Exciting news! Amanda from Amanda Under Construction was kind enough to nominate me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award! I met her through Blogging 101 and her site is a real treat–do check it out! Since I’ve received this award before (see first post here), I’m going to skip all the hoo-ha and simply answer the questions. (There’s more to it, but if you’ve been a reader for a while, you’ll know that I’m super awkward about the whole nomination business.)
1. Favorite social media platform?
Probably Instagram. It doesn’t suck up a great deal of time and I love all the photos. (Follow me at ameliab648!)
2. Favorite movie? Most recent movie you’ve seen?
Most recent: Jurassic World
Favorite: Midnight in Paris
3. What’s been the best day of your life so far?
Describe it! I’ve actually written posts about this! “An Afternoon in Austria” describes the process of getting to five of the best days I’ve ever had. On my travel blog, “The Austria Post” gives more of a general impression. In it, I talk a lot about how visiting my friends impacted my Christian faith at the time.
4. Ryan Gosling or Jake Gyllenhaal?
Both are attractive, but if pressed to choose…
5. Name a female that you look up to/you see as a mentor/role model! (Celeb, mom, whatever.)
Not only is J.K. Rowling an incredible storyteller, but I’m always blown away at her poise in the public sphere. Her 2008 Harvard Commencement speech is one of my absolute favorites–I’ve listened to her wise words about the importance of failure and benefits of imagination multiple times and they never fail to give me chills. Her rags-to-riches story has always inspired me greatly. I also really admire her empathy to those less-fortunate and her incredible ability to send scalding, but still elegant retorts in 140 characters or less on Twitter.
6. Best compliment you’ve ever received?
Four years ago, I spent the summer before my freshman year of college volunteering at my local library. There was a librarian there I really liked. Recently, my mother was at a meeting for prominent local business people and ran into her. The librarian, recognizing my mom, inquired about my current well-being. When I heard about the encounter, I was shocked that she actually remembered me. After all, three months of shelving books once a week isn’t enough to really make a lasting impression… or so I thought. My mom then said something that has stuck with me: “Amelia, you’ll be surprised at the impact that you make on people just by being true to yourself.”
7. What makes you feel better when you’re feeling sad?
Scented candles, hot baths, romantic movies, cuddling my cat, and curling up with a good book.
8. What’s your favorite word?
Nostalgia. I’m a deeply nostalgic person and find the word’s etymology fascinating. The two portions in their Greek form, “nostos” and “algia”, literally translate to “the pain of home”. Just thinking about this definition makes my heart ache for an idealized time-gone-by that can never be found again.
9. Bookstores or libraries?
Bookstores have my heart, but libraries have my soul.
10. What do you most like writing about?
Most of the posts I’ve been the most proud of tend to be musings about the past or future. Trying to articulate how a place or event shaped me tends to draw out my best thoughts. Attempting to use words to give shape to the future usually has the same effect. That aside, I love writing about books. My weekly On the Shelf posts have been particular favorites lately.
Thanks again, Amanda, for the nomination!