Month: January 2015

10 Questions from BeQuoted

Andrea from BeQuoted tagged me this week to answer ten questions, and I think she picked some pretty thought-provoking ones! Here are her ten questions, and my ten answers:

  1. Who should be the first female president of the United States? Keep in mind that this woman needn’t have a political career. I absolutely can’t recommend a political lady, since (and I’m ashamed to admit it) I don’t do a great job of keeping up on politics. I’d like to see a vibrant, strong young woman like Emma Watson or Zoe Saldana run for a political career though. I could see them rocking it!
  2. What’s your favorite quote? I have too many to list here, but I do love, “If you want to be happy, be.” (Leo Tolstoy) It’s a reminder to live in the moment.
  3. What has been one of the biggest sacrifices you’ve made? I can’t think of a lot of sacrifices I’ve had to make in life, and any that have seemed like a big deal at the time seem like #firstworldproblems when viewed in hindsight.
  4. What’s one of your favorite books – fiction or non-fiction? I adored Marisha Pessl’s Night Film.
  5. Who’s your favorite “side-chick”: Mary Jane Paul of the series Being Mary Jane or Olivia Pope of super series Scandal? Oh, Olivia. Her flawless wardrobe just slays me. And also, hello, she’s played by the impeccably gorgeous (and talented, and smart) Kerry Washington. I want to be BFFs with her so I can raid her closet while she imparts her worldly wisdom to me!
  6. Would you rather travel by train, plane, or boat? I’m scared to fly and also of water, but I’ve always wanted to take a train ride somewhere. I think it would be a novel experience, though maybe the glamour of films like The Tourist and North By Northwest is tainting my answer a bit.
  7. Which is more endearing, a kiss or hug? I would say a hug. Strangely enough I think it’s more intimate.
  8. Your favorite comfort food? Carbs! Right now I’m really craving some vegan pad thai!!!!
  9. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The chicken. It had to lay the egg, right? Wait…
  10. If you were forced to enter a talent show what would be your talent? Stand-up comedy–I love making people laugh!

I guess this is the part where I have to come up with ten questions for y’all, right? I’m tagging anyone who wants to answer them–just leave me a comment so I can find your blog and check our your post. I thought of a lot of “would you rather”s and I’m curious to see what anyone has to say…

  1. Would you rather have a year of summer or a year of winter?
  2. Would you rather become immortal, but be the only person with this condition; or live a short life and die after only fifty years?
  3. Would you rather be rich, pretty and famous for a day or the lower-class, plain-Jane friend of a famous person for a year?
  4. Would you rather lose your sight, hearing, taste, or sense of smell?
  5. Would you rather read the book first or watch the movie/TV show?
  6. Would you rather give an improvised speech live on television or walk around work with bad panty lines all day?
  7. Would you rather give up your favorite food for a whole year in exchange for a cash sum, or skip the money and pig out?
  8. Would you rather have a month of terrible days (think your worst day ever on repeat) or slip into a coma for a month and miss out on an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience?
  9. Would you rather spend the rest of your life in your home country, or spend the rest of your life traveling anywhere you wanted (but never being able to return home)?
  10. Would you rather have a personal hairstylist give you a flawless ‘do every day for a year, or win an all-you-can-grab-in-an-hour shopping spree at your favorite store?

You know what to do…get posting! You can also tag me on Twitter so I can read your post.

21-day Kindness Challenge, day two: Reduce screen time

21-day kindness challenge

For day two of the Kindness Challenge (learn more here), participants were supposed to reduce screen time and spend a little time interacting with another person, taking a walk, reading a book, etc. I usually turn on my phone at lunch and check e-mail, play Words with Friends, or browse Pinterest and Instagram. Instead I left the phone off and chatted with a coworker while we ate and compared the books we’re currently reading. It was actually kind of…nice.

Quote for the day (from the daily challenge e-mail): “The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.”  — Thoreau

21-day Kindness Challenge from KindSpring: Day One: Declutter/donate

21-day kindness challenge

This weekend I’m starting a 21-day “Kindness Challenge” hosted by My mom originally sent me the e-mail about this challenge last month, and it sounded like a really good way to kick off a fresh new year. Each day participants get an e-mail with a new daily challenge–something to enhance their kindness, gratitude or mindfulness–for twenty-one days. You can log in on the site to share stories or keep a log of your activities. (It’s free to join and you can do so here.)

I thought it’d be fun to blog about the daily challenges. Today’s challenge involved decluttering your home by giving away one thing you don’t need. I’ve really leaned more toward minimal living in the past year and am always looking to shed more of my material things, so this was a good way to kick off this challenge! I took a stack of books I’ve already read to the Little Free Library near my house so that someone else could enjoy them.

Quote for the day (from the daily challenge e-mail): “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”  — Hans Hofmann

Thought Questions, #204-#210

Unsplash Levi Saunders

(photo by Levi Saunders via Unsplash)

#204: What made you smile this week? Snuggling with my cats.

#205: What do you do with the majority of your money? Pay bills!

#206: What motivates you to be your best? My vision of the person I want to be in the future. I don’t want that person to look back and be embarrassed of who she was in the past.

#207: When was the last time you lost your temper?  About what? I’m embarrassed to admit it was probably over the cat jumping up and scratching me in the face while I was sleeping. I was pretty irked to be woken up and in that fashion to boot, so I was pretty snappy when I got out of bed.

#208: What will you never give up on? Pushing people to read my favorite books.

#209: When you look into the past, what do you miss the most? I guess I miss being young enough to not have huge regrets about my life choices. I don’t miss that period of my life, per se–not at all–I just hate that part of being an adult is having those nagging memories that come to mind unbidden and make you unhappy.

#210: How would you describe the past year of your life in one sentence? A big rollercoaster–I had some really big highs and some really, really low lows. But I’m so happy to have a fresh start for 2015!


Happy New Year 2015!

Snow-covered road

(photo by Ali Inay via Unsplash)

Happy New Year everyone! I’m so excited for 2015. I always love the feel of a new year, full of promise and opportunity.

This quote popped up on my Instagram this morning and I thought it was so appropriate: “Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one!” And I intend to!