One of the great things about the blogging community is the way in which it really is a community. When I started blogging in December, I was looking for a way to share my thoughts on running, recipes, and life in general with the world. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, I also missed writing for fun about subjects I enjoy, and I realize now that’s a part of me I never want to give up again! On a related note, this past Saturday was my 20th day straight of blogging, unplanned by me but the creative juices had been flowing for the past few weeks. That probably won’t happen again, I’ll keep it to 4-5/week at the sweet spot for me. But part of the reason I kept writing was because people kept reading! Another thing I didn’t know was how all the bloggers out there (and there are many, many more than I ever imagined) who found their way to my little corner of the web would be so supportive of my blog, and would themselves have such creative content that I’d become a daily reader of theirs. There was so much to learn over the past few months, and every day is another surprise. Like last Friday, when I was nominated for a Liebster Award by Peppermint Girl. I’d never heard of it, but I think it’s a great way to encourage connections between bloggers. So, without further ado, on to her questions for me…
What inspires you the most in life?
My biggest inspiration in life is seeing other people doing what makes them happy. For a long time, I thought I had to be the best at one thing or another, whether it was what I really wanted or not. I struggled to pick one thing and define myself solely by it. Now I understand that I’m much happier and on my way to living a full life by doing lots of things that I enjoy, whether I’m awesome at them or just average. In fact, that’s how I came up with my blog title. A Renaissance Runner Girl likes to run – and cook gluten-free treats, and look at art, and hang out with friends and family, and ski in winter and swim in summer!
What time of day do you write the best content for your blog?
I write the best content either early in the morning, before I go out for a run, or mid-afternoon, when I’m done with schoolwork or my internship and ready for a change of pace.
What is the hardest thing you have ever done, or the biggest obstacle you have faced in your life?
Confronting the fact that I was struggling with an eating disorder while going to school across the Atlantic Ocean from my home was probably the toughest, because I had to face a lot of anxiety-inducing issues head-on all at once. I was really lucky to have amazing and supportive friends while doing it.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
When I was 10, I wanted to be a soloist with the New York City Ballet and a U.S. Senator. A soloist (not a principal) and a senator (not President) so I’d have time to do both, you see! Oh, how dreams can change.
If you could live one day over again, what day would it be?
I would love to be able to experience the aftermath of Finals at Oxford – the ‘trashing’ celebration and the fun I had with my dearest friends afterwards, drinking champagne, eating strawberries, and punting on the Isis. But that would mean I had to re-sit the exams I took in the morning… Honestly, I think the best days are yet to come, life just keeps getting more interesting, and at 23 I still have a lot of living, laughing, and loving ahead of me!
If you had to choose between makeup and hair products (shampoo, etc. not included), which would you choose?
Umm, I don’t really use either! I wear makeup other than chapstick about four days a year, and I don’t use any hair products other than shampoo. I guess Burt’s Bees lip gloss and chapstick!
What inspired you to start blogging?
What is the biggest piece of advice you would give your younger self?
What is your favorite thing to eat on your birthday?
Fancy gala attire or shorts and flip-flops?
Can’t wait to read their responses! Now, I’m off to enjoy this apple-licious breakfast…an Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cake with apple butter and a crisp Pink Lady apple! The coffee is blueberry 🙂
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