This week, I teamed up with one of my awesome co-hosts, Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings, to do New Year’s themed questions. It seemed a fitting way to ring in the new year. For those who don’t know Stacey, we seem to have a lot in common in terms of food and entertainment loves. She has a kind word for everyone, and truly a heart of gold.
#AskAwayFriday was created by the amazing Penny from Real Housewife of Caroline County as a place for us to connect with other bloggers by asking them ten questions to really get to know them. The sky is the limit with the questions you ask!
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
Amber from Bold Fit Mom
Be sure to check out Stacey’s answers to my questions HERE. And here are my answers to her questions:
1. How did you spend your New Year’s Eve?
Doing all kinds of crazy! For many years now, since Scarlet was a baby, we have shared New Year’s Eve and Day with close friends who live near Boston. Somewhere along the way, another family we love joined in. For three years now, our close friends from Chicago have come too! They are our house guests for 3-4 nights every January. Sadly this year we had to split up a bit because there were just too many families involved, but we went to the house of the friends we started this tradition with – the ones near Boston. We had take two cars to take all eight of us (my family and our house guests) there and a ride that usually takes 1.5 hours took FOUR hours for one car, and three for another. A tractor-trailer rolled over the guardrail on the Mass Pike. So we got there after 8:00 last night and we were very hungry. We watched the live Phish show and the kids stayed up way too late and we all hugged and kissed and ate and had a giant sleepover. With Harley Quinn pajamas.
2. Who was the first person that you kissed at midnight?
It was eventually Cassidy, but there were many hugs (and kid arguments) on the way across the room to him.
3. Do you have any New Year’s Eve traditions…like watching the ball drop, or fireworks?
Yup, as partly described in question #1, we always watch the Phish show, we always eat some seriously good food, and we always have a sleepover with 3-4 families. This was our first year not hosting in awhile but it’s always been with our friends.
4. What did you do for New Year’s Day?
Well, this was fun! We woke up to a wonderful breakfast. Everyone else hung around for the day but I took Des home with me. He slept through the whole Mass Pike. Then we warmed up the house, did some cleaning and had a last-minute guest come visit! Christine from Love Life Surf came through Northampton with her family and we knew we just had to meet.
5. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2015?
I suppose I have a few. I want to meet as many blogging friends in 2015 as I did in 2014. Or more. And considering I just met one who was in my top ten list of bloggers I want to meet, on January 1st no less, it’s looking good for the rest of the year. I also resolve to be there when my kids see moose for the first time. And I suppose I’ll write a whole other post about the more heavy, emotional stuff. I’m going to work on practicing what I preach this year. I learned a lot in 2014, but didn’t use it.
6. What dreams do you hope 2015 will bring…maybe a moose tour, perhaps?
haha, yes! I’m so crazy I may even do that this winter. I’m not sure I can wait. More moose, yes. More travel, yes. More vocalizing my anxiety while it’s happening and not after. More connections, yes. More dreams. More music. More cowbell.
7. What do you hope to accomplish in 2015, both personally and professionally?
It’s all entwined, and it’s all going to come out in a post or two, I hope. I want to stop being a freakin’ robot when anxious. It ruins marriages and social engagements and fun. I’d like to build the business more. I’d like to actually feel like I’m not a fraud and that I’m a “real” photographer. I know even experienced ones feel like they’re not real. Every so often, I remember that I am. Real. And I want to continue to say “yes” to jobs that scare me. (most do) And certainly more writing!
8. Okay, I know that a Disney trip is on the horizon for you…What is something that you are looking forward to experiencing that maybe you did not get a chance to or were a bit anxious to on your last trip?
Funny, because I wasn’t very anxious last year but we didn’t have as much control then as we plan to have this time (car, lodging, tickets, etc.) so I plan to be brave and maybe meet some Florida-based bloggers. You know who you are.
9. What is Scarlet most excited to see? What about Des?
Scarlet says, “Everything! I love everything!” As for Des, I don’t know that he even knows a trip is coming!
10. Are you looking forward to any blogging conferences in 2015?
I am! I’m definitely throwing ideas around in my head. I have always wanted to do BlogHer and it’s on the east coast this year. How could I not? Fear and anxiety, be darned. Then there’s the possibility of BlogU15 because I loved it last year. I think it depends on a few factors – money, lodging, friends – but it mainly depends on my own sense of stability and strength.
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