Sunday, 25 November 2012

Liebster Award – Violet’s response

Hi all!

Yes, I was tagged for this award by Daisy (of this blog!). And I guess it’s kind of strange to have two or more responses to the same award on the same blog, but I feel kind of justified in doing so (though I hope I don’t bore you!) as, after all, this blog does have four authors, each who are utterly unique and different! So bear with me as I go through these questions! :D

1. You must post 11 facts about yourself
2. You must also answer the 11 questions that the awarder has given you, and create 11 questions for your awardees to answer in turn.
3. Tag 11 fellow bloggers.
4. Notify them that you've awarded them.
5. No tagging back.
6. And the 11 blogs that you tag must have less than 200 followers. 

Okay, so here are 11 utterly random facts about myself.
  1. I have yet to work out whether I am an introvert or an extrovert. I was doing a quiz on this once and it came out about even. The annoying thing is that I can never get a good balance: while I might become shy and withdrawn in a big group of people, particularly when I don’t know many of them, once I overcome that I can talk so much that no one else gets a word in! It is a constant source of frustration to me, so if anyone has some tips on getting a better balance between the two, it would be greatly appreciated. :)
  2. I’m actually a very boring person really, so writing so much about myself is really, really hard. In fact, I think you would struggle to find somebody so ordinary as myself: I am certainly no world-changer, and have few gifts to make much of. I think that’s why Daisy and I are such good friends: she’s the one with a crazy imagination and real world-changing material, while I am more on the practical down-to-earth side.
  3. I have some Bible verses that have really been helping me so much recently that I couldn’t help but share them with you! I used to think that once I had a favourite Bible verse, it would stay that way, but I’m learning that the Christian walk is one where you have different passages that really help you at different times. I will always love Proverbs 31:30 – “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” More recently, we were given a passage which used to hang in my Mum’s home when she was a girl, and it is from John 3:30 – “He must increase but I must decrease.” Mum says that her father, who was a pastor, saw this as his motto to live by, and I want it to be true of me too! As I grow as a Christian, I really want others to see that my life is less and less about myself and more and more about Christ. Oh, and of course having just had exams I can’t forget Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything through prayer and petition make your requests made known to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
  4. If Daisy is addicted to bubble tea, then I must be ten times more addicted to her delicious Magic Cordial, which is similar to homemade lemonade (and is non-alcoholic in case you were wondering)! I once nearly broke the record by having (*cough*) around 8 or more glasses at one sitting . . . it’s seriously addictive! I also love my hot drinks (tea, hot chocolate and coffee . . . but especially coffee!)
  5. I am really old-fashioned at heart. I prefer a skirt over jeans any day, I mostly listen to classical music, particularly Mozart, my bookshelves are lined with Dicken’s novels, I am way too obsessed with history (but also BBC period dramas!).
  6. I have a myriad of bad habits! When I was little, I sucked my thumb right up until I was 10 or 11 which resulted in a gap between my two front teeth. Fortunately, after I stopped that habit the gap closed over. Unfortunately, no sooner had I got rid of thumb—sucking then I developed another habit – biting my nails! I’m still struggling to get rid of that one, which is particularly problematic when I am stressed, nervous or engrossed in a good book!
  7. I am currently learning the flute and have been for the last six or so years, though I’m a slow learner and not very gifted musically so I still have a long way to go! When I was little I learned the piano but pretty soon after I started flute I stopped learning piano as I preferred the flute. Some of my favourite flute tunes are Pavane and Sicilienne and my favourite flautists are James Galway and my flute teacher!
  8. It is my firm belief that we all have a word quota which we absolutely must fill each day, and if we don’t it all comes spilling out at some stage. At least, this seems to be true of me. I often don’t talk a lot during the day at school, so when I get home, mum gets an essay as to “What Happened Today”. And woe to any friend who phones in the afternoon/evening as it is likely to last for more than an hour on a normal day, or even longer if I really have not yet scratched the surface of my word quota!
  9. It is so random, but my favourite ever food is “plain, white rice”! I love rice so much, and it’s a joke in our family (started by my Dad) that I ought to have been born in a poorer country as at least I’d appreciate the food!
  10. Sadly, I will always feel a bit of an outcast. :( I don’t fit in to the homeschooling world but nor do I fit into the school world. This is because I have hopped in and out of both over the years – I started with homeschooling, then went to school, then went back to homeschooling, then school (which I have just finished and so am now possibly going on to start university). This has meant that while the majority of my friends are homeschoolers, I will never properly fit into their sphere as I wasn’t homeschooled in either city I’ve lived in long enough to get very much involved with the homeschooling activities to know first-hand what all my friends are doing. But then, I’ve always stuck out as different at school, and had very few friends there.
  11. We have a black and white cat (who also happens to be overweight!) called Pepsi (after the fizzy drink)! When we first got him, we were told he was a female and so we called him Missy. But our first trip to the vet confirmed my friend’s suspicion that he was a male! So, of course, we had a lot of trouble changing his name, and eventually we decided on Pepsi as we were drinking it and noticed how it was similar in colour to him. The name stuck and now I can’t even believe we once thought him a female!
My answers to Daisy’s questions! :D
(You never know, Daisy, Hyacinth and Lily, you might learn something new about me . . . we’ll see!)

