Sunshine Blogger #4 from Keep It Alive

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes.

William James

Good morning! A few days ago, I was celebrating a friend’s birthday at a movie theater by seeing another superhero movie: Aquaman. Again, I loved the visual effects, the action, the laughs, and adventure!

My fourth Sunshine Blogger nomination is from Sadje from Keep It Alive! Thanks Sadje! She has some lovely stories as she weaves three or four tales a day from various word and photo prompts! She is a prolific writer and a popular lady here on the blogosphere.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
“The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.”

Once nominated, if you choose to accept, write a post where you:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the Sunshine Award and link back to their blog
  • Answer the questions set by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate other blogs and give them questions to answer
  • Notify your nominees through social media or commenting on their blog
  • List the “rules” and display a Sunshine Award logo in your post

Sadje’s interesting questions are as follows:

Which one, do you feel is your best post?

Objectively, I’m going to my stats for this. I don’t visit it too often so this is a surprise to me! My top 5 posts outside of my About page are:

Subjectively, I’ve enjoyed the process of writing each post and taking or finding pictures for each one. I love the stunning flowers I take pictures of. Such beauty is hard to rank. I feel that I can do better with time. 🙂

How do you get inspiration for writing?

Many things inspire me in a multitude of ways! It can be almost anything since I’m fascinated by a lot of topics and easily amused. I love it when I find obscure connections between current events! Photographs, artwork, illustrations, life experiences I want to make sense of, relationships, jokes, food, my educational experiences, books I’ve read, my travels, television shows, movies, quotes, other’s blog posts, random ideas that pop into my head and I want to explore them further by writing about it.

If given a choice would you choose traveling by train or ship?

I enjoy travelling by train! I like to cozy up with a book as I pass by beautiful scenery. I easily get sea-sick by ship and have to take motion sickness pills. I once went crab fishing with my aunt in North Carolina and the rockiness of the boat made me vomit most of the afternoon. However, I’ve always wondered what a cruise ship would feel like! Maybe it’s a smoother experience!

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Angry Birds – The early bird gets the worm… and turns it into a friend.

Generally an early bird! 🙂 I’m far more productive in the morning!

Which would you say is the best part of your life?

I cherish time spent with my relationships in nature. I enjoy travelling and having fun with my family, my roommates, my friends, and my boyfriend. I’ll share more stories about them later!

How was life in childhood for you?

Photo Credit: Realtor.com

I had a very charming and idyllic childhood for the most part. I was raised in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. In the cul-de-sac, my neighbors came from a variety of countries. It takes a village to raise a child. I was raised by teachers of all sorts of subjects, professors, engineers, doctors, bank tellers, business owners, mechanics, hotel housekeepers from a melting pot of religious and ethnic backgrounds. We all looked out for one another and I felt safe. We talked about many subjects underneath the sun when I would stop by to visit or when some of them babysat me.

They also had children my age. Playing with them was a blast! We had water gun fights, roller bladed in the sidewalks, played baseball, basketball, soccer. The girls would have long talks hanging out on the bed of my friend’s dad’s red truck till the moon popped up. We played outside for hours. Sometimes we stop to feed the ducks in the lake nearby. I am very fortunate to have such rich and vivid memories.

My loving parents worked hard to give us wonderful experiences. My siblings and I are close. My parents doted on and cared for us very well, and I’ve always felt loved and happy even though we weren’t rich. It was filled with fun family parties, road trip adventures, a wide range of music, fishing trips, visits to libraries and museums, and a love of nature.

My dad loves to grow several types of fruit trees around the perimeter of our backyard. I would help him take care of the flower and vegetable garden where we grew squash, peppers, eggplant, lettuce, mint. I would harvest the fruit off the trees and we would share our surplus with our friends and other family members. He also taught me lessons in construction, mathematics, and mechanics.

My mom was a stay-at-home homemaker while working as a seamstress on the side. I learned a lot of domestic skills. I basically learned how to sew my own clothes and other neat things. I would have fun cooking gourmet meals and baking wonderful treats with mom in the kitchen.

Are you a coffee person or a tea addict?

I don’t drink coffee at all, but I do love tea! It’s a wonderful stimulant to get me going in the mornings nearly every day. It also relaxes me when I might be going through some stressful moments. I also love to invite friends over for tea and cookies while we catch up with each other’s lives.

Food that you cannot resist?

Oh! I am a foodie! I love a variety of dishes as well as a lot of desserts! I love various types of pasta, seafood, breakfast food, lightly whipped desserts like eclairs or tarts.

What should be the first thing a child be taught?

There’s so much to teach children! However, I think some important lessons a child should learn is to show gratitude, respect, kindness, and be a life long learner. If they throw a tantrum, they should learn that they will not always get what they want by acting rudely.

How are you enjoying blogging?

I love it very much and find it more rewarding than other social media sites I’ve tried. I feel like I can express my thoughts more easily here. I’m thankful to you for being a great community! Right now, it’s fun to write stories for an audience.

What are your ambitions for your blog?

It’s an evolving entity. I would love to collaborate with other bloggers on a project of sorts. Perhaps we can tackle a challenge together and write our accounts. Someday, I might invite bloggers to write on my blog about a particular topic.

