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Liebster Nomination #2 & #3

Good evening everyone! Feeling honored because I’ve been nominated for a 2nd Liebster Award by Rory @  A Guy called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip! and a 3rd award from Dr. Tanya @ Salted Caramel It feels wonderful to enjoy recent accomplishments with my blog. Sometimes, it takes other creative individuals to bring out the best in you.

Rory has given me a lot of food for thought with thought-provoking questions I never thought of asking myself these past few months. I’ve been befuddled with some of his fun questions, but nevertheless I enjoy them. He shares some interesting quotes and musical selections. He has an interesting take on a variety of topics and he has a wonderful habit of promoting new bloggers in the morning and end of his day! His questions explores my happiness at different stages of my life, colors, inspirational things, curiosity, vices, and a banjo player. Yes… a banjo player! 🙂

I’ve enjoyed Dr. Tanya’s  posts on food, lifestyle, and health. They make me reflect on my current choices in life and help me live mindfully. She delivers interesting reviews on books and movies. She also has a creative spark writing short stories to a variety of prompts nearly every day. She also promotes other bloggers via her Blogger’s Coffee Morning. Her questions explore the origins of this blog & its future, favorite book, coffee, movie genre, and my dream vacation! Ooo la la! 🙂

Rory’s 8 Questions

1

Are you happy with the person:

1] You are: 
Even though I contemplate what it would be like to be somebody else (My Unlived Life), I’m currently happy! I’m so grateful for the conglomeration of unique experiences that make up who I am. Even though there are  times when I experience cognitive dissonance, I love those moments which make me feel so alive. I like that I’m still open to learning and growing. 🙂

2] You were:
Hm! Well, when I was a young girl, people often compared me to the young girl, Soo-Yung Han,  who was kidnapped in the movie Rush Hour. I too had a thing for Mariah Carey songs  🙂 I’d say I was a pretty happy child, but it’s easy to say that in hindsight. Looking through my old diaries, I had my own anxieties. Though I laugh about it now, it was really upsetting at the time. I also laugh at how easy it was to make me happy.

3] You think you will become?
This question causes me some anxiety because the future is something I cannot see. I don’t know how future experiences will shape me or try to break me. How will I grow from new experiences?  I currently have this vision that motivates me. It also excites me because I feel like I can create it to be whatever I want to be. 

2

How many colours can you see in the image below, list them in detail.

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Oh, how I love color! I won’t go as far as saying that I can hear color though. I saw this on Weird Wonders of the World the other night!

Anyway, I digress! My world is quite vibrant and filled with many shades.  As someone who’s messed with the hex values from color charts to change the pixels in her various visual art projects and someone who’s spent some time at the paint counter staring at paint chips for interior work, this will be interesting. Let’s see what catches my eye first… 🙂

Dodger blue in bottom right corner…. cyan, turquoise, teal, sky blue, mauve, violet red, cherry wood red, pink, salmon, coral, indian red, magenta, lavender, indigo, violet, purple, plum, yellow, mustard yellow, brown, mahogany, biscotti, tan, beige, hunter green, jade green, dive green, lime green, black, slate, white…

3

Is there anything within five feet of where you are currently typing that is a permanent feature and motivates you to explore your mind deeply?
This poster hangs over my bed. I bought it from the “Artist Alley” of the San Japan convention this past year. I fell in love with the magical piece when I first saw it amidst the thousands of AMAZING creative works featured by several talented artists. There was a lot of cool stuff there, yet this was the only one I bought.

The animals there are Pokemon from a childhood TV show I once watched which serves as a point of nostalgia…a sort of affection for my past. The surrounding forest is a very peaceful setting which points to my love of nature. The water in the pond represents many things: reflection, subconscious, baptism, renewal, purification, transformation. The overall tranquility of it all was what attracted me the most. I guess my life can get quite chaotic, but occasionally staring at this poster helps keeps me grounded.

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How many vices do you have and of them which are your worst?

