Sometimes it’s great to get a little encouragement, and this week’s encouragement came from ‘Thistles and Whistles‘ an enthusiastic, upbeat writer, who in this blog focuses primarily on book reviews. I recommend her Take-A-Step Thursday weekly event, it’s how I managed to reconnect with her since our Blogging University participation.
She has nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award Challenge – Yay!!
The challenge has some ‘rules’. I’ll try not to bend them too much!
– Thank the person/people who nominated you.
– Answer the eleven questions from your nominator(s).
– Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions to answer.
Thank you, Thistles and Whistles!!
- If you could learn one important skill in the next year, what would it be? How to survive! I’d like to learn basic survival skills in the wild.
- Describe yourself in 3 words. At Peace with Myself (I did say I might cheat)
- If you had to give up one thing, what would it be? It can be a trait, a habit, a food item or anything! Salt and Black Pepper chips dipped in hummus.
- What’s the number 1 thing on your wishlist right now? A plot of arable land
- What has recently inspired you? Seeing a mycelium fibrous mycelium network in regenerated soil
- The three things you always carry around with you in your purse/wallet? I don’t. I only ever carry what I need, so often the purse is left at home.
- Your favorite corner/room at home? The garden
- The last thing you ate? Two extra large free-range eggs
- Any one everyday tip/life hack that you swear by? Being a lazy witch
- Favourite go-to snack. See no. 3 above.
- What are you currently watching/following on TV? I don’t watch TV as such, but do sit down and watch a series from start to finish – I’m on season 9 of the X-Files having started from Series 1 episode 1. It’s affecting my psyche. Yesterday I passed a small wiry man carrying a duffle bag large than himself. It sagged in the middle over his shoulders and was obviously very heavy. I ascertained from the evidence that it was a corpse he was carrying and I’d be reading about some paranormal event later on in the news.
In the spirit of sunshine here’s my questions to you – if you respond, please link your post back to this one.
- Voltaire once said that a person should be judged by their questions rather than their answers – what question would you pose?
- Mahatma Gandhi advised us to learn as if were were to live forever. What did you learn today?
- Marilyn Manson suggests to be yourself and make a difference. What difference did you make today?
- Audrey Hepburn believes laughter cures a multitude of ills. What last made you laugh?
- Satchel Paige asks, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”
- ‘Why?’ is the endless question of a child. What’s your why?
- Oscar Wilde observed that we each are own devil and that we make this world our hell. What would you need to do to make this world your heaven?
- The UN declared 30 human rights. Was anything left out?
- John Stuart Mill argued that non-conformity and eccentricity is an essential service to society. Do you agree?
- Woody Allen attributes 80% of success to just turning up. What might you have succeeded at if you had just turned up?
- Think of a quote and ask yourself the question you would have liked me to ask.
And my nominees are – and in no particular order:
- First I’d like to nominate Kim of Spiral Spun, a blog full of creativity and surprises. I get a great sense of calm when I read Kim’s work and peruse her talent for arts and crafts. And as a regular visitor here, Kim brings that little ray of sunshine to my day.
- There is nothing so inspiring as watching someone succeed at doing what you’d like to do. Homesteaddad is one of those sources of inspiration. I’ve literally watched his wildflower garden grow and now it’s time for harvest, the feel good satisfaction is rolling in.
- Debbie is a wonder of information all things China. I love reading her posts and while China wasn’t on our destination list, I think it could well be revised. Spaceship China brings you out of the tourist trail and into its very heart and soul.
- Ann at Grubbs n Critters paints a picture of family that never fails to make me smile. I could have done with her around when my kids were younger and I needed some perspective! And you have to read one of the most entertaining ‘About’ pages out there. Who wouldn’t want to follow the family soap?!
- I tend to avoid the life guru, self-development and motivational sites. But there is something inspiring about Max, as you’ll read in Inspiring Max. It doesn’t claim to be a motivational, but more a journey of discovery where Max puts himself to the challenge and seeks the positive in the experiences he has. Each post invites you to give it a go yourself. I’ve enjoyed following the blog and have indeed found it inspiring.
- I love reading about people who’ve made the change that I’ve just embarked up on. A recent find is Mind Your Dirt. Chocker block full of well-informed information and tips, James writes with a lively, accommodating style. A definite go to for when we have some land of our own.
- For another ecological blog, I recommend The Enviro Lifestyle. It is a cornucopia of short videos, links, commentary and articles that I like to dip into from time to time, either to learn or to reignite my enthusiasm for the deep ecology movement. I love how Gavelj makes you feel that anyone can do this – check out the table made from a pallet!
- I loved the name of this blog from the first time I discovered it – Farewell My Manicure and boy how it has grown is such a short space of time – Julia has so much energy! Useful saving tips, eco-challenges and written in a chatty, friendly style that makes you want to pop over for a tea and a natter.
- Want to save the world? Carolyn Waters does and she’s sharing her enthusiasm, particularly for tiny houses at Where It Stops, Nobody Knows. You’ll experience her humour in her Strangers’ Reactions series, which is a set of short posts on reactions to her stating that she is an environmental educator. Must try it sometime and see what happens.
- Philosophy is what I should have studied at university. Not that it wasn’t part of the diet. Political philosophy, philosophy of education and philosophy of mind significantly featured and I even touched on the nature of mathematics at some point along the journey. I’d like to delve deeper and Emptinez is one means for dipping my toe in the water and learning a little more. Perhaps not the blog to go to if you’re in a hurry, but if you’re looking for some intellectual stimulation, it’s a good read.
- This is the sunshine award – what blogs bring a little positivity into your life? I’d love to hear your recommendations.