It’s Award Time!
Katie Francis (www.kittytocity.com) nominated me for the Liebster Award, so now I have a pretty award sticker for my blog!
The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers. It’s on online only award, designed to search out small, new blogs.
The word ‘Liebster’ is a German word meaning ‘favourite’ or ‘lovely’.
The rules of the Award involve me answering some questions set by the person who nominated me, and then nominating further new bloggers for the Award with a new set of questions. It’s an opportunity for me, and you my readers, to explore some new talent.
So, I thank Katie for the nomination – must mean I’m doing something right with this little blog of mine!
So, here goes…
The Liebster Questions Asked of Me
Well, my name is Sarah and I’m 32 years old. For a long time my life was one disaster after another and I was pretty miserable. Then, one day, I jumped on a plane. I’ve never looked back! I founded a charity/non-profit in February 2014 (www.chaffinch.org.uk and www.facebook.com/chaffinch.org) after Kenya stole my heart. It’s working to improve lives whilst also being able to experience new things that has finally given me a true passion for life. I’m a huge believer in ‘just doing it’ – there’s never a ‘good’ time, never ‘enough money’. There’ll always be a reason/excuse not to jump, but sometimes you just have to close your eyes and leap off the cliff. How do you know your wings don’t work if you’ve never tried them?
What’s your blog all about?
My blog is currently evolving. It began very personally, just as a way to keep friends and family updated on my travels. Then it opened to the Chaffinch audience and I focussed more on the work of the charity. Now it’s becoming a little more formal although I’m trying not to let it stray too far from its ‘personal’ beginnings.
Basically it is about my travels. It covers my work for Chaffinch as well as some of the leisure times, the exploration, and, more recently, some general travel issues.
I just love to write. I love the process of transferring the mess of ideas and memories and emotions that are racing through my head, into something ordered on the page. I like to think that I can transmit my passion and enthusiasm to others through what I write. I want people to know how it FEELS to do what I’m doing. I want to inspire others to take the leap.
What is one goal you have for your blog in 2016?
I want it to grow and to continue evolving. I want it to expand through new destinations and new experiences. The ultimate goal for the year is to inspire. By the end of 2016 I want one person to have changed their attitude from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’ and have followed me across the world. (Okay, so maybe that’s not just ONE goal!)
I haven’t really had ‘strange’ foods as such – just different ones. I used to detest ugali (maize flour cooked with water) but now I rather like it. I was once a bit afraid of trying new food, but it’s become good fun. Last month I tried camel for the first time. I debated for ages about ordering it as there were plenty of tasty, familiar dishes available. In the end I decided that I’d kick myself later if I didn’t take the opportunity. Who knew when I’d get the chance again?
Where is your next trip?
At the moment I have no idea. I’d like to see some more of the world before returning to what is rapidly becoming my second home in Kenya. I’ve been reading so much about so many amazing places that I have no idea how I’ll choose. That was partially what made me change my blog name from ‘An African Heart’ to ‘Gutter to Globe’ – the desire to see…well everywhere really!
I would say it’s a butterfly. I thought about this one quite a lot and ended up a little disappointed because a butterfly doesn’t feel all that impressive. However, I chose it because of its ability to become something different from what it was – which is the essence of Gutter to Globe. It also speaks to my belief that ‘anyone can fly’ as well as my love of freedom and the outdoors. Maybe it’s not the most consequential of creatures, but then I guess neither am I!
I loved ‘Wild’. I was inspired by the story and by the journey itself. The idea of setting out alone and hiking new places, facing a few challenges, learning about yourself, and finally the ultimate sense of achievement. When she throws her boot down the mountain in a moment of aggravation and then realises what she’s done…that’s me. It made me laugh (a lot) but it did make me cry a little too – I cry a lot during emotional movies! Oh, and of course she’s a good example of ‘Gutter to Globe’!!
Do you have a nickname? If so…what is it and how’d you get it?
