creative outlets (ie. singer, actor, etc)?
  3. If you were given the power to change one thing in the entire world, what would it be and why?
  4. Do you consider your blog “a job”? Why or why not?
  5. You’ve been given magical powers. What is your specialty?
  6. Out of all of your blog posts, which one is your favorite and why?
  7. Is the glass half empty or half full?
  8. You have been given the opportunity to live on Mars. You can only take 5 things with you. What do you choose?
  9. What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
  10. What is your favorite memory from when you were a child?

Happy blogging everyone! ♥