After taking a little Twitter break this week, due to being completely consumed by Capstone and enjoying my time interning in the Irish Hospice Foundation, I came back today to find I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Helen Kielt. I think this award is a really nice idea as it allows you to get to know the person behind the blog a little bit more and it helps people find blogs that might be interesting to them. On Helen’s page (which I’ve linked to her name) you will find her other nominations and its great to find others sharing their thoughts on my favourite subject, and I’m delighted to have plenty to read in the next while to take my mind off some of the more stressful aspects of the Capstone.

So the deal is I have to answer some questions, so here goes…….

1. How do you think blogging has benefited your personal/professional development?

Blogging has really meant the world to me this year. My blog started as a class project but really it has become a great deal more for me. The most important thing I have gained from my blogging is a sense of confidence in myself and my abilities. I have developed a network of lovely library people to share information and thoughts with and it has encouraged me to attend library events and really put me on the right track for the future. My blog is a place for me to reflect, to question and to stand on my soapbox about the things I find important and the fact that other people have engaged with it means that I feel that I have chosen the perfect career for myself.

2. What is the most recent book you have read?

I have just finished Game of Thrones and Clash of Kings is sitting on my bedside table for next week (or the week after or the week after that) when Capstone calms down. I have to say I’m one of the few people that hasn’t watched Game of Thrones on TV and I want to start because everyone is talking about it. However, I refuse to watch an adaptation of anything until I read the book first. I must say I really enjoyed it, it is quite a lot of reading but its interesting, you get really involved with the characters and the story hooks you, plus it’s really a quite easy read which is nice in the summer months.

3. Describe yourself in three words.

Small, smart and determined.

4. Who inspires you (in library land or otherwise)?

This year I have met a lot of inspiring people in library land but the person who inspires me the most is my grandfather. My Grandad was the type of person who made you feel awesome when you were around him. He made me feel like there was nothing I couldn’t do and to this day I feel great when I do something that I think would have made him proud. I think he’d get a great kick out of the fact I’m going to be a librarian because it was my Grandad that used to walk me to the library when I was small, in fact he’d probably go right ahead and claim all my successes were his doing and he could be right. He’s been gone a long time now, in fact this year he is as long out of my life as he was in it but I still feel his influence on me every single day and I still feel privileged to have had him as my Grandad.

5. Quote a line from a piece of prose/poetry that you love.

I’m going to use the quote from Dr. Seuss that I have on my Twitter profile.

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

This quote basically sums up how I feel about reading and learning and growing as a person. And who doesn’t like a bit of Dr. Seuss.

6. If you could live for a time within any novel which would it be?

I think I’d say “A Study in Scarlet” by Arthur Conan Doyle. I love Sherlock Holmes and his deductions. Plus, London is one of my favourite cities so it would be a win-win as long as I wasn’t one of the victims of course!

7. What is your biggest ambition?

My ambition is to do really well at my career, have a nice house somewhere near the sea, travel a lot and enjoy life.

8. Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Natalie Portman. She’s great in one of my favourite movies, Garden State.

9. What song(s) would be on the soundtrack to that movie?

Beatles (I want to hold your hand), Florence and the Machine (Shake it out), Biffy Clyro (God and Satan), Frou Frou (Let Go), TV on the Radio (Love Dog), The Black Keys (Howlin’ for you), Hall and Oates (You Make My Dreams Come True), Pussycat Dolls (Jai ho) and The Coronas (Warm)

10. Where are you most likely to be found on a day off?

Depends on the weather, if its miserable out I veg out on the couch and watch movies or TV, if its good I like to go hiking or walking. I like the cliff-walk in Bray or Glendalough or Howth when I’m in Dublin. If I have a bit more time off I like to go home to Tipperary or my second home Cork. I haven’t been to Cork since Christmas which just goes to show how busy the year has been.

11. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve heard?

Stop worrying all the time. I used to be a huge worrier but worrying doesn’t do much for you so I’ve learnt to let go a little bit more and its far more enjoyable. Things go wrong but worrying won’t stop that, it only exhausts you and makes it harder for you to fix things.

Thanks to Helen for posing such good questions, definitely had to think for awhile on a few of them. 🙂