2600 Q’n’A

Hello all! Thank you for all the questions you asked me during my 2500 celebration post! As promised, I stored up questions until reaching 2600, which we now have! You guys are all amazing!

Here are your questions, and my answers!

Kate from Ankhor You asked:

  • What is the one place you really want to travel to?

Japan was on my list for the longest time, so I’m beyond excited that’s becoming a reality. The other place I really want to see is Iceland. But it’s so damn expensive (and long) for me to get there! One day..

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Cheila from Pink For Days asked:

  • Do you have funny student stories?

Funny things happen throughout the day, but I often forget about them. I need to write them down, so I have stories to tell.

  • What baby names do you like but probably won’t use?

I’ve always liked the names Sophie and Ellie, but there’s another name I like more. As for boys, Nathan and Jake are names I like, but not one that I’ll probably use. We have both agreed on preferred names for our future kids though hehe.

  • What marriage advice do you have?

Live together first. I know some people don’t live together until they’re married, but that doesn’t make sense to me. Find out if you guys can spend everyday together in the same four walls first, before committing to do it for life.

  • If you went back to college what would you study?

I’ve always wanted to return to uni and continue my Education studies. It was my favourite subject I’ve ever studied, and I would love to complete a Masters in it!

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Margaret from The Word asked:

  • If there’s one thing you could change about your blog what would it be?

Honestly, every now and then I wish I’d come up with a cooler name for my blog. The Life of Angela is cool and all, but it’s pretty straightforward. Otherwise, I’m pretty happy with how my blog is going!

  • What is your most cherished childhood memory?

Ah so many. Mostly though, our summer holiday trips down to the South Island. We went every two years from when I was a baby till I was 22. It was a huge part of my life growing up and it was always fun to have all the family together.

  • Have you ever wanted to change your name, and if so what would you change it to?

I think I’m too used to Angela to consider another name. I’ve always been happy with it. It’s easy to remember and spell, and still not too common.

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Amelia from Amelia in Hull asked:

  • Who was your first follower?

Ah man, I really don’t remember. That was so long ago, and I think some of my earliest followers are now inactive. I do remember that Courtney was definitely in the first 5 that followed me though, and we’re both still pretty active on here 🙂

  • What are your top blogging tips?

The usual favourite tips, like engaging. You really can’t go wrong with constantly engaging with your audience, as well as branching out to find new blogs with similar interests. That, and sticking to a regular schedule. Those two are always my tips, and they work really well for me. I would also say, read your post over at least once before publishing, to make sure it’s really polished, and also break up the words with pictures. It’s easier on the eyes (at least for me haha!)

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Shannon from Kittyp0p asked:

  • If you could have any animal as a pet (tame or wild), which would you choose?

A turtle. Or a sloth. No reason for either, they just seem cool.

Caz from Invisibly Me asked:

  • What was your favourite game as a child?

Sardines was a big favourite, especially when you’ve got a big group. Do you guys know that game? It’s like opposite hide and seek. One person hides, and everyone else tries to find them. Once you find that person, you join them in the hiding spot. Sooner or later, it’s just one person trying to find everyone. It’s also funny cause you have to try fit 7 or 8 people into one hiding spot and stay there till the last person finds you. Hilarity always ensued.

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Maria from What is Maria asked:

  • What is the most inspiring book you’ve ever read?

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. That was so much fun. Yes Please was another good one.

  • What would you consider to be the best and the worst parts of blogging?

The best part is having a creative outlet and getting to be part of a wonderful and supportive community. I’ve always said that and I definitely still believe it. Worst parts are just how it can sometimes take over my life a little. I’m definitely better at making sure that I spend time away from it now, but I used to spend pretty much all my time thinking about my blog and planning posts. I feel like I’ve hit a good balance now.

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Chanelle from Chanelle Hayley asked:

  • Since we’re in summer and this one’s a scorcher, what is your favourite summer treat?

Those Fruju Sorbet iceblocks. You’ll know them Chanelle, but I’m not sure others will. They’re the best iceblocks!

  • And, what is your favourite thing about summer?

The longer days. I love that the sun is out till 9pm. It feels like you have more time in the day to do things, even after a day of work!

