Thanks to Hadorable for nominating my blog for a Sunshine Award! A photographer living in France, Hadorable‘s blog is a trove of inspiration, filled with beautiful photographs of her travels, daily life, and adorable daughter, as well as the beginnings of a collection of Vietnamese recipes. Her nominating me is a testament to the creative community that builds up so quickly through blogging–and that’s what the Sunshine Award is about. The Sunshine Award helps to connect bloggers, build encouragement, and promote the work of other bloggers to create a network of inspiration.
- Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post and/or on your blog
- Link to the blogger who nominated you
- Answer 10 questions about yourself
- Nominate 10 other bloggers to receive the award
- Link to your nominees and let them know you nominated them
- Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer
The Ten Questions I have to answer:
1 What is your nickname? My most common nickname over the years has been “Lies” (also spelled Lize, and Liez). I didn’t think you could shorten Liza, but apparently you can. In high-school my friends joked that the Arcade Fire song “Rebellion (Lies)” was about me. Alternatively I’ve been called “Liza-loo” “Tall Girl” and “Stupid.”
2 If you describe yourself thru a character from a movie, show, book, or whatever…who will you be? I would like to think I’m a rather strong and self-assertive character, and maybe I have become more so over the years, but I found myself mirrored most in a novel in the shy and unassuming Elizabeth-Jane from Thomas Hardy’s Mayor of Casterbridge. I was immediately struck by how similar I was to that character: all of her thoughts were ones I seem to have had at the time and her struggles with learning to trust people, her constant wish to please, and her efforts to improve herself and open herself to new experiences seemed to map almost perfectly with mine. She is a bit of a shy mouse though, who accepts her fate, good and bad, without fight or strife.
3 What is your purpose to start a blog? This blog has been a way for me to involve myself more in the creative arts. I would love for it to expand in more connective ways though as I begin to develop my own craft work.
4 Cat or dog? I love both. But I will always choose to own a cat.
5 What is your all-time favourite town or city? Why? Some of my favorite places I’ve ever been have been in France. I especially loved Arles. There’s a fondness in me for Paris and Prague as well. Funny thing is, these are all places I visited with my best friend Katie. I’m sure that has had a profound impact on how I feel about those places, and many of my memories of them revolve around our time together. I also love Durham, North Carolina, where my boyfriend and I are moving in the spring–but part of that may be pure anticipation.
6 What is the strangest thing you believed as a child? I genuinely, 100% thought I could float. Not fly. Float. I believed this so much that I still have memories in which my view of myself is about 2 and 1/2 feet off the ground moving my arms as though swimming through water.
7 What is one of your favourite habits you have? My morning routine: coffee and a book and at least half an hour of that quiet space to myself. I get up way earlier than I need to just to fit this in.
8 Do you think people can control their own destiny? I believe we can change our lives by the stories we tell ourselves. I believe everyone should learn to tell more positive stories.
9 What do you think people think of you? I’m afraid of what people think of me, but I’m okay with that fear. And I am certain of the people who love me. And I’m okay with that list too.
10 What is your favourite quote? I have a lot, but I’ll share a beautiful one from Anne Carson’s Nox:
“I will consign fear and sadness to the sea.”
I find these blogs inspiring, enjoyable, fun, or all of the above on a daily basis…
The Ten Questions I’m Asking:
- What was your favorite toy as a child?
- When you were 10, what did you want to be?
- If you were to marry a fictional character, who would it be?
- What is your favorite part of your day?
- Where are you right now and why are you there?
- What is inspiring you today?
- What is your favorite tool to use?
- If you were to take up a risky hobby, what would it be?
- How do you take your coffee? (or tea)?
- Morning or night?
Image Credit: Mine, all mine.