As a member of the human race, I know that I have them. Maybe more than I list here. 🙂 So, I’m looking through a list of vices and realize a few things. Sometimes I pay so much attention to the trees (details), I miss the sight of the forest (the big picture) which leaves me fussy and indecisive at times. Even while writing this post, I feel distracted by many details.

My planner helps resolves this issue. I organize what I need to do for the day and it helps me prioritize. I also probably need to speak up more often. I tend to hide what I’m feeling very well and get kinda secretive. I experience fear and doubt quite often!

I am voracious with many things in life. I see something, and maybe I want it all, but realize I can’t. My boyfriend saw this facet of me when he took me to this local ice cream store. Everything looked good and appealing! The worker told me, “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach right now.” This is probably my worst vice. I’m still learning that it’s okay to say no! 

5

How curious are you to new discoveries, and first time experiences even if they are possibly dangerous or risky for you to try? As in will you try them, or make an excuse not to?

Well! As I’m typing this, WordPress asks me if I would like to try the new Gutenberg editor or stick with the classic WordPress editor. I think I’m pretty curious to this new discovery despite the risk that my blog could crash from pressing the wrong button. (After all, I did back up my work elsewhere!) I’m currently trying it out right now! 🙂 

As for everything else, it does depend on the discovery, I do weigh pros and cons before diving in. That being said I’ve tried out a variety of things (trying out oysters, BLECH!), and I’ve also said no to a lot of things (skydiving).

6

If you answered No Way to question 5, what prevents you from doing so?
For the things I say “no” to, it’s due to fear. I’ve mentioned fear in my Stream of Consciousness posts, my comments, some of my poems. Fear of expression is a common theme. I started this blog partially to get over the fear. Maybe, I care what people think. Maybe, I’m afraid of getting hurt. Maybe, I want to use my money to help someone else rather than spend it on a one-time crazy life experience. Maybe, I don’t want to plummet to my death if the parachute doesn’t work… you get the idea. 🙂

7

If you answered YES Please to question 6, what motivates you to take those risks?
For the things I say yes to, it’s because I feel like life is short. I know that I would regret it if I asked myself, “What if?” It’s the satisfaction knowing that I’ve tried my best. Maybe I should try indoor skydiving to gradually warm up to the idea. 😉

8

What type of song do you think our banjo player here is playing? Provide a link to what you think it might be as your answer to this question.

I’m laughing aloud as I’m reading this question. I found some interesting stuff. The strangest I’ve seen was a banjo cover of Slipknot which I think our banjo player is least likely to play. 😉 I threw the video in there anyway. As I’m exploring banjo players, I didn’t realize I was into this sort of music. So, out of sheer excitement, I’ve included 4 videos. I was thinking he could perform a duet with Mean Mary. 😀

Dr. Tanya’s 8 Questions

1. When did you start blogging?
I started to blog May 9, 2018. Time sure flies! This blog has grown so much in the past few months!

2. Do you think you will still be blogging in five years time?
Yes, I’m enjoying all of the writing prompts and learning more about myself in the process which helps me make decisions  in life. I really love the supportive community here. I feel encouraged to explore various topics I wouldn’t have otherwise looked at.

3. Where do you like to write your posts? In your bedroom, office, home office, garden, coffee shop?
My bedroom is like my creative incubator safe place. I write nearly all my posts in my bedroom. There’s always something in here to inspire me to write.

4. what is your favourite place where you read? (reading for pleasure).
I enjoy reading in a variety of places, but my favorite is my bedroom where I can snuggle up with an afghan drinking tea next to my bedside. That’s only for pleasure though. For studies, I need to sit down in a chair and table! 🙂

5. Which book that you read as a child that you would like to read again?
Water Buffalo Days by Huynh Quang Nhuong. I bought this book from a scholastic book fair at my school. At the time I never visited Vietnam, but I wanted to know more about the country of my ancestors. It was an exciting tale of a boy and a water buffalo who was his best friend.

6. What is your favourite coffee?
Don’t drink coffee at all! I love the smell of it though. I’m more of a tea drinker. Best tea I had was from the Sapa Mountains in Vietnam!

