The Sunshine Blogger Award

I’ve had a busy week, and a crazy but amazing weekend. Mostly because my 20th birthday was yesterday, and an amazing man that I get to call the love of my life proposed on Friday! (There will probably be more on that in the weeks and months to come ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Thankfully, I’ve been nominated to participate in a blog tag! I was tagged a couple weeks ago, but I still wanted to answer these questions. Blog tags are just fun posts where you get to learn a little bit about me, and it’s a great way for me to connect with you, as my readers and also with other bloggers. Thank you E.G. Bella for tagging me! You can find her post here.

The rules for this blog tag are:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their post.
  2. Answer all 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award, and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your blog post.

Now for the questions I was asked:

1. Whatโ€™s the most beautiful place youโ€™ve ever seen?

I haven’t traveled a whole lot, but I have been to Colorado, and I thought the mountains there were really gorgeous and I enjoyed hiking all the trails and marveling at the amazing scenery. However, I think the most beautiful place I’ve been is my home. I live in a beautiful valley: there’s trees and wildflowers, a creek and a river, and astounding sunrises and sunsets. As the old song goes, “‘Mid pleasures and palaces tho’ we may roam, be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.”1

2. If you could only speak one word today, what would you say?

The first thing that came to mind was “smile.” I think that works as an only word because it can be a statement or a command. And of course, I would have to be smiling while saying this one word! It would be a good way to cheer up anyone who was sad, and to spread joy among loved ones. A simple word and expression can go a long way.

3. Describe your perfect sandwich.

“A nice MLT, mutton, lettuce and tomato, where the mutton is nice and lean…”2 Okay, kidding, but I hope all my Princess Bride friends got that. For real though, I think it depends on the day. But as a whole I like sandwiches that have good bakery bread, meat and cheese of some sort (but turkey and cheddar or provolone are usually a good pick), mayo, and a variety of veggies. Fresh garden veggies on a sandwich are always especially good!

4. When is the last time you laughed out loud? What did you laugh at?

I laugh a lot. And that’s mostly because I have so many wonderful people in my life that make me laugh and smile. My siblings are silly, my dad is a total goofball, and my fiance just all around brightens my day. I’ve had to keep changing this part of the post because the last time I laughed out loud is constantly updating. However, as of Sunday night when I’m finishing this post, I told my wonderful fiance (who also happens to be my blog editor) that I had to write the last thing that made me laugh. And he said he’d just make up a dumb joke or something. No jokes were required; that alone made me laugh. ๐Ÿ™‚

5. Whatโ€™s the best piece of advice youโ€™ve ever been given?

Wow, this is a hard one, and it was hard to give a straight answer to it. But I’m going to settle on “live for the glory of God.” Growing up in a Christian home, I don’t know where I first heard those exact words or the concept; I have probably been hearing something like that most of my life. But I always strive to do that, so I think that would have to be the greatest advice I’ve received.

6. If you could change your name, would you? If so, what would you change it to?

Well, I’m going to change my last name in a few months… ๐Ÿ™‚ But I think this question is about first names, and I wouldn’t want to do that. I think a first name really impacts how you view yourself and often can tell a lot about a person from their name. I like the adventurous connotations the name Sierra has, and as someone who likes adventures and the great outdoors, I think it fits well. I think as a child I used to sometimes want to change my name to either Esther or Rebecca. I still think those are great names, but not for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

7. What was your favorite toy as a child?

I had this doll that my great-grandmother made for me; she knitted the body in tiny stitches and then stuffed it, and added a face and hair and also made a bunch of clothes for it. I played with that doll every day for probably about seven years until I was too old to play with dolls. I remember one time all her hair got cut (by my brother) and that had to be replaced, and even after I stopped playing with dolls she stayed in my room for awhile. I think my little sisters have her now, though our dog may have eaten some of her. Thankfully I’m not overly sentimental about that kind of thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

8. On a scale from 1-10 whatโ€™s the highest level of pain youโ€™ve ever been in? Why?

I’m thankful that I really have not had to experience large extents of physical or emotional pain in my life. But as for physical pain, probably the worst was when I broke my finger. And even that was probably only a 5. A huge gust of wind blew a heavy door on it, and the rest of the day I was tingling and hurting from my fingertips to my elbow. I also pulled my hamstring once, which was very different pain, but probably a similar level. While both experiences were certainly not fun, in the grand scheme of things, they were not too horrible.

9. Are you naturally a neat or messy person?

Definitely a neat person. I’m not OCD and I’m not a neat freak, but I do like to keep things tiny and clean. It bugs me when things are not organized, and my mom and I seem to always be wiping countertops and doing dishes at our house (especially when it seems like someone is always eating!)

 Would you like to live to be 200 years old? Why or why not?

This is a really interesting question, and I think it would depend on a lot of things. I don’t know if I’d want to live 100 years after everyone I knew was dead. I also wouldn’t want to live long and be weak and in pain and not quite in my right mine for the last 50-100 years. However, if I was in good health and if someone else (I do have a preference on this someone else ๐Ÿ™‚ ) lived that long with me, then definitely yes! When I read how long some of the people in the Old Testament lived I often think about how much they would have been able to accomplish in their lifetimes. Living a long time could really give you so much time to serve God and the people around you in great capacities. However, in the end, I am happy to live for however long God wants me on this earth. Then when my time comes, I’ll be happy to go to heaven.

11. If you had to give up one of your five senses, which one would you choose?

I’m kind of afraid to say this with COVID still going around, but I’d probably say taste or smell. It’s hard to pick between them because they go together. My mom lost a lot of hers since she had the virus and it really does stink (or doesn’t it stink? I guess if you can’t smell it doesn’t?). However, while I don’t doubt its difficult, I think losing sight, hearing, or feeling would be worse.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed these questions; I had fun answering them! Some of the other bloggers I follow have already been tagged, but here are some great bloggers that I follow and that follow me who I would like to nominate if they want to participate:

  1. Katherine, Alana, and/or Issabelle at Teen Writer’s Nook
  2. Briapsalm at Spread the Spark
  3. Lauryn Trimmer at Pro Story Builders
  4. –11 Anyone else who wants to join!

And here are my questions:

  1. What is your favorite book and/or movie? Or one of your favorites.
  2. What is something that sparks wonder and creativity in you?
  3. When you hear “there are only two types of people in the world” how would you classify them?
  4. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
  5. Are you a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner?
  6. What is your least favorite color and why?
  7. What is your most memorable birthday?
  8. What is something interesting you’ve learned recently?
  9. What is your favorite type of weather?
  10. What is something you were afraid of as a child that seems silly now?
  11. Are you an introvert, extrovert, or a mix?

Have fun answering these questions! If I nominated you and you don’t want to participate, no pressure at all! And if I didn’t nominate you, and you’d like to join, feel free to answer my questions on your blog or in the comments!

  1. “Home, Sweet Home” By John Howard Payne
  2. From “The Princess Bride” directed by Rob Reiner, Screenplay by William Goldman, 1987

2 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. I love this post! Thank you very much for answering my questions – your answers were so fun to read, and very thought-provoking too! Congratulations again on your exciting news! ๐Ÿ˜€
    (And also, that Princess Bride quote is exactly what I thought of when I wrote the sandwich question. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You quoting it made me laugh!)

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