Nominated for the Liebster award…

I’ve been nominated by

for the Liebster Award. I’m not sure what to do or how to respond. I’m hopeless with links. These are questions he asked me:

What is that one hobby/interest/talent which you have side-lined but would like to revisit and why?

Cooking. I have travelled a lot a picked up recipes. I worked as a cook in Barcelona, Spain and Enniskillen, the North of Ireland. I love feeding people and experimenting. I still cook, but less lavishly.

Who is your role model (if any) and why?

My Dad. He could mix with royalty and the poorest without distinction. He was kind, patient, loving and tender. He was universally loved, and taught me to love nature, respect it and leave it alone. He was my strength when I had none.

What do you think are your greatest strengths?

Gosh, I’m not sure I know. Determination, grit, compassion, being a friend, thinking outside the box, not conforming. I am generous and have a huge capacity to love.

What is that one piece of writing/post that you are most proud of?

Any piece that confronts racism, poverty, hunger, and war. I hope all of these are reflected in my poetry as well as blog posts.

What do you do to motivate yourself when you are down?

Self talk. We are what we think. I try to tell myself I am worth loving. That giving up fails myself and my family. I tell myself things will get better.


More chaos than I like…

The last two days have been more chaotic than I’d like. Spilt drinks, unexpected naps due to waking up in the night and not enough downtime.

Since I’m trying to build more structure in my day, I’m not happy.

However, I have been productive. When not falling asleep at the wrong time. I have learnt stuff and read lots of stuff I can’t remember.

I haven’t written any new poetry for three weeks.

The nerve pain in my left thigh is reduced thanks to meditation. Last evening though, I had ‘restless’ legs, though not in the clinical sense. I realised it was a result of touching a very sensitive area on my torso. Raw nerves affect other parts. So no more touching that in the evening.

On the whole I am pleased with my week, except I need more downtime. Some TV, a meet up with friends etc.

Tonight I am going to a poetry event.

Someone has nominated me for a bravery award with Amnesty International. i’m not holding my breath…