Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award
Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you to Spence’s Girl for the Sunshine Blogger Award for Just Midlife.   I am properly chuffed to receive it.  Spence’s Girl blogs about food, travel, cats and many other subjects in a positive and enthusiastic way.

These were the 11 questions I was asked, so here goes –

What is a fun fact about you, never shared until now on your blog?  I love clothes, all sorts of clothes and have great fun matching and mixing things in my wardrobe.  Most of my clothing is second hand, which I think is really fun.  I love raking through dress agencies and vintage shops to find that special item that you’d never find in a mainstream clothing shop.  I’m the weirdo you see when you’re out and about wearing a heavy tweed jacket over a flimsy floaty dress whilst clomping about in sturdy country boots.

Early riser or night owl?  Definitely early riser.  I’m up before 6 most mornings.  And usually in bed by 9.30.   Well, you can’t burn the candle at both ends, can you?

Glass half-empty or half-full?  My whole life I’ve followed the half-full approach – it’s sort of intrinsically built into me I think.  I reckon I’d be miserable if I was to live my life in half-empty mode.

Who is your favourite author?  Hard one this … I read a lot.  After a lot of deliberation I will say Margaret Atwood.  A hugely entertaining lady, here are a few of her quotes just for good measure –

“Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.”

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

“A word after a word after a word is power.”

What inspires you?  People who have achieved something special, particularly when their achievements benefit other human beings.

Favourite vacation spot?   If abroad – the Greek islands for sure; I love Corfu.  If at home it would have to be Cornwall – it’s such a beautiful part of the world with its craggy cliffs, lovely beaches and delightful towns and villages.

Peanut butter – crunchy or smooth?  Crunchy – at least it’s interesting that way!

If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?  To relax a little more and not worry when things go wrong.  I’ve learned over the years when I’ve found myself in very difficult or dire situations to ask myself a straight up back to basics question – “Is this going to kill me?”  And in every instance, for me at least, the answer has been, “No, this is not going to kill me”.  And I’ve learned that things have a way of working out in time.

Sunrise or sunset?  Well, I adore both, and being a keen taker of pictures, it’s very hard to choose.  I’d have to say sunrise if I had to pick one, as it is the start of each new day, and each one gives us a fresh page and an opportunity to live the following few hours in the best way possible.

Are you a multi-tasker, procrastinator or laser focused?  It depends what it is I’m doing.  Running a business means I have to be focused, and I have to multi-task, to make sure everything gets done.  However, when it comes to family matters, I really can be a procrastinator, and I think it’s because I really, really want to get it right and I worry that I may not, even though my girls are grown up now and the pressure’s off somewhat.  And there are no pre-set rules; as a parent you make up the rules as you go along, and hope you’ve got it right.  I find it harder to make decisions when they affect the people I love.  When it’s work I just crack on, head down, tail up.

What was the last great movie you’ve seen?  Because I read a lot, I spend very little time watching TV or films.  However, Mr Midlife and I did go to a very old traditional cinema to see a Russell Crowe film a while back – The Water Diviner, an Australian historical fictional war drama which I very much enjoyed.

These are the Sunshine Blogger Award rules:

Thank the person who nominated you

Answer the 11 questions you’ve been asked

Nominate 11 other bloggers, making sure to let each one know that they are nominated

Ask the nominees 11 questions

My 11 Nominees are –  is all about hardworking women who do amazing things.   I’m a big fan of this website. And the photography is excellent too.  The latest post has the tags – feminism, fashion, girl power, nature, photography amongst others … no matter your age, you really should take a look at this site.  In today’s media, it’s hard to find the right females to look up to – but look no further, here are the women we should celebrate – those who are carving, painting, sawing, welding, planing and building.  It’s a breath of fresh air.  Ivette lives in Maryland, she has 20” of snow currently, and she cooks fantastic Spanish food that makes you think of a warmer climate.   –  Cultivating Gratitude, and Developing Joy. – Kindness for Kindness sake is Wendy’s latest post – all about meeting kind people whilst travelling.  –  For all of us with a sweet tooth this is the absolute blog to be looking at and following.  –  Curiosity, love of the absurd, and the joy of travelling are some of the similar characteristics that make Joyce and Diane such good friends and their blog so enjoyable – check it out…  –  The name for this blog came from Dana’s love for the desert, chasing the sun and a good road trip.   It focuses on road trip stories from across Canada and the U.S. to inspire you to hit the road.  And with the great photography it certainly does inspire … –  Stefanie, a mother of three and former public relations hack, who loves to read and write, started out blogging just wanting to know what her children were reading and it has turned into a full blown obsession with the genres of Young Adult and pre-teen fiction.  Very interesting …  –  Angie Stevens is a grown up of forty two years old and her blog is mostly drawn.  It is a clever, artistic, entertaining and hugely amusing visual representation of her life.  –  Debra says – I have always been passionate about well-being but somehow I don’t always manage to turn my passion into a lived reality. Everyday life seems to get in the way of the stuff that I think makes for a contented life. This blog is about making space for some of those things.  –  The View From The Porch – If you take the time to look around, life can be pretty amazing.  I agree with Nancy – check this one out …  –  This blog features the adventures and advice of a solo traveller who thinks that the world is too wonderful to leave unexplored, and she’s correct of course …

And here are your 11 questions –

What’s your favourite comedy movie?

Would you rather live in the city or the woods?

If you had to choose to live without one of your five senses, which one would you give up?

Which animal best represents you and why?

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?

If you could take only three items to a desert island, what would they be?

What book has influenced you most?

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?

How would your best friends describe you?

What is your favourite music album?

If you could have one superpower what would it be and how would you use it?



8 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Thank you so much for the nomination! I enjoyed reading your question responses. I just finished reading a book called “The Lake House” that takes place partially in Cornwall. It is described so beautifully in the book and now you’ve confirmed what a wonderful place it is. I am definitely going to have to put it on my bucket list. (btw…I’m a crunchy peanut butter girl too 😉)

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    1. I shall look forward to reading your own responses too. It’s good to get to know other bloggers better, even if it is finding out whether their toast topping preference is crunchy or smooth !!

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