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Azra from Simple Serenity asked:

  • What is your favorite season?

All have their benefits, but spring and summer are definitely more preferred.

  • What are your top three favorite things right now (food, drinks, activities, makeup… whatever :))

So many choices. I can’t narrow them down. So I’ll answer them all.

Top 3 Food – Ice cream, pancakes, fries

Top 3 Drinks – Coffee, Soda, Chocolate Milk

Top 3 Activities – Blogging, Baking, Jigsaw Puzzles

Top 3 Makeup – NYX Soft Matte, Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (I just bought it!), Bare Minerals Foundation

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Jasmin from Ugh Mango asked:

  • What is your favourite kids movie?

The Incredibles.

Nina from Comfy Kittea asked:

  • Are there any weird food combinations do you really enjoy?

This is something Rory introduced me to. Ramen noodles on toast. Yes it sounds weird, but it’s actually really delicious and makes the meal more filling.

That was all the questions!! Thank you again for always supporting me, and I can’t believe I’m now at 2600! This community is seriously the best and makes blogging all the more fun! I hope you guys got to learn a bit more about me!

Angela.

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2500 Followers! Time for a Q’n’A (again)

Heeeey! So guess what guys! We’ve reached another milestone, but as this one is a pretty cool round number of 2500, I wanted to write a specific post just about it. Rather than squeezing it in one of my pre-planned posts. That does mean, I will have another post coming out later today, so keep an eye out!

First of all, THANK YOU!! I had to capitalise and bold that, as I can’t say it enough. So I’ll scream it. Seriously though, I’ve never been prouder of my blog than I have recently. I have been loving all the posts I’m writing. You guys have been really cool about my more thought-filled posts like my recent one about My Relationship With Tattoos and Positive Thinking, which I went back and forth on actually publishing for a while. So, thank you all for sticking around and hanging with me on my blog!

Anyway, as the title says, I thought it would be cool to do another Q’n’A. I know I’ve already done these before (twice now), but they’re always fun and I figure it’s a nice way for you guys to get to know me more! I’ll be doing it in blog form instead of video form this time though. As for when I’m going to do it, I’ll aim for it to be up by the time I reach 2600. Then I’ll try think of something big to do at 3000. I’m thinking another blog party, but I was also saving that for when I reach my blogiversary. We’ll save it for whatever comes first.

So, feel free to ask me questions about anything. I’ll do my best to answer them all, so whether you have blog-related questions, serious questions, silly questions, or anything in between, ask away!

I’ll include a bit about this Q’n’A at the end of each post I write until I reach the next milestone, so hopefully I’ll have a fair few questions to answer for you guys!

Angela.

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Celebrate All The Milestones!

Hey! So, I mentioned a while back that I wanted to do another celebratory post about follower milestones. Back in July was my last one, where we had the biggest Blog Party the world has ever seen. Okay, maybe it wasn’t that insane, but it was pretty crazy! 429 comments!! My notification feed was non-stop and it was hard for me to keep up. It was amazing.

Since then, I went self hosted, and my engagement rate slowed down a tad. As someone who was starting to celebrate reaching milestones quite often, this dampened my enthusiasm a little. The numbers have still been steadily rising though. When I reached 1100, I thought, “I should do a celebratory post!”, but I didn’t. Then I reached 1200, 1300, and most recently 1400. As I write this, my count stands at 1451. So over the weekend, I was determined to do something fun to celebrate and show my gratitude for all you lovely people who read my ramblings!

I was going to do a House Tour, but it’s still pretty messy. But after reading some posts, I got inspired by doing this “50 Questions You’ve Never Been Asked Tag“. I decided since it was a huge number, I would break it up by answering all over the house. In video form!! So you get a sneek peek at our place, and hopefully learn more about me.

Here it is!

I had the most fun I have ever had filming a video! It was also super planned out, I wrote out all the questions, and decided which room or spot to film it in. The whole process was confusing and hilarious, and Rory kept finding me everywhere, tripod in one hand, notebook in the other, and phone in mouth cause I was out of hands.

In fact, out of all the bonus footage, I decided to make a little bloopers video out of it, which makes me laugh at least!

