The very charming Joy at Joyfully Green has tickled us under our chin with a Liebster Award. If you haven’t checked out her blog, you will not be disappointed. She could melt a stone, cold heart faster than a Texas summer. You will love her photographs, musings on nature, and list of resources on living green.
I have to admit that, while I am a sucker for these types of questions, we have not posted two other Liebster nominations.
Two of our very first blogger-friends, Mark Adam Douglass and Megan Joel Peterson, nominated us for this award. We did not post their awards waaaay back when we first started blogging a year ago because we were a tad overwhelmed with the technical aspects of running a blog and concurrently writing our book. They were completely understanding, most likely because they have both written books of their own.
We would like to thank all three of you from the bottom of our Hoombahs.
Our Responses to Joy’s Thoughtful Questions:
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
It is best to forge your own way than follow the crowd. Take time to find out who you really are instead of always running to the next social gathering. Read more and gossip less. When you’re with your friends, talk more about ideas and not people. If you are able to sit with yourself and find out what it is you want and like to do, you’ll be less likely to seek the approval of others.
Get a guitar in your hands now, you idiot! Time’s a wastin’. And when you aren’t practicing, read. Read every classic piece of literature you can get your hands on. And one more thing, knock it off with worrying whether or not you’re letting anyone down. You are going to perform, not teach. Don’t be a jerk.
What is your idea of perfect bliss?
At first, I am tempted to envision the hackneyed tropical island replete with servants and drinks on a small table. However, I think perfect bliss is much more attainable than that, and I felt it when we were writing our book together. I had coffee and CJ sitting across the table also typing away on his chapters. Some days we read and critiqued each other’s work, and we were able to write the conclusion sitting side by side. That, to me, was pure bliss. I’ve never experienced anything like it.
To not need to spend precious hours earning money. We could then create and travel and play our lives away. I could serve the world far better in such a capacity.
What books have been the most influential or inspiring to you?
I have many favorite books. That would be a post all in itself, so I will rein myself in and just share the books that have made me think about life differently or enhanced my experiences. Many of these books were read by both of us, and our discussions surrounding them have continued to evolve.
In no particular order: The Sun Also Rises (Hemingway), The Awakening (Chopin), Love in the Time of Cholera (Garcia Marquez), Walden (Thoreau), Seven Simple Steps to Personal Freedom (Spence), Live What You Love (Blanchard and Blanchard), Autobiography of an Execution (Dow) and The Third Chimpanzee (Diamond).
Stephen Pinker’s The Blank Slate comes to mind for opening my eyes a bit wider regarding human nature. Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray taught me an excellent lesson about exactly who is responsible for whom’s behavior and about the nature of fun.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about life? About blogging? (A two-parter!)
No one is responsible for your life but you, so when you want something to happen you had best get on with it.
Blogging, for me, is fun and enhances my life. When and if that ceases to be, I will stop. I am of no use to anyone if I am not enjoying what I do.
The biggest lesson I learned about life is that no one cares or ought to care about what I am doing. I must do it for me.
As for blogging, to my utter delight, I found more people that thought like me. I learned that there are as many ways to think as there are people to think them.
What single quality do you most appreciate in people?
I really admire people who continue to learn and grow, shed rigid rules and beliefs that no longer work for them, and really live life. I am not sure there is one word to adequately encompass what I just said, but you know that type of person when you meet them.
People who can laugh at themselves and have fun in nearly any situation are mighty attractive to me. If they can do what they said they’d do, that’s a big, fat plus too.
What or who is under-rated?
I think reading quality literature and drinking quality beer is under-rated. Sorry Danielle Steele and Budweiser.
Consistency is underrated. Those who, like monks, sit down to play the scales, revise their words a thousand times and paint the same pears 58 times are the ones we call geniuses.
What or who is over-rated? (Another two-parter!)
TV. I have never seen something so useless take up so much of people’s time and conversations.
This reply requires a book’s worth of space, but let us go with smartphones. I’ve never seen so many get so little done with these machines that are far beyond their owners.
What do you avoid at all costs?
Drama and manipulation.
Country music and fast food. Gross and stinky on both accounts.
What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
I have given up Diet Coke and eating crap, but I will not be cheated of my dark chocolate.
Among my guiltiest pleasures are lady glasses. Women’s readers are far superior in comfort and form to men’s.
What do you want people to say about you after you leave the room?
That girl has some gun boats!
Ok, in all seriousness, I want people to say She’s fun! or She’s a ray of sunshine! There is far too much complaining and sadness in this world for my taste.
Is he kidding about making squirrels and pirates his relatives? That guy is a hoot!
What’s your favorite post that you’ve written? (Link, please!)
When I look back through the Archives, I see this post and smile. Benny was one of the “regulars” we saw on our morning walks, and I wrote about a lesson I learned from him.
This post illustrates best who I am and our zaniness.
Your Turn, People!
We are horrible at following the rules, so the Liebster Police may be after us the minute we hit Publish, but so be it.
Instead of recommending a list of blogs and forgetting to mention someone we love, we’d like to try something a little different.
Please pick one of the following questions and answer it in Comments.
You may link to one blog of your choice as well.
1. What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen or heard?
2. Who is the funnest person you know and why?
3. What is your favorite word? Please use it in a sentence or explain why you are so
fond of it.