I was flattered and excited when Marcela from My Red Sabbatical nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award. The Sunshine Blogger Award is a chain nomination given to bloggers from bloggers, who find their counterparts inspiring and bring ‘sunshine’ into the lives of their readers through their blogs.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blod
- Answer 11 questions asked by your nominator
- Nominate 11 new bloggers you find inspiring to receive the award
- Ask them 11 NEW questions
- List the rules & display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your blog or social media post
What is your blogging niche?
I write about my travels and will be getting more into how you can travel while working full time and ways to be an eco-conscious traveler as I feel it’s so important to be self-aware of the impact we are having on the planet.
Is there a meaning to your blog name?
Blue Eyed Compass is a name based on three items: (1) So much of travel is visual and (2) it’s kind of like a kid in a candy store where your eyes are bigger than your stomach where I see a place and I want to explore it and I’ll lust after it until I’m able to get there. (and in case you’re wondering I have blue eyes) (3) The compass part came from my passion to seek out ways to live my life that are positive to Mother Nature, so my drive to do and be a good environmentalist and animal protecor is geared towards where my internal compass directs me
Do you have a blogging routine and if so, what is it?
I’m still working on a set routine, as my full time job schedule is a constant change day to day, so I try my best to be very organized. I have checklists, daily and weekly to-do lists and goals. I also set aside time each night and one whole weekend day to learn and work
What is the one top tip you would give to someone considering blogging?
Find your why. Blogging is not a picnic in the park, it is a lot of work and time. Once you have your why you will find your drive and build discipline, and continue to power through even when you don’t see success right away.
What do you think is the future of blogging?
I think the future of blogging could go in a bunch of different ways. While Instagram is a wonderful social media platform people do still seek out words for inspiration and information. While I don’t think blogging is going anywhere, I do think those who put their time and effort into creating something that is legitimate and worthwhile will stand out among those who are solely seeking social media fame.
Are you a full-time blogger or is this a side of the desk job / hobby?
Currently Blue Eyed Compass is my other ‘job’. I do work full time and I enjoy sharing with others how you can work a 9-5 job and still be able to enjoy exploring the world (because there is so much to see!).
What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
I’ve grown up being a scaredy-cat but I’m pushing myself to be more brave. I’d have to say the bravest would be moving out west to San Diego, unemployed. When I book my one way flight I didn’t have a place to live nor any jobs lined up.
What are 3 interesting facts about you most people don’t know?
- I used to be a dancer — I say used to be because I have some injuries that prevent me from enjoying it professionally now, however I still love to take classes when I can and dancing in my apartment
- I’m a vegetarian (trying to transition to vegan) but I dislike a lot of vegetables. It’s pretty comical. I won’t eat mushrooms, olives, peas or cooked spinach!
- I’m left handed! Which I’ve been told means I use the creative side of my brain more than the logical side… which could definitely be true of myself.
If money and time were not an object, what would your ideal travel experience be?
I would love to travel with my boyfriend and our cats (it’s so hard to leave them for long periods of time) and explore places that are off the beaten path and volunteer with animals. If I could help rescue elephants, rhinos from poachers, dogs from dog meat farms and spread awareness on animal abuse I would feel so fulfilled.
What motivates you the most when blogging?
I’d have to say that it is a creative outlet to share my personality and the community. I love the idea that the internet is almost available to the world so we can share ideas and information across borders. I really enjoy helping to show others that travel is possible even if you aren’t earning a 6 figure salary and that you have a positive impact on the world without being a politician. And the community is amazing. Once you start down the rabbit hole you can easily find so many wonderful people to learn from and who are eager to help. It’s inspiring.
What is the most off the beaten path destination you recommend me to visit and why?
Domestically I would say New Mexico and the Pacific Northwest (Washington and Oregon). The United States has some incredible nature that everyone should experience at least once. Internationally I fell in love with Madeira, Portugal. It’s a Portuguese island off the coast of Morocco and was mixture of Greece and Hawaii. They also had some of the nicest people I have ever met in my travels.
- What made you want to start blogging?
- What’s been your biggest challenge since starting?
- If you had a Round the World ticket, where would you start your journey & why?
- Who are your top two inspiring bloggers?
- If you could volunteer on your travels what would it be?
- What destination would you go back to over and over again?
- Ever have a bad travel experience?
- When you aren’t blogging, what do you do for fun?
- Tell us your best travel hack!
- What’s your travel style?
- What is your next blogging goal you want to hit?