It’s 2:15 a.m. as I’m writing this and I have an 8 a.m. class tomorrow but I’m too thrilled to fall asleep because Ocean Hayward kindly nominated me for a Liebster Award! Thank you so much for nominating me! I’m new to WordPress and world the blogging so I’m truly honored that you enjoyed my blog and what I’ve offered so far. Check out Ocean Hayward she has many insightful posts regarding mental health that are worth reading.
My Favorite Blog
My favorite blog is one that I’ve come across recently and I’ve nominated for this award as well. Just Gracie is very creative and has a beautiful way of writing and telling stories. The first post that I came across was The Trouble is This. I loved it the second I started reading it. It’s a relatable post that caught my eye. I think the beginning, as well as the end, were beautifully written. I loved how she described her heart in such beautiful detail. I think her blog unique. She writes in a way that allows people with different experiences can relate to the same words.
10 Random Facts About Me:
- When I was a kid I forced myself to like spinach so I can be strong like Popeye.
- In elementary school, teasing went right through my head. I was made fun of for having Bugs Bunny teeth and I thought it was a compliment so I started imitating Bugs Bunny and carrying carrots around.
- I was also convinced I was a mermaid. I took long baths, from morning to afternoon, or at least until my mother got angry.
- I used to lie to my mother about going to the park to play with my friends but I’d go there to play with the street cats. I know… just don’t judge me out loud.
- I wore diapers up until second grade. I’m just embarrassing myself at this point. Someone has to do it.
- I talk to myself. A lot.
- I LOVE ANIME. I used to walk around university holding up my laptop to watch my shows. Thankfully, I learned some self-discipline.
- My favorite colors are Purple, Brown, and Green.
- My favorite numbers are 6, 9, and 3 or a combination of those. Luckily, my student ID is 66693. I am the devil.
- I love Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Daughter, Nirvana and Pink Floyd. Listening to their music, makes me feel alive. IF YOU HAVE DEEZER LET ME KNOW!
As per rules, I will answer Ocean Hayward’s questions.
1. What advice would you give to young writers/new bloggers?
I can only offer you what I’ve learned and I hope it helps.
Writing comes with rules but just like us, it’s subjective so the first piece of advice I’d tell someone is: accept criticism but don’t allow anyone to tell you that your methods are wrong. We’re fallible even when it comes down to our interest and talents; however, as long as your piece successfully communicates the feelings or ideas you want to convey, you did a good job. Sometimes someone saying “you’re wrong” simply means you have room for improvement.
This is the only advice I’ve given someone and actually followed myself: put your writing out there. You never know how good you are or what your weaknesses are if you don’t put your writing out there. The best thing you can do if you’re still learning, as I am, is to seek feedback from professionals or anyone you look up to.
2. How did you learn how to read and write?
I learned how to read and write in both Arabic and English at school. I was in the same school from Kindergarten to 9th grade. When our beloved principal, Mr. David, passed away, many good teachers left and it went downhill from there. In middle and high school, the students were correcting the English teacher’s grammar. My English developed solely because I enjoyed reading the books they assigned us: The Hatchet, The Alchemist, The Giver, Tuck Everlasting, The Old Man in the Sea, The Pearl, Pygmalion as well as Shakespeare’s popular Romeo & Juliet and The Hamlet. My writing developed because little nerdy Alyazya was constantly asking her classmates to do their assignments for fun. I moved schools in 10th grade and for the first time, English was challenging. That I would say is when I really learned to read and write.
Arabic is a very difficult language and I found it challenging, particularly Arabic grammar. Thankfully, I was bad at mathematics, which meant that I excelled in my mother language, unlike my peers. When I moved schools, I studied the IB curriculum and I had to take 2 Arabic classes, one that is required by the ministry and one that is within the program itself. I wrote a poem for the first time in Standard Arabic as a part of my final assignment and that was when I realized I was taught well.
