Mystery blogger award

The “Mystery Blogger Award” rules are as follows:

  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)

I would also like to thank Okoto Enigma, creator of “Mystery Blogger Award.”  Okoto’s blog can be found here.

What Is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” 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.

– Okoto Enigma

I would like to thank Bogdan (DM) of Pointless Overthinking https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/90611393

for A) nominating me for this award and B) asking me to write for him.

Three things about myself doesn’t even begin to describe who I am but I am

1.Unique which is a very good thing as you wouldn’t want to be me trust me on this

2. Autistic hence I say things that the average person doesn’t which can be quite troublesome at times

3.English which is kind of indicated by the fact I am the https://www.amazon.co.uk/l/B01G9629BG?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1554286028&redirectedFromKindleDbs=true&ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&rfkd=1&shoppingPortalEnabled=true&sr=8-1

English Introvert but I will pretend to be many others things when it suits me like Greek.

For my nominations I have the following candidates

a) Weiss – Nix,https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/86250983

b) Mathias Sager,https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/66247424

c)EfiSoul 63,https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/33969786

d)Kalliope,https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/93574682

e)A.noymous,https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/91253725

f)Don Massenzio, https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/24176271

g)Accidental Blogger,https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/93934389

h)The Mind of RD Revilo, https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/36908700

i)Breakaway individual, https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/89907265

j)Eldhiya Ghaits.https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/91860319

Now is time for the questions:-

i)Why did you decide to start blogging in the first place?

ii)Do you have a plan for your blog?

iii)How much time do you devote to your blog?

iv)What has made you happiest so far about your blog?

v)What would you like to change/improve to make your blog better?

The answers to the questions that I was asked:-

What would you sacrifice so your dreams can come true?

Compromises are always necessary in life as we simply don’t have the time, energy or motivation to achieve everything that needs to be done. So we are always sacrificing something regardless of whether we want to or not. The choice here is to change the dynamic so that you are choosing what gets left by the wayside, not the universe and everything else.

What is your relationship with pain?

I have been through a near fatal car accident, a force 5 hurricane, experienced a fire, earthquake tremours, floods and powercuts. I also get bad monthly pains so I’m used to it but I don’t like it. I think I have a strong pain threshold but I’m yet to experience the ultimate ie childbirth.

What type of behaviour do you consider weird?

I am an extraordinarily weird person so you have to do something quite shocking and unusual to make me think you are weird. On the other hand things which you find normal I may find weird simply because its different from what I am used to.

How does your writing help others?

Well I would hope that it assists others to lead better lives and to have more understanding of the breadth of diversity that is currently out there in the world.

What is the funniest dream you have ever had?

I very rarely remember my dreams but the one that sticks in my memory is when I dreamt about giving birth to a black baby and since the mind can’t comprehend a pain it hasn’t experienced yet, it was completely painless so very bizarre.

Finally some of my blog posts

https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/beyondtheenglishintrovert.com/38

https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/beyondtheenglishintrovert.com/111

https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/beyondtheenglishintrovert.com/131

Thankyou for reading this massive post

Angela

Greece my love (translation) γιατί μου λείπει Λευκάδα

Today I decided to write a post to Thankyou all for visiting my blog and for the fact that I have received 1000 likes! I am also happy that I have been nominated for a mystery blogger award and for the fact that I have been asked for a written interview in a fb group I am part of.

As it’s April fools day as a joke I wrote this entirely on google translate to show that you shouldn’t do this and also why I don’t write in Greek. For those of you that can understand this, how is google doing?

Thankyou for the replies on this. I know it’s not an exact transcript above but it’s almost perfect. Here is the link to the original article:- April fools!

Now for some editorial comments.

It would seem that I was incorrect in my assumption that posting every day for 8 days was what was causing my ratings to rise. It would seem that in fact I need to write in Greek to engage your curiosity. Comments will come from a couple of people who are really interested in my blog but mostly it’s just likes which I’m quite happy to receive.

So here goes Μου λείπεις η λεφκαδα. Λοιπόν θα επισκεφθω πολύ σύντομα.

Or Lefkada is missing from me ( I miss Lefkás) so I will visit very soon.

I wish you all the help you need in your language journeys.

