I was recently nominated for something called the “Sunshine Award” by Seth over at Vital Vernacular. What an honor it is to be recognized from a fellow blogger! Seth’s blog is definitely worth a look–he writes about a variety of intriguing and thought-provoking topics.
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The Sunshine Award is given from one blogger to other bloggers who “are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” There is no physical award given for this Sunshine Award–it’s simply paying it forward by acknowledging those whose writing you admire.
SunShine Award Rules
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
- Pay it forward: Nominate other bloggers for the award.
- Write the same number of questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
- Notify the bloggers you have nominated.
The following are Seth’s questions followed by my answers.
1: What inspired you to start blogging?
Blogging came out of my desperation to connect with the world, and a nudge from Mr. TAF. I had been homesteading (growing a lot of our food, preserving the harvest, cooking from scratch, and making our own cleaners and personal care products) for four years, but I felt that most people in my life didn’t understand what I was up to on a regular basis.
Starting a blog has allowed me to write about all of the cool things I do around my home, and has empowered me to talk about my lifestyle with more confidence.
I’ve been able to connect–not only with my own family and friends–but also with others who seek inspiration and aliveness through homestead-type projects. I’m so happy to be able to encourage others on this path by sharing my journey.
2: What is your favorite thing to do outside of work and blogging?
Is there such a thing??? 🙂 I spend the majority of my time doing homestead projects, blogging, or running my local community garden, but there are two things that make me really happy (sorry I can’t pick just one):
(1) Chilling out on the couch with Mr. TAF and some old X Files
(2) Learning about and experimenting with permaculture
Basically, geeking out.
3: What is something that nearly everyone could do right now to make our world a better place?
About five things come to mind…so hard to decide on one thing…I’m going to go with:
Plant a tree.
Cliche, I know. But hear me out.
The old saying, ‘The best day to plant a tree was yesterday!’ has some truth.
Any tree will do, but we could put a little more thought into the types of trees we plant to improve our quality of life, reduce our onslaught of the environment, and increase biodiversity:
Try a fruit- or nut-producing tree, for example, which gives the gift of food. Or try an oak tree, which Doug Tallamy, co-author of The Living Landscape, says is the habitat for the highest number of diverse species…534 species of caterpillars alone.
For those who don’t have land on which to plant, there are so many awesome urban tree-planting projects out there to participate in, from community food forests to community shade tree planting efforts.
Being more thoughtful about-and involved in–how we use our urban and suburban spaces can help us to be more aware of how our choices may affect the earth as a whole.
4: How would you describe the last time you felt remarkably awake and alive?
The most alive I’ve felt recently was walking on the beach during a family vacation. The residual aliveness was probably a combination of earthing, a healthy dose of vitamin D from the sun, and some time away from the daily grind to contemplate life. It reminded me that I don’t play nearly often enough.
5: In an ideal world, how would you spend the majority of your time?
I love this question! What would make me the happiest in the world is if I could dedicate the majority of my time to my garden. It never feels like work, and I always long to spend more time there.
6: If you could learn one skill, what would it be?
I would like to be able to play Over the Rainbow on my ukulele. I took lessons a few years ago, but progress was sooooo sloooow. One day I will return to learning this skill, but it’s been sidelined for now.
Thanks, Seth, for the engaging questions!
My nominees for the Sunshine Award
These people inspire me bunches!
Andrea at Little Big Harvest
Colleen at Grow Forage Cook Ferment
Erica at Northwest Edible Life
Jessica at The 104 Homestead
John at Temperate Climate Permaculture
Tessa at The Homestead Lady
Questions for my nominees
- What inspired you to dedicate a portion of your life to growing your own food and blogging about it?
- What is a typical morning like for you?
- What is one thing you have to do everyday no matter what your schedule is?
- If you could outsource one task on your homestead, what would it be?
- How would you describe your dream vacation?
- When was the last time you had a good laugh?
Many thanks again to Seth for the nomination, and congrats to the new nominees!