Nicknames vary depending where I am/who I’m with. I’ve actually had a couple recently during my travels in Kenya. The first was Mama Africa, given to me by some of the Kenyans I work with because of my passion for the children and the way I’ve taken them to my heart as my own. The second is ‘Mother of Nations’. Again the whole mothering thing and the international vibe. But essentially because of my given name, Sarah. In the Bible, Sarah was the wife of Abraham and was known as the mother of nations.
Fun fact about you.
I secretly love children’s TV/movies. I actually have a decent DVD collection of favourites such as the ‘Mr Men’, ‘Bagpuss’, ‘Ivor the Engine’, ‘The Shoe People’ and ‘The Wombles’, as well as a whole host of Disney movies. I guess I just like to indulge my inner child, and there’s something really nice about sitting down and watching something colourful, fun, and undemanding after a long day.
That’s a tough one. Perhaps I’d be in Ravenclaw because I’m fairly intelligent and knowledgable (and obviously modest with it!). However, Dumbledore said “It is our choices, Harry, who show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities.” In that case, I might be a Hufflepuff because qualities of loyalty, patience, and dedication are ones that I aspire to. To be honest, I don’t really think I fit anywhere – I’d probably be on the train home. Magic isn’t really for me.
- Who are you?
- Is this your first and only blog, and when did you start blogging?
- What was your inspiration to begin blogging?
- Who were the first followers of your blog?
- What is the message of your blog? Something informative? Helpful? Inspirational?
- What has been your worst moment (that you’re willing to share) whilst travelling, and did you blog it?
- If you won $10 million, what would you do with it?
- If you could meet one historical figure or celebrity, who would it be and why?
- What do you picture your life will be like in 10 years time?
- If you could meet your childhood self, what one piece of advice or what words of wisdom would you want to share?
- Which could you most easily live without and which would you miss the most: running water, electric lighting, Internet, books, television, or your mobile/cell phone?
My Nominations for the Liebster Award
Do check out these blogs – they’re nominees for a reason!
- Hanie – These Traveling Feet – lots of great travel tips and inspiration from a great woman ‘on the hunt for the perfect caramel latte’!
- The Real Uganda – The Real Uganda – small organisation placing volunteers where they can really be useful across Uganda. Lots of really thoughtful bits of writing that might challenge your perception of Uganda.
- Traveling with Cystic Fibrosis – Traveling With Cystic Fibrosis – a lovely bilingual (English/German) blog by an inspirational traveller and also featuring some thought-provoking guest posts.
- Sarah – Expat of the World – English girl travelling the world as a volunteer and a TEFL teacher. A truly inspirational story (her ‘about me’ page might just make you cry!)
- Tamara – The Hopeful Traveler – Just starting out on her ‘traveller’ life and a great one to follow if you’re dreaming of foreign shores but haven’t managed to make the leap yet. I’m excited to see how her life develops.
- Cherilyn – The Traveling Ballerina – former professional ballerina from New York. Some really interesting and useful pieces, and my inspiration to add El Camino De Santiago to my bucket list.
- Phil – The Postmodern Guy – a more cerebral, academic read than others on my list. Fascinating insight into postmodernism in TEFL teaching with easily accessible posts, described as ‘back cover blurbs’.
- Kirsten – Jellybeanqueen TEFL blog – the story of a TEFL adventure. A very active blog with some really useful ideas and insights for TEFL teachers. Lovely story of having a job that you actually enjoy.
- Chantel – Voyaging Vagabond – beautifully laid out blog by a 20-something who realised that it was time to head out and see what the world really has to offer.
- Dave – Dave Does The Travel Thing – a fellow Brit with a thirst for wanderlust. Some wonderful photography from around the world and some really accessible writing.
- Mimi – Mimi’s World – amazing teacher and traveller who put aside all those excuses and moved herself across the world. Some really insightful posts about the realities of living and travelling abroad.