Today, I want to thank my friend Kerry from Postcards from Kerry, an exceptional blogger herself who is particularly gifted in writing fictional fairy stories, for nominating me for the outstanding blogger award. I am really excited about this one, and to be described as an outstanding blogger does feel quite flattering.
The nomination is also the perfect opportunity to relax, answer a few questions and share some love nominating other bloggers. After all, blog awards are a great way to recognize and support blogs beyond following, commenting, or liking.
Just as I was closing in on Kerrie’s last question, a message popped up in my WordPress readers feed from Tea and Hiking Boots and Redefined Timeline announcing two more nominations for the same award. I am honoured and grateful, thankful, and blessed to be nominated by three lovely bloggers. Thank you very much 🙂
THE AWARD RULES
- Provide a link to the creator’s original award post.
- Answer the questions provided.
- Create 7 unique questions.
- Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated.
1 What continent are you from and how does that influence your blog?
I live on a continent called Europe. When I started a blog a few years ago I knew right away it was gonna be a travel blog as I desired to write about all the places worth visiting and exploring in Ireland.
2. What is your least favorite place in the world?
A crowded elevator, or a crowded queue area at a tourist attraction during a 90+ degree, high-humidity day (the stench of body odour can reach epic proportions). I guess any place where you are being squeezed in like canned sardines with total strangers.
3. What do you enjoy most about your blog?
Feeling like I’ve found my voice. I’ve always known I had a voice of course and I’ve always been quite self-aware and perhaps even quite self-assured but it’s one thing to have all these thoughts swirling in your head and quite another to put pen to paper (or in my case, fingers to keyboard), share them with someone else and actually have a conversation about whatever random thoughts are in my head.
Also, I very much like meeting people and making friends with other bloggers in the community. So much of blogging is done independently in our own homes or coffee shops. It can be easy to feel alone or isolated trying to figure out how to grow our blogs and social media channels.
Having a few blogging friends who understand the struggles of blogging is a game-changer. It’s important to make friends with other bloggers because bloggers need other bloggers. Most of our friends and family who are not bloggers don’t totally “get” what we do all of the time and sometimes that can make us grow encouraged. When you have friends who are also bloggers themselves, you already have an instant connection and understanding with each other. You share the same passion and that’s huge in a friendship!
4. How is the pandemic affecting your writing, if at all?
At the start of the pandemic and the consequent lockdown, my writing life was affected quite profoundly. With a full-time job and no childcare, I found myself unable to focus, and even when I forced myself to sit before the computer, my mind kept wandering and worrying, and it was difficult to write anything much. However, as the days wore on, I decided to take another look at writing and managed to gradually find my rhythm in the midst of the pandemic crisis.
We all fall on hard times, and we all struggle to get back to our equilibrium.
For some, getting back to equilibrium can involve seeing a therapist. For others, it could be starting a new job or moving to a new place. For some of the more literary-minded or creative folks like myself, getting better can begin with writing – it’s one of the more effective acts of self-care. That’s why I still find time to journal daily for therapeutic benefits.
5. What other species would you like to be (including alien)?
If aliens are included, then I’d say we can pretty sure choose something from mythical beasts and magical creatures, too? If so, I would most likely go ahead with a supernatural creature prominent in Northwest Coast Indigenous myths and legends known as Thunderbird. Thunder and lightning are attributed to the thunderbird, which produces thunder by flapping its wings and lightning by opening and closing its eyes. How amazing would that be!
6. Are you a geek or non-geek?
I am a non-geek.
7. What would you like to happen in 2022?
After a miserable year-and-a-half, alternating between lockdowns and new outbreaks, I would like to wake up to the news saying that the coronavirus has at long last been defeated. Would be so nice to speak of it in the past tense.
I would like to see a different approach to travelling; it has to be reinvented and it has to be about travelling better not just safer. The basic tenets of travel stay the same: pack bags, board a plane/train/automobile, see the world. Yet travel trends change all the time, and the approaches we take toward new destinations and epic adventures change along with them. I’d love to see an increased emphasis on wellness and sustainability not just ticking off destinations.
Questions posed to me by Redefined Timeline ( I was scrolling trough your ‘About’ page, but couldn’t find your name!)
What single item could you never leave behind on an excursion?
Definitely my camera because photography is the story I sometimes fail to put into words.
If you had to live on a secluded desert island with one other person, who would it be and why?
Most likely, it would be a clone of myself, but if I had to pick real, live, human being it would be my husband, Valters: neither Valters or myself have a particular skill set that would make either one of us invaluable, but I get to choose, so I choose him. After all, we’re gonna have one helluva story to tell after we make it back to civilization, and I can’t think of a single person I’d rather share such an epic adventure with!
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
Speed because the ability to manage my time is an important skill, as is the capacity to spot ways to improve processes and accomplish tasks more swiftly.
What aspirations do you have for 2021, and an end to COVID?
2020 was an incredibly difficult year for so many people and I know going into 2021 we will still have struggles ahead. This year I didn’t set any New Year resolutions. 2020 taught me not to plan too far ahead into the future, or expect the future to look a certain way, but instead, it taught me to live more in the present, being thankful for every day you get to hug and be with your family and friends.
