Recently I have been living what – I am being kindly reminded about it – is my usual work life, with 2.5 flights a week being an optimistic average and Monday-Friday completely blocked by meetings, emails, business dinners and endless to-do lists. My spring resolutions about keeping the mind aspect of life in balance and regularly setting some time off for my creative hobbies are fading away to allow for sleep, some family time (and weekend trainings – work ones, of course). It’s all fun, games and I love it. But leaves me literally no time for anything else.

And somewhere in the middle of all that I am getting a WordPress notification about being nominated for the The Sunshine Blogger Award 2.0! From, symbolically, Little Sunshine, who herself is one huge leap of inspiration. Her catching enthusiasm has totally bought me, so I am pushing my (work) trainings aside (I am going to discover Berlin this weekend and won’t be able to do them at my usual timeline!) and doing something I don’t normally do: taking some personal Q&As.

For those of you who I am nominating – because I manage to read your blogs even when I work and travel – for The Sunshine Blogger Award 2.0., here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers for this award
  4. Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated
  5. Notify the bloggers you nominated

Now, to the personal Q&As.

The Qs:

1. What is your biggest dream?
To be free. To be able to get to the airport at any time, look at the departures list and to take a ticket to wherever I feel like going to. To never stop discovering, learning, challenging myself. To never lose an ability to get surprised, excited, carried away. To get better in things I love, every day. To create. And to do all that with the people I love.

2. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I actually do think that I can go anywhere in the world. 🙂 And I am going: in a few days to Berlin, in a few weeks to Singapore and in the end of the year to Cuba and Mexico.

3. Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
I am a 100% extrovert. I would not be able to live my live and do what I do be it otherwise. I am a quiet, at-times-craving-my-time, ultimate extrovert.

4. Is what you’re doing now what you always wanted to do growing up?
I wanted to be a journalist when I was growing up (so, no, not exactly). But at the same time, I wanted to explore different countries, to live abroad, to be free – also financially free to do all the things I wanted to do with my life (so, yes).

5. Do you usually follow your heart or your head?
Heart. For best and for worst. I believe in trusting instincts.

6. What are you most thankful for?
So many things, really. I have listed some of them here, but there are so many more. In a few words, I am thankful for having the courage to live my dreams, and for continuously getting chances to make them true. We all need some luck, and I feel that I have been blessed with it.

7. What’s on your bucket list this year?
Oh, on my personal travel bucket list: Berlin, Singapore, Cuba, Mexico. On my personal non travel list: get to that elusive balance of work, life and life’s little passions. Energy spending and energy creating.

8. What´s your favorite food ever?
Louveteau calls it sashimi-plus. I would basically eat raw fish, especially salmon and tuna, with soy sauce, even if I am not hungry at all. And be happy about it.

9. What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Not to follow anyone else’s advice! What I find useful, on the other hand, is asking people about their success. One of the questions that brought me most insights (and goes to the list of Qs I am asking my favorite bloggers) is “What would you love to know 5/10 years ago that you know now?”

10. Which of the places you’ve traveled to inspired you the most, and why?
My absolute favorite here is Iguazu Falls, Brazil. I am a city person by design, but this place is a pure magic. I will always remember waking up at 6 a.m., plunging into the silk water of the swimming pool, getting a quick breakfast while watching the sunrise and then rushing to the falls, in the serenity of the rainforest, hand-in-hand with the man I love, surrounded only by coati.

Bloggers that add sunshine to my life…

  1. Citizen On Earth
  2. Wine and Cheese (Doodles)
  3. The Moment Keepers
  4. La Grenouille Anglaise 
  5. Extra Dry Martini
  6. Seoulsearching
  7. Southern Girl Gone Global
  8. Wandering Cows
  9. Dancing In The Rain
  10. Adventures In Wonderland
  11. The Confessions Of A Wanderer

…and my questions (I am actually really looking forward to you answering):

  1. What would you love to know 5 years ago that you know now? (As you can see above, that’s my all-time favorite)
  2. What was the one thing you were considering writing about multiple times but have not written yet?
  3. If you could speak any new language – perfectly, today – what language would it be?
  4. What was one thing that surprised you about blogging?
  5. What do you see as the most meaningful achievement of your life, to date?
  6. What is the thing you regret not having done in past?
  7. What is your most important objective, for now?
  8. If a day had 27 hours in it, what would you do with the extra 3?
  9. What are the three things (objects) you absolutely can’t do without?
  10. What is the best life-work balance wisdom you have mastered by now?

C’est à vous de jouer maintenant!

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10 thoughts on “Some Personal Q&As: The Sunshine Blogger Award 2.0

