Sunshine Blogger Award

I want to give a huge thanks to my friends over at Our Next Life for the Sunshine Blogger Award nomination! I’m heading off to sunny San Diego this weekend to attend the wedding of one of my dearest friends. This is the perfect precursor to kick off this incredible weekend!

Sunshine Blogger Award

So here’s the rundown of how this nomination works, or a little reminder if you already know the drill! I get to answer the questions that the nominator(s) posed for me to give more of a personal side as to who is behind this blog. From there, I get to pass on those rays of sunshine to the people I nominate and provide them questions that they get to answer. It’s a fun way to spread the joy in the blog-o-sphere!

Here are all the people I’d like to nominate next for the Sunshine Blogger Award:

Mixed Up Money

GenY Finance Guy

It Pays Dividends

The Wallet Diet

My Pennies My Thoughts

Here are your questions to answer! 

  1. Did you have one ah-ha moment that initiated the start of your blog/corner of the internet, or was it a series of events?
  2. Name one person (real, or fictional) who has changed your outlook on life and why?
  3. If there were only 3 things you could spend your money on for the rest of your life, what would they be?
  4. In your opinion, what’s the best/ideal setting to discuss personal finance? (i.e. with one other person, in a classroom setting, equipped with food & drink, etc.)
  5. What’s one movie line and/or song lyric that you always recite, or that continues to stick in your mind?
  6. If there is one legacy you would like to be known for in your life, what would it be? Is it a work in progress?

Here are my answers to Our Next Life’s questions:

in what ways are you most like and most unlike your childhood self?

I definitely would have to say my curiosity is parallel to my childhood self. When it comes to learning, my quest to acquire more knowledge is never ending. The excitement I get picking up books & networking is comparable to that of when I used to tinker with polly pockets, legos, and beanie babies. I’m most unlike my childhood self in the sense that intimidation does not paralyze or prevent me from experiencing new things. As most of us have experienced, life definitely takes its course through our teenage years and early 20’s. It’s an amazing thing when vulnerabilities start to melt away as your confidence increases. Overcoming intimidation, breaking down my own fears, and embracing my mental & physical capabilities has allowed me to achieve much more than I could have ever imagined when I was younger.

what’s your all-time favorite book, and your favorite you’ve read in the last year or so? (bonus points if you do fiction and non-fiction. this is a shameless attempt by us to get more recommendations!)

This has always been a tough question for me! I would have to say my all-time favorite book is Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I selected this book because the first time I read it was on an airplane. One of the flight attendants handed me a handwritten card as we were exiting the plane because she had just finished reading the novel with her book club. The card posed questions, thoughtful words, and what she took away from reading the novel. This is how powerful reading is when people share their ideas & thoughts from the way a book moved them. Interpretation is different from all perspectives even if you are reading the same book, and that’s what I absolutely love. My favorite books I have read in the last year include: The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley (a common personal finance favorite!) and Yes Please by Amy Poehler (she’s hilarious).

what has life taught you about finances, and what have your finances taught you about life?

Life has taught me that many people approach their finances differently in order to live out their dreams. There is opportunity to take on new ventures, travel, help others, retire early, and prepare for your future if you decide to face your finances from a positive place. My finances have taught me that they do not have to completely dictate my life. Being aware of my financial goals & habits allows me to save & live for today in a balanced manner. There is always room for growth, error, and restructuring. Building a foundation of my finances now will allow for more time to focus on the people & passions I value in life.

what is something you’ve always wanted to do, but have never done for no good reason? (bonus points if you care to share what action you’ll take to do that thing!)

I’ve always wanted to take one of my passions that’s truly shaped who I am & share with others that may have never thought to try. I am so elated to say that this is currently in the works right now. Throughout my life I’ve trained in dance (tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and more). I now have the opportunity to volunteer at a local youth organization by teaching dance classes! The goal is to implement a new program the organization has not seen before. I cannot wait to start this adventure in September!

what scares you most about early retirement / financial independence / minimalism / self-sufficiency or whatever you’re striving for?

The question that always comes to mind internally is: “Am I doing this right?” There are a myriad of ways that the above listed can be approached & accomplished, that it can become a bit overwhelming. Trial & error is bound to happen, but just stepping a foot forward and trying is what allows me to overcome any of my fears, or doubts. 5 years from now my mindset may change, but allowing that flexibility to reach my goals of financial independence will allow things to surely happen.

what tv show is atop your must-see list right now? (or if you’re not into tv, what’s some under-the-radar thing that we should all be paying attention to?)

So I really don’t watch TV all too much, but watching the last season of Newsroom is definitely a must-see for my fiance & I right now. As an under-the-radar thing, I would like to really immerse myself into the art of brewing whether it be cold brew, kombucha, or craft beer. The Pacific Northwest definitely provides many resources & shops to take this on, and I would love to focus on building those skills!


Such a fun nomination, thanks again Our Next Life! For all my readers: let me know one quick fact about you in the comments below. I’m curious to learn more about all of you!


10 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Wow! Thank you so much, Alyssa! This definitely put a smile on my face this morning and I can’t wait to tackle it next week. Also, I so badly wanted to read “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler and now I’m definitely putting it on my list. Have so much fun in San Diego 🙂

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    1. Of course, Alyssa! 🙂 Can’t wait to see your answers! Oh my goodness, I think you’re going to love Yes Please. I also read that on an airplane and I was laughing hysterically all by myself. Let me know what you think! & thank you so much!!

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  2. For question 4, the trial and error is what makes it fun! No one is perfect, so we just need to figure out what will work. This is what excites me; there is always something to learn and something to improve on.

    I like what you say, that you can always adjust your game plan down the road. It is a marathon, not a sprint. Congrats on the nomination and have a great day!

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  3. Love your answers! Thanks for playing along. 🙂 Your new dance class opportunity sounds amazing! How cool. That’s definitely something I’d love to rekindle in retirement in a few years, if I’m not too old and creaky by that point — haha. Thanks for the recommendations, too!

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  4. Alyssa

    Congratulations! Good work

    And I particularly like this answer to a question: “The question that always comes to mind internally is: ‘Am I doing this right?'”

    You are spending the time to sort that out which is great

    Obviously, I see our website as a place, when launched, that will be there for those less sure

    Keep it up a shops your trip to the wedding was great


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