Sunday, 8 January 2017

Weekly Wondering // Week 1


Hello Sunday! Long time no see. Well not really. After ending my weekly reflections series at the beginning of October last year, I have actually posted 3 random posts on Sundays as they needed to go up but I had nowhere else to squeeze them into the normal schedule haha. 
Anyway, I had spoken about thinking of something to replace weekly reflections with, come 2017. Before that Sunday series, I had another named Weekly Wondering where I answered 7 questions a week from a list of 365 that I had found online. I've decided to re-answer those same questions 3 years and 3 months later. I won't be looking at my original answers until after I have completed each week's questions and then seeing the difference in them. 
The list of questions can be found here and I take no credit for them. Here it goes. 


When was the last time you tried something new? 
Hmm. Kicking it off with a difficult one. I really hate trying new things, food in particular so it's not often I do. Food wise it was probably ratatouille in Disneyland and I didn't like it. I am extremely fussy and have a bad past with food so it was a big feat for me to even put it in my mouth haha. 

Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?
Other people my age. Like actors and other successful people. There are people my age and younger who are award-winning actors, writers, musicians etc and here's me; 26 and a part time cleaner. It's what I want to do - I have no interest in being a career woman (though wouldn't turn down a job behind the scenes on a Disney production) - but it still occasionally gets me a little sad to think how rubbish I am for my age.

What's the most sensible thing you've ever heard someone say? 
Oh gosh, now you're asking! It was probably something David Attenborough has said, to be honest. He talks a lot of sense about our world, environment and extinction etc. 
A couple of my favorites are: 
''Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population, perhaps we should control the population to ensure the survival of our environment''
''Bringing nature into the classroom can kindle a fascination and passion for the diversity of life on earth and can motivate a sense of responsibility to safeguard it.''
''If we [humans] disappeared overnight, the world would probably be better off.''

What gets you excited about life? 
Sunrises, sunsets and beautiful skies in general. The birds who visit my garden or I pass on my way to work and the other amazing wildlife I am so lucky to experience, including the local seals, otters and more. Actually, there is another David A quote that sums up what gets me excited about life! -
''It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.'' 

What life lesson did you learn the hard way? 
To listen to my family and friends opinions of people I bring into my life. A best friend of mine (who is very sadly not with us anymore) always said she didn't like my ex and of course I ended up being in a bad domestically and psychologically abusive relationship. However, had I not gone through that I wouldn't be who I am now nor would I be where I am, with who I am with... That being said I would never take any of it back and I did learn a lesson or two from it all.

What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago? 
Saving bloomin' money. Well that would be more than five years ago when I was in a good job and the situation to be able to save. Five years ago exactly from today was January 8th 2012 and at that point I was with Jake and we had been living together for 3 months. Crazy. I don't think there is actually anything in particular I wish I'd done more of then really. 

Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?
You tell me. I have no idea, it isn't something I often pay much attention to, but I'll say the latter.



If you fancy going back and seeing my original answers you can find my whole series here and week 1 itself here. I have just now gone back and read them after completing this post and it's actually funny to compare the two haha, eerie even. 
I know last time I did Weekly Wondering there were many people who asked if they too could do the same as me and of course I encouraged it (they aren't my questions after all) so if you fancy linking up and doing this throughout 2017 too, let me know!

14 comments:

  1. I saw a documentary on what would happen if all people would disappeared overnight and at the beginning would be horrible with lots of nuclear explosions from the nuclear power plants and fires and so on. Pets and livestock would revert to being wild in a matter of months. After 100 years or so there would be no sky scrappers and in a few hundreds of years there will be only traces from ancient civilizations and pretty much that would be it. It was very interesting and yes, Earth would be much better off, sad, isn't it?

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    1. Oh wow. It's crazy eh? We have a plant about 25 miles North of us and apparently if there were an accident it would wipe out our whole town too... So sad that evolution and industrialism have sacrificed the Earth in the name of 'progress'.I just don't get, when there are alternatives, why we're still digging, drilling and fracking. Our poor planet.