7. What is your favourite movie genre?
Difficult to choose! I’ve enjoyed fantasy/action/romance combination in the past!

8. What would your dream vacation be ?
Also, difficult to choose! I kinda want to experience a food tour Chateaux et Bateaux: Paris, Corsica, and Sardinia or enjoy the beautiful waters in Island Idyll in the Seychelles Islands.

Nominations

Questions to Nominees

  1. What made you want to blog? / Why do you blog?
  2. What is your favorite book? Author?
  3. What is an event in your life that has brought you much joy or meaning?
  4. What are two websites that you visit regularly?
  5. What kind of superpower would you want to have?
  6. What’s your favorite local food?
  7. What does your dream vacation look like?
  8. What kind of amazing adventure would you like to go on next?
  9. What piece of entertainment do you wish you could erase from your mind so that you could experience for the first time again?
  10. Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
  11. How do you relax after a hard day of work?

Thank you again for reading! 

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Nominated for a Liebster Award!

“Life’s a dance, you learn as you go.
Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow.
Don’t worry ’bout what you don’t know,
life’s a dance, you learn as you go.”
– John Michael Montgomery’s Lyrics to “Life is a Dance”

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*Note: This post is longer than usual only because there’s a lot of heart-to-heart moments and history of the origins of my blog here! If you don’t like the warm, fuzzy feelings, you have been forewarned! 😀

Hello! This morning I really wanted to hit the snooze button on my alarm clock, but stopped myself. I am helping the owners of a local book shop called Dead Tree Books install some wood carving business signs I help them create. In this digital age, I thought this couple took a leap of faith opening a book store. Most people I know use their Kindle app as Fandango mentioned in his Stream of Consciousness post. Yet, in this area of town, Dead Tree Books has steady sales.

Anyway, I received a pleasant surprise in my inbox several days ago! I’ve been nominated for the Liebester Award from Keep It Alive! I’m feeling like I’m burgeoning with gratitude. Thank you, Sadje! I like her blog for a variety of reasons:

  • Encourages you to mentally explore new things
  • Shares beautiful perspectives on life via poems and articles
  • Wonderful sense of humor expressed through funny stories
  • Lives life to the fullest even if there are physical limitations

I feel humbled and honored for this nomination which is a first for me! Don’t know too much about it, so I copied and pasted the rules below. I created a Word Press account five years ago to start a travel log to document my adventures, but it was distracting for me to blog and enjoy my travels at the same time! I tend to deeply immerse myself in the experience.
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What is Liebester Award?

“It is said that this award is created to discover and encourage new bloggers to the blogosphere. Liebester is a word of German language, meaning Beloved, Dear, Sweet etc. In short, a term of endearment. Showing love and kindness to the newcomers. So in a way , it’s a welcome gesture for the people new to the blogging world. Such a kind thought and gesture.”

What are the rules of Liebester Award:

1. Acknowledge the blogger that gave it to you and display the award.
2. Give 11 random thoughts about yourself.
3. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you.
4. Nominate 5-11 blogs and notify them of their nomination.
5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

How I got Started

After graduation, I was a bit scattered. I decided to act on a suggestion from my boyfriend to start a blog. Originally, I thought it was going to be an instrument to build my professional portfolio. I reopened my inactive account that sat there collecting dust and revamped my About Me page. I’ve only started blogging actively for the past few months, and it was a little difficult at first.

My first post was about bubble sorting algorithms which aside from the computer science community, most people could care less about. It was that fateful day when I learned that WordPress is very different than StackOverflow. 😉 There is a time and place for everything! Staring at my stack of journals, I knew I loved to write, but how in the world do I begin to blog?
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Early Follows

In the famous words of Christian Mihai, I just started to “punch the damn keys” and learned as I go. Following me early on, Christian regularly writes on “The Art of Blogging”. I was very grateful for his articles. There was an article “How to be a Boss at Blogging when you Have 0 followers“.

