Thursday, September 04, 2014

Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself...

I’m listening to a wicked Jay Z playlist, it’s the beginning of a new season, and I’ve gained a bunch of new followers (hello!) so I figured it was about time for me to reintroduce myself. Everyone is getting back into the swing of things but because I’m always late to the party this post is going up at the end of the week instead of the beginning. Anyone else feel like they’ve been playing catch up since the start of September?

I’ve been blogging for the past year and a half and though I’ve been nominated for Liebster awards before, the timing never really worked out (Liebsters are peer-nominated awards for small bloggers where part of accepting the award is answering questions about yourself). This week, however, I stumbled across Alyssa’s blog and decided that her fun questions came at just the right time. 

For those who enjoy a little TMI, keep reading to learn more about the girl behind the blog...

1. What's the best/most interesting thing that's happened to you since you started blogging? 
Connecting with people around the world has been one of the best things about blogging. However, the most interesting thing that’s happened to me since I discovered blogs has been learning about alternative lifestyles. There are so many different careers and ways to make money that I never thought about because I was stuck inside the 9-5 mold. When I discovered blogs and all the different facets of blogging, I knew there was more for me out there. Blogging encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone and pursue my passions.

2. What was the hardest post to write? 
The posts that are the hardest for me to write always take me the longest. I write in pieces as phrases spill out of me, drawing out the post for weeks at a time. I doubt myself. I edit, edit, and edit again. Two posts immediately come to mind as the hardest ones I’ve ever written. Last week I talked about Southern Culture Shock and almost exactly a year ago I published An Ode to Quitting when I left my corporate job.

3. Do your friends and family know about your blog? Do they read it? 
Yes they do, and for better or worse they stick with me. My parents are my biggest fans and it actually got to the point where almost every conversation started with, “So I read on your blog…” Let’s be honest, there’s no better way to stifle my creativity than knowing my mom and dad are combing through every post (and tweet, and instagram) that I publish. Now we agree that they can read it but not comment on it. It's a happy medium for us. (Does anyone else struggle with blogging when they know their friends/family are reading?)

4. Are you where you thought you would be today five years ago?
I am absolutely no where close to where I thought I’d be five years ago. Read more about my Plan B (and C… and D…) here.  

5. What is one thing you hope happens, either in your life or the world, in the next five years? 
There are many things that I hope will happen. On a global level, let’s be idealistic and say peace in the Middle East. On a personal level, let’s be realistic and say financial independence/sustainability through self-employment.

6. What is currently keeping you up at night? 
Nothing keeps me up at night as long as I’ve got white noise in the background. One of my superhero talents is the ability to fall asleep in 30 seconds.

7. What's the most daring thing you've done this year? 
I know I’ve already talked about this to death so please forgive me if you’re tired of hearing about it. The most daring thing I’ve done this year was choosing to continue backpacking solo through Central America after my husband decided to end the trip early. I rescued turtles in El Salvador, tried (and failed) at paddle boarding, went through an awesome ziplining and aerial course in Costa Rica, and found peace after being robbed in Panama

8. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? 
This is definitely something that’s changed over the years. When I was younger I easily identified as an extrovert. When I turned 23, I started needing more and more time to myself to recharge after social events. Long story short, at 27 I’d say I’m now an introvert.

9. What is your most prized (material) possession? 
A few things come to mind but based on how much I’ve come to rely on it, I’d say my laptop is my most prized material possession. Seriously, what would I do without this thing! [Edit: I just looked down at my hand and can't believe I didn't mention my wedding and engagement rings. I'd be devastated if I lost these!]

10. Share a YouTube video that always makes you laugh. 
I don’t really watch YouTube videos but I did stumble across this gif yesterday that made me laugh out loud. 

GIF: Road rage
That's one way to silence road rage
11. Are there any words that you try to live by? 
I love quotes! In fact, I decided to finally start my blog because of this quote by Mark Twain. Two of my favourite motivational quotes are below and you can find more by following my pinterest board.

Self-employment motivational quote

Motivational quote via

Interested in more getting-to-know-Danielle trivia? Check out 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Me. 

Now I’d love to learn more about you! Leave me a comment with the answer to one or any of the questions above and let's chat :)

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