On November 25th, I entered “I will attract tickle-me news” in my bullet journal. The following day, I received word from WonderWoman Olavi — Olavi’s Lifestyle — of my nomination for this award. Amazing! Thx much, Lady Olavi!
11 Questions for Me
✦︎ When was the last time you cried tears of joy?
Year 2014. A geriatric specialist commended me, informing of his inability to find a bedsore in 5 years of mom’s records, “a first.” Hearing his words soothed my soul, b/c I worried my 24/7 caregiver skills throughout that period left much to be desired.
✦︎ What brings you the most joy?
Camera in hand, bird in my lens, while at my church — i.e. any nature area. I adore and absorb the enriching sermons only Lady Nature can deliver.
✦︎ What’s your relationship with your parents like?
I’m the kid of a twice-widowed woman. She taught integrity, faith, dignity, and humor by example, and I’m a better human as a direct result. “I miss her” personifies understatement.
✦︎ What’s the quickest success you’ve had?
I wanted a certain effect in WordPress but Google failed to satisfy. So I decided to create a shortcode. I feared bringing down the net with abysmal coding, but it worked!
✦︎ What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve gotten or given lately?
Someone said “if it won’t open, it’s not your door.” That’s a mantra only for lazy thinkers. Mess around with the hinges; get a shovel to tunnel under; grab an ax to knock a hole through the door. Try everything shy of inviting a prison-orange wardrobe. If every attempt fails, relax a bit, then conjure a plan B … C … D… Quitting ain’t a viable option.
✦︎ How do you recover from a setback or failure?
I employ the 5-Whys technique to unearth the true reason for the failure. Then, I pamper myself, mozying past the grief. Once replenished, I hatch a(nother) plan, and try again.
✦︎ What is it like being your friend?
A giggleFest. A prolonged lesson in loyalty: women elevate while girls denigrate. I roll only with women, who distinguish friend vs acquaintance vs associate. Because I am profoundly stingy in using the word “friend,” those within my inner circle know I’m a shadow during hard times, and cheerleader-in-chief during good times. Friendship carries 24/7 responsibilities, so I keep my circle small.
✦︎ Would you like to travel? Where to?
Rainforests. I’m a nature freak, especially regarding birds.
✦︎ Top three or favorite books that you read lately?
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) – Don Miguel Ruiz
Jesus: An Interview Across Time – Andrew G. Hodges M.D.
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life – Scott Adams
✦︎ When was the last time you cried tears of pain?
October 2016. My BFF’s mask fell off, revealing a fake —a first throughout my adulthood. No scene; I simply walked away. When you make it clear, behind my back, you neither respect nor value my presence in your life, I gift you with my absence, permanently. The truth of her toxicity devastated, but the fertilizer promoted growth.
✦︎ What message would you like to send to your 10 year old self?
- Slow down. Relish your childhood.
- Know: the world is NOT divided into black vs white. Rather, some will spread the sunshine deep within the heart; others will inflict the venom nestled within the core. That essential spillover truth always manifests — through patterns of actions. Pay attention; act accordingly.
- Understand: only you can stop you.
11 Questions for Thee
1️⃣ How do you define friendship?
2️⃣ What’s the latest thing you learned?
3️⃣ How do you begin each day, as a general rule?
4️⃣ What’s your favorite quote?
5️⃣, 6️⃣ What quote do you despise and why?
7️⃣, 8️⃣ With whom —living or dead— would you like to share a meal, and why?
9️⃣ What do you love most about blogging?
🔟 What do you least enjoy about blogging?
⏸ What’s your favorite hobby?
Sunshine Blogger Award Rules
✦︎ Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging sites.
✦︎ Answer the questions.
✦︎ Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
✦︎ Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
✦︎ List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or on your post.
Of course, you’re free to decline participation. It’s your world, so no pressure.