Daunting task! Talk about gaining self-confidence! I learned a lot about editing and formatting. I followed Sheryl like a baby duck following mama duck on her Daily Word Prompts, and I felt encouraged from Dr.Perry‘s articles. DirtySciFiBuddha oddly made me feel at home with his eye catching, hilarious dystopian posts, one of my favorite genres. What was I worried about? Gradually, I began to find my voice and started to participate in a variety of fun challenges.

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As you lead your chicks through danger today!

Thank You!

I have 115 followers from all over the world and 100 posts! Knowing me, that’s beyond my wildest dreams in such a short time span. I’ve come to love the community here! All of you have impacted my life! I’ve grown so much from your support, your stories, and your thought-provoking and fun prompts. You’ve certainly helped me step outside my comfort zone, that’s for sure!

I like to thank some individuals for their support & inspiration on my journey!
Cee: Cee’s Photography
Laura Bailey: All the Shoes I Wear
Kerri Elizabeth: Sunshine- Courage in Living
Christian Mihai: irevuo
VJ Knutson: One Woman’s Quest
Natalie Swift: The Midnight Ember
MNL: Cactus Catz
Richa: iScriblr
Jenna: Sunshine Artist
Winnie: Musings
Proscenium: Framing Life
Godly Chic Diaries: Grace for Purpose
Kristen: Tales from the Mind of Kristen
lwbut:  Love Will Bring Us Together
Dr. Perry: Make it Ultra

I hope my blog will inspire you and develop into a safe place where we can share our insights on a myriad of interests. In my free time, I hope I can share book reviews, snippets of my research, photos, and other experiences from my hobbies. I love writing stories as well! I have many ideas for content stored! As I’m exploring various mediums, I find new, exciting ways to express myself! Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. ❤

So, let’s get this shindig on the road and learn more about me, shall we? 🙂

11 Random Facts about Me

  1. I once drew a huge Christmas tree on my parents’ living room wall with a green crayon. I explained to them that I saw a blank canvas! If mom and dad didn’t discipline me right then and there and teach me the concept of boundaries, I could have been a graffiti artist!
  2. I auditioned for several theatrical plays such as Shakespeare and Greek tragedies to help me with shyness and public speaking. Although I was pleasant and sunny, I did not like to talk at all as a young girl. My yearbook tagline was “Most Mysterious” for a reason. I love memorizing lines and being on stage acting as someone else. It was easier to step into someone else’s shoes. Other thespians understood where I was coming from.
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  3. When I was about 7 years old, I wrote my first “serious” story about a jelly monster that lived in the sewer who ate peanut butter sandwiches. My 9 year old friend who lived down the street severely edited it with her famous red pen! 😀 It was inspired by an episode of the TV show Ghost Writer about a slime monster.
  4. As a teenage girl, I really looked up to France A. Cordova as a role model, who is an internationally recognized astrophysicist and former chief NASA scientist. I consider her to be extraordinary mentor I follow from afar. Here’s a 2 minute video clip of how her career was inspired by watching a moon landing and a marshmallow.
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  5. Most unusual item on my desk drawer is a Russian nesting doll. I love it because it reminds me of the many layers that people have! I’m always encouraged to look beyond the surface and dig deeper.
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  6. I once had a pet chicken until mom cooked it in a delicious soup. Sad day! Dad got me some gold fish to make up for my sense of loss. I also played with the crickets, grasshoppers, and rollie-polies while playing in the yard.
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  7. Dream job always changes the more I learn! Right now it would probably be to a photo journalist for National Geographic.
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  8. The library has been my second home since I was five years old. I am an avid reader and the librarians probably see me as one of their family members since I spend so much time there.
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  9. I memorized the first twenty lines from The Canterbury Tales in Middle English with gusto if I may add. I attribute it to my affinity for foreign languages and linguistics!
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  10. In college, I spent a lot of time hanging out in architecture libraries checking out the students’ 3-D models and reading Architectural Digest and Interiors magazine. I loved learning about material sciences and catching up on latest design concepts. It seemed like there were a lot of creative possibilities. I loved how spaces can evoke certain emotions.
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  11. I’m a recent college graduate who majored in information technology and minored in English. WOOT! I am now pursuing a masters program. Long story behind this!
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11 Questions that Keep it Alive Asked Me