  1. Thanks again Natasha, here are my answers as I unfortunately won’t have the time to do a separate post (I hope you don’t mind!):
    1. What would you love to know 5 years ago that you know now? (As you can see above, that’s my all-time favorite)
    That it’s not “uncool” to be teetotal. Youth culture today encourages people to drink in order to be seen as more sociable, confident etc., and I think this puts a lot of pressure on people as no-one wants to be the odd one out.
    2. What was the one thing you were considering writing about multiple times but have not written yet?
    I’ve got plans to write a few more culture-related articles, but never seem to find the time to fit them in amongst all my travel/food-related posts. At some point though, I will get that post about Serge Gainsbourg out there, because I absolutely love his music and more people should know about him!
    3. If you could speak any new language – perfectly, today – what language would it be?
    Cantonese – I began making a few notes on tones, vocabulary etc. around this time last year and haven’t got very far with it, but I really want to be able to speak it so I can communicate more effectively with my boyfriend’s family!
    4. What was one thing that surprised you about blogging?
    That people actually read my posts – as a new blogger, you always wonder whether anyone else will actually relate to your stories, or find them as funny as you do etc., so it’s always nice when people take a few moments of their day to read, like, or comment on my posts.
    5. What do you see as the most meaningful achievement of your life, to date?
    This is a tough one, though I think it would be a tie between graduating (proof that hard work does pay off) and moving to France (twice). Moving abroad isn’t easy, and it’s taught me about myself – and I think I’ve become a little less introverted in the process.
    6. What is the thing you regret not having done in past?
    When I was in Colmar, I wanted to go to Lyon to see the Fête des Lumières – I was gutted when I couldn’t find trains/accommodation and didn’t make it there. Now I live in Lyon, so I’ll definitely be there this year!
    7. What is your most important objective, for now?
    Right now, it’s simply to enjoy the rest of my time (about eight months) in France as much as I can. In the slightly longer term, finding a job in the publishing industry when I return to the UK is high up on my list of priorities.
    8. If a day had 27 hours in it, what would you do with the extra 3?
    Spend it doing all the little things that I never quite get round to doing, like going for a walk in the Parc de la Tête d’Or to admire the autumnal colours.
    9. What are the three things (objects) you absolutely can’t do without?
    My camera (I’m a snap-happy person and love taking photos of new places), my Winnie the Pooh watch (which I have a strong emotional attachment to) and my diary (otherwise I’d be totally lost!)
    10. What is the best life-work balance wisdom you have mastered by now?
    Take the time to switch off; when I was at university I usually did work between 8/9am and 5/6pm, and then had evenings off. I was never one of those people pulling all-nighters to get their essays done!

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  2. Thanks so much Natasha. I am honoured to be chosen! I don’t usually do awards, in part because I am always way behind in things I want to post about. It’s an every growing list that I sometimes think is going to swallow me whole.
    Some quick answers to your questions:
    1. Be kinder to my body, and don’t push it so hard.
    2. Photo editing.
    3. Spanish
    4. Discovering a fabulous online community.
    5. Learning how to love and be loved.
    6. I never regret anything – it serves no good purpose.
    7. To be healed enough to walk the Camino next summer.
    8. Sleep.
    9. Camera, laptop, back-up hard drive.
    10. Hmmm. I don’t actually work, but blogging takes up a huge amount of time. It’s forced me to set priorities.
    Your work schedule sounds crazy! I hope you have a great time on your upcoming travels. We too will be in Mexico and Cuba at the end of the year!
    And congratulations on your nomination.
    Alison

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    • Thanks Alison! You answering my questions was (selfishly, I admit it :)) the most important part of all this for me.
      On 10, maybe you could share which priorities you have set, was it useful to keep them and did it help in the end?
      Have you already researched Cuba? What are the must sees for you? I am done with Mexico (or the part of Mexico we are going to: Tulum and Cancun) but Cuba has so many things!
      And I get your point on being late with posts: I still have not covered half of our Latam trip from last January (!) and have not edited the photos, have not opened them even. I used to be stressing out about it but then stopped: now I just post whenever I can and about what I feel like. Life is full of deadlines and things we must do, jounral should be fun.

      Most of all, I wish you to regain your health and to enjoy your trips with maximum energy.

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      • All the priorities have to do with how much time blogging takes – choosing and editing photos, curating and writing a post, reading and commenting on others’ blogs and building an online community. It all takes a huge amount of time. I began to create community the same way you have – I was nominated for awards and responded to them, and through that gradually started to make friends. I also follow WP’s “Discover” so am alerted to blogs they recommend. I quite frequently choose to follow blogs from these recommendations. It all takes up a huge amount of time. When we’re not travelling because I’m retired I can keep up with it all. I can’t imagine how you do it and have a (more than) full-time job. I learned the hard way that I simply can’t do it all when we’re travelling. Sightseeing/day trips/exploring/hiking all take priority over blogging. They always did but then I’d try to keep up with all the blogging stuff as well and couldn’t possibly. I’d get so stressed about it. So now I read less and rarely comment on others’ blogs when we’re traveling – which we’re about to do again starting in a week. When we’re travelling even my own blog takes a back seat to the time needed to really enjoy a new place and experience it fully. Which explains why I’m just now posting about our activities last March/April!
        We are in Playa del Carmen (just down the coast from Cancun) for all of November. Will you be there then? We’re not sure when we’ll go to Cuba and haven’t done that much research for it yet. Don’t been researching Yucatan and has a bunch of places in mind to go see. We’ll go to Cuba sometime in Dec-Feb.
        Have a great time. Let’s connect down there if you’re there at the same time. That would be awesome!
        Alison

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      • It would be great to meet you and Don in person, Alison! We are only getting to Cuba around Christmas time and then to Cancun a week after. We will compare the notes afterwards, I will be looking forward to reading your notes 🙂

        As for when I am keeping in touch with the blogs I am following, such as yours: airports and taxis leave some generous pockets of time in between calls and emails 🙂

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  3. I finally got to reading it… sorry it took me so long!
    But I absolutely loved your answers and getting to know you so much closer:-)
    Wow that time in Brazil, that sounds like the absolute dream come true! I can imagine that left a wonderful mark!
    OMG I totally share that dream with you!! To be free is what is my ultimate goal.. and when traveling I feel free, so we share that passion as well!
    That´s so great you are going all these places! Berlin is wonderful, I´m curious to know what you´ll write about it! Cuba and Mexico sounds so amazing as well, though I´ve sadly never been there..
    Your life and your attitude towards life is very admirable! Or just plain awesome:-)
    So great having gotten to know you, I can´t wait to get to know you more!
    XO Little Sunshine
    PS: Anything with soy sauce..count me in!!

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