Angela

Ελλάδα μου αγάπη

Σήμερα αποφάσισα να γράψω μια θέση με μια διαφορά να πω ευχαριστώ όλους γιατί με παρακολουθήσατε αλλά και για τις 1000 αρετές! Έχω επίσης υποψηφιότητα για ένα βραβείο μυστηρίου blogger και μου ζητήθηκε να δώσω μια γραπτή συνέντευξη για μια ομάδα στο Facebook στην οποία είμαι μέλος. Αισθάνομαι μάλλον χαρούμενος και χαλαρός τώρα που πηγαίνω σύντομα στην Ελλάδα για διακοπές εργασίας. Δεδομένου ότι είναι η πρώτη ημέρα του Απριλίου, αυτό γράφεται εξ ολοκλήρου χρησιμοποιώντας το google translation για να καταδείξει γιατί δεν πρέπει να το κάνετε αυτό και γιατί δεν γράφω στα ελληνικά. Για όσους από εσάς καταλαβαίνουν τα ελληνικά, πόσο καλά κάνει το google;

Γιλιακα

Αγγελικα

(For translation see here :-April Fool translation )

Progressing with languages

I’ve just been spending some time in Disneyland Paris to practice my French. There is a lot more to languages than just knowing the words and being able to formulate sentences. You have to get the accent right so that you are emphasising the correct bit. You also need to punctuate your sentences correctly. Otherwise you end up with things that you didn’t technically order like this morning I wanted a cappuccino and a special eclair with nuts on but I got a cappuccino, special eclair (we switched to English to pick the nut one) and a nut coffee.

You can be excellent at learning and remembering words, you can study grammar but without practice you will never get past the intermediate level or the classic “broken” speech that so many people have. I am one of those artificial people in terms of speech as I work off scripts and it’s so formal that it’s an immediate giveaway. I would like to be better but it’s not one of my talents communicating.

You also need the desire as well as a need to communicate. I want to do this but I don’t have the ability despite having the intellect. You don’t need resources as many people around the world are polyglots without any money but you do have to like talking. Not only that, you need to like talking to strangers. I most certainly do not like that. So a lack of practice due to reticence will cripple any linguistic endeavour you may have.

What struggles have you come across in your life so far and how have you dealt with them?

Best wishes

Angela

The music of Ancient Greece

https://aeon.co/videos/music-was-ubiquitous-in-ancient-greece-now-we-can-hear-how-it-actually-sounded

Since today is Greek Independence Day I thought I would share a post about the importance of music in Greek history.

For a taste of more modern Greek music see here Rebetika.

Have you any stories to share about what is important in your culture?

Best wishes

Angela

321 life prompt

I was asked by a fellow blogger Express the gabbiness (gabby) to complete this prompt so I thought for a change I would do one of these.

There is only so many posts one can do of a serious nature like politics, religion or my life. All the things your not supposed to say but I do anyway because it’s necessary and they shouldn’t be taboo.

I am a one of a kind person which is why I don’t use writing prompts often. I believe my English is strong enough to not need them but we can all improve on something somewhere along the line. I have published 7 books on amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/kindle-dbs/author/ref=dbs_P_W_auth?_encoding=UTF8&author=Angela%20Goodwin&searchAlias=digital-text&asin=B01G9629BG

So as well as writing my 2 blogs, I write e books. I have written a children’s book as yet unpublished, a couple of books on how to react to an autistic child and how to educate them as well as books on language learning and a fairytale romance novel. I like writing and words. This has always been a passion of mine and I’m lucky to have the time to do this with, the technology through amazon to sell them and a loving husband who works hard to pay the bills so I can concentrate on what I love.

Best wishes

Angela

Brexit: The uncivil war

In a follow up article to the one I previously wrote on Brexit and Grexit; I have just watched Brexit: The uncivil war. It’s a brilliant show which shows exactly how Brexit happened.

I love Benedict Cumberbatch as he is such a talented actor. I adore the erudite way he speaks and acts. His intellect is phenomenal. No matter his role he is utterly convincing.

Now having learnt about Brexit from both sides, what is your opinion on the matter?

Best wishes

Angela

Archive trawl

I decided to look back at my archives for my blog and found that I really did write about the most inane things. Most of the time though I wasn’t even writing! I just shared others opinions on beer or recipes to make things with beer. ( I originally thought the world needed a female voice to talk about the developments in craft beer in the uk. Turned out 2 years later that most certainly wasn’t the case. )

The other things are still relevant like my struggles with the Greek language but they didn’t garner much interest because they really were diary entries. I do occasionally look back and edit them but I think it’s more a record for posterity than anything else.

The other key point is my struggle with autism and coming to terms with how that affects my life. I have a friend who wrote at length about her difficulties and it was very popular and I tried to emulate her. I still post on my blog about my dilemmas but it doesn’t gain any views as it’s a free blog. She no longer posts on hers as her child takes up all of her time.