1. What is your biggest pet peeve?
I’m generally a patient person, but it bothers me when a family member has asked for help to organize their clutter and next time I visit them, it’s a mess. Why did they ask me in the first place? I spend some time knowing what style may work for them. I’ve come to accept that some people just get caught up with life, and being a minimalist might be the way for them. 🙂
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2. Where did you get your name?
At the time of creating this blog, I was experiencing the effects of extreme culture shock. I moved to a new town and a new school. I encountered people with different mannerisms and approaches to life. I was emotionally haywire! I read so many books that broadened my horizons. I found it all so fascinating and wanted to document my experiences and reactions. Lots of gong moments!
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3. If you could change your name, what would it be?
When a friend first shared this quote with me, it stuck with me for the rest of my life. I probably call this blog in an alternative universe “Evanescent Moments“. 🙂
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4. What was your favorite TV show as a kid?
I really enjoyed Card Captors after school. A 10 year old girl, Sakura, has been granted magical abilities after she accidentally released all the cards from the Book of Clow from her dad’s study room. She’s in charge of capturing them before the images in the cards come to life and wreak havoc in her town. Her friends step in to help as well.cardcaptor-sakura-anime-hd-wallpaper-2560x1440-44904.jpg

5. Do you have any weird habits?
I tend to think backward. Like I visualize what I’d like to accomplish, then work on the steps to make it happen. Generally the final product is better than what I initially envisioned. I also catch myself walking on the curb like a balance beam!
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6. Do you like fall scents /Tastes?
YES! I love the smell of cinnamon pine cone. I also regular stop by the BHG scented wax cubes section to get a sniff of Winter Berry Zest, Chilled Pomegranate Wine, Woodland Forest Floor, Mahogany & Sandalwood, Spiced Vanilla Embers! 
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7. What is your favorite holiday and why?
While stressful for most people, I love Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Vietnamese New Year mainly because I love the spirit of gratitude and giving surrounding those holidays. I love that I get to spend more time with my family. I love cooking for these holidays and bringing desserts to parties.
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8. Do you prefer writing it down or typing it up?
I love writing in journals which helps with the flow of my thoughts. Typing is easier on my hands though. I tend to write with heavy impressions on the paper. It’s getting better though… Light as a feather! Reminds me of a feather quill… Nah, I like my ball point pen gel rollers! I digress…
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9. Netflix or cable?
Netflix has been a great source of entertainment for me! Although some commercials can be interesting, I love that the shows are uninterrupted!

10. If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your life?
I probably need to add if I also had unlimited time and energy, I’d…

  • Volunteer More. I learn towards a lot of environmental causes, but there are others near and dear to my heart. Election seasons are tugging at me.
  • Travel the World. Not just as a tourist, but be an ambassador/diplomat on an important mission.
  • Invent and Build. Produce innovative things
  • Act in more theatrical shows. Spend time building sets, designing costumes
  • Create fun multi-media content. Work with boyfriend to make movies, comics, stories, video games.
  • Raise a big family. Enjoy the craziness and beauty of life together.

11. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
I love that I care about issues that people struggle with everyday. All the time, many fall into apathy and I’m glad that my pulse is still beating there. I love that I can share joy with others. I love that I can be resourceful and creative! 🙂

Blogs I Nominate

Questions

I’m pulling a Sadje, and I’m choosing to make this simple for myself! You can answer a few or all of same questions as above:  🙂
1. What is your biggest pet peeve?
2. Where did you get your name?
3. If you could change your name, what would it be?
4. What was your favorite TV show as a kid?
5. Do you have any weird habits?
6. Do you like fall scents /Tastes?
7. What is your favorite holiday and why?
8. Do you prefer writing it down or typing it up?
9. Netflix or Cable?
10. If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your life?
11. What is your favorite thing about yourself?

Have a wonderful day everyone! Here’s to a creative week! 🙂

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Um, Honey? Can I be Jubilee for a While?

