My first chain letter experience was during Freshman year of college.
It involved underwear.
You remember chain letters pre-internet, right? You received an invitation in the mail (usually handwritten on notebook paper) and were invited to participate in a “totally super-fun project.”
The deets on the one I said Yes to?
Send a pair of sexy underwear to a stranger — a girl whose name was written at the bottom of a list sent to you by a girlfriend. Then you were asked to invite 5 or 10 more girls to join the super-fun, and within six weeks you’d get 30 or so pairs of new sexy underwear in the mail.
Back then, I was actually spending some of my discretionary funds at Victoria’s Secret, so this proposition seemed like a good idea.
Lo and behold, I ended up with 30 or so new pairs of sexy underwear.
Or course, sexy is a very subjective term.
And lace irritates my thighs.
But, it was, at the very least, really fun to get packages Freshman year of college and it was a hoot to open up the padded manila envelope and be surprised by the contents.
The Liebster Award process is a little bit like a chain letter: Someone chooses you. You feel acknowledged…a part of something.
If you choose to accept, you’re required to do something that takes a little time and effort. But you do so with the hopes that your small time and effort will reap rewards for many.
Thanks Miss Corinne, for the letter in the mail. Now I get to prepare the virtual padded manilla envelope of love.
Here are the instructions and the contents.
I answer 11 questions Miss Corinne provided. I add 11 random facts about myself. Then I create 11 questions for my nominees to answer. Then I link to my nominees’ blogs. Who will I nominate? Blogs I think deserve more attention. Bloggers who are writing mindfully. Bloggers who are trying to create community. Bloggers who make me laugh, think, or smile hopefully. Blogs that I think are poised to make an impact on other people’s lives as long as they’re read. Here goes:
Questions I Was Asked To Answer:
Do you think social media and communicating online is helping/hurting human connection?
Overall, I think it’s helping human connection. Personally, it’s my mission to use social media for good — to make people think twice; to make connections that make a difference, both to me and others. But in some smalls ways, as referenced to in a recent study linking Facebook to depression, we’re suffering a little too as a result of social media. We compare our lives to others. We don’t let go of old pain, old baggage. We sometimes learn about tragedies we’d be better off not knowing.
What does “being green” mean to you?
Five years ago, I would never have called myself “green.” In fact, I would have gone as far as saying, “I’m not green. I’m healthy. There’s a difference.” But there is no difference, and that’s what more people need to understand. I understand now that what I do for my or my family’s health will be pointless and useless if I do not also act for the sake of our environment. We can’t have one without the other. So for me, “being green” means understanding that the health of the planet is related to my own health; and vice versa. If health matters so much to me (and it does), I need to do what I can on an individual level to stop hurting the planet (make better choices) and on a community level, to inspire and educate my friends and neighbors to make more conscious lifestyle choices. Specifically, lately for me that looks like: recycling more, buying less, and in general redefining the word “trash.” Stopping to think before I throw something in a trash can. Walking more, driving less. Living closer to the land, appreciating it, caring for it, and teaching my children to do the same. And not in a Farmer Brown sorta way — not yet. In a “I’m still figuring this out” sorta way.
Do you do any gardening (indoor/outdoor, rural/urban)?
We have a backyard vegetable garden and an herb garden. If I can do it, anyone can. We also live on a kibbutz. I count that as gardening — anyone who lives in constant cow stink gets extra points.
You get to fly anywhere for free – where do you go and why?
Hawaii. I’ve always wanted to go … surf, climb mountains, dip my toe in a volcano.
You get a large sum of money, but have to give it to one charity – who do you give it to?
I’m a rule bender. I’d create my own charity — it’d be dedicated solely to finding a cure for food allergies (and a little bit of lobbying). It’s beyond ridiculous that with all our medical technology that we have not yet found a cure for food allergies.
You get a large sum of money, but have to spend it on yourself – what do you buy?
