True Love Means Getting Up Off Your Ass

by littlesarahbigworld


Now That I’ve Got Your Attention

Shinjuku, Tokyo

Sometimes we all need a kick in the pants, and I’ve had nearly nothing but, of late. My ass is sore as hell. Life is kicking me in the pants, so is my job search, so is my husband, so is Japan.

Meaning: there will be no resting on my laurels, no getting comfortable, no easy way out. If you want to be a writer, littlesarah (the world seems to say), then you’d better dig in and make it happen. (But be prepared to go through hell for it, first).

So just as I’m getting back into my writing–prioritizing it (for once)–Cousin Misty nominates me for a Versatile Blogger award. “Put your money where your mouth is, Cuz” (she seems to say).

And who better to give me the push that I need, than someone who takes writing seriously, who makes it her business. Her blog, Surviving in Italy, is a no-holds-barred, honest look at what it really means to be an expat, to be in love, to make art, to get bruised…with cynicism and humor, in equal parts. She also dedicates herself to beautiful, brutal memoirs and essays (plus the occasional work of fiction) at Dirty Filthy Things. And she makes high-end clothing. And she’s a model/spokeswoman. Probably she has laser eyes, too.

What I’m saying is: it’s a lot to live up to, but I’ll try. Also, thank you for this nomination.

Harajuku Fleurs

Without further ado, Friends, here we go!

The Versatile Blogger Rules

  • Add The Versatile Blogger award photo on a blog post
  • Thank the person (or animal) who presented you with the award and link back to him or her in your post
  • Share seven things about yourself
  • Pass the award along to 15 favorite bloggers (I only did 5). Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.


Seven Things Most People Don’t Know About Me

1 – I am fluent in Spanish.

2 – I am the middle of 5 children, the youngest of whom is about to turn 6.

3 – I have had 3 major surgeries, leaving me with 6 ugly scars, 12 titanium screws, and a metal plate as part of my body. (Basically, I am bionic).

4 – I did a fair amount of drugs in high school and college.

5 – I graduated high school with a 2.2 GPA (but college with a 3.7).

6 – I am incredibly, incredibly sensitive. More than you will ever know. I cry almost every day, about things big and small, and I get overwhelmed really, really easily. Also sometimes violent tv shows or movies give me panic attacks.

7 – I am allergic to walnuts, but I didn’t know this until I was 19-years-old. I just thought they tasted awful. Bitter. Like, really bitter. “You know, like, so bitter they make your mouth itch? And burn?” I said to someone, and they said, “I think you’re allergic.”

This is how we learn, Friends.


My Nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award:

Riding Trains

Way Ginger

Joy the Baker

The Dainty Squid