tagged me with this beautiful award a while back. I had a hard time with some of the questions, and now I finally got around to digging up some pictures for it, too, so here you go! I really love Q&A posts on the blogs that I read.
There are some rules concerning who you’re supposed to tag and why, but I don’t follow that many blogs and most of them seem to have been tagged already. So I’ll tag those that have not had it yet but at the same time, if you feel like grabbing it, please do so!
So here’s the questions Aoife came up with:
1. What were your reasons to start blogging?
I’ve been blogging for about seven years (gasp!), and my motivation to keep going, as well as my blogs and blogging style have fluctuated greatly during this time.
I started out a blog when a friend invited me to try his free blogging platform that he had put up to test his coding skills. It was a tiny blog and mostly documented spiritual thoughts, dreams, and inspiration.
I later transferred this to a more official blog as I moved out from home and wanted to have a way to let my family know what I was up to.
From this very personal diary my blog started to gravitate towards the craft and lifestyle blogger niche as I started to document my endeavors to live a greener and more sustainable life.
As I settled into the blogosphere (not as a writer, more as a reader), and simultaneously started to have more and more international friends, I made the big decision to change to writing my blog in English (I had been writing in German until then), and I’ve never regretted that decision.
My current blog is the result of a small and somewhat purposeful ‘rebranding’ effort. I was trying to adapt the blog’s personality to what I had grown into as a blogger: I like to share snippets of my art, personal stories, and inspiration about mindful living.
2. What’s the most sentimental item you own?
That’s definitely my Teddy. He’s called Teddy and he’s been my friend since I was born. I take him everywhere I go and he’s been quite some places! I know many people think it’s weird for a grown girl to not be able to sleep without her plush toy, but I don’t care. I would never give him up, he’s been my comfort and best friend in so many situations.
When I was traveling in Asia and he got lost in a minibus just before we were supposed to cross a border and nobody spoke English well enough to understand what I was asking for, I cried my eyes out.
And when they brought the only young guy who spoke decent English and he went to look for Teddy and after what seemed like an eternity of trying to get the boat to wait just a little longer he came down the road on his scooter, with Teddy in the front basket, I was so happy I still don’t find the words for it.
3. Your most favourite way to spend a comfy evening?
I love to stay at home, have a great dinner and then cuddle up with Trev in front of the computer and play adventure games. We love indie games that have beautiful graphics and are a bit magical. Mostly, Trev plays whilst I sit next to him, knitting or sketching, and try to help out with witty comments.
Here’s our all time favourites:
4. What’s the best experience you’ve had that you wish you could replay over and over?
This is a really really hard question and I don’t think I have an answer for it… there are a few things in my life that I feel are memorable, but I’m not a person that looks back a lot and I try to live in the present more than reliving the past. The other day, someone asked me to tell them about one food that I absolutely hate. It’s the same there… There’s some things that I’d rather not eat, but I don’t gag about anything really… it seems like I’m just not a girl of extreme emotions.
5. If you could transition one fictional character from their story into real life who would it be?
That’s such a cruel thing to ask! Just one character? Seriously??? Sorry for going all fangirly, but the first person who came to my mind was Legolas. I always wondered what he actually thought about the whole ring business…. or Gandalf… I’d like to have a chat with him. And I’d love to have uncle Iro from The Last Airbender make a cup of tea for me…
But in the end, this is all very reasonable and we won’t go with that because it’s no fun, so the only right answer here will be I PICK TOTORO!!!!! (of course)
6. What’s the one beauty product you can’t live without but you wish you could?
Hair dye. It’s not good for my hair and not good for the environment. I’ve tried to leave my hair its natural color, but I get depressed. Colorful hair is just a part of who I am and I get very very irritated when I can’t have colorful hair. I wish there was a natural way of having rainbowcolored hair! (I also hate redying my hair every few weeks, such a hassle!)
But so far, there isn’t, sadly.
7. Where do you wish to be in 10 years time?
Many, many things. I have great plans… In ten years I hope to be living with Trev and many other wonderful people in our own eco community, running my own forest school and painting and writing children’s books. I hope to be a Mom to many beautiful children, four- and twolegged.
8. What’s something that didn’t go as planned at the time but you can now look back on and laugh?
I still remember so well how I was really really looking forward to bringing my then boyfriend to my graduation when I finished my studies as a teacher. But he dumped me a few weeks before the celebration. It was very traumatising at the time, but looking back now it was exactly what I needed.
The thing that makes me laugh every time I tell this story is that my very first boyfriend (of when I was 16) stepped in and even got leave from his military service to come and celebrate with me. He’s a good guy.
9. If you could trade lives with one blogger for a week who would it be?
I am so curious because from the contents of her blog and other things she comes up with, she must be the lady who discovered the secret of 48 hour days! Also, I really admire the way she crafted her business around what she loves to do and does it so well!
10. What’s your most loved piece of clothing?
I have a ballgown that I bought for the very first ball I went to as a teenager and I still adore it to pieces. I don’t have the opportunity to wear it very often, but that’s probably a good thing because this way it will last me forever.
11. What’s your biggest, most cringe-worthy guilty pleasure?
Every month when my cheat days come around I am really really really looking forward to a big pizza with tons of blue cheese, a bottle of coke, and some ice cream.
I hope you had fun reading the answers. If you’d like to steal Aoife’s questions for your own blog, please feel free to, and if you like, link back, ok?