1. If you could travel to one country right now, where would you go?
To me, that’s actually a really easy one! I am a real stay-at-home person so I’m quite content to stay in New Zealand for the rest of my life, but if I really had to choose, it would easily be Britain because I am in love with its history! In fact, if I ever did go overseas it would be mainly because of history! :)

2. What are your favourite blogs?
I adore Petie’s wit and humour and her ability to write in a way that seems true to herself in All Things Bright and Beautiful – I go there and am guaranteed that in every post she will write something that makes me smile. Thank you Petie! :D But in terms of being really inspiring to me in my Christian walk, I have found My Morning Ti, Forever His Servant, Meditations of His Love and Maid for More to be of great benefit and I highly recommend you check each out sometime! I know I don’t comment on these blogs as often as I should, but know that I do read your articles regularly, and the way it helps me grow spiritually does not go unnoticed, so thank you so much. <3

3. How do you celebrate the beginning of summer?
Do I celebrate it? Not really, sad to say. :( Here in NZ I find the weather is so unpredictable that it often doesn’t feel like summer until it has already been that season for a fairly long while, and summer also marks exam season for me so I am far too preoccupied usually to notice or celebrate it. But once exams are over, and I can breathe again, I do love to go on bike rides along the river, spend time with friends (especially Daisy!) or sit down with a good book and hot drink (yes, even in summer!) 

4. What is your favourite colour?
Yellow! It is so sunshiney and happy, and reminds me of my favourite flower, the daffodil, as well as this poem by William Wordsworth. I don’t usually wear yellow though as it’s really not my colour, which is a bit of a pity. 

5. What is your favourite worship song or hymn?
I’m really old-fashioned at heart, as I adore the old hymns, and, sorry to say, prefer them any day over contemporary Christian songs. My alltime favourite hymn is When Peace Like a River composed by Horatio Spafford, which you can listen to here. The story behind it’s composer is really amazing! I really found this hymn such a good way of ministering to my soul during the hard times and whenever I face trials I listen to it – the words are really powerful and even more so when you consider what Horatio Spafford went through in his own life. 

6. What is your favourite old movie?
Well, Daisy, Hyacinth and Lily will be sick and tired of me reiterating this one, so I’ll try and keep my enthusiasm to a bare minimum! I LOVE the 2005 BBC version of Bleak House, and I love the book so much as well! So, while in a sense it’s not exactly an “old movie” as it was made fairly recently, as it is set in the Victorian era I’m going to say that it counts. Technically, it is a TV series as it is so long, so if I had to choose a literal movie Miss Potter wins by miles! 

7. If you had to take only 3 things with you to a desert island, what would you take?
Oh no, Daisy, why did I suggest this one as a question when you were stuck with ones to ask??? I’ve put myself in the deep end now, that’s for sure. Obviously my Bible would be of great help, I would definitely want a friend or family member with me to keep me from going crazy with loneliness and I don’t think I’d last long without Daisy’s delicious Magic Cordial! :p Actually, I have no idea what I would take, I guess if I ever find myself in that situation I’ll know then! 

8. What is your favourite kind of celebration (weddings, Christmas, birthdays etc.)?
Probably weddings. If you asked me earlier this year I would have said birthdays as I have so many wonderful memories from my birthdays as well as those of my friends and family (*cough* Titanic party, Daisy! *cough*) but a few months ago an older brother and sister in Christ who were much older than I got married. I had the privilege of seeing their whole romance blossom from mutual acquaintance, to friendship, to something much more, and it was amazing to see how they kept Christ at the centre of it, keeping themselves pure for marriage. It really has given me something to aspire to and made me see the beauty of a wedding ceremony when the emphasis is not so much on the couple themselves but rather what Christ has done and is doing through them. AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL! 

9. If you could choose one era to live in, when would you live, and why?
Yay – my favourite kind of question, and one I could rave about for ages if I had more time! I LOVE the Victorian era (late 1800s) – just think Charles Dickens, Cranford, North and South . . . yes, well that pretty much sums up why I love the period so much. It was a time of dramatic change right throughout society and it is fascinating to see how that has impacted today. I don’t really know why I love that period so much, I just get so excited about it! I love the outfits of that time. 

10. What is your favourite animal?
Personally, I’m really not an animal person so this is quite a tricky question. If I had to choose, I’d probably say the turtle, as I love their quiet determination and they’ve always struck me as looking like such wise old creatures. 

11. If you had only 1 day left to live, what would you do?
I honestly don’t know. The Bible clearly teaches that we are to live each day as if it were our last for we never know when Christ will return, so I guess I would just do what I’ve been doing now. I would hope that means that I am spreading the Gospel, but I feel I often fail at doing that, fearing man rather than God. So I guess if I knew I was going to die tonight, I’d want to overcome that and actually talk to others about Christ and what He has done.

11 Questions From Me For Those Awarded to Answer:
  1. If you could choose to live in one era other than today, when would it be and why?
  2. What is a Bible verse (or verses) that has particularly challenged and/or encouraged you lately?
  3. Do you prefer hot chocolate, tea or coffee or none of these?
  4. What is your favourite musical instrument? 
  5. If you were to write and publish a book/direct a movie, what would you call it and what would it be about?
  6. What is your favourite subject/hobby/pastime?
  7.  Do you think you are an introvert or an extrovert or a mixture of both?
  8. What is a name you really like?
  9. Is there a book you once read which you couldn't put down until you had finished it?
  10. Do you have a favourite hymn and why is it your favourite?
  11. Is there some way that the Lord has been working in your life recently that you want to share?

11 People I’m Awarding:

All of you are amazing and I thoroughly enjoy looking at your blogs! Of course, there are many more out there that I didn’t award but which I love all the same! Thank you all for the way you inspire me to serve my Saviour more and more.



Wild Horse said...

Wow, thanks!

Petie said...

Hey Violet! Thanks so much for awarding me! I normally don't re-post awards on my blog, but I SO appreciate the award! Thanks!

Oh, and thanks also for the comment and for reading my blog! That just makes me so happy. =)

Emily said...

THANKS VIOLET!! I love your blog!

God Bless,

Emily :)

Laura said...

What does that mean?

Violet said...

Hi Laura,
Are you wondering about the blog award? It's basically just to congratulate you for your lovely work on your blog, and if you like you can participate in it (it's optional though)! All you do is follow the rules at the top: you post 11 random facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions you've been asked and so on. I think Daisy tagged you here if you want to see an example:
God bless and have a good week!
Your sister in Christ,

rightanglegirl said...

Aww, thank you so much Violet! If it's okay I probably won't do this tag on "Right-Angle Girl", just as it's not scoliosis-related, but I'm thinking of starting a personal blog sometime soon, so I might do it there. :)

Emily said...

Thank you! I just did the questions on my blog.