Luckily I was educated in the 1980s-era school of Richard Pryor films (Brewster’s Millions, The Toy) so I could easily spend lots of money on myself without thinking too hard. I wouldn’t buy a baseball team or a live human toy. But I’d start by hiring a stylist. She’d help me buy a new fashionable wardrobe. I’d pay lots of extraordinary service providers to service me: health coach, cook, massage therapist, personal yoga instructor, life coach, hypnotherapist, dream coach, writing coach. Then, since it’s a “large sum of money” (which in my mind means GAJILLIONS) I would quit “working” and start “healing.” Solving the problems I feel like I can’t solve right now because money is an object.
Favorite movie and why?
If I have to choose one, it’s The Princess Bride. It’s storytelling perfection with a moving soundtrack by Mark Knopfler.
What guilty pleasure song/album can be found in your iTunes or movie in your DVD collection?
Yeah, I don’t have ITunes which might explain why my guilty pleasure is Barry Manilow. Enough said.
Favorite artwork and why?
Cheesy answer, but authentic: My 6 year old son’s.
And my husband’s:
Best advice you ever got?
This is where I wish I had a personal film flashback function – so I could tell you exactly what was said, by whom and when. But I don’t. I’d say I am most grateful to my friend Devora for suggesting I take a weekend self-development course called The Landmark Forum. It put me on the path that I am on now. And I guess if I were to go backward even more, I would thank my son’s first pediatrician Dr. Keith Dverin for “advising me” to be friends with Devora.
What has inspired you lately?
My surroundings as seen through the filters of instagram. I feel as if I can finally show others what I see in my mind’s eye. Mostly the sky. Cloud formations. Unusual trees. Unusual people.
11 Random Facts About Me
1. I grew up addicted to All My Children. I could tell you story lines and characters from the late 1970s. And when I was in college, my mom won for us a visit to the set in New York City. It was awesome. (Tad Martin was dreamy. And we got to see a young Sarah Michelle Gellar, before she was Buffy, rehearse a scene over and over again.)
2. I never really cared for Sarah Michelle Gellar’s acting on AMC, but nonetheless quickly became addicted to Buffy the Vampire Slayer soon after its debut. My first “blogging” gig (paid!) was for a site called The WB Scoop. My job was to blog about Buffy episodes. The site is long gone but some entries are archived here. I actually had a bit of peanut gallery.
3. I have a brother who is 2 years younger than me and one who is 12 years younger than me.
4. I have very vivid dreams … every night.
5. Sometimes my dreams come true, but usually only the boring ones.
6. I am a science fiction nerd. In addition to All My Children, I grew up on the original Star Trek. I hated “Trouble with Tribbles,” but loved the episodes where they go back in time.
7. I lived in NoHo when I was in my twenties and right before it was super chic.
8. I used to see celebrities all the time walking up and down the street. I once semi-stalked Jared Leto by following him into Dean & DeLuca; I also sat next to Matt Dillon in a bar and — on a dare — touched his butt.
9. I wish I was two inches taller than I am.
10. I was a White House intern.
11. My favorite ice cream flavor is Java Chip.
11 Questions for My Liebster Nominees
1. What does mindful living mean to you?
2. How do you deal with people in your life you think “bring you down?”
3. Do you believe in reincarnation?
4. Do you think world civilization is doomed or on the path to enlightenment?
5. Name one person who changed your life forever (first name okay) and why.
6. Name one person whose life you changed forever (first name okay) and why.
7. If you could have one super power what would it be?
8. What’s your earliest memory of your parents?
9. How is the town where you live now different from where you grew up?
10. How are you making the world a better place?
11. What’s usually the last thing you do before you fall asleep?
And finally, the moment you have all been waiting for! The Nominees:
Exploring Mindfulness and Reality Beyond
From America to Australia and back again
Nominees … don’t forget. In order to play, you need to choose your own nominees and paste the Leibster ribbon on your blog post. Nominees are supposed to have less than 200 followers — smallish, less well-known blogs. My nominees range from smallish to medium. I have no idea how many followers you really have but I do know I want more people to follow you!