A few weeks ago I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the wonderfully inspiring Monika, author of The Mo-Mo Talk.
I have learnt from Monika that: “The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers, who are creative, positive, and inspiring and bring sunshine into the lives of their readers and fellow bloggers”.
This generous nomination has really inspired me and I hope to continue to bring sunshine and inspiration to the lives of readers and bloggers worldwide.
Slowly, day by day, I am witnessing an increase in followers and there is nothing that makes me happier than to see a notification pop up to inform me that someone has liked my blog post or that someone has decided that my writing has inspired them enough to become a follower.
So, thank you Monika for nominating me and also acknowledging me as not only a blogger, but as an inspirational writer. I am so grateful to each and every one of my followers and each person who takes the time to read my blogs. Not one view, like or follow goes unnoticed.
Here are my answers to the 11 questions given to me by The Mo-Mo Talk:
Why did you start to blog and what do you like most about it?
Like most writers; writing for me is a way to digest, express and purge my thoughts, feelings and extremely active imagination. Without this cathartic release, my mind cannot calm itself.
Blogging, therefore, is a wonderfully public vehicle for this expression and through my creative exploration, I hope my blog can reach and inspire many people. I write from the heart and I write with every grain of my soul, because I am a writer and I will always be a writer.
I recently read Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat and I realised that I had to do something to inspire people. I had an overwhelming urge to use my love of writing to help bring happiness, love and inspiration to as many lives as I could and blogging is my way of achieving this objective.
What’s your biggest goal in life?
My main goal is to become a published writer. I plan to publish my two books I am currently writing and I want to build my career as a journalist.
What was the first film you went to see in the cinema?
Ooh, that’s a tough one. The first film I can remember seeing is Casper. I remember sitting on my dad’s lap and I think it was my 8th birthday. I remember crying and turning around to find my dad also crying. It was the moment when Casper gave up his chance to live for the girl he loved so that her father could live again; it still gets me every time.
What’s your favourite film and why?
I would have to choose The Notebook. I am such a hopeless romantic and this film never fails to get me weeping. I love a film that can rip your chest open and make you cry from the pit of your soul. This film does that to me every single time; it actually makes me cry more and more each time I watch it.
Has any film ever inspired you in a way that would make you do some changes in your life or simply provided the much necessary push?
Eat, Pray, Love is the most inspirational film I have watched; quotes from the book and film are some of my most important quotes of all time. There was one stage in my life where I felt my life and thoughts completely mirrored that of Elizabeth’s life; this kept me going and provided some invaluable advice. I think it is an absolutely fantastic film adaption of Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoirs and I have wanted to travel Italy and Bali ever since. I am going to Bali next year.
What’s your favourite guilty pleasure?
Eating chocolate and crisps in the same mouthful. My favourite mix is ready salted hula hoops with galaxy.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I have always wanted to be a writer. I have written since I was a teeny tiny child. However, at some other stages in my childhood, I also wanted to be a dancer and a model.
Becoming a professional writer will always be my number 1 childhood dream!
What’s your favourite place in the world?
Ooh, that’s hard. I have always had this craving to live in Italy. I imagine myself sitting at a dark oak table in a rustic little cabin, that I own, that overlooks a beautiful lake in Florence.
I also miss living in Melbourne – but that is mostly because I miss the people rather than the location.
Basically, anywhere by the ocean/water will always be my favourite place to be.
Who or what is the biggest inspiration in your life and why?
My biggest inspiration has to be my sister. She is so smart and she always inspires me to broaden my understanding of the world. Emma has a PhD in Neuroscience and has an incredible ability to read complex information and then explain it to you in a way that you can understand. This always reminds me of Einstein’s quote: If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.
Emma’s understanding of the world is incredible and I would love to be as successful in life as she is.
If you could choose anywhere in the world where would you like to live?
I would like to live by the sea. Ideally, I’d like to live near my family and friends, but everyone is so spread out now.
If I could, I would move everyone to Cornwall so we can live happily by the sea in a quaint Cornish village, where I can read and write in my cottage by the ocean, while eating endless amounts of scones.
What does ‘happiness’ mean to you?
Happiness has many layers for me and can come into my life in many forms.
Firstly, it’s important to understand that happiness for me is not just the absence of unhappiness; it is the feeling of complete contentment and excitement for your present moment, as well as the days and weeks to come.
Happiness to me is about moments of complete joy. It’s when I am tucked in bed, writing or reading – happy in my little bed cave while the rain falls outside. Happiness is when I am staring at the ocean, completely still. Happiness is the dreams I have of my little rough collie, living happily in a cottage. Happiness is that moment when you realise, there is absolutely no where else you’d rather be right now.
More than anything, for me, happiness and love go hand in hand; if I feel passionately loved and I too feel passionately in love, I am the happiest girl on the planet.
Thank you Monika for my questions… I really enjoyed answering them.
It is now my wonderful time to nominate some inspirational bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award.
I am sorry to break the rule of 11 nominations: I am new to WordPress and I cannot choose 11 bloggers at this stage. I didn’t want to select just anyone to make my numbers up to 11 – I wanted to choose bloggers that actually inspired me with their writing: so here are my two nominations.
Congratulations! You bring sunshine into my life and I thank you for it!
Now, here are my 11 Questions for my nominated bloggers:
- Why did you start to blog?
- What is your favourite blog post ever written?
- What do you love to write about – what inspires your writing?
- What is your favourite book and why?
- What is your most inspirational quote and why?
- What motivates you to become the best version of yourself?
- What is the best advice you ever received?
- What is the first thing you do when you wake?
- What is your most endearing quality?
- Who or what is the biggest inspiration in your life, and why?
- Where would you be right now if you could be anywhere?
And don’t forget the 4 basic rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you (me).
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.