Meghan, author of Finding Hope’s Sunshine, was so kind as to nominate Purposefully Scarred for the Liebster Award. Meghan has a powerful story of surviving and thriving after abuse. This kind gesture on her part is met with sincere gratitude. Meghan, thank you for raising your voice and telling your story.
If you’ve been with me from the beginning, you may recall that I began this blog with nearly absolutely no knowledge of the blogging world. It took me hours to make my first post. God has placed on my heart a burning passion for those who have suffered and continue to suffer abuse. I anticipated a very small readership…you know, my mother and those friends kind enough to read my Twitter feed. But I knew this was a project that had the potential to help people.
And then came the dozens of messages from survivors. And shout-outs from other bloggers. And the beautiful notes from friends that said, “When you share, it helps me”.
And then came that one day when almost 1,500 of you, from every corner of the globe, read my posts. And I was humbled and grateful beyond measure.
All that to say, I had to do a Google search before I could properly define the Liebster [German for beloved or dearest] Award. For you who join me in my blog illiteracy, here’s the gist of it: nominations are given by a blogger to a set of 11 bloggers who have 200 or fewer followers (or 3,000 or fewer followers…it’s up for debate) and, in olde chain mail fashion, the cycle continues as more bloggers share more blogs and get more people to read those blogs. You don’t get a special decal to press onto your laptop case but it’s a really cool way to build community. Each blogger answers 11 questions about themselves prior to nominating. The questions given to me (with my answers) are as follows:
1.What is the best thing about you? Jesus. It sounds trite and church-y but it’s true. He is my Creator, my Savior, my radiance, my joy, and my hope. Less serious answer: my deep and abiding love for Nutella.
2.What time of day do you blog? Typically my lunch hour. I have to type fast. Or when I should be in bed, sleeping.
3.How many revisions does it take before you finally publish? I’m a bit of a perfectionist so some of my posts have been revised dozens of times. Others only once or twice before I hit that blue button.
4.Who is/was the most influential person in your life? My mother. Not to give my (awesome) dad the shaft but my mum has always been my best friend. I admire her grace, her kindness, her selfishness, her sacrifice, her strength.
5. In one word describe yourself. Contemplative.
6.Where do you see yourself one year from now? Hopefully wiser. Continuing to work with victims of sexual assault.
7.What is your favourite social media? Pinterest. Let’s be honest.
8.What type of blogs do you follow? Blogs by abuse survivors. Blogs by advocates. Blogs by good friends. Blogs by mothers with tiny, hilarious children.
9.What is the motivating factor for you to blog? This blog is dedicated to raising awareness for survivors of abuse, to offering healing and hope through survivor stories and resources related to abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking.
10.How would you describe my blog content to someone who has not read it? Encouraging. Honest. Hopeful.
11.What have you learned about yourself from blogging? I’m stronger than I once thought. And the word “widget” is fun to say.
Eleven blogs (in addition to Meghan’s) that I highly recommend you check out:
Hope. Fully. Known. – I am consistently encouraged by Tamara’s insight and encouragement.
Abolish Prostitution Now! – I echo their desire to end sexual violence.
Do a Little Good – This blog exists to encourage, equip, and empower women –specifically moms– to engage more deeply in the fight against human trafficking. She has great resources and practical advice for everyday activism.
Living Break Ministries – I absolutely love their vision for holistic mission among the desperately poor.
Wanderlust – Tiffany has beautiful stories to tell as a journeying advocate for hurting people.
Small Things, Great Love – Kellyn is a friend and cross country team mate from college and I value her compassion and wisdom. She, too, advocates and works hard for justice.
Sojourning Soul – Esther is a well-spoken Christian feminist and I value her thoughts.
Ruby Slippers – Jonalyn’s blog is hardly hidden in obscurity but I could not not recommend her. She has tremendous wisdom and a beautiful heart for people and truth. I also cannot say enough how much I loved her book, by the same name.