Nominated for a Liebster Award!

Nominated for a Liebster Award!

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Real Feminist Stories was nominated for a Liebster Award by Meg Toledo, blogger of ParticleWoman, who blogs stories about her everyday life. Thank you, Meg! I am honored that you thought of my blog for a Liebster Award.

For those who don't know what the Liebster Award entails, these are the rules (posted from Meg's blog post):

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and link back to them.
  • List these rules somewhere in your post.
  • Name your favorite blog that is not your own with a short description.
  • Answer the questions given to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 5-11 bloggers for this lovely award, who have fewer than 200 subscribers.
  • List 11 Random Facts about yourself.
  • List 11 questions for your nominees to answer on their posts!
  • Let your nominees know you nominated them!

My Favorite Blog (that is not my own)

I really enjoy my friend, Christina's blog, City Loveee: Vegan Lifestyle and Travel. I love reading her posts about the vegan food and interesting spots she discovers on her travels. She documents her fun travels and tasty vegan finds with beautiful photos and video. The other blog I'm really liking right now is Spoken Black Girl. She blogs about Black womanhood, personal growth and mental health. I'm loving her latest post, "The Story of My Back" about her experience as a tall, Black woman.

Questions For Me (Given By Meg)

  1. How long have you been writing?

The real answer: Ever since I learned how to put pen to paper. I've always loved the act of writing in and of itself. I journaled regularly as a child; it was and continues to be an essential part of my self-care, personal growth and creative process. Writing is harder for me as an adult than it was when I was a child. I'm trying to go back to my child like state where I was carefree, my creativity was unbounded, and my confidence hadn't been doubted yet. In college, though it had its limits, writing in an academic way suited me because it allowed me to explore various intellectual schools of thought and ideas and  deconstruct or reconstruct them. I was hungry for new languages related to the topics and fields I was studying, and writing provided me a way to learn new, unlearn old, and create my own words. Through this process, I was able to find and continue to evolve my voice as a writer of social change.

2. What makes your home feel like home to you?

The feeling of home has changed for me as I've been living like a nomad since March. Home feels like peace in my mind, ease in my gut, excitement in my heart, and bliss in my spirit. But, it can also feel uncomfortable, anxious of the unknown, angry at the neighbors and street noise, sad when it's temporary, and confused about its situation.

3. What is one misconception people have about you?

A lot of people assume that I am vegan (do I have a sign written on my forehead?). I was vegan for 10 years, but now I'm not though I still eat a mostly vegan diet (vegetables are my favorite food group).

4. What was a favorite toy of yours as a child?

Play food. I LOVED fake food, playing restaurant and pretending I was a chef. The fake food, especially the donuts (sprinkles!) always looked so appetizing.

5. What is your earliest memory, and how old were you?

I'm not sure what was the earliest, but I have a memory of my mom dropping me off at pre-school when I was around two-three years old and I was excited to see my first two friends, Tristen and Janae.

6. What pets do you have, if any?

I don't have any pets. I am not much of a pet person, but I did have a cat growing up that I absolutely adored and still miss today. Harvey was my baby. He was a white cat with black spots, beautiful green eyes and a pink nose. He was the perfect cat-independent and a cuddler who never bit/scratched/whined, was cute as could be, and surrendered to me dressing him up in doll clothes and rocking him in an old baby crib (bless him).

7. Name a favorite of each: book, movie, tv show.

Dexter. Dexter. Dexter. Also, American Ninja Warrior. American Ninja Warrior. American Ninja Warrior. But, you cannot compare the two; they are completely different genres satisfying different emotional and mental needs.

Thelma and Louise still stands as one of my favorite movies of all time. I love almost everything about it-the storyline, characters, actors/acting, scenery (oh, the beautiful desert!), the music, the road trip/driving/car, THE ACTION, the writing, the social and political messages, even the ending. I believe its gender politics is still relevant today, which is something we need to acknowledge and change.

I don't have one favorite book but I'm still in love with Gender Outlaw by Kate Bornstein.

