Hello beautiful My Fair Olinda readers! I’m Naomi, the voice behind My Fair Olinda. My Fair Olinda for the past four years has been a place to share my creative passions with you. It’s been awhile since I’ve shared what I’m all about! I love to create, to go on adventures and explore, to have deep conversations with friends and to laugh with uninhibited joy! I have a passion for people, to see them thrive and to pour into relationships. I started blogging because I just can’t not create! I love to take something and make something new from it, I enjoy the transformation process of DIY and creating warm inviting spaces in my home.
By day I’m the Administrator at a church in Southern California. I get to organize, plan and facilitate as a major part of my job. When I’m not working the day job I love to take pictures, create do it yourself projects, blog and do graphic design.
What creative passions do you pursue?
One of the fun parts of being a blogger is making online connections and building relationships. My friend Dedra Davis of Dedra Writes recently nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you so much for nominating me Dedra! Go check Dedra’s blog out for lots of wonderful posts about life, finding your bravery and life in Waco, Texas.
Here are the 11 questions Dedra asked me:
Coffee or tea and how do you take yours?
I like both, but I’m definitely coffee obsessed. I drink too much coffee! My go to at home is a nice espresso roast made in my French Press. At the coffee shop I love vanilla lattes, cappuccinos and macchiatos.
When you were little, did you want to be a writer?
When I was little I wanted to be all sorts of things! I want to be a teacher, a writer, an interior designer or a fashion designer. I’ve definitely always loved to create. I loved sketching dress designs or planning room layouts as a kid. When it comes to writing, I’ve always loved literature and reading and have always valued stories!
What is the hardest aspect of blogging for you?
Consistency and content topics. I’m a little all over the place sometimes. I have lists of ideas for posts. The toughest thing for me is honing in on a post topic to write on and building an entire post around my topic. Once I’m inspired and find my flow, I’m good to go.
Describe your desk and what is on it?
I love my desk. Is a beautiful light wood desk, possibly a white washed birch, I’m not sure. It was gifted to me and it’s a great surface for projects and taking pictures on. I have all sorts of stuff on my desk, candles, mason jars with paperclips and tacks, mugs with pens and pencils, a ring dish (because I have a habit of taking my jewelry off wherever I’m sitting), a little bronze camel figurine, a basket full of papers and several notebooks and my planner.
Where is the weirdest place you have written?
Hmm, I write in a lot of different places, but I’m not sure any of them classify as weird. I write sitting at my desk, at the table, on my couch, in my bed, at the coffee shop, in an airport lounge, on an airplane, even on my phone when an idea strikes.
Dog or cat person? Or both or neither?
Both! I really love both. I grew up with dogs and I always wanted a cat. If I had to choose I would say dogs, mostly because that’s what I grew up with.
Where are you going on vacation next?
Probably South Dakota. Sounds exotic right 😉 I have family that moved there recently so I go where my family is! I’d love to go somewhere in Europe next Summer, but don’t have any plans at this time.
What is your perfect temperature outside? And why?
70 degrees baby! I love being outside and this is that comfortable not too hot, not too cold, temperature. That and I prefer to go bare foot as often as possible.
Do you prefer blue or black ink? Or another color?
I’ve never really thought about it. If I had my preference I think I’d choose blue. It’s really more about how the pen writes than the color of the pen.
What is your favorite flower? Have you ever written about it?
I love both Dahlias and Bougainville. I actually did a post on a bouquet of Dahlias I bought at a Malibu farmer’s market and Bougainvillea are in a post I did on Camarillo & Santa Barbara. Not to mention Bougainvillea shows up in my Instagram feed quite a bit.
Milk chocolate or dark? And how often do you have it?
Dark chocolate has really grown on me. I never turn down a classic milk chocolate Hersey’s bar, but I love the selection of dark chocolate at Trader Joe’s. I love their Dark Chocolate Caramel with Black Sea Salt. Both bars are in my fridge currently. I never eat a whole bar anymore, but I like a bite a two on most evenings!
Can I get to know you a little bit too? Answer your favorite question or two in the comments below.
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My Sunshine Blogger Award Nominations!
Read these bloggers and you will enjoy their words as much as I do. Take the time to read them, you’ll thank me, I promise
- Debora at Debora Dahl
- Andrea at Harlow and Thistle
- Amber and Aubri at The DIY Lighthouse
- Shaina at Your Ampersand Studio
- Maria at Earl Grey Style
- Summer at Coffee With Summer
Congrats to you all! I hope you will continue the tradition and post your answers in your blog! Thank you for sharing your words with all of us! Here are the questions for you to answer! Have fun!!
- What does the creative process look like for you?
- How did you start blogging?
- Where do you draw inspiration from?
- If you had the whole day to do anything you wanted, what would you do?
- If you could meet anyone past or present, who would it be? And why?
- What is your all time favorite movie?
- If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?
- What is your favorite snack or treat?
- What is your favorite childhood memory?
- If you could master on skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
- What is your favorite blog post you’ve ever written and why? Show us the link!
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers who they feel are creative, positive and inspiring. Once nominated, the blogger is to write a post in which they:
- Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.
- Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.
- Notify the your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.
To my readers, thank you for being here, for reading my words and for gracing me with your time! I cherish every one of you and am so thankful for these moments with you!
Much love, Naomi