Happy Wednesday! Well, it occurred to me earlier this month that I’ve gained a few new readers (which is awesome!), so I thought it might be fun to team up with some of my blogger friends and do a re-introduction of sorts. I’ve had a lot of fun with the rest of these blogger gals, coming up with fun questions to answer and share with you all, and hope you’ll give them a visit today too!
I’m Emily, Blogger of this Lifestyle blog Ember Grey, which first began about 3 years ago. I’d had a private blog for years but when I left my corporate job to focus on writing full-time, I knew I wanted to start a public blog. Blogging is a creative outlet for me, yes, and I love to share glimpses into my life (hence the term Lifestyle), but it’s always been important to me that this space is a place of encouragement, inspiration, and a safe platform for others to share some of their own life chapters, too. The journey of public blogging has been so much fun with little surprises along the way: I never thought I’d meet so many other awesome bloggers and gain genuine friendships – ones that have turned into, you know, in-person real life friendships. The best!!
When I’m not blogging, I’m most likely still writing: I am currently writing my first ever novel – seriously the greatest adventure. I can’t imagine not doing it now that I’m doing it; I think I will always be writing in some way. I am married to Christian, who also sometimes goes by the nickname “X” in this blog, and I’ve been known to frequently document our hilarious and crazy conversations. After spending 8 years in Chicago, we moved to Nashville, TN and we love it here – it’s one of the most beautiful places in the US, the amount of green is never-ending! We are currently waiting for our baby, via adoption! Hardest and best wait & journey of my life!
Things I love: JESUS!, chips & salsa (I could eat it for breakfast – and sometimes I do), Michael Bolton (no, this is not a drill), summertime, animals (especially ours – a dog named Oooj & a cat named Cleo), writing late at night under twinkle lights, donuts with sprinkles, writer Joan Didion, all shades of the color purple, live music, walking (and sometimes dancing) through the trees, cookouts, traveling to warm places, baking, and movie & wine nights with good girlfriends.
A few more random things about me…
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what are three materialistic things you’d want with you? // A notebook, pen, and Sun-In. (Obviously.)
When was the last time you tried something new, and what was it? // Riding a bike as an adult. ha! It had been seriously YEARS since I’d ridden a bike and just last weekend X and I went out and bought helmets, pumped up the tires on our bikes, and rode around our neighborhood for most of the afternoon. I felt like a kid again for sure!
If you knew you could not fail, what is the one thing you would do tomorrow? // I’d go skydiving. You know, if I was for certain the shoot would actually open.
What is your earliest memory? // My earliest memory, funny and oddly enough, is of the wallpaper in the stairwell of the first house I grew up in. I would have been less than a year old at this time but I remember being carried down the stairs and looking at the wallpaper- light blue with white dots or tiny flowers.
If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? // I really love donuts but I’d have to go with chips & salsa – something I could NEVER get sick of!
Do you like your first name? If not, what would you change it to? // This is actually really funny but when I was younger, I hated my name. I thought it was too “Little House on the Prairie” and I had a really pretty babysitter named Carla and I begged my parents to let me change my name to Carla. They told me if I still wanted to be called Carla when I was 18, I could change it myself. I told them that was exactly what I was going to do and then I’d open my own bar and call it Carla’s Bar. (I was probably 6 at this time.) What can I say… some dreams just weren’t meant to come true. (I love my name now) 🙂
Would you rather be the person asking the questions in a conversation or the person answering them? // I prefer heart-to-heart conversations (vs. surface convos) – sometimes you’re the one who needs to talk more and sometimes the other person needs that time. It doesn’t matter to me who’s doing the talking, as long as both parties are connected and engaged.
If you could give yourself one gift, what would it be? // The super power to make an infinite amount of food & feed all of the hungry people and animals in the world.
If you had to live in a place where only one season existed year-round, what would that season be? // I love the change of seasons so this is tough but I would have to say summer. I love the warm temps and sunshine and all of the outdoorsy things you can do when the weather is nice!
If money was no object, what would you do all day? // Travel!
One of my favorite things about blogging and blog reading is the community. All of these gals below have supported me from the beginning and I have SO enjoyed reading their blogs, getting to know them, and growing friendships with them over the last couple of years. Be sure to check out their own reintros on their own blogs today!
LINDSAY : Bourbon, Lipstick, & Stilettos
If you knew you could not fail, what is the one thing you would do tomorrow? I would do web development/design. It is a dream of mine, but I’m struggling to find time to study and perfect it!
KELLY : Southern Komfort
If you could give yourself one gift, what would it be? I would have to say the gift to be able to travel (no worries about money, who would take of the pups, boring adult things). I would love to travel all around the nation and the world, just meeting people and doing life with them.
ANNE : Love the Here and Now
If you could give yourself one gift, what would it be? Without fail, it would be self-confidence. I constantly second guess decisions and choices and don’t attempt new things because of a fear of failing or judgement. Truth be told, I could fail and be judged and I would be ok. Self-confidence would give me the edge I need not to care about those things and would enable to me to live free of doubt, fear, and feelings of inadequacy.
AMANDA : Knock on Wood
If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? I would totally be cool with eating pizza for the rest of my life. You can switch up the toppings and essentially have something different each day. Plus you still get all of the food groups!
CASSIE : Sage
Would you rather be the person asking the questions in a conversation or the person answering them? I’m a complete introvert and have been told that I don’t talk about myself very often, so I guess that implies I would rather be the person asking the questions in a conversation.
REBECCA : The Adventures of Bug and Boo
Where was the last place you traveled to? San Francisco! In February I took a long weekend to visit my BFF from middle school, and meet her new baby. It was my first time on the west coast and I fell in love! San Francisco is so different from NYC and London (both cities I lived in for a while) but it’s an awesome city in its own right. And the FOOD….I will definitely be back!
MEAGAN : All the Joys
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what are three materialistic things you’d want with you? A camera with unlimited memory, chapstick and a Kindle preloaded with hundreds of books. (Too much?)
EMELIA : Dream Big & Buy the Shoes
If you knew you could not fail, what is the one thing you would do tomorrow? I’ve always had the dream to be a wedding planner, but I would love to work with all types of events. I have a love of details and creating beautiful memories, so I would give it all to be an Event Planner and have the opportunity to make special moments for other people.
CHRISTINE : Christine Everyday
If you knew you could not fail, what is the one thing you would do tomorrow? I would go skydiving! That’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and if I knew for sure that I wouldn’t crash-land, I’d totally sign up.
(For more about me, check out my About page!)