I was nominated by the very Kind and talented Camille for the Liebster Award. It is an award given within the writing community. I am honored to be nominated for the 3rd time, however this is the first time I have participated in the award and I wish I would have participated sooner. This means that others are reading, applying and engaging with my writing. What more can a girl ask for?!
Q: If you could give advice to a crowd of people, what would it be?
A: It is humbling that I have recently been asked to be part of a talk from one of my readers and am in the process of sorting my speech, so this is the perfect question to ask. To simplify I would say the following: Be your own parent, find inspiration everywhere and fall in love with progress.
Q: Why do you write?
A: I write for many reasons. To voice an uncommon, yet universal opinion. To connect and help others feel connected. To analyze my life and learn more about myself in the process and in turn learn more about the world. The more I know about people and the world, the more I can do to help it. To live with eyes wide open.
Q: Night or day?
A: Night. It’s when the world is at its most quiet and alive simultaneously.
Q: What’s your favourite joke?
A: “I’m pretty but tough, like a diamond. Or beef jerky in a ball gown.” – Unbreakable Kimmy Shmit
Q: How do you want to create a positive impact?
A: By living by example and encouraging others. By teaching them how to encourage themselves. By trying to integrate integrity back into our modern culture.
Q: Is there a movie that means a lot to you and has shaped your life in any way?
A: Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, I am a fan of Horror movies and Anime which tend to be very dark, but Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium gave me the childhood I never had by reminding me to believe in myself, help others, that I am the creator of my life and thus also my environment, that normal is boring and to accept the world around me with childlike wonder.
Q: What is your favourite childhood memory?
A: Playing rounds of video games with my 3 brothers and 3 cousins. The 7 of us created our own club. We would later have my brother Henry read us scary stories, then we would draw, play with action figures and make ridiculous music. We lived in our own world and we loved it. When asked on the first day of school where I went over summer break I can say that I went nowhere and everywhere.
Q: What was your favourite subject in school?
A: Chorus. When I am singing in a band or choir it’s when I feel the most alive. It is a beautiful and intimate experience. It makes me feel like I belong in the world like nothing else can.
Q: Summer or winter?
Q: What was the happiest day of your life?
A: My 26th birthday party when I realized I had finally become the woman I always wanted to be. I have always felt like five different people at once. I have many groups of friends. One group of guy friends, a group of friends from my goth/punk days, a group of artist friends, a group of shy friends, a group of materialistic friends, crazy friends and friends from the hood. But this was the first year where I felt like all of the pieces of me have created one enormous puzzle that took me years to build and I am very proud of the completed puzzle called Ana. I can now frame it.
Q: Is there somebody you want to thank for anything right now?
A: Valerie Rochon my 6th grade Dance teacher from Mirabel Sisters Intermediate School IS90. She was the first person to truly believe in my talent. She heard me sing in dance class to “Dancing in the street,” for one of our dance shows and told me I should sing more. She put me in chorus class and allowed me to have two electives at once which was forbidden in the school. She had me sing and used the rest of the class as backup dancers. At that point I was only a studious valedictorian. She broke me out of my shell and through example taught me to be my own parent and look for inspiration in others.
- I am the youngest and only girl in my immediate family
- I used to be a tomboy. I ran fast, played video games (still do) and wore 1990’s track suits to school.
- I used to take anger management courses. I have learned to harness it and use it for good, but sometimes I surprise myself.
- I grew up soo poor that every Christmas my brothers and I would each get $5. We would put the money together and use that money to trade in a video game.
- My spirit animal is an elephant, but my favorite animals are sea otters
- My cat is named after Tom Cruises daughter. This way I will never forget how old she is and I think if my cat was a human girl she would act and look just like Tom’s daughter.
- When I lived with my family we had, 2 turtles, 2 ferrets and 4 cats in the house at one point.
- My middle name is Jessica. My dad wanted to name me Jessica, my mother wanted to name me Ana. My mom got first pic and my dad got the middle name.
- I learned how to swim at the age of 23 in Spain.
- I have Synesthesia. Sometimes I can taste words and hear colors.
- From the ages of 3-5 I spoke to my teddy bears and arranged them in a specific order. They each had names and specific personality traits. Some of them did not get along. My favorite was a giant frog I carried him with me everywhere.
Here are the rules a nominated writer needs to do in order to accept the Liebster Award:
- Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their website.
- Display the award on your website — by including it in your article
- Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
- Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
- Nominate 5 – 11 writers that you feel deserve the award.
- Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
- List these rules in your post
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Questions for my nominees:
- What do you value most in a person?
- Why do you write?
- What helps you go on every day?
- Who inspires you?
- Do you prefer to wear dark or light clothing?
- How do you want to be remembered?
- What is your biggest pet peeve?
- Realist, Optimist or pessimist?
- Favorite pastime?
- Do you consider yourself to be simple or complicated?
- What do you value most in yourself?
I’m so glad you enjoyed doing this. You gave great answers, Ana! 🙂
“Fall in love with progress” – this really stood out to me because I’ve been going through a significant change over the past few months. I’m going to remember this bit of wisdom.
Thank you Camille! Same to you 🙂
Like you, I am honored for the third time…and now have two pay it forwards to go! Yikes…better get busy! Thank you and have a wonderful day!
Congratulations Ana. I love this. Reading this you made me realize another reason why I love writing.
Thank you Krista!! Your writing is getting so much better.
Thank you and thanks for reading
Wow!!! This was quite interesting and entertaining. I love it! 🙂
Especially the part about your synesthesia wowed me. This is something one doesn’t come across quite often and the fact that you can taste words and can hear colors is just mind blowing! So, may I ask if there are words that you don’t like, because they taste bad? Do you taste them when you hear them, say them or read them? Have you’ve always had synesthesia or did you wake up one day and noticed these things happening to you? I’m sorry, I’m simply fascinated and curious about it. I apologize. 😀
Be well Ana and good luck with your search for the right band to sing with,
Thanks for reading and engaging!! When I was younger I used to think everyone was the same. However I would gag at random times and never knew why. I’ve learned to not be nauseated by a word, but words like zernone taste sweat. I also always had a facination with words in general, however ironically I was always a terrible speller because certain letters have colors it becomes confusing to me at times.
Gladly, I just came across your blog by accident and decided to have a look around, I’m glad I did so. I like what I’m reading very much. 🙂
Oh, interesting. I can only imagine how confusing this must get, especially in stressful situations I’d suppose. This may be a completely idiotic example, however ever since I saw a Character on the TV show Heroes, who was able to see Sounds as colors, I wondered what it’d be like to have synasthesia. However I can also imagine, that it must be a little annoying at times.
Thank you for sharing and for the quick response! 🙂
Thank you again 🙂 It does get confusing. I have confused Bob Marley with The Beatles before because the words have the same hues in my mind. But it can be cool in the way I see music.
Wow, my eyes are sparkling with fascination. Yes, I bet in a way this also allows you to create unique music. 🙂