Bzzz! My sister has recently taken up the new hobby of bee-keeping during this crisis. All my siblings have been rather proactive and have been an inspiration to me. So, honey and bees are the theme of my post today!

As a hardworking busy bee, you can say I’m constantly searching for all sorts of “flowers”: various blogs on WordPress to read. These awards allow me to celebrate the community garden!

For bees, the flower is the fountain of life. For flowers, the bee is the messenger of love.

Kahlil Gibran

I would like to thank Maria Cristina Gino Baroso who has kindly nominated me for the Liebster award. She’s such a warm, friendly woman from the Philippines. I love her hospitable spirit. She features remarkable stories of beautiful people of all shapes and sizes, some overcoming all sorts of adversity. I also enjoy reading her slice of life stories from delicious food to an interesting coin collection. Her questions are featured below:

Image Credit: Image by PollyDot from Pixabay

What do you do first when you wake up every morning?

The morning light trickles in through the blinds. I snap off the nightlight by my window and throw my arms up to do a nice yoga stretch. My back loves it after I had slept like a curled shrimp.

What do you do last before you sleep at night?

Last night, I dozed off to an episode, “The Power of Miracles“, of Morgan Freeman’s TV Series, “The Story of God“. My feelings before going to bed are one of awe and inspiration. The night before I finished the first season of the Arthurian fantasy drama, “Cursed“. Exciting adventures with the fae have been full of suspense and intrigue!

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Who’s the first person you greet, “Good Morning” when you wake up? What do you like best, coffee or tea, and why?

I greet my roommates once they wake up and start making some tea. Lately, it’s been earl grey or mint. Sometimes, I like a raspberry zinger or citrus tea with honey. Whatever the mood calls for! I love the various herbs, fruit, or leaves in tea that I don’t necessarily get with coffee. I also associate tea with relaxation whereas coffee gets me pumped up for the day. Though there benefits to both, I’m not much a coffee drinker. Though, I love the smell of it!

What do you usually offer your guests when they come visit you?

What I offer guests who stop by is dependent on who it is. Some of my guests are very picky. A few examples are pho, blueberry waffles, banana bread, Dr.Pepper, water/tea, mixed nuts, ginger/sesame candy, Danish cookies, strawberry shortcake.

How would you treat someone who has just disrespect you publicly?

I confront those who publicly disrespect me. I will not let them get away with belittling me and others. I take a moment to collect myself because otherwise my emotions get the better of me. Afterward, I calmly speak my mind and say what I need to say in front of their face. Typically, I cry once I get home to release the tension.

Did you receive a love letter or a friend’s letter? What’s your favorite line from it?

I love getting letters, cards, creative notes whenever, wherever. I’ve kept cards that my classmates have given me when I was 10 years old. Sometimes, I revisit them when I need a reminder. They represent a time and a place, but they always pick me up!

😉 Infatuation letter – My god, though… do you know you are the only girl I’ve ever met who has used the phrase, “but I digress”?

Love letter – But I feel like… I don’t know. I just feel very happy and lighthearted. I have no idea what is coming… yet I’m excited for it anyway. Thank you, Sa. And yes, believe me when I say, I love you.

😀 Letter from a Friend – I got to tell you, Sa, that Birthday Card you sent to me, is a keeper (it goes right into my vault). Thank you. You can’t imagine how it lifted my spirits.

Do you believe that first love never dies?

I believe first love never dies or rather, it’s the memories that don’t die. I will never forget my first love. Random things trigger my memories as they fade in and out. They make me laugh and cry. When I reminisce sometimes, my chest tightens, and it feels like my heart hurts. Other times, my heart is fluttering and beats fast. I’ve grown so much from that experience. We both did, and I cannot go back even though it lingers in my life.

What is your personal mantra and why?

Photo by Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash

Having a heart of gratitude for all blessings and the abundance that is unfolding in my life helps me keep things in perspective.

If you’ll be the president for a month, what would you do to end this COVID-19 pandemic?

Coronavirus: 5 things New Zealand got right
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the country no longer has any coronavirus cases. It has also seen very few COVID-related deaths. What has been the key to New Zealand’s success?

