Home… hurrah! is happy to accept the Liebster award. I would like to send a sincere thank-you to Bekki Hill at thecreativitycauldron.com, and to the Domestic Philosopher at domesticphilosopher.com . I appreciate your nominations for this lovely award. It is a wonderful way to discover new blogs, connect with other bloggers, and feel encouraged about all of the hard work we put into these projects!
Some of the blogs which I regularly visit have very recently accepted nominations, so I will not include them in the list, although they are also wonderful blogs!
Here are my answers to Bekki’s questions:
What’s your earliest memory of being creative? Creative activities were encouraged and part of growing up in our household. My brothers and I would draw for fun, and play imaginatively, so in my memory, creativity and childhood are practically symonymous.
Who are your ideal dinner guests? People who want to relax, and enjoy an evening sharing and connecting in an authentic way.
Do you have a secret talent or party trick? I do have secret talents, but I have no party tricks at all!
Are you tidy or untidy? I used to be very untidy, especially as a teenager, but that has changed. Now, I embrace the challenge of creating a space that enhances living. I love spending time at home, so I want it to be set up in such a way that the whole family can relax, grow, and enjoy doing the things they love. My space tends to be lived in, not perfect, but also clean, bright and welcoming. It’s all about celebrating your home and nourishing the life you want to live. This is a topic of interest to me, and early in my blogging I wrote a two part post on it: part 1 and part 2.
What’s your drink of choice? It depends on the time of day! I love water and drink plenty of it throughout the day. In the mornings, a like to have a coffee with a lot of milk. In the evenings, especially on weekends, I enjoy a glass of wine. Every now and then, I crave a delicious cup of tea.
Who inspires you? My mom has been a great role-model for me. Through example, she reminds me to be resilient in the face of life’s challenges, and also not to see age as a barrier to doing what I love. Now in her 70’s, she still bike rides, volunteers, and is improving and learning new skills all of the time.
Did you have an imaginary friend when you were a child? Yes! Actually, I had more than one, and my brothers and I still laugh about them. Our childhood sibling rivalry stories are far more entertaining thanks to my imaginary friends! For the record, my brothers are awesome and we have a fantastic friendship! Oh… And now my friends are real. 😉
Do you usually procrastinate or get on with it? Mostly, I get right to things these days, but there are a few types of activities that I would put off forever, if I let myself!
Have you ever seen a ghost? Maybe; I have had a few mysterious experiences that are hard to explain.
Do you generally set goals or go with the flow? I set some general goals, and then I go with the flow to reach them. Sometimes, this means that the goal evolves into something else altogether, and I am open to that.
In your opinion, what is the best blog post you’ve written so far? Give us the link. I like this one, not because it was my best post, but because it was a new style of writing for me. It was more spontaneous, and while it is still developing, it feels right for blogging. It was also the first time that I took a snapshot with my cell phone camera and used it as my image.
… and the answers to the questions from the Domestic Philosopher.
Would you rather visit the past or the future? The past.
Do you believe that everything happens for a reason? Yes, I do think that some things happen for a reason. I also think that, sometimes, we read into a situation that which we need to learn to help us understand our own path.
What is your favourite animal and why? This one is tough for me because I love animals in general, and appreciate that they all play an important role in our environment. If I absolutely had to pick one – whales. They are inteligent, infinitely fascinating creatures.
Would you like to be famous? I am not really interested in fame. I want to contribute, help, and do meaningful things with my life. If fame were a biproduct of that, I would accept it and use it to help me contribute, help and do meaningful things with my life.
What has been the happiest moment in your life so far? Becoming a mom.
If you could live anywhere where would it be? The mountains, though I also love where I live now.
What is the best compliment you have ever received? I am fortunate to have received many beautiful compliments throughout my life, and feel grateful for all of them. Perhaps the most memorable one, though, came from a special needs student in one of my classes. She held up a beautiful drawing she’d made of a woman wearing a long, light blue dress, and sincerely told me, “This is you as an angel.”
What’s the worst chat-up line someone has used on you/you have used? Hmmm… I can’t think of any. I guess I’ve always been pretty forgiving because I think it takes a lot of courage to go up to someone.
Would you be a child again? I had a wonderful childhood, but I live in the present and love my life now. I have learned a lot over the years and wouldn’t want to go back to not knowing what I know.
Do you think money makes you happy? Money makes you happy, to a degree, because we need food and shelter. Once our basic needs have been reasonably met, research shows that more money won’t make us happier. Feel free to read my post on this topic, based on a documentary on happiness.
Do you think men and women will ever be truly equal? Unfortunately, not throughout the whole world.
Eleven Random Facts about Myself:
I have curly hair.
I love swimming in natural bodies of water (lakes, the ocean).
I am a minimalist at heart, and have been for most of my adult life, long before people were calling it that.
Sometimes, I will go for a walk, and it turns into a run. I can’t help it, running makes me feel free.
I love to read non-fiction.
I love snow, but dislike driving in it .
I speak Spanish fluently.
I used to do gymnastics.
We have a sailboat that we enjoy on the lake, in the summers.
I love having journals and books on my bedside table so that I can reach over, and read or write whenever I want.
I love sitting by windows.
Questions for The Nominees:
- What is one of the most important things that you have learned from blogging so far?
- What is your favourite season, and why?
- What is your favourite dessert?
- If you could live anywhere in the world for one month, where would it be?
- What is one of your favourite quotes?
- If you could pick any decade to live in, which one would it be?
- What do you do to relax?
- What colour(s) do you enjoy wearing?
- What is your dream job?
- What is a movie or book that you found to be very worthwhile and would highly recommend?
- Are you a morning person, or a night owl?