Mystery Blogger Award

Dear elefantenblau who writes Mein Monsterherz, a blog about living with depression has given me this award. Thank you so much! It really is an honour to me, because this is the idea behind it:

The award comes from Okoto Enigma. She wanted to do something to get to know more bloggers out there and connect them. Blogging is all about the community – which is not always easy for me -, and she created something to help us all to know about each other.


About The Mystery Blogger Award

This is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates, it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.

Of course there are rules, and they are this:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Well, now let’s get down to business. These are the questions elefantenblau asked. They are really interesting. FIY: I translated them into English.

  1. Do you believe that top-ranking politicians use artaractics to cope with their every-day tasks (I wonder ever since the latest election campaign in Germany. How do you sleep when you have to think about so many things?!?!?!)
    Well now, let’s see. That is an interesting question. I never thought about that. And, speaking as a coach or counsellor, I wouldn’t. Because that’s not part of my responsibility 😉 But I really do like this question. I have no idea. It could be, of course. Now that you asked, it’s really hard to imagine they would not. I mean, it’s not only all the stuff in your head, it’s also all that work. Conferences well into the night, flying here and there every (other) day, preparing important talks, being on five different stages in five different towns each day (during campaigning-season) and so on. Do they have the TIME? About our minister of finance, Wolfgang Schäuble, it is said that he once stated he didn’t need more than three hours a night…. Well, there is a lot of room for speculation. I do believe however that politicians of that rank are of a very different structure of personality than, for example, I am. There is a deep motivation in them and I do belive they are great compartmentalizers. Or they learn to be. I really do think it is possible without pills…
  2. What do you do when you hit a melancholic phase? Melancholy can be nice at times, don’t you think?
    Well, I am hardly ever melancholic. Melancholy or sadness seem to be things that I have blocked early on. Anger and rage are way easier for me. They give strength and courage. A few years ago, in training, I learned that sadness was something strange to me. I honestly didn’t know what it felt like. Ever since that being sad – melancholic – is a little closer to me. And of course I know about depressed episodes in my life, too. I take them as a chance to go another important step on my lifeline. By the way ‚Melancholy‚ was an amazing exhibition in Berlin. Anyone who is interested in the topic is highly recommended to gather information about it on the internet. It was really the best exhibition I have ever seen in my life (me and my friend Sophie almost lived in it back then)!
  3. Do you do something to minimize your ecologic footprint?
    Well, I must admit, I don’t think so. At least not as much as I would like to. I find that everyone has certain topics he or she is very motivated in. Mine is to give information about psychology. I believe that people need to know more about how their brain works in order to suffer less. Because most of the suffering we go through could rather easily be lifted if we just knew about all those interrelations… However I started an upcycling unit at a small cultural center here in the country, which I love. We have a rummage sale there which finances huge parts of the whole thing, and have started to do more than just selling stuff. We take it, search through Pinterest for ideas and start realizing them. Just last week we actually won a prize for it. So maybe it’s not that little….
  4. What song really touches you deeply?
    Right now there is a CD with certain songs on it that I have not yet given myself permission to listen to. That is the CD we heard over and over when Siobhan and I took our road trips around Skye and Harris. It’s our own soundtrack of the Trip of a Lifetime. I am conserving it for maximum effect.
    Other than that I cannot reduce my answer to one single song. There are to kinds of music that have that power. One is classical music. There are certain pieces that have a very deep power. Like the ‚Credo‘ of the ‚Mass in A-Major‘ by Schubert. Not because I belive in a catholic God, but because I can feel what ‚believe‘ means (psychologically, I guess). The other is Rock, certain kinds of Metal, Punk. Green Day especially. I love hard music because it penetrates the shell. For me it takes time or strength to get into feeling mode. Green Day has the strenght 😉
  5. What mood were you in when you started blogging – and how was the weather that day?
    Well, that’s an easy question. I was excited. Blogging for me was the result of important insights into my own psyche – and it was the kick-off for everything I learned over the following years about photography, writing and myself. But I had to give myself permission to a few things first. It was also the first day of a two-week-holiday and that felt great. I actually do believe that it was sunny. At least light ;-).

