Tuesday, September 14, 2010

8 questions...

Okay - so I have been working on this post for a couple days....My friend Laurie from Heaven's Walk included me on a list of her 8 blogging friends to answer 8 questions she came up with, about myself.  And  when I'm done, I am to pass on 8 new questions that I've come up with to 8 of my friends....so here goes.....

1.  Where do you get your inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from many different outlets - I would say my main inspiration comes from all of the wonderful blogs I read on a regular basis.  I have my favorites that I read every new post on - I love decorating blogs, how to make craft blogs and actually just plain inspirational blogs that make you think.  I really like to read posts about other peoples experiences...I have found in many cases, it brings back memories of my own experiences that I have forgotten over time.  I am also an avid reader of books and magazines - and experience a lot of inspiration and wonderful ideas from my reading.  

Here are two of my favorite all time inspiring photos:

2.  The smartest advice you ever received was....?

That true happiness comes from within.  Focus on being happy with yourself and you will live a truly joyful and abundant life.  

This is a photo that makes me happy:

3.  What is your favorite vacation destination and why?

This is a tough one - because I love beach vacations to tropical destinations - I am one of those people who is perfectly content just chilling out for hours, days - on the beach - doing nothing but reading, relaxing, beachcombing and otherwise vegetating.  BUT - equally as much, I love to go to the mountains and ski...and I really look forward to winter - so I can go skiing.  I'm at my happiest, when I am skiing down a mountain.  My favorite vacation would be to be able to ski all day - and end up on the beach catching some rays in the afternoon - but then that would mean we would have a very serious case of global warming which would be no bueno.  

Here is me skiing my first black:

4.  When you were a kid, you wanted to be.....?  Why?

I wanted to be a flight attendant.  I thought it would be a very exciting job where I could travel the world.  My father wouldn't let me.  He wanted me to be a lawyer.  I ended up being neither.

I saw myself doing this:

My dad saw me doing this:

I ended up somewhere in between!!

5. What is your favorite food?

Hummus & Tahini.  I love Mediterranean food. 


6. What is the motto you live by?

What goes around, comes around.  I do believe that what you project out into the universe, is what comes back to you. In all cases...in some way or form.  So I live by the motto - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. 

7. What is your passion in life?

I have so many - from my work to my personal life.  BUT - I think the number one passion I have is my love of animals.  I couldn't imagine a life without them and when I retire - I hope to be able to dedicate time to helping animals by volunteering my time and resources.  I have two golden retrievers and four cats.  I used to have 2 and 2 - but over the years have convinced my husband that there is not much difference between 2 cats and 4 cats.  There is - but I would never admit it.  Here are my four kitties....  

Alice - the oldest. 
Nancy - she calls all the shots.
Trixie - the troublemaker, getting caught on the counter.

Lucy, the Baby - is the sweetest and get's picked on. (by Trixie)

8.  What is your favorite re-purposed item in your home?

A side table that is made into a shadow box from two vintage windows.  I used to be a person that only wanted brand new, perfect, furniture - and everything had to match precisely. If it had a mark or a scratch - forget it.  I still have some matching "issues" - sometimes I look at my house and think the whole thing matches way too much...but I have gotten better over time.  The one biggest change in recent years is that I love all types of imperfect, vintage and hand crafted pieces in my house.  And this table is the epitome of a handcrafted piece...I just love it.  It's imperfectly perfect.

So with that - I would like to pass on these 8 questions:

  • Do you consider yourself a city girl or country girl?
  • Besides where you live, where is the one other place you would like to live?  Why?
  • What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?
  • What is the best movie you have ever seen?  Why?
  • What is the one habit that you really want to break but know you never will?
  • If you could spend the day with one famous person, who would it be and why?
  • What is your favorite pastime or hobby?  
  • If you could choose any place in the world to go to - all expenses paid - where would it be?

