I am so thrilled to end 2017, and start 2018 by being nominated for a Liebster Award!
Thank you so much to the lovely Vesna from https://whisper365blog.wordpress.com. Hers was one of the first blogs I followed when I started, and she who’s writing continues to inspire and entertain me with every post, with stunning pictures and original and fascinating insights into unusual topics. Coming from you, this nomination means a lot!
Rules Of Accepting The Liebster Award
The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers, whose work they find interesting, to motivate them and promote them as well. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.
The instructions for accepting the award and passing it on are as follows:
•Create a new blog post on your blog thanking the person that nominated you, link to their blog and put in a graphic of the award.
•Answer the questions that were provided, and then share some facts about yourself.
•Create a new set of your own questions for others to answer.
•Nominate 5-11 others and share your blog post with them so they can accept their awards
- Why did you start blogging?
The simple answer is that I finally got my butt into gear and started what I had been putting off for too long. I always said I was too busy, I had nothing to write about, I couldn’t afford it, maybe next month…always an excuse. As a child and teen, I lived for writing stories and poems, keeping diaries, making up stories for TV shows and movies, destroying my favourite characters lives through fanfiction… I had also always worked through problems by writing about them, by making lists and setting goals. Then life happened, things got busy, and I got good at putting myself last, and I found the only thing I was writing was academic papers (which, don’t get me wrong,I loved!). One day I found myself in a fed up mood, and decided to return to something which I had loved when younger: writing down my problems. I wrote down the issue, and worked through outcomes on paper, and gradually rediscovered how much I enjoyed putting pen to paper. It was then I decided to write down my ideas in a Pages document, and, on the spur of the moment, posted it on WordPress. Hence, my first post, A Non New Years Resolution, was born.
2. How has blogging affected your life?
Blogging has had nothing but a positive impact on my life. It has introduced me to some incredibly inspiring bloggers and writers, and well as a hugely supportive network. It has also helped me destress; I feel much more calm after I have written down my thoughts, and for me, my blog works almost as a mental declutter – a space to test ideas and vent about issues, as well as helping me sort through things in a logical way. The travel blogs have also made me very jealous and inspired me to travel more this year!
3. What is your favourite book or series and why?
My favourite book is ‘I Capture the Castle’ by Dodi Smith, and has been ever since I was a little girl. The character of Cassandra is one who is so alive and real, and one of my favourite literary images is of her sitting in the dark kitchen, with her feet in the sink. Her sister Rose is such a wonderful blend of contrast and compliment, and equally as vibrant and alive. Smith uses wonderful descriptions and beautiful imagery to create the ruins of the castle right before your eyes, and her characters are real people with real problems. She also creates wonderful, natural dialogue which makes a point without beating you over the head.
“You see, they’re apt to think of God as a slot-machine. If nothing comes out they say ‘I knew dashed well it was empty’ when the whole secret of prayer is knowing the machine’s full.”
“But how can one know?”
“By filling it oneself.”
4. What kinds of blogs do you like the most?
My favourite blogs are travel, lifestyle, and interior design blogs. I like to scroll jealously through other peoples stunning pictures, and get inspiration for trips, designs and ideas.
5. What is your philosophy in life?
My philosophy in life can be seen in my blog title: Ask. Think. Do. I believe in asking lots of questions, thinking too deeply about everything, and taking action to change the things you don’t like. Life is what you make it; if you don’t like it, change it. Also, in the words of the wonderful Dappy Contastavlos: no regrets.
6. What are you most grateful about?
My family. I have a wonderfully supportive, kick ass Mum, who taught me to be a strong woman, and an amazing not so little brother, who is also my best friend. I am grateful that I can see and hear the beauty of the world, that I can dance whenever the mood takes me, and that I have been blessed with good health. I am hugely grateful for music; the world would be very empty without it.
7. If you had a time machine, where would you go and why?
I’m a huge history buff, so I’d love to go back in time. I’d love to visit the Titanic pre-iceberg, to soak up the ambience and atmosphere, as long as I could whizz out before disaster struck! I’d also love to go back and meet Cleopatra and Queen Victoria, two bad ass women!
8. What 3 words describe you best?
Loyal, nerdy and unique.
9. What advice would you give your 18 year old self?
Oh darling, none of those things you are worried about will matter in a year. You are about to be totally surprised; go with it and you will love it and totally change your life. Ignore the haters: you won’t even remember their names when you start Uni. You will love Uni – throw yourself into everything, don’t hold back, and you will emerge a totally different person. Be true to yourself, stay smart around people, don’t let anyone put your down. Let your guard down a bit, and don’t be so stubbornly loyal to someone that you push someone important away. Your life is about to totally change, but you’’ be ok. Enjoy it!
10. What makes you happiest?
Animals. Snuggles with my cat. A long country hack on a gorgeous horse, no destination in sight. The smell of my too expensive shower gel. Book shops. Time alone. Incredible music. Art. Gorgeous sunsets. The smell of Malibu rum. Middle of the night existential discussions. Being totally at ease with myself and having people accept it. Writing. The moment you land at your destination. Hotel rooms. The perfect cup of tea. Happiness.
Here are my questions for my winners!
- What is your favourite childhood memory?
- Why did you start blogging, and where do you want it to go?
- Who is your favourite writer and why?
- If you could ban one thing, what would it be and why?
- What makes you laugh until it hurts?
- What is your proudest achievement so far?
- What three things could you not live without?
- What makes you cry?
- If you could be transported instantly to any time and place, where would it be?
- You have one chance to have a conversation with anyone, living or dead. Who do you pick and why?
This is so tough, as so many amazing bloggers have inspired me, but I narrowed it down to my top 5: