The Sunshine Blogger Award

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • List the rules and display an award logo on blog post.
  • Answer the 11 questions
  • Nominate 11 new blogs.
  • Ask nominees 11 new questions.

A warm thank you to John from Jar of Poetry for this nomination. His poems feel like a meditation on an inner life – reflective, thoughtful and sinking tendrils into the deep.

Answers

Any snack recommendations?

Hummus and crackers.

What would be your theme song if you had one?

It might be this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dl0KnyAAG8

If someone offered you an all-expense paid trip, where would you go?

Back to South America. Costa Rica is on my mind.

Which creature of myth best describes who you are as a person?

The first creature of myth that came to mind was Medusa. I think I relate to her story. To me she represents the shadow feminine – the parts of us that have been outcasted and misunderstood.

Do you have any book recommendations? (Getting tired of reading textbooks)

On an existential/spiritual theme?

Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankyl

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

The Taboo Against Knowing Yourself – Alan Watts

Freedom – Osho

What did you want to be when you grew up?

My youngest and first aspiration was to be an author who wrote stories of the fictional variety. Fantasy was my favourite genre for a long time before I became a teen.

If you can live in one, which would it be? A tree house, an igloo, or a hut by the ocean?

A treehouse.

Do you have a lucky charm?

I wear a rose quartz pendant with a tree of life… it reminds me that I’ve committed to self love… that might be my version of a lucky charm.

If I had no choice than to give you an honest answer, what would your question be?

Well… I would ask… why did you leave Guam?

Would you stop writing if you knew you only had one dedicated reader?

But… I am the writer and also the first reader of my writing.

Do you prefer hardback books or paperbacks?

Paperback, though I appreciate the aesthetic of hardback.

Nominees

The New Renaissance Mindset

Simultaneous thoughtful posts on life and ruminations on art created by the blogger himself. I love the reflection and insights offered by this blog. There’s a quiet invitation to think a little deeply about your own life and how you live it.

David Berry

I love his pithy posts. He has an elegant style of writing, that gets to the heart of the matter in one of the gentlest and most succinct ways I’ve read. His posts revolve around leadership and organisation but there is a soft and spiritual undertone to his writings and poetry shares.

Chesca Lopez

Poetry blog with a candid style that as a reader, kind of feels like lightning – being struck by surprise and good humour. Almost like peeking under the hood of a truth told with the lightest touch of candour.

Roxi St. Clair

Every time I read her poems… by the time I’ve gotten to the end, I feel like I’ve been softened. Roxi’s poems leave you with a piece of her wisdom, eloquently and beautifully crafted.

Valen

The poetry on this blog is raw, unfiltered and extremely and incredibly creative in the way it all comes together, with a touch of the confrontational.

Orion Bright Star

This is a blog I came across recently. There is timeless wisdom here. What I loved was the spiritual depth and open minded approach to reflecting and resonating with life.

Chris Rose

I also recently found this blog. This blog shares some really wonderful, curious and thoughtful insights into the human condition, via psychology and her particular frame: psychogeography.

Rugby Lion

There is something… sad… gentle… and going… about the poetry on this blog… in the sense that there is motion in the words but no feeling of resistance, only a sadness and reflective quality to the nostalgia. The poems almost feel zen like. I find the aesthetic way the poems are sometimes structured, curious of itself – as though the poet is letting you decide, which line you’re going to read first or how you’re going to read the poem. The poetry on this blog has a quiet cadence to it.

The Used Life

The writer/poet of this blog explores the art of creativity as a way of being. I love the way her posts are thoughtful and pondered. Her writing always feels carefully distilled, measured and pondered over. You definitely feel an appreciation for her word craft and aesthetic.

Nunesabel

A poetry blog here. What I love about the poets style is the feeling of structure and the way vernacular is used – it feels like every line is packed, everything is precise without adhering strictly to a particular form. The poems are engaging to read and thematically powerful.

Seolin Jung

A brilliant creative writer. She writes short fiction that gets to its destination – landing with a feeling of shock or surprise or happiness. She does the short form narrative, beautiful justice.

Jar of Poetry

I know this is the 12th… and, I am going to add it. The poetry here is inspiring, beautiful… the melancholy is felt and his words always speak to the humanness of our experiences.

Questions

  1. What is your favourite time of the day and why?
  2. Do you have a particular habit/routine/ritual you like to engage in?
  3. If you could give your younger self advice, say, of 10 years back, what would it be?
  4. Who or what inspires you?
  5. Favourite animal?
  6. If you could recommend a book to read, what would it be?
  7. The best thing that happened to you today was…
  8. The last act of kindness you remember is…
  9. Favourite place in the world and why?
  10. You can change one thing about yourself, right now, instantaneously, what do you change?
  11. You can change one thing about the world, right now, instantaneously, what do you change?

Thanks again, John, for the nomination and the exploration into some of these other blogs here. This was fun and I enjoyed everything about this. 🙂

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