And here are my 8 blogging friends that I am passing my questions onto:

Julia with Drawn to the Sea
Pru with Flotsam Friends

So if you have already done this or just don't want to - please don't feel obligated - it's not like its a chain letter or anything  :)  !!

I didn't include any of my friends that I know for sure have already done the 8 questions.  



Donna said...

Hi Debbie,
Great answers! I can't imagine my life without animals, either! Your kitties are so cute, I can tell just by here photo that Nancy rules the roost! I used to want to be a flight attendant when I was a young teenager, too! I am so glad that I didn't become one, as now I see how much they have to deal with! And I Love your table, it is stunning!

NanaDiana said...

What fun to read your post and get to know you better. My father thought I should be a lawyer too...or at least a violinist..lol~ I am neither!

I love your inspiration pictures but, even more, I love your pets...they are lovely...I love to watch the way cats interact with each other. I miss my kitties and love to see someone else that can have them and love them. You are a good soul~ Diana

Bella said...

Hi... You did a great job with the list, I love how you added photos, love the visuals! Fabulous table, and love your sweet kitties I have four little dogs... don't you love to see them together:-)

Tardevil said...

That 2nd photo from Coastal Living mag. is one of my all time favorites too. Did you see Susan @ Between Naps on the Porches Ideabook on Houzz tonight? She did a feature on horizontal stripes & two of the photos have very beachy stripes (of course, they were my faves!).

Deb said...

Great list and I love the pics of your sweet kitties and your awesome kitchen...is that your kitchen? I so want a farmhouse sink like that! Deb

Cindy said...

OMG ~ I absolutely LOVED this post!! Great answers! I can relate to everything you said! PS - Trixie is adorable!!

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Fun post, Debbie! I loved reading your answers to the questions. Well, you do travel a lot in the job you have, so you kind of got your wish. :) Trixie and Lucy are ADORABLE!
Thanks for considering me among your list of friends to pass your eight questions on to.
I hope you're having a wonderful week so far!
~ Jo :)

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, Debbie, what an amazing post!!! And I love the pic of the bathtub and of that chest at the beach...wow!!! They are amazing....
So fun to read this and get to know you better...
This is awesome!

Debbie said...

Great answers Debbie! LOVE the pics with the post. Especially the beachy ones!

Debbie said...
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Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Debbie,
I just popped over to say "hi"....I always feel like I've been to the beach after I visit your blog..love it!!!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Wonderful answers! I didn't know you had cats too. Me too! My cat is 27 years old now. I know, that's hard to believe. I've had him since he was 6 months old. It's so funny because I also wanted to be a flight attendant!
It was great fun reading your answers. Hmmm, now I have to do some thinking. Have a great evening.

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hey sweetie pie! You did such a wonderful job answering my questions to you! I LUVED learning even more about you through them. I can tell you are a kind-hearted, dedicated, giving person who loves her heartbeats at her feet. :) (Who are all just adorrrrrable!) That beach photo is of Sanibel, isn't it...? lol! If not, it sure looks like it! I just adored all of your photos, Debbie. Had no idea you were a skier! You go, girl! You look great! Hugs to you!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Drawn to The Sea said...

Precious kitty faces... could anyone see them & not smile? Fifi (Chez Fifi) was the stylist for the 2nd photo (from Coastal Living). Don't know if it's her chest, but every time I see it the inspiration starts flowing.

I'll be thinking about a post :-)

Kaybe said...

I finished my 8 questions - http://theessentialbeachcomber.blogspot.com/2010/09/8-questions.html

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

Love your answers. I too believe that what goes around comes around. Karma is a Biatch!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am a fairly 'new' blogger friend so I have really enjoyed getting to know you better! I see so many things that I admire about you....and more than a few things we have in common! ♥

Flotsam Friends said...

Hi Debbie, I'd love to do it!! Thanks for asking. Sorry I've been pre-occupied with family here from everywhere for Kath (GM). Can I do it this week?? Pruxxx