My nomination for the Liebster Award!

LiebsterAward-2Thank you Chris from for the Liebster Award nomination. I am excited that my single blog entry has already, within 24 hours, made an impression on people. I admit, going ahead with this blog took some courage. I have always been afraid of the discriminatory and/or ignorant treatment of people with epilepsy.  As a new blogger, I have had to research more about the Liebster Award:

  • It is an award that exists only on the internet and is awarded to bloggers by bloggers.
  • The word “liebster” is German in origin and has several definitions that include dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, welcome, sweetheart and boyfriend (really?)
  • The Award follows the principles of a chain letter, that it should be passed on.
  • Bloggers are nominated and it is their choice to accept it, and continue PAYING IT FORWARD or to refuse to accept it, thereby stopping or interrupting the chain.
  • Variations have been made over time to the “rules”.
  • And lets be honest, the marketing associated with accepting this award helps promote your own and other worthy bloggers.

The rules are simple:

  • If you accept the award you should link your acceptance post back to their blog;
  • Answer the questions posed by the nominating blogger;
  • Pay it forward to 5-10 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.

I am gratefully accepting this award and am now paying it forward! The questions I was given are:

  1. What is the main goal of your blog?

To show that ‘you can if you think you can’! And to contribute to the growing number of courageous people who are helping to improve awareness and dispel the myths associated with epilepsy.

  1. Link to your most favourite blog post and tell why it’s your favourite.

As Chris explained, I am new to blogging. Whilst I have often considered the value of reflecting and sharing struggles and triumphs I was afraid. The blog post that finally motivated me was titled, ‘Walking a mile…to let it go’ by

Particularly if you are struggling to fall pregnant, I would recommend this article. Having epilepsy brings its own challenges for family life, but her argument for what constitutes womanhood should be a message that everyone hears.

  1. What is the one moment in your life you would re-do if you had the opportunity?

Honestly, I cannot think of one. I perhaps would have kept quiet instead of destroying a relationship by telling my brother a few home truths, although I still think it needed to be said. I have no regrets in my life. I have learnt from every mistake or stupid comment and am better off for having made them.

  1. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Superpower… to immediately sing and play every musical instrument I chose with the combined skill of a virtuoso, a blues musician, an opera singer and a rock god.   But then again, half of the fun is the rehearsal process.

  1. If you could have a large block of free time, what would you be doing?

That depends on the large block and the amount of money I have available to waste. Currently, I just want to sleep and read trashy paranormal romance novels. But I would shop, travel and learn the mandolin, violin and bagpipes if I had the money or the permission from my man. [insert giggle here]

  1. When was the last time you were so happy you broke out in tears? And why?

It was a long time ago. My secondary girls vocal ensemble won gold at the QLD Catholic Colleges Music Festival. I had been entering choirs of all abilities for six years prior and never achieved such success. We were in a beautiful cathedral with excellent acoustics when the awards were announced. When I heard the name of my choir I yelled “yes!” with the accompanying fist pump. Then it dawned on me that we had actually received Gold. That is when I cried. Too many colleagues from all over QLD came up and congratulated me. My girls were just as excited. Of course that just meant that I became a sobbing hiccupping mess. It is a wonderful memory.

  1. How has your faith had an effect on your life, relationships, and blog?

Hmmm. I have studied theology, am a qualified religious education teacher and have seen enough hypocrisy in my life to wonder. At least I know I believe in God, but have little faith in many of the men who dictate rules and laws to follow. Like why is marriage for life despite the fact that your husband is beating you up? Surely God wouldn’t expect you to remain committed in that situation. Similarly, if Jesus were on earth, he would associate with the outcasts. So why, given we know so much more about the brain, is it unacceptable in many Christian cultures to be gay?

There is definitely some truth in Marx’s statement that ‘religion is the opiate of the masses’. Luckily for me, I have in recent years seen and experienced a more united, forgiving and communal aspect of Christianity.

  1. Who is the person you’ve learned the most from in your life?

Chris from summed it up well. Whilst I have learnt much from my family, my partner, lecturers, professional colleagues and friends, I think I have learned the most from my own choices and experiences.

  1. What are 3-5 adjectives that sum up who you are?

Positive, passionate, committed, goal-orientated, and fun-loving.

  1. Name something on your bucket list. Why did it make it on your list?

Only one? Ok then…

I would like to complete my PhD. Why? I am partial to the sound of Doctor in front of my name. I also love the floppy hat that you get to wear.   And because too many people think it is too hard and that I will struggle. I have this “I’ll show you attitude” that consistently motivates me.

Nominate five other blogs: – random reflections on life, love, politics, books etc. – about living with epilepsy

Because I read them so quickly I need help to keep up supply! – Life at full volume. About living with epilepsy.  – A blog for music teachers in love with the philosophy and methods of Zoltan Kodaly.

Thanks again for the nomination.

I hope you enjoy reading my future posts.

MJ – an excellent philosophy for teaching music.

2 thoughts on “My nomination for the Liebster Award!

  1. Hello! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone 3gs!
    Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts!

    Carry on the fantastic work!


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