8. Name a //least// favorite of each: book, movie, tv show.

Least favorite? Hmmm....Well, reality tv in general is not my thing. I don't like horror movies anymore, and I don't usually like movies that almost only feature men. I don't think I have a least favorite book.

9. Where/when would you travel first if you were a companion to The Doctor on the T.A.R.D.I.S.?

This is a hard but good one. Maybe to Egypt when Cleopatra reigned, it would be fascinating to see that time. Or to a Queen concert in the 1970s/1980s before Freddie died (I was born too late). I would die to see them live but Freddie has to be there because he's the Queen!

10. What instruments, if any, do you play (or would like to play), and why did you choose it/them?

I don't play any but I know I was in a rock band in a past life. ;) As a kid, I played piano for a few years, and I took guitar lessons when I was 19 years old. I wish I magically knew how to play the guitar impressively well.

11. What hobby have you never tried, but would like to?

Sewing. I want to learn how to sew and make my own clothes.

11 Random Facts About Me

  1. I feel most at home in the desert and at the beach (a warm/hot beach).
  2. I'm a bit of a germaphobe (you would never guess though) and wash my hands A LOT.
  3. I love HOT weather. Shhhh here's a secret: I used to keep my home at 80 degrees in the winter. I need weather that allows me to wear shorts and tank tops on a consistent basis.
  4. I'm not much of a team sports fan, but when it comes to individual sports, especially American Ninja Warrior and the Olympics, I turn into the stereotypical football husband focused on "the game" hollering at the tv with passion.
  5. I was a long-distance runner for 20 years (I started when I was 8 yrs old) and quit three years ago.
  6. I've lived in Colorado, Los Angeles, Seattle, Florida, London, and Berkeley, Calif.
  7. I'm always thinking about the Universe and existential life questions. How did we get here?  What happens to us when we die? Why are we here? What is real? How many lives do we live? What is truth? Why does what we call "evil" exist?
  8. I'm scared of pretty much everything (heights, outer space, dogs, the ocean, etc) but I have a lot of courage and am interested in facing a lot of my fears.
  9. I'm pretty equally centered between left brain and right brain with a right brain leaning. My imagination is vast, my intuition strong, and I daydream an ungodly amount. But I'm also very logical and analytical, and math was one of my best and favorite subjects in school growing up (but I'm not sure that still holds much truth anymore).
  10. Growing up, I wanted to be a doctor and shadowed an anesthesiologist when I was fourteen. I believe I fulfilled that desire by working as a personal trainer for eight years. I left my fitness career completely in February 2016.
  11. I'm a highly sensitive person, sensitive to: loud noises (except I like loud music sometimes), bright lights (i keep very minimal lighting in my home, candles are this vampire's best friend), smells, tastes (wasabi, stay far away. if i believed in the devil, it would be you), and touch. In addition to being physically sensitive, I'm emotionally and energetically sensitive. This is a gift, one that requires boundaries. A lot of them.

Bloggers I Nominate 

I don't know who has fewer than 200 subscribers, but I nominate these bloggers for this award:

Spoken Black Girl

Televised Lady Bits

Vibrant Wanderings

Fangirl Life on Wheels

Ramp Your Voice

Questions For My Nominees 

This is my favorite part! I am an interviewer after all :)

  1. What has helped you develop your writing voice? Is your voice still/always evolving?
  2. If you could only solve one problem in the world, what would it be?
  3. Who's your favorite feminist fictional character and why?
  4. If you could live anywhere, where would you live and why?
  5. What is something that is on your bucket list?
  6. What are you passionate about?
  7. What gives you energy?
  8. What keeps you up at night?
  9. Who are/have been your mentors (celebrities count)?
  10. What books/resources in relation to your passions/interests do you recommend?
  11. How do you want to be remembered when you die?

Well, that was fun! I encourage all readers to answer the questions I asked my nominees. Leave your answers in the comments. I look forward to hearing from you!

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