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Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award (Photo credit: nhighberg)

Tonight I’d like to take the time to express my appreciation to Christian at for recently naming me as a recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award. As a relatively new blogger, it’s a real honor to be recognized by others in the blogging community. My thanks to Christian and others who’ve encouraged me along the way! Futhermore, I just want to mention that Christian’s blog, Five Quick Minutes: Just Five Minutes On the Path for Learning, contains helpful and thought-provoking information covering various aspects of life. So, head on over and take a look soon!

According to the rules of the Versatile Blogger Award, recipients have the privilege of choosing 15 other bloggers with whom we can share this award. (As a new blogger, this will be a tough one for me but I’ll list blogs pertinent to work-life issues – in a big picture and little picture sense – that I follow with regularity). They are then to display the award on their site, name the website which awarded them with a link back to that blog (however, as I know many of these bloggers are busy professionals, I’m bending the rules here), and provide us all with 7 things about the owner/writer of the website (this latter part I’ll happily oblige).

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Seven things about me, “Lynn Patra.” 

A. My ethnic origin is Thai and I can gulp down a cup of fish sauce straight… no problem! Yes, I know this is gross by most standards!

B. Exhorting, “But everyone’s doing this!” is a sure-fire way to make me even more uncooperative and desire to “rock the boat.” Heheh…

C. It’s probably way easier to get to know me here as I’m often told that I am too quiet and a “hard nut to crack” during in-person interactions.

D. I’ve been compared to cats because I get the “elevenses” – in other words, I experience a burst of crazy energy as midnight approaches.

E. My favorite childhood snack was banana wrapped with a slice of cheese. People have thought this was pretty gross too.

F. I have a deep love and fascination for birds, and have been very interested in the subject of their purported close, ancestral kinship to reptiles.

G. I’m eccentric if you haven’t guessed already.

Thanks again to Christian at “fivequickminutes,” as well as to all my followers and visitors for contributing so much to my blogging experience.

Best regards,

Lynn Patra

8 responses to “Versatile Blogger Award

  1. Bryan McDonald August 5, 2013 at 9:54 am

    well, its an interesting blog….

  2. Five Quick Minutes August 6, 2013 at 4:18 am

    Super job, Lynn! Funny you mentioned that you’re a ‘tough nut to crack’ in face-to-face situations. You know, that motivates me to try and encourage those very kinds of experiences.

    You are a very engaging and intelligent young lady with so much to offer. If you could round these abilities out with an ” in person” confident presence, there’d be no end to what you can become!

    Think about this, Lynn. And congrats on the post!


    • Lynn Patra August 6, 2013 at 5:00 am

      Hi again Christian! Thank you for the kind words, however it’s not a matter of self-confidence. There’s some article tucked away in my “Sources” page that confirms what I’ve already known growing up. It’s a cultural preference. I can’t speak for every Asian out there but, as a group, we tend to favor less external facial/emotional expressions – this is especially with regard to expressions of “negativity,” preferring to maintain a poker face instead. So although I’ve adopted various ways from both Thai and American culture… in this, I’m more Thai.

      Google “Thai culture smile” if you’re curious. We tend to have a smile for everything… from anger to sadness, to genuine happiness, and it’s hard for those who don’t share this culture to decipher which smile is which. It’s also the reason why Thailand is referred to as “The Land of Smiles.” 😉

      Thanks again Christian!

      • Five Quick Minutes August 6, 2013 at 3:15 pm

        Hey, Lynn. First of all, let me say I never thought of you as one who lacks confidence. Quite the opposite, I feel you have an abundance of confidence, poise, and intelligence! And you have a lot to share with people.

        I didn’t take into consideration any cultural factors…and that’s “on me.” I should have thought about that.

        I just feel that you have some “untapped” personal resources which may be brought out or enhanced by putting yourself into more social/physical interaction.

        But now I understand a bit better. With respect to our friendship, and your cultural preferences, I apologize if I offended you in any way.

        I see you as a wonderfully talented person and really wish the most and the best for you, Lynn.

        Have a super day,

        • Lynn Patra August 6, 2013 at 4:40 pm

          Good morning Christian!

          Thank you, it’s fine! I’m not someone who’s offended very easily (have thick skin) and this is something that befuddles many people. When I looked into this cultural difference myself, one of the sites describing it even stated that Thai culture is one of the most confusing in the world. Also, I’m an introvert who’s happy being just the way I am and don’t *want* to increase the level of social/physical interaction I already have as it drains me or worse makes me cranky. I like spending my downtime doing reflective work. It’s just the way I function, and I believe that a lot of introverts just want people to honor them for who they are without trying to change them.

          I always tell people to find their niche. To me it’s a lot easier and more rewarding to put yourself in a situation that supports and makes use of who you already are than to try to bend and twist yourself in the attempt to be more like someone else.

          Well, I’m off to work again… You have a super day as well! We’ll “chat” again soon!


          • Five Quick Minutes August 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm

            I “get that” now from you, Lynn. It’s super that you have found how you like to live and what makes you happiest!

            You just keep right on living in the way which best suits you. That’s eventually where we all wind up, or want to be…

            You bet we’ll “chat” again soon. Have a great day at work…


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