The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Wow, I was nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award, which is another one of those ‘pass it along’ blog awards, allowing bloggers to connect to one another and answer questions they might not ever answer in regular posts. Thanks so much to Alice from Kiwi in Korea for nominating me!

She asked me ten questions, so here we go!

  1. Why did you start blogging? 
    • I started blogging because I love to write, and I was finally working in Japan as a JET like I’d always wanted, but I had a lot of free time and a lot on my mind. I decided that writing it all down would act as a sort of public journal for me, so I could look back and see how I felt and what I did during my JET experience. Then, I joined NaNoWriMo  2013 in order to motivate me to finish the first draft of my novel. I found a lot of other bloggers who were also writing stories, and it was a lot of fun. However, as I went on blogging, I discovered how much I love it and I’ve stuck with it ever since!
  2. What is your favorite blog post of yours and why?
    • I have a lot of posts I love to look back on, but I think my favorite is How I Taught Myself Japanese (and a few other languages) because I feel like I was able to reach a lot of people through sharing my experience, and having it all in one place is really nice. Another one I want to mention is Our Proposal Story, because I got to write it right after I got engaged, and I will forever have my thoughts and memories about that day!
  3. What post of yours was the most difficult to write and why?
    • Probably my post called Is this normal?  I was so excited to move here to South Korea that I didn’t want to face the fact that I would eventually have to struggle with the language, the culture, a new family I’m marrying into, etc. After a while, it did start to hit me, and I tried to fight it off, but I guess I realized everyone goes through stressful times. It was good to write down what was stressing me out, but it wasn’t fun thinking about it while I was going through it.
  4. What do you do when you aren’t blogging?
    • What don’t I do? I work at a kindergarten, so I get home exhausted, I try to keep our house clean, I sometimes learn how to make Korean food, and I have an oven now, so I bake whenever I can. Lately, though I have been knitting a lot and playing video games (right now, I’m obsessed with a PS3 game called Folklore, which is so much fun). I love reading, and last year I completed my yearly book challenge to read 30 books, but this year I’m letting myself slip behind because I’m just not able to read as much as I would like to keep up with the goal I set at the beginning of this year.
  5. What’s/Who’s your favorite blog/blogger and why?
    • It really depends on what I want to read, but my favorite expat blogger is Lina from My Hong Kong Husband because she is so real and I love keeping up with her life. However I also love blogs like The Happy Sensitive which focus on helping Highly Sensitive People like me feel more understood and less alone. I’ve been reading it a lot lately, so I had to mention it.
  6. What do you enjoy the most about blogging?
    • I love connecting with my readers! Getting comments is my favorite thing ever, because I feel like my blogging experience is not only about me, but about engaging in conversation with others. I try to comment on blogs I love, too, because I love being able to share my ideas and thoughts with bloggers I get to know, even though we’ve never met. No matter where I go, I know I always have someone who will read my posts and think about me, and that’s really comforting.
  7. If you didn’t have a blog, where would all these thoughts go?
    • They would probably get written down eventually… I have a hard time sleeping when I have too many thoughts and emotions boiling up in my head. Even before blogging, I used to write down my thoughts when too many things were building up for me to be able to sleep. If I didn’t have my blog, I would put my thoughts in a drawer somewhere.
  8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
    • I wish I could be more assertive, and that’s something I’m working on, especially to be able to perform better at work. I have really strong opinions, but when I need to address a problem, I tend to shy away because I hate conflict. However, I do know that my strengths lie in my ability to want to work things over calmly. I’m proud of myself that I don’t get angry too easily (unless I’m hungry or sleep deprived – then watch out!) so it’s kind of a strength and a weakness.
  9. What object or thing can you not live without?
    • Anything that connects me to the internet and to books… my phone, my Kindle, my laptop… I love physical books, and I used to be opposed to e-readers, but I’ve learned to love reading books on the go. I can highlight things, save my page in every book, and carry around as many books as I can download.
  10. What passion drives you forward in life?
    • I have a lot of passions, but my passion for learning new things is probably the one that drives me the most. I want to learn about music, so that’s why I try to practice piano and violin when I have the time. Also, I love learning about history, politics, and international relations, as well as social justice issues. All of my hobbies stem from my love of learning.

Now I’m going to nominate a few people ^^

Hanguk Drama & Korean

Knitting Expat

Eleventh Monkey

English Wife, Indian Life

Here are the ten questions I want you to answer:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is your favorite blog post?
  3. What was the hardest post to write?
  4. Do you have any recent/new hobbies?
  5. What’s something you wish you could make happen right now?
  6. Who inspires you as a blogger?
  7. What’s a book or author you would recommend?
  8. If you didn’t have a blog, where would all these thoughts go?
  9. If you could change something about yourself, what would it be?
  10. What is your favorite quality in a person?
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