I'm SUPER excited to share that I've been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! It makes me incredibly happy to know that the time and energy I'm investing into this website is starting to get recognized, but what makes this even MORE meaningful for me, is the fact that people are taking in a positive vibe when they visit this online space I've created!
To know that this blog and the brand I am creating for myself is transmitting this, tells me that I'm going in the right direction.
You see, when I started planning my business, I knew that I wanted it to revolve around my passion for art, but I always wanted there to be MORE to it. I want to bond with other artists and art lovers and encourage them to keep making time for their passions in life. I want to inspire them to live more fulfilling lives by being true to themselves and making time for what's really important.
Unfortunately, we live in a world in which we sometimes feel surrounded by so much anger, greed and intolerance, that it's easy to forget that there ARE good people and there ARE amazing things to be thankful for. A while back, I even stopped watching the news because listening to everything that is constantly happening just depressed me, and increased my levels of anxiety to the point that I couldn't concentrate on my daily tasks.
I get it.
However, I am thankful for having come across inspiring people that encouraged me to tune out the negativity and concentrate on living my life to the fullest. They inspired me to bring light to others in my own way and I don't think I'd be here now if it wasn't for them. I hope to be able to have that impact on others as well someday.
Thank you SO much to Nichola, from At Home With Nich for this nomination! I really enjoyed reading her post titled Working from Home: the good and the bad! Check her blog out to find awesome posts about health, natural remedies and the wonders of working from home.
Nich has definitely done a good job at writing a bunch of unusual questions for her nominees to answer! So if you'd like to know more about me, make sure to read on.
A Bit About the Sunshine Blogger Award
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers to other bloggers who inspire positivity and creativity through their posts. Upon receiving his/her nomination, bloggers answer questions created by the previously awarded person, and nominate other bloggers, and so on.
Answering Nichola's Questions
1. If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?
I would be a red panda. They are small, cute-looking, but kind of intriguing at the same time. They are solitary creatures and enjoy spending time hanging out on trees. They are actually omnivores, but eat mostly bamboo and plants. :)
2. If you could go back in time, when would that be and why?
Though I do enjoy a good timepiece movie or T.V. show (especially when they take place in the 20s or 50s), I honestly wouldn't want to go back to any specific time period. I consider myself extremely lucky to be living today because there's never been a better time to do what I want to do, which is to connect with people all around the world through my passion for art.
The internet has been an amazing tool for artists like myself that are trying to not only get their work known, but also to create a community of art enthusiasts. An artist's life can be very lonely, and it certainly helps to connect with others out there that are going through similar experiences. This is becoming easier thanks to the Internet.
3. If you could change one thing about the world we live in what would it be?
There are SO many things I would change, but if I had to pick only one, it would be to have some sort of system in place that ensured that people in power (and I'm talking about all countries here) actually EARNED those positions after years of demonstrating an honest and intrinsic desire to help others. I honestly believe the world would be a better place if our leaders were stimulated by important things and not by wealth and power.
This would lead to an improvement in all areas, pretty much, but it also would create a more fair distribution of wealth and opportunities. I wish everyone had the same chance to live a peaceful and meaningful life.
4. What is the most influential memory you have that has impacted on your life today?
I don't think there's a specific memory per se, but the most influential person I've had in my life would have to be my mom, who is present in many important memories. She's a very hard worker and has always motivated me to take action. She's always believed in me and my big dreams, but has also instilled in me the idea of being smart about what I do.
My mom and I are EXTREMELY different. However, I do think that I've inherited her independent spirit and I hope to be as strong and generous as she is.
5. If you could travel to anywhere in the world where would that be?
As an artist, I would probably have to say Paris! I've never been to Europe and I would absolutely love to be surrounded by all that history. Paris is known to be a city that has inspired a lot of great artists throughout history and it also has a lot of very important museums I'd love to visit! It would be extremely inspiring!
6. The last train has left for the day and you need to call someone to come and pick you up, who would you call?
That would have to be my husband!
7. If you were to have a film made about your life who would you want to play you?
8. If you had the chance to move to another country to live where would that be?
Canada. My husband and I are actually applying for residency, which I REALLY hope happens for us. It's not only a beautiful, peaceful place, but the people there are so friendly and open-minded. Not to mention, a lot of importance is given to the arts!
9. Invent or name a cocktail that best describes your personality. With or without alcohol whatever is your preference.
Hilarious! Loaded Paintbrush would be its name and it would be made out of a combination of aged rum, Ginger Ale, orange juice, fresh ginger and a cinnamon stick. Ha!
10. You are hosting a dinner party and you can invite 5 people, who would you invite?
My husband, Dave Grohl, Chuck Palahniuk, Elizabeth Banks, Krysten Ritter. Now THAT'S a party!
11. Cheese or chocolate?
Chocolate! I rarely eat cheese, actually.
My list of nominees:
Josephine at Crazy Whole Life
Amy at Surviving the Middle
Natasha from Natasha Durel
Leah from My Cup of Cocoa
Amanda from Creativity Sparkles
Jasmin from Rise and Blossom
Mark from Meals with Mark
Mira from Mind Over Latte
Sian from Sianylou
Jen from Buddha Belly
My questions for the nominees:
1. If you were invited to be interviewed at ANY talk show, which would you love to be on?
2. How did you arrive at the decision of starting a blog?
3. What trait do you like most about yourself and how do you think this translates into your blog?
4. What is your biggest pet peeve?
5. What do you enjoy doing on your off-time?
6. If you could collaborate with ANYONE to create ANY type of online project, who would it be and what would you love working on together?
7. If you could have ANY superpower, which would it be and why?
8. If you had only 24 hours to live, what would you do?
9. If you could be in the movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and what character would you play?
10. If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?
Here are the rules for the nominees (you can accept or ignore the award):
-Write a post about accepting the award, thanking the blogger who nominated you for the award
-Answers the questions given by the person who nominated you
-Nominate other bloggers who you wish to receive the award
-Display a selection of questions for those you wish to nominate for the award
-Comment on each of the nominees blogs letting them know that you have nominated them and give a link back to your post
-List the “rules” and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post
Congratulations to all my nominees for having such AMAZING blogs and providing not only helpful content but a positive place for others to visit! The world needs open-minded, kind, and inspiring people like you!
I hope you have fun with answering my questions. :)
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