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Readers appreciation post

In celebration of reaching almost 500 followers on WordPress, I wanted to open up the floor for a little informal Q & A.

When I started this blog 1,5 years ago I really had no idea what kind of blogger I wanted to be. I thought I wanted to be a lifestyle/personal blogger but over the past year I have learned how much I truly value my privacy and not having to put every little thing out there. Not to mention, my life is really not that interesting! I’ve even stopped maintaining a personal Facebook because I just don’t see the point anymore, although I’m more than happy to creep on others! It also seems to me that personal bloggers tend to buy a lot of stuff to constantly show off and that’s really not going to work for me since my blog is basically an anti-blind-consumerism forum.

So here we are, and I’m very happy to be right here. I’ve really been enjoying the WordPress community lately and discovering a lot of insightful and well written blogs. As fun and frivolous as Instagram is, the blogging sphere is where I feel most at home. Over the past year, I have moved away from the more personal posts to cover issues that trouble and inspire me. It’s been a wonderful outlet for me and I feel so blessed for having such intelligent and compassionate readers. 90% of the comments I receive end up making my day because I get to feel heard and understood by people all over the world. What a gift writing has been and continue to be for me.

But it’s perfectly natural to feel curious about the person behind the words so consider this your chance if you have wanted to ask me a question, or for me to clarify anything I have written in the past. Let’s get to know each other a little better!

JoeySummer2014The closest to a selfie I can do, wearing a light brown fringe clip-on. I’m debating going back to my natural hair color but after 6 years as a blonde, that is proving really, really hard. Who knew blonde was so addicting? Oh, everyone? Ok, then.

I’ve been feeling A LOT better lately, after I wrote my post about depression. I’m coming around to the idea that happiness is not a constant; it is a lesson that has to be learned over and over. It’s ok to slip every now and then. It doesn’t make you a failure – it makes you a person in touch with your emotions.

Where did honeythatsok come from? It is actually a line from The Strokes that I adapted as my online alias as early as 2005. But 10 years later, it is ever so fitting because I tend to be pretty easy-going with people. I’m always dealing with my own shit so I’m very accepting of people dealing with theirs. We’re all usually doing the best we can, and if someone has time to intentionally hurt you, they are usually not worthy of your time at all.

I’ve been really into photography lately. I think everyone in Hawaii turns into amateur photographers but I’ve spent more time editing pictures than I have been writing this month.

waimanalo

kahala

pond

hibiscus

wonderland

claustrophobicparadise

I’m also experimenting with prints, so if anyone is interested in purchasing one please contact me.

If you have any other questions you would like to ask me, feel free to do so in the comments. I will get back to you asap, either in the comments or in a brand new post.

Thank you all for being part of this journey with me. I hope you know how much it means to me!

19 Comments

  1. You have a lovely blog…your thoughts are thought provoking, and I am really enjoy it.

    Keep writing and keep posting…Best Wishes!!!

  2. Just found your blog. I really like this post and agree on blogging, wordpress is fun and yes, happiness isn’t there every day… very jealous of those beautiful Hawaii pictures! It looks amazing.

  3. Editing does take a lot of time – especially when you are not accustomed to doing it. I am in the same boat but I find it therapeutic. It can be of immense help when you are under attack by your own feelings.

    • There really is no shortcut. I strive to make my blog look nice, write quality articles, and interact with the wordpress community to discover other great writers. If you do all of the above for an extended period of time, at least 1 year, the readers will eventually find you! :)

  4. Congratulations on reaching 500! I can certainly relate to “what kind of blogger am I” question… it seems like I’m having to constantly redefine that for myself. And also, beautiful photos!

    • Thank you! Haha, I want to start every other post with “what kind of blogger am I…” then I remember people don’t really care about my views on my blog all that much. But every once in a while it’s nice to take stock and re-group :)

  5. voluntarilyhealthy says

    Beautiful photographs. I felt this post was very informative as well uplifting in a way. I think it is really nice to read a little about peoples past experiences, it shows that everything will find its place. Thank you for the insight.

    • Thank you for stopping by! I know we’re supposed to judge art and writing on its own merit but it’s impossible not to be curious about the person behind it, too. I’m obsessed with biographies – I think a life well lived is the most fascinating art of all.

  6. Hi. I like the scope of your blog. You’ve written great, thought provoking posts. Many thanks for stopping by my blog. I appreciate it.

  7. Hi my love,

    I adore your online name “honeythatsok” – everytime I see it I feel ok! And I so dig the Strokes, of course ;)

    I am new to your beautiful space and I’m so thankful to have found it. I really look forward to seeing what you come up with next – somehow I feel we are kindred spirits.

    I love these photos! I’m a newbie – how did you come to live in Hawaii??

    Sending love and light your way ~

    Allison

    • Hi! I love finding kindred spirits online and in real life :)

      I came to Hawaii as a tourist when I first started traveling over 10 years ago and I absolutely loved it. It’s a very special place. So when I had a chance to study abroad for a semester four years later I naturally chose Hawaii! It was supposed to be a short stay but I was so lucky to meet my future husband during those few months, and in order for us to continue to stay together, I came back to do my masters here as well. It’s been working out on all fronts since then :)

      What about yourself? Where do you currently live?

      • Oh, that is so inspiring! What a beautiful and magical story! I wish you and your future husband all the blessings in the world.

        I am living just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania now with my husband, my teenage son and my two little dogs. It lovely here – but not nearly close enough to the beach for me. We are looking to move once our son begins college in two years.

        Adventures! Love it.

        Peace to you, and thank you for sharing your beautiful story – it lights me up to think of the possibilities life holds for all of us when we follow our hearts!

        Allison

  8. Thank you for showing the aloha with these beautiful photos! I agree personal FB has become a bore. And on happiness ~ as they say in Hawaii ~ just lose the mind (double meaning intended !!) <3

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