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Well, now you will, whether you wanted to or not!
A fellow Mom Blogger, Rachel, from www.mrsoptimist.com, recently nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I always enjoy Rachel’s posts, and I am sure you will too. Check her out!
To be honest I have no idea if this is a real award, or just a fun way to share facts about myself with you, my readers, but either way, I’m down.
For those I have nominated, read to the end where you will find the rules for what you will now need to do. 🙂 Aren’t you glad I nominated you?
1. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be, and why?
I would live in two places at once, in San Diego with my family and in England with my husband’s family. We are so lucky to have such amazing relatives and it is a shame that we don’t get to spend more time with everyone. The specific locale doesn’t matter to me so much as the people that are there.
2. If you were a food, what food would you be?
I would be a salted caramel chocolate candy. I am very sweet (aka nice), but I can also be a little salty (aka outspoken). And the chocolate part is there because, I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate? Actually, I know many people who don’t like chocolate, but I’m willing to look past that disgrace for certain people.
3. What inspired you to start a blog?
I have always been an oversharer, I love talking about everything (no topics off-limits), and I work in the field of mental health. So while I am a stay-at-home Mom to my two kiddos, it’s the perfect time to keep a toe in the working world via Real Life Mama.
4. Who in your life has had the biggest impact on you?
I am not good at just picking one thing. My mom has had the biggest impact on my upbringing, development, the way I look at the world, how I handle challenges and adversity, and how I think of myself. My husband has had the biggest impact in continuing to shape my adult self, in uplifting me when I doubt myself, and in helping me be the best version of myself. And my children have had the biggest impact in shaping me as a mother. I am nowhere near the mom I want to be, and yet they never give up on me.
5. The country or the city? Why?
The city. I have grown up in suburbia right by a giant city (San Diego), and in college and during graduate school I lived in a “small, big city” (Nashville).
I love convenience, I love the hubbub of city life, I love the energy of vibrant people. That said, I do love nature — mainly to look at. I’m not a big camper, I like hikes but they have to be time limited and not too dangerous, and I don’t want to drive more than 20 minutes to get to a mall, grocery store, or hospital. Where we live now we are in the burbs of San Diego with amazing nature all around us. So I get to sit back in the comfort of my home, or in the nearby neighborhoods, and visually take in the scenery without having to be all up in it too much.
6. What is the biggest lesson you have learned in your life thus far?
Oh. Wow. Erm… I guess one would be to be authentically me. To not worry as much (or at all) about what others might think. To know that I am pretty freaking awesome and if people don’t agree, then I don’t need to work at it for them to see it. I try to surround myself with those who love me and lift me up. And I do the same for those I love.
7. If you had your own talk show who would your first three guests be?
If you know me, you know I do not usually remember song names, movie titles, and often celebrity names. So let’s think hard…
Well I have a girl crush on Blake Lively, so she’d be one. Second would be Jameela Jamil from The Good Place because she’s rocking it right now, being vocal about body positivity and women’s rights. And the third would be Amy Schumer. Laughing is one of my favorite pastimes and I dig her.
8. What is your favorite children’s story?
My favorite children’s story to read to my children is called “Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You” by Nancy Tillman. You can find it here. I absolutely love it. It is an easy read (meaning it isn’t super wordy so my one-year-old and three-year-old can both enjoy it), it has beautiful images, and it is so meaningful. It has positive messages and is just oh so lovely. I highly recommend it.
9. How do you handle stress?
I have lots of coping skills in my toolbox from life as a child of a therapist, and from being a therapist myself. I am very good at compartmentalizing parts of my life that need to be boxed up, and living the parts that I need to. I am very emotional by nature, and I allow myself the space to cry or yell or whatever I need to do. My natural state of being is calm and collected, so when I do get overloaded it’s quite obvious because I’ll be snappy or short. When that happens I know I need to regroup, which I do with exercise, deep breaths, some vino, some trash TV, blogging, and singing. A snuggle with my kids or hubby always helps too.
10. What is your favorite thing to do for fun?
Laugh. And laugh HARD. I love spending time with my husband because he is hilarious. We get each other and we have off-beat, and often perverted humor, and we can just laugh for days. Outside of that, I love singing, I love crafting, I love spending time with friends and family. Really the list could go on and on (didn’t I already say I have a hard time picking my number one things?)
11. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
Physically, I have a couple favorite things: my eyes, lips, and legs. I was blessed with crazy long eye lashes that frame my rare green eyes. And I love them. I have always had full lips, which I didn’t always used to like, but love now. And since I grew up sporty, I have long had an athletic build. Even though I do not play soccer like I used to, my legs still have some good muscle tone and I’m pleased about that.
Looking past the surface, I love that I am caring. I am very empathic and I care very much about other people. I will go out of my way to check in on people, to bring people happiness, and to spread love around me. I am well-meaning and loving. I really love who I am and I hope to pass that self-confidence down to my kiddos.
Thanks so much for taking the time to learn about me! Let me know a little about you in the comments!!
Rules, schmules — Okay, if I nominated you, these are the things that you have to do:
Thank me on social media (FB @RealLifeMamaPodcast, IG @ThisIsRealLifeMama, Twitter @TheRealLifeMama); Answer the following 11 questions; Nominate 11 other bloggers by commenting on one of their blog posts; Ask the nominated bloggers 11 new questions: And list these same rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award photo on your post
My nominations are:
- April from www.socalfunfamily.com
- Meghan from www.fullhousefrenzy.com
- Nancy from www.realtimemom.com
- Brianne of www.eclecticempath.com
- Jacque from www.looksforlovelies.com
- Lisa from www.foodfamilyandchaos.com
- Carrie from www.themommyonthemove.com
- Hollyce from www.holdingmoonbeams.com
- Tamar from www.twinstantgratification
- Jackie from www.www.lifebeyondthevows.com
- Julie from www.onestopwanderlust.com
Here are your 11 questions to answer: 1) What’s your favorite childhood memory? 2) What do you enjoy about your town/city? 3) What inspired you to blog? 4) What’s your favorite pastime? 5) What is a large challenge that you have overcome? 6) What would you say is your biggest accomplishment? 7) What are you most afraid of? 8) Where would you travel to if you could? 9) Who would you meet if you could (dead or alive)? 10) What’s your favorite movie? 11) What’s your favorite thing about yourself?
Christina is the writer behind the blog Real Life Mama. She is a mom two littles, a 4-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son. Christina and her family live in San Diego, where she is a full-time mama, part-time mental health therapist (LPCC), and round-the-clock blogger, writer, and author. If she ever gets a moment to herself, she can be found singing at the top of her lungs, cooking, and crafting. Thanks for reading!