Admittedly, up until a few days ago, I’d never heard of the Liebster Award, but when The Thought Scroll nominated me for it, I thought it would only be rude not to accept! As far as I understand, the idea is that you answer the 11 questions set by your nominator and then you set your own questions for another 11 bloggers to answer.
I can’t promise that my answers will be overly exciting (I’m not that creative!) but I figured that it might be a great way to spread my blogging wings so let’s go!
- Which blog is your favourite to read at the moment?
Lately, I’m loving reading all the blog entries from my fellow year-abroad goers! It’s amazing to see your friends dotted about throughout Europe, putting their language skills to test and attempting to thrive (or survive!) in a foreign culture. I’m making the most of the regular updates as they document their first weeks abroad…something tells me that the blogging will be a bit like New Year’s Resolutions – going strong for the first few weeks but forgotten a month or two down the line!
2. How did you come up with the name of your blog?
I guess this space is just a little spoonful of me! The idea was that I was using this space to talk about the side of me that I tend to keep pretty hidden away – my mental health – although it plays a huge role in my life, I like to think that it only contributes a small percentage in the grand scheme of things – like a teaspoonful of baking powder in a cake recipe!
3. What is your greatest achievement so far?
On paper, probably Gold Duke of Edinburgh or the Sheffield Half Marathon. However, I’d say I’ve overcome a lot more in my personal life that I should probably recognise as an achievement – I never thought I’d finish my A-levels never mind go to Uni or spend a year living abroad!
4. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Inequality and injustice. I still can’t believe that someone can earn +£100k per year or win £600million on the lottery, whilst in other parts of the world there are millions of people dying of starvation or a lack of access to clean water. Mind boggling.
5. What is your favourite place that you have visited?
Italy as a whole – the country, its people, the food, the sun, the culture, the history, the art… Bellissima! I fell in love with it the first time I visited and ever since, I’ve loved every place I’ve been to. The country is so diverse but every town and region is unique and beautiful. Also, who doesn’t love a life of pizza and gelato!?
6. What’s the most useless talent you have?
I can headstand for quite a long time which is pretty useless…
7. Who would play you in a movie of your life?
I’d like to think it would be Jude Law – he strikes me as being very down-to-earth, family orientated and witty. He’s also pretty beautiful (but I’m very biased!).
8. What is your favourite movie from childhood?
The list is too long and they’re definitely not bound to childhood – more like my current favourite films!! Matilda and A Little Princess are far up on the list, alongside Lion King, Little Women and Sound of Music. But if I’m choosing to watch a film in company where Disney isn’t welcome ( 😦 ), then probably Shawshank Redemption, Les Intouchables or Notting Hill!
9. What is your favourite dish and why?
It’s a tough one as a food-lover and it completely depends what mood I’m in! I love Italian, Mexican and Greek foods but if I’m in the mood for cheese and Marmite on toast, then the decision is simple. I’m also a huge lover of fresh food – salads, smoothies, fresh fish… so summer eating suits me well!
10. What is one piece of advice you wish you had been told 10 years ago?
I wish I’d known that decisions aren’t always concrete and that there will always be someone who dislikes what you do/are/say. I spent a lot of time being indecisive and worrying a lot because I was scared that I’d make the wrong decision – I tried to make decisions that would please everyone, which I now know isn’t possible (or as important as I thought!).
11. If you had to switch careers now, what would you do?
I was in two minds during A-levels about whether to pursue my love of languages or whether to follow my other interest and study Medicine. If I was going to change my career, I would still want to become a doctor (or a vet), although I’m not sure how well I’d actually cope when faced with poorly animals.
- Child of cynicism
- No Space for Milk
- Discovering your happiness
- The Life of Amy N
- Lisa’s Reality
- Carys goes abroad
- Momentum of Jo
- When women inspire
- Beauty by a Dutch girl
Questions for my nominees:
- If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing that you would buy?
- Do you have a favourite book?
- Why did you decide to start your blog and what have you learnt since then?
- If you could invite just one dinner guest to your house, who would you invite?
- Name 5 things that you want to achieve/experience in the next few years.
- Do you believe in fate?
- If your life was written in a book, what would the blurb look like?
- Name something that you like about yourself and something that you’re good at.
- If you are ordering dessert, what would you go for?
- If you were making a First Aid/Self-love kit for yourself, what would go inside?
- Name someone who inspires you and why.