As fun as all this was, I really just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who supports, reads, likes, comments and follows me on my blog! I still consider myself a newbie, I’m still learning as I go, but this whole blogging business has been so incredible! I have never felt more connected with like minded people all over the world, have friends in so many timezones, and spend so much time writing, filming, taking photos, and having so many new experiences!

Thanks for being a part of my blogging journey, lovely people!

Angela.

Bonus Round #7

So hey, I haven’t done one of these in a while. I have been nominated for quite a few new awards recently as well which I’m really thankful for. Thanks for thinking of me guys!

Just as a refresher, if I’m nominated for a tag I’ve already done a full post on, then I save them up for one of these Bonus Round posts. I haven’t done one in ages actually, and this is a nice small one to kick things off again 🙂

Liebster Award

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Original post here – The Liebster Award

Lil and Brella nominated me for this. Liliana blogs about beauty, travel and lifestyle. Brella is a relatively new blogger, sharing her journey all about food (and sometimes gardening). Be sure to check both ladies out!

Lil’s Questions:

  • What is your dream job?

Something that allows me to do more travel and not break me financially. If it’s connected to blogging that would be even cooler.

  • What song would you recommend your readers to listen to?

I current have Fetish by Selena Gomez on repeat and I don’t really know why. It’s like Bad Liar all over again, her songs just get stuck in my head. I like this version, cause I hate random rap bits in pop songs:

  • What is your favourite season?

I normally say one of the in between ones like Spring or Autumn. But I’m going to go summer, cause I’m so sick of the cold.

  • If you could meet anyone famous, who would it be and why?

To be perfectly honest, as much as it would be cool to meet someone like Emma Watson in person, I wouldn’t want to. What would I say? Beyond “I love you” and probably crying. I can be an emotional person and I’d rather just know them from a distance.

  • Dream pet, and what would you name it?

Phoenix. It’s name would be Fawkes. For Harry Potter related reasons.

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  • What goals do you have for your blog?

I used to have number related goals, but I really have let that slide. They’re a nice added bonus. But really, I just hope to still be doing it in a few years time. It’s just so much fun! I don’t know if I’ll still be doing it daily, but I want to still be active on it.

  • Proudest accomplishment you’ve achieved this year?

There’s been a fair few. 2017 has been pretty awesome. Getting my full teacher registration as that was two years in the making. Getting married. Buying a house. Going scuba diving for the first time. Getting my first tattoo (and then my second a few months after).  Biggest is probably the house thing though.

  • Do you have or want any tattoos?

Yes. I have two, which I often don’t stop talking about. I also want more, which I also can’t stop talking Rory’s ear off about, but I should be focusing on saving more.

  • What book/s are you reading at the moment? Any recommendations?

Right now I’m slowly reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I haven’t got into it enough to get a feel for it. I recommend reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck though. I read that back in July, and it was just hilarious. It’s technically a ‘self-help’ book, but it’s just fun. Also it’s written by a blogger, so there’s that.

  • What blogs have you been enjoying reading lately? Any recommendations?

I’ve been enjoying many blogs lately. I can’t think of specifics right now though. I do read and follow a lot of blogs, I keep meaning to make note of the posts that stand out to me but I read either late at night, or early morning, and I never remember to do that. But, I do recommend everyone on my Have You Met series.

  • What is one of your main hobbies, excluding blogging?

Baking. Even though I haven’t done it in a while.

Brella’s Questions:

  • What made you want to start blogging?

Seeing other blogs was a small part. Wanting my own space to document past travel adventures was the main one. I was trying to talk my self out of buying a scrapbook, so I remembered I created this blog back in June or July of last year. So this past March, I did just that. Then I started writing about everything else.

  • Where do you get your creative ideas?

Sometimes my brain just thinks of things. Sometimes I get inspired by Pinterest, other bloggers, while watching videos, or staring into space.

  • What are three things that you do that help you stay organized?

Plan, schedule, timekeep.

  • What do you want to accomplish?

Like a specific thing? One day I’d love to successcully bake those fancy macarons.

  • What do you do for a living?

I’m a daycare teacher.

  • What do you like to do for fun?

Watch tv or youtube, play games, read, do puzzles, baking.

  • When you aren’t working what are you doing?

