The Versatile Blogger Award

Sorry I’m so late in posting this, but thank you, Priyamvada, for nominating me for this award! It’s my second blogging award!! 🙂 (For those who haven’t, check out “From an indie heart” for wonderful insights that everyone can relate to!)

 

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who has nominated you
  2. Share the versatile blogger award on your blog
  3. Share seven random facts about yourself
  4. Tag 10 bloggers with less than 1000 followers and let them know they have been nominated.

 

Random Facts About Myself:

  1. My favorite book of all time would have to be “Where the Red Fern Grows.” I read it in elementary school, and it was the first book that made me cry. For those who like dogs and heart-warming stories, this is a must read!
  2. The food I can’t live without is marshmallows. I bought some to make s’mores this summer and ended up just eating the whole bag. And then buying more.
  3. I am an avid advocate for “education for all.”  I believe that all children have a right to be educated.
  4. My current favorite song would have to be “Shy” by Jai Waetford. I don’t know why – it’s just so addicting.
  5. I like cute items, such as character stickers. Rilakkuma is my favorite character.
  6. I am volunteering at three places of now. One is HaĂŻti College Fund, another is at a community center where I help elementary school students with homework, and the other is at a Korean school where I help children with Korean heritage learn Korean. I also hope to volunteer through school clubs later.
  7. My favorite color is blue. Blue like the clear, endless sky. Blue like the wild waves at the beach from my childhood. I like pretty much every shade of blue, in fact.

 

My Nominees:

  1. Michael J. Fite
  2. Confessions of a Reborn Girl
  3. Making Sense of Complications
  4. Unmotivated Enthusiast
  5. The name of this blog is blowing in the wind.
  6. aYoKa
  7. Splendippity
  8. Scribbles in the Margin
  9. Eman Sherif
  10. uniqueloveharmoney

Making My Sandwich

When I go to Subway and get a half-foot long sandwich, there are several options to choose from. I get the usual: turkey instead of ham and condiments like mustard (don’t forget pickles!) – I have the ability to “make my own sandwich” quickly and easily. However, the sandwich of my life is made more indirectly and through much time and many experiences. It is obviously unique, and it is my personal sandwich. I may have lived only 18 years, but today I would like to share the things the go into my sandwich (instead of turkey and cheese) that make me who I am.

Activeness. When I was young, I used to be the shiest, quietest kid in my class. Maybe it was because when I started school, I was in a new country (I moved from Korea to American when I was three) and I couldn’t communicate with others and express my ideas (the people weren’t exactly friendly either – maybe that’s why I feel a soft side for new foreigners) – this created uncertainty within myself. However, after I attended two and a half years of a wonderful high school in Korea (I moved back for four years) and actively participating in high school activities and competitions, I found confidence within myself. I started being more open towards people and actively participating in my community. I may not be the most confident and outgoing person now, but I have grown more open.

Positivism. When I moved back to Korea at the age of 15 after successfully adapting to American life, I felt a huge culture-shock similar to the one I felt when I came to the US. I guess I kind of felt fear from the trauma of early years (the first years in the US weren’t that nice) and since I’m great at ruminating, I felt a side of depression. I was worried people would ignore me, label me as the “foreigner,” refuse to help me, and my grades would suffer (yes, I was kind of a nerd back then). However, after living through those four years, I realized that I survived. This has helped me through my life – I learned that whatever bad seems to be around the corner, good will also come. Even when I came back to the US, it rained terribly, but afterwards, a rainbow formed in the sky. I decided that that would be motto: always wait for the rainbow during the storm and not be depressed by it.

Thoughtfulness. I think A LOT. It’s my innate characteristic (it was inside the sandwich when I was born, I believe). Sometimes it’s good: I ponder about my situations and problems and learn from them or think creatively. Sometimes it’s bad: I ruminate on parts of my horrible past and feel horrible. But it’s a part of me, so I should accept it. I like to think philosophically (I wish my high school has Philosophy as a class, although I heard that it is hard and confusing) and frequently I find myself wondering about the mysteries of life (yes, I am the kind of nerd that wonders about unusual, profound questions like why people live). Why do people live? To search for the very reason?

 

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The Blogger Recognition Award

Wow! This is my first blogging award!! ^.^

 

Rules:

  1. Write a post to show your award
  2. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  3. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  4. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog
  5. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.

 

How I started blogging:

I have a secret place inside my mind where I go to in order to sort my life out and just think. I wanted to share this special place to people around me in order to be motivated and dream together. Using writing, one of my favorite things to do, as the connecting bridge, I started this blog to show the world my thoughts and experiences. I hope everyone who reads my blog learns something new and dreams with me.

