The lovely Natalie from The Mustard Jumper nominated me for a Liebster Award. Basically a nomination for a me to post an entry about myself. Meeeeeeee! If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know I don’t talk about my personal life that often, so this entry is a another little piece of the puzzle revealed. I love reading these posts on other people’s blogs, so I really hope you enjoy my post!
Nat’s questions and answers on her entry were great, and the questions she’s asked me are fun and got me thinking!
Here we go:
1. What’s a book that’s had a big impact on your life?
Well, my favourite book of all time is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, but I’ve never thought about it in terms of the impact it’s had on me. But I suppose it has had a big impact on me because I re-read it at least every two years and I always take away something new from it. I think what I love about it is that it’s about a girl who feels like she’s always having to work so damn hard, even from a young age, to be a success. And yet she takes it in her stride – she takes challenges and gives it her all, and at the end of the day she can say that worked hard to get to where she is, and that she did it herself (or when she’s a child, with the help of her father). It’s something I’ve always identified with – I’ve worked hard to get to where I am, and every opportunity has been something I’ve sought out on my own and worked hard to achieve. I still have a ways to go, but I just have to remember that hard work and dedication, even when things seem futile, will always pay off in the long run. And that I have a wonderful husband and family who will always support me. Mushy, huh?
2. How did you choose your career or job?
Where I work now isn’t where I thought I would be. My first “grown-up” job was at a small TV production company where they made TV commercials and the occasional music video. After about four years of being the lowliest of low people in the office, I realised that I just didn’t want to work in that industry, for a variety of reasons (attitudes of certain people I met, crappy pay, no proper processes for doing things, etc.). So anyway, I realised I needed a job that was more stable, where I could learn things, and where things were done in a professional, procedural fashion. So I looked around at the current field I work in, and started sending out resumes. I was lucky enough to find an entry-level position fairly quickly and six years later I haven’t looked back. Sometimes I do wish I had stayed at uni, done a bit more writing in the film & TV studies area and possibly gone into the academic critical writing field, but ultimately I don’t have any regrets. I work with great people, I have opportunities to learn, and I can be home in time to spend time with my husband and daughter in the evenings. It’s win/win.
3. If you had unlimited budget and could buy any piece of clothing, what would it be?
I can’t choose just one. It would be all of these:
a) a Burberry trench coat
b) a Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress (which you can buy in David Jones, but I’d still love to drop $400 on one without a second thought)
c) a very cliched pair of expensive heels. Don’t care what brand, just something colourful and beautiful and classy
4. What are your all time top three favourite products – skin care or cosmetics?
I’m not a massive cosmetics/skincare person. I’m trying to be more adventurous these days, but in the last couple of years the three products that never fail me are:
– This foundation from By Terry. It ain’t cheap, which is why I buy it over at Strawberry Net to save fifteen bucks or so, but for everyday coverage it’s great, and it goes on like silk. I have yet to try a foundation that feels as nice on my skin as this one. I wouldn’t use it for functions because it’s not super heavy, but it’s great for the office, weekends, etc.
– My signature perfume for the last four years or so has been Stella by Stella McCartney. It’s the perfect feminine fragrance that’s soft and sweet without being too flowery. I wear it daily and love it to pieces. Though I will be on the look out for a new fragrance when we’re in Hawaii soon – I’d like to start mixing it up a bit!
– All my Urban Decay Naked palettes. I love that when I go away, I just need to slip one of them into my luggage and it keeps me going with a variety of different shades the entire time. I do wish they’d stray from just doing brown tones though….
5. What’s the best place you’ve ever traveled to?
Well, I spent about five weeks in New York in 2004 and fell in love. I think a piece of my heart stayed there, because there is just something about that city that consumes me. But for something a little different, we spent about two weeks in Morocco in 2008 and I feel like we barely scratched the surface. The culture, the landscape, the food – everything about it just phenomenal and I can’t wait to go back and see the rest of it. One of my biggest regrets is not buying a beautiful, handmade leather bag at the tannery there. The colours were just stunning and leather was so soft. Next time I’ll make sure to leave room in my suitcase for one! I also have to give a shout out to Italy, specifically Rome. I know a lot people think it’s dirty and not that great, but I love the mix of old and new. I love that you come up out of the train station and the Colosseum is right there in front of you, a great big brown structure against the beautiful blue sky. It probably helps that my father was born there, so I have emotional ties to it as well, but there’s just something about Rome that is magical to me.
6. What keeps you motivated to blog?
The thought that I am generating my own content and the satisfaction I feel from being able to put words down on paper (or type into a machine and have the words appear on screen, I suppose). I drive this blog 100% and I am responsible for the direction it goes it, and the possibilities of where I can take this writing thing thrill me and terrify me at the same time.
7. What’s something you are passionate about?
Equality and being free to be yourself, no matter who you are. I’ve been feeling a lot more strongly about this since having a daughter. There are so many opportunities out there for us, and we live in one of the greatest countries in the world. Everyone should have the same rights, no matter what.
8. Favourite song of all time?
I have to pick just one???? Sigh….Here are my top five. I CANNOT narrow it down any further.
Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine
Lovely Tonight – Joshua Radin
A Sunday Smile – Beirut
You Could Be Happy – Snow Patrol
Heartbeats – José González
9. Who is someone you look up to and why?
Hmmm, this is a tough one. I don’t know ‘look up’ to people as such (or perhaps I just can’t think of any right now), but I suppose the people I admire the most are the women in my life. All of them have faced challenges that they tackled head on when it would have been easier to just give in and give up, and they have all achieved amazing things in their professional lives. I’m lucky and proud to call them my ladies, and I hope that one day my daughter surrounds herself with strong, independent women who are never afraid to fight for what they believe in and strive to achieve their dreams.
10. What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten?
Mmmm…..Probably in 2012 in South Australia. My husband and I did a bit of a road trip before our daughter was born, and drove from Melbourne to Adelaide, then drove down to Normanville to stay for a week. We travelled around the coast and one day stopped in a little town called Goolwa. There’s a little beach there and in the corner of the beach there’s a fish ‘n’ chip place where you can get takeaway, or sit in the restaurant and have a nice table meal. Anyway, I ordered a lime and chilli salt ‘n’ pepper calamari, and while I don’t like chilli, I took a risk and went for it. It. Was. DELICIOUS. The chilli wasn’t hot, and the lime flavour was nice and subtle against the salt and pepper, and the calamari was so fresh it was like they’d gone out and caught it as soon as I ordered. The best dessert I ever had was at a work dinner in Raw Materials in Footscray. They served a chocolate torte that looked dense and rich, but was actually light and more like a milk chocolate-y flavour. It was divine. DIVINEEEEEEE. I still dream about it.
So, there you go. A little bit more about me is revealed. I’m not going to nominate anyone right now, but if you want to do an entry similar to this, here are some questions for you!
1. What is your all time favourite TV show and why?
2. What did you want to be when you grew up and why? BONUS: Is it was you’re doing now?
3. What would be your last meal?
4. Name your top three favourite albums of all time.
5. Who would your celeb BFF be?
6. Name a blogger whose blog you really enjoy/admire.
7. Where do you want to be in a year’s time (professionally, geographically, whatever!)?
8. What book did you absolutely HATE?
9. Which destination do you most want to travel to that you haven’t been to yet?
10. What movie do you think is too underrated?
Get to it, people!
Until next time,