I would like to humbly thank Jodi at The International Social Worker who nominated me. Jodi is an international social worker and she blogs about social justice and international issues impacting people from all corners of the globe. I especially appreciate her blog post in November this year called "Remembering Refugees." In this post she spoke about her experience in Guatemala when she met a man named Gaspar. Gaspar became a refugee at age 11 and at the time Jodi met him, he was still trying to rebuild his life. Her post about refugees and especially Gaspar's story is a most compelling read and I highly encourage everyone to take some time to read it.
The Liesbter Award is an award given to up and coming bloggers by other bloggers in the blogging community. Personally for me, it is a great feeling to know that I have been recognized by a fellow blogger and it encourages me to keep writing about what I am passionate about. This is one of the reasons the award is important - to encourage bloggers to continue to write. It also highlights great work.
So what happens when you accept the Liebster Award?
- Thank the blogger that nominated you and include a link to their blog in your acceptance post. Thank you again Jodi!!
- In your acceptance blog post, be sure to include the Liebster Award logo -- I have posted the logo at the top of this blog post.
- Answer the 11 questions provided to you by the blogger that nominated you
- Also -- be sure to provide the rules to accepting the Liebster award so that your nominees will know what to do!
- Nominate 11 new bloggers for the Liebster Award (I am most excited about this part)
- Provide 11 questions for your nominees to answer when they accept their award.
- Notify your nominees.
- Finally, be sure and post your blog accepting the Liebster Award in the comments section of the blogger that nominated you. -- This way, they will also be able to see the answers to the 11 questions they provided for you.
What's the best compliment you've gotten about your blog? For me, the best compliment I have gotten so far is that I write with passion. I feel very passionate about international human rights and I am happy to know that it shows in my writing.
What did I learn yesterday? I learned that the app Periscope is a great way to learn about the world through the eyes of others. It's awesome!
Who are your teachers? I have so many teachers. So many people that have encouraged me to continue to reach higher. My maternal grandmother Clara --- she is wise, beautiful, and she is the library of history in our family. My mom, Pamela - who is a constant mentor and friend and teaches me about being of service to make the world better. My Dad, James, who taught me how to read! I was 4 and when he did that my whole world opened up! He also continues to teach me about world music. My sister, Andrea -- she is a social worker and a true advocate for people who suffer from mental illness. She teaches me to always listen to my intuition when doing human rights work. Finally, My brother Vincent, he was a U.S. Marine and was killed in action in Afghanistan on November 30, 2011 while on his 5th tour of duty (4 to Iraq). He continues to teach me about living my purpose and creating a legacy that is honorable. I am always a student in awe of these folks.
What are you excited about right now? I am excited about 2016 and all of the possibilities it has to offer!
How do you define "success" for your blog? I define success for my blog by knowing that I have created a space to write about international human rights and social justice in a way to potentially engage readers and to encourage them to become advocates.
Any blogging advice? Always write from your heart. Whatever topic your blog is about, be sure and reach people by being as authentic and creative as you can. As a reader of several other blogs myself, I always appreciate the writer exuding their true uniqueness. I think many readers are drawn to that.
What book has been most impactful in your life? Nelson Mandela's "Long Walk To Freedom" has impacted me most. He is one of my heroes and his autobiography not only details his life, but life in South Africa during apartheid. I was most impacted by his time in prison at Robben Island. He is truly one to be admired and his book is one of many blueprints for civil rights and human rights activism.
What keeps you up at night? I am up late at night with ideas on starting my own international non-governmental organization (International NGO). I am up late tonight thinking about it!
What do you wish you were better at? I wish I was better at blogging more often. I have so many topics I want to write about, but life can get really busy at times. In 2016 I will be focused on a more regular blogging schedule.
What do you hope people will do different after reading your blog? I hope people will turn concern for a particular human rights issue into action. In many of my blog posts I also post ways that people can become advocates. There are ways for all of us to get active for social justice.
