Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Cala Lily and the Sunshine Blogger Award
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Cala Lily and the Sunshine Blogger Award

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Recently I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Concrete Islandista.  I met Tabitha through Instagram.  So when I saw that I was nominated I was very humbled by this because it’s always nice to be recognized by others. 

The Sunshine Award is given to bloggers who are inspiring and bring sunshine into the lives of readers and fellow bloggers.  Nominees are to complete the following:
  • Thank the blogger who nominated them and link them back to their blog
  • Answer the questions prepared by the nominating blogger
  • List other bloggers that you nominate for the Sunshine Blogger Award
  • Create 11 questions for the bloggers that you nominate
  • Inform your nominees that you’ve been nominated

So, let’s move on to the questions that were asked of me!

Why did you start your blog?

I started back in 2010 (all of those posts have since been archived) but I wasn’t serious about it and that was just not the best time of my life that I’d like to still have up on the blog, SO I revamped and in April of 2013 I started blogging again.  One of my coworkers at the time kept sending me blogs to look at and that was back when blogging exploded.  So I told her I had a blog and she told me to start up again.  This blog of mine is my creative outlet because I work in an office and I don’t really get to be creative there.  There was really no reason why I started, I just started because I needed something else in my life.  I needed a hobby and I thought well, I’ll document my life and outfits and if people read it, awesome, and if they don’t that’s fine too!  Since then I’ve evolved into a different person and have learned so much along with made so many great friendships.

What has been one of the most exciting things you’ve done with your blog?

Well, there is something exciting currently in the works, but something in the past would probably be all of the collabs I’ve done and all of the conferences/meet ups I’ve been to/organized.  I’ve done so many things with this blog that I can’t pick just one exciting thing.  I’m always excited about my blog, especially if I’m doing new things or working with brands.  Sorry y’all, I don’t have one specific thing that’s the most exciting haha!

What has blogging taught you?

A LOT.  It really has.  It’s taught me that I like to write.  I need to embrace myself and my differences from everyone else.  I was always a shy person and never thought highly of myself and ALWAYS knew that I was different but wanted to much to fit in that I didn’t stay true to myself.  My blog has taught me to embrace myself and how different I am.  I may not be sportin’ the same Chloe wedges as everyone else this season, but that’s ok!  I no longer want to fit in with all of the popular girls.

Do you have guilty pleasures?  Chocolate?  A specific show?  Etc.

Hmm.  Well, I have a few and some of them probably won’t make sense because they will be contradicting haha.  The gym, crackers, cheese, cars, Taco Bell, and Lifetime.

If you could give your younger self advice what would it be?

Stop trying to grow up so fast.  Being an adult sucks lol.  Instead of spending all of your money on crap, save it to pay off your student loans that you are still not even halfway done paying at 30.
What has been your favorite travel destination?  If you haven’t been there yet what would it be?
Poland, but that’s just because my entire family is there.  Other than Poland I’d love to go to Italy, Greece, and Japan (specifically Tokyo).

What are some of your favorite topics to write about on your blog and why? 

Hmm, favorite topics.  Well, I don’t really have any because I’m always talking about whatever is on my mind.  Even though this blog started as a fashion blog I don’t really talk a lot about fashion.  I talk about a lot of different things, some fashion related, and some not.  I guess I’m kind of lax in the topic department haha.

When are you at your most happiest?

Behind the wheel, on an open road, with no one around me and the windows down.

Or, with my family (the boyfriend included), the pups, or on cheat day at Taco Bell!

Are there any societal causes you are passionate about?

I don’t really like to talk too much about these types of things on my blog.  

What is one fact about yourself that many people don’t know or only people close to you know?

That I’m a car enthusiast.

What are your future goals?

Within the next 2-3 years I’d like to buy a house and maybe have enough to pay off my car/student loans.  I want to pay things off before I settle down and start wanting to have a family.

My questions for my nominees:
  • Why did you start your blog?
  • What has been one of the most exciting things you’ve done with your blog?
  • What has blogging taught you?
  • Do you have any guilty pleasures?  Chocolate?  A specific show?  Etc.
  • If you could give your younger self advice what would it be?
  • What has been your favorite travel destination?  If you haven’t been there yet what would it be?
  • What are some of your favorite topics to write about on your blog and why?
  • When are you at your most happiest?
  • Are there any societal causes you are passionate about?
  • What is one fact about yourself that many people don’t know or only people close to you know?
  • What are your future goals?

My nominees:

   

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3 comments

  1. Lol love your answers!! Lifetime and Taco Bell cracked me up! I'm also naturally shy and my blog has opened my world and given me great opportunities. I've also learned that there is nothing wrong with being shy.. after being told that from a lot of people growing up and even in work environment. I actually think being shy helps me be a better writer.. because I like to rethink things. Really nice getting to know you more! And those pants are amazing on you!

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  2. Congrats lady! I've loved your blog since I found it. Your style is fabulous and I love your writing style!

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  3. You look great! I thought it was a jumpsuit at first.
    Thanks for linking!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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