Answering and Setting Questions for the Liebster Award

My Answers for Sam Ross

What do you hope to achieve with your blog?

My hope is for youth workers to realise that they are not alone in the world. That the struggles they have are the same as the rest of us. I hope that we inspire them to seek excellence in their practice.

What is your favourite blog post?

If I had to choose one post from the archive it would be Self-care 101: Have a plan. It is a brief overview of the simple framework we use to support youth workers to gain perspective and develop longevity.

As writers, what are your three favourite words?

Um, Ah and eh. but they don’t really get a gig in writing.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

A Bear. It was one of my nicknames growing up because I was a big guy and if I tackled you I had a bears grip. Plus they are cute and cuddly.

What have you learned today?

Communication channels are only useful when they are used. If a person chooses not to communicate then it does not matter what you have in place.

What is your main goal for 2014 (personal or professional)?

Personal – to lose 20 kilograms by end of 2014.
Professionally – To provide even more quality services and products to the youth sector.

Instructions for recipients of the Liebster Award:

1. Create a blog post (or two like I did or you end up with a mammoth post)
2. Thank the Liebster Blog Award presenter ie. me, and link back to my blog (so there is a little bit of paying back, truth be told)
3. The award rules specify that a nominee/award recipient is to:
Answer the questions from the nominator
Nominate up to 10 blogs (with less than 3000 readers) and create up to 10 questions for your nominees
– you don’t have to describe the blogs, just list them, although I personally think way more value is added with a little description but it’s up to you
– the rules morph all the time, there is no high Liebster award judge waiting to pass sentence on any misdemeanours and quite frankly I don’t care even if they did, I’m only doing this because it helps to spread the word about other blogs. So feel free to nominate as many or as few blogs as you like, or answer as many or as few of my questions as you like. I will let you know if I am struck down by lightning by the blogosphere in the meantime. Mmmm, maybe I should have put ‘subversive’ down as one of the three best words to describe myself……
Anyway, I hope you feel you can participate, it helps to increase readership to worthy blogs and I am genuinely interested to know what your top blog picks are so I can hopefully expand my regular reading list too!

My questions for award recipients:

What do you hope to achieve with your blog?
What is your favourite blog post?
Who inspired you to start blogging?

What one thing would you do to change the world?
What is your main goal for 2014 (personal or professional)?

Aaron Garth

Aaron Garth is the Executive Director of Ultimate Youth Worker. Aaron has worked as a youth worker in a number of settings including local church, street drug and alcohol outreach, family services, residential care, local government and youth homelessness since 2003. Aaron is a regular speaker at camps, retreats, & youth work training events and is a dedicated to seeing a more professional youth sector in Australia. Aaron is a graduate of RMIT University and an alumnus of their youth work program. He lives in Melbourne with his wife Jennifer & their daughters Hope, Zoe, Esther, Niamh and son Ezra.

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