Coolness! I have been nominated for a Liebster Award by the wonderfully inspiring blogger over at Family Yields – One Family’s Approach to Permaculture ! My blog is actually six years old, so probably doesn’t qualify as “new”, but I will say when I moved over from Blogger to WordPress two years ago it definitely was a new experience 🙂
To receive this award, I have been requested to nominate blogs I love, answer 11 questions provided by the nominator, and then provide 11 random facts about myself.
(If you are a nominee, at the very bottom you’ll see YOUR questions to answer when you post and nominate others, woo hoo! If you’re not listed, hell, participate anyhow! Who cares, spill yer guts!)
- Renaissance Garden
- Just Having a Yarn
- Minnesota From Scratch
- Reduce Footprints
- Eco Yogini
- Dig This Chick
- The Eco-Grandma
- The Minimalist Mom
- My French Heaven
- Slow Living Essentials
My Responses to Family Yields’ Questions:
1. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging in November 2008, when my father had a stroke. A coworker of mine, a writer, encouraged me to talk about it via my blog, and it did wonders for my healing as he died a week later. It blossomed over the years from a journal to having some fun columns, interesting interviews, professional tidbits to share, photographs of my world, and whatever words flowed out of me creatively as well.
2. What is your favourite blog to read?
That’s a tough one, as it depends on the space I’m in. Right now I’m kind of obsessed with Dig This Chick, Family Yields, and The Minimalist Mom, because so much of my life right now is about getting ready for 2015 which will be all about starting a family. Learning from their experiences and getting inspiration for wherever our road will take my husband and I is truly priceless and very warm ‘n’ fuzzy. That being said, I’ve been a longtime fan of the women who write the amazing blogs Small Measure, Reduce Footprints, and Renaissance Garden. They embrace the sustainable, simple, continuously-learning-and-exploring kind of lifestyle that my hubby and I are immersed in here in our little hometown of Portland, Oregon. Side note: it USED to be my hubby’s blog before he closed it down. He promises he will kick off something new soon…and I sure hope he does, as after all, it’s how we met 🙂
3. What is your favourite book?
Yikes, I’ll have to make that a Top Five! This past year I read Gloria Steinem’s Revolution From Within and it’s stayed very close to my heart as an ever evolving woman on this earth focused on always moving towards being closer to who I’m meant to be. Shannon Hayes’ Radical Homemakers blew the friggin’ lid off my life and pushed me towards goals and perspectives I never previously had imagined. The things that are now possible reading these stories of ways we can live that get at the heart of simplicity – boo ya! Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon was the first book that ever made me cry out loud while reading it, and if you’ve read her, you know that her use of language is so amazing that sometimes you have to read the sentence a few times to really digest its beauty. Jim Carroll’s The Basketball Diaries showed me a world so far from my 14 year old self that I never realized at the time would ultimately help me understand some of the people who’ve walked through my life. And, finally, the poetry of ee cummings is what drew me to my creative self through words. No rules, just express yourself with truth and fervor. Most of these books and others I adore are linked on my blog here.
4. How did you select the name of your blog?
My nickname of EcoGrrl was created as a dedication to the women who broke through the music scene in the early 1990s, the riot grrrls, defined as women “who felt empowered, who were angry, hilarious, and extreme through and for each other.” (Beth Ditto). I took one of the r’s out to make it my own and of course the eco is all about what courses through my veins when it comes to living sustainably and simply. The importance of knowing the term “grrrl” has been interesting as I learned that the younger readers often have no idea and misspell me as “Girl” which drives me nuts as I’m 100% NOT referring to myself as an adolescent female :-).
5. What single quality do you admire most in people?
Genuine kindness to others, no matter who they are. It’s a hyper-critical society we live in and I am always inspired by the people in my life who have seen it all yet continue to look at the world with a smile. The two people that always come to mind are my dear friend Michelle, and my former mentor Jo, who passed away in 2012. They exemplify that authentic openness to love and life that comes from being truly nice to those around them, and we need more of that.
