Friday, January 11, 2013

Liebster Award

The very lovely Maria D from Route:13 left me a comment saying that she had nominated me for a Liebster Award. Having no idea what that was, I checked out her previous blog post on the subject, did some googling, and found out what exactly this so-called award meant.

First off, "Liebster" is a German word which means sweetest, beloved, lovely, kind, cute, welcome etc. (you get the drift). The award has been around for a few years and is given to new bloggers with a following of 200 or less. It's a great way to acknowledge and get to know each other, and I'm always up for spreading spread the word about other blogs. 

I'm happy to be included in this viral blogging award and I hope you guys enjoy finding out more about my lavender minded self!


 The rules are: 
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 bloggers to nominate and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. Remember, no tag backs!

11 Facts About Me

1) I have ranidaphobia
2) I grew up on a farm
3) I want a massive tattoo of either a mermaid or a fairy on my thigh
4) I often think about the fact that if one of my pre-historic ancestors were killed by a dinosaur, I wouldn't be here. And that makes me appreciate life so much more.
5) No one understands how genuinely devastated I am over that fact that I'm not the Queen of some random country.
6) I LOVE Lady Gaga
7) I'm part human / part cat / part mermaid
8) I want my future wedding to be on Halloween so that everyone feels it's socially acceptable to dress unusual.
9) I'm Italian-American
10) I wish I had a British accent
11) All of my creativity comes out at night

11 Questions 

1) What does your blog mean to you?
Writing is my main outlet of expression, and blogging is the best way for me to channel my inner voice. My blog is a look inside my mind. It's a reminded in that no matter what, I'll always be a writer. Even if I'm not doing it "professionally", it'll always be a part of me.

2)  What is your blog about?
When I first started this blog last Spring, it was for my media writing class. We all had to create a blog, choose a theme, and update every week. I was very strict with the fashion theme, but now I consider it more of a lifestyle blog/documentation of my life, thoughts, and interests. Of course I still stick with fashion, but it’s extended to include other things as well.

3) What are your blogging plans for 2013?
My main plan is to update more. After the class ended and I didn't *have* to update each week, it was difficult for me to find motivation. One of my goals is also to gain a larger audience of readers. Engaging with other bloggers is key, and something in which I need to make a major priority whenever I’m online.

4) If you could travel to one place right now, which would it be?
I'd go to Sicily and walk the land of my ancestors.

5) Do you prefer reading or watching movies?
Hmm... Depends on my mood. I definitely watch movies more than I read. But nothing stimulates the imagination more than a good book. 

6) Do you practice any sports?
I took all kinds of dance classes when I was in school. But now I try and jog for at least 20 minutes every day. Does that count?

7) What is your favorite quote?
“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light. I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night”-- from the poem "The old astronomer to his pupil" by Sarah Williams 

8) What is your favorite season and why?
I enjoy autumn. Nothing compares to the magic of Halloween weather.

9) What is your favorite book? 
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

10) What inspires you?
The Pacific Ocean, outer space, thrift stores, San Francisco, Lady Gaga, my cat, Audrey Kitching (forever my fav blogger), the peculiar dreams I have at night, and much, much more.

11) An advice to any blogger out there?
It’s the biggest cliché, but the most important thing is to Be Yourself. If you go about blogging with the intention of doing it how everyone else is, you’ll lose your originality. Let other blogs inspire you, but don't by view them as the standard for how blogging should be done. For example, I tend to write much longer posts than many of the other bloggers I follow, but writing's my thing and I'm not going to change for the purpose of blending in. Find your niche and run with it. Make your own rules (or lack of) and blog about what makes your heart sing.

11 Questions for the bloggers I've nominated

1) Why did you start blogging?
2) How would you describe your blog?
3) What are you goals for your blog?
4) Where do you see yourself and your blog in 5 years?
5) Favorite song?
6) Favorite movie?
7) How would you describe your style?
8) What is your dream job?
9) Favorite quote?
10) Favorite city and why?
 11) Advice for new bloggers?

Bloggers I've nominated

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year in Neverland

2012 was an interesting year for me. I graduated college, interned in San Francisco, and got rid of all the toxic people in my life.  I learned a lot about myself, and at the same time, realized I have a lot to learn. I kept myself busy up until the end, and now for the first time in my life, I have nothing set for the new year. School has consumed my whole life up until this point and I've always thought that freedom from school is what I've always wanted. However, I'm still struggling to find my freedom in the real world, as I'm desperately clinging to the juvenile question of "What do you want to be when you grow up."

But the truth is, I don't think I'll ever grow up. Of course I'll have more responsibilities to deal with and I'm certain I'll handle them maturely, but I won't grow up. Growing up is like letting one's youth go and I don't think I'll ever be ready to leave my youth. If there's anything I've come to learn about myself, it's that I struggle to find happiness. I need to savor the happiness in my life and not sacrifice it for anything. Letting go of my youth and trading it for a suit wearing, office working, corporate illusion of an adult would break my soul, no matter how much  success may come with that. 

God only know what's in store for me this year. 2012 left me with a better sense of knowing who I am and what I want out of life. I may not know exactly what I want to be doing in terms of a career, but I'm not afraid anymore. I understand the value of happiness, and won't settle for anything less than what I deserve. 

My wish for 2013 is simply to for myself, friends, and family to be happy, however that may come about.

After all this "I don't think I'll ever grow up talk", I think it's time for me to go watch Peter Pan and bask in the glory of my self proclaimed eternal youth and I suggest you all do the same.




And while I'm on it, some of my resolutions for 2013 are:

1) Find a job I enjoy

2) Get more organized

3) Go on more scandalous adventures

4) Wear more accessories (gotta relate it back to fashion)

5) Execute my creativity in innovative ways/disover new things rather than simply being stuck circling around the same interests

6) Take more risks

7) And of course, update this blog more

What are your new years resolutions?