Sharing My Secrets with The Gad About Town

One of my favorite bloggers nominated me for a Liebster Award, an honor presented by fellow writers in the blogging community! Mark at The Gad About Town is one of my faves because he dishes an ample serving of humor with informative entries. He just sneaks the good stuff right in while you are smirking about something he said (Oh, that’s so The Gad!). I always feel inspired and challenged to be a better writer after visiting his page. I’ve been blogging for almost 2 months now, so this is exciting; thank you to The Gad About Town!

Liebster Award| Sharing my Secrets with The Gad About Town

Liebster Award

These uplifting and brand new pages are my nominees. They have fresh and unique perspectives, so please check them out! Congratulations to: FindingOutFibro, IamChronicallyWell, DatelessNCarolina, TheOptimisticCynicABipolarJourney. (roll over to learn more)

Now for 11 Secrets about me:

  1. I’ve kept all of my teeny bopper heartthrob magazine clippings from my adolescence.
  2. Incurable or not, I fully believe I’ll be well one day!
  3. Sunsets make me cry.
  4. In the fall, I always imagine a hill of multicolor trees is a quilt for a giant.
  5. I’m convinced that my hair’s curly factor is based on how happy I am.
  6. I still think of myself as a dancer even though my ballet days are LONG gone!
  7. I find a big nose to be handsome on a man.
  8. I’m afraid I might have a Pinterest addiction.
  9. My hair has been every “natural” color. Now it’s curious to try the pastels!!!
  10. I believe people are most beautiful when they are being vulnerable.
  11. Eleven is my lucky number.

Questions I was asked by The Gad About Town:

  1. What’s the best piece of advice on writing you’ve received?

It seems unromantic, however: “Use transitions” is a point one of my first writing professors drove home. Personally, I recommend every writer print out a list of transitions to start swapping out words like “but,” “and,” or “then.” When I acclimated to utilizing transitions, I felt my writing was elevated and smoother.

  1. How often do you write or work on writing (e.g. researching)?

Even if I’m just planning my next entry inside of my brain, I feel as though I am writing. Therefore, every day.

  1. Are you an atheist, agnostic, a believer or something else?

The way the question is worded is a bit exclusive, however, I believe in Christ’s teachings. I’ve always been a very spiritual person, and faith is a deep personal journey that looks very different for everyone.

  1. Do you think this affects your writing?

As far as this blog goes, I didn’t think it would. I don’t have a Christian blog by any means. However, just searching online for supplementary quotes have so often lead me to new spiritual connections I couldn’t ignore. Through this new blogging adventure, I’m learning more about my faith journey even when I haven’t set out to.

  1. What’s your favorite book?

Travels by Michael Crichton. It’s basically his memoir and travel journal from his time in medical school onward through his eclectic travels across the world. Sometimes I wonder if this book is the treasure I think it is, or might it be that I was reading it while road tripping all summer with friends who also loved Travels. Sometimes a book can be so much more than a book.

  1. Who is your favorite author?

Edgar Allan Poe: Since meeting when I was a child, it was love.

  1. What’s your favorite movie?

Oh no! Don’t ask me THAT question…Take This Waltz, Some Like it Hot, Mrs. Doubtfire, Romeo & Juliet, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Little Mermaid, Harold and Maude, Dial ‘M’ for Murder, (stop me or I’ll keep going!) Fight Club, The Notebook, Stepbrothers, American Beauty, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Antiviral, The Virgin Suicides, Metropolis. I’m not finished, but I’m stopping.

  1. How would you define creativity?

The hunger in one’s soul coming into the light.

  1. How long have you been on WordPress?

Since the end of August.

10. Do you write for a living?

No, but writing is helping me live. (See my About pg)

11. Who is the awesomest person you know (or know of), dead or alive?

Well, I definitely think Helen Keller was a rock star. She was basically in her own sensory deprivation chamber being deaf and blind, but went on to make speeches, write books, and had so many progressive opinions about the world far beyond disability issues. She didn’t even have a voice, yet millions of people listened to her message. Now SHE was awesome!

Questions for my nominees:

  1. How did you come up with the name for your blog?
  2. What is your chosen spiritual path/religion?
  3. Does it impact your writing? If yes, how?
  4. Describe the first time you realized your writing could influence/challenge others’ thinking?
  5. Who was a childhood hero of yours?
  6. Do you feel your writing is a form of artistic expression?
  7. What was your favorite childhood game?
  8. What is the most romantic thing you can think of?
  9. What is your favorite quote?
  10. How do you define creativity?
  11. What is the best writing advice you have ever received?


Instructions for presenting a Liebster Nomination:

Thank the blogger who nominated you

Post the Liebster Award image on the acceptance post and/or as a widget

Share any 11 facts/things about yourself

Answer the 11 questions given

Nominate bloggers with fewer than 200 followers

Compile 11 questions for your nominees

My Nomination

About abodyofhope

I do not know why it is that we must wade through tragic circumstances to find truth. We nearly drown! But under the water, there are pearls. I hope in writing this blog, more will come to the surface. Over the past 15 years living with chronic pain, patient advocacy has had a powerful effect on my life through meeting so many remarkable teens, women and men: SURVIVORS. These individuals are HOPE personified. I wish to honor them in the same spirit they have encouraged me to press on. Eight years ago, I became bed-bound from a variety of secondary chronic illnesses. A procedure meant to help the pain condition I had been managing for several years- went bust #BIGTIME. Over the years, my entire life has changed. I have changed, but I am still striving to live my best life possible. Along with sharing inspiring pieces about spiritual wellness and finding quality of life inside of ongoing illness, I also share health research, awareness information, poetry, memes, art, and this blog is also an attempt to put my own pieces back together. Welcome to A Body of Hope, and thank you for visiting. [Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/ RSD, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Dysautonomia, Chronic Intractable Migraine, Cluster headache, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Occipital Neuralgia, Hypersensitivity to Sound & Light, Fibro, CFS/ME, Cerebrospinal Fluid Imbalance......blah, blah, blah] >>> P.S. My headgear is protective for pain. I just rock it hard ;)

Posted on October 13, 2014, in Being Myself, For Wordpress, Guest Bloggers and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Thank you so much for the nominations. I will try to fulfill this in the future. I am having a pretty rough time at the moment.

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  2. Don’t stress. I just worked on mine over a long span because I’ve been struggling and haven’t been well enough to post anything. Just a big thumbs up from one blogger to another- and hopefully more visits for you, too 🙂
    Take good care of yourself ❤ ❤

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  3. I am super excited to share this journey with you. And truly thank you for nominating me. Who would have thought I would have a blog up in running in less than a week. Your blog is a breath of fresh air.

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  4. iamchronicallywell

    Thank you so much for the nomination! I accept 🙂 Check out my post for a special thank you shout out: I really enjoy keeping up with your blog and am grateful for your encouragement and support!

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  5. This is my favorite blog(ger). Congrats on your nomination! I enjoyed reading your secrets and questions.

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  6. Thank you so much Jane! That is such an honor coming from a writer, author and blogger as yourself. You might have been in my list, but you definitely have over 200 followers 😀 (I checked!) ❤
    Thank you so much for visiting and commenting.


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