6. What movie have you watched the most times?
Grease. It was one of the first movies I ever saw in the theater and my family always teased me for years after because I got up in the aisles and danced. I loved Rizzo and was terrified by ChaCha. And hey, after all these years, it’s kind of sweet that it was the story of an Aussie falling in love with an American 🙂
7. What is your favourite quote?
8. Who is your favourite musician/band?
I’m a Madonna gal going way, way, WAY back, and always will be. I don’t judge her as many do – I love her music, I love her imperfections, I love her creativity, I love how I got to dance to a medley of her music when I was on dance team in high school, I love how so many moments of my youth AND adulthood can be described with one of her songs. As Susan Sarandon said, “The history of women in popular music can, pretty much, be divided into before and after Madonna.”
9. What do you admire most about yourself?
I would say it’s that I’ve learned how to really trust my gut when it comes to people, both in my personal and professional relationships. If something feels right, no matter what anyone says I will listen to it. If something feels wrong, no amount of confrontation or passive denial will change that. While I have learned to remain open at the same time, I now am much more mindful and able to create boundaries that once were very difficult. A long time ago someone said when evaluating the people you spend time with is to ask yourself, “Do you feel better or worse after spending time with that person?” It’s served me well as I get better at addressing rather than ignoring the signs of toxic people, and it’s served me well as I focus on the bliss of sharing time whose positivity kicks some serious ass!
10. What’s your favourite way to procrastinate?
Pinterest. Blogging. Television. Going to the cafe down the way and writing lists in my journal instead of book fodder.
11. What post that you’ve written is your favourite? (please include a link!)
Screw Rejection: “Leap, and the Net Will Appear” was a piece I worked my ass off to write that would encapsulate the emotional experience of starting my own business. I am now 2 1/2 years into this and have seen so much, and know there is so much more to come. This blog is one I still refer to for a reminder of where I was and how small those worries now seem that were so huge at one time. Looking into my next chapter of incorporating motherhood into my career? Now that will be a blog post…
Honorary mention – the other favorite blog post would be this old imagination blog post from spring of 2011. This is twofold, first because that’s when a certain blogger fella who’d started following me two months prior was becoming a friend, and second because this post was sweetly (yet at the time unknowingly) describing this blogger fellow who three years later became my husband 🙂
11 Random Things About Me
- My maiden name is Pick (it’s German). I hated the teasing growing up so much that after I divorced my first husband, I didn’t go back to it.
- I’ve had my Betty Boop tattoo on my shoulder blade for 20 years – so long that I often forget which side it’s on!
- I’m terrified of doing a handstand and have never successfully done one.
- I’ve been having pregnancy dreams about once a year since I was 17 years old. Not mushy maternal visions, more like I’ve woken up to this massive stomach and am 8 months and not a clue what I was going to do.
- Speaking of motherhood, I’ve never changed a diaper and had no interest in babysitting growing up (I chose yardwork!). My husband, on the other hand, has changed his share of – adult – diapers as he spent 16 years taking care of the disabled. So he’s good to go with the littler poops. Did I score or what?!
- If I stretch enough, I can get back into the splits.
- I’ve never owned foundation or blush, I haven’t currently own mascara, eyeshadow, eyeliner, or powder in 10 years. I slather on SPF 15 moisturizer, brush my hair and that’s it. I own one sad tube of MAC Paramount (deep red) lipstick which is probably 3 years old and worn on special occasion, and a matching lipliner that I primarily use to write notes on the bathroom mirror.
- I love going to movies by myself. Got that from my dad.
- My bucket list includes someday owning a horse. Yes, I will always be THAT ten year old girl.
11 Questions for the Nominees
- What is your favorite childhood memory of the holidays?
- Who makes you laugh more than anyone else (personally or a celeb, either is fine!)?
- What food do you hate that most folks like?
- If you had a new animal in your household tomorrow, what would it be and what’s its name?
- What celebrity annoys you the most?
- What is one thing you really want to learn to do?
- What’s your favorite article of clothing?
- What is your favorite song to get up and dance to (even if you’re not a dancer)?
- What are you most proud of in your life?
- If you could pursue any other career besides what you do now, where money is no object, what would it be?
- What makes you awesome? (No being humble allowed!)