A Tale of Two Bloggers

I’ve been blogging for two years now and have “met” a variety of incredible people along the way. I find fellow bloggers by following certain tags on WordPress like travel  and adventure to see what others are up to around the world.

It wasn’t until I made it all the way to Japan that I actually had the opportunity to meet one of the bloggers who I’ve been following.

J runs a blog called Tegalong which I had come across by following the tag Okinawa. Originally from Southern California, she and her husband moved to Okinawa last year. When she saw through my blog that I was going to be in Okinawa, she reached out to me to not only welcome me but to say she’d love to hang out!

It worked out perfectly, as Vince had to work a few of the days during my visit. J and her husband picked me up one day and we went to The Nakamura House, an 18th-century wealthy farmer’s house. 

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We walked around the premises, which didn’t take very long, and then made our way back to the main entrance where we were served tea and some sort of jelly that tasted like molasses.

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 J had heard about a great donut spot in Naha, so we made our way there next! 

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Ball Donut Park was DELICIOUS. There were so many options — I got the lemon sugar donuts with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! The donuts were nice and crispy on the outside, and soft and warm on the inside. AKA perfect. I wish I had this bowl in front of me right now.

J and her husband were so nice and I’m lucky to have had them to show me some spots I wouldn’t have seen otherwise! After our donut excursion, we ended up at a sushi go round and then went to a nearby pet store to marvel at the pups and kittens. A wonderful day indeed!

Thanks a bunch to The Tegs for reaching out and making me feel so welcomed!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo

Jackie

 

Cheers to 2017

Wasn’t I just writing up my ‘Cheers to 2016‘ post?! Someone, please alert Father Time for he must’ve pressed fast forward or something. This time last year I was still temping around NYC, getting ready for a European adventure and learning to love, long-distance.

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A Stranger’s Poetry

I had just finished perusing the Union Square holiday market where I, of course, spotted a dog shop and bought Rudolph a wool sweater. As I was heading to my train I saw a few folks huddled around this poet. I couldn’t help myself. Sure, I had a train to catch at Grand Central but that could wait.

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Monday Sunshine

Ahh, Mondays. Back to the big city and work life…wishing I was still up in Lake George.

Womp wompppp…but…

…this Monday is a bit brighter now that I’ve found out I was nominated by the lovely Mae for the Sunshine Blogger Award! 

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers. It is given to bloggers who are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.

It’s great to see that folks view my blog as positive and inspiring as that’s what I aim to achieve in each post. I want my blog to serve as a happy spot on the internet where y’all can have a laugh, learn something new and hopefully find yourself inspired in some small way through my words and photos. 

Apparently there are some rules for accepting this award…bear with me…

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate eleven blogs to receive the award and write them eleven new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

Here are the 11 questions Mae gave me, and my answers!

  • What is travel for you? Travel is everything! A way to satisfy my curiosities and embark on new adventures. Meeting new people, trying new things, experiencing and seeing everything I absolutely can during my time on this crazy planet.
  • What keeps you motivated? My sense of curiosity, along with seeing what other folks are doing. I love searching the ‘travel’ tag on WordPress just to find ordinary people going on extraordinary adventures. It’s both motivating and inspiring. 
  • Who are the people that inspires you to write? I can’t say that any one person in particular inspires me to write. I think it just comes from within…I’ve always found writing to be the best way to express my thoughts.
  • How will you achieve great results in writing your blog? Through being honest, with not only myself but my readers as well. This blog can’t be great if I’m not being true to myself.
  • What is favorite color? This color! (Grass green).
  • How old were you when you started writing? Good question! I’m not sure haha…forever?
  • What is your favorite place in the world? Oh! I just posted about this — the perfect, small town of Lake George, NY.
  • Which would you choose? New York or Bali? Interesting question…for vacation, definitely Bali since I’m from NY. 
  • Will you go trekking or go to the beach? I’ve always preferred mountains and lakes to sand and oceans, so I’d have to say trekking. 
  • What is the one thing you can’t travel without? My journal! 
  • What are the challenges that you have faced in writing an article? The biggest challenge I faced was in writing this article, To My Fellow Late Bloomers. It was a very personal piece and I wasn’t sure I wanted to put it out there, but I received wonderful feedback and am glad I published it. 

Soo…now I have to nominate 11 folks! Here are my picks:

Neidotta’s blog Go Travel Global. 

Caitlyn’s blog Cessna Chick.

Heather’s blog New York Roots to Southern Boots. 

Alexa’s blog Alexa-Writes.

Claudia’s blog WonderLook.

Crystal’s blog East Coast Mermaid.

Cheryl’s blog What Cheryl Said.

Emily’s blog College With Coffee.

Daniel’s blog Adventure Born.

Analise’s blog Cupcakes & Sequins.

Morgan’s blog Boho En Route.

And here are my 11 questions for y’all:

Who inspires you? Favorite destination you’ve traveled to? What is your dream vacation? What does happiness mean to you? Favorite food? Favorite book? What do you wish you were doing right now? Would you fly to the moon if given the chance? Do you prefer the beach or mountain life? What was your high school mascot? How would you describe your personality in one word?

Looking forward to your answers!


Thanks for reading, y’all! Hope you have a great start to the week!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo

Jackie