Thank you Lavender and Levity and Sunflower Treehouse for the Liebster Award! I’ve been meaning to write this up for months now, but I wasn’t really settled enough to do this quite yet! But two moves later, and many depressive and hypomanic cycles later, here I am.
Rules of the Liebster Award
The Liebster Award is a blogger award for new bloggers or those with a small following. It is a way of giving new bloggers some recognition and encouragement for their hard work.
The instructions for accepting the award and passing it on are as follows.
- Create a new blog post on your blog thanking the person that nominated you, link to their blog, and put in a graphic of the award.
- Answer the questions that were provided, and then share some facts about yourself.
- Create a new set of your own questions for others to answer.
- Nominate ten others and share your blog post with them so they can accept their award!
Questions from L&L
- What is your Myers-Briggs type? Do you think it describes you?
- I used to be a textbook ISTJ (Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging). I haven’t taken the test recently, so I’m sure it’s different now.
- Which technological invention of the past 100 years could you least live without?
- Automatically cleaning litter boxes for cats, and the iWatch.
- If it were solely up to you (no medical, job or family demands to dictate otherwise), what time would you go to bed at night, and what time would you wake up?
- I would sleep like the average person because I’m sensitive to noise and light. But if I had blackout curtains and soundproof walls, that would be a different story.
- What is your favorite pizza topping?
- I would put on all the cheese. Goat cheese, Gruyere, Gouda, Mozzarella…But I’d have to take my dairy pill.
- What superpower would you choose if you could have only one?
- They’re probably going to come up with flying cars soon, so I’ll go with mind reading (humans and other species)- but does this mean that I can speak all the other languages other people are speaking too? If the thoughts are in a different language, then I won’t be able to understand them right? I guess I’ll go with invisibility then.
- Again, assuming no financial, medical, family or job demands, and that all options were available where you live, would you rather drive your car or take public transportation?
- I would rather take public transportation because I’m terrified of cars. I’d live in Paris. I don’t like their subways though, they don’t believe in A/C, so I guess I would just walk.
- If you could only eat stereotypically “breakfast” foods, “lunch” foods or “dinner” foods for the rest of your life, which would you pick?
- I’m pretty ambivalent, as long as it’s something that I enjoy eating. Probably dinner. I feel like people consider different foods appropriate for different time of day. Koreans eat savory pancakes for dinner and French people basically eat dessert for breakfast (have you seen the nutella bottles?).
Questions from Sunflower Treehouse
1. Why did you start blogging?
I started the blog (as I start most things now) during a productive hypomanic episode where I just had the desire to write, vent, put the word out there, advocate for people who are going through a shitty time like I was (and basically save the world). I envisioned starting a movement, similar to Livestrong, for mental health, that would go viral. After a few more cycles of depressive episodes where I was rendered incapable to start any project other than healing myself first, I thought I’d take it easy and just write about my progress and how things are. So in a way, it’s a record of my recovery.
2. What do you love most about your writing?
There are two different questions I can think of from this. What I love about writing itself and what I love that is unique in my writing. Writing for me is a time capsule where it helps preserve a feeling, or a thought by me at a point in time, that could be read by me at another time, by “another me” and reflect that under a different light. Because my thoughts, opinions, and viewpoints vary so much hour by hour due to bipolar disorder, depending on my mood, it is sometimes a reminder that I am not just a product of a feeling, and that I am capable of thinking a different way. As for my own writing personally, I use a lot of metaphors and imagery in my writing maybe because I am also a visual artist.
3. Describe the most interesting person you’ve ever met.
When I was studying in Paris at age 17, I met someone at the language school there. He was from Finland, and spoke 7 languages, and was about to finish his PhD in economics that would go towards his conservation work in the forests in Thailand. He was a vegetarian, but ate the fish he caught. He was much older, but we became friends over our shared interest in literature (in English).
4. What don’t you get enough credit for?
For keeping things interesting.
5. What do you wish you could say?
I wish I could tell people that I have bipolar disorder without looking like a crazy. Someday.
6. Do you like pasta?
YES. So much.
7. If you could go to space, what kind of lunch would you pack?
I don’t really care about my lunch, but do I get to bring my cat up there?
8. Do you prefer movies or TV shows?
Movies. TV shows can go on and on, and I can’t stand the waiting between the episodes and seasons (especially if it’s a good one).
9. Is there a hobby you wish you would have either stuck with or picked up?
If I thought a hobby was worth picking up, I probably would have already, ha ha. But from the past, Tae Kwon Do. I started when I was little, but only got to yellow belt. That and rock climbing.
10. Do you have any scars? From what?
Not a whole lot of scars, but I do have one from when I fell flat on my face on concrete that is hardly visible on my left chin.
Other facts about me: My mother is my best friend and she is the only person in the world that has seen me in every different environment/country that I have lived in (and I’ve traveled, moved a lot). This is just a fact of life for the modern urban nomad which has it’s upsides and downsides.
I nominate the following blogs:
- Rachel’s recovery
- Thoughts from a female-exec
- Anxious Elephant
- Polarized Mind
- Bipolar, Uninvited
- My Life with PTSD & Bipolar
- The Bipolar Writer
- she’s a seeker
- Travis and the Brain
My questions for you
- What motivated to start your blog?
- Why do keep coming back to your blog?
- Which is your most read post to date?
- If you had to choose, would you rather receive a 1 billion dollars (or just a very large sum in whichever currency you prefer) and be + 30 years older, or be able to become a baby, but with all the knowledge that you have accumulated thus far, and start all over again, back in time? Why?
- What does mental illness mean to you? It can be general or about a specific disorder.
- What is the most important thing in your life?
- What are 3 things you are most grateful for at this moment?
- What color(s) is (/are) your curtain(s)?
- What is the last book you read?
- What is “being”?
Readers: Please feel free to answer any of the questions in the comments below, I’d love to hear the answers!
Thanks for reading.