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If I were president, I would take a leaf from New Zealand Prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

1) Swift and tough lock down – Decisive actions
2) Consistent, effective communication of rules
3) Ramp up testing capacity and mask production
4) Willingness to learn from science

I’m not sure the American people will respond like the New Zealanders though. Press conferences directly to the public helped achieve public buy-in in other countries

If you’ll be a superhero, who would you be and why?

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I got to learn more about Jubilee from X-men this past year. She. Is. Awesome. Wow! Not only is she bubbly and not to mention powerful, this spunky, optimistic character has overcame quite a bit of trauma. Even when she lost her powers, she tenaciously strives to remain a superhero by other means. Fans have shared more of her powers in greater detail. 10 skills that many people may not know about her:

  1. Pyrotechnic Energy Blasts – Sometimes, it’ll be nice to see fireworks!
  2. Absorb Energy – Always a must have when you working various projects!
  3. Explosively Charge Objects – Detonate…maybe I’ll keep this one under wraps. 😉
  4. Wondra – Super strength and the ability to fly 100 mph to avoid traffic
  5. Force Fields – Resistant to physical injury and protection from earthquakes is nice.
  6. Ghost Mode – Pass through substances without getting hurt. HM!
  7. Gymnastics – Olympic-level gymnast. Just plain cool!
  8. Evade Telepathic Detection – Hide from mental probes.
  9. Vampire powers – Need I say more? Accelerated healing power is a nice plus
  10. Turn Into Vapor (Mist Mimicry) – I always thought about flying with a cloud

Nominees

It’s hard to find people who haven’t received an award already! You’re not obligated to respond, but I was grateful to have encountered your posts this week.

Questions

  1. Favorite comfort food?
  2. First book that made you cry?
  3. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
  4. Best money you ever spent as a writer?
  5. Favorite under-appreciated novel?
  6. Bloggers you enjoy reading?
  7. Your spirit animal?
  8. What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

Thanks for following along. If you want to check out my other Liebster entries to learn more about me, check it out here! Until next time! 🙂 ❤

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A Sunshine Odyssey

Good evening everyone! There’s a lot for me to celebrate in life today! I just love to do the best I can with what is given to me. It’s a thrilling feeling to partake in such a creative adventure! When I receive a gift of an award, it’s a confirmation of appreciation from the giver. Someone out there has appreciated something I wrote and shared. If I left the world a more inspired, compassionate, and hopeful place, an award to me serves as a catalyst for me to continue reaching for better horizons.

I’ve been nominated at least 15 times this past year for Sunshine, Mystery, Solidarity, Kindness, Liebster blogger awards. I’m grateful for your friendship and support via your comments. It gives me great joy to consistently be recognized for these qualities here on WordPress. Moreover, I’m glad I don’t actually receive any real trophies because I don’t have space for that. 😉

Many thanks and kudos to these hardworking bloggers! Rory @ A Guy Called Bloke, Sadje @ Keep it Alive, Mr. A @ Barbarian in Gentleman’s Clothing, Irene @ My Slice of Mexico, Mel @ Crushed Caramel, Kiwi @ Kiwi Katastrophes, Laura Bailey @ All the Shoes I Wear, Jenna @ The Sunshine Artist, Myexpressionofthoughts @ Beauty lies within yourself

I have taken a different approach with my award nominations today and wrote a story from their questions about myself in third point of view. Pictures are from Pixabay. It will be a blend of fantasy and truth! 🙂

I was inspired by Word of the Day – Odyssey

“HOW DARE YOU DEFY ME?” Ciar, god of darkness, gradually began to suck the remaining light in the galaxy into his mouth which resembled a terrifying black hole.

Sa, space warrior princess from the kingdom of Texas, was temporarily distracted by his impeccable rock hard abdominals, but she was more preoccupied with his black hole. One non-negotiable, unalterable term in this life, is that Sa will survive.

