Sunday greetings! As promised, today I am sharing a little Q&As with Anjali. I stumbled on her blog last year when I did last minute research about New Zealand. I fell in love with it immediately. Anjali seems like someone who is easy going, multi talented person who is fun to be with, and I am sure one day I will get to hang out with her in person. She wrote a cool B&W photograph DIY project
for us last Friday, check it out and head back here to read the full post.
1. Who and where do you envision yourself to be in 2020?
Wow. I barely know what I’m doing tomorrow, let alone in 5 years time (woah! Only 5 years!). But I’ll be 29 in 5 years time, so hopefully I would have got my life together and know what I want to be when I grow up. Hopefully I’ll be married, living in a city I love, in a country I love (doesn’t have to be NZ!), and… I don’t know really. I just envision myself doing what I love. Beyond that, we’ll see where life takes me.
2. Give us insider tips for someone who is visiting NZ for the very first time!
Okay, so chances are if you visit, it’s not going to be near enough time to see all you want to see. Make a list of all the things you’d like to do/see and plan out a road trip route. Road trips around New Zealand are the best because it’s so small you can do a lot of distance in one day, and still have time to jump out and to the places you’d like. You’ll also discover things on side roads and when you stop for a break that you didn’t know was there. I still do that today and I’ve lived the majority of my life. If you’re not one for road trips, the bus is an excellent way of seeing the country. You may not want to be on a bus for long periods of time, but you do get to see our beautiful country on the way to your destination. You see way more like this than flying. Also, if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, obviously tick off as many LOTR filming locations as possible. Oh, and if you can’t decide what island to spend the most of your trip time in, the South Island, hands down. It’s absolutely stunning, and sure the North has the bigger cities… But it’s more like the NZ you see in the photos and calenders down south. I feel like I can say this because although I was born down there, I live in the North Island now. I have a foot on both islands, if you like. Hope this helps! P.S totally get in touch if you’re going to be in Auckland… I’ll show you round!
3. Who is your most favorite writer? Why?
Just one!? Argh! So hard! Well, my favorite books are the Harry Potter series (HP generation, right here), so I guess J.K. Rowling is pretty up there. However, I really love Jodi Picoult’s novels, and I love the way that Lemony Snicket writes in his A Series of Unfortunate Events. Authors I’ve discovered in the last few years are some of my favorites too, and have read nearly all their books: John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Veronica Roth.
4. Share a sneak peak of your room!
Okay, so I still live at home (see question one… yup, still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, and home is the cheapest place to do that), so I literally confine to a room. However, this house and this room is definitely my favorite out of the 12 houses I’ve lived in. Here are some shots of my favorite areas/features in my room. As you can see, I love books.
5. What’s one country you have visited in the past that you would love to visit again and again in the future?
While I want to be lame and say England (I did live there for 2 years), knowing that there is so much more to see and 2 years isn’t enough… I’m going to say in the Netherlands. I spent a couple of days in Amsterdam in 2013 and it was amazing. I absolutely loved the city with all the canals and boats and flowers and everything! Beautiful! I would love to go again and see more of the country, rather than just the city.
6. What are three things you want to accomplish in life?
Yikes. I’m really, really bad at thinking about the future, but I guess I’m going to be ridiculous and say that I as long as I’m happy, as long as I continue to be myself and not anyone else, as long as I am a positive influence to the people around me, as long as I continue to create, and read, and design, and travel, and do all the things I love doing, then I could quite happily come to the end of my life not having accomplished much at all. Is that dumb? Probably.
7. What was one habit in the past that you have stopped doing?
This one is so difficult! The only habit that I can think of that I’ve ever really had (other than whatever I did as a very small child) is that I always used to wipe my hands on my jeans/pants/dress/whatever I was wearing, at the dinner table. And then my mum would tell me not to do that, and use a napkin. I guess that’s a habit that I had, though I grew out of that when I was about 13. That’s seriously all I can think of. Ooh! Or dog-earring my books. Though I still do that…
8. If you were an inanimate object what would you be?
Heh heh! Love this question! I think I would be a book. A book that was full of adventure, and magic, and love, and loss, and good guys, bad guys, about friendship and growth and good conquering evil. A book that could be read over and over again, and where the reader gets lost in the story, and recommends it to everyone they know. A book that changes people’s lives. Yeah. That would be awesome.
I hope you enjoy Anjali’s answers as much as I do. Head over to her blog for awesome DIYs, book hauls, more Harry Potter stuff. If you want to do Q&As or write a guest post on my blog, and vice versa, email me!
Read more: my New Zealand adventure, interviews with other geeks and latest book review, which was quite a long time ago (! ^^)