3 Things about Myself…

Weeeelll. First I find it hard to tell people something about myself without being asked a certain question. That leaves me in a situation which feels like floating on the surface of a huge ocean… Secondly, that doesn’t mean I don’t like to do it. I am a communicative person (as some of you may have deduced :-D) and there is an inner child part in me wanting attention and acknowledgement. Thirdly, I think this might be one of the reasons for blogging. It’s my outlet and there might even be a few people who are interested in what I have to say. There, 3 Things 😉

5 Questions for my Nominees

  1. What was your worst experiences in life and what good did it lead to?
  2. What was the most impressive trip you ever experienced?
  3. If you could not do any wrong ever, what would you want to do with your life right away?
  4. Do animals, pets, play a role in your life and which one is it and why?
  5. Do you see yourself as the designer of your life? How come and if not, why?

The Nominees

I have to bend the rules a little here. Yes, it’s about getting connected and I love that, but also it’s about inspiring blogging. 10 to 20 people is a huge number. Also, I have not read too many blogs lately, which is a shame and my bad. But that might also be, why I cannot name that many. Sorry about that. But the ones I do find inspiring, here they come:

  1. The First and Most Important: Paleica. She is a constant in my Blogging World, a wonderful tourguide for her hometome, an intelligent woman asking herself and us the right questions. She is, of course, a wonderful photographer and has her very own style. But she is more than that and she recently started a new blog where she shares her thoughts, ideas and questions with us. Which is why I have to nominate them both: Fräulein Freud and Episodenfilm.
  2. A very different kind of inspiration is being offered by AnDi from Schlemmerbalkon. They let us steal a glimpse on their life on a balcony – and how delicious it can be. This site shows that growing your own food can work even in small places.
  3. Oliver has had two lives so far, if I am allowed to say so. One before and one after a heart attack. On his blog Flatline, he and his dog show how life can go on after such a turning point. I think that is truly amazing for everyone suffering from illness and shows that we can master our lives, if we decide to.
  4. Just get out and about, it’s wonderful! This might be the message of Jule, and Entlebuch Mountaindog who shows us the beauty of hiking the world. Well, her world on Jule wandert. Jule and her owners are very actively trying different hikes and telling us about them. That is a lot of work – and a lot of inspiration. Especially for dog owners wondering what they can do in their holidays. As a dog owner I wouldn’t want to spend my holidays apart from my dog. That’s why I have one, to experience things with him, not leaving him behind a few weeks in the year. I can take a look at this site and have a lot of inspiration on what to do next.
  5. Geert de Brabander keeps inspiring me with his beautiful photography. He has his very own visual language which keeps inspiring me.
  6. The same goes for Mark Simms Photography. It’s a totally different style but just as inpiring.
  7. And another photographically inspiring site is Smaportal – with additional tutorials and information. Martins pictures are truly amazing – especially if you keep in mind that he is not a professional!
  8. Frauke from does something that makes me feel warm and cozy. In her blog she combines the beauty of photography with the art of living. That’s where I feel very much at home.
  9. And my last nomination is Mitmachblog. This is not just one person but many – namely everyone who would like to participate. This blog is also meant for connection of bloggers and making blogs known. Just take a look at all those wonderful people and their blogs!
  10. I would love to include elefantenblau here, too. She courageously lets us follow her progress through depression and fears into a wholesome life. Since she was the one who nominated me, re-nominating her would not be of much sense. Especially as writing these posts involves a lot of work 😉 But I wanted to at least mention her here, because if she hadn’t been nominated for this award before, she would be now.

My best Post?

I have written almost 600 posts on this blog. This one will be #598. There is no way I could tell which would be my best one. Is it the most read? That would, unbelieveably, be this one.  But is it my best?
So I’ll turn this one on you guys. I would like to know, which post do you consider my best?

Thank you guys for reading this long post – and of course for liking my blog. It’s an honour. And please don’t forget to visit the blogs here. Amazing blogging will be the prize 😉

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