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Six Things: A Blogger Q and A

Six Things: A Blogger Q And A

First off, you know you are normally the person holding the camera when you have to go back five months in time just to find a photo of yourself alone. This could also be due to the fact that I will delete any and all photos that do not pass my ultra-critical tests. Meaning, for every thirty photos of me, only one survives, but whatever. Back to the point of this post.

Last week I was tagged by not one, but two of my favorite bloggers to join in on a little blogger Q and A. Selena and Sara asked the questions. And I’m supposed to do the answering, three questions from each of them. So here goes nothing…

1. What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
Being born into an international family. If my parents hadn’t been brave enough to leave the town they were born in, move across the world, and bring their two girls with them, I’d probably still be living in that very same town. I wouldn’t have grown up living in and traveling through Southeast Asia. I wouldn’t have moved back to the US years later with a burning desire to see more of the world. In short, I wouldn’t be exactly where I am right now. And that would be a shame.

2. What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
Eat your own grass. There will always be someone smarter than you, or prettier. They’ll make more money or have more class. They’ll get more opportunities than you, take better vacations, be better at things than you. Their grass will look greener, but if you’re wasting your time wishing for their grass, you’ll go hungry. In other words, learn to be content.

3. What are you most afraid of?
Well, that is one loaded question and I could dodge it truthfully by telling you that spiders scare the ever-living crap out of me, but that’s too easy. I think the thing that scares me the most is death. My own mortality, of course, but also that of the people (and animals!) I love. I don’t deal well with it at all. In fact, it scares me so much that I don’t want to talk about it anymore. Someone call a therapist. Emergency session, stat!

4. If you could go back in time and change one event in your life, would you? If so, what event?
I’ve got a bunch of minor things I’d change. I’d never have used a tanning bed, for instance. Gross. But the biggest thing I’d do differently is use my college scholarship for something useful instead of radio broadcasting. Sure, I had a ton of fun, but what good does that degree do me now? Knowing what I know now about myself, I’d probably pick either photography or journalism. Maybe a combination of the two. Oh well, eat your own grass, Sarah.

5. If you could switch careers and instantly be qualified for it, what would you chose?
Easy – I’d be a host for a television show on the Travel Channel. Sometimes I still, literally, dream about it. Sadly, I believe that ship has sailed, or more precisely, my ship never even left the harbor on that dream. No need to fret, I’m a traveler with a blog. That’s the next best thing, right?

6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Right here, baby! I am exactly where I want to be, and I’m thankful for it every single day.

I’d like to invite all of my new readers to play along! Answer the questions in today’s blogger Q and A, and then tag me so we can get to know each other a little better! Also, if you really want the skinny on me, check out my About Me page.

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  • Phill R
    October 18, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    Great advice Sarah’s mum, and very timely for me. I guess I’m guilty of spending too much time thinking that the grass is greener in every one else’s patch. But with a little time and care I can get a whole field of green.

  • Emmymom
    September 6, 2013 at 5:04 AM

    Love that picture of you! I too have a hard time finding pictures of myself- though if I ever hand the camera to Eric then there are about 30 pictures of me in a 5 minute span.

    Love love your mom’s advice. Such great advice.

    You know, I don’t fear death- I am sure it is because of my religious beliefs and what I know to be true—- not that I want it to happen anytime soon though :P

  • Janette Johanson
    September 6, 2013 at 4:24 AM

    YAY! I love this post and learning more about you… I do not believe you have taken a bad picture.. not possible. I saw a friend yesterday post a picture of his wife taking a bite of food for lunch and he posted that he was having lunch with his wife. I’d be pissed about that picture being posted but anyway– I am scared of death too.. more importantly scared that it won’t impact anyone or that I will miss everything here. :( makes me sad to think about it too– scary. I wish I had taken more adventures growing up– my parents pushed me to go places but I was too chicken and again, scared of what I’d miss if I left. You’re awesome and I think you could still be a tv host– I bet if you wrote in to the local radio show you could start there with a feature of the week or something– then go to the tv station with the same idea. xoxo

  • Kerry
    September 5, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Love your answers!! I especially love #2, what a very wise woman your mother is, I need to remember this piece of advice for sure :)

    #3 is me to a tee, I can have panic attacks just thinking about it, I do not do well at all thinking of my own mortality. Moving on, I can’t talk about it…

    You are such an awesome person, I love learning more about you xoxo

  • Bonnie Rose
    September 5, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Love how you answered that you love where you are now in life. I can contently say that right now too…and i’ve never been able to say that while I was living in the US. Possibly an ode of being a TCK, needing to get back overseas. Love these type of posts because its great to get to know people better. x

  • Stacie Stamper
    September 4, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    I do the same thing with photos. And I think we should get to be older before we have to pick college majors and decide what we want to do with our life, who really knows at 20?

  • Jo
    September 3, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Great answers! I always say if you think their grass is greener remember that it takes a lot of manure to get it that way.

  • Deidre
    September 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Hah, I love “eat your own grass” So very true. I’m so happy to have found your blog!

  • Jenn Bowers
    September 2, 2013 at 4:23 AM

    LOVE it! Eating our own grass is pretty important!

  • Mrs. Match
    September 1, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Eat your own grass, what a great saying! I love it! I also need to remind myself to do exactly that. I’m so afraid of my loved ones dying. I try not to think about it too much, and focus on the short time we get with them here on earth.

  • Jen Mc
    September 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    I love this post, it’s fun to learn about others this way.
    I hope you are all doing well!

  • Connie Weiss
    September 1, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    I think you should VLOG!!

  • Impulsive Addict
    August 31, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    The picture is gorgeous! I love these questions and answers! I always learn something new! My favorite–your mommas advice! I have a hard time eating my own grass. I’m a work in progress!

  • Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe
    August 31, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Ha! I love “eat your own grass!” Great advice!! And I’m like you, I’m exactly where I want to be right now!

  • Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
    August 31, 2013 at 5:37 AM

    oh I love these answers. Especially your mother’s advice!

  • Nicole
    August 31, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Radio broadcasting, huh? Interesting! Never knew you had that degree! I love your mom’s advice-it’s so true!

  • topchelseagirl
    August 31, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Your Mum gave you very wise advice, and you are a travel show host – right here!

  • Katrin
    August 31, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    I love your last answer! That’s so wonderful!
    And your dream job sounds fantastic. That would be so much fun!

  • Erin P
    August 31, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Your mom gave you some awesome advice…something we can all learn from! And I’ve always wanted a travel show too! ha I guess I’ll have to be content traveling some myself and reading other travel blogs, like yours. ;)

  • Deborah Steagall
    August 31, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    What I would give (careful Debbie ~ where are you eating!) ~ to have had the insight you have when I was your age. Sixty has suddenly crept up on me this year and so many words and things create a “mushy” and “wanderlust” feeling. Please don’t stop “rambling”! Why, even at 60, one can learn something new and/or return to their God-given path! Well wishs!

  • Sara Louise
    August 30, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    I love that you are exactly where you want to be! That’s a fantastic feeling :)
    Your mother’s advice is spot on and should be taken by all of us. Wise woman!