What I said above.

  • Where are some places that you have been to that you would recommend?

Everywhere I’ve been. New Zealand, Australia, Peru, Fiji.

  • What are three tips on life that you would give to someone?

Don’t say no to everything, say yes to some things at least. Don’t stress the little things too much. School isn’t forever, it’s technically a small part of your life, just the first 18, it’ll end soon enough.

  • If you could own a vacation home where would it be and why?

Somewhere in Auckland, like on Waiheke Island. It’s super pretty, and I would love to have a vacation home up there to go in summer. I would say somewhere overseas, but Auckland would be easier to get to. Ooh, and one in Queenstown. So I can have a cool vacation spot for winter too.

  • If you could speak another language which one would it be and why?

Tagalog! I want to relearn it. I’m half Filipino, so I feel it’s part of my heritage.

Sunshine Blogger Award

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Original post here – Sunshine Blogger Award.

Sarah nominated me for this one. Sarah blogs over at Vintage Tea Rose and writes a little about everything, sharing bits and pieces of her life. Be sure to check her out!

  • Do you remember any of your dreams, can you describe one?

A lot of them are normal. Like me at work, or just going about my daily life. So I wake up confused.

  • Do you have any family tradition that you want to carry on?

It’s one that we haven’t done since we’ve grown up, but on our birthdays, our parents used to put our gifts right outside the door. So you’d wake up, open the door, and there’s your presents waiting for you!! I love that, and I would love to do that for my hypothetical future kids.

  • Who do you laugh the hardest with and why?

My siblings. Cause we have the longest history and the dumbest humour.

  • What has been the best piece of advice you have received?

I read it online and loved it. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” by Maya Angelou.

  • Would you rather never read another book, or never watch another film/T.V show?

Probably never read another book, cause I went the longest time without reading a book. I love it, but I watch movies and tv show more.

  • You’ve been arrested! What have you most likely done?

Downloading movies and music.

  • Do you have a personal motto you live by? What is it?

I mentioned it above.

  • Do you have a favourite post that you’ve written? Link to it.

Yikes. Too many. Um, check out anything in the wedding category. I love all of those.

  • What is one of your pet peeves?

Trolleys being left in the middle of the car park.

  • Name one song you never get tired of hearing.

The Killers – Mr Brightside

  • What’s something your brain tries to make you do but you have to will yourself not to do it?

Jump off things. My brain wants me to like jump off staircases and other high things, but we know that won’t end well.

Mystery Blogger Award

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Original post here – Mystery Blogger Award

Abby nominated me. She’s a fairly new blogger I’ve come across, and she blogs a mixture of travel, beauty and lifestyle.

I’ve recently done a Get to Know post, so I’m going to leave the three facts parts out.

Abby’s Questions:

  • Why did you start Blogging?

To have a place to write and keep memories.

  • What is your dream destination?

Japan or Iceland.

  • What is your favourite holiday and memory from then?

I have lots of favourite holidays, I can never pick just one. Peru was an amazing long trip where I got to see incredible things. Fiji was amazing cause it was my honeymoon and we were on a beach for a week. Sydney was amazing cause we got to see incredible places again, and it was our first official overseas trip as a couple.

  • What is one thing you want to do/accomplish in your life?

I have a whole Bucket List.

  • What is your staple clothing item you couldn’t live without!?

Cardigans.

One Lovely Blog Award

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Original post here – One Lovely Blog Award

Katie from over at Ankhor You nominated me. She blogs about travel, lifestyle, fashion, and just shares her thoughts. As mentioned above, I’ve recently done a post full of facts about me, so I’ll leave out the facts part for this award.

Blogger Recognition Award

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Original post here – The Blogger Recognition Award

The lovely Jo has nominated me. She blogs about everything really, bits and pieces of her life, and she’s just the sweetest!

I’ve already explained why I started my blog in the above question. My pieces of advice I think I can better explain in this post.

That’s all of them!

I still love doing awards, I know that they can get repetitive at times, but I just have fun answering questions. It’s like filling in those application forms, I love doing those too.  I like writing about myself apparently ?

Anyway, hope you are all having a good Friday! Or Thursday (timezones man).

Angela.