a bit of sunshine...

Blogging has undoubtedly changed over the years. Every once and a while I think my style of blogging is outdated... that the days of writing to connect are over and we are all out for ourselves and are all narcissistic...

And then I'm reminded that that's simply not the case. That there are still bloggers who write from the heart, for connection, and there are some that have hearts that can reach across miles to make you feel like you are sitting across from them, sipping on tea and diving into life together. Jess over at One Wild and Precious Life is one of those people. I love her honest, from the heart writing style, and I wish that we were closer to have a big ol' playdate with our kids to make art and life and laughter. 

In an old school blogging move, Jess has bestowed upon me a bit of sunshine. Of course, there are rules to follow {and I might change a few of them...} But here goes nothing :)

Here are the rules:
~ Acknowledge the nominating bloggers
~ Share 11 random facts about yourself
~ Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger creates for you
~ List 11 bloggers
~Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer and let all the bloggers know they've been nominated. (You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.)

So... some random facts...
1. I love sleeping in. LOVE it. I think everyone has an internal wake up time, and mine is 8am. If I wake up any earlier I feel completely off. Any later and it's a pleasant surprise!

2. I was homeschooled through 8th grade, and I swore I wouldn't homeschool my own children. My how things change ;)

3. I'm a big introvert. And I'm not a huge fan of spending gigantic amounts of time with people... I end up feeling claustrophobic. So the real reason I know my marriage is going to last is because {other than my children} my husband is the one person I never get tired of being with. Truly. I'm not sure that I believe in soul mates, but I believe in souls complimenting each other... and ours do.

4. My first job was at a teeny tiny fish and chips shack. I haven't been able to look at tartar sauce the same way since.

5. I have never been career oriented. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.

6. Along those lines, I wrote a novel in November as part of NaNoWriMo. It was something I always wanted to do, and held out hope that "one day, I'll write novels! That'll be my thing!" Let's just say I'm glad I tried before I got much older. I'm glad I did it, but I don't think it's my thing.

7. I recently started using essential oils, and it's a huge life style change for the better. I can't say enough good things... more to come on this eventually!

8. My favorite books from childhood are Mandy, by Julie Edwards and Anne of Green Gables.

9. I could listen to Jack Johnson's Home on repeat for hours on end. "So I try to understand what I can't hold in my hand, and whatever I find, I find my way back to you..."

10. The kids and I want to learn how to surf.... the only thing holding me back is my fear of sharks and fish... which is funny considering my love of the beach and ocean! Don't laugh though.. fish seriously freak me out. It's only been recently that I've been able to walk up to the fish counter at the supermarket... This is all pretty funny considering fact #4!

11. I love writing. I love seeing my words on the page. The fact that I don't know what I want to do with my writing often stops me from writing at all. I'm trying to overcome that...

My answers to Jess's questions... 
1. If you could travel anywhere where would it be? Iceland. No doubt. I feel like I'm being called there, and have been for the past year or so!

2. What is one thing just right about right now? My family is safe and cozy and warm and happy.

3. What is one thing you wish you could change about right now? I wish I had some chocolate... I'd definitely change my lack of chocolate.

4. Describe a good Friday night. A walk on the beach, then getting cozy on the couch with some ice cream, my hunky husband, and a good movie.

5. What is a favorite family meal at your house? Tacos or homemade pizza.

6. Share something you have learned recently. That I have a lot to learn along with my children on our homeschooling journey... that's something I'm constantly reminded of and relearning!

7. Best hour of the day? 10am.

8. Something you love about your home. The awesome wide wooden floor boards :) And there's this little dragon fly hanger in the pantry...  

9. What are three of your talents, gifts, or strengths? I asked my son to name my three talents {because my mind went a bit blank!} and he said they were: 1. being a mommy 2. snuggling 3. giving good hugs... I think I'll go with his answers!

10. One thing you are hoping to learn or improve? Patience. And a love for cooking... one can learn that, right?

11. I am looking forward to . . . Warm summer breezes and early mornings at the beach!

List 11 bloggers...
I hate this part... really! I hate picking and then leaving someone out... so... if anyone would like to participate, consider yourself tagged! I know a few of you love filling out questionnaires and coming up with questions for folks, so please please play along! Let me know in the comments if you've participated and I'll be sure to come check our your random facts and answers to the questions below!

11 Questions for fellow bloggers... 
1. What is the song you could listen to on repeat for hours?
2. What was your first job?
3. What are three of your passions?
4. When and where do you feel most at peace?
5. What do you love to do that stretches you out of your comfort zone?
6. As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
7. What was the last concert you went to?
8. How would you spend a day free of commitments and have to's and should do's?
9. Favorite holiday and why?
10.  What's on your wish list right now?
11. What actor will you watch in anything, no matter the quality of the movie?

Jess, thank you so much!! Like you said, this took a bit of time, but was really fun to put together! Again, if anyone would like to participate, consider yourself tagged :) Please comment and let me know that you've played along!


  1. Hi Corinne, this is cool! I am also happy to be introduced to Jess and will make sure to go over and pay a visit. I don't have eleven blogger friends, but I might just have to do this. The questions are good and I learned more about you, which is always nice! I love that not knowing what you want to do with your writing is something that stands in the way. I think we share this dilemma. What if you just write for your friends who love you? I want to read it, no matter the genre.

  2. Love these kinds of questions and find your answers fascinating! No surprise, many feel very resonant to me. xoxo

  3. I miss the days of blogging to connect. I'm having a hard time figuring out what it's for anymore and what I want to do with it. Love your lists...I never would have guessed the fish thing! :)

  4. What a great idea. Random facts and questions are always fun. I'm concerned that 11 might be a little much for me... we'll see.
    I love the sea glass rainbow in today's post!

  5. Very fun. Blogging HAS changed so much. I kinda miss the "old" blogging days where it was so professional. Many of my former blogging friends don't blog anymore either, so there's not so much of a "community" as there used to be for me. Sometimes I wonder if I should keep going?

    Anyway, that's cool you were homeschooled. Me too. I figured if I had kids I'd homeschool them, although I'd sworn myself to singleness and a career. I, ironically, WAS very career oriented. Ha!

  6. I loved reading this! I kept meaning to come back here and comment- I read it first on my phone and hate trying to comment on my phone- anyway, Thank-you! I feel like we are so similar in many ways. (Like, I have never been career oriented either. This used to bother me but I am making peace with it- grateful I can do what I do). Also I am an introvert too- although I also crave community and good conversations. I am loving your beach pics on instagram. Makes me want to move ... sigh :-)


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