sunshiny sunshine

I won an award!

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Right, right— I didn’t “win” anything. I was nominated/given an award. Regardless of how, I don’t think I’ve been awarded anything since high school. My friend the Tipsy Yogi bestowed this recognition. Thanks so much!

She’s not even the only person who associates me with sunshine—another friend calls me “Asatu” (Nigerian for “sunshine”).

As I understand, the rules are as follows:

  • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog
  • Link to the person who nominated you
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself
  • Nominate other bloggers
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated

Her list of questions:

  1. What is your favorite color?
  2. What is your favorite animal?
  3. What is your favorite number?
  4. Favorite non-alcoholic drink?
  5. What is your favorite alcoholic drink?
  6. Facebook or Twitter?
  7. What are your passions?
  8. Prefer getting or giving presents?
  9. What is your favorite city?
  10. What are your favorite TV shows ?

So…I am terrible with favorites. Really. I have dozens, at least, of anything: food, books, writers, movies, places, colors, animals, music, rocks and minerals, flowers, smells, symbols, yoga poses…I like variety. So in the interest of (hopefully) more interesting reading, I opted for notable things about myself. Still lists. Sorry.

~ I have spent the equivalent of years overseas, both working and studying. Though I logged the most amount of time in Japan, I feel most at home, so far, in Spain and India. And even though I feel culturally very American (and southern, as I said at the beginning of this blog), I felt more normal, even as a foreigner, in Spain and India than I do in the US.

~ If ever given a bottomless trust fund, I would work for free—teaching, community building. I would travel some of the time. And of course write and play music frequently.

~ I still read books, primarily because I need a pen to read fully. All my books have underlined passages, notes in the margin, etc. The only exceptions are really nice editions (of which I have few).

~ I appreciate  nonfiction and poetry as much as fiction. Within fiction, I read little sci-fi or fantasy. However, many of my favorite books and films are exceptions: The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Dark Crystal, His Dark Materials, El laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth), Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away), Cloud Atlas.

~ Other writers and books that have been my touchstones:
John Donne
Walt Whitman
Emily Dickinson
Sharon Olds
e. e. cummings
Henry David Thoreau
Women Who Run with the Wolves
The Prophet
The Spell of the Sensuous
The Language Vs the Goddess
A Natural History of the Senses

~ Some (of many, of course) spiritual traditions, philosophies, ideas with which I resonate: deep ecology, wheel of the year (paganism), yoga, nearly all major religions (particularly the synthesis/integration of Baha’i), biomimicry, shamanism, transcendentalism.

~ I have posted about music multiple times, so I don’t feel compelled to add much. The sk list is the best summary. I also love classical music. I started singing one of my favorite songs before I learned the alphabet, and Blue Spirit Wheel arranged it (video here).

~ I want to live a life of conscious spirit, in that I strive to live in authenticity, surrender, receptivity, service, love. Those intentions guide nearly all the “whys” of my decisions: what I say, what I do, what I eat, how I communicate, how I live in the most mundane moments, as well as the dreams and intentions beyond my day-to-day life.

~ Creative expression (mine and those of others), community, laughter, and spiritual practice are my lifelines. Creative expression is one of many forms of spiritual practice. And spiritual practice is often a form of creative expression.

one of my favorite forms of expression (Erik Voss © 2013)

one of my favorite forms of expression
Derek Bambach © 2013

Now I can follow directions better. My nominees:

T Spoon of Sunshine – Already in the name. Tanya is a fierce example of both courage and candor.

CastleBlake – Susie is one of the most exuberant, sunshiny people I have ever met. In college we became roommates before we discovered our birthdays are a day apart. Blog whiz that she is, she has already had an award, so this is somewhat repetitive. But she always embodies love and light, even when I have witnessed her in intensely challenging situations.

“Laughing in the face of love…
And we all shine on,
Like the moon, the stars, and the sun”

Stephanie Asatu (SK © 2013)

Stephanie Asatu
SK © 2013

SK © 2013

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About stephanie francesca

Stephanie Francesca lives a life of eclectic and ecstatic passion. In no particular order, she is a writer, yogini, musician, teacher, nomad, lover, thinker, reader, dancer. She strives to balance effort with surrender, precision with laughter. Live life, love live, live love.
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3 Responses to sunshiny sunshine

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  2. Sues says:

    You always lift me up so much! I am very grateful for YOUR light!
    And to keep the shine rolling: http://castleblake.blogspot.com/2013/07/shine-on-shine-on.html

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