Is there a better way to start a new week than with warm, bright sunshine?
Monday Morning, I was tired, had trouble to get myself out of bed when it was so dark outside. While on the train, I looked at my iPhone and saw dear Nena’s message. She nominated me for the Sunshine Award!
Don’t you think this picture just lifts your mood immediately? I loved reading Nena’s answer, as she herself, was nominated too and spread the sunshine. Now, it is my turn to brighten 11 other bloggers day 🙂
But first here are the Rules:
♣ Thank the person/people who nominated you
♣ Answer the questions from your nominators.
♣ Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions.
My questions by Nena:
My answers got quite long, sorry for that. In fact, the first question deals with something I have been trying to find out on my own, so this was actually some kind of self-evaluation and realization for me!
1) Besides your current occupation, what would be your ideal profession?
My current occupation is medical student and I am actually glad I am nearly done (last year!). At the start of med school, I always saw myself as a neurologist. Maybe that is why I include how the brain works in many of my articles? The brain coordinates everything in our body, from emotions to hormones to movements and I think it’s exciting to find out more about that. However, in these past years, along with my own studies on sports medicine and nutrition, I see myself drawn to internal medicine or integrative medicine much more.
I think my ideal profession would be to care for my own patients and be something like a coach too. I don’t see myself as the kind of doctor who examines the patients and then prescribes medications or sends them to another doctor. Just Neurology or just cardiology is too narrow for me, I need a wider field.
There a lot of good quality fitness and nutritional coaches out there. However, at the clinic and since I have started this blog, I get many questions from patients with chronic diseases trying to live as healthy as possible and make the best out of their situation. That’s where I want to be able to help them. Fitness and nutritional plans always need to fit the individual – and it get’s tricky if that person has for example an autoimmune disease.
In fact, exercise and nutrition is one of the best ways to decrease risk of heart attacks and strokes (better than medications!), and it is predicted that sports and nutritional medicine will be own professions in the future. I am excited for that!
2) What fictional character do you identify with?
This one is hard. I love fictions and honestly, each book I have read or movie I have seen I always try to identify with the protagonist. However, I can definitely state that the Walt Disney films have had a great impact on my personal development as a child. Then, later when my back pain started (at around 12 years old), I read “Pollyanna” and that helped me to stay positive and never give up. There are many books that have influenced me in a positive way, so I cannot pick one fictional character specifically.
3) Try looking up the meaning of your name and share what it is. If not, what is the story behind how you were named.
No need to look it up 🙂 My name is Turkish and most of our names have a meaning. My name means “the sea”. When I was born, my sister was 10 years old and she wanted to find a name for me. She told me she liked the meaning and that my name is easier to pronounce than many other Turkish names.
4) What food would you not eat, under any circumstances?
Slugs. I know it is a french speciality and I love the french cuisine but no slugs for me.
5) What was the last picture you took with your phone?
Pictures from the university clinic today:
6) When was your last vacation and what did you do?
My last vacation was on the Southwest Coast of Turkey, Bodrum. We stayed there for 4 beautiful weeks at the beach (love the sea ;)). The last week, we visited my grandmother in Istanbul, who is currently 97 years old.
7) If you could live in a book, movie, or TV show, what would it be?
I always imagined myself to be a character in Harry Potter. In fact, I would be quite similar to Hermione, I guess. I am just as driven as her and love books and always strive to be the best. But I also care a lot for my friends and family and they can always count on me. Being a witch would be so exciting … especially if I had an invisibility cloak!
8) If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
I think I would rather travel to the past. I would have liked to meet my grandfather, who died when my mother was 19 years old. She talks a lot about him and I seem to have many traits in common with him.
I would not want to travel to the future because it is exciting and motivating not to know what will happen next.
9) How would your best friends describe you in one word?
Passionate and helpful. Yeah those are two words but they are linked to each other. When someone addresses me with a question, I can spend the whole night searching for an answer. Needless to say, I have spent many hours researching on my mother’s rheumatic disease and my father’s cancer and am trying to help them as best as I can.
10) What fad or trend do you think needs to be gone forever?
Diet trends. And the big butt trend. Don’t get me wrong, I try to build up my glutes and increase strength. It is okay to have an aesthetic goal but that should never be your only reason to work out or eat healthy. There is not one diet that will make your waist thin as paper and your behind pop out like a balloon (who wants that, anyway?). I like to train the Lower Body because the Glutes and the Core are the two main muscle groups in our body that stabilize our joints and keep our spine healthy. Having a nice looking, fit body is like a reward and is exciting, of course, but what tops that is being pain-free. There is nothing like being able to sit in front of my laptop, writing, and not having pain. Trust me on that!
11) What question do you hate to answer?
If you look at my not-so-short answers, I guess it is self-evident that I love answering questions. Even if they seem dumb. Really, I cannot think of any question I would hate to answer. Sorry 🙂
I now nominate the following bloggers for the Sunshine Award:
Here are my questions:
1.) Where in the world are you and what time is it for you? What’s the weather like?
2.) Share your best tip for motivating yourself to get out of bed every morning.
3.) If you could go back in time, would you like to change your past?
4.) What is your favorite dish?
5.) What do you think makes you special?
6.) Where do you see yourself in the future, like in 10 years?
7.) Which place on earth would you like to visit the most?
8.) What is the name of the last book you have read?
9.) What do you think is the purpose of life?
10.) Share your favorite way to relax after a stressful day.
11.) Which season do you like best?
This was fun! If you read through all my answers, thank you very much, I appreciate your patience. And if not, that’s okay too 😉
Wish you a wonderful day, new post tomorrow at 5 p.m.!