Y’all! This blog was nominated for an award. I’m shocked and feel so honored. It’s the Liebster Award, which helps bloggers get more exposure to their sites. This award has been around since 2011. You can read more about it here. Hannah at It Takes One nominated me, and I highly recommend checking out her blog if you have a minute. I love the her “it takes one” (to change your everything)–it’s so true!
What Makes Me Passionate About Blogging
I’ve spent my life as a painfully shy person who longed for deep connections. That’s how I was as a kid, and that’s what I fell back into as an adult in a new place with a baby and a husband who worked far away. I knew I could be better, but every attempt to go out and make a connection left me feeling lonelier, stupid, too different to ever have a “tribe” the way so many women talk about. I struggled with anxiety and depression (which can still pop up from time to time). The only times I don’t remember feeling that way were summertime as a child, as a high school junior/senior, and in college.
Boy, did I wallow for a while. I wallowed, I felt rage that didn’t make sense (turns out, that’s a side-effect of anxiety), I felt hopeless and like I didn’t even deserve to exist. So I started reading, a lot. About self-help, relationships, the Bible, personal development, nutrition, psychology, holistic medicine, exercise, spirituality, mindfulness… I joined Facebook groups and stumbled upon other people like me. I read books that inspired me to dig my claws in harder and pull myself out of the darkness.
I will never, ever say I can “cure depression” or get rid of anyone’s anxiety completely (not even my own), but I am so passionate about helping those women out there who feel like I felt, whose brains are foggy, who are wandering through life feeling like they’re alone and lost. I want them to know that they matter, there are people like them, and there is a path back to feeling well and whole again. I have discovered helpful (at least for me) ways of thinking, eating, working out, keeping my mind clear (hint: meditation AND a cleaner house with a schedule and motivation to maintain it), and connecting with people. I want to pass the information–and a heaping dose of love and hope–along.
10 Random Facts About Me
- I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
- I come across as very reserved until you get to know me well–which could take years–and then I’m incredibly goofy.
- I have written two novels and hope to revise and publish them both this year.
- Planners and pens make me happy.
- I’m a perfume collector. I actually want to clear out my collection and just have one or two scents, but there are too many memories involved to let go of some of the ones I don’t wear much anymore.
- I really can’t stand eating mushrooms. Especially cooked. Gag.
- My feet are apparently tiny for my height.
- I’m not a daredevil or a huge risk-taker but I do love trying new things (workouts, foods, makeup and hair trends, etc)
- No day is complete without coffee. I will even drink it at 10:00 PM and it usually doesn’t affect me; I go right to sleep most nights.
- My favorite board game is Clue even though I’ve recently discovered that I’m not as good at it as I grew up thinking I was.
All the Questions
Now I get to answer some questions Hannah asked:
1.What is your biggest fear?
Cockroaches… LOL Just kidding (well, maybe not). I have a lot of little fears, but they all fit under one umbrella in a way. I guess I’m afraid of the too-quick passage of time (and when is time not passing too quickly, really?). Though the passage of time comes with its own beauty, things to look forward to, new connections, new experiences, etc, it’s bittersweet. With the passage of time, we’re closer to losing loved ones and feeling more and more alone if we’re the last one standing of a core group of people we spent our lives with. We’re closer to our own deaths that we may or may not feel prepared for. We’re closer to that potential regret we can feel at the end of our lives when we’re looking back on the years and thinking of all the different ways we could’ve prioritized things, all the fears we let control us that prevented us from experiencing wonderful things. Huh. Maybe in typing that all out, I’ve realized my greatest fear isn’t time, but regret.
2. What is the riskiest thing you have ever done?
I quit my full-time job managing an optical shop well over a decade ago to become a freelance writer. I haven’t looked back. I also met a guy on the internet and married him less than a year later. LOL We spent the first six months or so in an emails-only stage. There might’ve been two phone calls. It was crazy but it worked out too. We’ve been married 14 years.
3. What is your favorite season of the year and why?
I love all of them for their own reasons, but I guess fall is my favorite. The air is crisp and cool but not cold yet, the contrast of a clear blue sky with orange and yellow leaves is breathtaking (especially when we get to go to the mountains), there are some nights to enjoy fire, cocoa, cozy pajamas and socks, and there might even be snow outside in the late fall.
4. If you could have one more hour with someone who has passed, who would it be?
This one is tough. I can think of a few. Maybe my great-grandmother. We were so, so close when I was a kid but then she got Alzheimer’s and I didn’t understand what was happening. I could’ve reacted better.
5. What is your favorite kind of social event to attend? (i.e. weddings, sporting events, etc.)
I’m such an introvert, I almost said none of them. Ha! But I do enjoy weddings and hockey games.
6. What is your favorite app on your phone?
I can’t just pick one. Instagram, the Tone It Up app, Tody, Starbucks (especially when I’ve earned a freebie), Words with Friends, Reading Plan (it kept me on track to read the whole Bible in a year), Fitbit, Nike Training…I enjoyed Headspace for a while. I’ll be trying Insight Timer soon, which is another meditation app.
7. Where is your happy place?
The kitchen table. 😉 Seriously, the whole name behind this blog comes from all the different types of nourishment you can get and provide while sitting at a kitchen table with good food and good people. It was inspired by both sets of grandparents’ kitchen tables, mostly. Those have been the spots with the most family, the best food, and freedom to explore all kinds of ideas. Kitchen tables have also been places of encouragement and gratitude for as long as I can remember.
8. Where would you travel to if money weren’t an issue?
Italy, Ireland, England, Spain… Australia, New Zealand, Thailand… Canada…
9. What is your guilty food of choice?
Chocolate chip pie. I only get one (two) every few years, usually for my birthday. I could eat a whole pie in one sitting, if it’s cold. They’re so, so good. My grandma taught my mom and my mom needs to teach me.
10. What is your morning routine?
On a perfect morning, I get up before anyone else (to coffee that’s already made), pour coffee and lemon water, settle into my chair with a blanket wrapped around me, and read, meditate, journal, work out (usually a quick HIIT or yoga, depending on how I feel), visualize what I want to happen next–or just one day–in life, go through my list of goals and dreams to stay on track, and start knocking small things off of my to-do list to feel accomplished before I even look at social media. I wrote a more detailed post about how to take control of your day with a morning routine here.
My Questions for My Nominees
- What is your favorite scent?
- If you had to go back to school for a year and relive it all again, which grade would you choose and why?
- What does your kitchen table look like?
- What would your perfect day consist of?
- Pens or pencils?
- What is something you’re really into that most of the people in your life don’t really “get”?
- If you were a crayon, which color would you be? You’re not limited to a box of 24. 😉
- What is one thing you’re trying to improve upon this year, in your blogging or your life?
- What is your favorite book and why?
- If you had 24 hours to pick up and move someplace new but your expenses would be paid, packing and shipping would be taken care of, and your whole family could come with you (of course), where would you go?
Visit this site and scroll down until you see the rules for 2018’s nominations.
- That Crazy Oil Lady
- Sweet Purple Tulips
- Hope Pierson
- The Mindful Mom Blographer
- Diary of a Forgiven
- Imperfectly Balanced Sara
That’s it! Thanks again, Hannah. This has been a fun post to write!