Yesterday morning, when looking at my blog, I had a nice surprise. Ute from expatsincebirth nominated me for the “Liebster Award” , I have to admit: I had no clue what this actually meant or was, so checked it out on the web. The “Liebster Award” is an award for upcoming bloggers with less than 200 followers and for who someone believes deserve some recognition for their blogging. Well, I feel honored that people actually enjoy reading what I have to say!
**Here are the details on receiving this award**
- Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
- Answer the questions that the nominator set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve nominated to answer.
- Choose 11 people and link them in your post
- Go to their page and tell them.
Step 1-11 things about me!
1. I am a happy, positive person
2. I love living in different countries
3. I love learning languages
3. I am extremely curious and interested in other people and cultures
4. Work-Life balance is extremely important for me
5. I see the glass half-full instead of half-empty
6. I am trying to make this world a better place by impacting the things that I can
7. I believe in the power of empathy and mindfulness
8. I enjoy sports and outdoor activities
9. I am passionate about the things and people I care about
10. Life is short, let’s enjoy every piece of it!
11. Currently living in Switzerland and enjoying its quality of life.
Step 2- My answers to Ute’s Questions:
1) What makes you happy?
Happiness comes from inside, so every new day makes me happy to be here and to be an active actor in my own life.
2) What language would you wish to learn and why?
As many as I can I guess first I want to become fluent in Arabic, and once this is done, I will certainly start to study Chinese, as it’s another World language.
3) Why did you start blogging?
I felt like I wanted to write down my thoughts and discuss these with like-minded people. I also wanted to meet others like me and build up relationships.
4) What is your favourite film or series and why?
Fringe. I love the unexplained… definitely worth watching!
5) What is your favourite book and why?
I love reading, although I don’t have much time nowadays unfortunately; recently, I read: Wherever you go, there you are from Kabat-Zinn. Excellent! It reminds us about the simple things that everybody can do to enjoy their lives to the fullest.
6) Which nationality would you choose, if you could and why?
The European one, if there would be any such thing. I truly am European, nothing more and nothing less.
7) Do you like to cook?
Yes, I love creating new things… but: not much time left for this unfortunately!
8) What is your favourite food?
Asian food, Dim Sum and Sushi.
9) Morning or evening?
I am definitely not a morning person, evenings suit me much better!
10) Mountain or beach?
I enjoy both; living in the mountains makes me now go more often to the beach.
11) What is your favourite means of transportation?
Walking or biking… gives you energy before you start your working day!
Step 3 – My 11 Questions to you!
- Who inspires you the most?
- In which country would you want to live in future and why?
- What was the most inspiring experience in your life so far?
- Your favourite post on another person’s blog?
- What does ‘intercultural leadership’ mean for you?
- If you had one wish to make, what would that be?
- Your favourite book and why?
- Are you a morning or an evening person?
- Your favourite blog?
- What is your favourite ‘passe-temps’ (hobby)!
Step 4- Blogs I nominate
- The Cultural Detective Blog : excellent intercultural resource by Dianne and her extended team.
- Southeast Schnitzel: German-American differences explained by Christian: very funny and well written!
- Anne’s blog where she focuses on intercultural executive coaching
- The intentional workplace written by Louisa excellent posts about how we can do our best at work in an intentional manner
- Alice’s blog
- Louis’ insightful posts
- Very instersting posts in terms of communications on http://blog.i-reconnect.com/
- http://www.5thingstodotoday.com/ check this out, you might not have thought of these
- Kara’s blog on mediation, origami and kids
- Intercultural competence for youth
- Excellent posts and reflections around Buddhism