Liebster Award!

Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

liebster_awardThe lovely Lindsey over at Reeder Reads nominated me (yes me!) for a Liebster Award! Not sure what it is? Well, it’s a way for bloggers to share their favourite blogs and gain a little exposure themselves. It’s kind of a long process but it seems like it’ll be super fun, so I’m ready to give it a go. First I have to state 11 random facts about moi, then I have to answer questions given to me by Lindsey (my nominator), then I must nominate people/blogs that I love, and finally list questions for them to answer. Not sure if they’ll be into it but heck, why not? So here goes nothing…

11 Random Facts about ME!

  1. I recently discovered that I am TERRIFIED of kittens.
  2. I’m hate speaking in public and yet I always made it to the finals when it came to Public Speaking Contests in elementary school.
  3. I am obsessed with my iPhone, notebooks, and books in general.
  4. I decided to become a writer in the eighth grade after I wrote and presented a monologue in front of my class. I got 100% and my english accent was amazing — the monologue was about Harry Potter’s first Quidditch match.
  5. I don’t like massages — being naked and touched by a stranger makes me feel icky rather than relaxed.
  6. In the first (or second grade, I can’t remember) I peed my pants at school, right before I made it to the bathroom. I hid out in a stall until my teacher came looking for me.
  7. I love to travel and hope to head to Europe within the next few years.
  8. I will get married in a bookstore (preferably Ben McNally Books in Toronto).
  9. I cry every single time I watch Lilo and Stitch, even though Tangled is my favourite Disney movie of all time.
  10. I love having my nails and toenails painted.
  11. I work on my self-confidence every single day.

Answers to Lindsey’s Questions

What is the one book you could never ever part with or get rid of?

How can I choose just one?? Since interning at Random House and becoming a book blogger, I have so many books on my shelf that I want to keep forever and ever. So, if I had to choose JUST ONE that I could never part with, it would be impossible. There are three books I could never ever part with. I’ve reread Speak and The Alchemist more times than I can recall. They have both brought me to tears and have helped shape the person I have become. They helped me find my voice. As for The Aftermath, it’s a signed advanced reading copy of an amazing read but it’s much more than that to me. I spent a day with Mr. Brook and his daughter, accompanying them to stock signings and bookstores. It was a truly amazing experience with a wonderful author, who shared some advice that I will never forget.

Thats what writers do. They spin plates and see how much they can get away with.”

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Paper book or eBooks? Why?

PAPER BOOK FOREVER AND EVER. I love writing notes in my books, I love the smell of the pages, and the sound they make when you flip through them. I love bookmarks and holding a book in my hand — no matter how heavy it makes my purse or my luggage.

If you could travel to one place in the world (all expenses paid), where would it be and why? 

England. It is super literary and I like their accents.)

If you could meet one author (dead or alive), who would it be and why? 

I met Michael Ondaatje at a book signing so I guess the answer would have to be Anais Nin or Dorothy Parker or J.K. Rowling. I just can’t decide.

Do you play music while you read?

Not usually, it depends on my mood or how loud everyone in the house is being.

If you could create a dish with any cookbook author, who would you want to cook with?

I’m not big on cookbooks, although I should be because my cooking skills are lacking quite a bit. I would have to say Chuck Hughes and not just because he’s super dreamy.

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Okay, it’s mostly because he’s super dreamy.

If you were given $5000 to spend in one store in the world, where would you do your shopping?

TED BAKER LONDON.

Do you have a favourite quote? Can you share it with us? 

I look up quotes like they’re going out of style but here is one I’m currently obsessed with…

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If you had to be a member of a literary family, which family would you join?

The Weasley’s or the Weird’s.

Do you have a bad habit when reading? Twirling hair? Clicking your tongue? Tapping your foot? 

I tend to bite my lip or furrow my brows.

Who is the one author or book that has changed the way you read?

Every book I’ve read has changed the way I read. Every experience is different and I appreciate them all. I can’t answer this one! GREAT QUESTIONS LINDSEY! ❤

Liebster Award Nominations

Kaley from Books Etc. trained me on my first week interning at Random House of Canada. She is a treat! Sweet, supportive, and one of the most bookish people I know! I knew I made a friend for life after only a WEEK of working with her.

Amanda from Not A Model Blog has a writing style that makes me swoon. Her words are like butter on a crusty, freshly baked loaf with an aroma that lingers for days. She’s a lifestyle blogger who writes about everything from fashion to everyday beauties to travel diaries to book reviews. Her posts have a powerful honesty about them and are just as wonderful as the writer herself.

Romi from Confessions of a Chick in Paris is a self-published author with sass and unbelievable whit. Her success and determination has inspired me beyond belief.

