“The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The word ” Liebster” comes from German and can mean the sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, most beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”
- Thank the person who nominated you. Thank You Dearly, Cassie!
- When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
- Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (while making sure you notify the blogger that you nominated them!)
- You write up 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees.
- You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated your own blog!
You paste the award picture into your blog. (You can Google the image, there are plenty of them!)
11 Random Facts about me
1.) I am not perfect in my political correctness. I think a lot of people have misconceptions in terms of educating yourself on: cultures, sexualities, genders, races, and religions outside of their comfort zone. It is definitely an ongoing process. Making mistakes and applying the lessons you learned are all a part of growing as an individual. So, checking myself is a continuous process.
2.) I was sexually abused as a child, and as a result battled depression and suicidal tendencies my entire life. I feel I have a strong admiration for those who’ve come through difficult situations and managed to dig their way out of that seemingly hopeless pit known as depression. I have so much respect for anyone who found a way to function when life looked so fruitless.
4.) I’ve written well over twenty Labyrinth fanfictions to date on fanfiction.net. No, I will not let you read them or reveal my super secret pen name. 😛
5.) I am actually a published writer! I was recently featured in my college’s literary journal, and one of my pieces was published in a book. It’s nice to mention, but merely brownie points!
6.) I am insanely obsessed with: Damien Rice, Matthew Ryan, Joe Purdy, Glen Hansard, Ray Lamontagne, and Ani Difranco. They are the center of my world, musically speaking. I guess I am just a sucker for good lyrical content!
7.) Speaking of music, not a single one of my friends will ride in my vehicle with me if I’m listening to metal due to my aggressive driving. There are really are no negotiations….
8.) I have a single tattoo. It is a trinity knot about the size of my entire hand, and it’s located at the center of my upper back. I designed it myself, and at each point there are the letters “C”, “B”, “D”, and a “T” in the center. The first three letters listed are the first initials of the most influential women in my life: My grandmother, aunt, and mother. The “T” at the center is my first initial, and it represents that they are all a part of me. My grandmother’s compassion. My aunt’s strength and independence as a non-modern woman, and my mother’s resilience. I purposely had it placed on the most hyper sensitive part of my body because I feel that pain is a spiritual experience, and I got the tattoo shortly after my aunt and grandmother died.
9.) My initials are TLC because I nearly died before and during my birth. The doctor told my mother then that it would take a great deal of tender loving care to get me into this world, and to keep me here. I was also supposed to be a mentally challenged boy, whose name was to be Michael Lee. So, I’m full of surprises.
10.) My absences from this website are often times due to my stress level reaching its limit. There are times that I just cannot bring myself to research all the happenings in the world because I feel them so deeply and passionately that I become obsessed with making them right. To this day, I still struggle with the painful truth that I cannot always save the world.
11.) I’ve had the same best friend since I was literally 6 months old. We supported each other through unthinkable abuse as toddlers and children. So, we have always been incredibly close (co-dependent). Her coming out to me as a gender neutral lesbian is really where I began have this thirst for understanding and accepting what I couldn’t comprehend myself. If anyone is responsible for those I’ve helped and guided, all the good I’ve done in my life – it’s her.
Questions I Have to Answer:
11 Questions for my nominees to answer…
1) Why did you start writing a blog?
I created Speak Out Though Not Spoken To because I was inspired by the amazing women I encountered on the internet in my teens. I really wanted there to be a broader example of empowered women for impressionable girls to look up to. There is nothing more devastating to me than self conscious little girls who are taught their worth is determined by their physical appearance, and that education is worthless because women are to be seen and not heard by their husbands.
2) What is your favourite work of fiction?
Wow, this is hard. It think it is a tie between Wuthering Heights and Dorian Gray.
3) How would you describe your personal philosophy/spiritual path?
I feel there is merit in all religions or non-religions. My spiritual path is to do what makes my heart feel good, and to avoid the things that I feel in my gut are not right. I do not follow organized religion, nor do I appreciate the boundaries. However, I feel very strongly that every belief system is worth studying and learning from. Take what you agree with, and disregard what you do not.
4) What has impressed you lately?
I have a friend of sorts through my significant other who is currently serving in the Army in the Middle East. He was honestly the last person I thought would stand up against people using the tragic shooting in Connecticut to push their political agendas regarding gun laws (for or against). But, he really did take a moment out of the unthinkable stresses of his day to really make people think about what’s really important to our nation right now. We need time to grieve and come together, not tear each other apart. His position really surprised and impressed me.
5) What has depressed you lately?
I’ve been in a really good mental state as of late. So, nothing.
6) What advice would you give your younger self if you could go back in time ten years?
I would tell myself to listen to the wisdom of my loved ones because there would be days in my future that I would give my very last breath to hear their voices. That life isn’t all about makeup, boys, and clothes. To study a little harder, and stand a little stronger when classmates cut me down. I don’t think I would serve my lessons up on a silver platter. There are some things I will just have to learn the hard way. But, I think my most important words would be: “You are beautiful, wonderful, intelligent, and you’ll go far if you follow your heart over your fear. Don’t take a single breath for granted, and know that no matter what, it will always be okay.”
7) What are your vices?
I curse, a lot. I have the mouth of a sailor to the extent of “fuck” being a part of my daily vocabulary.
8) What would you like to achieve in 2013?
I would like to earn the 4.0 I barely missed last semester. I want to learn how to find my inner peace when I feel like my world is nothing but chaos, and I want to learn how to control my anger/stress/lashing out misguidedly when I’m really just hurt and scared.
9) Describe your personal style.
I like to think I’m a shabby chic hippie who got a slight makeover from Siouxsie Sioux.
10) What is your favourite city?
Hmm, I’m not sure if I have a favorite city. I’m not really a fan of the urban scene, but I really do love the historic elegance of Savannah, Georgia or Charleston, South Carolina. I’m such a sucker for antebellum architecture and Spanish moss.
11) Name something that always makes you smile.
My cats (Echo and Jareth). Lo’Mein. Oscar Wilde. Disney. Zachary. Crystal Shards. Jim Henson. Siddhartha Statues. Venice. Farm Houses. John Waterhouse. Arthur Rackham. Mermaids.
Questions My Nominees Must Answer:
1.) Who would you consider to be the most influential person in your life?
2.) Do you consider yourself to be open minded?
3.) Politically speaking, what are you unwilling to compromise on?
4.) What are your long-term goals?
5.) What book could you read over and over without tiring of it?
6.) What would you consider to be the most important lessons of your life?
7.) What is your greatest love, or what brings you the most joy?
8.) If you were president, what would be your first action in the White House?
9.) What movie did you obsess over as a child?
10.) What is something you could never forgive?
11.) What would you want to world to know most about you if you were to die today?
Blogs I’ve Nominated So Far: