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The Unique Blogger Award

First of all, I am SO thrilled to have been nominated for this unique – LOL – award by the fabulous Danielle from The Introverted Book Nerd! Trust me, y’all, Danielle is truly a unique blogger and I’m so honored to have been among those she picked for this award – a huge thank you to Danielle and a round of applause while we’re at it! šŸ˜€

The Rules

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown you love by nominating you
  • Answer the questions
  • In the interest of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8 to 13 people for the same award
  • Ask them 3 questions

Danielle’s Questions

What is one achievement that you’re proud of?

I am super proud of my education – I earned a master’s degree in social work WAY back in 2009! While I’ve worked in the field in many different areas, I feel like I’m finally putting my degree to excellent use, in a job that I love and feel that I was simply cut out for. I just completed my first two weeks as an outpatient therapist at our local community mental health center!

 

I absolutely love my job – I’ve always felt like I have a talent for listening to others – and now, as an official therapist, I get paid to do something I absolutely adore. I already have a caseload of a little more than 30 patients – which seems like a lot, and it is for a newbie like me – but the other therapists with whom I work have about 250 clients they see!Ā 

Of course, clients come to therapy based on need, which could be once a week or even once every few months – it totally depends on the client. I see a range of age groups, from children as young as six to people over 60 and I cannot express enough just how much I love it!

As a social worker, I’ve worked in a variety of settings – a mental health hospital, a battered women’s shelter, two child advocacy centers, a group home for girls, and for the Department of Children’s Services in my state as a foster care case manager, which was, by far, the toughest of all of my jobs. While each of my jobs has been rewarding, my work in therapy is by far the most, as it’s what I’ve wanted to do as long as I’ve been a social worker with just a bachelor’s degree.

I’m looking forward to getting my master’s level license reinstated and moving into the supervision process to top out – so far – in my profession – with my LCSW (licensed clinical social worker), when I’ll be able to serve even more people!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

If I could go absolutely anywhere, I would totally go to all of the ancient sites I could possibly absorb in one around the world trip. I’d love to go to Mexico, Central America, and South America to take in the ancient ruins of the Maya, Inca, and Aztecs.

I’d go to the ruins of ancient Greece, the Egyptian pyramids, India, the Great Wall of China, Tibet, Stonehenge, Easter Island – pretty much anywhere with ancient history, ruins, religious sites of all cultures – I want to see it ALL!

Who gives you strength in everyday life?

If I must choose one person, I can’t – I choose two – my baby boys, Jack and Hank. They give me a reason to live, breathe, and strive to be the best me I can be. Before having my babies, I struggled through serious bouts of depression and would often feel that I had nothing to live for.

While I continue to struggle with depression – I do see a psychiatrist – my boys help me to realize just what is truly important in life. Before becoming a mother, I didn’t understand how it felt to love SO DEEPLY – I never imagined I was capable of feeling the kind of love I feel for my children.

I’m going to be brutally honest here – and it is a little scary – but in the past, I did contemplate taking my own life, more in the form of wishing I would actually get so sick that I would simply fade away into nothingness. Now that I have Jack and Hank, I refuse to think those kinds of thoughts.

That’s not saying that ideations don’t cross my mind now and then, but I’m snapped back to reality and remember that my sweet little boys deserve to have their mother as long as humanly possible. My boys give me all the reasons to live, to survive, to take care of myself, especially my mental health. Without them, who knows where I’d be right now.

My Questions

  1. What is your all-time favorite quote and why?
  2. What is your true passion?
  3. What is the most unique thing about your home city/state/country – in your opinion?

Spreading the Love

I have chosen to tag the following UNIQUE bloggers – truly, the whole bookish blogging community is full of unique bloggers – but the people I choose to nominate I am lucky to consider not only special bloggers, but friends.Ā 

Erin @ Bluestocking Bookworm

Brittany @ Ginger Night Owl

Faith @ Sucker for Coffe

Lila @ Hardcover Haven

Simant @ Flipping Thru the Pages

Stephanie @ Beauty and the Bookish Blog

Lindsay @ Singer of Stories

Aria @ Blue Lily and Blue

Ashleigh @ For the Love of Books

Emily @ Midwestern Book Nerd

Love, Maggie

9 Comments

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  2. Sim @ Flipping Thru the Pages

    Thank you, Maggie, for nominating me šŸ™‚ I am not sure why all this is being typed in CAPS! Danielle also tagged me to do this award, so I am not sure which questions I’ll answer, out of you two. But I loved your answers. This is something great job that you are doing out there. Social service is something that I always wished that I could do, but never got around. Your boys are adorable and I wish you all the happiness in the world. I hope you remain positive in your life.

    11 . 08 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Aw! Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Simant! Social service is tough, yet so rewarding – I love it! Answer anything you wish – I didn’t realize you’d already been nominated for the same award! LOL! I look forward to seeing your answers regardless! Have an amazing day! šŸ˜€

      12 . 08 . 2017
  3. Danielle

    Congratulations on your degree! That is definitely something to be proud of!
    I’ve actually climbed Mayan ruins when I went to Mexico 2 years ago! It was an amazing experience, even if it was a little scary!

    10 . 08 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks so much, Danielle! That is so amazing – I’m going to live vicariously through you and pretend I have climbed Mayan ruins as well! LOL! P.S. I changed my blog theme, so hopefully, I won’t have trouble with comments getting through now! šŸ˜€

      12 . 08 . 2017
  4. Darque Dreamer

    Congratulations! You are unique and awesome! <3

    10 . 08 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thank you SO very much – you are so sweet! šŸ˜€

      12 . 08 . 2017
  5. Holly @ Nut Free Nerd

    I’ve worked at a Child Advocacy Center for the past two summers and I absolutely love it!! The one in my county is a tiny non-profit, but it’s such a great community of people doing such important work. That’s so awesome that you’ve worked in so many different settings!

    10 . 08 . 2017
    • Maggie

      That’s amazing! I loved my stints at the CACs I worked/volunteered for! The ones I was at are also tiny non-profits in amazingly supportive communities – the way the towns come together for fundraisers is awesome! I love that I’ve had the chance to work in so many settings – it’s definitely been eye-opening! šŸ˜€

      12 . 08 . 2017

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