The Liebster Award is an award by bloggers, for bloggers and I have been nominated! I am so touched to have been chosen by Nichola Veitch, a blogger who has become a friend though the web and whose writing I admire tremendously. A big thank you to her! Do take a peek at her blog, as I know you’ll love it as well.
As an award winner I answer questions asked by Nichola then nominate 10 bloggers I admire for an award. They then answer my questions and nominate 10 of their favourite bloggers and so the love baton keeps moving through the interwebs, encouraging bloggers to keep sharing the love.
Here are the rules:
- Link back and recognise the blogger who nominated me (thanks Nichola!).
- Answer 10 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
- Nominate 10 inspirational bloggers for the award.
- Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
- Notify your nominees
Here are the answers to Nichola’s questions…
- What’s your morning routine? I like to get up early- ideally by 6:30 or 7am, but I’ve been slipping lately. I like to meditate right when I get up- I have a little alcove next to my bed where I sit and journal. I sit for 15-30 minutes and then do some free-writing and fill out the day’s page in Danielle Laporte’s Desire Map planner, which I love using. After I journal, I usually read a page from an inspiring book and say some affirmations. Then I head downstairs and usually have breakfast with my fiancee. He cooks, which is great. Then, after breakfast I get to work. Lately, I’ve been working from home so it’s a short walk to the office, but in the past, I’ve headed out to the car at this point.
- What are you reading? I am usually reading at least two books at any given time. Right now I’m doing a page a day of affirmations from The Wealthy Spirit by Chellie Campbell in the morning. For fun, I’m reading The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. It takes place in Amsterdam in the 1600s, so it’s a complete escape. Great writing and a little bit of a mysterious plot line- heaven.
- What’s your favourite pick-me-up song? I don’t know that I have one favorite. I love listening to classical when I feel stressed or overwhelmed. I find words are overwhelming when I’m already overloaded. I really like cello music- anything Yo-Yo Ma and I love Bach suites. They are great for writing. I have also been making radio stations on spotify based on soundtracks I like for inspiration while I’m working on writing- Jane Eyre and Inception are two favorite stations lately.
- What’s your top tip for when you’re lacking inspiration Get out of the house. Or at least look at a different view. I need to change my perspective when I’m uninspired and I almost always get inspired when I see a new view- this is why travel is such a source of joy for me. I get so many new ideas. But if I can’t go on a trip, even looking through a book of photographs or going on Air Bnb and making a wishlist of places I’d like to visit can inspire me. I’ll try going to a new neighborhood or making a new recipe. Anything that changes my perspective is a good option. If possible- I get to the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena, near where I live in LA. It makes me feel like I’m inside of a Jane Austen novel. I’m a member, so it’s free to go and it is completely different than my environment at home, which is quite urban.
- What does self care mean to you? Self care to me is listening to myself and watching my energy level very closely. I have been rear-ended twice in car accidents in the past week and a half, so self care lately has been taking an afternoon nap. I find my body is really disoriented since these happened. So I’m trying things like very gentle yoga, lots of water, and as much sleep as possible. Self care is letting myself take baby steps when I need to. It can also look different, depending on the circumstances.
- Where is you favourite place on the planet and why? Big Sur. My fiancee and I are skipping the New Years parties and hoopla this year to escape there for a quiet retreat just after Christmas until the beginning of January. I love the air there, the rocky beaches, and how close the ocean is to the forest. It’s the perfect place for sweaters and reading by the fire. The beaches have veins of purple sand and the whole place feels like magic. I love it the most in the winter, since there is hardly anyone there. And introvert’s paradise.
- What are you loving right now? My new fountain pen by Lamy. It writes so beautifully and will let me use an ink refiller I love that I can use bottled ink and not have to throw anything away in order to write with this pen. It’s smooth and light and easy to hold. I do a lot of writing by hand and having the right pen makes a huge difference to my life. They aren’t crazy expensive either. I highly recommend them.
- When overwhelm strikes, what is your advice? Make a list. Whenever I feel like I won’t be able to get a lot of things done, I write them all down until I feel calmer. Once I see the list of the tasks written out, I almost always see how I can get them done. I usually take the list and then open up my google calendar and then plot out when I will cross everything off. I’m extremely motivated by finishing tasks. I keep a bullet journal, and it’s a great source of joy to me when my list gets completed each day. (on good days, some things have to be postponed sometimes)
- What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? “What if it was ok for things to work out easily?” I have a meditation teacher I’ve talked to monthly for years and she often points out ways I’m making life harder for myself. I got a bit nervous lately when some things felt like they were coming together too smoothly; I was suspicious and worried about the catch. She pointed out all the hard work I had put in for years to get to the point where I am today and asked if it was ok for me to just enjoy things working out for a little while. I realized that sometimes it’s harder for me to succeed and that I have some work to do allowing my life to be easy sometimes.
- What are you working on at the moment? A gift for my newsletter subscribers. I hope to launch it very soon… more details to come! But I have taken the past couple of months with this idea to give back to those who are kind enough to allow me into their inboxes. I can’t wait to share it in the next week or so.
And now, my nominees:
- Dal Kular
- Time to Bloom
- Wild Soul Grace
- Crossing the Threshold
- Hair Romance
- Memoir Class
- Bari Tessler
- DW Healing Arts
I know you are going to find some amazing material in here. I know each of these blogs well and almost all of the bloggers personally…happy reading!
Here are my questions for my nominees:
- What are you reading now? (I just had to)
- Who is the author that has had the biggest impact on your life?
- Do you ever re-read books? What’s one that you loved just as much the second time?
- What’s your favorite afternoon snack?
- What is your favorite pen (or pencil)?
- If you could take any vacation in the next year, all expenses paid, where would you go and with whom?
- What has surprised or delighted you this year?
- If someone wanted to give you a gift that was exactly what you needed right now, what would it be?
- What’s the best movie/show/documentary you’ve seen lately?
- What are you looking forward to this fall?
A gift before you go...
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