3. What made you want to start writing/creating?
My love for creative writing developed during elementary school as I looked up to my grandfather, who is a published poet and my mother who spilled her heart out onto paper. In middle school, I started writing. I bought a pretty blue hand-stitched journal from Paperchase and I wrote short Arabic poems. Well, I don’t believe they qualify as poems but let’s just say that. Three years later my journal got stolen and I put down my pen. I refrained from writing until I turned 16. It was a turning point in my life and I was in desperate need for an outlet because everything was crashing down. When I built up the courage to pick up that pen, English letters started forming in my notebook. Writing in Arabic was too painful after I lost everything.
What influenced me to write during that time wasn’t just my need for expression but I was also influenced by Seamus Heaney, a poet we were studying at the time, as well as an online community called Illhueminati. It was brand new when I stumbled upon it and it was truly nice to be a part of it back then.
Sometimes, I don’t know why I write now but I have a purpose when I do. My mind is a mess and I need to clear it up. I want to find people I can relate to. Anyone who relates to my words is a little spark that lights up my heart. All I know is that I love it. It has always been my only friend.
4. If you had to switch jobs, what career would you pursue and why?
I’m a student right now and I wouldn’t change that. In fact, the second I can afford to study for my Masters and Ph.D., I will. I love studying although I hate deadlines, attendance, those uncomfortable chairs and being forced to participate just when I was about to fall asleep. I spend my holidays listening to podcasts of any subject my heart desires. I want to continue learning for as long as I can. I hope that my future job includes a continuous acquisition of knowledge.
5. Would you rather be able to move things with your mind or be able to talk to animals?
Due to my horrible sleeping habits, I’m a careless driver in the morning so I would love to move things with my mind to keep myself safe. Also, cockroaches.
6. What is the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever done?
This is very difficult to answer because everything I do and say is ridiculous. Honestly, my existence itself is ridiculous. I’m a 21-year-old idiot who needs to sit down and shut up. I can’t really think of something that stands out but a ridiculous thing about me is how I have no depth perception. When I walk through doors I hit my shoulders every.single.time. and if I’m unlucky it’s the entire half of my body. I also constantly hit my head on things I’m aware are next to me. Maybe, it’s that time I got drunk…
7. Referring to the television show Freaks and Geeks, when you were in high school were you a freak or a geek?
I’m so sorry but I haven’t watched the show. I only ever watch anime. I’d say I was a combination of both but maybe a Freak more than a Geek. I don’t know.
8. Name one fashion fads that you secretly still love and are waiting for it to come back into style.
I loved when everyone was wearing neckties like Avril Lavigne. Honestly, I just want that to come back because, by the time I got into it, it was old news. I’ve always lived under a rock, I still do, It’s quite nice here.
9. Your first thought that comes to mind when someone mentions, “Canada.”
I think about the two very sexy Ryans. For some reason when I think about Canada I think about peace and tranquility. I’ve never been there so I don’t know how it is but I associate it with positivity. Hopefully, I’ll visit Canada and find out. I’ve also only heard good things about Canadians, which contributed to my perspective of Canada.
10. Tell us about the funniest thing that ever happened ever. EVER. (I mean it. Ever.)
This is difficult to answer as well. I might not be able to provide an answer for this (please forgive me). My life is a comedy script. Funny things happen to me because I’m an idiot surrounded by idiots. I put myself in weird situations. My little family consisting of my mother and sister is embarrassingly hilarious. You might have to hang out with me and see for yourself.
The blogs I nominate are:
- Just Gracie
- Kai Amal
- Sara Khan
- Ward Clever
- Drew Martin
- Ray Calabrese
- Traveler’s Tale
The instructions for accepting the Liebster are provided here.
My questions are:
- “Satisfaction, fulfillment, or happiness” which of those do you choose and why?
- What are the things that you’re most grateful for?
- If you can reside anywhere elsewhere will it be?
- What’s your most embarrassing habit that you’re secretly proud?
- If you can erase a part of your past what would it be and why?
- Revisit a turning point in your life or a transitional period; what did you learn from it?
- Who/what inspires your content?
- What goals do you hope to achieve through your blog?
- What’s the most challenging part about blogging?
- When did you realize that you wanted to be a content creator?
- What advice can you give bloggers?