What blog post are you most proud of? I am most proud of my blog post on the international treaty body process. It is one of the most fascinating areas of international law in my opinion. Here is a link to that post.
Here are my nominees!!!
Lisa at LisaRCharles.com blogs about self-love, acceptance, marriage, motherhood and all things inspirational. Simply put, when I visit her website or Instagram page I feel a very positive and healing energy. Awesome all around.
GG at All the Many Layers writes about growth and self discovery. On her website, she tells her story of how she stepped out on faith to truly live her authentic self. She is an inspiration.
Jessica at World Music Travel Blog writes about all things world music. She is a music journalist and travel writer. I love world music and I am glad she writes about musicians I can learn more about!!
Eboni at My Beloved Books is a great blog for book lovers. She even has a cool page where she lists all of the classic books that she intends to read. I also love the fact that she has a book review corner for her blog as well.
Carrie Amber Rheingans, MPH, MSW, is not only a friend of mine, but a fellow activist as well. She is a social worker and world traveler and she has done great work in HIV/AIDS activism. She writes about her work and her life on her blog and website. She is also a fellow University of Michigan Wolverine! Go Blue!
Don at Flinteresting is also a friend and fellow University of Michigan Wolverine. Don is an Engineer and product manager in Silicon Valley in California. He blogs about the latest tech products and hip hop music, a passion of many in our generation!
Ila at Rasta Wife Line is a Rastafari wife, mom, and designer and she focuses her blog on her life and the principles of Rastafari. She writes about her culture, her designs, and I especially love that she writes about healthy eating. She includes recipes for healthy meals and advice for overall healthy living. Her designs are beautiful and reflect her deep love for Africa and the diaspora.
The Partnership with Native Americans is an organization that partners with Native American communities across the U.S. to assist with community building, capacity building and sustainable development. Their blog consists of guest writers that blog about Native American life and culture and the needs and challenges of indigenous people in remote areas of the United States.
Jasmine at Amazing Natural Hair writes a blog to affirm and honor women of color and natural hair. Her blog is a place for encouragement, natural hair care tips and healthy living advice. I appreciate her blog very much because I also wear my natural hair. I have been wearing Locs for about 10 years.
Linda at The Book Cottage writes reviews about books she has read. I absolutely love her blog because I am a fellow book lover and her blog is a great way to learn about books to add to your reading list!
Robin at Native Notes writes about her indigenous culture and I love her blog. She has gracefully created a space on her blog for people to write to her and ask questions about Indigenous cultures. I really appreciate her for being open and willing to answer questions and to educate all of us. Also, She includes photos and links to videos as well.
Here are my questions for my nominees -
1. What inspired you to start your blog and how has blogging enriched your life?
2. If you could go back into time and into any period of world history where would you go and why?
3. If you had the chance to travel to any country in the world and learn about a different culture, where would you go and why?
4. Tell me about your favorite music artist and that artists' best album in your opinion.
5. What is your favorite film of all time and why?
6. What is the best advice you have ever received about love?
7. What do you think are the most pressing human rights issues the world community should be addressing right now?
8. What are the top three questions you would ask one of your ancestors if you had the chance?
9. Where is your favorite place to write when you blog and why?
10. What good deed did you do for someone else today?
11. Tell me about one new healthy habit you plan to adopt in 2016.
Also, I would like to give a huge thank you and shout out to my very good friend Hana Romer. Hana is a retired Staff Sergeant of the U.S. Marine Corps. (I Love Marines!) and she has a blog called Domesticated Combat Boots. She writes regularly about her life as a Marine, and as the wife of a Marine and her beautiful children. I appreciate her blog very much because she is so open and honest about what life is like for our American military families. I think that all Americans should spend some time in the new year and get to know more military families to gain a better understanding of what life is like for those that selflessly serve and protect us. And you know what? You can start right now by visiting Hana's blog! Hana won the Liebster Award some time ago, but I wanted to let everyone know that her blog is one of my favorites. She is a gem y'all.