Deanne from My Fash Avenue is my go-to blog for fashion inspiration. I’ve been following her blog practically since its conception and to see how far it’s come is truly inspiring! She’s made a huge name for herself in the fashion blogging world and I’ve loved following her along the way.

Casie from This Is My Life is someone you’ve heard me talk about more than once. She’s an influencer and personal friend of mine. She was blogging before blogging was cool and I am so thankful for all of her advice and help since the start of My Pen, My Voice.

* Questions for the nominees *

1. What is one book you’ve reread over and over again?

2. If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?

3. Who would play you in the movie of your life?

4. Why did you start your blog?

5. What’s your go-to outfit?

6. Who is your biggest inspiration?

7. If you could have coffee with one person in the world (alive or dead) who would it be? What would you ask them?

8. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Thanks to Lindsey for the nomination! I would like to mention that had they not already been nominated, Lindsey and Maria (from I Believe In Story) would have been on my list as well! To all those who had stumbled upon My Pen, My Voice because of Lindsey, it’s nice to meet you! I hope we’ll be seeing each other again soon!

Talk soon,

Vanessa Xo

New Month, New Mantra

Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal

Fact One: I start every new notebook with a mantra. I take my colourful gel pens and graffiti the inside cover of each new notebook with a quote that I want to keep in mind as I’m writing or living my life. Every notebook, to me, is like the beginning of a new chapter and each chapter deserves a title – a mantra.

Fact Two: My weekly mantras and little boosts of inspiration come from Not A Model Blog or This Is My Life or I’m Charming You or Pinterest.

Fact Three: It’s the first day of November and I want to feel inspired this month. I want to get sh*t done. I want to make big promises and I want to keep them. I want to scratch things off of my Bucket List.  I want to make big changes in my life, while making time for my favourites (family, friends, and the bf).

In the spirit of new beginnings, new mantras, and inspiration, here is my mantra for November (courtesy of the bf):

This month’s mantra “Hold your head up high and your middle finger even higher.” Go get ’em!

What are some of your favourite inspirational quotes, sites, mantras?

Share the love people!

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Love Always
Vanessa Xo

Hungry for Words

Just for Fun

I’ve been a little quiet on Twitter and Facebook this weekend – as well as here on my blog. Why? Well, I had to finish the last two books of The Hunger Games trilogy of course. I’m not kidding. I literally couldn’t put down the 3rd instalment – thank goodness I don’t work on weekends 😛

Apart from the intense headache I got from eating up all of those words, I found myself hungry for more. I still am. I must’ve read the final chapter and epilogue over about three times before I finally put down the book. Suzanne Collins said so much about humanity, politics, life, and love that it’s hard to retell it all in a blog post. However, I’d still like to tell you two very important things that I learned.

1) Life is fragile and it is important to remember all of the tiny and yet wonderful things that people do in order to live a happy life. Sometimes you don’t get what you want. A lot of times you are filled with pain, anger, and sorrow. But if you mentally recount all the little things that make you happy it’ll help get you over that hump.

2) If I ever write a book as gripping, suspenseful, and smart as The Hunger Games – I will be satisfied. Okay so it’s probably not a lesson that all of you can relate to but it’s my blog so tooooo bad 😉 .

Check out the trailer for The Hunger Games film! I’m a little obsessed.

 

Oh! I almost forget, my first post for Not A Model Blog is up! It’s a little different from the posts you’ve seen on here! Hope you like it!

Not A Model Contributor Post 

Love Always 
Vanessa Xo

News: I'm A Contributor!

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Have you heard of Not A Model Blog? Well, check it out! My cousin Amanda introduced me to it and I instantly added it to my daily-blogs-to-read-list. Not only is it insightful but it’s also fun, entertaining, and fresh. The blogger, Amanda DiPasquale recently asked if anyone would like to contribute to her fabulous blog and guess what… I am now one of the contributing writers for Not A Model Blog! Click here to check out the rest of the Not A Model Blog Squad!

I will still be updating and blogging on My Pen, My Voice.;*  but I’ll let you know when my first post on Not A Model Blog is up!

Love Always

Vanessa Xo

News: I’m A Contributor!

Uncategorized

Have you heard of Not A Model Blog? Well, check it out! My cousin Amanda introduced me to it and I instantly added it to my daily-blogs-to-read-list. Not only is it insightful but it’s also fun, entertaining, and fresh. The blogger, Amanda DiPasquale recently asked if anyone would like to contribute to her fabulous blog and guess what… I am now one of the contributing writers for Not A Model Blog! Click here to check out the rest of the Not A Model Blog Squad!

I will still be updating and blogging on My Pen, My Voice.;*  but I’ll let you know when my first post on Not A Model Blog is up!

Love Always

Vanessa Xo