The Sunshine Blogger Award is an accolade given by one blogger to another in recognition for work that they find creative, inspiring and positive. I was super honored to be nominated and leapt at the chance to join in the fun!
The rules of the award are:
- Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
Recently, Finding Delight was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by my sweet friends over at Sweet Tea, Science!
Meridith and Rachel are the masterminds behind Sweet Tea, Science. They are Kentucky gals like yours truly (we all went to Western Kentucky University) and sassy scientistas. They blog about their lives in the STEM-world as they complete their PhD’s. (Rachel in Ecology and Meridith in Statistics.) Some of my fave STS posts include:
Public Speaking Hacks for Scientists
What’s in Her Bag: International Conference + Honeymoon Edition
Day in the PhD Life: Statistician
Guide to Graduate School Grief
Field Work Flashback
You can also follow Sweet Tea, Science on Twitter HERE and Instagram HERE.
The ladies of Sweet Tea, Science asked the following questions:
How do you take your tea?
Sweet, of course! But I’ve switched from sugar to stevia. 😉
What motivates you to blog every week (or as often as you blog)?
I genuinely enjoy doing it! There have been times throughout this little blog’s life where writing posts has had to take a backseat…but I think keeping a full editorial calendar is fun and I don’t beat myself up if not every idea comes to fruition.
Long before Finding Delight was a twinkle in my eye, I kept an online journal for 4 years — from my junior year of high school through my sophomore year of college. I really liked having a place to share about my life where I could connect with other people doing the same. I enjoyed knowing that someone would read what I wrote. I felt like it was the perfect creative outlet for my little introvert heart. Blogging is just my flashier, more grown up version. 😉
From a more practical standpoint, I work as a freelance marketing consultant and web content manager. My blog is a great way for potential clients to get to know me (freelancing is all about selling yourself alongside what you can do!).
What’s your favorite way to keep in touch with folks that have graduated/moved away?
While I love snail mail and social media, nothing beats taking an hour long walk through my neighborhood while on the phone with a bestie.
Where would you like to travel to next? Is it for work or pleasure?
Savannah, GA to meet my nephew! Besides that, I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland and Australia.
How has a mentor inspired you to take a risk? Or how have you inspired yourself?
A mentor gave me the push I needed to start this blog! During a conversation about how I could get to where she was in her career, her biggest advice was to start a project that would encourage me to write every day, as well as practice design, branding, and marketing. Finding Delight was born shortly after!
At the time, sharing about myself on the internet felt like a HUGE risk! I thought, “My life isn’t all that exciting. Will anyone even care? What if no one reads it.” But, of course, that wasn’t the point.
What is your favorite post you’ve written? Link that post! Go you!
I stopped paying women compliments on their appearance and here’s what happened…
How to Eliminate Decision Fatigue
A 30 Day Mantra Challenge (+ FREE activity guide)
and all the posts about my wedding.
What is your favorite post someone else has written? Link that post! Go them!
Nice Girls vs. Kind Women
Handmaids, Hospitals, and the Pageantry of the Newborn Nursery Window
My Sister’s Home Makeover
You’re Totally Allowed to Buy That Latte
I Talked to a Woman for 4 Hours on the Train
Where do you do your best blogging work? What sort of environment?
At my desktop computer – although I’m known to fire off a few paragraphs into my phone notes when inspiration strikes. Here’s a look at my desk set-up. It has stayed pretty much the same since our move to Alabama…except now, instead of being about a foot away from our bed, I have my very own home office!! *trumpets*
What is that one productivity tool (app/website) you enjoy using for your blog?
I’ve recently started using Asana which has really helped me visualize larger projects as a bunch of smaller tasks as well as keep track of deadlines. I enjoy assigning due dates to my goals (even when they’re totally arbitrary) because it helps me stay on track. Plus, sometimes a unicorn flies across the screen when I mark things complete–and I’m all for that!
What is a big career challenge you have overcome?
I think narrowing the scope of what I wanted to do. Starting out, I faced two big personality traits; 1) interested in everything, and 2) decisionphobe. That meant I was excited about a lot of possibilities, but would stall out in planning mode. Once I realized I can be interested in things without needing to make money doing them, I had a lot more time to build a career around things I was actually good at.
If you could only read one book, over and over, for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I don’t want to live in a world with only one book! (Perhaps that would be enough incentive to start writing my own!!) I don’t often re-read books because my reading list is just too long for circling back around! But if I had to, I would choose one of these.
- A Silent Observer
- This Curvy Life
- Views From My Garden Bench
- Little Things With Jassy
- The Barefoot Angel
- Em Busy Living
- Dreamer Achiever
- Chaus’ Adventure
- Miss Portmanteau
- Hello Whitney
- How did you first get involved with blogging?
- Besides the comments section, where do you chat and connect with other bloggers?
- What’s the hardest blog post you’ve ever written? Was it worth it?
- What’s your favorite book?
- What three goals are you focusing on right now?
- Where do you get inspiration for your blog posts?
- What are some positive things blogging has brought into your life that you didn’t expect?
- Is there a post you’ve always wanted to write but never have? What’s holding you back?
- What’s your favorite social media platform? Why?
- Is there someone who doesn’t have a blog but you would read every thing they published if they did?
- What have you recently achieved that you’re super proud of?