11 May 2015

Liebster award

so, a newly blogging friend nominated me for this (shes over at michifornia girl), as she was nominated for it on her blog by someone else. i dont have the focus to go and nominate some other people for this to continue the circuit (sorry), but i will answer the questions posed for me.

here are my 11 questions (given to me by 'michifornia girl'):

1. How did you come up with the name of your blog?
ive loved the name lotus for a long time and after floating the idea of it for a childs name (and getting shot down) i decided to name this blog lotus. ive also seen the egyptian association of lotus with rebirth, and i like that idea that all of these travels or moves weve made to new countries have involved a reinvention of self in many ways. so its become a really appropriately named blog quite by accident. 
2. What is your favorite blog post you’ve written thus far?
geez, i dont know, thats too hard. but i suppose, stupidly, i really like the hollywood award season posts. i just like looking back at the pretty dresses and seeing a little part of me that has stayed the same amidst all the change of the last 7 years. i may not have the time to keep up on the latest shows and movies these days, but i do so love a celeb on the red carpet.
3. Name three things you would do if you won the lottery.
ive only really got 2 things. TRAVEL and put some away for the kids to spend as they like when they are old enough. boring? im okay with that.
4. What is the next big decision you have to make?
reentering the work force. im not sure who im going to contact, how hard im going to go after trying to create something for myself out of nothing before re-focusing and needing to look elsewhere, or how to keep myself upbeat and motivated on the unknown length of the journey to finding a job.
5. Describe either your most embarrassing moment or your biggest pet peeve.
for embarrassing moments, i dont know. nothing bubbles to the surface, in particular, when i think about the past. i know there are moments enough to fill a library, but nothing that has haunted me or that i carry with me regularly. so, then pet peeve...i guess it would have to be 'being a part of something that is disorganized or not well thought out'. i am most in my element being the leader of activities, life, whatever, but am quite happy to take a back seat to something that some other well organized person is leading, even if this is something spontaneous. it is really rough on me to have to take part in something i am neither in control of nor is running smoothly. i try to be calm at first but after a certain point, every misstep clouds my vision with red and steam starts coming     out my ears.
6. What is something on your bucket list?
i dont think i have one of these, except a nebulous one with only one thing on it: travel. otherwise i dont think in terms of bucket lists because it seems to me it leaves room for regret, or it doesnt give equal weight to surprising opportunities that happen along the way that are better than any goal or wish you had for yourself before.
7. What TV show/invention/etc. is most ruining the youth of America?
first, i dont know many 'youth' today. lol. but, it would be easy to say 'keeping up with the kardashians' or 'iPhones' or something, but i dont know, i mean there are tons of adults too with problems 'unplugging' or staying focused or understanding what is real and important in life and what isnt. teens just have it harder because they are newer to the wider world and of being in charge of themselves and their opinions. so maybe my short answer is 'adults' are ruining teens? i like how im doing really well answering these questions properly.
8. If you could pick one age to be for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
this seems like a trick question. like, if i choose an age am i stuck at the level of maturity and looks and experiences only leading up to and including that age forever? if yes, well...let me see, i havent gotten to the age yet then. i suppose it would be best to freeze time at the moment i am an empty nester. i would have gotten to enjoy the kids at home for all their years and have those memories, but now im in a position to go out and live another adventurous chapter in my life in a body that is still useful, meanwhile getting to come back 'home' and have family experiences too. i would think that is the best of both worlds.
9. Who is your current celebrity crush?
how much space do we have? ;)
silver foxes: bruce willis, colin firth, gordon ramsey, max from the tv show 'catfish'
younger: joseph gordon-levitt, ryan gosling, jake johnson, sam claflin, nicholas hoult
10. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
i cant recall a real person who ever gave me great advice, but i know books and movies have always spoken to me.
'life moves pretty fast. if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.' -- ferris, from ferris bueller’s day off
'don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.' -- heath ledger, from 10 things i hate about you
 'you can’t live your life for other people. you’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts some people you love. - from the notebook
11. What is the most surprising and/or rewarding and/or frustrating thing about being a mom?
{looooooong, slow chuckle} its surprising how shockingly frustrating some things can be on this adventure in parenthood. but. it is really rewarding to be able to watch a new soul arrive and to help that new person navigate the world. to get to be front and center to that show, to cheer them on to be their best self, while letting them know they are loved for exactly who they are. along the way, im also getting to find out more about myself, and am motivated to change and be better, and its like no level of motivation ever attained before. its quite a hefty reward, alongside a hefty mountain of work and responsibility. its a balancing act. :)

1 comment:

Mary Ann said...

These questions are amazing. They offer so many insights. Your blogging friend seems pretty cool, too. Thanks for posting. What is the Liebster award?