The Sunshine Blogger award is given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire positivity and creativity in the blogging community. I am so very happy to have been nominated.
A huge thank you for the nomination goes out to Sally G Cronin at the wonderfully entertaining Smorgasbord-Variety is the Spice of Life. In this post Sally talks about her book Turning Back the Clock: How to Feel and Look 10 Years Younger – a subject very close to my heart; I especially love her ‘Old Fogey’ questions ;O)
She says: “This book takes a look at the physical, mental and emotional aspects of aging and how a little attitude adjustment goes a long way!” Right on Sally!
The rules for accepting the award are as follows:
Thank the Blogger who nominated you.
Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
Display the rules and the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.
Here are the questions given to me to answer:
- Can you tell us about yourself in 100 words or less?
My name is Lisa and I’m English but I live in the beautiful and sunny South of France. I moved here after I lost my husband because my old life had ended and I desperately needed to do something to start a new one. I’m 51 3/4 and do what I can to help my body to keep up with my 25 year old mind.
2.Can you tell us more about your blog in 100 words of less that would encourage people to follow you?
I’d like to say that I have a blog that is focused and carefully constructed but, the fact is, I write about things that interest me. I have always loved exercise and, over the last few years I have developed an interest in the benefits of a healthy diet so many of my posts are about that. I also enjoy yoga and meditation so they crop up too and sometimes something in the media will catch my attention and I’ll write about that. Sometimes serious and sometimes frivolous – like me ;O)
3.What is the strongest memory from your childhood?
Being with my Grandad, who died when I was about 5 I think; we were in his garden and he held me up so that I could collect black cherries from the roof of their little garden shed.
4.Can you tell us more about where you live and why you call it home?
I am lucky enough to live on the Cote D’Azur, just down the road from Monaco. My apartment has a view of the sea and, as I have always felt more peaceful when I am close to water, it’s perfect for me. I first came here after I lost my husband and, although I am not sure why, it felt like I was coming home and it was a very easy decision to relocate here. That’s not to say that I don’t miss friends and family back in the UK, I do, but for me, now, this is home.
5.Do you have someone in your family that is your role model?
My brother. He is a successful businessman, an author, a racing driver and a martial arts expert. He is utterly, utterly focused and if he starts something he will always finish it no matter how long it takes. I admire his tenacity and wish I had even a 10th of it!
6. Is there a country that you have not visited but is on your wish list?
There are 2 actually: India, specifically the Isha Centre in Delhi because the teachings of Sadhguru have helped me a great deal in the last year as has regular yoga practice. The second is the Seychelles because it looks stunningly beautiful and I love lying on the beach and swimming in beautiful, clear, calm seas.
7.Who is your favourite author and why?
That one I can’t answer because it changes all the time depending on my mood but my favourite book is The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory as it brings to life my favourite period in history. It tells the story of Anne Boleyn and her sister Mary and the time that they spent in and out of favour with the most brutal and, in some ways, charismatic monarch in history – Henry VIII.
8.What is your favourite meal?
Any combination of chicken and avocado as a main course and, although I don’t often eat desert it would be tiramisu with Grand Marnier – sinfully rich but delicious!
9.What is your favourite musician and can you let us have a YouTube link so that we can listen to them?
Again that’s very difficult question as I love music but find that my musical tastes change with my mood. I suppose the band I never get tired of listening to is Mumford and Sons; their music is original and the lyrics are very poetic and thought provoking:
Thistle and Weeds by Mumford and Sons
10.What is your favourite film and why?
Dangerous Liaisons with John Malkovich, Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer because it’s a love story but without a happy ending; it shows all the frailties of human emotion and how destructive they can be. It’s also beautifully filmed, funny in places and desperately sad at the end; I’ve watched in countless times. The fact that, for me, John Malkovich is wildly attractive in this film could also have something to do with it.
11.If you could live in another time.. decade or century.. what would that be?
Honestly? I wouldn’t. We can never go backwards only forward :O)
These are my nominees and I’ve chosen them because, with each of them, I’ve found something to interest or inspire me; I’ve included recent posts of theirs with the hope that they’ll do the same for you:
Dr Perry Phd: https://makeitultrapsychology.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/how-to-manage-your-anxiety-in-an-anxious-world/
Simon Thomas: https://agriefshared.com/2018/02/09/my-secret-battle/
Michelle Fyfe: https://healthylivingtribe.ca/2018/03/01/do-you-know-all-the-dangers-of-soda/
Katie Rose: https://katiessanctuaryblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/08/5-things-that-totally-kick-ass-women-have-taught-me/
Christy B: https://whenwomeninspire.com/2018/01/23/putting-fun-back-into-fitness-team/
Alok Singhal: https://alok-singhal.com/2018/01/24/take-charge-of-your-health-with-vitamin-e/
These are my questions to all of you; I really hope that you’ll be able to find time to answer them so that your fans and followers will be able to find out a little more about you, your life and your work:
- What was your inspiration for starting your blog?
- What do you think it is that appeals to others about your writing?
- What do you most fear?
- Have you ever cried tears of joy and, if so, why?
- What was the biggest turning point in your life?
- What is your biggest temptation?
- What is your secret pleasure?
- Who is your favourite person in the world and why?
- What do you like most about yourself?
- If you had one day left on earth what would you do?
- Of all the things you’ve done, what has given you your biggest adrenaline rush?
I haven’t been at this blogging lark for very long so, once again, a big thank you to Sally for nominating me and a big thank you to all you guys out there – your likes and follows really make my day! Since becoming part of the blogging community I’ve discovered new ideas and so much positivity that I’m afraid that my days on Twitter are becoming a thing of the past – it’s a wonderfully inspiring world to be in :O)