Once again, in just a matter of months, I am extremely flattered have been nominated for the Leibster award! This time I was nominated by Alex, author of The Life Quadriplegic (https://quadlifeblog.com/), and to him I say a very earnest thank you.
The Leibster award was created in 2011 in Germany, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers online. This award focuses on small blogs, recognising their potential to grow, and acknowledging those with the kindest, welcoming, most-valued musings.
To accept the award after being nominated, the blogger is requested to accept the award on their blog, and thank the blogger who nominated them with a link to their blog included. On this occasion, I have been asked to answer 11 questions asked by the person who nominated me, nominate some more people, and give those nominees 11 questions to answer.
11 Answers to Alex’s Questions.
Q: If you could visit any time in the past (or future) when would it be and why? A: I would love to visit Ancient Egypt, sometime after the building of the pyramids when civilisation was well established, but before Cleopatra’s reign. From what I know of that period, women were often seen as the equals of men, and were able to own land and money. Plus, cats.
Q: What is the one thing you most hope to achieve by blogging? A: I want to challenge societal perceptions of disability by reaching as wide an audience as possible, and educating them about the lives of the disabled, and how to treat disabled people.
Q: Who is your hero – the person you most respect and look up to? And why? A: It’s a cliché answer for a disabled person, but I’d have to say Stephen Hawking. Not only did he challenge people’s perceptions of disability and helped to normalise disabled people, but he also managed to make any invaluable contributions to scientific research.
Q: Where do you hope to be in your life 5 years from now? A: I never like to plan ahead too much, as personal experience has shown me all too well that mind-blowing, life-changing events can turn your entire world upside-down in a matter of hours. However, I certainly wouldn’t be disappointed if I had established myself as a writer with experience behind me, and a potential career ahead.
Q: If you could give any advice to your 10-year-old self what would it be? A: Stop trying to please the cool kids. The more you try to fit in, the more they’ll ridicule you.
Q: What is your favourite quote, and why? A: “I will never be voiceless, my weapon of choice” – from the chorus of Dangerous by Shinedown. It reminds me that being vocal about something that isn’t right is the only way to make others see that it is wrong, and helps them change it.
Q: What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time? A: I’m a big fan of video games. Recently I’ve played Doom (2016), Horizon Zero Dawn, and Assassin’s Creed: Origins, all of which I have thoroughly enjoyed.
Q: Name one thing you would change about the world, and why? A: I would want everyone to have equal access to education and healthcare, regardless of location, age, gender identity, sexuality, race, religion, wealth, disability, or any other means of discrimination. That still leaves people to make the choice as to how they want to live, but gives everyone the chance to get educated and live a healthy lifestyle if that’s what they wanted.
Q: Where is your favourite place that you have travelled to? What do you like about it? A: I’ve been all over the Lake District in the north of England, and I’ve loved every part of it. It’s a diverse collection of mountains, lakes, beaches, and towns, and there is always something new to discover every time I visit.
Q: If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for? A: Giving animals hugs. I think I would have a serious chance of winning a medal for hugging the most animals within a 10 minute time limit.
Q: When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with? A: Most people know I’m a nutritionist so I get asked for diet advice a lot, which I don’t mind at all. I enjoy helping people understand what they’re doing right already, and what they could do to improve their diet too.
Since I haven’t discovered many new blogs that I fit the criteria for the Leibster award since accepting my previous nomination, I only have two to add.
Thinking out Loud: http://www.thinkingoutloud-sassystyle.com/
11 Questions for my Nominees.
- Cats or dogs?
- Where did you grow up?
- What is your favourite time of year?
- What is your favourite genre of music?
- What is your favourite film that was adapted from a book?
- What was your favourite childhood toy?
- Tea or coffee?
- What is your worst habit?
- What is the kindest thing a stranger has ever done for you?
- Who are your role models?
- What is your biggest ambition?
Thank you all for your continued support, which has enabled me to grow Diary of a Disabled Person into a triple-award-winning blog!