Today I have a tag for you! In case you haven’t noticed, I don’t really participate in tags or awards anymore, simply because I don’t really like doing them and I’ve kind of run out of facts about myself. I’ll note that I always appreciate it when you tag me in awards, and it’s nothing personal. I just really don’t have answers for you anymore.
However, I’m making an exception for the 11 Question Game. I was nominated by the lovely, talented and amazing Olivia from Absolutely Olivia. She’s an amazing fashion blogger with such an incredible taste in style – all of her outfits are effortlessly chic and I love them. Not only does Olivia curate outfits, she also features behind-the-scenes content of her shoots and some information about the location, which is always super interesting to read. You should definitely check out Olivia if you aren’t following her already!
This tag took me a really long time to write. I wasn’t expecting such deep and insightful questions – which is mainly the reason I decided to do it. I thought that this tag digs deeper than the typical tag and I’m really excited to be sharing my answers with you. With that being said, let’s get right into it.
11 QUESTION GAME
What is something you strongly believe in?
This question took me the longest time to answer. I kept leaving it for the end, thinking about something that I really believe in – something not so much political but more personal belief. I ended up going with something I’ve been thinking about a lot – the butterfly effect. The theory of the butterfly effect states that even the smallest of actions can have monumental results. The name comes from the idea that the flaps of a butterfly’s wings can be powerful enough to create a hurricane somewhere far, far away. The way I interpret this theory is that the littlest of actions can make the biggest changes. In other words, a small thing you do for someone, for something, for a cause you care about, no matter how small it may seem to you, can be contributing to something much larger. The idea that a kind action towards a stranger could be enough to help them through a tough time, or something small such as hometown protesting can persuade a congressman to change his mind. Or, in my case, something as simple as joining a group can change your life. Of course, I could be interpreting this theory totally wrong – and although the idea is the same, this is what the butterfly effect means to me, and I believe in it. The smallest of actions can have monumental results.
Did you dive straight into blogging or did you do your research first?
Honestly, I dove straight in. I had used WordPress before – a couple of friends and I had a blog in fifth grade – so I was already familiar with setting up a website, designing it, etc. I didn’t know anything about the WordPress Reader, following/followers, and SEO. These are all things that I had to learn along the way from a lot of trial and error as well as handy guides on the internet. Self-hosting was totally different. I did months of research before I finally took the plunge, and even now I continue to learn about different features and ways to improve my site. The initial launch of my website was pretty straightforward, so I don’t think it really required any research.
In 3 years, where would you like to be in life and what would you like to be doing?
Three years, so 2020? I’ll most likely have just finished my freshman year in college, granted that I continue on the path towards college. I used to know everything about my future – where I wanted to go, what I wanted to study, where I wanted to work after school. But now, I’m not really sure about any of it. I have no idea what I want to pursue as a career, and I’m not convinced that I should attend college until I figure it out. But hopefully if everything goes as I want it to, in three years I’ll be attending a college somewhere, perhaps out of state or internationally, and studying for something that I love with all of my heart and can’t wait to spend the rest of my life doing.
Name 2 of your life goals and explain them.
Since I don’t really have any idea about my career, my life goals are pretty stereotypical. I want to have a family – pretty self-explanatory, right? I don’t know if I want to have children, and since I’m young, I haven’t given it much thought (I have picked out names though, who hasn’t?). Hopefully I’ll be happy with a cute S.O. and maybe a dog, or a cat, granted I get over my allergy. For my second goal, I’d like to have a pretty house in a scenic location. A nice, two-story that I build myself with my family, on our own land, or at least with a lot of space, in another country (the dream’s Australia, but who knows). I’m not really sure if that’ll happen though, since I’d have to have a good enough job to pay for that kind of house on that kind of land. I do hope that I live somewhere with nice, warm summers and cool, crisp autumns and snowy winters. And a real fireplace would be nice, too.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who and what would you talk about?
Michelle Obama, of course! She’s the ultimate badass boss babe and I love her with all of my heart. I think we’d have a lovely conversation about powerful and independent women, the state of our country, and what we as individuals can do to improve it. I think that she’d have a lot of wisdom to share with me, and we’d spend hours just talking about our lives. We’d probably have some homemade dessert, wearing way-too-fancy dresses. Doesn’t that sound like a lovely time? It does to me.
Who is your style inspiration and/or inspiration in general and why?
I’m going to go with inspiration in general, since I don’t really have a style inspiration (my style inspiration is my budget, let’s be real here). One of my biggest inspirations is probably Andi, my mom’s cousin. She’s honestly one of the best women I’ve ever met – she’s strong, independent, a feminist and powerful. She has two daughters and she’s raising them to be these amazing, self-sufficient, powerful women and I admire her so much for it. She’s kickass and a really amazing lady.
What is your definition of a “perfect” world?
There is no real definition of a “perfect” world for me, only characteristics that could make ours better. I think a huge part of this perfect world is equality for everybody. A place where people can exist without racism, sexism, xenophobia, etc. A place where people can exist with basic human rights. A place where people can exist without fear. A place where we celebrate our differences, not divide ourselves because of them. I don’t think a world could be considered even remotely perfect until the people who live in it can be treated with decency, respect, and fairness.
How has blogging changed your life and you as a person?
I don’t think blogging has changed me as a person. If anything, it’s re-sparked my passion for writing. I think I’m still the same person I was when I started writing – well, that’s not entirely true. But my changes haven’t come from the blog. And this may sound contradictory, but blogging has definitely changed my life. It’s given me this wonderful outlet, these amazing people, and this opportunity to make a name for myself. I’ve gotten to know amazing, talented people from all over the world as well as opportunities to work with companies and have a taste of the “professional blogger” lifestyle. I’m incredibly grateful for this blog and the community and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
If people were like plain books, in the sense that we couldn’t judge them by their cover, but only by the blurb on the back, what would you write about yourself?
I’m not who I say I am and I’m not who I appear to be. My personality definitely changes the more someone gets to know me and can be different with different people. My personality and image on the blog is actually very different than my personality and image in real life, which isn’t even on purpose. I don’t think I would be one book, I think I would be many – a collection of short stories, perhaps. My existence is not linear. I am not saying I’m two-faced or fake – I’m saying I’ve got a complex personality. You can’t know me or judge me from my book blurb. I’d say you’d have to read the book first.
What does success mean to you?
Happiness, plain and simple. There is no amount of money or praise that can equate to happiness, and to me, happiness is the most important thing in life. There’s no use being a rich, “successful” CEO if you don’t love what you do or who you do it with. I think that I’ll be the most successful when I’m content with myself, my job, and the people who I surround myself with. I could be working the lowest paying job, but if it’s something I love, I’m successful. There is no real definition for success, but to me, there’s nothing more successful than happiness.
Where/when do you feel the most at peace?
At the ocean, a lake, or campground in the early morning. Before the sun has entirely risen, but the birds are still awake. Especially by the water, when the only sound is the soft crashing of waves on the shore. When the weather is still chilly but not cold, and the sun is shining but not hot. When you look out and all you can think about is now, and no other thoughts will come to your mind – or they come for a moment but leave again. There is no stress in this place. This is a nice place to be.
Those are all of my answers to this little tag. I had a really fun, yet difficult time doing this tag and I really encourage others to give it a go as well! You can use my questions or Olivia’s and recreate this tag for yourself. I really hope that you enjoyed learning some more about me. Until next time, my loves.
What is something that greatly influenced your life?
If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?
How would you define happiness?
What does your blog mean to you?
What is something you fear?
How do you define love?
If you had one wish, what would you use it on?
Who is your role model in life?
What’s something you can’t stop thinking about?
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?