I’m so proud and happy to have been nominated for the Liebster Award by A Tree’s Roots. It’s so exciting to be recognized by someone with such an amazing writing! Thank you so much Ailanthus Altissima! Please refer to this blog for an understanding on the Transgender reality described through a raw but beautiful approach to what it feels like growing in a world full of deep stereotypes, such as Roots: Growth & Socialization.
What’s the Liebster Award?
As I understand, it’s a symbolic award based on a blogger’s nomination to another blog as a sign of appreciation and recognition. However, there are a few fun steps to be followed in order to “receive” it, providing visibility and respect for both who nominated your blog and your nominees.
“Rules For Accepting It:
- Write about it on your blog and thank the person who nominated you, write about their blog too.
- Display the award on your blog.
- Nominate 5 to 10 blogs which you feel deserve it.
- Let the nominees know that you nominated them.”
“Don’t forget to create 10 questions for them to answer. Notify your nominees and provide a link to your post so that they’ll know what to do. Once you’re done, come back here and comment with the link to your post so I can check out your answers.”” (in A Tree’s Roots: Liebster Award – Thank You)
Questions from A Tree’s Roots:
What is your favorite color and what does it mean to you?
Blue. I love it. There’s something about it that brings me peace. Maybe because of the sky and the sea being blue and they too bring me peace.
What prompted you to start blogging and/or writing?
It was something I had in mind for a long time but never really took that seriously. I had tried it before in my native language (Portuguese) but for one reason or another, I dropped it. Now, I decided to expose my thoughts. I was tired of hiding my endless concerns and wanted to share them in case someone might identify themselves or resonate somehow. They will know they’re not alone and I’ll also know I’m not alone.
What was the most significant journey you’ve been through?
My most significant journey was literally a journey! I moved from Lisbon (Portugal) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to start a new job, all by myself. Starting a new life from scratch, with no friends, no family, in a foreign country, especially in the Middle East, is an adventure which sometimes has its high moments and others not so high… It makes you revise all of your understanding on how society works, embrace new ways of working, different perspectives on Life, Religion, Social Roles. Simple things like renting an apartment, transferring your driver’s license, among others are super tasks! It’s quite a cultural challenge that requires you to adjust your brain and attitude to smoothly sail through discovering a whole new world.
Who or what is your greatest adversary?
Unfortunately, it’s myself. My mind tends to over analyze every little bit of… everything! It becomes tiring and hard to grasp if it’s something your mind is exaggerating or it’s really something to worry about. So, it’s an eternal internal dilemma. For each YES there’s a NO and vice-versa. The Mind has a very strong power and it can either Make You or Break You!
If you could conceptualize yourself as anything other than a human being, what would you be?
I’d probably be a Cat. They’re smart, sharp, funny, sweet but always within their own way to see the world.
How would you describe your safe space? If you don’t have one, what do you imagine it might be like?
My safe space is my home. Yes, even in a foreign country you can build a home, instead of just an apartment. Earth colors, warm lighting, candles, a bit of green plants, pictures… cozy, comfy environment. I put my soul in it.
What is your favorite website?
I don’t have one… I basically go online for social media and researching anything I need on a daily basis, travelling or working. I’m not computer friendly, which I find a major disadvantage. I try to keep up the basics though, not to feel excluded from society!! I do like Facebook, as it gives me the chance to express myself, whether by posting music, writing my thoughts, sharing and/or supporting social causes… no doubt it’s a Vanity Fair but it does have a good side to it, in my view.
What type of media resonates most with you?
Movies and Books. They have the ability to transport me to their own reality in each moment.
Do you have any background/education/experience you feel benefits your blog?
My education refers to Sociology/Marketing and it helped me in expressing myself though words. Although I’m Portuguese, speaking English was always kind of natural to me. Writing in English seemed like the right thing to do, living in a country that doesn’t speak my language. My personal experience helps me with the blog content… without it, I would not have created my blog. I have no particular skills to enhance my blog other than sharing what’s on my mind.
On a scale of 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest) how would you rate your ability to empathize?
I would rate myself a 7. I do think I have the ability of putting myself into someone else’s shoes and understanding their point of view on most things. So, I’m always trying to mediate opposite views and finding common ground in between.
My nominees are:
My questions for you are:
- Who do you admire the most and why (can be anyone)?
- What’s your dream?
- What’s your favorite hobby and why?
- What would be your favorite travel destination and why?
- If you could pick an Era/Decade to live in, what would it be?
- What’s your favorite book and why?
- What do you most value in someone?
- What was the worst experience you had in your life (one you feel like sharing)?
- When did you ever feel the happiest?
- What was your motivation to start your blog?