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  2. I'm a really fussy eater too, always have been so I totally understand you on that!
    And if you are doing what you want to be doing, you don't have to worry about 'being rubbish for your age',... as a lot of people your age wont be doing what they want with life (or even know what that is!)

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    1. Fussy eaters unite! It's a texture thing with me I think overall, but what's wrong with eating the same stuff as long as it's not too bad for me? haha
      Very true! There are people my age that have never worked or done anything after school..

      xo

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  3. I'm really interested in reading this new series! I totally wish I had started saving 5 years ago too! Ugh. There's a lot I would do differently 5 years ago to be honest if I knew then what I know now. And I completely disagree with you. You are not a rubbish person. You're exactly where you should be in your life and if you're happy thats all that matters :)

    Renee | Life After Lux

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    1. Thank you! I hope you'll enjoy it! Money - the route of all evil eh ;)
      Oh I wondered where that sentence was going there haha!! You are so sweet. Thank you!

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  4. You are not rubbish for your age at all! What matters is that you're happy with your life. If you're doing what you want to do then I would say that's pretty successful in itself. Plus you run this amazing blog that you clearly love and are passionate about. Careers aren't for everybody. Personally I like the idea of having a life outside of work and being able to switch off from it at the end of the day and surround myself with loved ones, opposed to being one of these career people who are constantly working and have zero time for anything else xx

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    1. Aw bless you, thank you <3 Obviously there's things that I'm not happy with but work wise I much prefer having a job with barely any responsibilities and not having to think about it at all...ever haha.

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  5. The one about comparing yourself to others based on your age really got to me, because I do that too, and you are not rubbish for your age at all! However, I know how easy it is to compare yourself based on what we call successful, but your success is what is happy and comfortable for you, and I often think that chasing a career, while great if there's where your heart is e.g. a passion for something, isn't always good fun. My last job, while it gave me a lot of things and I felt accomplished for the first time in a long time, was very stressful and I was often sick because of it, so sometimes it's far better to be in a position where you can live comfortably, and don't forget how amazing and talented you are too! Your blog is wonderful, your photography is stunning, you look after Baker beautifully and all of your adventures on here are always fun and interesting to read about so don't forget you're pretty amazing Danielle, in my eyes at least! Big Hufflepuff hufs for you. <3 - Tasha

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    1. I knew I couldn't be the only one ;) You're right though, like usual. You are so good for my self esteem! lol But really, even if I don't 100%, I really appreciate how kind you are to/about me. Thank you. <3 Lots of love to you!

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  6. I can totally relate to the one about comparing yourself to others based on your age. I'm 26, too, and I often feel like I am pretty rubbish compared to others my age who have dome so much. Like, what would I be remembered for, really? But that's okay, we can't all be super career women, movie stars, business owners, charity leaders, or whatever else. I think as long as you are happy with your life, and doing what you want, that's all that counts. We're only here once, we've got to make the most of it and do what makes us truly happy! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. It's nice to know I'm not alone in that, though obviously don't wish for you to feel that way haha. We are for sure not here long at all. I hope that I can make some difference in my lifetime, no matter how small.

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  7. Ah, I remember this series! Was it really that long ago that you did it? That's ages!

    Question 2, is a tough one. I don't think I compare myself too others too much, but I tend to compare myself to "past me" or even "what future me could be" and stuff like that. I always compare like "am I as productive now as I was then", "am I as smart/funny/thin/successful"... usually the answer is no haha. Especially now since I'm not working any more... I must admit, that has been harder than I thought it would be.

    I think the most sensible thing I have heard was something about regret along the lines of "you made the best possible choice at the time" which isn't really motivational, but it's a nice thought to have for yourself and others.

    Looking forward to the rest of this series!

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    1. Do you??! Long time reader, you! It has been a while.

      That's probably the best way to compare to be fair. You are doing really well aswell since not working and once Moxie arrives she'll keep you busy for sure haha.

      Oooh. Yes! Very sensible actually. I like that.

      Thank you :D

      xo

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