I wanna continue focussing on myself, on being the most authentic and real person I could be. Someone who’s healthy (both physically and mentally), doing what she loved with people she loved, and who isn’t overdoing it by people pleasing and being something she wasn’t. This way I can make a difference in the world in my own way, making it a better place to be for everyone.
I would love to invest more time to make the world better and kinder and I would like to: create a bee and bird friendly garden, sprinkle kindness like it’s confetti, live mindfully, be more considerate of others, whether I know them or not, step through life with honesty and integrity and so on.
How did you choose the name for your blog, and is there any special meaning behind it?
When it comes to the blog name, I wanted to keep it short and simple. I had no desire to come up with a name, as pro-bloggers always tend to suggest, that’s catchy, memorable, descriptive, and stands out from the crowd. And, I also don’t want a name that’s cliché, confusing, or hard to remember. I wanted a word that represents movement and thus Our Crossings was born.
What’s your preference, planning your own trip or using a tour company to take care of the itinerary for you?
There’s a lot to think about when planning travel: from getting a visa, to figuring out transportation, to booking accommodation and getting local currency, it can be downright stressful for some people, but I very much love every aspect of it. It’s an opportunity to take a travel daydream and turn it into reality.
What are your favorite travel apps?
Roadtrippers for every time I am inspired to grab a car and go someplace, Skyscanner with its unique ‘everywhere’ feature allowing me to look for new and surprising destinations and All Trails – a fantastic app for the nature lover and hikers displaying over 100,000 curated trails, how amazing is that!
Questions posed to me by Tea & Hiking Boots
You are given the opportunity to live a year in any city (or town) in the world. Room and board are completely covered. Where do you go?
This one is very easy – I would choose Vancouver. Having visited Vancouver I am aware of its charms. Surrounded by mountains, water, creeks and inlets, there’s plenty to lure wildlife and nature lovers like me. It’s one of those rare cities that can offer endless amounts of adventure – from watching a grizzly bear snack on salmon and surfing at the small town of Tofino to amazing skiing at Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour and playing ice-hockey on the frozen lakes. Not to mention an opportunity to hop across the border to Seattle, a city surrounded by the worlds most beautiful national parks – Olympic and North Cascades.
Sometimes photos aren’t “Instagram-worthy” but they hold great memories or make you laugh. Do you have a travel/adventure photo that fits this description?
I sure have plenty of those. Some of my favourite travel photos were taken twenty years ago on film. An old-school way of capturing moments without saturating and editing had a way of capturing ‘real emotions’
During your travels and explorations is there a walk or hike you’ve really enjoyed?
Hiking and walking is one of my passions and most of our travels revolve around certain hikes and trails. Due to the pandemic crisis, our hikes took us across Sligo and that’s where I found some of the most amazing hiking trails.
Do you ever divert your itinerary based on advice from locals or other travelers?
Yes. there been many times when we’ve extended our itinerary and diverted our course due to suggestions by other travellers and locals. I don’t like to race around with an ambitious itinerary; instead, I follow my feet and the people around me. It’s amazing what kind of things you can stumble upon when you put down the guidebook.
If you could learn any language instantly, which one would you choose?
I would love to learn Finnish. I got interested in Finnish because of t’s grammar and rich inflectional and derivational morphology. It’s a very beautiful language because the real beauty comes from how clean and effective it is. I adore the sound of Finnish. It has an extremely high number of pure vowels and diphthongs as well as vowel length contrast, which I have always thought was super cool.
What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
One of the best books I’ve read lately is Kings of the Yukon: A River Journey in Search of the Chinook which tells the story of a 2000 mile canoe trip across Canada and Alaska, investigating the cause of the king salmon’s decline, and how that decline is impacting on the many different communities and ecosystems that depend on it. It won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year (2018) and the Lonely Planet Adventure Travel Book of the Year (2019).
A visitor is coming to your local area, do you have a recommendation they wouldn’t find on a “Top Ten” tourist listing?
There are many exciting places around Sligo that you wouldn’t be able to find in any of the travel brochures. Sometimes we recommend them visitors, but then there are few places we like to keep a secret
Here are my questions for my award nominees:
1. What was the last book you read and what did you think of it?
2. When you travel to the far corners of the earth, do you feel like the world shrinks or grows?
3. Does traveling make you a better person?
4. What’s the longest plane ride you have ever been on?
5. If you were offered a one-way ticket to go on your dream adventure tomorrow, what would you say?
6. If you wrote a novel, what would it be about?
7. Could you live in another country for the rest of your life?
Here are the bloggers I’m nominating, in no particular order:
If you are a total rebel and don’t partake in these chainmail tags and don’t want to tell everyone something about your personal life, feel free to take a pass, because as we all know- they take too much time. So, if you’ve been nominated but would rather not participate, you can simply ignore the nomination.
Allan from PhotoBlography3
Jason from Jason Likes to Travel
Bernie from Equipoiselife
Casey from Suitcasey
Hannah from Traveling Han
Christie from 1000 Places and Memories
Juliette from Sunny Days with Juliette
Alessa from Pinned on Places
Linda from Grammy Writes
Sarah from Get Up, Get Away