The third point was my absolute fear of both being childless but also being a parent. It’s one of those things that nothing can ever prepare you for and I just couldn’t comprehend my life to the point that I couldn’t make a decision either way. In some way I was hoping that nature would make the decision for me and I think it has. After 5 years of under going subfertility investigations I decided that was enough and I wasn’t going to under go ivf. I had heard many tales of unsuccessful attempts but none of success. I also knew the rate wasn’t too successful and with my increasing age, it would just continue to plummet. It’s a difficult issue to accept as no one ever expects to not get pregnant. We hear lots of stories about what happens if you get pregnant too young so we’re all indoctrinated about safe sex. However the other side is never told. The what happens if you don’t have children for whatever reason. This is something you can’t ever escape for your constantly bombarded with adverts for ovulation and pregnancy tests, Thankyou YouTube. Television is no better or any other form of entertainment. We’re all expected to procreate at some point and we’re deemed unworthy and some how incomplete or broken if we cannot.

What is a girl to do against this backlash?

Best wishes

Angela

Longevity

  • Do you have what it takes to commit to blogging?

    • Are you prepared to blog continually no matter what happens in your life?
    • If you are not then why are you starting a blog in the first place?
    • Are you going to stop blogging when you come across the first hurdle ie you become disheartened?
    • If you do then why did you create your blog?
    • Are you one of those that thinks a blog is a get rich quick scheme?
  • If you are then your going to be sorely disappointed.

  • Making a successful blog takes a lot of time, patience and hard work. You have to :-

    1. write well,
      write about interesting topics,
      write in an engaging manner,
      write so that you connect with your audience and
      write in your own authentic way.
  • This is a tall order to do all of those things but you have to persevere. Everyone knows that anything worth doing isn’t easy.
  • In fact it is the most worthwhile moments in our lives that scare us the most. The life defining events like our marriages or the birth of our children terrify us to our very core as we are never sure we are ready but we overcome all obstacles in our path.
  • What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.
  • I may be starting to sound rather cliche here with all of these maxims but there true and have passed the test of time.
  • We all know how to live our best lives but occasionally we need help to keep ourselves on that path. It takes courage to admit we need assistance and that we are not flawless. When we open ourselves to the fact that our egos do not define us and in fact are holding us back. Then we can progress and make the world a better place.
  • I plan on using this motivation to continue my blog and not to quit.
  • How are you planning to keep your blog going through thick and thin?

    Best wishes

    Angela

    The philosophy of WestWorld

    This tv show is the philosophical successor to the Matrix. This show is so amazing in how it captures your attention and makes you think so deeply about what is real and what is worthy of your attention. It strips away all artifice and lays bare who you really are at your core. I dare you to watch this show and not be transformed after viewing it. It’s a good way to analyse your own psyche without having to under go hypnosis, meditation or even go as as far as visiting a retreat or taking transcendental drugs.

    To examine what is real and what is not is a very Buddhist way of thinking. Becoming one with yourself and seeking the true path to enlightenment is quite some task. This is what religion has tried to inspire in us over the millennia to varying degrees of success. Since it is so difficult to achieve and none is ever sure how to do it or what happens when it has been achieved. Numerous books have been written on the subject with their own version of attaining self actualisation. I believe we all try to attain this state at some point in our lives. We just differ in our methods of attempting this process.

    I believe my way of entering this trance state is every time I watch a programme that commands my entire attention. This is rare that I enter this flow state but it is beautiful. I feel reborn and that I am connected to everything in the universe. I know that everything is going to be fine because I am at peace with the world. The state of catharsis is the most blissful feeling you can have. It is the absence of feeling but also a complete and utter fulfilment. So you are full of the most magnificent cleanliness. It is difficult to describe the fullness and emptiness at the same time.

    This is however when we are at our most free and at our most creative. When we connect to ourselves and our very being it is a marvellous thing to behold. We need to hold on to this higher state of being for as long as possible as we all want to reach nirvana one day and to remain for as long as possible if not for eternity.

    Since we are currently in both catholic and orthodox Lent, it is fortuitous that I am currently feeling that way and it’s only just begun. The whole purpose of this time is to get to get closer to the most pure version of ourselves. When we purify through lack of stimulants both external and internal; we open our minds and bodies to the possibility of greatness. When we stop all the different versions of ourselves that we need for our daily lives and become the one that is the crux of our being; then we can rise above everything and be the very best version of ourselves. In doing so we can help all those around in their personal quests too. For a healthy community nourishes the land, life and everything.

    Have you ever thought you would be able to achieve such a state of peace?

    Wishing you all well,

    Angela