Thanks to Lauren over at Life Imagined for nominating me for a Liebster Award!
While not really an award as such, the Liebster is kind of like a chain letter (remember them?) for the blogging world, a way for bloggers to praise fellow bloggers they feel are doing a good job, boost traffic a little bit and also get to know other bloggers in the process. While I've not done anything like this since I was a teenager, why not, says I!
So here we go...
The Rules 1. It must link back to the person that nominated you. 2. Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers. 3. Cannot nominate the person who nominated you. 4. Provide nominees with 11 questions of your choice. 5. Must inform nominees of your nomination. 6. Provide nominees with a link to your post for more info.
So here are Lauren's questions for me:
1. What is your favorite season, why? Having grown up in a place known as the 'Sunshine State', I actually really love winter. Or maybe more the idea of winter: boots, fireplaces, blankets, hot chocolates and hot baths. After a year living in Indonesia where it rarely dips below 25 degrees C, I'm looking forward to being in a place where I can walk down the street without breaking into a sweat!
2. What is inspiring you most, right now? I really struggle with being overinspired to the point of it preventing me from acting on said inspiration. Right now I'm focusing on my pinterest account and checking out some great new accounts I've come across lately (check out who I'm following on my account!).
I also like to just get outdoors and observe what's around me. If you look closely, there's creative inspiration everywhere. You just have to make sure you're tuned into it. When in doubt, I force myself to head out with a camera. It doesn't take long for inspiration to strike.
3. What project or purchase for your home is on top of your to-do list? I'm getting ready to move back to Australia in January after 18 months living in Indonesia, so top of my list is decluttering everything I've managed to accumulate while I'm here and organising to ship home some great furniture pieces I've bought while living here, like bedside tables and chairs. There's an amazing street in Kerobokan full of wooden furniture-makers. I've never managed to successfully visit every store in the whole street, but it's on my Bali Bucket List! Right now I'm lusting after a crocodile bench like this one.
4. What setting/place brings you the most peace/calm? I've actually been thinking about this a lot lately, since my trip to Flores in Indonesia. After a horrendous trek up and down a mountain where I most definitely did not feel peaceful OR calm, we ended up at the ocean and I could feel my heart settle into a contented state and a feeling of calm just wash over me from the first glimpse of water. It was the first time I'd really noticed how much of a calming influence the sea has on me. So I'd have to say anywhere near the ocean or a river.
5. Favorite flower? It's hard to go past the Frangipani, which is prolific here in Indonesia. Every day people collect fallen flowers (and some people even shake the trees to force them to fall) to put in offerings or sell to local temples. But now that we're coming into September, I'm pining for the purple explosion of the Jacaranda tree flowers that will soon be blooming back home.
6. Your lesson of 2014? You can do anything you want to do. Just over a year ago, I'd been made redundant from a job I actually hated and hadn't given much thought to the future, despite telling myself I was going to quit eventually. I'd been studying graphic design and digital marketing on the side, assuming I'd use the upskilling to move into the digital marketing field because it seemed like a good 'career move'.
But you know what? I tried it and I hated it. I've spent my whole life convinced that I'm not creative enough to be a graphic designer when in reality, it couldn't be farther from the truth. If you asked me a year ago whether I thought I could be a graphic designer for a living, I would have laughed in your face. But now not only am I living abroad experiencing an amazing new culture, but I'm working as a graphic designer full-time for an NGO. 2014 has taught me that if you want to do it, just do it. I've always had this mentality about traveling and seeing the world but never applied it to my own life until now. And I'm not looking back!
7. Your song of 2014? Wow, that's a hard one! I don't listen to a lot of music here as there is always so much noise outside with motorbike and car horns as well as the gamelan and temple music, so any silence I can get is a blessing. But more recently I haven't been able to stop playing Sam Smith's song 'I'm Not The Only One'. Not sick of it yet!
8. Favorite book, why? Of all time? Into The Wild. I first read it when I was about 15 years old and have vivid memories of lying on a pull-out bed at my friend's grandparents house in Noosa for the holidays. And while it would take me years to actually work up the courage to do it, it planted the seed for a love of adventure and travel in me that has never stopped growing.
9. What do you envision your life being like in 10 years?In 10 years I'll be 41. Wow. That's a bit scary to think about! I'd hope that in 10 years I'm still seeing the world, surrounded by people who make me feel good about myself and who brighten my days and am still following my dreams, no matter where I am. I'd like to say I'll be married with a kid or two, but sometimes that stuff just isn't meant to be. I can't wait to see where I end up though!
10. If handed 10 million dollars, what would you change about your life? I'd hire a personal trainer for a start. Someone to kick my butt into action, celebrity-style! In this day and age, $10 million would get me a pretty amazing pad in Byron Bay near the ocean, but not much else. And while that would be amazing, I've watched enough reality shows to know that just because you can afford it now, doesn't mean you'll be able to afford it in the future. So I would invest, start a foundation to support a worthy cause and take my mum on an amazing adventure to East and Central Africa, where she grew up.
11. If teleportation were possible right now, where would you go first? Hmm, have I already been given the 10 million dollars from question 9? Because that would change everything! I would probably want to teleport to The Maldives, where my friends got married a few years ago. And pick them up on the way!
I'm not really sure how to figure out people's followers other than to check their Bloglovin' account and base it on that, so apologies if you've got more than 200 followers or have already done this and I've just offended you! My bad!
- Jasmine from Reckless Abandon
- Evelina from EvelinaT
- Hayley from Chasing the Comet
- Sarah from Sarah-Wynne
- Julia from My Wonderland
- Lottie from Hi, Lotts!
- Isabella from Sincerely, Isabella
- Mo from Ollivander Mo
- Abigail from Sweeter Gets The Journey
- Flora from The Accidental Londoner
- Fii from Little Miss Fii
My questions for you are:
- Name one place you've traveled to that you would go back to in a heartbeat, and why?
- What one piece of advice would you give a younger version of yourself?
- What is your favourite word and why?
- What 3 people would you invite to a dinner party, dead or alive?
- How do you motivate yourself every day?
- What's your favourite meal/food and why, if it has a memory attached?
- If you could have any job in the world, regardless of required skills or intelligence, what would it be?
- What's one thing you'd love to learn how to do?
- Where do you live and why should it be on my travel bucket list? Sell your hometown!
- What is your most prized possession?
- Camping, backpacking on a budget or luxury hotels - which do you prefer and why?
Looking forward to all of your answers!