Liebster Blog Award

Lucky Dip Life was nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by Viv’s View. A big thank you to Viv for the nomination!

To accept the award these are the  rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Answer the following 11 questions
3. Nominate 11 bloggers for the Liebster Blog Award and let them know they have been nominated. That’s it. So here goes…

1. The book that changed your life: 

The Poisonwood Bible. I read it at after a couple of months living in Nicaragua and it echoed my own experiences of living in the rural parts of the developing world. It helped me better understand and appreciate big changes at a key moment in my life.

2. Your favourite author/writer: 

Hmm tricky. I love Kathleen Jamie, Margaret Atwood, George Mackay Brown, Edwin Morgan, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Barbara Kingsolver, there is a big list, that will do for now 🙂

3. Your pet and its name: 

I don’t have one. I would like a dog … one day when I travel less.

4. The craziest thing you have done: 

Hmm… I don’t think I define my life like this. Many people think my life decisions are slightly crazy, but I just see it as normal –  I have moved countries for work/study/personal reasons over nine times in the past nine years. That seems quite crazy in retrospect. At the time it made sense.

5. Your best friend: 

Too many to name and they all have given me wonderful gifts.

6. A childhood prank: 

I was a good girl 😛

7. Favourite musician: 

Hmm.. I like world/folk/dance music – no favourite.

8. A place you would love to visit: 

On the list for a long time is a trip from Sarajevo to Istanbul. I think that would be pretty great.

9. If you had just 5 minutes left to live what is the one thing you would do? 

Be grateful for my life.

10. Favourite sport

 Yoga. But I also love dance, running, swimming and am currently trying out circuits too. I love sport.

11. How do you define love? 

Sharing. Respect. Care. Kindness. I think there are many different sorts of love. Hard to define them all.

I am nominating some of my latest followers  on both my Lucky Dip Life blog and Writing on Rights (my human rights reporting blog). A big thank you to you all for following my work. 







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Sunshine Award

LuckyDipLife has been awarded the Sunshine Award by PoetaOfficium. Thank you very much for the nomination!  It is LuckyDipLife’s first blog award, so very exciting news. Do check out PoetaOfficium’s blog!

The award requires answering 8 questions and nominating 10 bloggers, so here goes:

1. What is your favorite Christmas/festive movie? Gremlins. I love those funny little creatures.

2. What is your favorite flower?Sunflowers. Roses. Anything anyone wants to give me in a bouquet…. Bright colours preferred.

3. What is your favorite non-alcoholic beverage?  Green Tea.

4. What is your passion? Writing. Justice. People. Human Rights. Social Development.

5. What is your favorite time of year? In Europe — Summer and late Spring. When I lived in Egypt, late winter was best. In Nicaragua it was after-the-end-of-rainy-season-before-hot-season. It depends on the country. Generally I like it warm, but not too hot. And lots of sunshine.

6. What is your favorite time of day? The end of the afternoon/early evening. It seems like the most romantic part of the day.

7. What is your favorite physical activity? Yoga. Running. Dancing.

8. What is your favorite vacation?  Hmmm…. I travel more than I take holidays… Best places I have visited… Mexico, Egypt, Morocco, France, Italy. Actually, I think Italy is the best holiday destination, food, sun, beaches, warm people, art, history, countryside, it has everything.

Blogs I am nominating:

As this is The Sunshine Award, here are some blogs which make me smile recently:

JumpforJoy Each photo on this just makes me smile. I love this project!

A Year of Reading the World I think this idea is amazing and each post is full of information. Great blog.

Lindatownsin Lovely observations about writing and creativity.

5thingstodotoday Daily creative inspiration. Keep your sunshine levels high!

Perzpective A new find. Images of Seoul and some great life philosophy. 

Smile Epidemic Just smile. Changing the way you look at the world through gratitude.

VinCairoland The blog of a someone who is spreading sunshine in Africa.

3Choices An angel on a mission and her blog tells that story. Great links and resources for those interested in women’s rights in Egypt.

Old, New or True Lots of passion for books, writing and a great Scribble Challenge.

Acadian Soul A new blog I have just found. It made me smile. I can relate to the writer’s quest. There is something very human in her words, she is a real writer and the attention she pays to the world around her is quite beautiful.

As far as I’ m concerned people and their strangeness, kindness, their quests, good deeds and bad words, their lives – they are source of sunshine. And all these blogs offer something of that.

Sun beams to you all!