“Sorry? What’s that? I can’t hear you!!!” Sa just used her most commonly spoken phrase against the god of darkness. Will you look at that? 🙂

“Golly, whatever did I do to him?” She unhappily fought against the immense forces that threatened to kill her. What does Sa do to cheer herself up when she is unhappy? She hums a tune of an electrifying song. In this case, the theme song of Ghostbusters galvanized her and became her saving grace.

Ghostbusters 2016 Theme Remastered (Walk the Moon Version)

She pulled a glittering lever, and was not prepared for the recoil. Space X’s Falcon Heavy rocket thrusters propelled her out of Ciar’s influence. Elon Musk gave her a parting gift, his most powerful rocket, and wished her good luck on her odyssey. Commandeering a rocket ship is one talent Sa would love to improve upon! Sa thought back to when she read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy scanning her memory for any clues. “YEE-HAW!” Ciar’s bad breath is the least of her worries.

Ciar’s army has besieged her beloved hometown. Ciar’s rhetoric was powerful, and he has swayed the minds of various citizens to commit heinous acts and convinced them they are doing right by the kingdom by terminating who they felt to be the enemy. Who was the enemy? A neighboring community whose was seeking asylum from the ravages of their own war-stricken home? It’s an event that has changed Sa’s perspective on how we live in society.

In the next twelve months, Sa looked forward to the day when the migrants would be settled into their new homes with the help of RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. One of her friends told her how hard she has been working around the clock to help furnish their new homes. Sa shared a value with her friend: caring for those who have difficulty defending for themselves. If she won a lottery, she would love to get each of the boys she met while visiting her friend a pair of printed Oxford leather shoes and help them feel fabulous.

One great thing about being in outer space is that Sa isn’t like the dwarf, Sneezy. Her seasonal allergies don’t act up! Drenched in sweat, Sa glanced outside the window and marveled at the moonglade against Earth’s ocean surface. “Now this is something to write home about on my blog!” Filled with nostalgia, she missed swimming in the sea with the dolphins and her friend, a marine biologist.

Sharing an oceanography and geology course together, Sa admired her friend’s determination. The marine biologist was studying and documenting how the threat of global warming was affecting the dolphin population. The dolphins were having a difficult time adapting to the changes to their habitat, changes to their migration schedules, and it’s even affected their ability to reproduce.

Sa opened up her laptop and began typing a post so that her family can read her latest adventure! Sa was grateful for her parents for teaching her how to be brave in the midst of adversity. She once studied her family tree in the genealogy department held in the third floor of the public library. Even though her roots were derived from diverse backgrounds in monasticism, education, art, aquaculture, one quality was clear: bravery was the connecting link to Sa’s ancestry line.

One of her fondest memories was with her father when he taught her how to play basketball despite her not being too athletic. He pushed her to the edge of what she may have thought her limitation was, but he showed her that she isn’t as fragile as some people made her feel. He nurtured her bravery every step of the way.

She pondered on what they were doing now. She missed washing dishes side-by-side with them. A single tear floated in zero gravity. It’s the little things that seem to get to her. Before Sa left Earth to fight a galactic battle, she filled out a Texas Tree Survey from the Arbor Day Foundation. She felt so proud of herself for taking the time out to complete this survey. She received a gift for 10 free flowering trees (5 American Redbuds and 5 Dogwoods).

Despite being a space cadet, she remained hopeful for a better future for Earth and all its creatures. She knew that there were other people out there who would be wiling to plant trees, rebuild habitats, and help nurture the planet back to health. Her only regret is she might not see the delicate trees grow into the royal beings that they are. Its blooms are startlingly attractive to her when cloistered together.

Her penpal, Cassandra, would get a kick out of this blog post! Although Cassandra chose the monastic life in the convent as a nun, she loved reading about her childhood friend’s adventures in the world. The last time Sa connected with her was by passing her in while shopping in a mall outlet. It felt so good to see an old friend!

If Sa died in outer space today, she would want the world to know that she loved Earth so much. She is a caring, adventurous gal with a sense of humor who would do anything including fighting the god of darkness to protect her loved ones! ❤ 🙂