It’s been a whirlwind kind of month. My little blog has seen some tremendous growth over the past while, all of which is completely attributed to a networking group I’ve recently joined. If you are a blogger, you need to be a part of this group – Creative Bloggers Network – by far, the most active and supportive group of bloggers I’ve ever come across!
Through this group, I’ve connected with other bloggers from just about everywhere, and through this group I’ve also made some great new friends. It was through these friends that I was nominated for not one, but two awards! Being recognized by your peers is just about the coolest thing ever!
The first nomination, for the Liebster Award, came from my new friend, Karyn at Sand and Snow and Everywhere in Between.
The second, from my lovely friend Leslie, one of the most supportive people I know, at Life in Every Limb.
These were my questions:
How did you choose the name for your blog?
I believe the day I was starting my blog might had been a tad bit of a challenging parenting day. The phrase “knock it off!” may have been on my list of “phrases uttered many times during the day”. Some people get songs stuck in their head, I get phrases uttered many times during the day stuck in my head. That’s not to say that I don’t get songs stuck in my head as well! In all honesty, I later found out there was a DIY Decorating TV show also called Knock it Off! It’s no longer on, but I get a lot of traffic sent my way because of it!
What kind of writing did you do in your pre-blogging life?
I’d done a lot of creative writing – journaling mostly, and I’ve always loved writing. Once upon a time I wrote for my high school newspaper, but that was many, many years ago and this is my first attempt at consistently writing since then. I love it, but I’m not very confident as a writer. I write a whole lot that I never post.
What was your inspiration to write?
I think like many others, I needed something that was just mine. We have a large, blended family, one of our children is special needs, I’d left my job to stay home and hold down the fort, I homeschool – all of that can be really consuming and I felt like I was sort of getting lost in the shuffle. I needed a space that was entirely created from my efforts, from my point of view and all about me. Of course, it’s morphed into being a lot about them, but it’s still mine. It’s my voice.
How do you define blogging in YOUR life? A job, a vocation, a hobby?
I think it depends on the day! I think I’d like it to be a vocation, but it’s more of a hobby at the moment. I’ll call it a hobby-vocation. I think I like it because it doesn’t feel like a job. If it starts to feel like one, I’ll need to re-evaluate.
How do you maintain a balance between writing and home?
Precariously. Haha! Honestly, although I don’t have a formal schedule and post calendar, I do have one in my head that I try to follow. I fit it all in where I can.
Does your family read your blog and if so does this affect what you say or how you say it?
Some of them do! My husband is my biggest fan. He edits for me and sends me corrections – he’s super supportive of this blogging thing. I know many in my family read fairly often, and I have it on good faith that even our former spouses may read once in a while! It’s all good, I would probably read their blogs as well if they had them. Knowing that important people are reading does affect how I say things, but not always what I say. For the most part, I write about things that are only marginally personal, so, it’s not normally an issue. The only time it becomes an issue is when the topic is emotionally charged, and when I write about something emotionally charged, I try to remember that whatever I’m writing reflects only how I feel in the moment.. which may or may not be how I feel about things an hour later. Written words are forever, where as feelings change and evolve over time. As a result, I am mindful of what I say about others, or the stories I relay. I try to give the respect that I like to receive in return. But.. there is always a but, right? At the end of the day, this blog is entirely about my point of view and I’m a huge over-thinker – sometimes I’m okay with venturing into territory that may not be appreciated by everyone, but only for the purpose of expressing my feelings about it.
My most popular post is definitely my daughter’s 50s sock hop birthday party. It was such fun.. we limbo’d and had root beer floats! You can find it here.
Have you made virtual friends because of blogging?
Yes, I have! Each person I’ve met has brought something different to my days – I’ve learned so much in such a short time from each and every one of them. Some are funny, some get me to thinking, and all teach me something that I wish I’d known before. In many ways, as I get to know them, they are not only becoming great and super supportive friends, they are also my team mates! I stumbled upon such a diverse, talented group of people and I’m so grateful I did.
Provide a link to your favorite blog post.
This was tough, because I think my answer could change day by day! For today, I think I like this one because it just reminds me of my life. A million funny little moments that add up to being amazingly blessed.
What was your very first job and what did you learn from that experience?
I did alot of babysitting in my teen years, but my first official job was as a cashier/server/donut maker at the Canadian equivalent (at the time) to Dunkin’ Donuts, Robin’s Donuts. I actually learned a lot from that job, some of which I still use today. One of my responsibilities, besides boxing donuts, was to pipe the whipped topping on the “fancies” – the chocolate, whipped cream donuts with maraschino cherries on top? To this day, I can ice a mean cupcake! I also learned that I look terrible in brown polyester.
|Not me.. but see the fancies?!|
What was the kookiest job you’ve ever had?
