Seriously. Wow! Something totally different for today! Recently I received the nicest compliment from Anne at the blog Creatively Deprived. She told me she’d nominated me for the Liebster Award. This is amazingly cool. Thank you so much Anne!
Liebsters are for blogs that others find inspiring and/or interesting and that are not yet known to wide audiences.
I’m really enjoying blogging. It’s beginning to feel like a part of me and I’m getting my groove on. But to get responses from readers at all – and now this – it’s all still so surprising! I’m really appreciative. Thanks again, Anne!
So, as I found out, these are the LIEBSTER RULES:
- List 11 facts about yourself.
- Answer the 11 questions given to you.
- Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
- Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate.
- Go to each blogger’s page and let them know about the award.
- Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
Okay. Simple enough, right? I can do that. So here goes.
11 FACTS ABOUT ME:
- I have no shortage of ideas – it’s finding time to create everything I want to create that is the challenge.
- Photography is a recurring theme in my life, but not the only one.
- I first started taking pictures using my mom’s vintage Brownie camera. I used to dress the neighbor’s children up in homemade costumes and make them pose for me – as historic figures and in odd little tableaux that made sense only to me.
- When I was single, I also had a tendency to date photographers, which got me into some interesting places – like an infield, hoof-level view of the Kentucky Derby and backstage access to some international rock concerts.
- In a past career, I produced large-scale cultural events (visual arts, music, charitable events, etc.) Event production is still something I love to do. Now, it’s mostly just parties for my husband, our friends, family and community. But everything has to be themed-out in great detail, or I’m just not happy!
- I’ve always loved to travel – and now it takes up close to half my life.
- And yet, deep inside, I’m also a homebody and a hermit. I love being at home, alone and creating. I love sitting on my front porch with a cup of coffee, or walking in the woods behind my house, listening to the hawks and checking out the moss and the rhododendron and wearing my wellies. That dichotomy is where the name of my blog comes from.
- I’ve finished the first draft of a novel and I’m now working on editing it. I’ve been in the editing phase for about a year and a half. Editing is a b**ch…
- Another passion (in addition to photography, culture, writing and travel) is interiors. I LOVE being in beautiful spaces, my own or others’, public or private. And many different types of places can be beautiful to me; minimal, baroque, rustic, refined, vintage, modern, pristine or dilapidated…it all comes down to style and light for me…
- Oddly enough, all of my passions have their moments in my novel/work-in-progress. Photography is an important theme, multiple cities in multiple countries are a big part of the story and interiors help define the characters.
- I’ve been working with a design partner to create some cool new products in the home décor categories. This is a really exciting new project for me. It’s a new learning experience, and I’m happy to say, we’re getting really close to being able to announce and launch! You’ll be the first to know!
So, that’s me in a walnut shell. Coming up with those random facts was an interesting exercise. But let’s move on.
Here are the 11 QUESTIONS THAT ANNE POSED – along with my answers:
1. Why on earth are you blogging?
Good question! I guess as a way to document and share my travels, to contemplate and share what I see and do with like-minded people – and to “meet” interesting people with similar interests. Plus it is a great way to keep me writing – although it might also just be a distraction to keep me from editing my novel!
2. What keeps you going when blogging?
The interactions with others. The images and the way they start to interact with each other – the day-to-day experiences that seem like they need to be shared.
3. Who is your role model? Who gives you the most inspiration? And why?
I can’t really think of an overall role model…but I’ve certainly been inspired by many people. The designers Barry Dixon and Mary McDonald, just to name a couple. And blogger Olivia Palermo’s fashion sense inspires me. Georgia O’Keefe and Frida Kahlo are inspiring artists and women. I’m inspired by Hedy Lamar and her inventions – when she could have just relied on her astounding beauty. I’m inspired by people who manage to keep their family homes for centuries, even during incredibly challenging times. I’m inspired by my ancestors and their various dreams, journeys and stories. I’m inspired by anyone who makes difficult choices in order to be true to themselves. Great love stories inspire me. My father inspired me with his intellect, vision and emotional struggles. My mother is incredibly inspiring to me – she is the very definition of Love (capital L).
4. If you could have any profession in the world (money does not matter), what would you do?
I love my life as it is – I just want to keep creating.
5. What is the most proud moment in the last year?
I was really proud of the birthday party I threw in a warehouse a few months ago. We were able to totally transform the space with black and white images projected onto hanging sheets of plastic, and chandeliers and a chalk dance floor edged with rose petals. We had some crazy break-dancers and a fabulous DJ. Everyone was there!
6. What is on top of your bucket list?
There are two very specific trips I want to take. One is a river cruise through Southeast Asia, and one is a stylish adventure on the Venice-Simplon Orient Express.
7. If you could be a famous person for a day, who would that be?
No one. I’d much rather be invisible than famous!
8. Cat person or dog lover? Please explain!
Love them both – but choosing one, would have to say a cat person. My husband is convinced I was a cat in a previous life.
9. For what can I wake you in the middle of the night?
My friends and family can wake me up for anything they really need. I’ll be there. And if they don’t need me for long, I’ll go right back to sleep.
10. Would you read the book, see the movie or both?
I’d read the book – wait excitedly for the movie – and then be disappointed. Yes it has happened before. Most notably with Michael Cunningham’s The Hours. Adored the book and tolerated the movie.
11. What does freedom mean to you?
Room to create…personal space…solitude…no phone!
Now. Here are my 11 QUESTIONS FOR THE NEW NOMINEES. If I’ve nominated you, please answer the following questions:
- If you were to form a band, what would you name it?
- When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up and has that had any influence on your journey into adulthood?
- What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
- If you could repeat one day of your life, without changing it in any way, which day would it be? Describe it.
- Do you still think about “the one that got away”? How has holding on or letting go affected your current life?
- Describe the room you’re in while you’re answering these questions.
- Is there a dream house in your mind? What does it look like? What is special about it?
- If you could take only three items from your home with you, knowing you might lose everything else, what would those three things be? (Assume your family and pets will be safe – choose other things.)
- What is the very first memory you can reach back and recall?
- If you could add one odd/unusual/personal space to your dream home, what would its purpose be? A trophy room? A meditation room? What???
- What do you really like about your own blog?
AND NOW…drumroll…the 11 BLOGGERS I’VE NOMINATED for the Liebster Award:
I’m so looking forward to reading the answers to my random questions from my fellow bloggers. This process has been a lot of fun. And thanks again to Anne at Creatively Deprived for thinking of me!