When I began this little space of mine I didn't have a list of expectations or big dreams, I simply wanted a creative outlet that expressed authenticity. And in the midst of it all unexpected things happened: community and encouragement began to flourish. Now that I do have bigger dreams, I can say this space of mine is not yet where I want it, but even so this journey has allowed me to meet and discover beautiful people and their blogs.
Last week I was nominated for the Liebster Award, by Olivia of Simply Liv. And what a honor, because Simply Liv is a beautiful lifestyle blog, written by an adorable mother with honest and wise words about marriage and motherhood. I loved getting to learn a little bit about Olivia and was thrilled to find out she is a fellow English major/book lover.
So, what is the Liebster Award? It is a blogger to blogger award that helps connect bloggers and grow their readership-- pretty spiffy, right? Once you're nominated you tell a bit about yourself by answering 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you and providing 11 random facts, and then of course passing on the love by nominating a few other blogs.
And with that here's my Q&A:
1- What is the story behind your blog?
Pages of Curiosity and Coffee Spills (it's a long title I know) came to be when I decided I wanted a creative outlet that encapsulated all of my favorite art forms: writing, photography and design. But mostly I wanted to provide a space that was authentic and judgement free-- a space where readers can feel safe, understood, inspired and encouraged, as they grow alongside me.
2- If you could pick one place to live in for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?
This is such a hard question. Since specifics like "city" weren't used, I'm going to be sneaky and say Europe-- as a whole. Although, I've only been to the UK, I've always felt I belong in Europe. I'd love to live all over Europe, but France or Greece would do just fine.
3- Who is your inspiration?
I am inspired by people and their stories. There is so much that can be gained by listening to others' stories.
4- What is your favorite "guilty pleasure" TV show to binge watch?
Gilmore Girls. All day, everyday.
5- Sour or Sweet?
Honestly, this is consistently 50/50 for me. As of right this second I'd say sour.
6- What is your "go-to" piece of clothing?
My wide brimmed black hat. I live under the thing-- it makes any outfit look pulled together & works well with my messy hair.
7- As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I went through way too many phases to write that list, but I remember the three I always came back to: marine biologist, fashion designer and writer.
8- What is your favorite room in your house and why?
Since I graduated college a month ago and I'm engaged, I'm currently living with family, so by default I have to say my room. But my favorite space is the wall that is home to my shelf of books and plants. This little space is the first thing I see when I walk into my room and I love it. Everything about it is calming and inspiring: the sea foam shelf, the vanilla pages, the green plants.
9- What is one of your passions (besides blogging)?
People. As I mentioned before people's stories are so important to me. Along with that I am passionate about people feeling understood in their struggles. I struggle with anxiety and depression, so fighting the stigma against mental illness is another passion of mine, which all circles back to people.
10- Would you describe yourself as an introvert or an extravert?
Introvert. I have always been an introvert, but because I love talking I'm sometimes mistaken for an extravert. Don't be decieved, I love people, but I gain my energy from solitude. And although I love talking, I hate small talk. You'll find me asking nothing at all or asking all personal questions-- this can freak people out, but seriously I just want to get to know the real you.
11- What is one thing you want people to take away when they visit your blog?
The same thing my blog was founded on: authenticity.
1- My fiance and I met when we were 14.
2- I love classic books. I'm terrible about reading current authors-- I want to be better about this.
3- I've journaled since I was seven, but I've lost most of my journals.
4- I love frogs-- like, weirdly obsessed. As a child I had WAY to many frog stuffed animals and knick knacks.
5- I spill coffee on my clothes (& papers/books/journals) on a regular basis-- hence my blog name.
6- There's a 14 and 11 year gap between my sisters and me-- I'm the oldest.
7- I look very young for my age-- I get mistaken for a high schooler on a daily basis, which is always awkward when I'm with my fiance who looks older for his age. I promise I'm 22.
8- Thrift shopping is one of my hobbies. Almost all of my clothes are thrifted.
9- I tend to have a crude sense of humor (I love Will Ferrell movies).
10- One of my current goals is to get a book of poetry published.
11- I have a Bachelor's in Journalism.
Catherine from A Short Blonde
Rachel from Dawn to Dusk
Jordyn from She Who Fears
You really should take a look at their spaces, because they are full of some beautiful things.
11 Questions for my nominees:
1- What is the story behind your blog and it's name?
2- Where do you find daily inspiration?
3- What is your favorite part about blogging?
4- How would you describe your style?
5- What are you passionate about?
6- Introvert or extravert?
7- Movies or books, and why?
8- If you could, what advice would you give yourself 5 years ago?
9- What is one of your favorite quotes and why?
10- Top three things you don't go a day without?
11- What is one thing you've learned about yourself through blogging?