I’ve had some kooky jobs, but probably the kookiest was telemarketing for an insurance company. People do NOT like telemarketers. I think that was my actual reason for leaving – “I’m sorry, I’ll have to quit because I can’t stand it that so many people don’t like me!”
What is your dream job?
I used to be in IT and I LOVED that. I used to think that was it for me, but honestly, I think I have my dream job now. There really are so many things I’d love to do, many of which I’m doing now.. I always wanted to be a writer – I’m a blogger. I always wanted to be an interior designer – I spend my days redesigning our space, otherwise known as home, and bouncing ideas for other projects off of friends and family. I always thought I’d love teaching, and here I find myself unexpectedly homeschooling! It’s challenging, and I do occasionally miss corporate lunches and the salary to match, but I love that I get to spend time at home, time with my family and that I have the freedom to be creative in so many areas.
How many days a year do you spend traveling?
I used to travel at least three times a year – I have family quite far away – but the past few years it’s been difficult to do that. Now, we make sure we get away for at least a week, sometimes two.
Favorite television program?
The Walking Dead. I’m a die hard fan (see what I did there?), and a serious Daryl lover. I even asked for a crossbow one year for my birthday.. just in case. A close second would be Homeland!
|So needs a shower.. but so pretty! Source|
Who was your hero growing up?
I always thought pretty highly of my friends, but in hindsight, it should have been my mom.. she was pretty amazing. Hindsight is 20/20 of course.
What do you do to take care of yourself?
I try to eat well.. and I often fail. I try to get a good nights sleep and be in bed before midnight more days than not.. oftentimes I fail at that, too. I try to get in a 30 minute power walk, or slow jog if I’m so inclined, a few times a week, practice yoga at least once a week, and swim when the opportunity arises.. but there isn’t always time or there are higher priorities. I try not to take on more than I can reasonably handle, but there is always alot to do, and I’m pretty convinced I’m invincible. I try to make time for family, and myself, and my friends, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Some would say that I don’t take care of myself.. but I think the best way I take care of myself is I forgive myself for not always achieving any of these things, while I’m getting up to try all of them again.
Sand or snow?
Oh, definitely sand. But.. I’m afraid of actually going in the ocean so it literally is the sand with a view of the ocean.
Favorite spot to vacation?
The beaches of North Carolina or anywhere with a mountain view on one side and a water view on the other. I’m also pretty partial to Mexico.
What’s the one recipe you can make with your eyes closed?
Creamy Chicken enchiladas.. my family would probably sell each other off for this dish.. whoever was left would just eat.. and eat.. Come to think of it, I haven’t shared this recipe! Maybe that’ll be next. 🙂
The Liebster Awards also ask that you post 11 random facts about yourself.. here are mine.
11 Random Facts About Me
- I’m a licensed Hair Stylist… in Canada.
- I have a permanent scar between my pointer and middle finger on my left hand – a result of repeatedly cutting myself while cutting hair, something I took to be a definite sign that I needed to change careers.
- I was born in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, a small town outside of Vancouver.
- The first conversation I ever had with my husband centered around Ren and Stimpy.
- I failed my drivers test the first time I took it, on Christmas Eve. Sadly, my parents gave me a car for Christmas that year. Wah Wah.
- I love to sing and have been snuggling and singing at least one child to sleep every night for the past 23 years. To me, this is the best part of my every day. Our favorite lullabies are Songbird by Fleetwood Mac, You are my sunshine, and Close to You by the Carpenters. My son once told me that I should be on American Idol.
- I love Top 40 Music – my playlist is constantly evolving.
- My favorite movie is Dirty Dancing.
- I love lemon anything. Lemon meringue pie, lemon bars, lemon cookies, lemonade..
- When I was 4 years old, I colored my entire body with crayons. I was supposed to be sleeping.
- I’ve had the same best friend for 31 years.
Thank you to Leslie and Karyn.. I’m extremely flattered that you wanted to get to know me better and I’m so glad to know you both as well!
Now, for my part – I have to pick an award to nominate you for – I’m going with the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. I hope you’ll play along! I can’t wait to see your answers!
- Thank the blogger who nominated you (link back to their site)
- Answer the 10 questions sent to you
- Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer
- Nominate 8 fellow bloggers, link them in your post and let them know
- What do you like about blogging?
- What do you dislike about blogging?
- Are you an early bird or a night owl?
- If you could go anywhere, right now, where would you go?
- What’s currently on your DVR?
- What is your favorite book?
- What makes you laugh out loud?
- What is your favorite quote?
- What is one of your favorite memories?
- What’s something you’ve done that is outside of your comfort zone?