 

My Advice to New Bloggers:

  1. Be honest. As long as you’re yourself, your true thoughts will be able to touch the hearts of your readers. We blog because we’re unique individuals who want to share our diverse thoughts. Just be yourself – that’s unique enough.
  2. Enjoy blogging. Don’t just post because it seems like you haven’t posted for a long time. I say post when you feel the itch inside your head that urges you to share your thoughts with the world. Then your writing will be more truthful and touching.

 

My Thanks towards TheOriginalPhoenix:

When I first met TheOriginalPhoenix in the Community Pool, little did I know that we’d become blogging friends. However, after reading her post The Joy of Paying it Forward, she struck me as a unique blogger whose posts I would like to follow and learn from. She is a wonderful person and inspiring blogger. I’m so glad she’s my blogging friend and I’m really grateful that she nominated me for this award. Also, thank you for your constant encouraging comments! Keep blogging, TheOriginalPhoenix!

 

My Nominees:

  1. michaeljfite: There is not a day when I don’t enjoy his posts. Not only are they incredibly motivating, but the topics are quite unique. Makes me see my life differently sometimes.
  2. Southern by Design: Not only are her posts interesting and inspirational, but also they are humorous. I believe that she successfully brings herself out into her posts, making them unique in her own style.
  3. unmotivatedenthusiast: Very motivational posts. I especially enjoyed Spoiler alert – you exist. It has to be one of my favorite reads of all time. I recommend everyone to check it out if they have time!
  4. makingsenseofcomplications: Has a very interesting mind, not to mention writing style. Surprises me and really makes me think with scholarly thoughts and unique topics.
  5. Morgan: One of my favorite blogging poets. Her prose is like her own amazing language full of diverse emotions and imagery.
  6. Eman Sherif: I enjoy reading about her thoughts on various topics. Makes me think about my attitude towards life.
  7. iglengel: Wonderful and humorous writing!
  8. lifeoftaiblog: I learned a lot from her posts.
  9. mySestina: A wonderful person devoted to blogging. Writes thoughtful poems and gives tips on how to make a blog more popular.
  10. breathingpark: Posts really makes me think.
  11. Jess Wen: Motivational and amusing posts~
  12. Gbolabo Adetunji: A fantastic poet and writer of motivational posts.
  13. PsychPerspectives: Wonderful posts diving into psychology that really make you think.
  14. JR Littlejohn: I love the writing posts that give me so much helpful advice!
  15. Sonali Mukherjee: I enjoy her blog as I enjoy a good book of poems.

Importance of Decision

There are hundreds of choices in our lives, starting from what should be for dinner and what university one should apply to. Big or small, these choices make up the directions in our lives. Therefore, decisions are important to us. The person who is concerned with the decision must make the decision him/herself. No one else should make it for that person. If that person renounces his/her responsibility of doing so, he/she is but a puppet. As John Stuart Mill, a famous philosopher, once said, “He who lets the world, or his own portion of it, choose his plan of life for him, has no need of any other faculty than the ape-like one of imitation.”
I’ve never thought about the importance of decisions until later in my life. I was never a good decision-maker; I always let others choose for me. I remember that in 5th grade, my friend’s mom asked me what I would like to order for dinner. I told her that I didn’t care; she could choose for me. She said I should choose, and we continued like this for several minutes. She told me that if I couldn’t choose something simple like my dinner, I would have trouble with bigger decisions later in life. How true her words were.
All my life, I would tell my family and friends to choose for me, whether it be a meal or what to do over summer vacation. I rarely voiced my opinion – scratch that, I rarely thought up an opinion. Every question posed on me was answered with “I don’t know.” On the few times I actually had a choice I preferred, it became a small voice that was hidden by a larger one. I lived as a shadow, trailing behind others. I was a bystander in my own life.
The big consequences of my difficulty in decision-making appeared in 11th grade. My dream was to become a communications specialist or an education specialist. Therefore, I wanted to study in the Literature and Humanities Department (there are two main departments for Korean students: Literature/Humanities and Math/Science). However, my parents told me that I would be better off in the Math/Science Department, for I was way better in the subjects of that department and there were way more job opportunities graduating from there. In the end, my voice was shrouded by my parents’ and I went to the department of their choice. I suffered there. Although my strengths were in that department, my lack of enthusiasm and energy showed on the downward slope of my grades. It made me wonder if everything would’ve been different if I had just been stronger and louder in my opinion. If I had just made the decision myself.

There is no one in the world who knows me better than I do. There is no better person to be the main character of the stage in my life than me. I must take my stand and make my own decision with a strong voice. From now on, since I live my life, I will try to make all the decisions that lay out in front of me, and with certainty. I will choose what I will have for breakfast and what subject I will major in in college. I will learn to respect my own decisions and stay with them. I will step out of the shadows and become the master of my own life.