I was nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award by my gal and Team Inspire Joy boss babe, Caroline Thompson at Overcome Ordinary -- and I thought this would be a fun little way to mix up Friday favorites and include some fun get to know ya-s!
Seriously Caroline, thank you for the nomination! Seriously the freaking SWEETEST and I am so grateful the interwebs brought us together!!!
So, first up -- WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD?
The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given to bloggers who are inspiring, creative and bring sunshine into the lives of their readers and other fellow bloggers.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the rules:
Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog
Answer questions the nominating blogger has created for you
List other bloggers that you nominate for the Sunshine Blogger Award
Create 11 questions for the bloggers that you have nominated
Let your nominees know that they have been nominated
MY FUN FACT QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
What inspired the name of your blog?
Well, my name of course! (Teehee, I'm so funny) But if you mean my slogan, "Live Your F*ck YES Life", I was inspired by my own story and so many stories of the women in my life. I lived on automatic pilot for too many years. Unhappy, burnt out, filled with anxiety and emotionally eating my way through life. And I just couldn't do it anymore.
The past few years, I've committed to putting my health & happiness first. To finding freedom and FUN with fitness & food. And practicing self care for the first time in my life.
And I've made it my mission to pay that shit forward -- because if you can't tell me that you're really Living Your F*ck YES Life, then girl, something needs to change STAT. And my hope is that my story and my posts will inspire you to live yours to the fullest.
Are you allergic to anything?
Ok so this is actually a really funny story -- I broke out into CRAAAZY hives a couple of years ago after eating eggs and then a couple of months later, when I had custard. I was SURE I was allergic to eggs so I stopped eating them for years.
Turns out, if I was, I'm not anymore! And man oh man am I GLAD because is there anything better than a sunnyside up egg on avocado toast? Freaking delish.
But for real, I'm allergic to a bunch of animals -- cats, horses, rabbits. Anything but most dogs thank GOODNESS.
What are three things you are grateful for?
My hubby's ridiculous morning dance moves, loose leaf tea and my ridiculously snuggly pup, Toby.
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
To London, England to visit my best friend Rina! We used to spend every single day together for YEARS and her living on the other side of the country has been so tough -- teleportation really needs to be invented STAT.
What is one quote that you swear by?
"Why be moody when you can shake your booty."
What is your biggest strength and how are you using it in daily life?
How intentional I am about making time for myself.
Ironically, this is actually something that used to be my greatest weakness. I was a perma people pleaser -- always saying YES to things that I didn't want to do, and endlessly putting myself and my health & happiness last. I thought it was selfish to put myself first -- and now I know better.
This past year has been a game changer, and becoming a coach has been the kick in the pants I needed to actually start taking care of myself. I prioritized my self care for the first time in my life and holy shit has it been a game changer.
I've finally connected to my purpose. I've learned to truly love myself. I've dedicated time every single day to move my body, eat foods that fuel me, journal, read something inspiring -- anything that brings me a spark of joy. And now, it's become a daily ritual.
What is your biggest weakness and how are you working to overcome it?
You know, I often find that our perceived weaknesses can be our greatest strengths.
My first gut reaction to this question? My sensitivity.
It used to make me feel weak. Overwhelmed. Exhausted. But now I've realized just how grateful I am to be a sensitive soul.
It gives me compassion for others. It helps me connect with other people in a beautiful, unique way. And yeah, I cry at movies. And get emotional. So instead of fighting it and putting up walls, I'm overcoming it by embracing it. And loving myself for who I am. Even when my inner mean girl tells me I can't.
What is your dream job?
Being a full time health & wellness coach (almost there!), speaking at events to empower women and acting on stage in pieces of theatre that touch the soul and tell stories that matter.
Who is your role model and why?
I really struggled answering this questions. Probably because there are many people that I respect and admire for different reasons -- so I'm going to share a short list of some of the amazing people that I look up to and why...
My Mom - she is the most generous person I've ever met, and she teaches me every single day how to show unconditional love and support.
My Dad - he taught me that it's ok to cry at movies and
Anna Maria Locke -- This gal. She is the person I watched turn her passion into her business and do it in the most authentic and genuine way. And is the person who believed in ME to do the same. I am endlessly inspired by her vulnerability, her drive and her LIGHT.
Jenna Kutcher -- This freaking boss babe is endlessly inspiring me. I've been following her journey for years and seeing her emerge into this RAD business owner who is unapologetically herself.
If you didn’t have to worry about money, how would you spend your day? Month? Year?
I would be doing a lot of what I do now except with a whole lot less stress (oh money woes, aren't they the BEST?! #kidding) I would be spending my days empowering other women to break free of their limiting beliefs in their health journeys and lives, performing and speaking on stage, traveling and adventuring and masterminding with other empowering boss babes who also want to lead a MOVEMENT and put a freaking dent in the universe.
What do you look for in a significant other?
Spontaneity (I'm such a planner -- I need someone to encourage me to shake things up!), Brutal honesty, Goofy-ness, Shows love in little ways.
Grateful I've found such a keeper ;)
- What inspired you to start your blog?
- What are you reading right now?
- If you could go back in time, where would you go to and why?
- What's the most recent recipe you tried?
- If you could live in one item of clothing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
- What are three words your best friends would describe you as?
- When you leave this world, what is the legacy you want to leave behind?
- Current guilty pleasure tv show?
- What's your dream vacation spot?
- Favorite quote?
- If you could go back and tell your younger self something, what would it be?
I nominate Anna Maria Locke, Rebecca Mathews at Balance with Boo , Connie at Constantly: A Blog for the Girl on the Run , Christina at Busy Girl Healthy World , Carling at Carling Kerrigan and Lauren at Lake Shore Lady -- some RAD ASS gals who inspire me on the freaking DAILY. Go give them some LOVE and check 'em out if you haven't already!