I want to incorporate some thorough book/movie reviews of some books/movies that I’ve recently read. I want to write more about my studies in depth and explore more literature which is a passion of mine. I want to be more comfortable expressing opinions about a variety of other subjects. I do a lot of sketch work as well and would love to share that with all of you!

I also hope I can also spread more sunshine and beauty to your lives by sharing inspiring quotes, snapping pictures that leave me in awe, or sharing stories that have touched my heart.

35 Comments Add yours

  1. Congratulations on the nominations!! You deserve them all! I guess I’m still in my childhood lol but I live down a small street in a smallish village near a town, and I know everyone! We’re close as neighbours as well and we often have parties to just get together and have fun! There’s not many kids my or my siblings ages but there’s two that are slightly older than me, I love it though! It’s great as there’s always someone to talk to!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks! ❤ I do like the small town vibe. Life in the neighborhood is great when you can chat with them and hang out. Enjoy it! 🙂

  2. Joey Blue says:

    congrats, Sa! save some Pho for me!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks! My parents’ pho is yummy! Though I can imagine pho restaurants would get packed if it’s cold where you are at! 🙂

      1. Joey Blue says:

        oh yes they do. my favorite one comes with vermicelli, beef, and egg rolls

        1. theresaly520 says:

          I have a lot of favorites: that is one of them as well!

          1. Joey Blue says:

            I’m more of a sucker for coconut and chicken currys – but no bamboo

  3. Sadje says:

    Congratulations! A wonderful post. Loved reading your answers. Stay happy and blessed

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Sadje! They were wonderful questions. I hope to continue enjoying life. 🙂 ❤

  4. Congratulations!! Love this!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks so much Laura! It was fun to write. 🙂

  5. Jade M. Wong says:

    Congratulations on a well-deserved nomination! 🙂 I loved the visual effects of Aquaman too! (And I’m also a Jason Momoa fan so watching a whole movie of him was going to be enjoyable for me regardless LOL). Also, you have to warn a girl before you post a series of delectable looking food photos! Yum!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks! I love that Jason Momoa is a family guy. He is a pretty cool! Warning noted! 😉 Food is delectable! ❤

  6. Alphe says:

    Trains are the best! I love travelling by trains on sunny days, leaning on the window and listening to the rhythmic clatter. 🙂
    No coffee at all? How are you even alive?! I drink about a litre of coffee a day… ^^’

    1. theresaly520 says:

      LOL! Wow that’s a lot of coffee! You’re like Lorelai Gilmore! 😀 I once had someone jokingly asked me if I was even American when I told him I didn’t drink coffee. I guess America is known for being a worker house culture. It’s hard to live without it. 😉

      1. Alphe says:

        Actually, interesting that you say it. I do know that the “starbucks” culture (i.e. takeaway coffee) is strong in the US, but I never really thought of America as place I’d associate with coffee. And then it came to doing research for my post about tea, and I found out that the US are actually one of the few countries with coffee consumption higher than tea consumption!
        For me, it’s just necessity. Sleeping about 5 hours a day, I’m a zombie without caffeine in my veins.

  7. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    You’re on fire! Congrats ma’am!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! ❤ I figure I'll knock them all out this month! 🙂

  8. Love it – wooooh wooooh! Super post – you worked hard on that and it was down right fabulous!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks Mel! It was a fun post to reminisce about and I do appreciate Sadje and her questions! 🙂 ❤

  9. Congrats sa! Once again, always such a wonderful read! 😊 my mom and your dad would get along…she has a natural green thumb and gardens fruits and vegetables and fruit trees.😊

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks! Wow, sounds fascinating Jenna! You probably enjoy the fruits quite a bit as much as we do! Do you guys make pies or other desserts with them?

      1. My mom cans and makes sauces, jam, soups..all sorts of delights!😊 I wish I lived closer to enjoy all the fresh fruits and vegetables from my mom’s garden and trees. I used to when I lived in NY. Now sometimes my mom will make some jam and send it to me, which is always a nice treat!😉😁

  10. Winnie says:

    Congratulations! Well-deserved award. I also love your photos of flowers. ❤️

  11. iScriblr says:

    Congratulations sweetie! You totally rocked the answers! ❤️

    PS – Those food pictures are to die for! 😉

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! It was a fun post and I do love food! 🙂 Posting is difficult when I just want to eat it off the computer screen! With 3D food printing on the horizon, I’m not sure how to feel about it. ❤

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks Kristen! I’ll see what story comes to mind! 🙂

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! I’m sorry I saw this message late!😊💖

  12. Howdy! I simply would like to give a huge thumbs up for the great content you have here on this post. I will probably be coming again to your blog for more soon.

  13. I really like your article. It’s evident that you have a lot knowledge on this topic. Your points are well made and relatable. Thanks for writing engaging and interesting material.

  14. theresaly520 says:

    Thank you Sebastian! I have studied many long hours on a variety of topics I am passionate about. I don’t claim to have the right answers. I just like to deeply explore various ideas 🤠

  15. theresaly520 says:

    🤠💖 Why hello there Fransisca! Thank you for your appreciation! Have a wonderful week!

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