Dee Kay from The Immortal Arts Blog was kind enough to nominate me (yes, me!) for the 2017 Liebster Award. I am truly honored and thankful to Dee Kay for considering me and a few others blogs for this wonderful award. It is always encouraging when others recognize the hard work that goes into writing and managing a blog. Thank you!!
I would encourage you to check out his blog by clicking here. He blogs about all forms of art, including written and oral short stories, poems, singing, etc. Trust me, you’ll love it.
There are rules and regulations to become nominated. You can check those out by clicking this link Liebster Award Official Rules.
If you choose to accept your nomination, you must:
- Create a new post thanking the person who nominated you, provide a link to their blog.
- Include award graphic.
- Answer the questions provided.
- Make a new set of 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
- Nominate 5-11 upcoming or recently followed bloggers and share your post with them so they see it.
Below are my answers the questions that Dee Kay asked for his nominees:
1. What is YOUR story? Write it in less than 250 words.
My story is a long one, but 250 words or less should be doable. I come from a long history of mental and physical abuse that, for the most part, stems from mental illness going back as far as my grandparents. I suffer from a mental illness that makes it harder for me to get through life, but it is no different from any challenges that others may face on a day to day basis. For a long time, I was confused about what I should do with my life. It hasn’t been until recently that I have realized that my struggles throughout my childhood and adulthood are supposed to be a testimony to someone going through the same or similar challenges. I want to use what I go through to benefit others. Suffering never presents itself without a reward behind it. I’ve found that people like to give up when the suffering begins, but if you have enough patience to work through it and “get to the end of the rainbow” or “see the light at the end of thet tunnel”, then the suffering becomes a blessing in itself. My reward for my suffering is letting everyone know that things will get better with prayer, persistence, purpose.
2. What according to you has been the turning point in your life? Why ?
I honestly say that there has been a number of “turning points” in my life. I giggle to myself when thinking about it, because God has shown his grace so many times and so many times I chose to ignore it. I would say, this moment, right now, has been the biggest turning point. I have made it up in my mind that I will longer allow depression, anxiety, lupus, and fibromyalgia to control my life and how I live it. I choose to live life helping others (I love helping people). Honestly, without this diagnosis, I wouldn’t have found my calling
3. If you are granted a wish to build a dream neighborhood, which 5 famous people (Past and present) would you choose and why ?
- Ghandi-He would help me build and organize a spirtitual temple so people can have a safe place to worship, no matter what religion they are apart of.
- Martin Luther King, Jr – He would help inspire the people in my neighborhood to come together to help maintain it for years to come.
- Beyonce- She has the money and the fashion sense
- 2pac- He would provide great music and vibe-age to any situation and/or celebration.
- Leonardo DiCaprio – For us women to have a little eye candy walking around.
4. What one message would you like to give to a teenager who is suffering from depression?
NEVER GIVE UP! Never allow anyone to convince you to give up. You will be so proud of yourself when you look back to say, “ I did it”, “I pushed through”. You are not alone. You are worthy of greatness. You are beautiful. You are wonderfully made.
5. If you have the power to change one thing/situation from your past, then what would it be and why ?
I wouldn’t change a thing. If what I’m going through or have been through, is preparing me for what’s ahead, I wouldn’t change a thing.
6. Name 5 movies that had a real impact on you?
Oohhh, yes. My favorite question because I love movies.
- The Color Purple
- The Pursuit of Happiness
- The Lion King
- Beaches “Did you ever know that you’re my heroooooo”
- Loose Change: 9/11 Documentary
7. What is your take on WARS? Do you think wars are important to shape the world?
Honestly, I think if everyone smoked a little cannibus and had a meeting about their issues, wars wouldn’t be necessary. But maybe that’s the wishful thinking hippie inside of me.
8. What would be your final words to your loved ones on your deathbed?
Take care and protect each other with every fiber of your being.
9. Share an incident with us that was so overwhelming and touching that it still fill your heart with emotions?
Yesterday, I blogged about Jesus presenting himself to me. It was amazing because I was ready to give up and take my life, but His voice and appearance was so present, it brought happy, humbled tears. I’ve never felt anything like it. Please read Letting Go, Letting God
10. Write a letter to any of the following (500 words)
I know that things are confusing right now and I know that you are scared. Your mom is going through changes that you may not understand right now. Just know, that this will not last forever. Everything will get better. One day, she will no longer be able to say those awful things to you or make you feel worthless. Everything that she is saying to you is not true.
You are beautiful. You are worthy of love. You are going to grow up to be such a wonderful person. All of the pain that you are feeling, you will be able to use to help other people and make real changes in your life.
You are so smart. You are destined to become a great woman. If anyone says otherwise, ignore them because they are wrong. It may seem like they are right because so many people are telling you that you will never succeed. Don’t believe them. You are capable of becoming the writer and counselor that you want to be.
Believe in yourself, Ashley. It may seem like no one believes in you, but you have people that are helping you get through what you are going through. You may not see it or realize now, but there are people making sacrifices to help you. Stay patient, stay sturdy, and stay being you. You are loved!!!
P.S. Sex does not equal love. God will bless you with someone who’s going to love you beyond your wildest imaginations. Just so you know I’m serious, his name starts with a K 🙂
10 Questions for My Nominees
- How did you get into blogging?
- Was there anyone close to you that discouraged you from blogging? If so, how did you handle it?
- What inspires you to blog?
- Where do you see your blog in 5 years?
- What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a blogger?
- What would you say are your best personality traits?
- What are your (5) favorite songs? Why?
- If you had one wish to better this better our world, what would it be and why? (Describe in 250 words or less)
- What are your favorite (3) quotes that inspires you to get through hard times?
- What would you like to accomplish through your blog?
The nominate the following bloggers:
- Timeless Classics
- A Brave Mess
- The Bipolar Writer
- Rotimi Elijah
- The Anxiety Junkie
- How to Beat Depression
- Lexx Speaks
- Speaking Soulish
I love all of my followers and your blogs. If I didn’t nominate you, please do not be offended. Nominate a blog that you love and spread the positivity.
Thank you again for nominating me, Dee Kay. Best wishes to everyone else who was nominated. I wish everyone could win.
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” -Oscar Wilde