My Turn

1. When do you feel happiest?

I've had to think hard about this one. I know I feel happy when I get to spend time with my family, when I find something fantastic at a flea market, when the weather is calm and bright, and when I've had eight to ten hours of beautiful sleep!

2. How do you take care of yourself?

I try to work out 3-5 times a week, drink lots of water, limit my processed food, etc. However, I don't get enough sleep and I have the dark circles to prove it. I AM good at knowing when I'm getting too close to my melt down line and try to step back and see what I need.

3. Are you internally (by yourself) or externally (by others) motivated?

I'm internally driven creatively but externally in almost all other areas.

4. What do you do for fun?

Road trips, flea markets, work on a new idea, watch movies, have 'family parties'

5. What intimidates you?

Corporately successful people, schedules, large social settings

6. What is something you're proud of?

Two natural childbirths, eight years of marriage (almost!), outfitting our home on a very limited budget

7. Finish this sentence. I never _____________ leave my windows open at night.

8. Favorite vacation spot.

Mendocino, CA

9. Today is a (rate from 1 - 10).

Wow. Today was a four at best due to a string of small crisis and crankiness all around.

10. Finish this sentence. If you knew me really well you'd know _____________ I used to speak Mandarin.

If you still want to join in, feel free to post your answers on your blog!


Unknown said...

two natural births? go you! and that is so neat that you used to speak mandarin!

Anonymous said...

hey rachel! I visit your blog almost everyday and I'm so inspired by it! I also visit your flickr to see pictures of the great ways you've decorated your house. In this little survey, you said you do that on a limited budget. How so? Can you give us some tips/tricks on how you've managed to make your house look so great on a budget? Im a newlywed and we're definetly on a tight budget, but I still wanna make our home beautiful! thanks alot! -Betsy

jen geigley said...

awesome awesome list. :)

Whitney Hardie said...

Ah! Mendocino - pure magic.

Kara said...

This is great! I love the mandarin comment and how you're intimidated my corporate people. I am too sometimes, but then I remind myself that they poop just like the rest of us and I find myself giggling instead of feeling intimidated. Weird, but it works! :)

Unknown said...

I played along.

ps you rock!

Angie said...

What fun thing for all of us to do! I loved getting to learn more about you :)

I'm planning on doing this on my blog tomorrow <3


Meg said...

Great answers! I posted mine last Friday!


Have a lovely day, I hope it's a 10!

Amanda said...

This was fun! I answered mine on my blog and hoping I can get some more people to play along! I MISS Jr. High so this was fun, lol.


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OpaqueSkies said...

likewise, natural childbirth, almost 8 years, and Mandarin. the pin yin system?

...on the brink of something beautiful said...

here are my answers (a little late):

very cute photos!!!

Amy Seager said...

Hi Rachel

I loved this post so I joined in too! Great questions!

My post is on my blog here:


Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

Love from

Just Sweet Love said...

omg, the next time i come to visit, we're going to speak mandarin together, okay?

don't worry, my mandarin is SO bad my grandpa (who speaks almost no english) tells me to speak to him in english instead :)

angiedunn said...

i scrapbooked my answers!


thanks for having such an awesome blog!

alyssa johns said...

I finally got my answers up!


Amy said...

Hi Rachel! I'm a regular reader but very rarely post. I'm planting vegetables for the first time this year too and I'm enjoying seeing how you're getting along! I decided to take part in your quiz and posted my answers here:



Unknown said...

hello rachel (:
I know you're busy and your reader
probably has a million unread posts
everytime but just to link up the
questions I did on my blog :D


Rebecca Horrell said...

I joined in the game :)
It's really interesting that you used to speak mandarin. I think it's really admirable that you have managed to outfit your home on a limited budget. With me, I'm easily distracted by cute stuff when I should be focussing on the things which I need and that are in my price range!
Becky xxx


Jeanee said...

Here are my answers.


Very hard task!

Katie said...

Joined the fun!


Combined both yours and Dirty Laundry's questions.